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Superb original WWI WRAF photograph

 

Excellent and large fornat original photograph showing three women of the WRAF in WWI. an outstanding example of the uniforms they wore c.1918-19.  Approx. 4" x 6" with slight creasing / cracking at bottom corners.

 

£28 / $35  / €30  email for more details

SALES November 2018

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Stunning Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force Type 2 summer flying helmet.

 

Lovely example of this extremely rare and much sought after flying helmet, especially the summer version. Introduced in 1941 and therefore used at every major naval battle including Pearl Harbor, Midway, Coral Sea etc, The label indicates it was made by Kawai Mfg. Co. Dark brown leather with oval pockets for receivers or speaking tubes and fold down bill with a single press stud fastening. Helmet has an olive velvet lining and both a maker label and official nomenclature label. It also retains the cotton patch sewn to the back of the helmet for the owner to personalize with his name - but if this was done, it is now faded, shiny from wear. It is also a slightly larger size than usually found in these rare helmets and displays well on a male form head. Some slight unraveling to the stitching at the very end of the chin strap, otherwise a near perfect used example.

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Superb Imperial Japanese Army Air Force winter flying helmet for a bomber crew.

 

Excellent Imperial japanese Army Air Force winter flying helmet, leather with a green fleece / wool lining, well marked inside the right hand ear cup. This is the type generally associated with bomber crews (the tabs for securing the goggles attaching directly to the outside of the ear cup, rather than behind). Large size and in very good condition, complete with its leather star to the front and both chin strap and rear tightening straps intact. An exceptional example which would be difficult to upgrade. 

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US Navy / Marine Corps summer flying helmet NAF1092S named and with TH-37 receivers

 

A lovely, used example of this iconic WWII USN and USMC flight helmet in a very generous size 7-3/8. Great woven Slote and Klein label plus size tag still present, powder puff pads inside, grey leather receiver cups and brown leather chin cup. Shows honest use but no damage. TH-37 receivers installed inside ear cups. Name inked on the outside edge "KoLonie."

 

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Superb pair pair of Japanese Navy Air Force flying goggles with tinted lenses,  in their original "hat" box with cleaning cloth.

 

This is a rare opportunity to acquire a lovely set of Japanese Navy Air Force flying goggles with the very rare tinted lenses, complete in their transit box and with the blue velvet cleaning cloth. Goggles are in very good to excellent condition, with little signs of wear. Maker marked "MAN" in both sides indicating Manchurian Shipyards production. Reddish brown lacquered frames, brown tinted lenses which do show signs of delimitation but is mostly visible from inside and does not show badly on display. Box shows only minor wear. These are extremely difficult o find these days. In 30 years of collecting, this is the first pair i have come across with tinted lenses fitted. Would go perfectly with the IJN flying helmet listed separately.

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Good pair of Japanese Navy Air Force flying goggles.

 

A very good used pair of Imperial Japanese Navy Air Force flying goggles, with reddish brown lacquered frames, brown velvet pads and brown elastic strap, fitted with clear "cat's eye" lenses. One lens has a hairline crack in one layer (each lens is double layered with thin laminate in between) and laminate has slightly discolored. Does not detract badly - and can be restored with care. Elastic strap still has some stretch left in it. Overall a very decent pair, nicely marked with maker logo. 

 

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RAF Type H oxygen mask, 1966 dated with WWII style Type 57 microphone.

 

A decent Type H oxygen mask dated 66 which would look the part for a WWII display. Rubber is overall pliable and in good, used condition with surface stress cracks around microphone and valve and on rubber lugs that secure the strap in place, but shows no damage or signs of perishing. Nice green patina to the grey rubber and number 11 painted to front (no idea of the significance of this). Microphone is the wartime type 57 with a slightly later cord. Shows some minor wear and paint loss but switch operates smoothly. Chamois lining is grubby from use. A decent entry level mask.

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Pair of RAF Type 32 telephone receivers for Type C, D and E flying helmets.

 

Extremely difficult to source these days. A superb pair of matching type 32 telephone receivers for the Type C, D and E flying helmets. Fit either the external or internal wiring loom, complete with all internal parts and well marked with A-crown-M and stores ref. numbers.

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RARE and unusual modified external wiring loom for Types E, E* and G oxygen mask.

Extremely rare wiring loom made for use with US ANB-H-1 headset receivers. Two things make this a rare item: 1. It is not US made (as many were) this is a British made wiring loom with Air Ministry marked microphone and bell plug with RAF stores ref. number, though it is wired to a JK26 jack for connecting to the US PL54 plug. It is additionally wired to a US made single pin plug which I must assume connects to a secondary sound receiver; perhaps a morse code receiver or some kind of radar warning system. This plug is marked "Mallory Made in USA". Overall very good condition, minor paint loss to microphone. The Type 25 microphone of course will fit in a Type E, E* or G oxygen mask. Interestingly, the bell plug, though marked with RAF stores no. 10H/10991, has a white metal prong rather than brass. My best guess is this is a very early version of the loom, perhaps for AAF crews flying Mosquito night fighters or similar?

 

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AAF T-44 microphone and wiring loom for pilots and aircrews flying British built aircraft.

 

The long braided wiring loom features the small MC-1 microphone for installing in US AAF oxygen masks such as the A-8B,  A-10 and A-14, wired to a plug jack type 26 for connecting to AAF Type ANB-H-1 receivers, and culminating in a bell plug of the type used in RAF aircraft radios. These wiring harnesses, though resembling the RAF issue types, were US built to enable AAF pilots and aircrews to plug into aircraft such as the Mosquito, Spitfire, etc. but also the P-47, P-51, B-24 and other aircraft which had been built to British Air Ministry specifications. A scarce accessory. 4 available.

 

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AAF T-30-S throat microphone sealed in   unopened box.

 

It's hard to find anything these days that's never been opened, but this T-30-S throat microphone remains sealed in its cardboard box with the paper seal still unbroken. The box shows wear in a few places and a couple of small splits at the edge, but is still intact.

 

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INCREDIBLE original pin-up girl painted A-2 jacket "Priority Gal", together with photo album, documents and diary to the owner.

 

Superb A-2 jacket with 100% original wartime Varga Girl artwork "Priority Gal" belonging to a navigator with 91st Bomb Group, 323rd Bomb Squadron, 8th Air Force. Leather is excellent (though would perhaps benefit from some dressing). Lining has a little wear at neck, nothing serious. Zip works fine and smoothly. Original red knit cuffs and brown waistband (can't see any evidence these have been replaced so must have been issued this way). Paint has some wear because this jacket was obviously worn on ops - not painted at the end of the war as a souvenir! However the art is clear and well defined. Comes with a superb "Plotting Series" chart depicting all his missions (34 total - so 4 were completed after the jacket was painted!). Also a small notebook in which he has listed all his postings and his first 24 missions with some detail. His playbook, lots of official documents. 6 large format aerial photographs (not labeled but I would guess Germany) and his fabulous photo album. The album covers are handmade of wood and the pages contain 114 photos - some of him in uniform and several neat shots of London and England, but MOSTLY of his girlfriends - and he had a LOT of girlfriends! This guy must have been the quintessential "overpaid, oversexed and over here" type of guy (no wonder the aircraft was named "Priority Gal"!). It's extremely likely one of these girls was the subject of the painting. Great jacket, great grouping. Very difficult to source  these kinds of groupings these days.

 

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest kapok pads – reproduction set of three.

 

Original kapok pads for the 1941 pattern life vest are getting difficult to source and expensive, but these current reproductions are made to the same specs and from the same materials as originals and fill the vest nicely for display.

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Scarce pre-WWII US Army Air Corps Type A-7 Flying Helmet.

 

In very good condition, this scarce pre-war intermediate weight flight helmet was relatively short-lived, with the A-8, A-9, and B-5, B-6 issued in far greater numbers. Made from chestnut brown leather with a chamois lining and fitted with ear cups for the receivers and male snap fasteners for securing a wiring loom (no wiring or receivers present) this example is named to a US Naval Reserve crew member, which is unusual. Nice helmet.

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US Marine Corps used Slote and Klein AN6540 summer flying helmet with ANB-H-1 receivers with braided cord and plug.

 

A nicely used but overall good condition later war USN / USMC summer flight helmet made uunder contract N288s and fitted wit ANB-H-1 receivers, US Navy style cloth braided cord and plug. Size Medium which equates to Large in AAF equivalent (same size as the AN-H-16 above!). Stencilling to brow reads MCO 1S which is a Marine Corps unit (needs more research).

 

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WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask with type 48 microphone is good condition, large size.

 

Getting harder to find all the time, this Type G oxygen mask is in good, used condition, with no damage or hardening, no soft sticky areas, just gentle use and aging with some minor surface crazing and surface cracks at the edge. Suede lining is clean and may have been worn as a "hang down" mask for communication rather than oxygen. Webbing harness is rather stretched out but still supports the mask just fine. Nose wire is still firmly attached at all three lugs, black rubber microphone ring is fine - in fact there are none of the usual problem areas so it displays very well. Good microphone with short cord and plug. Nice mask, especially harder to find in the large size.

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Very scarce WWII RAF high altitude auto-disconnect hose / breathing tube.

 

Introduced late in WWII for use with the Type H oxygen mask in high altitude PR Spitfire and Mosquito aircraft (and very probably Meteor jets) the hose will auto-disconnect from the oxygen regulator so that it does not need to be manually detached prior to baling out of the aircraft. This type of tube remained in service for short time after the war before it was superseded by tube connectors that incorporated provision for emergency / bale-outoxygen. In 30 years of collecting I have seen very few of these on the loose, but one of the first I obtained, many years ago, came from a PR Spitfire pilot who had served in WWII, though sadly his H mask had rotted to a grey sticky lump. A very scarce item.

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WWII RAF hose / breathing tube for the Type G or H oxygen mask.

 

In excellent condition, with no damage or cracking, this standard corrugated black rubber tube is fitted with the plastic screw-in connector at the "mask" end and a brass, Air Ministry marked Mk IV bayonet connector at the other end. Getting harder to find all the time.

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RARE Auxiliary Air Force lapel badge.

One of two exceptionally nice and extremely rare pre-war / early wartime badges on offer. This is numbered 7434 and though not hallmarked, appears from its patina to be silver. The Auxiliary Air Force was a very small, very elite branch of the RAF, often known as "The best flying club in the world" and counted among its members many titled gentlemen and millionaires who learned to fly on weekends, at their own expense, and played a vital part in the Battle of Britain, many becoming famous fighter pilots. This is a very early badge, worn before the Auxiliaries received their Royal warrant (and became known as the Royal Auxiliary Air Force). 1" (25mm) high.

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WWII RAF Observer brevet

Nice, early wartime or possibly pre-WWII Flight Observer brevet / half-wing badge. Flat silk embroidery on wool backing. Has been sewn on and shows just enough wear. Beautiful badge.

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Superb RAF DFC medal grouping with log book (36 ops), photos and other documentation plus mounted medals including Air Crew Europe star to a Halifax Wireless Operator. 

 

One of those rare opportunities to pick up a totally "unmessed with" DFC grouping that has never before been offered for sale. It came to me, via a respected English antique and medal dealer, directly from the family. 1944 dated DFC awarded to Flt Lt J ames L. Sidley, a WOP / Signaller who flew Halifaxes with 51 and then 578 squadron.  Comes with his completed log book which details all of his training plus 36 ops, both night and daytime (daylight ops in Halifaxes were quite unusual) including trips to the most difficult targets and some interesting combat and damage to his aircraft. Incredible that he survived 36 ops like this! many Bomber Command signatures in the log book which are well worth researching. Also includes his other medals: 39-45 star, rare and desirable Aircrew Europe Star with France/Germany bar and Victory medal, plus ribbon bar for all. Other papers include a copy of the citation signed by 3 officers (including an Air Vice Marshall who “strongly” recommended the award!) and a copy of the London Gazette entry is included as are the original documents that came with his medals, plus a couple of original photographs of him and a newspaper clipping announcing his award. DFC is in its original case. Good DFC groupings just don’t come up too often any more. An outstanding and complete grouping that is guaranteed 100% original.

 

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