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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 September - October 2018

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RAF Battle of Britain 50 year anniversary commemorative dagger.

 

Produced to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this Wilkinson Sword dagger with polished wood hilt is complete with its leather scabbard in a felt lined wood case with Churchill and RAF medallions and plaque with Churchill's famous quote. The blade is etched and in superb condition, the metal fittings show signs of tarnish and the case has some wear, a couple of dings. Could all be cleaned up and would look great. The blade is the main thing and that is excellent.

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The Eagle Squadrons: Yanks in the RAF 1940-42 by Vern Haugland, signed by the author and 15 Eagle Squadron pilots.

 

From the library of a well-respected collector and historian. An incredible piece of history. First edition of Vern Haugland's book on the Eagle squadrons (Ziff-Davis 1979) signed by 15 ES pilots as well as a dedication and signature of the author. Excellent condition, with a few bumps (it's been passed around for signing!) but no damage. Try finding these signatures all together in one place!

 

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WWII RAF Navigator's flight computor, Mk 4, in its canvas case.

Often see the Mk I, Ia and ICAN type flight computers but this is the first RAF marked Mk 4 Dead Reckoning flight computer I have ever come across. The design is based upon the standard US AAF issue type. Used by fighter pilots to calculate their route and plan their flight though primarily associated with navigators on the heavy bombers. Excellent condition and well marked. Canvas case has a large broad arrow marking. Computer is maker marked as well as stores ref. 6B/490

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RAF navigator's dividers, dated 1942.

For plotting a route and measuring distance on a map, these were an inbvaluable tool. Lovely Air Ministry markings, clear 1942 date. Minor loss of plating, otherwise excellent and complete with both sharp points intact.

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RAF navigator's Douglas Combined Protractor and Parallel Rule (1)

Another invaluable tool for the navigator of the heavy bomber but also used by fighter pilots. This example is in absolutely beautiful condition, with no warping or discoloration, only a few minor surface rubs and scratches. Nice clear Air Ministry A-crown-M mark and 6B/47*.

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Superb, original painted RAF Type B flying helmet with history, plus Type D oxygen mask, Type 21 microphone and all wiring.

 

A truly exceptional and one-of-a-kind collector's item that has been in my personal collection for some time. A Lovely 1939 dated Type B helmet made by Wareings, size 2, fitted with guide plates for the Mk IV series goggles and fully wired with correct cord including the high-low impedance switch box. Fitted with an original Type D oxygen mask and Type 21 microphone. The helmet shows less than average use and wear, slightly grubby but no damage. Retains leather covering to both Bennett buckles and leather zip pullers, sponge rubber inserts and correct receivers. One U-shaped scar (perhaps from an old repair) to left rear ear cup and metal in strap "V" absent. Of great appeal is the artwork painted to the front / top of the helmet; perhaps flames or Kilroy type figure in red and yellow aircraft paint. The switch box is also painted in the same paint at each end. Most of the paint seems to still be there. Occasionally, helmets surface with names or numbers painted on, but this is the only example of a helmet with artwork I have ever encountered. D mask is well above average, grubby from use inside and with 2 or 3 minor pin holes to the wool plus a half-inch worn spot on the nose, otherwise excellent. Helmet belonged to a rear gunner with 150 squadron serving on Wellingtons and Lancasters, including a spell testing a secret experimental downward firing heavy gun installed in the bomb bay of some Lancasters (see scan of original Avro blue print attached). After extensive testing, the design was abandoned and never entered service. A great helmet with interesting history worthy of much deeper research!

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Great War Royal Flying Corps Triplex flying goggles model A-3 with case.

 

Excellent pair of early First World War flying goggles by Triplex. The model A-3 were an early use of the famous Triplex laminated glass lenses for protection against wind and dust but also non-shatterable. Condition is outstanding, with the frames, lenses and strap showing very little use or wear. The cloth surrounds are still intact and the spring-loaded frames work well. Lenses show very slight yellowing and no signs of delamination. This is the style most common;y worn by RFC pilots and observers for the first 2 or 3 years of the war, before the introduction of the goggle masks with "teardrop" shaped lenses. Beautiful gold foil stamping on both sides where the strap joins the frames. The case is hard shell covered with waterproof linen and has done its job well, protecting these rare goggles from the ravages of age and wear.

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Extremely rare RAF jet age Type J pressure breathing oxygen mask.

 

One of the rarest RAF issue oxygen masks, the Type J was the RAF's first design for a pressure breathing mask for use at extreme high altitude, where the ambient air is so thin, oxygen must be forced into the wearer's lungs. The switch to the front enabled pressure breathing to be turned on or off as needed and The nose was reinforced with a section of hard rubber to prevent leakage. It was found that this mask did not provide a sufficiently good facial seal and its use was short-lived. Very few were produced and hardly any have survived. Though it resembles the H mask, it is actually made from a completely different set of moulds and from a different mix of rubber, which did not age well. Most J masks are in very poor condition. This example shows signs of age but is far better than most. The rubber is still mostly pliable, if a little stiff and fragile in places, mostly around the valve, microphone and switch. The latex inner part show signs of deterioration where it has crystalized at the edges, but remains fairly soft and for the most part still pliable. . The mask is certainly strong enough to display and looks great on a helmet. It retains all its component parts and the nose-wire is still held in place by rubber lugs in the moulding. The strap / harness - also quite different to the H mask - is well marked. Overall a fairly decent example of this very rare mask in much better condition than normally found. Dated 1953.

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WWII RAF Type G oxygen mask strap / harness.

 

A used but original and complete harness for the Type G oxygen mask. The elastic webbing is stretched out and slightly faded in places, but will do the job to complete a mask in need of its strapping.

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WWII RAF slip-on rank slides for Flight Lieutenant.

Good pair of wartime slip-on type rank slides for use on the tropical bush shirt but also often worn on the "suits, aircrew / war service dress / battledress".  Minor fraying in one spot (looks worse in photos).

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RAF 1945 dated War Service Dress with Flight Engineer brevet and medal ribbons.

 

Extremely nice 1945 dated RAF War Service Dress (commonly called battledress) blouse in a larger size 12 (40-41 chest and 36 waist) but intended for wear over multiple layers. Flight Sergeant rank stripes and crowns (stripes not a perfect matched pair but close) plus nice flat embroidered Flight Engineer brevet / half-wing and medal ribbons for 39-45 star, defense and war medal. Blouse and all insignia are authentic period items and sewn with cotton thread but blouse is not named or identified and badges may be a later addition. It is a nice representative piece in excellent condition and a good size.

 

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RARE RAF / intelligence photo-montage target / print recognition map of Stuttgart and Esslingen.

In 30 years of collecting this is the first example of one of these photo-montage maps I have ever come across officially ID'd and marked with a stores. ref. no. 9B/1896 and labeled as "print recognition". Comprising 4 vertical aerial photographs, each 10" x 10" and mounted on heavy board, joined with blue linen tape and folded up. It opens up to 20" x 20" and makes a great back drop for any Bomber Command display. dated 18th march, 1941 - so very early in the bombing war. A great display item in excellent condition.

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ABC of The RAF "New Edition" printed in 1943.

 

Excellent wartime publication of great value to historians and collectors alike, with literally tons of information about the RAF in wartime, from a complete list of all the senior ranking officers to the components of a parachute. 154 pages plus cover, with some colour sections, rank equivalents, principles of flight, diagrams of aircraft and aircraft recognition. It even includes details of RAF raids during the war to date. Everything you could want to know about the RAF. This is the 1943 edition in very good condition. If you don;t have a copy - i recommend it highly (I have one in my collection and I reference it often).

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WWII RAF gilt "pathfinder" badge or cap eagle.

The gilt eagle which formed the officers's cap badge was also issued as the official "pathfinder" badge, therefore without known history and provenance, no one can say for sure that any of these are "pathfinder" badges. Some pathfinders had jewelers attach pins to their badge while others used them as is. This just happens to be a particularly striking gilt badge, struck in exquisite detail and maker marked Firmin, London on the back. A lovely example sold as what it really is. A gilt RAF eagle badge. 

 

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Fabulous wartime illustrated book for children, c.1940 / Battle of Britain on Fighter aircraft.

 

This is a superb children's book featuring what would have been the most famous fighter planes in the world at the time the war started. Includes British, American and German aircraft, retaining rich colour illustrations and full description of each. 20 pages, 11" x 7.5" - neatly inked inscription inside front cover shows it was given as a birthday gift in 1942. Has price of 1/6 pencilled lightly on cover.  My guess is this was probably first published in 1939-40. One of a set of two - see below for companion book on Bombers.

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Fabulous wartime illustrated book for children, c.1940 / Battle of Britain on Bomber aircraft.

 

This is a superb children's book featuring what would have been the most famous bomber planes in the world at the time the war started. Includes British, American and German aircraft, retaining rich colour illustrations and full description of each. 20 pages, 11" x 7.5".  My guess is this was probably published in 1939-40. Has price of 1/6 pencilled lightly on cover.One of a set of two - see above for companion book on fighters.

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Sweetheart or "Man in service" gift; doily for or from a pilot in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm.

 

Fleet Air Arm sweetheart or "home front" items are not all that common - don't think Ive ever seen one of these before. Very nice blue silk / satin doily with lace edging and beautiful hand-embroidered FAA pilot wings with crossed Union Flag and RN Ensign "duster" above. Immaculate condition, stored in a drawer for over 75 years.

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Very nice WWI US Air Service winter flying helmet.

 

Though similar to the standard issue pattern flying helmets worn by US Army Aviators in WWI, I think this is quite likely a privately purchased type, because it is of a very high quality leather and very warm! Chestnut brown leather in a typical pinwheel pattern with a short peak, lined with sheepskin fleece around the sides, brown flannel in the crown, with various external tabs and guides for goggle straps and possibly an additional tightening strap. Triangular flaps over the ears are more for show than function. The chin strap has a press-stud / snap fixing but the corresponding male piece is now missing, although this doesn't detract from its appearance. A very nice helmet that displays well.

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WWII Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm hand painted wood plaque for 1831 squadron.

 

Quite a rare example for anyone who collects these rather nice WWII painted squadron plaques. This fatures the crest of Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm squadron number 1831, which existed only for a short time. They were formed at Quonset Point, Rhode Island in April, 1943 and equipped with Lease-Lend F-4U Vought Corsair fighters, but disbanded in December, its pilots assigned to other ships, then reformed in New Brunswick, Maine in November, 1944, still fying the Corsair - but too late for combat duty and was therefore disbanded again.

 

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RAF Type H oxygen mask with large type 57 microphone (same as WWII issue).

 

Type H oxygen mask in excellent used condition, fitted with Type 57 microphone as used in the WWII version of this mask. This example is 1965 dated (the H mask was issued from 1944 until the 1980s, so successful was the design). Though wartime dated examples are extremely rare, this would work perfectly for a display. Rubber is perfectly supple, no signs of cracking, the white chamois ling is slightly grubby but all straps are present and included are the two small nuts and bolts for securing the the helmet snaps - those are quite hard to find! 

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RAF magazine / manual TEE EMM for the Christmas / New Year of 1944-45

 

TEE EMM was much beloved by RAF personnel for its humour and cartoons, but was in fact, strictly speaking, a technical publication (manual) and was required reading for all RAF servicemen (as well as highly restricted at the time). The humour was merely a means of getting important messages across to aircrews and ground crews alike. Pilot Officer Prune of course made every mistake possible yet lived to fight another day. This is a special issue -  Volume 4, number 10, the Christmas 1944 / New Year 1945 edition, hence the ubiquitous RAF eagle is dressed as Santa Claus, carries a large sack and is surrounded by snow. Very good condition, slightly grubby on the cover which is stamped Officers' Mess RAF Kinloss. Highly collectible in their own right and great fun to read.

 

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RAF magazine / manual TEE EMM x 2 issues. February 1943 and August 1943.

 

TEE EMM was much beloved by RAF personnel for its humour and cartoons, but was in fact, strictly speaking, a technical publication (manual) and was required reading for all RAF servicemen (as well as highly restricted at the time). The humour was merely a means of getting important messages across to aircrews and ground crews alike. Pilot Officer Prune of course made every mistake possible yet lived to fight another day. Offered are 2 issues: Vol 2. No. 11 (Feb 1943) and Vol 3. No. 5 (Aug 1943). Many interesting articles and the usual cartoons and funny stories. Price for both together.

 

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Interesting WWII Propaganda booklet "Target Germany" produced and printed in England to show what a great job the 8th Air Force was doing.

 

An interesting booklet, subtitled "The US Army Air Forces Official Story of the VIII Bomber Command's Fist Year Over Europe." 120 pages, mostly full of photographs including targets, personnel, maps and many aircraft including nauseate. Makes a very interesting read. Nor damage to cover and part of second page missing (a letter of introduction from the head of the Air Ministry in London, Archibald Sinclair). One of the less commonly seen booklets of its type.

 

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Army Air Forces official and restricted book on air gunnery: "Get That Fighter."

 

Produced in collaboration with the US Navy and dated November, 1943 - this booklet is for Air Gunners and deals specifically with how to shoot at a fighter aircraft when he is flying directly at you. It features a comb-binding to lay flat with numerous diagrams and fold out pages with enemy fighter silhouettes, both German and Japanese. Extremely interesting restricted publication. Pilot handbooks are seen frequently but this is one for gunners I have never come across before.

 

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RARE and important official WWII Luftwaffe technical manual on painting aircraft, including correct placement of national insignia, dated 1944.

"Der Flugzeugmaler" (The aircraft painter) published in Berlin, 1944.  Very rare and invaluable source guide for anyone who collects aircraft parts with markings, or for modelers and historians to whom details are vital. Profusely illustrated text on paint schemes for German aircraft, including correct sizes, colours etc. for code letters, balkancrosses and swastikas. Technical details about the aerodynamics of paint and the effects of combat and altitude, types of paint, correct mixes, textures and various types of spray guns and compressors used. Everything you could want to know about how wartime German aircraft were painted. No damage or writing. Slight yellowing to paper, overall excellent condition for age.

6" x 8.25" (152mm x 210mm) 114 pages + cover.

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Scarce early wartime RAFdouble-sided escape map of Greece and Bulgaria / Romania. 

 

Very early double-sided silk escape map printed in black and white only, issued by the Air Ministry to airmen flying over Eastern Europe primarily from North Africa. Maps 9S and 9T dated 1941. Slightly grubby but no holes or damage. Quite a scarce map.

 

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Very nice, gently used late war Type C flying helmet in desirable large size 3.

 

A very good example of a later war Type C flying helmet, well marked inside as a size 3 (large) and also a good clear stores reference emboss and broad arrow to the right hand cheek. Leather is in excellent condition, clean and soft, as is the chamois lining. Rubber ear cups are undamaged and pliable. Elastic chin strap is brown instead of the usual blue-grey - never seen one this colour before but it is perfectly standard type.  Named to F/L D. Marshall Woods and also marked 55MH  inside the ear cups. Late war pattern, intended for fitting an internal wiring loom, though none is fitted.

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Scarce, complete AAF SW-141 push-to-talk switch assembly including neck strap.

 

Quite a tough item to source. The SW-141 push-to-talk switch assembly plugs into the throat mic. or oxygen mask microphone and enables the crew to communicate with each other by pushing the switch on the side, or it can be set to stay on "talk" mode if the pilot wishes to address all together. This example by Walter Schott of Beverly Hills is in unissued, perfect condition, the cord still bound with its linen ties and retaining its adjustable leather neck strap.

 

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest stole inflation lever + securing ring.

 

One of the hardest accessories to find on the loose, since most life vest stoles (bladders) were stored with a cork and these lever mechanism only fitted as needed. This lever is in good working order, some surface pitting - it's a later, unplanted model made of bronze with a good clear broad arrow mark and visible inspector's stamp. Included is the securing ring and collar for holding the lever in the stole. Very scarce. Some assembly required!

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest floating lamp in box.

 

Good original RAF floating light for the 1941 pattern life vest and also the Taylor Buoyancy suit. Blue painted metal housing for the batteries shows light oxidation in  couple of places, and one small dent (which could probably be straightened out). Good wiring of the early, reddish brown colored type is not cracked or broken and remains flexible. Wooden floating lamp and bulb housing. Well marked with A-crown-M and stores ref. information. Contained in original storage box. A decent example.

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest dinghy attachment.

 

A very hard to find accessory for the 1941 pattern life vest. This "female" attachment was usually sewn onto one of the straps of the life vest and the "male" part, attached to the dinghy, could be connected so that the crewman and dinghy were connected. Excellent condition, no rust, works perfectly.

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest heliograph / signal mirror.

 

Small heliograph which was technically survival equipment and carried in the K dinghy, but many pilots and aircrew chose to carry on in the pocket of their 1941 pattern life vest. Excellent condition, minor age soiling to the white canvas case. The polished steel "mirror" and sighting device are perfect.

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest plastic signal whistle.

 

Introduced quite late in the war, the plastic version of the survival / signal whistle which tied to the eyelet/grommet on the left side of the 1941 pattern life vest is quite scarce. They were produced quickly and cheaply and were unmarked. The metal "snail" whistle which was issued to aircrews for signaling on land or at sea is actually far more common. This plastic pea-less tube whistle replaced the metal whistle because the metal could freeze to the lips in extreme cold - and the pea could freeze making it useless. This example is in unissued condition, very slightly misshapen but no cracks or damage. 

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WWII RAF 1941 pattern life vest high visibility skull cap.

 

In pristine, unissued condition. The skull cap was one of the first accessories to be issued with the then "new" 1941 pattern life vest, however by 1943 its use and issue had been discontinued, being thought of as redundant in light of newer rescue technology. The cap served a secondary function of providing some protection from the sun. The result was that many of these remained in stores for years, unused and unwanted, until a large batch came to light several years ago. That batch has now gone and these are no longer as plentiful as they once were. This example is unused, has no markings (about 50% of those I have seen have stamped Air Ministry information, others are unmarked). Impossible to upgrade.

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RAF Type D intermediate internally wired flying helmet showing light use, large size. This is a current reproduction by Sefton.

 

Though I rarely offer reproduction items, I do realize that there is a place for museum quality replicas in certain cases: for example to enable collectors to fill a gap with extremely rare or expensive items and variants, or for those who practice living history who wish to avoid wearing, and possibly damaging, authentic items. On offer here is a RAF Type D tropical flying helmet made by Sefton Clothing, who supply these replicas for the movies and TV use as well as for museum displays. It is stunning in its accuracy and feel, and in perfect condition having been worn perhaps once. It is fitted with a genuine wiring loom and plug with expertly cast replica receivers complete with Air Ministry reference number. A generous size for display or re-enacting, somewhere between a 3 and 4 (Large and Extra-Large). What makes this reproduction interesting is that it is a very rare variation of the Type D: an early pattern helmet, with leather chin strap and Bennett buckles, and externally mounted ear cups, but built to take an internal wiring loom. Priced well below what these cost new - and a fraction of what an original in this condition sells for.

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WWII RAF Type C internally wired flying helmet showing light use, largest size 4.

 

A very good example of a Type C helmet, late war internally wired model with 5 leather tabs at the rear, complete with full wiring and correct Air Ministry marked receivers, oxygen mask plug and bell-shaped plug. Leather is in very good condition, soft and pliable, has been recently treated with leather dressing. It's that lovely. slightly lighter, reddish brown leather rather than the dark, peat brown more commonly seen. Chamois lining is typically grubby from hair oil. Nice large embossed broad arrow to left cheek along with 22C stores reference information. Helmet is a very generous size 4 (ex-large - the largest available). All wiring is clean, rubber ear cups are soft and pliable. There appears to be remnants of yellow aircraft paint to front, as though it may have had a name at one time (now difficult or impossible to discern). A very nice helmet in a very difficult size.

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AAF AN-H-15 flying helmet in factory fresh, unissued condition with instruction tag attached.

 

Not an uncommon helmet by any means, but I have never seen an ANH-15 helmet with this paper tag attached (to one of the rear snaps) explaining the use of "threaded snaps" for securing the oxygen mask. This was undoubtedly in response to the many reports of crews losing their masks if suddenly exposed to outside air rushing in as a result of combat. Helmet itself is perfect bar a little age / storage soiling and is a Large size. Very interesting and states that all masks issued after December 1944 would have the tiny screws with them - much earlier than most people thought!

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Exceptionally nice pair of boxed RAF Mk VIII goggles with spare lenses and anti-mist cloth.

 

Unissued set of Mk VIII flying goggles, complete in their transit box with the extra lenses and small tin containing a rag impregnated with anti-misting compound. Goggles are most probably early post-war - they lack the rolled edge on the frames, but in all other respects are identical to the earlier production. Wide, thick pads and raised vents. There is a faint but discernible broad arrow stamp on the leather behind the hinge and they are maker marked Lever Bros. on the strap buckle. Fitted with high altitude gold tinted lenses with clear lenses in the box. Strap still has full elasticity. An excellent pair.

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Exceptionally nice pair of Japanese Army Air Force flying goggles.

 

Very nice set of Japanese Army Air Force flying goggles of the type / colour scheme associated with Army Air Force pilots and aircrews. Green velvet pads, black metal frames, brown elastic strap and clear "cat's eye" lenses. Unusual maker mark/logo to frame. Overall extremely good condition. The strap still retains some elasticity and the lenses are undamaged and with no signs of delamination. One of the original nuts securing the strap to the frame has ben replaced (see pictures). This is out of sight and does not detract from this very nice set

of goggles.

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RAF Type E* oxygen mask reproduction by Sefton Clothing.

 

I rarely offer reproduction items, but I do realize that there is a place for museum quality replicas in certain cases: for example to enable collectors to fill a gap with extremely rare or expensive items and variants, or for those who practice living history who wish to avoid wearing, and possibly damaging, authentic items. On offer here is a RAF Type E* oxygen mask made by Sefton Clothing, who supply these replicas for the movies and TV use as well as for museum displays. It is stunning in its accuracy and feel, and in perfect condition, incorporating many original parts. The strap, harness, microphone, valve, malleable nose frame and internal valve are all genuine original parts; only the rubber face piece is reproduced, from modern rubber which appears identical to an original, but will never perish like an original, making it ideal for display or for re-enacting. Offered at a fraction of the price of an original in such condition and well below what these cost when new.

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RAF  oxygen mask breathing tube / hose for the Type G / H mask (1)

 

Getting extremely difficult to find. Black rubber corrugated tube with plastic screw-in connector for the G or H mask at one end and brass connector with clothing clip at the other end, both bound with twine. No signs of cracking or damage to rubber, overall excellent condition.

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RAF  oxygen mask breathing tube / hose for the Type G / H mask (2)

 

Getting extremely difficult to find. Black rubber corrugated tube with plastic screw-in connector for the G or H mask at one end and brass connector with clothing clip at the other end, both bound with twine. No signs of cracking or damage to rubber, overall excellent condition.

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WWII AAF A-10 Revised oxygen mask in superb, unissued condition.

 

Rapidly becoming one of the most difficult to find items of USAAF flying headgear, the A-10R oxygen mask was used extensively for a short period prior to the introduction of the A-14. Essentially identical in function to the A-10 Standard, but made from completely new moulds to eliminate the need for the cumbers head harness or Juliet strap. This example is dated 4/43 and retains its original grey colour, having never been used nor handled too much. Includes its grey webbing straps and the rare clip for snapping to the left side of the helmet (I can also furnish similar clip for the other side at extra cost). Though it has no nosewire - this may never have been fitted (they were optional). A very difficult mask to find and this one is almost impossible to upgrade.

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WWII AAF Type A-14 oxygen mask in lightly used but great condition, with microphone fitted.

 

AAF A-14 oxygen mask dated 8/44, size medium, in excellent condition showing perhaps very light use. Fitted with the correct ANB-MC-1 microphone with its cord and plug, ready for display. The rubber, including the thin straps, are in perfect shape, with no signs of cracking or perishing at all. Good webbing harness with all snaps and clip in place. Hose excellent. A really nice example.

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Scarce AAF helmet / oxygen mask clip for the A-10 standard revised oxygen mask (style 2).

 

This clip was specifically for the A-10 standard revised / modified oxygen mask when used with the B-5, B-6, A-8 and A-9 flying helmet. A very hard to find accessory. 

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RARE RAF / RAAF Blood Chit carried by pilots and aircrews flying over or near Eastern New Guinea and New Britain.

 

Very rarely seen Blood / Goolie Chit and promissory note issued by the Australian government and written in Pidgin English on one side, with the English translation on the reverse, to enable shot down pilots and aircrews to communicate with the native people of Eastern New Guinea and New Britain. Printed on card, 5.5" x 3.125" (140mm x 80mm) with minor creasing. Overall very good condition and a rare chit. Ref. Last Hope by R.E. Baldwin

 

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RARE RAF / RAAF Noemfoor Glossary: 

language aid for airmen on the island of Noemfoor in Dutch New Guinea.

 

Single sided paper "Chit" with a glossary of terms and language to be used if confronted by natives of Noemfoor in Dutch New Guinea. Printed on thin parchment type paper, 7" x 4.25" (178mm x 109mm). Folded into 3 to fit inside a wallet or pocket. Overall very good condition, with minor staining. A rare chit. Ref. Last Hope by R.E. Baldwin

 

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WWII Japanese surrender leaflet / safe conduct pass issued and distributed by the Australian government.

 

Large, double-sided paper "Chit" printed and distributed by the Australian government and most likely dropped on Japanese troops by RAAF bombers, the message is simple. It guarantees safety to any Japanese soldier who willingly surrenders to  Australian troops. 12.25" x 9.75" (310mm x 250mm) it has been folded to fit a pocket. Yellowed with age with a few small nicks at the edge (no paper missing) overall very good condition.

 

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Scarce AAF ID card for airmen in the USSR and other Eastern European countries.

 

These rare ID cards were issued later in the war as Allied forces and Russians got nearer to each other and Allied airmen were more likely to encounter Soviet troops if shot down during an air battle. The ID card / Chit contains a request to be directed to the nearest American or British Military Mission, with the message printed in Russian, Polish, Czech, Yugoslavian, Hungarian and German as well as English. No promise of a reward is included, but it was a lifesaving document and was usually augmented by another paper or rayon flag chit which did offer a reward for the safe conduct of the holder. These ID cards are much more scarce than the flag chits. Folded and worn with a name inked in but no photograph. Ref. Last Hope by R.E. Baldwin

 

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Scarce USAAF aircraft ID model moulded in black heavy rubber. P-51D Mustang

These aircraft ID models make lovely collectibles in their own right! Approx. 1/76 / 00 scale moulded in black rubber. This is a 4-45 dated P-51D Mustang. It is not warped and misshapen as are many, but is in excellent condition. These rarely turn up any more!

 

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Scarce USAAF aircraft ID model moulded in black heavy rubber. Messerschmitt 109G

These aircraft ID models make lovely collectibles in their own right! Approx. 1/76 / 00 scale moulded in black rubber. This is a 1942 dated Me 109G. It is not warped and misshapen as are many, but is in excellent condition. It has one splash of yellow paint to the middle of the underside which I would guess was the place to aim at for gunners. These rarely turn up any more!

 

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37 original WWII AAF nose art photos.

 

An amazing collection of nose art photos, none of which I believe have ever been published. These are all period photos, most are good size, 05" x 4" (130mm x 100mm) with the smallest being 3.75" x 2.75" (95mm x 70mm). Most;y B-24 but also ncludes some less common types like the P-38 Lightning and C-47 Dakota. 37 photos total.

 

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Late 1940s USAF H-71 / A-13 leather flying helmet / headset.

 

The ultimate US issue leather flying helmet, developed from the A-11 for use with jet powered aircraft and perhaps the most attractive of the older generation of US helmet designs. Grey leather with a chamois lining and fully enclosed padded receivers. The helmet was actually the H-71 and the headset (communications) was A-13 - which is slightly confusing in terms of nomenclature - and most collectors refer to it as the A-13 helmet. This is an exceptional example in size Extra-Large and appears to be unissued and unused. It retains both internal telephone receivers and pads but lacks the internal wiring loom, though those can be found. All essential parts are intact, including the pocket for the plug jack for connecting an oxygen mask microphone and the pig-tail for binding the external lead. Not a common helmet and essential for any early fast jet display.

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Superb and rare early WWII complete uniform to a captain in the Italian Regia Aeronautica, comprising visor cap, tunic with belt and matching trousers.

 

A superb complete uniform to a captain and pilot with the Italian Air Force, comprising visor cap with a Napoli tailor's label, matching tunic and trousers made in Milan, compete with scarce double-buckle belt. Tunic shoulder insignia and cap indicates engineering branch (with crimson trim to rank lace) and medal ribbons include the WWI Italian War Merit Cross and WWI Italian War Medal, which would indicate he served in WWI where he probably trained and served as a pilot, later rejoining the Regia Aeronautica as an aviation engineer (it was fairly common for WWI veterans to rejoin the service under Mussolini's fascist regime). The label in the tunic may have some faint writing but I cannot make it out - however the uniform may be able to be researched based on the insignia. Condition is very good, with one small old repair to left shoulder, otherwise excellent. Superb tailoring (as you would expect for Milan) and a quite stunning display. The beautiful gold pilot wing is solid back with a typical period Italian pin fastening but unmarked. Italian uniforms of this quality are quite scarce.

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Luftwaffe enlisted man's visor cap with orange waffenfarbe for "signals" branch.

 

Extremely nice, officer quality visor cap for an enlisted man in the signals branch of the Luftwaffe (orange piping). Blue grey wool top, black mohair band, orange felt piping, orange linen lining with celluloid sweatshield and leather sweatband, maker marked and dated 1939. Size 58-1/2. Interior shows some wear, but nothing serioius, one small tear to leather sweatband and part celluloid sweatshield is torn, slight wear to linen. Outside there is a very tiny moth nip to the waffenfarbe at the front, barely noticeable. Nicely detailed aluminium eagle, wreath and cockade, plus patent leather chin strap. Visor is green checkerboard pattern and has some crazing to top.

 

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Luftwaffe 1940 dated mess serving / table spoon.

In incredible condition, this aluminium table spoon looks hardly used. Very lightweight but almost no scratches. Nice droop tail eagle / swastika engraved on the handle, and to the back a date of 1940 plus maker mark of GAG and FLUV. Great display accessory.

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Scarce 1943 dated RAF wall clock in perfect running order.

Lovely RAF wall clock, 7" (180mm) diameter in black anodized metal case.  A good working example. The back of the case is serial numbered and dated 1943. The movement back bears Air Ministry crown and stores reference 10A/10449. While not as desirable (nor anywhere near as expensive!) as a sector clock or even an ops room clock, the 10A prefix identifies this as RAF Radio Equipment indicating these were used at wireless radio receiving stations for timing and recording positions during operations. as such they are an important and practical piece of history with the added bonus of being an excellent and very accurate clock.

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Great War period Elgin pendant watch marked for British army issue. Non working.

 

Lovely 7 jewel, gilt movement pendant watch by Elgin, USA. Serial number 20059789 indicates it was manufactured in 1918. The watch is in non-working condition – I have no idea what the problem is. It may be an easy fix and it may not, but it s priced accordingly. I believe the crystal has been replaced with a very thick glass type. Nice face with large, bold Roman numerals and small dial with separate second hand. Marked on the back of the case with a British military broad arrow and the number 79793L so it may have been issued for flight use by the RFC or RNAS. A lovely watch. The crystal and back of the watch unscrews to come off.

 

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Adolf Hitler's greatest Hits; set of two vinyl record albums.

 

First of all let me see I do not, in any way, shape or form endorse these items or their contents, but a friend was given them from a house-clearance and asked me to dispose of them for him. Therefore I will say now I will accept any decent offer on his behalf. Basically it's a set of 2 vinyl albums from the 1970s containing recordings of Hitler's most well known speeches. Records looks fine. One sleeve has a taped repair across the top. Please check out the pictures for lists and details.

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AAF T-17 "Lollipop" hand-held microphone.

 

Classic and iconic "Lollipop" microhone as seen in so many WWII period training flims and movies such as "12 O'Clock High" etc. The T-17 "Lollipop" microphone was used in all AAF heavies, from the B-17 and B-24 to the B-25, B-26 etc. This example has been painted with red aircraft paint, perhaps a form of personalization? Who knows. Very good condition.

 

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AAF T-30-V throat microphone by Shure Brothers.

 

The T-30-V is one of the lesser common production variants of the T-30 throat microphone. Neatly packed in its original box with instructions, this example is unissued and unworn.

 

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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 RAF Type E* oxygen mask / microphone carrier mask.

 

The E* (E-star) oxygen mask quickly replaced the Type E oxygen mask and remained in service throughout the war. Even after the Type G was introduced in 1943, the E* was retained, with some converted to use as a microphone carrier only (by removing the tube) and issued until 1945.  Many E* masks were factory converted Type E masks (a valve and new strap arrangement added) as in this case. Later examples were made from new moulds which differed slightly. This example is in good, displayable condition. The rubber remains very flexible without being sticky with perhaps one or two very small areas at the edge where it is stiff (but not rigid) - this is caused mostly by the glue used to cement the chamois edge lining. Early rubber technology was not brilliant and few of these makes survive in excellent condition, but this one is certainly good and displays well. Of interest is the fitting of the Type 48 microphone  which has a Type 57 cord / plug  usually associated with the H mask. This is100% original to the microphone. Though not perhaps as rare as once thought, these masks are by no means plentiful and I have no idea when I will see another.

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Excellent WWII USAAF officer's "chocolate" tunic with all insignia, British made.

 

Beautiful dark green (often known as "chocolate" ) Class A gabardine service dress tunic with felt AAF patch to left upper sleeve, felt "stubby" wing 8th AF patch to right upper sloeeve, sterling marked pinback pilot wing, captain's bars, medal ribbons including the Air Medal and purple heart, US and winged prop collar / lapel devices. All in excellent condition and with a great label inside indicating it was English made and dated 1944. A scarce and unusual uniform of very high quality.

 

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EXTREMELY RARE WWI RFC and RNAS pilot's escape / evasion and survival map showing Emergency Landing Grounds in Belgium, dated 1914.

 

The only example of such a map I have ever come across and dated 1914, this map shows areas where it is safe (and not safe) to land - essentially an escape, evasion and survival  map for WWI pilots. Since flying machines at that time were extremely unreliable and likely to conk out at anytime, it was always useful to know where there were landing fields. 26" x  22" (660mm x  560mm) with a scale of 1 inch to 6 miles and drawn by the War Office, this rare map is in excellent condition, linen backed and folded to fit inside the leather coat or flying suit pocket. A very early evasion and survival item for pilots.

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RAF ditching whistle for 1941 pattern life vest. Early pealess "tube" style.

 

I came across yet another of these from a totally different source - but this is the last that I know of. They are by no means common and I doubt I shall see another for a long time. These early tube type whistles were originally RAF police issue but were issued with the early batches of 1941 pattern life vests (later replaced by plastic version). The snail whistles were issued to all aircrew for attaching to the battledress and could be used on land as well as at sea. The pea could easily freeze in cold sea hence the tube type were more suitable for attaching to the mae west. This is a nice example, retaining most of its chrome plating. Some loss of plating but that does not detract. A very nice example.

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