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Uniforms / Hats and Clothing - British & Commonwealth

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RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap).

 

Nice example of the officer's field service cap, more popular than the peaked cap during the war, with a ribbed silk lining, velvet sweatband and lovely gilt eagle and crown badge. One 5mm diameter moth nip to right hand side which could probably be repaired or disguised - otherwise near perfect.

 

$85 / £70 / €80

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RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF officer's field service cap (sidecap)

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939.

 

Excellent pair of pre-war RAF mess dress trousers i fine barathea wool, tailored by Gieves for L.H.M. Hely and dated 4/39. Complete with all buttons. There is some minor moth damage; one 1/4-inch nip and a series of 5 or 6 pinhead size holes down the outside of the right leg, spaced about 4 inches apart, that are difficult to see. There is another tiny hole on the outside of the left leg and a couple of holes just below the waistline (would most likely be concealed by the jacket). None of it is very serious and practically invisible from a few feet away. Nice early date with a name to research and of course expertly tailored.

$100 / £78 / €92

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RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

RAF mess dress uniform trousers, named and dated 1939

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap.

 

RAF Group Captain's service dress peaked cap from  the early postwar years (after 1952) having a cap badge with the "Queen's Crown."

Otherwise identical to the WWII types. A beautiful cap and still quite rare since this version of the officer's cap, with a single row of gold bullion "scrambled egg" on the peak, was only worn by Group Captains. Excellent condition with little wear and no damage, the only issue being a couple of small tears to the interior oilcloth lining. Tailored by Herbert Johnson of New Bond Street. Lovely patina to the bullion on the heavily padded badge as well as the peak. Patent leather chin strap and peak with green underside.

$85 / £65 / €78

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Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

Post 1952 RAF Group Captain's peaked cap

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic.

 

Uniform items to officers of Air Rank (equivalent of generals) are extremely rare and do not often come up for sale. This is a lovely example of an Air Commodore's tunic, with an interesting modification. The tunic is definitely of WWII pattern, with 4 equally spaced, full-size buttons down the front (the new pattern, introduced in 1947, featured 3 full-size and one flat button, concealed behind the belt). the buttons however, have been replaced—no doubt because an officer of such standing could do so—with anodized (sta-brite) type which were created in 1950 but not actually issued until around 1954 (by which time, all buttons were Queen's crown). Since these sta-brite buttons feature the Kings crown, this Air Commodore clearly wanted to be ahead of the crowd! So, to clarify: a wartime (or pre-1947) tunic with rare first generation anodized KC buttons. No name unfortunately, but it is in great condition and has a lovely set of KC pilot wings, medal ribbons (and loops for wearing a full medal bar). Tailored by Simpsons of Piccadilly. 

$575 / £440 / €515

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WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

WWII RAF Air Commodore uniform tunic

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war.

 

One of those caps that always seems to stir up arguments as to era! My honest opinion is that caps with the large rolled seam and crescent shape peaks are post war, but who can say for sure that some tailors were not working with this pattern before August 1945? This cap is definitely pre-1952, and features a beautiful, heavily-padded King's Crown badge. Maker marked to Herbert Johnson of 38 New Bond Street, London; Hatters by Appointment to his Majesty, George VI. Roan leather sweatband and patent leather chin strap. Lovely shape, hardly any wear and I can find 2 pinhead sized nips underneath the fold. Priced as postwar but ideal for a WWII display.

$155 / £125 / €140

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RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

RAF officer's service dress cap, late war/early post war

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman RNVR.

 

Introduced in 1944, largely as the result of petitioning by FAA aircrews who wanted an army/RAF style battledress to wear for flying instead of their double-breasted uniforms. The RN finally gave in and two types were issued, a fly-fronted (concealed buttons) version for all ranks, and this gilt button type, exclusively for officers, which would include Midshipman - the RN equivalent of a Warrant Officer. Rank is that of a Midshipman in the Naval Reserve (known as the "Wavy Navy" and denoted by "wavy" gold braid). This example is in excellent condition, large size and dated 1944. Though available to RN officers in all trades and professions, it was especially favoured by FAA aircrews.

$350 / £285 / €325

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Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Navy officer's working dress blouse, rank of Midshipman

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap, named.

Royal Flying Corps side cap for other ranks in excellent condition. Khaki wool serge cap with a well-polished brass RFC cap badge and RFC brass buttons. It has a number stamped on the wool sweatband 33177 and inside the sweatband is the name green and the number 293, handwritten. Very good condition with minimal wear and one pinhead size nip at the top edge just behind the badge (very difficult to see). These are getting very hard to find.

$235 / £190 / €215

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Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

Royal Flying Corps other ranks sidecap

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified.

RAF (or possibly RAAF) KD jacket, late war production judging by the label, which has been field-modified by cutting and turning up the sleeves and making it a short-sleeved jacket. Light wear but no damage (other than lacking the belt and one belt loop has become detached at one end), and original KC black buttons. Nice variation - if contrary to regulations!

$95 / £75 / €86

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RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF KD service dress jacket, modified

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch.

Very nice RAF 1937 pattern webbing set, with all components showing equal wear, with owner's service number on belt, cross-straps and canteen cover, holster dated 1943 and ammo pouch dated 1942. Canteen cover is dated 1942. Other markings are there but faded. All hardware is made of brass with a good patina. Canteen is wool covered and retains original cork. A very nice set which will display well on a RAF tunic or uniform.  RAF webbing is getting harder to find these days.

$250 / £205 / €230

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RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing set with belt, cross-straps, canteen, Webley holster and ammo pouch

RAF 1937 pattern webbing belt in excellent condition.

Very nice RAF 1937 pattern webbing belt with all brass fittings, retaining much of its original blue grey blancoed finish. Large "N" to centre and maker markings visible but difficult to determine. Excellent example.

$70 / £57 / €65

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RAF 1937 pattern webbing belt

RAF 1937 pattern webbing belt

RAF 1937 pattern webbing belt

RAF 1937 pattern webbing belt

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943.

Excellent RAF other ranks' sidecap in excellent condition, showing virtually no wear. Maker marked and dated 1943. Size 6-1/2 so may have been issued to a WAAF (they also had the option to wear these). Perfect for display and has  a lovely well polished badge and correct KC buttons. 

$75 / £60 / €68

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RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

RAF other ranks sidecap dated 1943

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force.

Nice example of the standard 1940 pattern British Army battledress blouse, made from khaki serge wool and dated 1945. Very large size! Khaki BD was issued to all RAF personnel stationed in Europe after D-Day serving with the 2nd tactical Air Force, because the RAF blue uniforms were easily confused with German uniforms. All correct buttons are present, no insignia and shows little or no wear. There are a couple of very small moth nips on the sleeves and two on the left shoulder, but these don't detract.

$200 / £165 / €185

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British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

British Army battledress blouse, 1940 pattern, dated 1945, type issued to RAF 2nd Tactical Air Force

Scarce RCAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School.

KD service dress tunic acquired directly from a RCAF veteran pilot who spent part of his service time as an instructor at Air Observers School #8, located at Ancienne Lorrette Airfield outside Quebec. Tunic is well-marked and dated 1942 and is fitted with scarce AOS (Air Observer School) buttons. BCATP items are scarce and  would be  well worth researching for more details.

$125 / £105 / €118

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Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

Scarce RAF KD tunic to BCATP Air Observer School

RAF Air Ministry issue coathanger, dated 1938.

Only ever seen one of these previously, and for a uniform collector or just as a display item, they are quite brilliant. Well made and sturdy all wood coat or uniform hanger (it has the crossbar for trousers) superbly marked with the A-crown-M and contract number as well as stores reference information. Another one of those rare and unusual accessories. 2 available. Price is for one coathanger.

$80 / £65 / €75

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RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RAF issue coathanger, dated 1938

RARE RCAF zip-front battledress blouse, dated 1944.

 

One of the rarest items of Commonwealth uniform/flying kit - this is the first I have ever been able to offer. Though never introduced for RAF crews, the RCAF produced - for a short time - a zip-front Suits Aircrew (battledress) blouse for wear by aircrew only. Though similar to the Blouse, Aircrew  it featured a concealed front zip fastener with a single button at the waist. This example is in near new condition, with very light wear. Though named inside, it has no insignia attached, but a great label dated 1944 and Canadian WD proofed. Superbly tailored, the Lightning zip works perfectly, there is little evidence of wear and no damage. A very rare uniform/flying jacket.

$650 / £575 / €655

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RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RARE RCAF battledress blouse with zip front, dated 1944

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap dated 1944.

 

RAAF uniform items being made of dark blue wool are considerably more scarce than the other Commonwealth uniforms. This is a very nice example of the RAAF other ranks side cap, with a great bronzed badge and excellent label. There are a couple of small moth nips at the very back edge (invisible from the sides) but these don't affect the appearance or integrity of the hat, and it has been customized by sewing up the opening at the top, no doubt a popular style!. Size 7 and dated 1944.

$90 / £80 / €92

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RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAAF other ranks side cap/forage cap

RAF other ranks service dress trousers.

Quite difficult to find, especially in good condition, because these hard wearing wool trousers were often kept and worn after the war. This pair is in excellent condition, with original early brass dished buttons (though some appear to have have been resewn). No label but there is an ink stamp inside the waistband, although it is difficult to read. These are correct wartime pattern and would compliment any wartime service dress blouse/jacket. No sign of mothing or anything but very light wear.

$145 / £125 / €146

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RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

RAF other ranks service dress trousers

Absolutely mint condition, unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with the rare, early faux French cuffs.

 

Quite literally the most perfect, unissued and unworn example of a WWII Other Ranks service dress tunic I have ever seen, Canadian made and labeled to a tailor in Montreal, the jacket has the early faux French cuffs (double stitching a few inches above the cuff to resemble a tuned back cuff). Faux French cuffs were phased out on RAF OR jackets in 1940 but evidently this tailor continued the practice because this jacket is dated 1942. The small white tacking stitches used by the tailor are still in place, as is the small white tacking cross-stitch on the rear vent. It has never had any insignia attached, except for the shoulder flashes/eagles (applied the wrong way around - eagles facing front instead of rear).  RCAF buttons and matching detachable belt.  A fantastic find! Impossible to upgrade.

 

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Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

Unissued RCAF Other Ranks service dress tunic with rare, early faux French cuffs

RAF Suits, aircrew, blouse for an Observer dated 1943.

First introduced in 1941, the RAF version of the army's "battledress" was authorized exclusively for aircrew, and only to be worn while on ops. As such, it was technically a flying suit. Fitted with metal buttons (one later wartime plastic replacement) and has pleats at the back. This example has a good 1943 dated label and is in very good overall condition, except for a small amount of white residue on the right sleeve. Not sure if it's paint or what - I have not attempted to clean or brush this off bit I think it would clean. Blouse has Canada shoulder titles and lovely Canadian made swept Observer wing.

$485 / £370 / €440

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RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

RAF Suits, aircrew, Observer dated 1943

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant.

Dark (navy) blue battledress blouse of the Royal Australian Air Force dating from 1946-52 - the postwar cut but pre-1952 with KC buttons. Has Canada shoulder titles which are machine sewn on and evidence there once was a pilot wing above the left breast pocket. Great condition but no ID (label appears to have been removed).

$65 / £50 / €60

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Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

Immediate postwar RAAF battledress blouse to a Canadian flight lieutenant

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic by Gieves, early postwar.

 

Exxcellent high quality RAF tropical khaki service dress tunic named and dated 1954. Features rare KC anodized buttons (later known as Sta-Brite) maker marked to Gaunt of London. KC anodized buttons are quite scarce - introduced in 1950 but not generally available until 1954; the fact that this tunic is dated 1954 and still has KC buttons is very curious. Also has a superb quality QC pilot wing, heavily padded and with a pin back, plus WWII medal ribbons including a DFC. Named on the Gieves label inside to S.W. Cutbill. Flight Lieutenant shoulder boards. The sleeves appear to have been lengthened, including moving the scalloped cuffs.  An excellent jacket, and well worth researching for the obvious WWII history of Flt. Lt. Cutbill.

$120 / £88 / €100

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RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF KD jacket wings

RAF KD jacket wings

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

RAF tropical khaki uniform tunic, early postwar.

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket.

 

Excellent Australian made example of the Aertex Bush shirt/jacket, complete with its matching belt. Fitted with detachable black plastic RAF/RAAF buttons and has a great linen label in the neck.  There is a faint ink stamp alongside the label with a date that looks like 1950 so this may have been issued or reissued later - but is definitely WWII pattern.

$120 / £90 / €110

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WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

WWII Australian made Bush Shirt/Jacket

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap.

 

Identical to the wartime issue (which was only worn by RAF police and other special units) this cap is an excellent early example, well marked and dated 1952, the first year it would have been issued with the Queen's Crown badge. Blue serge wool with piped seam, faux leather chin strap and peak with mohair band. Leather sweatband.

$50 / £38 / €45

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Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

Post WWII RAF other ranks peaked cap

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942.

Superb and unissued pair of RCAF canvas and leather shoes made by Gutta Percha company and dated 1942. Not sure of their exact purpose - could be for wear on balloons / dirigibles or flying boats.  Standard Oxford type shoes with blue grey canvas uppers and leather toecaps, leather soles. Size 10.5 with crisp Broad Arrow "C" stamp on sole and Gutta Percha inside with clear 1942 date. Unworn with only light storage marks, these would be difficult to upgrade.

$125 / £92 / €110

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RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RCAF canvas and leather shoes by GP dated 1942

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945.

 

Nice example of an issue pattern RAF service dress uniform for a warrant officer, tailored in blue barathea wool with a blue/grey satin lining, good 1945 dated label and a nicely worn heavily-padded Flight Engineer's brevet to the left chest. Worn wings always suggest use while on operations, because the parachute harness would tend to rub the silk thread (even if a mae west is worn). Jacket shows use but no excessive wear or damage. The wool has that nice "shiny" look in a few places. Sadly no name but flight engineer uniforms are not too common in my experience.

$175 / £130 / €155

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RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF Warrant Officer Flight Engineer's service dress jacket dated 1945

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar.

Quite a rare variation of the standard War Service Dress blouse. Dated 1945, this would have been manufactured and worn with a standing collar that could be fastened up to the neck. Some officers and senior NCOs  would have their tailor modify the neck to an open "lay-flat" collar, which was finally introduced as standard in later, post-war patterns. This is an example of a wartime blouse which has been modified, very nicely (though somewhat roughly on the inside). It has also had some period repairs to the back, which again have been very nicely done so as to be almost invisible. An interesting and scarce modification. All good period insignia including a nice flat Navigator brevet.

$300 / £220 / €265

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RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1945, modified to open lay-flat collar

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer.

Very nice, high quality RCAF officer's Service Dress jacket to a Flying Officer/Air Gunner. Very good condition showing only light wear, with a lovely RCAF Canadian made Air Gunner brevet. Good labels inside jacket but no sign of an owner's name.

$175 / £205 / €245

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RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

RCAF officer's Service Dress uniform jacket to an Air Gunner Flying Officer

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket.

Probably dating from the 1970s or later, this green fatigue shirt/jacket bears  RC Signals shoulder flashes (used by the Royal Canadian Signals Corps) and corporal's stripes on both arms. Seems to be made of the lightweight "ventile" type cotton fabric first introduced in the 1950s. Slanted breast pockets for spare magazine clips, large bellows pockets on the skirt. Button front and large, heavy plastic button fastening to all pockets. Label has been removed from inside but jacket is otherwise in excellent used condition.

$65 / £70 / €85

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Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

Royal Canadian Signals Corps fatigue shirt/jacket

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot. Officer quality tailoring from fine barathea wool, yet this is an issue uniform rather than privately tailored. While officers were generally expected to provide their own uniforms from private tailors, other ranks and NCOs, being less well paid, were supplied from RAF stores. Since Warrant Officers were senior NCOs who wore officers' uniforms, they were provided with officer quality materials. These were not common and don't turn up on the collector market all that often. Though not named, this Warrant Officer's SD tunic is a beautiful example of an issue "officer grade" uniform, and includes a lovely well-padded pilot wing brevet.  

$350 / £255 / €300

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WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

WWII issue Service Dress tunic to a Warrant Officer pilot.

Royal Marine Commandos green beret.

Very good and rare example of the Royal Marine Commandos green beret with pre-1952 cap badge. Manufactured by  Compton Sons and Webb, though the name is partially faded and obscured by glue residue from what looks like a piece of tape - perhaps a name tag or label. It looks to be a size 6-3/4 and the board arrow mark is legible, as is a partial date, ending in a "3". This could be 1943 but could also be 1953, although the badge is pre-1952 and has clearly been on the beret for a long time. Not sold as WWII because it cannot be guaranteed, but a great and rare piece of headgear in very good used condition.

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Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Royal Marine Commando green beret

Superb and rare RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition with "economy" version of badge.

 

Absolutely superb RAF other ranks beret, dated 1945 and fitted with the wartime economy version of the cap badge in black bakelite/plastic. Nice clear markings inside with maker, date and WD arrow stamp. Usually these berets have indications of moth or insect damage, this one is exceptional in having absolutely no wear or damage. Two piece construction with a seam around the crown and at the back; diagonal quilted cotton lining with waterproof layer in between and leather edge. Impossible to upgrade.

$195 / £145 / €170

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RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

RAF wartime dated beret in unissued condition.

Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" style cap.

 

First and only example of this I have ever seen!  Dark blue baseball cap with a lovely gilt and enamel Fleet Air Arm pilot wing  (Queen's crown) to front, gold "chin cord", oak leaves/scrambled eggs to peak.  Shows quite a bit of wear though no damage. Not an official item but I'm sure it's got a few stories!

$30 / £22 / €26

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Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" cap

Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" cap

Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" cap

Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" cap

Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" cap

Cold War era RN Fleet Air Arm "Baseball" cap

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers.

 

Excellent high quality full dress uniform tunic and trousers to a Major in the British Army Intelligence Corps who was also a qualified RAF pilot, perhaps from WWII, since the tunic has a gorgeous pair of bullion on blue wool dress RAF pilot wings and a nice row of WWII medal ribbons. Tunic is labeled to a base tailor in Newcastle  Upon Tyne. All good insgnia with anodized QC buttons (QC pilot wing). Includes matching dark blue bool trousers with green stripe at the sides. Both items in extremely good condition. Would be worth doing some research.

$120 / £88 / €100

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Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligemce Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligemce Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

Postwar British Army Intelligence Corps complete dress uniform tunic and trousers

RAF uniform dress socks in perfect, unissued condition, broad arrow labeled and dated 1945.

Last pair! Extremely scarce uniform accessory - unissued pair of RAF uniform dress socks in perfect condition. These were worn every day including on operations. Black wool, ribbed pattern, calf length socks. Both still have original labels intact and are dated 1945.  Very hard to find accessory to complete a RAF uniform and flying kit display. 

$90 / £65 / €75 

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RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

RAF uniform socks dated 1945

WWII dated RAF PT Shorts.

 

A seldom found accessory for an airman's kit. Blue grey cotton shorts used with a white t-shirt for PT every morning. In very good condition. This airman had the good sense to replace the drawstring tie with elastic which retains its stretch. Size 36 waist and well marked with a 1942 date. Very good condition.

 

$50 / £35 / €42 

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WWII dated RAF PT Shorts

WWII dated RAF PT Shorts

WWII dated RAF PT Shorts

WWII dated RAF PT Shorts

WWII dated RAF PT Shorts

WWII dated RAF PT Shorts

British Army officer's sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge.

 

Excellent officer's sidecap with a beautiful slider-back cap badge of the Royal West Kent Regiment. No wear or damage but some staining to the interior. Badge and GS buttons appear to be WWI era and this may have belonged to someone serving in the Home Guard 1940-43. 

$85 / £65 / €73   

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British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

British Army sidecap with Royal West Kent Regt. badge

Cold War era RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964.

 

Royal New Zealand Air Force battledress blouse of the postwar (1947 pattern) dated 1964. Made from the same blue serge wool as WWII examples but with the different flap pockets, streamlined collar and lapels and QC "sta-brite" buttons. Embroidered eagles to upper arms and nice sergeant's stripes to both sleeves. Made in New Zealand. New Zealand uniforms are quite scarce, and this example, though not wartime, is in very good condition.

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RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RNZAF battledress blouse dated 1964

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket.

 

A very shortlived design for uniform jacket for Other ranks in the 1970s. Made from barathea wool of officer grade, the jacket had a zip front and 2 diagonal zip pockets to the chest. It proved to be unpopular and was quickly withdrawn. This example is in good condition, with no damage or mothing, though the main zip puller is missing and rank stripes (looks like corporal) have been removed leaving threads behind. If nothing else, the material could be used for repairs and patching an older uniform.

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RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket3

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket3

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RAF 1972 pattern other ranks short jacket

RCAF Khaki Dress  other ranks jacket for a flight sergeant.

 

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket, dated 1943 with faint but legible maker markings printed inside, with correct red/green tropical shoulder eagles and sergeant's stripes with large embroidered crowns as used uniquely by the RCAF. A good displayable example of the tropical issue uniform.

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RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RCAF Khaki Dress jacket for Flight Sergeant

RAF Queen's Crown (postwar) uniform full-size brass buttons.

 

A quantity of postwar RAF uniform buttons (all full-size for tunic or greatcoat). Various different makers, and styles - including a few  "Sta-brite" - all with Queen's Crown. Let me know your needs and I will try to find matching styles while stocks last.

Price each.

$1.30 / £1 / €1.15

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RAF QC buttons

RAF QC buttons

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