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PC221
Luftwaffe Electrically Heated Channel Trousers - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th February 2020

Luftwaffe Electrically Heated Channel Trousers - The two piece ‘flight suit was introduced in the spring of 1941, and replaced the more cumbersome one piece flight suits and were was commonly referred to as the "Kanalanzug" (Channel Uniform). The ‘Kanal’ trousers were first issued in blue/grey cotton and in late 1943 a leather version was offered, often to ME 262 pilots flying in defence of Germany. The standard characteristic of the trousers are two large frontal pockets, here with Prym marked snaps together with numerous other snap and zip closure pockets all designed to hold an assortment of safety aids in the event of ditching over water. The zips are all original and carry the leather pull tabs. Some are marked RHEINNNANDEL whilst others are by ZIPP, with lightning bolt logo and the ankle zips are by RAPID.

This set is the scarce electrically heated variant with all the connecting wires and connecting plugs intact. These two piece suits were not actually heated in themselves but carried a 24 volt power supply from the aircraft and enabled heated gloves and boots to be connected to the jacket and trousers. Inside they feature the characteristic blue velveteen that remains in very good condition. In the waist band is sewn a makers label named to 'Karl Heisler' Berlin C2, Magazin Str 14’ and below and ink stamped ‘Great No 23790’. The label carries an uncompleted date stamp reading 194 and a BA inspectors stamp. It also has a hand written name ‘Prfm Hamann’ which we believe to be the original owner although we have no information on him.

Generally the cloth is in above the average condition and very clean but the garment does show signs of service wear, mainly where the inside lower legs have rubbed together above the boots. One area has what appears to be a period repair but on display this hardly notices. In addition one of the closure snaps is missing from bottom of one of the front pockets but agin is invisible on display. The canvas waist adjusting belt and loops for the braces/ suspenders remain in place, although the suspenders are no longer present. Those with a copy of ‘Deutsche Luftwaffe’ can check out a near identical set illustrated on pages 252-261. An increasingly scarce and desirable example that would sit happily in any collection.

£1250.00
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PC219
Luftwaffe Fémáru M 37 M Pistol Holster - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th February 2020

Luftwaffe Fémáru M 37 M Pistol Holster - Fémáru P.37(u) Pistol was manufactured by Fémáru Fegyver- és Gépgyár R.T. Budapest in Hungary. The Model 37 was an updated and simplified version of the earlier blowback design, the Model 29. The Hungarian Army adopted the updated pistol in 1937, and in 1940 joined the Axis Powers and in 1941, the Third Reich contracted with FÉG for 50,000 Model 37s which were primarily issued to the Luftwaffe, with the calibre changed to 7.65 mm but to the same basic pattern but with the addition of a safety catch.

Our holster would originally have held one of these weapons and is maker coded to the rear ‘cdc’ indicating it was made by Kern, Klager & Cie of Berlin, who also supplied binocular cases in WW11. Below the factory code is the date of manufacture indicating 1943. Various types of holster were made for the M 37 but this German made example is all leather and carries a pocket to the front for a spare magazine and a strap and stud for securing the weapon. The leather shows evidence of service use but remains sound whilst the base metal rivets evidence some rust. The back of the holster has a loop for attaching to a belt, as well as carrying the manufacturers code as mentioned. Inside the holster it is unlined and the inner flap carries ink stamping reading ‘Nur für Pistole 37 M (Ung) Kal. 7,65 m/m’, which in translation means ‘Only for Pistol Model 37 (Hungarian) Calibre 7.65mm’. Those owning a copy of the reference book ‘Deutsche Luftwaffe ‘ will find an identical holster illustrated on pages 338 & 339.

A very clean example of an increasingly rare Luftwaffe holster that would of course display well with the Luftwaffe belt we are also just listing.

£225.00
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PC218
Luftwaffe Enlisted Man's Leather Belt and Buckle - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th February 2020

Luftwaffe Enlisted Man's Leather Belt and Buckle - Another fabulous item that is entirely new to the market and most unusually comes with confirmed wartime provenance. It was recently discovered in the Normandy The village of Saint-Vaast-d’Equiqueville, located 25 kms south of Dieppe, and in WW11 was the GHQ of Generalleutnant Erwin Sander, commander of the 245. Infanterie-Division. The 17th Luftwaffe Field Division was based in the village from 1942 and six men were billeted at a local farm. When posted elsewhere at short notice in 1944 in the rush to pack up and leave they left behind some items of equipment, including this belt. The current owner of the farm was a boy of 15 in 1944 and took the belt as a souvenir when their uninvited ‘guests’ left and has remained with him in Normandy ever since.

The belt is in fine original condition although it is clear the unnamed original owner was very slim, as the belt has been field shortened with the adjustment strap removed from its original position and somewhat crudely resewn to suit a smaller waist, as evidenced in the photographs. The belt is stamped with the makers name Joseph Moll, Gogh and dated 1937. The pre-war specification brown leather is in fine original condition, as is the early aluminium buckle and clip. The eagle, swastika and wreath are all well defined but with some evidence of service wear. The back of the buckle is stamped ‘39’ whilst the hook attachment is embossed ‘OLC’ in a diamond surround. Sadly the belt is not named but we can only hope the wartime owner was not put on a charge when this essential piece of Luftwaffe property was found missing!

Clearly here the story behind the belt is as important as the belt itself and we will supply a written letter confirming the wartime provenance so the associated history is not lost in the future.

£195.00
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PC226
White Cotton Flying/Motoring Helmet - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th February 2020

White Cotton Flying/Motoring Helmet - On offer is a very basic unlined white cotton flying or motoring helmet. It has no provision for any communication equipment but would have given a certain amount of hair protection from wind buffeting in the air or on the road. It does not carry any manufacturers label and the only information gleaned from the inside is a pencil size mark of 6 ¾ and a confirming paper label giving the same information. The only other clue we have to its origins is a ‘1940’ ink date stamp to the chin strap. This may be original but it is possible it has been added to this helmet to sex it up and create more demand. Actually we would date it as being more likely to have originated in the 1930’s and whilst the helmet is the real deal the jury is out over the date! It certainly looks the part and gives that classic ‘Amy Johnson' (or Keith Park!) look for a very modest price!

£48.00
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PC223
Luftwaffe LKp S101 Summer Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th February 2020

Luftwaffe LKp S101 Summer Flying Helmet - This model was introduced in 1938, and replaced the 1936 specification LKpS100 and whilst made to the same basic pattern it featured improved Siemens communications and better sound insulation. Instead of aluminium earphones housings of the earlier helmets this features hard rubber cups covered with dark brown leather which had a more streamlined appearance and with an external recess at the top which helped secure the goggle straps in place. The avionics were also enhanced by the installation of a Perspex membranes inside and padded with fleece lined cushions around the earphone speaker. The housing for the throat microphones on the LKp S101 was also improved with two straps containing the microphone linked by an inverted “T” at the nape of the helmet. This also served as the junction between the helmet’s internal wiring and the long cord and plug-in connector. The throat straps were adjustable by means of two buckles, and once correctly adjusted could be joined together or removed at the front by means of a snap fastening.

On offer is a good issued example of the type and whilst it displays evidence of quite hard service life it is complete and despite minor issues displays very well. The ‘salt and pepper’ cotton weave fabric shell shows signs of inservice use, particularily on the outside brow and a very tiny tear to the front right section but this does not detract on display. The leather parts are good although the left chin strap buckle has been damaged at some stage and has been neatly sewn back on. The helmet has provision for use with a a 3 point oxygen mask with an adjustable brow strap fitted; the metal parts show slight age wear. The goggle straps are all fine and functional and fitted with Prym snaps; the characteristic double chin straps are both excellent.

Inside the helmet the earphones Perspex covers remain in place, and embossed Ln 26602 and are in excellent condition. It is fully wired and carries a 1 metre long wiring lead with a 4 pin plug fitted marked BLKvFL 27968 and unusually one side has been painted green to ensure it is quickly connected to the female coupling on a ‘right first time’ basis. The helmet is fitted with the early pattern round Mi4a & FL26779-1 magnetic throat microphones. The lining is made from olive satin with lambswool around the receivers, for added comfort. The lining shows evidence of very light service wear and remains in exceptional condition. Sewn in are two woven set of labels; identical examples are shown in Mick Prodger’s ‘Luftwaffe V RAF’ reference book page 25 centre top and described as ‘labels from an early helmet’. The top label is named to Siemens and marked below Baumuster LKp S 101 and Ln. Nr 26617 ; below is a clear red BAL inspectors stamp. A secondary manufacturers oblong label is also attached reading STRIEGEL & WAGNER KOM.GES. LICHTENFELS/BAYER.OSTMARK Grosse : 55, indicating a small size. This is almost certainly a pre war manufactured example that could well have served through the Battle of Britain although its history has been lost down the years. This pattern is becoming increasingly hard to find and is priced to reflect its overall condition. Despite the issues mentioned it would provide a very decent example of the type in any Luftwaffe or flying helmet collection.

£365.00
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6825
RAF Engraved Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 19 days ago

RAF Engraved Cigarette Case - An excellent example that whist not dated almost certainly originated in WW11. The outside of the case in engine turned and to the centre is a crisp set of RAF wings surmounted by a Kings Crown; whilst the paint is now largely worn away we believe the crown was originally red and the ‘RAF’ lettering was set against a blue background. The case, which is chrome finished, has the odd bump from usage which is as to be expected but remains in generally good condition with no wear to the chrome and the hinge and spring catch both remain in good working order. The reverse of the catch is marked ‘Made in England’ and possibly the makers name, which we have been unable to decipher. Inside is equally crisp and the case retains the original elastic for holding the cigarettes in place. What lifts this example well above the norm is a presentation engraving on the inside lid reading :‘To Babs with all my love, Al.’ Sadly the history of the piece has been lost down the years but we can only assume this was given by 'Al' to 'Babs' as a present to his wife or girlfriend as a sweetheart gift and in the days when almost everyone smoked and enjoyed up to 40 ‘Woodbines’ a day would have been a functional rather than a rmantic present! This case would sit happily in any RAF collection and is significantly cheaper then a similar silver example that also turn up from time to time. Measures 3 3/4” x 3 1/2” (9.5 cm x 8.5 cm)
£42.00
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OC230
A pair of RAF Photographic Printing Blocks - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 23 days ago

A pair of RAF Photographic Printing Blocks - We believe these date from WW11, deduced by the uniforms worn but also both appear to be dated 1943 on the reverse. One block features a photographic image etched on a copper plate showing an RAF man relaxing off duty with pipe in hand, who is wearing Khaki Drill shorts, long socks and an RAF Battledress blouse. No rank or other badges are shown so it is impossible to identify who, where or exactly when. The other block, which is of identical dimensions 4.25"x3.00” (11cm x 7.5 cm) and the etching features an RAF sergeant standing in his No 1 Other Ranks uniform without cap and with hands in pockets. Sadly the paper label to the reverse is in poor condition but also appears to be dated 1943 as mentioned already and also an indistinct name which we have been unable to decipher. Printing blocks like these were used alongside similar blocks containing typescript and were mounted in a printing press to commercially produce images and text for publications and it seems likely both images may have been printed in the same unknown wartime article. The copper etchings are nailed to a mahogany hardwood block and these represent a modestly priced and unusual pair for an RAF or printing collection that illustrates a technology that is now just for the history books.
£10.00
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OC462
Battle of Britain Ground Crew Support Set - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 24 days ago

Battle of Britain Ground Crew Support Set - Manufactured by ‘Leddo’ to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain back in 1990 against model No. BB1003. This was a brand of die cast toys, founded in 1982 by Matchbox co-founder Jack Odell and Burt Russell and they produced diecast vehicles in Enfield, England from 1983 to 1999. The name was created by the founder by a reversal of his Odell's surname, a mnemonic device from when he served in WW11 in the African desert and he used it then to avoid forgetting his wireless call sign! The company, like so many, could not however compete against low cost producers in the Far East and ‘Lledo’ went bankrupt in 1999 and Jack Odell died 2007. The demise of his ‘Lledo’ range saw the end of die cast manufacturing here in the UK or for that matter in Europe.

The three models in this set carry the ‘Days Gone’ range sub branding which was launched in 1983. The models are a Refuelling Bowser, a Balloon Barrage Tender and a Mobile Airfield Workshop Tender, that enabled the ground crew to bring the repair facilities to the fighters they were charged with maintaining. They are made in a scale that varied according to the model but they are in the range of 1:50 / 1:64 but are generally classified as about 1:60. Finished in RAF blue they are all finely detailed and remain in excellent condition despite being 20 years old. What makes this set stand out from the crowd is that as well as the internal display box it also comes with the original external card posting box that has a label with the address 250, Southampton, S09 7YG and a postage paid stamp. Whist these sets still turn up quite frequently this is the only example we have seen with the full packaging included. The boxes show evidence of minor age wear but generally reflect the models themselves, that appear never to have been played with.

Modestly prices but clearly never to be repeated so grab this set whilst you can!

£18.00
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6672
RAF Aircrew Snail Whistle - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 4 days ago

RAF Aircrew Snail Whistle - A good original issued example with clear embossing with King's Crown, AM, 23/230 and on reverse 293/14/L1795. Some wear to chrome finish, commensurate with service use and a nice sign to differentiate the original item from the reproductions now available on the market. The suspension loop is still attached and these were often hung from the collar loop of the aircrew battledress blouse or from Mae West lifejackets, as illustrated in the famous picture attached showing Guy Gibson and his 617 Squadron crew. A small but indispensable rescue aid that must have saved the lives of many downed allied airmen in WW 11.

£60.00
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4456
WW11 RAF Pilots Knee Board Note Pad 1944 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 15 days ago

WW11 RAF Pilots Knee Board Note Pad 1944 - A remarkably basic but essential piece of kit issued mainly to single seat pilots. These kneeboard note pads developed in the early days of aviation during WW1 for use by the Royal Flying Corps and continued in RAF service up until the present day where the note pad becomes an integral part of the fast jet aircrew flying suit. In the Great War the aerial view became increasingly important, once the initial mobile phase of action developed into what we now know as ‘trench warfare’. Trenches were hazardous to both mounted troops and men on the ground and prevented them from effectively reconnoitring enemy lines. Aircraft had no such restrictions and both cavalry and aircraft pilots and observers had to make notes and draw sketch maps of what they saw on their reconnaissance missions. Both types of personnel did this using boards strapped to an arm or a leg. Whist WW 1 examples turn up from time to time this is the very first WW11 pattern we have obtained and clearly dates to 1944. The front of the board has a note pad that in this instance has been used with a few pages remaining ; interestingly it is stamped 2/52 so despite its wartime origins was still in service in the early 1950s. The pad is clamped in position by a wood strip held in place by a pair of butterfly nuts and hidden below the pad reads Form 433 and date, aeroplane & pilot.

The reverse of the board, which is made from varnished plywood, caries two permanently mounted leather straps, large enough for attachment to either thigh or arm. These are secured by a pair of quick release Bennett’s buckles, marked accordingly and of the same pattern used on RAF B and early C flying helmets. The leather remains very supple and the buckles are in good working condition. In true Air Ministry style the board is fully stamped up with relevant nomenclature and is headed ‘S.L. 1944’ followed by a Broad Arrow property mark and is dated 1944. Below is stamped ‘H855996/43/C22(b) Stores Ref No 6F/171’ and a further broad arrow for good measure! RAF stores reference code 6F covers ‘Personal Equipment Aircraft’.

A range of photographs are attached showing the detail and the final period picture illustrates a similar but rather more sophisticated board from RFC and early post WW1 period showing intended usage. The board measures 10” x 6” (25.5 cm x 15.5 cm) A modest but very useful piece of WW11 RAF flying kit that is now remarkably hard to find in any condition. This one ticks all the boxes and would make a great addition to an RAF collection or mannequin display.

£85.00
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1422a
Vintage Lator 17 Jewel Chronograph Watch - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 24 days ago

Vintage Lator 17 Jewel Chronograph Watch - Whilst I don't profess to be an expert in vintage watches I have always had an interest in them and more so for those of military style or origin. I am currently thinning out my own collection and have decided to let this classic Lator go to a new home. I purchased it at auction back in 2003 and other than having the chronograph function repaired it has not been touched since and has never been worn whilst in my ownership.

The overall condition reflects the lack of use and believe our picture tells the full story. The steel body, bezel and crystal are all in remarkably good shape, as is the stunning black dial. All the chrono functions work correctly with the top button starting the sweep second hand with the right hand subsidiary dual recording the elapsed time from 0 to 45 minutes. The bottom button stops the sweep second hand and elapsed time, whilst a further press zeros the second hand and the cumulative minute counter back to zero. The left hand subsidiary dial records seconds and continues to run independently of the chrono function. The central control is for standard manual winding.

I have personally never removed the screw watch back but when purchased I had a colleague who specialised in clocks and watches check it out. He advised the movement fitted is a very high quality Landeron 248 example. A little research via on line chat rooms indicated the following and I quote, with thanks to blogger Michael Stockton :- ' I’ve featured a couple Landeron pieces before and it’s clear that this is the redheaded stepchild of vintage chronograph movements. Well, it shouldn’t be, unless durable, easily repaired and accurate movements are ripe for disdain. You will get a legitimate vintage chronograph that boasts a movement so fool proof that it made chronographs available to the masses. Think of a Landeron 248 much like you would a Ford Model T and you’re on the right track'. Certainly a great endorsement from one who knows!

The one oddity on this watch is the back plate is Broad Arrow marked and below 6B/551 and 2296/67. This would appear to indicate the watch had RAF associations but my limited research has failed to confirm this. I have again found online a chat room advising of a Lator chronograph carrying similar makings to ours with debate, concerning its origins, but again no final decision was reached. So in view of this (and unlike some E bay sellers we could name!) we are offering as ‘A military style chronograph' probably dating from the 1960's that sits well both on the wrist or in a specialist collection. Whilst it appears to be in good working order it has not been serviced in at least 15 years but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is fitted with an appropriate mint and unused grey nylon NATO strap by CWC and as with all our stock please ask if you require further detailed photographs.

Pricing on this model remains a mystery. Currently one is for sale on the net at £1,495.00 and another at £635.00 The last one we saw actually sold made £310.00 on E bay in March 2018 and believe this is closer to the mark so we are pricing ours in the same ballpark and is for sale as seen.- Whilst I don't profess to be an expert in vintage watches I have always had an interest in them and more so for those of military style or origin. I am currently thinning out my own collection and have decided to let this classic Lator go to a new home. I purchased it at auction back in 2003 and other than having the chronograph function repaired it has not been touched since and has never been worn whilst in my ownership.

The overall condition reflects the lack of use and believe our picture tells the full story. The steel body, bezel and crystal are all in remarkably good shape, as is the stunning black dial. All the chrono functions work correctly with the top button starting the sweep second hand with the right hand subsidiary dual recording the elapsed time from 0 to 45 minutes. The bottom button stops the sweep second hand and elapsed time, whilst a further press zeros the second hand and the cumulative minute counter back to zero. The left hand subsidiary dial records seconds and continues to run independently of the chrono function. The central control is for standard manual winding.

I have personally never removed the screw watch back but when purchased I had a colleague who specialised in clocks and watches check it out. He advised the movement fitted is a very high quality Landeron 248 example. A little research via on line chat rooms indicated the following and I quote, with thanks to blogger Michael Stockton :- ' I’ve featured a couple Landeron pieces before and it’s clear that this is the redheaded stepchild of vintage chronograph movements. Well, it shouldn’t be, unless durable, easily repaired and accurate movements are ripe for disdain. You will get a legitimate vintage chronograph that boasts a movement so fool proof that it made chronographs available to the masses. Think of a Landeron 248 much like you would a Ford Model T and you’re on the right track'. Certainly a great endorsement from one who knows!

The one oddity on this watch is the back plate is Broad Arrow marked and below 6B/551 and 2296/67. This would appear to indicate the watch had RAF associations but my limited research has failed to confirm this. I have again found online a chat room advising of a Lator chronograph carrying similar makings to ours with debate, concerning its origins, but again no final decision was reached. So in view of this (and unlike some E bay sellers we could name!) we are offering as 'a military style chronograph' probably dating from the 1960's that sits well both on the wrist or in a specialist collection. Whilst it appears to be in good working order it has not been serviced in at least 15 years but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is fitted with an appropriate mint and unused grey nylon NATO strap by CWC and as with all our stock please ask if you require further detailed photographs.

Pricing on this model remains something of a mystery. Currently one is for sale on the net at £695.00 and another at £575.00 The last one we saw actually sold made £310.00 on E bay in March 2018 and believe this is closer to the mark, so we are pricing ours in the same ballpark and is for sale as seen.

£295.00
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4014
Luftwaffe First Pattern M35 Map Case - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 25th February 2020

Luftwaffe First Pattern M35 Map Case - A very fine issued example manufactured by Leo Schmidt, O.H.G München 15, 1935. This company made a variety of high quality leather items for the German armed forces including boots, webbing, pistol holders or as here map cases or Kartentasche. These were used by both Army and Air Force personnel including the Fallschirmjäger both pre-war and throughout WW11. In Luftwaffe use they were issued on a limited basis, to specifically designated personnel such as unit commanders, pilots, and observers.

This example is in exceptional condition with no issues and with the added bonus that the normally missing leather & plastic map holder insert, that remains within the case. The M35 map/dispatch case was based on the Weimar era Reichsheer pattern but with minor improvements incorporated. The front closure arrangement was simplified in mid-1936 with the replacement by a standard buckle and an additional small front pocket was added in 1938, although the early pattern cases continued to be manufactured throughout the war.

The case has a leather flap that is held secure by the a base metal slide in bar closure system with three slots cut in the flap to allow for the size of the contents. Inside the flap exposes 7 recesses for assorted pencils, a wooden ruler holder, an receptacles for an eraser and a map case pocket knife. Nearly always the contents is now absent as here but this is compensated for by the leather and plastic map holder that is in great original condition. Whilst the outside of the case carries the makers details as mentioned, the inside flap carries further clues to its service life with the Luftwaffe This is clearly stamped ‘Kdtr. Trav’ which we believe is the German military abbreviation for ‘Kommandantur’ meaning ‘Administrative Headquarters Commandant's Office’ which is over stamped ‘Fl. H. Kdtr Pütniz,’ which refers to ‘Fliegerhorst Kommandantur, headquarter of the Airfield’ and a further stamp reads Fl. Schule Pütnitz, which translated is ‘Flying School Pütnitz’. Below is a further stamp ‘35’ which we assume confirms the 1935, manufacture date. On line research indicates Pütnitz-Damgarten was a Luftwaffe airfield built by the Wehrmacht in 1935-36 and inaugurated as a Luftwaffe Fliegerhorstkommandantur on 1 October 1936. Pütnitz was a training station for flying, navigation, instrument flight and airborne radio throughout the war. During 1944 and 1945 the station command at Pütnitz was Fl. H.Kdtr. A(o) 5/III

A similar example is illustrated in Mick Prodoger’s ‘Luftwaffe V RAF Flight Equipment’ book page 118. It would be hard to find such a crisp original ‘Kartentasche’ as this, together with the added service history of the base and unit it served with lifts this example above the norm.

£142.00
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PC220
Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass with extension strap - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17th February 2020

Luftwaffe AK39 Armbandkompass with extension strap - The AK39 Wrist Compass was first introduced in 1939 for use by German aircrew for navigation purposes if forced to abandon their aircraft. Whilst designed for wrist use, as its name implies, but many period photographs exist of it attached to Schwimmweste, or other bits of flight equipment. The AK39 came in two variants and this example is the first specification; the very early production models had a solid black bezel that was followed by a translucent bezel as here.

These early compasses were generally manufactured by the Kadlec Instrumente-Fabrik Elektrische Instrumente of Prag Czechoslovakia, while under German occupation, although this example does not give any clues as to who made it on the dial. The reverse of the black plastic case is embossed with the full specification including Armbandkompass; interestingly below it normally read ‘Bauart Kadlec’ confirming the maker and it looks as though this may have been ground out although an identical example is shown on page 311 of ‘Deutsche Luftwaffe’ and was probably done in production to avoid telling the enemy where the production facility was based. Below the removed wording is ‘Baumuster AK 39’, ‘Werk nr. 10152808’ and the Luftwaffe requisition number, Anforderz Fl 23235. The compass card swings freely and the bezel rotates as intended but like most examples we see the air bubble is slightly larger than intended, but the oil remains very clear. The compass is fitted with the original wrist strap and buckle that remains in good issued condition. As a really nice bonus item this example is fitted with an original leather strap extension that was designed so the compass could be wrist worn over a heavy flying suit or jacket The compass diameter is 2.4” or 6cm. A fine example of the early model that would sit happily in any Luftwaffe collection.

£175.00
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6824
Large Early Ships Gimballed Oil Lamp - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 18 days ago

Large Early Ships Gimballed Oil Lamp - We have personally collected ships gimbal cabin lamps for over 30 years and this is the first example of this pattern we have ever owned. The font is in cut crystal with three rows of scallop shells around the side with a flat foot base. The glass is in perfect original condition with no cracks or chips. The lamp comes with a solid brass gimble with a decorative wall plate attached. The lamp then sits in a brass ring which is attached to a barley corn twist ‘D’ shaped mount. It comes with a most unusual burner that has two wicks yet a single control wheel to adjust them with the chimney held in place by sprung catches. The control wheel is marked ‘Patented Mar. 2. 1869 June 6 1871 so gives an indication this is a pretty early lamp. It is larger than most which we have seen measuring 12 ½" high (32 cm) and projects out from the wall mount by 9 "(24 cm).

This would have been a top of the range lamp in its day and around 150 years later it still exudes quality. Whilst we have not tested it we see no reason why it would not work as intended. Certainly a one off and when it is gone it is unlikely we will ever saee another.

£175.00
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