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5632
Spider's Web 'Cobweb' Gun Sight - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 11 days ago

Spider's Web 'Cobweb' Gun Sight - This is only the second example of this pattern we have had in 20 years trading. The previous one we described as 'believed to be from a Bofor's gun' although we have been unable to establish conclusively its origins. This example is in rather better condition than the other, with most of its original matt black paint in place. We assume it dates to circa WWII and is of British origins, but we stand to be corrected. Whatever its history it is an impressive display piece. The diameter of the sight is 7.5" (19 cm) and it stands 11" (28 cm) measured top to bottom. If any visors to the site can add anything to our knowledge please get in touch and we will update our description.
£48.00
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6745
RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 18th August 2020

RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Manufactured by the Bendix Aviation Co. from 1941 and issued to both RAF and USAAF aircrew in WWII. Often referred to as 'Aerial Kites' as they were made to lift 260 feet of steel wire from the coil drum on the 'Gibson Girl' emergency transmitter. This was effectively copied from a 1941 captured Luftwaffe issue example which used a winged as opposed to the standard box kite design adopted by the British. The system went into mass production in the USA with an initial order placed for 11,600 sets which became standard issue for multi person dinghies for aircrew operating over sea. The full kit also included a balloon and hydrogen generator, as an alternate to the kite, when wind conditions prevented its use.

This example comes complete with its cotton issue bag which is close to mint, with just very light storage marks. It is fully stamped which makes mention of the original contents that would have included inflation tubes and a hydrogen generator. On offer here is just the kite but what makes it exceptional is the fact is appears mint and as issued. The cloth is neatly bound with cord ties as shown in our illustration and it is clear it has never been assembled. These kites featured a fold up aluminium frame that was designed to be 'idiot proof' and featured a 'pop-out spider' to facilitate assembly in a pitching dinghy. The kite had two different bridle attachment points, one for winds 7–20 miles per hour, the other for 15–40 miles per hour. In the folded state you can still read the reference to the 40 MPH attachment ring. Whilst we are happy to break the factory binding cord and assemble the kite on request, we prefer to leave it in its 'mint and boxed' state which makes this example so unique. Many of these that have survived have been used post war for recreational purposes (self-included! and we have had them with messages written on the cloth giving owners name and address and 'Please return if found'! This is certainly not the case here, so if you wish to add a pristine example to you collection in a condition as it left the Bendix factory all those years ago, this is the one for you! Kite folded in storage bag measures 22" (56 cm)
£45.00
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