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RAF Air Rank Officers Visor Cap - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 20 days ago

RAF Air Rank Officers Visor Cap - A really crisp post war example, as issued to senior officers above the rank of Group Captain, for use by Air Commodore, Air Vice Marshall or at the top of the tree Air Chief Marshall. This pattern differs from that used by a Group Captain as these caps only have a single band of 'scrambled egg' on the patent peak peak but here it carries two rows. The leather hat band is stamped with the original owners initials 'ECB'. When purchased we were not aware of who the owner was but with the assistance of our customer 'JW' he has now been idntified as Air Vice Marshal Eric Cecil Bates, AFC, CBE, born in 1906 and received his final posting in 1975. Bates was an Australian pilot who flew with 57 Squadron RAF, and was subsequently CO of No 101 Squadron, when it was equipped with Blenheim I's. He was promoted from Group Captain to Air Commodore 1st Jan 1953, so confirms our thoughts on the date of this cap. When he retired from from the RAF, he became Principle of the College of Air Training at Hamble until 1971.

Overall condition of this cap is excellent and no moth damage to the cloth and just minor age related marks to the top. The double row of gold bullion wire for rank shows just normal age tarnishing. The small Queens Crown Air Rank cap badge in matching condition and is stitched to the black centre band and to the cap. The leather chin strap is also excellent and just normal age related marks.

The interior is equally crisp. The inside of the peak is made from green composite material, to a similar specification as wartime examples. The leather headband and the green felt inner lining are both stamped with the makers details 'Bates Hatter, 21 Jermyn Street, St James, London' and 'Light Weight'. This company was one of the most prestigious UK hatters, being established by Edward Bates in the 19th century when he opened a shop on Sloane Street but moved to Jermyn Street in St James' in 1898. Although the Bates name is still current we understand Bates have not been a contractor to the RAF since about 1975. No size is marked but it is too small for my 23 7/8th (61 cm) head so probably a medium. Despite being post war original examples in good condition don't turn up very often and this one would be hard to improve on for an Air Rank issued cap of this ag with the added bonus we now have the proveance to support it and only fitting a Bates manufactured cap was issued to Eric Cecil Bates!

Whilst we have your attention can we also highlight the other standard RAF Officers cap we also have listed in this section, item 5328. This was also manufactured by Bates, is in stunning condition and with a Kings Crown badge is likely to date from the early post war period.

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RAF Manston Trench Art Cross - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 10 days ago

RAF Manston Trench Art Cross - Formed in the shape of a cross mounted on a tapered plinth, that is reminiscent in design of a war memorial and is a finely worked and unusual example of WWII RAF trench art. It is made from scrap Plexiglas, probably recovered from damaged RAF airframe canopies and refashioned for slightly less aggressive use! The rear of the base is finely engraved to the read 'RAF Manston'; despite having no specific provenance with the piece this is clearly where it originated from.

Manston, located in Kent, was formed in from 1916 as an RFC aerodrome. In September 1939, as RAF Manston, No. 3 Squadron operating Hawker Hurricanes flew in, under the command of No. 11 Group Fighter Command. During the Battle of Britain, Manston was strategically located and was always in the thick of the action and was heavily bombed. Due to its hilltop location it remained usually fog-free and had no approach obstructions and so became a destination of last resort to many badly damaged aircraft and these became the source of spare parts and it is possible this is where the material used here originated from. Post war Manston was home to the USAF, followed again by the RAF, but when they finally pulled out in 1999 Manston became Kent International Airport.

This unique survivor is small but beautifully formed. It stands 6" tall (15 cm) and the base is 3" across (8 cm). Whilst showing minor age wear it is in excellent display condition and would make the perfect gift for the aviation, RAF or Battle of Britain collector in your life this Christmas and certainly not something you can find on Amazon. com-or anywhere else!

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RAF Battle Of Britain 1940 Churchill's Speech Match Box Cover - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 17 days ago

RAF Battle Of Britain 1940 Churchill's Speech Match Box Cover - Manufactured from tin, the cover carries RAF wings logo to the front and on the reverse an edited version of Churchill famous speech made to the House of Commons on August 20th 1940: "The gratitude of every home in our Island, in our Empire, and indeed throughout the world, except in the abodes of the guilty, goes out to the British airmen who, undaunted by odds, unwearied in their constant challenge and mortal danger, are turning the tide of the World War by their prowess and b~ their devotion. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. ''

These covers were first produced and sold in 1941 and this is an original period example, that came in with a box of assorted kit belonging to a WWII airman. The exterior finish shows some age related marks below the acetate, but generally in good original condition and would complement the RAF cigarette case, item 6825, we also have listed in this section. We would offer a 10% discount on the list price of both for anyone ordering the two items together and would make a perfect low cost stocking filler for the aviation collector in your life this Christmas. Measures 2.25" x 1.5" (6 cm x 4 cm)

RAF No 7 Group Novices Boxing Championship Cup 1925 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 17 days ago

RAF No 7 Group Novices Boxing Championship Cup 1925 - No. 7 Group was created on the day that the RAF officially came into being on 1st April 1918 by renaming of the Royal Flying Corps 'Southern Training Brigade'. Initially the Group was subordinate to No. 2 Area and on 8 August the designation "Training" was added making the Group's new title 'No. 7 (Training) Group'. With the post war reductions, the Group was disbanded on 16th Aug 1919 but with military logic was reformed the following month, when South-Western Area was downgraded to group status. On 1st April 1920, the Group was transferred to Inland Area's control but was disbanded for the second time on 12th April 1926. Following the outbreak of the Second World War, the Group was reformed on 15th July 1940 as No. 7 (Operational Training) Group, under Bomber Command control.

The cup is stamped EPNS to the base and numbered 33288; much of the electro plating has now worn away after 95 years of polishing, but it still makes an impressive display piece from the very early days of the RAF. The front is engraved with a good crisp RAF crest with the 'Per Adua Ad Astra' legend, the RAF eagle and surmounted by a Kings Crown. The opposite side is engraved 'RAF No 7Group Novices Championship 1925 Light Weight Special Contest Runner Up'. Whilst the cup comes without specific provenance we have assumed it was awarded for a lightweight boxing championship back in 1925, but we stand to be corrected. The cup, which stands a fraction over 6" tall (15.5 cm) is in generally good condition other than the odd bump and ding commensurate with its age (like us all-Editor) This would make an impressive Christmas gift for the RAF, boxing or trophy collector in your life for a very modest investment.

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Air Sea Rescue / 270 Squadron Trench Art Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 17 days ago

Air Sea Rescue / 270 Squadron Trench Art Cigarette Case - We have had many examples of trench art cigarette cases here over the years but this has to be one of the best. It is made from what we believe to be scrap aircraft alloy and is very finely worked indeed. To the front is a depiction of an RAF High Speed Rescue launch (HSL) and looking at the design this appears to be based on the Type Two 63' known as the 'Whaleback'. The bows carry an RAF roundel and above the lettering 'ASR' and to the top left corner is a set of RAF Wings. The opposite side is engraved with an RAF Sunderland flying boat passing a steamer below and again finely engraved. The case is opened with a sprung catch to the right side and inside, whilst the cigarette retaining elastic is long gone, this is more than made up for by a reclining female, carrying a calling card and on the telephone. The image seems to be a close depiction of the 'Just Jane' cartoon character created and drawn by Norman Pett in 1932 and of course today proudly displayed on 'Just Jane' Lancaster NX611. The case has various knocks and bumps, commensurate with it's age and use, but is overall in fine original condition. The opposite inside face is engraved with the West African locations of Apapa, Accra, Jui, Oshodi, Gold Coast, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. Above a further name was engraved but this has sadly been ground out, but may have been the original owner with possibly his service number, followed by his surname and intial 'K'.

We do however have some provenance with the item and were told by the previous owner it belonged to /originated from a member of 270 Squadron RAF and our online research seems to confirm this. The Squadron was originally formed in 1919 and was based at Alexandria, operating coastal reconnaissance flying boats and floatplanes. Disbanded in September '19 it was reformed at Jui, Sierra Leone on 12th November 1942, as a general reconnaissance Squadron, equipped with the Consolidated Catalina IB, that were operated until May 1944, tasked with anti-submarine patrols along the West African coast. 270 then moved its base to RAF Apapa in Nigeria in July 1943 and the following December began to convert to the Short Sunderland III, which they operated until June '45. In general the anti-submarine squadrons in West Africa had a quiet war, but their ceaseless patrols helped to keep the area safe from U-boat attack. The squadron finally disbanded after the war in the Atlantic had ended on 30 June 1945 at Apapa. In addition we have established the RAF also operated Air Sea Rescue out of Apapa in Nigeria, with 135 HSL's being allocated for West Africa in 1941 although the first did not arrive until October '42 but the reminder were delayed until mid 1943, with Sunderland's carrying out any rescue work in the interim.

So this modest case indicates a WWII story as good as any novel. We speculate it was made after December 1943 in view of the Sunderland and Whaleback HSL engravings. Looking at the quality of the workmanship we surmise it was made by a local craftsman from scrap obtained from the base and sold to an unknown member of the ASR branch or from 270 Squadron and brought home as a souvenir at war end. This would make a unique Christmas gift for the ASR, Sunderland, 270 Squadron or trench art collector in your life! It measures 6.25" x 3.0" (15.5 cm x 7.5 cm)

RAF Safi Malta Trench- Art Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 18 days ago

RAF Safi Malta Trench- Art Ashtray - Royal Air Force Safi was located on the island of Malta, established in 1941 as a diversion airstrip for the main operating base at RAF Luqa ; a similar diversion airstrip to Safi was located at RAF Krendi.

RAF Safi was constructed at a time when Malta was under intense aerial bombardment (it became the most bombed place on earth in 1942) and Malta's Air Command needed to have alternative diversion airstrips to use as emergency landing grounds. Construction at Safi started in 1941 and the strip became operational in 1942 and was inaugurated by AOC Malta Sir Keith Park and it remained operational throughout the War. Post WWII Safi was reduced in function to become a Maintenance Unit. Today Safi's runway has long gone and the hangars and dispersal area have been extensively redeveloped.

We assume this nicely worked ashtray dates from the WWII period of occupation by the RAF and it features an RAF eagle and below a scale map of Malta and Gozo with the location of RAF Safi clearly marked. We were fortunate to purchase two of these ashtrays, clearly both worked by the same hand. The first sold even before we could list on the website and is now in the collection of one of our regulars back on Malta where it belongs. We don't anticipate its partner will be with us long and would make the ideal stocking filler this Christmas for the aviation collector in your life. Items related to the Air War on Malta are few and far between and this is the first related pair of items we have ever handled relating to RAF Safi, so grab it whilst you can as we are unlikely to find another. Made from a good weight of copper plate the top surface is nicely polished whilst the bottom is 'au nateurel'. The ashtray measures 4.75" diameter (12 cm). The final pictures attached show AOC Keith Park, taken at the offoicial opening of RAF Safi, with the ceremony perfomed by Field Marshall Lord Gort VC, Malta's then Govenor.

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RAF EX-POW Association Silver Jubilee Dish 1977 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 18 days ago

RAF EX-POW Association Silver Jubilee Dish 1977 - The Royal Air Forces Ex-POW Association was established in the 1950s by a small group of ex-prisoners of war who met occasionally at a pub in the Holborn district of London, England. Flight Sergeant "Dixie" Deans MBE (1913 – 18 February 1989) was a founder member and first president of the Association. Over 10,000 airmen of the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm and other service fliers were captured and became Prisoners of War during World War II. Members from more recent conflicts are still active in maintaining the comradeship that POWs forge in adversity.

Our ceramic dish was made from fine bone china by the Royal Worcester factory which was established in 1751 and is believed to be the oldest or second oldest remaining English porcelain brand still in existence today. The dish carries the RAF Ex-POW barbed wire logo to the centre and around the side the wording 'Royal Silver Jubilee year Reunion London May 13th-16th 1977'. The Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II marked the 25th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II's accession to the thrones of the United Kingdom. It was celebrated with large-scale parties and parades throughout the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth throughout 1977, culminating in June with the official "Jubilee Days", held to coincide with the Queen's Official Birthday. Clearly the EX-POW association played an important part in the festivities, although sadly now 43 years later, the "Kriegies", my late Father included, have nearly all received their final posting. The dish, which measures 4.5" diameter (11 cm), is in fine condition. Another excellent stocking filler this Chrismas for the POW or RAF collector in your life that you won't find on Amazon. com!

The final image attached shows the dish displayed with some items from my own POW collection; these are not for sale but included here for interest. The little clay dish we believe was made whilst Dad was a POW at Stalag Luft 111 (along with Dixie Deans)and intrestingly the barbed wire motif is also used, as subsequently adopted by the POW association. The map shows the enforced march the POW made in early 1945, during one of the coldest winters on record. We also show some original POW currency and an instruction booklet issued to my Father when he finally got back to the UK in the Spring of '45, with instructions how to enjoy his leave, the first he had had since being captured in August 1941. I expect he needed no coaching!

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Marshal of the Royal Air Force ArthurTedder Presentation Inkwell - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 19 days ago

Marshal of the Royal Air Force ArthurTedder Presentation Inkwell - An absolutely unique item presented by a group of elite Officers attending a course at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich in 1923 and 1924. The College was established in 1873 and provided advanced training courses for both Naval and other serving military Officers. The RNC Greenwich closed its doors for the last time after 125 years in 1998.

This fine silver capstan style inkwell is hallmarked Birmingham and date coded for 1919. Whilst showing some age related knocks and bangs what really lifts this item into a totally different category is the presentation engraving to the front panel. Whilst a little indistinct after nearly 100 years this reads : '1923-1924 Presented to Royal Navy Staff College By the attached Officers Major F. L. Pardoe, Captain S. A. H. Hungerford, Major E. J. de C Boys, Wing Commander T. R. C-B-Cave, Wing Commander A. W. Tedder. 'The last named, Lord Tedder, had a most illustrious and well documented career, serving first as a pilot in the RFC in WWI and rising to become Deputy Supreme Commander at Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force under General Eisenhower for Operation Overlord in WWII.

Limited research has proved the other named Officers attending this course are a veritable 'Who's Who' of the British military. Major Pardoe served with the Kings Royal Rifle Corps in WWI, won a DSO and retired a Lt. Colonel in 1930. Captain S. A. H. Hungerford served with the Indian Army, won a Military Cross and retired in 1943 with the rank of Colonel. Major E. J. de C Boys served with the Lincolnshire Regiment in WWI, also won the Military Cross and retired as a Lt Colonel in 1935. Wing Commander Thomas Reginald Cave-Brown-Cave also had an impressive military career, serving with the RNAS in WWI, transferring to the newly formed RAF in 1919, where he specialised on Airship research. In WWII he was appointed 'Director of the Camouflage Research' at Farnborough, with the primary responsibility of concealing possible military targets from the Luftwaffe. Post war became Professor of Engineering at University College, Southampton, retiring in 1950.

1st Baron Tedder's service career is of course extensively documented and it is confirmed he attended the RNSC from 24th September 1923 until the spring of 1924. Tedder famously fell out with Montgomery during Operation Overlord but when the unconditional surrender of the Germans came in May 1945 Tedder signed on behalf of General Eisenhower. He was promoted to the substantive rank of Air Chief Marshal on 6th June 1945 and was further elevated to Marshal of the Royal Air Force on 12th September 1945. Post war he had responsibility for implementing arrangements for the Berlin Airlift. Tedder was elevated to the Peerage as Baron Tedder in 1946 and retired from RAF service in May 1951.

We assume this inkwell was purchased, engraved and presented to the Royal Navy Staff College by this most illustrious group of Officers, on the completion of their course in 1924. It would have been held in their silver collection and probably dispersed when the college finally closed its doors in 1998. I have owned it since 2005 but now is the time for a new custodian to take on this unique piece of military silverware. As mentioned it shows some age related dings and bangs and the hinge exhibits a little play and the hinge rod may be a replacement. A removeable ceramic inkwell insert is fitted in the interior recess. The silver marks on the lid remain crisp and clear but those on the capstan body are now hard to decipher, but are detailed on the attached photograph. The base retains the original leather cover that is in excellent condition and measures 5.25" diameter (c.13 cm) and it stands 2.5" high (6.5 cm). A unique and frankly museum quality piece of British military history.

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RAFVR Venerable Bede Church Lads Brigade Presentation Trophy - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 20 days ago

RAFVR Venerable Bede Church Lads Brigade Presentation Trophy - Another absolutely unique one off item in the form of a hallmarked silver miniature cup, mounted on a hardwood base and with engraved plaques to all sides. The one to the front reads 'Presented by Cadet Cowling RAFVR (Late Corporal of Venerable Bede C. L. B) to be awarded annually to the Smartest C. L. B Lad'. Circular silver plaques have then been mounted around the base with the earliest being awarded to Private E. Worsley in 1943 and the last to Private T. Spaven in 1953. Every year in between is also detailed with the exception of the disc for 1949 that is AWOL! Clearly this was an important and treasured trophy, with the cup being made from silver with the hallmarks indicating it wasmanufactured by H. J. Cooper & Co Ltd, who operated from Thavies Inn, Holborn Circus, London from around 1890 to the 1930's. The date stamp on the cup is an ornate 'P' indicating it was manufacturers in 1930.

Research indicates 'The Venerable Bede' was a monk lived in the 7th & 8thcentury and is widely regarded as the greatest of all the Anglo-Saxon scholars. In 682, Bede moved to the monastery at Jarrow, where he lived until his death in 735. His bones have been in Durham Cathedral since 1022, having been brought from Jarrow by a monk called Alfred who had them buried alongside Cuthbert's relics, where they remained until they were moved to the Cathedral's Galilee Chapel in the 14th century. The 'CLB' on the plaque refers to the 'Church Lads Brigade', a Christian youth organisation founded in 1891 and became the first scout group incorporated in the world in 1909. The Church Lads Brigade movement set out to instruct young men in discipline, morality and physical training and instil the values of the wider citizen by social and religious training, based on the religion of the Christian faith and the teaching of the Church of England. The discipline and hierarchy was based on military standards. During WWI, at the age of 18, the lads were drafted into the Army, and it is estimated that around 50,000 Brigade Lads served in the First World War and of these 24 from the Church Lads' Brigade were awarded the Victoria Cross. In WWII Cadets performed important duties on the Home Front such as fire-watching, guarding reservoirs and other strategic locations and over 250,000 former CLB members served in HM Forces during the war, with Cadet N. Cowling, who presented this award, being one of the many, serving with the RAF Volunteer Reserve.

A full list of 'The Smartest lad's to whom this was awarded annually is :Pte E. Worsley 1943, Pte J. Thompson 1944, Pte E. Blackburn 1945, Pte G. Rhodes1946, PteL. Carlisle 1947, Pte G. Glover1948, Pte E. Worley 1950, Pte S. Jenkins 1951 and Pte E. Worley wins it again in 1952! The recipient in 1949 is unknown due to the missing plaque. In terms of location we have

located a Venerable Bede Church of England Secondary School in Sunderland and whilst we stand to be corrected have assumed this Church Lads Brigade would have been based in the same area. The cup shows minor age related wear whilst the plastic (Bakelite?) base has a couple hairline cracks in it, but are hardly visible when on display and possibly caused when it was originally screwed to the base. The cup, including its plastic stand, is just over 3" tall (8 cm) but measured from the hardwood mount it stands a fraction over 4" (10.5 cm).

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Wing Commander Guy Gibson D. F. C. RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book No 2 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 20 days ago

Wing Commander Guy Gibson D. F. C. RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book No 2 - Clearly this example is a replica, with the original held as a national archive item at the Public Records Office. Despite this, these copies are now incredibly rare and have become a sought after collector's item in its own right. This was published in a single run by 'After the Battle ' magazine in 1975 and sold out very quickly and are now only very occasionally available on the second hand market. I will certainly never be selling my own copy but we have now been fortunate enough to find a further example that is offered for resale here. This one even comes with the original paper insert order form issued with the book when first offered for sale and is now nearly always missing.

Guy Gibson's Log Book No. 2 was faithfully replicated from the original copy held in the Public Record Office, London. The first and last pages have been stuck together as in the original book. The photograph that had been inserted on the page following the entry for the Dams raid on May 16, 1943, is missing in the original and is missing here. This log book remains in excellent used condition with just minor fading to a part of the cover, (which actually adds to the authenticity in our view) and is marked 'Log Book No2' ;it is not known what happened to Guy Gibson's original log book covering the period up to November 15, 1940. The written entries end of September 15, 1944. Just Three days later, on September 19, Gibson piloted a Mosquito, acting as Master Bomber and target illumination for an attack on Bremen. At 21.53 hours he turned for home but three-quarters of an hour later crashed in flames at Steenbergen, Holland. Mystery continues to surround his loss but the current theory is he was mistaken for a Luftwaffe Junkers 88 and was sadly shot down and killed by 'friendly fire'.

Don't just take our word for it just how good this facsimile is and I quote from Amazon. com reviewer J. R. Perkins: "As an historic document, this item ranks up there with the best. Especially if you have an interest in aviation from the Second World War, as Guy Gibson is one of the best known pilots of the Royal Air Force and to have a reproduction of his Log Book is something really special. Some of his less known sorties are listed here, being his time as a night fighter pilot with 29 Squadron flying Blenheims and then Beaufighters defending the skies of England against German night bombers. Truly a very special book to own and treasure. Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC DSO DFC (12 August 1918 – 19 September 1944), was the first CO of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron, which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid (Operation Chastise) in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and died later in the war. He had completed over 170 operations at the age of 24. "

One personal and emotive entry in the log book, made on 21st November 1940 and is featured in our attached photograph. Gibson met Eve Moore, a show dancer and actress, in December 1939 when she was performing in the revue'Come Out To Play' at the New Hippodrome Theatre, Coventry. Gibson proposed to Eve in October 1940 and she accepted and on 21st November he flew down to Cardiff in a Blenheim and the log book connotation reads under 'Duty'section:'To Cardiff -To be Married!

This edition is not to be confused with modern copies that have recently been offered from Holland and is from the original one off limited edition 'After the Battle' print run. We did however spot one offered on UK eBay that sold on 1st November 2020 for £350 plus delivery. Ours is rather more modestly priced and would make a unique Christmas gift for the aviation collector in your life!

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RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite & Case - Click for the bigger picture Reserved

New Stock - 20 days ago

RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite & Case - 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 and Americans. 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). The final image attached here shows a rather over dressed AAF Officer assembling a similar kite, whilst seated in a dinghy, but we feel this could be a studio shot, but interesting none the less!

We have been fortunate enough to purchase a small number of these kites from a forgotten store here in the UK, that have never been issued or used. Whilst these are being offered individually at a very modest £45.00 plus delivery for a purchases of 2 or more kites we will offer at a 10% discount. When they are gone they are gone!

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HMS Emperor of India Trench art Tray - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 20 days ago

HMS Emperor of India Trench art Tray - Emperor of India was a dreadnought battleship of the Iron Duke Class built at Vickers in Barrow-in-Furness. She weighed in at 30,000 tons and was 622' l from stem to stern. She was intended to be called HMS Delhi but it is reported the change was to honour HM King George V who was 'King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India'. Launched in November 1913 HMS Emperor of India joined the 4th Battle Squadron of the Grand Fleet, based at Scapa Flow. She took part in numerous sorties into the northern North Sea to enforce the blockade of Germany but missed the Battle of Jutland as she was in for a refit. Post war she was sent to lend support to the White Russians and Allies in the Russian Civil War which had by mid-1919 reached the shores of the Black Sea. HMS Emperor of India was finally paid off in Portsmouth in January, 1931. The ship provided one final service to the Navy by serving as a gunnery target, along with HMS Marlborough. The tests included firing destroyer armament at the upper works at close range to test their effectiveness in a simulated night engagement and she finally sank off Owers Bank.

This brass tray appears to be of trench art rather than commercial origins but beautifully crafted. It is engraved with a Kings Crown with the cypher GRI below. Then enclosed withing a circular device is the legend 'Light, life and Glory' and withing two fish, one with scales and one without and to the centre is a swastika device. This is known as a right-handed swastika, which in Hindi, stands for wisdom, luck and riches. It was only when the Nazi's adopted it in 1933 that the swastika took on a completely different and more sinister meaning.

The final photograph attached shows the ships diving party with an identical plaque to the centre. The tray measures 5.75" diameter (15 cm) and would make an ideal stocking filler for the Royal Navy collector in your life.
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HMS Seagull Niehuis & Van Den Berg's Shipyard Rotterdam Copper Tray - Click for the bigger picture New Stock

New Stock - 21 days ago

HMS Seagull Niehuis & Van Den Berg's Shipyard Rotterdam Copper Tray - HMS Seagull was a Halcyon-class minesweeper, completed on 30 March 1938. and the first Royal Navy ship to be built entirely without rivets. She was adopted by the civil community of Christchurch, Hampshire after a successful Warship Week National Savings campaign in February 1942. During the Second World War she won Battle Honours for the Artic Convoys in 1942 and helped escort 21 Arctic convoys. Subsequently she won further Battle Honours for Normandy in 1944 when she participated in Operation Neptune. After VE Day HMS Seagull was deployed on mine clearance duties in the North Sea and Channel areas but in August 1945 she was allocated for conversion to a Survey Ship and Paid-off from the Royal Navy.

HMS SEAGULL was taken to Niehuis & Van Den Berg's Shipyard Rotterdam (which is still in business) for the conversion to her new role and two months later went to Chatham for completion of this work, including the installation of specialist hydrographic equipment in HM Dockyard and on completion in April 1946 the ship recommissioned for surveying duties. From June onwards she carried out surveys in Home Waters until again paid-off and reduced to Reserve Status in March 1951. In the sequence of images attached here the final shot shows a period image of HMS Seagull as a minesweeper and below how she looked after conversion to a survey ship proably taken in 1946. In he4r final season Seagull was employed in the Bristol Channel, mainly sweeping for wrecks. She was laid-up at Devonport and towed to Leith in 1955 for used as a Drill Ship for the RNVR Division. She was finally sold to BISCO for breaking-up by Demelweek and Redding at Plymouth and taken in tow from Leith on 1st May 1956 for her final voyage.

Our copper ashtray remains in fine original condition as shown and was clearly made by Niehuis & Van Den Berg's Shipyard and is engraved with the company name, HMS Seagull, 1- VIII and 8-X1 and 1945 so the exact dates when the conversion work in Holland took place. We can only assume this was presented to the ships company when the conversion work was completed; her Commander in September '45 was Lt. Cdr. Colin Courtenay Lowry. We purchased ithis item in Devon so it may have been recovered from the ship when she was broken up in Plymouth 64 years ago. This would make a unique stocking filler this Christmas for the nautical collector in your life or a perfect gift for if you happen to have family who served on HMS Seagull! Measures 6.25" diameter (15.5 cm)

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