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These are some of the SOLD items that have been listed on our website

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6743
RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF / 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 (myself 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)

6747
RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite & Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF / 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 in very good original condition, with just very light storage marks, picked up during the last 75 years. 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!

6825a
RAF Manston Trench Art Cross - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 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!

6746
RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite & Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF / 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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RAF Battle Of Britain 1940 Churchill's Speech Match Box Cover - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 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)

6888
Air Sea Rescue / 270 Squadron Trench Art Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir 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)

4127
RAF Air Rank Officers Visor Cap - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 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.

6745
RAF / USAAF M-357-A Dinghy Radio Kite - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF / 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)
1398
WWI German Trench Art Propeller Tip Barometer/Thermometer - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWI German Trench Art Propeller Tip Barometer/Thermometer - A stunning example fashioned from what we believe to be a circa WWI propeller tip with interesting Provence. Whist we say 'tip ' it is a substantial piece measuring 29" along the leading edge (73 cm) and it is 8" wide (20 cm) at the top, with heavy brass sheathing to the pointed end. Sadly without the hub we have insufficient clues as to the aircraft type it served on but we are assuming from one that flew with the Deutsche Luftstreitkräft, known before October 1916 as Die Fliegertruppen des deutschen Kaiserreiches.

An aneroid barometer has been custom mounted within a recess cut into the blade. Whilst it is not maker marked the dial is printed 'Original Flugzeugpropeller', which translated means 'Original Aircraft propeller'. The card is also printed 'Sturm', 'Veranderlich', and 'Bestandig' which translates as 'Storm', 'Changeable' and 'Stable', as well as 'Regen Order Wind ' meaning 'Rain or wind' and 'SchönWetter' meaning 'Good Weather'. Mounted below the barometer is a thermometer with scales marked R & C. Research indicates this is the Réaumur scale that was used widely in Europe, particularly in France, Germany and Russia until the early 20th century. The R scale is calibrated from +40 to -30 and the C scale +50 to -35.

Perhaps most interestingly the propeller carries oriental writing either side of the thermometer and having contacted our Japanese consultant (thanks again Yasu, as ever for your time) and he has confirmed the script is indeed Japanese. Whilst quite hard to decipher the writing to the left side reads 'Kajiro-Shoten' which tanslated reads 'Kajiro Shop' whilst to the right is written 'This item was presented to Pension Orient'. Further research by our Japanese desk found that Kajiro-Shoten ran a shop in Berlin located at Neue Winterfeldtstraße 20, Berlin W30, in the 1930's. Our surmise therefore was this piece was commercially manufactured in Germany post WWI utilising scrapped or damaged propellers from the period and fitted with a German made aneroid barometer and thermometer.

In this instance it looks like this was originally purchased as a presentation piece given to the owners of the Orient Hotel, perhaps in Berlin but could well be elsewhere. How it ended up in south west England is anyone's guess!

The back of the propeller is in original condition and the brass remains unpolished. Interestingly this is somewhat crudely painted with 1305R. This could perhaps be a retail stock reference or a code for the item's location in the hotel. Another possibility suggested is it could have been the donor aircraft registration number but whilst a nice idea our feeling is this is unlikely. If any visitors to the site can add any additional information in regard to this piece we would be happy to add to our description. Whilst we have not tested either instrument for accuracy both seem to be functioning as intended. An unusual and finely executed piece of early aviation memorabilia and certainly a first for the team here at the Oldnautibits HQ and we don't expect to find another anytime soon!

5653
Original DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal DH82 Tiger Moth Propeller and Spinner - This example was purchased for my own collection back in 2011 and has since that date has graced the wall of our Oldnautibits HQ. However a growing collection of assorted propellers has necessitated a thinning out of the collection and it is time for this stunning example to be rehomed. It last flew on DH82 De Havilland Tiger Moth 11 back in 1987. The airframe construction number is 82102 and was manufactured in 1939 was taken on charge with the Royal Air Force with serial number N6847. On line research indicates the airframe was converted to a Thruxton Jackaro and obtained its C of A 15th May 1959 but was converted back to the Tiger Moth spec in 1984 and is currently airworthy in its original RAF configuration and colour scheme.

The propeller, despite being in very good condition, comes without paperwork and is for sale purely as an impressive display piece and is of a fine pitch variety. The previous owner made up a very useful metal wall mount which is included with the sale and is set off by a metal spinner as shown in our illustration. The hub has various stampings on it but these are largely obscured by the paintwork. As shown in the photograph the wooden propeller is finished in a high gloss black lacquer with yellow tips. It measures 80" long (2030 cm) tip to tip and weighs about 8 kilos. As with all out stock more detailed pictures are available on request. Personal pick up would be preferred on this one but we can look into the possibility of courier delivery if you can advise the destination address. We have noticed a replica Tiger Moth prop currently for sale in the UK over £1000; here you can buy an original with mount and spinner for rather less!

5632
Spider's Web 'Cobweb' Gun Sight - Click for the bigger picture SoldSpider'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.
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This is a Used Book
The Fairey Aviation Company Ltd Works Rules - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe Fairey Aviation Company Ltd Works Rules

Fairey Aviation was a British aircraft manufacturer founded in 1915 by Sir Richard Fairey as the Fairey Aviation Company Ltd manufacturing seaplanes based in Hayes Middlesex and Heaton Chapel, Ringway in Greater Manchester. They made a number of famous aircraft in WWII including the Swordfish, Fulmar fighters and Barracuda dive-bombers. Fairey's also built 498 Bristol Beaufighter aircraft and over 660 Handley Page Halifax bombers in their northern facilities. Post war they produced the Firefly and Gannet for the Fleet Air Arm and assisted with sub-contracts from de Havilland for Vampire and Venom jet fighters. In the late 1950's Fairey developed the Fairey Rotodyne, a unique aircraft that was probably ahead of its time, an example of which I well remember building as an Airfix kit as a boy in the 1960's. The company subsequently diversified into mechanical engineering and boat-building and the aircraft manufacturing arm was taken over by Westland Aircraft in 1960 and following a series of mergers and takeovers, the principal successor businesses now trade as FBM Babcock Marine Ltd and Spectris PLC.

Here we have a set of original hard cover bound 'Woks Rules' that remain in very crisp overall condition. The booklet contains 10 pages of regulations and details exactly what employees can and can not do whilst on the works premises including smoking restrictions, payment arrangements and even the official secrets act! The front cover carries the Fairy logo and the binding remains strong. The rules are not dated but clearly must date from pre 1960. A fascinating insight into one of the great names in British aviation.

Pages: 10
Cover: Hard
Author: The Directors Fairey Aviation

5160
Royal Flying Corps Trench Art Tray - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Trench Art Tray - Another absolute stunner that has come in from a top RFC private collector. Whilst its history has again been lost it is clear the hands that made it, almost certainly during WWI, were very skilled. It is beautifully crafted and aptly fits the description 'bespoke' with laid in marquetry and an impressive RFC pilots wings carved in the centre. We believe this to be a one off handmade piece of trench art rather than being commercially produced. Looking at some of the laminated timber it could well have been made from scrap propeller wood but we can't be 100% sure on this but this was often the source of donor materials for such objects. The lightly waxed timber simply glows in the sunlight and despite being IRO 100 + years old is in near perfect condition with no rot, worm or other damage. The reverse is finished in a brown velvet that remains sound but has age related marks. A really special display item and of a quality that makes it a one off. It measures an impressive 18.5" x 12.5" (46.5 cm x 32 cm).

5039
WWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'The Last Loop - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'The Last Loop - On offer is a very scarce original WWI instructional lithograph poster issued by Air Technical Services on 6th April 1918. The RAF was created on April 1, 1918 and was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) so this dates from just 5 days after the conception of the new service and together with its partner is the first example we have owned in 20 years trading. These Royal Flying Corps/RAF training posters were used to teach novice pilots during the First World War basic skills to help maximise their chances of surviving longer than the average. In 1916, the war entered its most deadly phase and reduced an RFC pilot's average life to just 18 hours in the air, having completed just 15 hours solo before being posted operationally. The RFC became known as 'The Suicide Club' with new pilots lasting, with average luck, just 11 days from arrival on the front and by early 1917, the Royal Flying Corp was losing 12 aircraft and 20 crew every day.

With this background it was essential for novice aircrew to minimise risks. We found an identical example in the Imperial War Museum collection and have borrowed their description here : 'The image occupies the majority, held within a black border. The title and text are separate and located along the bottom edge, in black, partially held within a black border. Further text is integrated and positioned in the lower right, in black and all set against a white background. The image is a depiction of the aftermath of an aerial dogfight between two aircraft. A British scout loops the loop in triumph after downing a German fighter (an Albatross D. III that entered squadron service in December 1916, and was immediately acclaimed by German aircrews for its manoeuvrability and rate of climb), only to lose control due to a badly damaged rudder and tail plane'. This is supported by the integral text : 'This diagram is the property of H. M. Government and is intended for Official use only. WHILE DOWNING A HUN YOUR MACHINE MAY HAVE BEEN SERIOUSLY DAMAGED WITHOUT YOUR KNOWLEDGE, UNDER THESE CIRCUMSTANCES ANY UNNECESSARY 'STUNTING' IS TO BE AVOIDED. 'THE LAST LOOP. 'AIR TECHNICAL SERVICES 0. T5 1544 6.4.18'

The fine and emotive image remains very crisp and it has not been pinned to a notice board. The only issue is snag damage to the paper in the top right corner (shown in pic6). This is in the cloud area but framed and glazed would hardly notice. It has been repaired on the back with tape and condition is exactly as it came to us. Otherwise no issues at all and the artwork remains very clear with no fading, foxing or other damage. The print measures 31.50" x 19.75" (77 cm x 50 cm) and came in with a partner safety poster that we are also listing today. Whilst on offer individually they would make great complementary pair and to encourage a double purchase we will offer a 10% discount on list price of both for a single sale. These posters turn up so infrequently they are hard to price but we did spot one in the series sold at auction in the US in April this year and with commission the new owner paid $1,000 or £ 800.00 The same auctioneer, LA-based Nate D Sanders had a set of 10 posters for sale recently and these were estimated at a hammer price of £6,000 or $7,500. Ours represents a rather better investment and we have also priced to reflect the area of damage mentioned. We suspect we will be unlikely to find more of the same anytime soon so grab the opportunity whilst you can, as when they are gone they are gone!

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WWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'Low Flying- Avoid Barrages' - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWI RFC/RAF Air Safety Poster 'Low Flying- Avoid Barrages' - On offer is a very scarce original WWI instructional lithograph poster issued by the Royal Air Force Technical Diagram Department on 21st October 1918. The RAF was created on April 1, 1918 and was formed by the amalgamation of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) so this dates from the very conception of the Royal Air Force and the first example we have owned in 20 years trading. These Royal Flying Corps/RAF training posters were used to teach novice pilots during the First World War basic skills to help maximise their chances of surviving longer than the average. In 1916, the war entered its most deadly phase and reduced an RFC pilot's average life to just 18 hours in the air, having completed just 15 hours solo before being posted operationally. The RFC became known as 'The Suicide Club' with new pilots lasting, with average luck, just 11 days from arrival on the front and by early 1917, the Royal Flying Corp was losing 12 aircraft and 20 crew every day.

With this background it was essential for novice aircrew to minimise risks and in this case the image is clear that flying low over a battlefield barrage was not to be recommended and better by far to take a more indirect route home, even if this meant longer flying over enemy held territory. The dangers faced were not exaggerated as years ago we were offered a display mounted small calibre shell that has been grabbed by an Observer in flight at the top of its trajectory -or so the display plaque said! The drawing is finely detailed and whilst painted by an unknown artist he clearly had battlefield experience. The aircraft depicted flying low over the barrage in the centre of the print seems to be an SE5A with his wingman, again flying low and in potential danger is off to starboard.

The fine and emotive image remains crisp and clear and it has not been pinned to a notice board and seeing its late issue date may have avoided seeing service that might explain it exceptional condition despite its 102 years of age. It measures 31.50" x 19.75" (77 cm x 50 cm) and would look fantastic framed and glazed. This came in with a partner earlier issue air safety poster 'The Last Loop' that we are also listing today. Whilst on offer individually they would make great complementary pair and to encourage a double purchase we will offer a 10% discount on list price for a single sale. These posters turn up so infrequently they are hard to price but we did spot one in the series sold at auction in the US in April this year and with commission the new owner paid $1,000 or £ 800.00 The same auctioneer, LA-based Nate D Sanders had a set of 10 posters for sale and these were estimated at a hammer price of £6,000 or $7,500. Ours represents a rather better investment!

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WWI Aviation Treen Trench Art Box - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWI Aviation Treen Trench Art Box - This item came from the same collection as the fine RFC tray we have just listed. It is again beautifully crafted and has a very sculptural shape with a lovely curve to it. It is made from waxed and polished laminated hardwood, probably mahogany. This one we are almost certain has been made from a donor scrapped propeller and whilst we have no way of knowing looking at the build quality it could well have been made by the same person who crafted the tray. Measures 7" long by 2.25" high by 1.5" wide at its widest point (18 cm long by 5.5 cm high by about 4 cm).

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RNAS Trench Art Propeller Hub Clock - Click for the bigger picture SoldRNAS Trench Art Propeller Hub Clock - Another beautiful example of the trench art craft at its very best! Many of the prop hub/clock conversions that we have seen over the years can look a bit hit and miss, or spoiled by the inappropriate addition of a modern clock but this is the exception. The curve of the original propeller blade blends finely into the line of the hub, in which is set off by a very fine 8 day clock and the finished effect is close to sculptural.

Whilst yet again its maker and history are not known, below the clock dial is mounted in relief an RNAS eagle, so we assume that to be the origins of the donor prop although we do not have clues as to the type of aircraft it came from. Whilst a little indistinct below the eagle are the original propeller stamps, including an AID 357 inspectors stamp. The Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) was the air arm of the Royal Navy, under the direction of the Admiralty's Air Department, and existed formally from 1 July 1914 to 1 April 1918, when it was merged with the Army's Royal Flying Corps to form the Royal Air Force, the world's first independent air force. It seems almost certain therefore this was crafted sometimes during the 1914-18 War.

It remains in very sound condition with no rot or worm but it does have a minor crack in timber below the RNAS eagle, that could well be as a result of an accident and why the prop became unserviceable. It is made from laminated timber and is beautifully waxed and polished. This functional yet decorative bit of aviation art has been enjoyed in my own personal collection for the last 11 years. When it was purchased we had the clock movement serviced (our clock repairer was very complimentary about the quality of the movement and indicated it may be French) so after this period of time it may be worth having it serviced again but suffice to say it is working perfectly at the moment and keeping excellent time. It comes complete with period key and the winding and hand adjustments are carried out from the rear by removing the brass panel. The clock stands 11 1/2" tall and is 10 1/2" wide measured on the base (29 cm x27 cm).

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Royal Flying Corps Mk I Bigsworth Board by Blériot - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Mk I Bigsworth Board by Blériot - In 20 years trading this is only the third example of one of these early boards we have been fortunate enough to source and offer for sale. Both the others were manufactured by 'The General Instrument and Engineering Co. Ltd', London whilst this one is stamped on the reverse 'Bleriot London', with the manufacturers details again being confirmed on the spares envelope as 'Bleriot Ltd, 4, Catesby St, Walworth, S. E.17'. On line research indicates BLERIOT traded as Bleriot-Odkent, London and was stablished 1905 making head, side and tail lamps, dynamos, lighting sets and it seems aviation map boards! In September 1910 Blériot opened a flying school at the newly established Hendon aerodrome near London and another in July 1914 at Brooklands in Surrey and also established a small factory there, becoming known as the Air Navigation and Engineering Company; ANEC survived until 1926. Blériot also built a large aircraft factory on Station Road, Addlestone in 1917; aircraft constructed were taken by road to Brooklands for final assembly and test flying.

We have no idea how many of these map boards Blériot's company made but our guess is not many and this is a rare survivor. It comes in it's original card box, that is now showing significant age wear, but is amazing it has survived at all. The instrument, known in service as ' a Bigsworth' board' was issued to aircraft navigators and observers in the RFC and RNAS so that they had a convenient way to plot their aircraft's course in flight, of course in an open cockpit. The inventor was Air Commodore Arthur Wellesley Bigsworth CMG, DSO & Bar, AFC, who was a pioneer aviator who had a distinguished military career and the man Captain W. E. Johns named his famous character "Biggles" after! The board features and acetate retaining cover (now showing some age wear) and beneath is an equally scarce original RFC chart, sheet 32, dated April 1916 showing the Melun area of Northern France where the first Battle of the Marne was fought in 1914. These charts were specifically made for the board and the acetate prevents it being blown away in the slipstream.

The board is fitted with a moveable protractor arm that carries a combined protractor/parallel rule acetate and the spares envelope contains an alternative protractor featuring a different scale (now showing some age damage). The reverse of the board is in close to mint condition, carrying the embossed makers details as mentioned, together with a Ministry arrow property mark and another in a square that may be an AID inspectors stamp. We understand these chart boards continued to be used by the RAF during the 1930's and looking at the design it clearly influenced the far more common larger WWII map board stores reference 6B/137. This is a museum quality item that rarely appears on the collectors market and with the added bonus of carrying the Blériot name, one of the most famous to be associated with the very early days of aviation. Measures 14"x 14" (36 cm x 36 cm)

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White Cotton Flying/Motoring Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldWhite 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 6.75 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!

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Luftwaffe Electrically Heated Channel Trousers - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe 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.

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