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

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RAF K Type Dinghy Hand Paddles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF K Type Dinghy Hand Paddles - Standard issue with the fighter pilot's K type single seat dinghy in WWII. These were issued against stores reference number 27C/1906 and were constructed from rubber stretched over a simple metal frame.

The user would insert his hands and wrist between the paddle and the elastic retaining bands and use to propel the dinghy through the water. This is a good matched pair stamped with both stamped CQD 1096/3 and further stamps reading R.F.D.38 'RFD' indicating this set was made by 'RFD, which represents the company founder Reginald Foster Dagnall, who established the business in 1920. The reverse side is marked '35'. These are a matched pair and in excellent issued condition with just minor wear to the elastic section and age related storage marks.

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Air Ministry Night Simulation Epidiascope Attachment - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Night Simulation Epidiascope Attachment - In a lifetime of collecting RAF memorabilia we have never seen one of these before. Whilst at school in the 1960's I remember the Epidiascope being used to project images, text from books and photographs onto a white screen ; 50 years ago this all seemed very 'high tec' to myself and my classmates! The example we have here is rather special. It is nicely Air Ministry (A.M.) marked and carries reference nos 14A/3039 with '14A' being the RAF parlance for all camera equipment. It is also embossed 'NIGHT SIMULATION ATTACHMENT FOR EPIDIASCOPES USE WITH WHITE SCREEN AT 18 FT'. The instrument was clearly designed to be mounted over the epidiascopes lens and by altering the central slide filter made up of clear, opaque and dark glass different conditions could be simulated. The filter is marked 'Slide Out' for full moon, 'Slide In' for half moon and 'Flap Down' to simulate starlight -we assume when no moon. A pointer is attached to the filter top and this in turn can be read off on the top of the instrument depending on climatic conditions and height. So using the filter it was possible to project target photographs taken in daylight and simulate how the same view would look at night having factored in weather conditions, the state of the moon, general visibility and aircraft height. What makes this example potentially even more interesting is a typed label has been attached inside reading 'Nuremberg Raid March 30/31st 1944.' The RAF Bomber Command raid on Nuremberg on 30-31 March 1944 resulted in the highest number of aircrew losses for any single operation in World War 2. Out of 779 bombers sent to attack 105 did not return. 534 airmen made the final sacrifice and a further 157 were captured. We have no way of proving if this instrument was used at the Nuremburg briefing but if it was it makes it an item of significant historical appeal. The dark filter shows some age wear but everything is in place with the body being made from black painted brass. It would certainly make a unique addition to a Bomber Command collection or a perfect display item if you happened to own a 1940's Ross military Epidiascope! Measures 7" across (18 cm)
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RAF Spitfire 2 Way Ignition Magneto Switchbox - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Spitfire 2 Way Ignition Magneto Switchbox - Another item that is now becoming increasingly hard to source. This is the classic short toggle type as fitted to the Spitfire and Hurricane, as well as wide variety of RAF aircraft of the WWII era including the Tempest and Typhoon. It should not be confused however with the long toggle type that is more associated with the heavies.

This 2-way ignition switch box, is clearly marked on the case 'SWITCHBOX 2 WAY IGNITION' and 'Ref. No. 5C/548', and is located in the pilots instrument panel and forms an integral part of for starting the Merlin Engine. It is also marked with a crisp Kings Crown and A.M. below whilst one end of the case carries and ink stamp 'MK' with a '2' below. The brass front face is clearly annotated MAGNETO no 1 and No2 with 'ON' being in the up position and 'Off' in the down ; below the 'off' is painted in STI/ELEC/8. The switch springs are perhaps not as crisp as they once were but operate perfectly well but this item is for sale as a collectable and it can not be guaranteed for its original purpose. It would of course make a perfect addition to a Spitfire or Hurricane replica instrument panel or cockpit project.

Prices on these switch boxes are going up all the time and we have seen similar currently listed at £187 and an eyewatering £285! Ours is rather more modestly priced so grab it whilst you can as we have no more once this has gone.

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Air Ministry Inclinometer Reference 6A/389 - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Inclinometer Reference 6A/389 - Officially called a 'Fore-and-Aft Level, Type B' these were first described in the 1934 edition of AP1275. The type 'B' variant superseded the Type 'A' which was used on RNAS aircraft during the 1914-18 war. This updated version was significantly lighter and was used in a variety of RAF aircraft of the 1930's, including the DH82 Tiger Moth, Bristol Bulldog, Gloucester Gladiator and many more. It remained in service until the more sophisticated blind flying instruments panels were introduced which included an Artificial Horizon.

This example is in really crisp original condition with a white oblong dial graduated clearly from zero in the centre indicating flat and level flight. It then caries a scale going up to 20 degrees in a climb and 20 degrees in a dive so effectively the instrument gave a visual indication of the angle of the aircraft through the air and effectively worked in the same way as a spirit level, but in the vertical plane. The 'A' version of instrument originally contained a red dye but this was found prone to fading so was uprated with a black dye on later models. The dye is still present in this example and whilst we can't warrant its accuracy it seems to work as was intended back in the 1930's. It is made from what looks like Bakelite and is fully stamped with REF. No. 6A/389, a Kings Crown, A.M. and a serial number 145752. On the reverse of the dial is an ink manufacturers or inspectors stamp ; we are unsure who made this example but the main makers were either Short & Maison or Reid & Sigrist Ltd. The dial measures 5.5" (14 cm).These instruments are becoming increasingly difficult to find now so grab the opportunity whilst it is available. It is the first one of the kind we have had in for a considerable time and when it is gone it is gone!

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Bristol Blenheim Mk I Trench- Art Model - Click for the bigger picture SoldBristol Blenheim Mk I Trench- Art Model - The iconic fighter bomber of the early years of WWII and quite a scarce subject for a trench art model. Clearly period and hand made the brass has a lovely bronzy patina to it. We stand to be corrected by the Blenheim aficionados but we believe this to be an early Mk I and features the classic stubby nose characteristic of the type. Built by Bristol Aeroplane Company as a light bomber and was used extensively in the first two years of WWII including the battle of Britain, where it took heavy casualties.

The Type first flew in April 1935 and delivery to RAF squadrons commenced in1937. The Blenheim was one of the first British aircraft with an all-metal stressed-skin construction, retractable landing gear, flaps, a powered gun turret and variable-pitch propellers and The Mk I was faster than most fighters in the late 1930's. Development in fighters however lead to significant losses in the daylight role and it was decided that the Mk IF would be relegated to night fighter duties where it had better success. Our model is mounted on an unusually squat brass stand and it has never had propellers fitted and thus gives a convincing impression of the machine flying low and fast showing off the Bristol Mercury VIII radial piston engines to their best advantage. Wingspan measures 9" (22.5 cm) and it stands 2" high (5 cm) measured to the top of the tail fin

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RAF Air Speed Indicator Mk IXA - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Air Speed Indicator Mk IXA - The Mk IXA instrument (the 'A' signifying the dial is non-luminous) entered service in the 1930'sand replaced the V series of instruments and was the first to have a bakerite case and was standard fit in most British aircraft in WWII. Numerous versions were made each with a different speed scale; in this instance the speed is marked in M.P.H. as opposed to Knots and the scale runs from 2-240 MPH. This indicates this is an early instrument as on later ones the scale commenced at 5MPH. The branch connecting tubes emerge from the back of the dial which is nicely stamped with a Kings Crown and A.M. as well as a patent number. This instrument would have been fitted to a variety of aircraft but definitely the RAF Auster 1V & V. Whilst this instrument is offered for sale as a collectors item only it does still have an RAF Returned Equipment ticket attached which indicates when last checked it was pronounced 'Serviceable' by the assessing officer. Dial bezel dimension 3.6" (9.3 cm)
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Group Captain L.T.N.Gould MC RFC/RAF Presentation Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldGroup Captain L.T.N.Gould MC RFC/RAF Presentation Plaque - An absolutely unique item my own personal collection and now being offered for rehoming for the first time. When purchased back in 2012 it came with no history but fortunately Lionel Thomas Nutcombe Gould is easily researched on line and with the key aspects of his service career vividly hand painted on our plaque it has been simple to corroborate the facts. Young Lionel Gould was born in Alveston, near Stratford on Avon, in 1893 and was educated at Marlborough College and on leaving volunteered for War Service with the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1915 he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps, initially as an Observer but subsequently won his coveted RFC Pilots brevet in March 1916. He served initially at Gosport and then on active duty in France from 1915 and by July 1917 he was appointed CO of 21 Squadron. Whilst in France Major Gould was awarded the Military Cross announced in the London Gazette 18 July 1917 with the citation :- "He has done consistent, good, and valuable work while co-operating with the artillery, often under most difficult conditions. He always set a splendid example by his exceptional pluck and determination."

Gould beat the odds and survived the war and in May 1918 he married Barbara Harriet Sperling. He transferred to the fledgling RAF and went on to serve at Worthy Down (1919) Flower Down (1920) Baghdad (1921-22) Delhi & Simla (1923-24) Grantham (1925 & 27) Weston Zoyland (1926 & 27) (our local base just down the road from our HQ), Bicester (1928) Andover (1929) before moving to the Air Ministry 1930-31. He was then promoted to Wing Commander in 1928 with subsequent appointments to command 502 Ulster Squadron, a heavy night bomber Sqn based at RAF Aldergrove, Belfast (1932-33). Further promotion followed to Group Captain and he took command of the School of Naval Cooperation at Lee on Solent (1934-35). He was at Coastal Command (1936-39) then RAF Cranwell (1940-41). The final posting detailed on our plaque was RAF Penrhos (an advanced flying training unit in North Wales) during 1942 and later he served in India, Iraq and in the Air Ministry Signals Branch. Interestingly in 1943 he was given the temporary rank of Commander in the Royal Navy but we have no idea of the background to this and is worthy of further research.

Lionel's s son Auriol Stephen Nutcombe Gould born in Sudbury, Essex in 1922 also became an aviator signing up with the RAF as a pilot in WWII. Sadly on 24 January 1943, flying a Hawker Typhoon of 197 Sqn from RAF Drem it crashed Queenside Hill, south west of Glasgow and he was killed aged just 21. The Father outlived the son and Group Captain Gould retired from the RAF after the War but in 1947 lady luck finally left his side. It is recorded in January 1947 he visited his brother, Commander JC Gould of the Royal Navy, at his home in Radlett, Hertfordshire. The very next morning after his arrival his brother found him dead in a gas filled room. It was suggested that a gas pipe had become disconnected as he tried to light the fire but who can tell the reason for his tragic demise. He is buried in Fulbeck Churchyard in Lincolnshire and not far from RAF Cranwell where he also served in the early years of WWII; his wife was much later buried beside him. He was just 54 when he died.

Our plaque is handmade and depicts the RAF eagle to the centre surmounted by a Kings Crown. In diamond shaped form it is made from solid oak using two pieces cemented together and carries a brass hanging plate to the reverse. The scrollwork either side clearly details all his significant service appointments and we can only assume this was made up and presented to him as a memento of his RFC/RAF service when he finally retired. The edge of the plaque is bevelled and is picked out in red, white and blue although the paint here is now showing its age. The rest of the scrollwork is remarkably bright and we would imagine it was treasured by this great aviator as a reminder of his very significant service career. It measures 9"x 9" (23 cm x 23 cm) and I will be sad to see this piece of history go but it will undoubtedly sit happily in a top end RFC or RAF collection. An ideal solution would be for it to be reunited and displayed with Group Captain Gould's impressive medals, wherever they may now be.

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RAF Mk IV Flying Goggles 22C/111 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Mk IV Flying Goggles 22C/111 - The Mk IV series of flying goggle, stores reference 22C/111, was designed specifically for use with the RAF B type flying helmet, with the large elasticated loop straps designed to encircle the bulbous zipped receiver housings. First introduced by the Air Ministry in June 1940, the concept behind the design was sound but the manufacture of them proved a nightmare! Our set are the incredibly scarce original variant and features a complicated double panel laminated glass hinged lens arrangement, with the outer lenses frame swivelling outwards. The design was further compromised as the sun filter 'flip shield' with an external coiled spring arrangement was found to be incredibly weak and invariably broke off in service.

The Mk IV were also found to be heavy in use, so with all these problems the Air Ministry specified the Mk IV A of a similar deign but without the hinged windows but made of a plastic material. These however proved to be hardly any lighter and very few were made and were in turn replaced by the final variant the Mk IVB, which is the pattern that most often surfaces today. These redressed many of the issues described, were more robust, eliminated the opening window frames and had a stronger flip shield arrangements. Weight remained an issue, although the introduction of riveted guide plates to locate the goggles on the B helmet helmet, helped to an extent. The 1VB was issued in some quantity and remains the most common of the variants that turn up today.

Our example is a rare early survivor and is pretty much in text book condition. The black painted frame is excellent with just a little wear around the flip shield mount; the delicate flip shield, stores reference 22C/113 'Screens anti -glare', as previously described, is surprisingly undamaged. The lenses are above the average with just minor fogging. The leather nose cover and chamois backing are excellent, but the black rubber face pads are slightly distorted and hardened, as always seems to be the case, but this does not detract from a display point of view. The elastic loops and sprung cloth covered straps are in top condition, as is the leather back strap with good clear embossing with nice firm Kings Crown, A.M. Mk IV 22C/111 and makers details Levers Optical Co Ltd.

Not much more than we can add other than Mk IV's in any condition hardly ever appear on the market now and to find a pair in top condition as these is an exceptional opportunity that we are unlikely to be able to repeat anytime soon.

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6D/101 Mk IIIB*Oxygen Connector - Click for the bigger picture Sold6D/101 Mk IIIB*Oxygen Connector - These increasingly rare connectors were standard RAF issue in the late 1930's and in the early stages of WWII and in use during the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. They were used to connect the D mask oxygen hose to the aircraft oxygen system. Whilst the A and B variants look identical the A had no internal valve with just a rubber washer fitted to provide an effective seal to the aircrafts oxygen system. This evolved into the more refined B which is fitted with a sprung non-return valve which automatically closes when the connector is removed from the system.

Oxygen was supplied by a constant flow rather than a demand valve system and entered the mask by a breathing hose. Interestingly prior to 1941 this was insulated with a cloth covering ; our example still retains the cut end of that oxygen hose which is just rubber so it is assumed this one is a later issue example. In a Spitfire the male connector was mounted on the starboard side of the cockpit above the chassis control lever. Made from solid brass this example is clearly stamped with stores reference 6D/101 (the 6D prefix indicating Oxygen equipment) whilst the reverse side is stamped Mk IIIB* and above GB6 in a circle, as well as a Broad Arrow property mark. The sprung valve remains firm and whilst for sale as an aviation collectable we see no reason, if you happen to have a Spit to plug it into, it would work as intended back in 1940.

These are almost impossible to source now with thousands being scrapped for their brass post war so grab this rare survivor whilst you have the chance!

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267 Squadron Presentation Tankard - Click for the bigger picture Sold267 Squadron Presentation Tankard - No 267 Squadron was formed at the sea plane station at Calafrana, Malta in 1918, and flew anti-submarine patrols. In WWII 267 reformed at Heliopolis, for local transport duties in Egypt. It used a variety of aircraft for transporting passengers, mail and freight between Egypt and outlying bases. By August 1942, operations extended throughout the Mediterranean area and its role included the movement of personnel and equipment, casualty evacuation and occasional supply-dropping Ops to guerrilla bands in Italy and the Balkans. In 1943 267 moved to Italy and in February 1945 was transferred to India, where it carried supplies during the 14th Army's final offensive that cleared Burma of the Japanese. On 1945 267 reformed at Kuala Lumpur as a transport support and communications squadron in Malaya. It flew Pioneers, Pembroke's and Dakotas. This tankard is embossed to base 'Malayan Tin' clearly dates to this period of the Squadrons long history. It is engraved 'Presented to F/Lt Halliwell By No 267 Squadron Officers Mess 1946'. We purchased this tankard on Anglesey but we have no other specific provenance with it but if any visitors to the site can add any information on F/Lt Halliwell we would be happy to add this to our description The tankard shows minor service wear but is in generally good display condition. It appears to be 1 pint capacity and measures 4 1/2" high (11 cm)
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RAF 'B' Squadron Presentation Tankard 1940 with possible CUAS Connections - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 'B' Squadron Presentation Tankard 1940 with possible CUAS Connections - A fine wartime example that clearly has a story to tell! Sadly the provenance has been lost down the years but we have certain clues to go on. On the base rim is embossed 'Mathers & Son Cambridge'. We believe this to be a Cambridge retailer rather than the manufacturer as we have seen clocks with the same name but we could of course be wrong. The base is also stamped 482 followed by a flower shaped device and 1/2 PT indication a half pint capacity. To the front of the tankard is a set of hand engraved RAF Wings surmounted by a Kings Crown and below the wording 'From "B" Squadron March Eights 1940'. Our surmise on this piece is it was purchased by Cambridge University Air Squadron (CUAS) from a local retailer and they had it engraved. The 'March Eights 'that could be a reference to a Cambridge University Rowing Club event and perhaps it was presented as a winner's prize.

Cambridge University Air Squadron was formed in October 1925 and was the first in the country. The University Air Squadrons were an important source for aircrew for the RAF in the pre war years and special concessions were made to members of the University Air Squadrons in the way of seniority if they subsequently joined the RAF. From 1937 members in their third year who were sufficiently proficient could be commissioned in the newly-created RAFVR. Surprisingly all UAS's were disbanded in September 1939 but were reformed again in 1940. The value of these 'publicly-funded flying clubs' was demonstrated emphatically by the contribution made by former UAS members to the war effort and during the Battle of Britain when no less than 97 formed part of Churchill's 'Few', with many still wearing their pre war 'badge of honour 'Prestige flying suits.

Suffice to say it is a nice period example with an ornate handle and glass bottom. It is very slightly distorted, as is often the case with tankards that have generally enjoyed a working life, in addition to being a presentation piece. It would no doubt polish up if so required but we prefer to leave it in 'as found' condition and we like to think it may have been used in the smoke filled bar of 'The Eagle', much frequented by RAF and USAAF aircrew in WWI. This unique pub became a favourite haunt for them and many of their signatures remain on the ceiling, a reminder of times gone by and bring back many emotive memories;it is a must do if you should are everin Cambridge and just as important as a visit to Kings College chapel to all those of a certain inclination! If any visitors to the site can add anything in regard to the pewter marks detailed or our surmise on the tankards early history please get in touch and we will add this to our description. Measures c.4" high (10 cm)

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RAF PRU Aircraft Camera Control Box Type 35 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF PRU Aircraft Camera Control Box Type 35 - With official designation 'Control Box Type 35 Stores reference 14A/2206' it was designed to work in conjunction with the F24 camera, first introduced in 1925 and used by British and Allied armed forces during WWII and post war. We are advised, with information provided by the Imperial War Museum, these units were designed by the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, New York.

The F 24 was installed in a wide variety of fighters and bomber aircraft including the PRU Spitfire, the Lancaster and the Mosquito. It was set up to work on the "robot" principle. When the pilot or bomb-aimer presses a button, the rest can be safely left to the T.35 control unit, an ingenious device which can control a whole series of operations—from a 500 exposure reconnaissance requiring exposures at regular intervals, to the synchronisation of the flash explosion of bomb bursts during an operation.

The instrument itself looks to be in good used condition and the original grey paintwork shows wear commensurate with light service use. The top dial can be set to the interval in seconds for the exposures from 5 to 50 seconds The bottom dial controls the number of exposures with a scale from 1 to 125. The unit is marked 24 volts and whilst not dated we believe this to be from the late WWII period or early post war as the T.35 remained in use until the mid-1950's when it was fitted to such aircraft as the Canberra. Whilst we are offering as a collectable and can't guarantee it still works it looks to be in first class condition. The Photo Reconnaissance Unit of the RAF is often undervalued but the PRU boys carried out a critical function often in unarmed aircraft. This controller would make a wonderful addition to a specialist or general RAF collection. Box measures 8"x 4.5" x3" (20 cm x 11 cm x7.5 cm) The unit weighs 1.8 kilos unpacked so please check for a delivered price before ordering!

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RAF 1930 Pattern Flying Helmet with History - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 1930 Pattern Flying Helmet with History - Often overlooked by collectors but an early and important part of the evolution of RAF issue flying helmets. This design replaced the RFC Mk I helmet and was the predecessor of the B helmet that entered service in 1935. Issued against stores reference 22C/57 many helmets were modified by the addition of flap type receiver housings, designated 22C/57, to accommodate radio-telephones or acoustic Gosport Tubes. Others are documented to have had 'B' type receiver cups fitted and adapted to take the D oxygen mask and so served into the early part of WWII.

This example remains as issued without flaps being fitted and the dark chestnut leather remains in remarkably good condition. These helmets carried a wide chin strap and a large buckle fastening ; the strap remains in sound condition although three of the metal eyelets are missing. The leather covered buckle, often a weak point, is close to mint. Inside the chamois lining is excellent but shows normal service wear commensurate with use. In the crown is an original manufacturers label and whist the writing has more or less worn away we can just decipher the maker is H.Bendall who went on to supply the 'B' helmet to the Air Ministry. We can not decipher the size or date although an ink stamp shows '9' and '33' so have assumed it was manufactured in 1933. It also carries a further ink stamp that M +2. The only real issue with this helmet, as is often the case with the 1930 pattern, is the interlining has hardened and crystallised but this does not impact from a display point of view. The velvet brow and chin strap lining remains sound.

What makes this already scarce and early helmet even more interesting is that it comes with provenance of the original owner, having been purchased from his family back in 2003, since when it has resided in my own personal collection. It was owned by Cecil Ferdinand Chinery, who was born 1 March 1896 and who served with the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) in the last year of WWI. Post war he transferred to the fledgling RAF and served in Palestine and also flew in various air displays at Hendon in the interwar years. He continued to serve into WWII but in a non-flying capacity, including time based at RAF Cardington. The family told me they had had a photograph of Wing Commander Chinery shaking hands with King George VI whilst on an official visit, but now sadly mislaid. He was appointed a Commander of the Military Division of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire Military Division (OBE) on 11 July 1940. All too often the stories associated with the kit we purchase has been lost down the years but this is certainly the exception and a letter confirming the provenance will be supplied to the new custodian.

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RAF Trench Art Shell Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Trench Art Shell Case - Another example of the craft which we are listing today, this time fashioned from a shell case clearly stamped 'DURA 20MM M21' and dated 1942. Online research indicates this was manufactured by the Dura Division of Detroit Harvester Corp, Toledo, Ohio, USA. Unusually this one is displayed inverted and the pointed end is screwed onto a turned aluminium base, that also features a riveted brass plaque with the RAF motto 'Per Adua Ad Astra' which translated means 'Through adversity to the stars'. We are unsure if the shell is an original item but compared with the other example we have listed today it carries no stampings to confirm its origins and we therefore surmise feel this may be a turned from a block of metal, fashioned to represent the 20 mil shell that was originally fitted. The front of the shell case has a wartime Other Ranks RAF Kings Crown cap badge attached and either side extended RAF wings cut from scrap brass. Whilst an inert display piece, to avoid any possible issues with customs, we are restricting this one to UK customers only. Measures 8" (20.5 cm)
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RAF Trench Art 20 MM Shell Case Trench Art Lighter - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Trench Art 20 MM Shell Case Trench Art Lighter - Another fine example from the small collection we have just purchased. This one is free standing and whilst inert appears never to have been fired. The head stamp is clearly visible and is embossed 'BBC 1941 20 MM' Online research throws up some confusion over the manufacturer. Some chat rooms indicate this was made by the British manufacturer 'Barking Brassware Company', who apparently only made ammunition for the 20mm Hispano, so seems to fit the bill. Others state it was made by the 'Bridgeport Brass Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut, USA', who also manufactured 20mm Hispano-Suiza cartridges. Seeing the items clear RAF origins we are inclined to think this is from the British Company but stand to be corrected by any 'armchair experts' out there! The Hispano-Suiza 20 MM HS-404 equipped virtually every British fighter aircraft during WWII including later Mks of the Spitfire, Hurricane, Typhoon, Tempest, Mosquito, Whirlwind, Beaufighter, P38 Lightning and many more. After some early teething troubles it proved to be an extremely effective weapon in both he air to air and ground strafing roles.

This example is in first class condition with the front having a Kings Crown attached and a large RAF eagle below and despite its origins now being lost it is safe to assume this would have originated from an RAF station in WWII. The cannon shell itself retains its copper band and interestingly the beautifully engineered brass head unscrews to reveal a hollow interior which would originally have held high explosives. The shell case has been sectioned and the top part is removable which then reveals a lighter mechanism fitted inside of near identical construction to the other example we have also just listed (Item OC319).We have not attempted to get this working and we can no longer guarantee its original purpose although it does look complete. Despite being inert to avoid postage issues at customs we are restricting the sale of this item to UK customers only. Measures 7.25" tall (18.5 cm)

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RAF Trench Art Shell Case Lighter - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Trench Art Shell Case Lighter - A rather fine period made example. The case is fixed to a hardwood and brass base so we are unable to establish date but this appears to have been crafted from a 20 mil cannon shell. The pointed end however gives us more clues and the head is embossed 'M.M.D' and below '152 and 8/41' which we assume dates it to 1941. Whilst munitions are not our speciality research online research indicates this projectile was made by the Auto-Lite Battery Corporation of California USA by their Metal Manufacturing Division (hence the MMD stamping).

The inert shell case has been sectioned and the top part is removeable with reveals a lighter mechanism fitted inside. We have not attempted to get this working and we can no longer guarantee its original purpose although it does look complete. The base of the shell case carries a period Kings Crown and an RAF eagle so we have assumed this piece originated from scrap recovered from an RAF station back in WWII. Sadly the provenance behind it is now lost although it would clearly have a story to tell and would sit happily in either an RAF or trench art collection. Despite being inert to avoid postage issues at customs we are restricting the sale of this item to UK customers only. Measures 9.25" tall (23.5 cm)

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Private Purchase 1930's Flying Helmet by S.Lewis - Click for the bigger picture SoldPrivate Purchase 1930's Flying Helmet by S.Lewis - A classic example of an inter War period flying helmet manufactured by S.Lewis. Inside the crown of the helmet is stitched a high quality woven label confirming ''S. Lewis's OF RACING FLYING & MOTOR CLOTHING FAME' with an address at 27, CARBURTON STREET LONDON. W.1. TEL. MUSEUM 4793 followed by 'No Connection with any other firm.' This was added to avoid confusion, as another manufacturer of the period operated under the trading title of 'D.Lewis of Great Portland Street, London' and the two firms wanted to establish their own identities. We have found a period S.Lewis advertisement on line featuring an identical helmet dated 1930 (marked at 25/9 to those of us who remember 'old' money! and the pattern remained in use throughout the 1930's and into WWII.

Whilst a private purchase item many RAF pilots preferred to use these in preference to the issued item and Bob Stanford Tuck is a classic example. Added to the fact all private flying was suspended once war was declared it is safe to assume many of this pattern served with the RAF and this text book example would make a fine addition to an RAF or general collection. The dark brown leather is very soft and supple and is close to mint condition. It features an adjustable wide chinstrap for added comfort and press stud leather earflaps for use with Gosport tubes which were fitted when we purchased and were offered as a standard fitting back in the 1930's. These remain in very good original condition with no fraying to the tube covers. The brow carries a leather adjustment strap to customise the helmet's fit whilst to the rear is a buckle fastening goggle retaining strap. Inside is equally crisp with signs of just very light use. The remains of the paper size label is still in place confirming the size is possibly 7 1/2 but part of the label is missing ; having tried it on it probably equates to an RAF size 3 helmet. The top specification manufacturers label has already been mentioned but an added bonus is the original owner has inked in his name one Robin Sykes. Sadly we have no history on him and whilst two 'Sykes' were members of 'The Few' in the Battle of Britain neither was called Robin. Interestingly however a picture of Sub Lieutenant John Humphrey Sykes in the excellent 'Men of the Battle of Britain' appears to show him wearing a similar helmet, thus reconfirming many of this pattern saw RAF use in WWII.

In summary a very fine example that fully meets the oft quoted collectors maxim of ' always buy the best example you can afford' and this one is realistically priced with the added benefit of being fitted with Gosport tubes so the helmet is offered in service condition. All that is lacking is the DH Tiger Moth to plug it into!

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One Flight Too Many - Click for the bigger picture SoldOne Flight Too Many

One Flight Too Many I was delighted to received a copy of this excellent volume for Christmas and can recommend it as an excellent read. It covers the often forgotten art of Photographic Reconnaissance (PR) and is written by a former PR Spitfire pilot, Jimmy Taylor. It gives a very clear description of what he had to do, the aircraft and cameras he was given, how he planned and took his photographs, and how he navigated his way, alone and unarmed under constant observation by enemy radar, to his distant targets. This is also Jimmy Taylor's autobiography, so the reader has access to his frank contemporary diary of autumn 1944 and goes with him on his exciting sorties, including when he was chased by a then-unknown German jet, and his last one, when his engine blew up and forced him to parachute into a part of eastern Holland and led to his eventual capture with details of the heroic behaviour of the Dutch Resistance. Taylor's story is told with humour and modesty and makes for fascinating reading, and is enhanced with hundreds of photographs taken at the time, including some of his own sorties. This is a great book in every sense: it will enlighten readers who are curious about the work of the PR squadrons and will fascinate aviation enthusiasts of all ages myself included! We do not actually stock this volume but it can be purchased for £27.50 plus shipping from the distributor, YPD Books at www.ypdbooks.com or from your local bookseller. Pages: 756 Cover: Hard Author: Jimmy Taylor

Pages: 756
Cover: Hard
Author: Jimmy Taylor

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RAF B Type Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF B Type Helmet - Superb original helmet as issued without receiver cups fitted. Stores ref. 22C/65, size 2. Everything complete and working, hard to better.
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RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF H Type Oxygen Mask - First issued in early 1944 the H mask replaced the earlier G pattern and it remained in RAF service, with minor modifications, for the remainder of the 20th century. This example Stores Reference 6D/2244098 is broad arrow marked and was manufactured in April 1982 and has never been issued. When purchased it came complete in its original packaging with attached documentation that confirmed it was checked by RAF stores in December 1997 and subsequently declared 'Serviceable' by 16 Maintenance Unit Stafford. We have only opened the packaging today to take the photographs. This example is marked 'Small' and is fitted with an Amplivox 13100 microphone and mint communication cord and female plug. A full elastic harness is fitted, again in unissued condition, with snaps and clips to use with RAF C, D & E pattern flying helmets as well as the later G. The harness also features the reversible 'quick connect' loops for use with the later metal oxygen mask hooks. If the mask is required without the elastic webbing harness please contact us for a separate price. Despite now being over 36 years old this example is in fantastic condition with only issue being some light storage staining to the inside chamois leather lining. Like all items offered on the site this is for sale as a collectable only, although subject to the correct checks we feel it is highly likely it is still in working condition but we can't guarantee this. These masks are no longer in production so grab the opportunity now to purchase one of the last examples whilst our very limited stocks remain. When they are gone they are gone.
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