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* Additional Images USAAF Groundcrew Sheepskin Leather Jerkin
*1940 Serge Battle Dress Trousers* *LIST WITH HG BLOUSE* Well worn pair of battle dress serge pattern trousers, date stamped Q with the War Department stamp; indicating 1940 manufacture. These particular trousers have had both the map pocket and the first field dressing pocket removed from the legs. This has been done possibly for Home Guard use as has been seen on other HG attributed battle dress, however it is not known precisely why. Another explanation is possibly post-war as work wear. However, a full compliment of mix-matched military buttons (including one German pressed paper button). These trousers came in with a 1940 battle dress blouse to a private in the Hertfordshire Home Guard. These trousers have been well used and repaired, buttons having been replaced suggesting field use at one time before the removal of the pockets. There is a smattering of moth damage to the crotch, and an overall wear to the nap of cloth. There is a fair amount of fraying to the cuff of each leg that has been inexpertly repaired. Two small stains of what look like oil or paint are visible as pictured on one leg. Approximate size: Waist: 34 Inside Leg: 31.5/ 32
*Addition Images: USAAF Groundcrew Sheepskin Leather Jerkin
*Further Images WW1 US Respirator
*Further Images: 1911 Hook Quillon 1907 Bayonet 8th S Staffs & RWF Marked
*Further Images: 1944 21st Army Group R Signals Battle Dress Blouse
*Further Images: Carmarthenshire Home Guard Officer RFC Veteran Tunic
*Further Images: KIA 332 Sqn RNAF \'Little Norway\' Book 1943 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50056
*Further Images: KIA 332 Sqn RNAF \'Little Norway\' Book 1943 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50056
*Further Images: Portsmouth AFS Uniform & Equipment Grouping FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50075
*Further Images: Portsmouth AFS Uniform & Equipment Grouping FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50075
*Further Images: Post-War British Commando Jumper FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50043
*Further Images: Unusual 1941 Luftwaffe Used RAF Souvenir 231 Flak Hamburg FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50118
.303 Brass Rifle Oil Bottle Fair clean example of the brass rifle bottle as used and stored in the SMLE and No4 rifle stock. This example retains the lid, seal and oil spool. There is some white residue remaining inside the bottle. The base is stamped EFD indicating Enfield manufacture, with the government property arrow.
.303 Cloth Ammunition Bandolier Cloth .303 ammunition bandolier, whilst undated it is exactly the same as the wartime pattern and retains the correct cotton strap as the wartime dated examples. Condition is very good, possibly unused with very good metalwork and stitching. There is some small illegible faint pencil markings, likely from stores.
11th Hussars 7th Armoured Egypt Sweetheart Handbag An unusual item, being a ladies leather handbag/ purse embossed with Egyptian statues and featuring an 11th Hussars cap badge to the front corner. This was most likely made during the inter-war or wartime period, purchased from an Egyptian market and modified for the sweetheart of a soldier. The 11th Hussars (Prince Albert\'s Own), were a cavalry regiment formed in 1715, serving during the First and Second World Wars. In 1940 the 11th Hussars were stationed in Egypt when Italy declared war, attached to the 7th Armoured Division. They carried out raids against Italian forces using Morris and Rolls Royce armoured cars, capturing Capuzzo on 17th December 1940. The 11th Hussars took part in Operation Compass, the British counterattack against Italian forces in Egypt and Libya. The bag itself is in fair condition, the clasp closure to the front working as it should. There is some stitch loss to the outer seam in places, as pictured. This does not seem to be causing any structural problems whatsoever, however it would be an easy fix if desired. The internal zip works well, however has become slightly unstitched from the leather, again this would likely be an easy fix. Overall, a rather unique and interesting item related to the Western Desert campaign. It is possible that this bag was bought around the time the 11th were operational in Egypt and sent home to a sweetheart in Britain.
11th Hussars Brass Shoulder Titles Pair A good matching pair of 11th Hussars shoulder titles, with twin rounded lugs to the rear of each. Very good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1900 Boer War Officer\'s Sam Browne Belt Excellent example of the Sam Browne officer\'s belt, featuring four loops to bear as an equipment set. A practise that continued through the Great War and continued to be an option for officers even after the outbreak of the Second World War in far fewer numbers. This example is clearly dated 1900 and maker marked C & M. When fixed in the correct position it will fit about a 36 waist, though bigger if worn more extended. Condition is very good for its age, with only minor cracking to the leather. The extra loop appears to have been pressed flatter, though for what purpose is unclear. Good early example perfect for a Boer War display.
1903 Pattern South African Leather 5 Pocket Ammunition Bandolier Good example of the 1903 pattern leather bandolier, designed for use by mounted troops. The bandolier featured five pockets each containing 10 rounds, allowing 50 rounds to be carried around the chest. The condition is generally very good with some light cracking to the top of the pocket lids, however the leather is generally very sound. The brass work is in good shape, as are the rivets. This example is maker marked \'Leibowitz Bros\', a South African company. Unfortunately no date can be seen.
1907 Bayonet & Scabbard Well used example of the 1907 pattern bayonet used by British and Commonwealth troops. The blade is worn and smooth, unfortunately the stampings at the base of the blade have been virtually obliterated. There is some general overall pitting and marking to the metalwork. The release button has become fused and there is evidence of where it has been struck to dislodge it, unsuccessfully. The button scabbard is in fair shape with some overall wear to the leather. The scabbard is maker marked W J H. A well used bayonet, priced accordingly. Would benefit from a bit of a clean up. UK OVER 18 SALE ONLY PLEASE
1907 Pattern SMLE Bayonet Chromed Parade Use An attractive 1907 pattern SMLE bayonet, that has been used for parade use with chromed metalwork. The stampings are barely visible, having been worn smooth. The grips and securing nuts are in excellent condition, however there is some loss of chroming in places. Please note this is the bayonet only, no scabbard is included. OVER 18 SALES ONLY PLEASE
1907 Wilkinson Bayonet & Scabbard Unit Marked Good example of the standard 1907 pattern bayonet as used by British and Commonwealth troops from the Great war through to the Second World War. This bayonet is unit marked with the butt number \'1045\' along with an unknown unit stamp \'P & P\' just beneath it. The scabbard also bears a butt number to the very top, however it does not match that of the bayonet itself. The blade bears the royal cypher and what appears to be the date of either January 1908 or 1918 as it reads only \'8\' on the right of the cypher. There are various stampings to the rear to include proofing and blade test marks. This example has the hole drilled for the oil hole and bears characteristics of the later issue bayonets. However the unit stamps seems to be primarily a pre-/ early war addition. Therefore it is possible that is is a pre-war example that has been converted for later use. Condition is very good on both the blade and the scabbard. There is some wear to the metalwork and also the leather scabbard. The bayonet comes complete with its round pommel scabbard. The release button on the handle, is a little stiff but works correctly. OVER 18 UK ONLY SALE PLEASE
1908 Pattern Basic Webbing Set A set of 1908 pattern webbing, dated from 1916 through to 1940 on various parts. The ubiquitous 1908 webbing saw service from before the Great War and was still in use by some units in 1940. This set features waist belt, cartridge carriers, cross straps, bayonet frog and water bottle carrier. All pieces are slightly varying in colour and condition. The waist belt is dated 1916 and made by M. E. Co, though at some point it has been used as a souvenir belt and has several small holes where badges have been affixed. Other than this it is in good shape and all metalwork intact. When worn as a set much of the holing is hidden when displayed. It is marked S for small. The cross straps are clearly dated 1940, and are also M. E. Co made. They are a matching pair and come with brass buckles to attach the haversack. They are in good shape with no tears and only minor verdigris to the metalwork. 1908 webbing of this date is getting rather more difficult to find these days. The cartridge carriers are third issue pattern, with the left pouch featuring the top securing pocket flaps to prevent rounds falling out. They are well used and the stamps are rather illegible, though look to read either 1916, 18 or 19. They have had many coats of blanco in their time and much of the brass has become worn smooth in places. The webbing is free from tears or rips, however a press stud on each of the carriers has become unusable. Both studs are the lower type, used to secure the pouch to the belt. The right hand carrier is intact, with the stud itself having become too small to fit into the popper through overuse. The strap on the left hand carrier has had the popper shear from the strap and remains attached to the stud as pictured. These straps could be permanently fixed with epoxy glue for display if required, however I have left them as is. The bayonet from is the fourth pattern, featuring the helve strap but no rivets to either side. It is marked but not dated, however is of wartime manufacture. It is in good light blanco shade. The water bottle is dated 1917 and also made by M. E. Co, it has at some point had the top strap removed. This is possibly for use by the RAMC or at an aid station, though there are many variables. Overall this set whilst having several drawbacks is an ideal starter set for the great war collector, or an additional for a large display at a far cheaper price. SEE ITEM: 50557 FOR FURTHER IMAGES
1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog A good example of the 1908 pattern bayonet frog in its third issue economy modification, retaining the helve strap to the rear. This is the third issue type of frog, where the reinforcing rivets have been deleted from either side of the holder. Many of these third issue have had the helve strap removed in accordance with the withdrawal of the use of entrenching tools and helves from 1923/24 list of changes. The condition is very good overall and the webbing is clean and has possibly never seen blanco. There is a patch of fraying to the rear as pictured, though would be easily hidden when displayed. There are maker stamps to the rear though they are very difficult to make out. The government issue arrow is present to the rear. Overall a good unmodified frog, ideal for display.
1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog 5 KOYLI A 1908 Pattern webbing bayonet frog, marked to the 5th Battalion King\'s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. This example is an economy pattern with the rivets deleted. It has had the helve strap removed from the rear which was a common post-WW1 practise, the slight shadowing of where it has been is evident. It has been treated to 97 shade blanco at some point. The top portion has inverted broad arrows mark of a decommissioned item, this would be hidden by the ammunition pouch if displayed as a set. The 5th KOYLI were a territorial battalion formed in 1908 and disbanded in 1955. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Webbing Cover Dated 1919 Clean example of the 08 pattern webbing entrenching tool cover. Made by M E Co and clearly dated 1919 to the inside along with an issue stamp. It has not been treated to a coat of bland and remains very clean overall. This example is the post-1916 example with a buckle to secure the pouch as opposed to a press stud. There is no damage to this example, only some very minor verdigris to some of the metal work which would clean very easily.
1908 Pattern Webbing Cartridge Carriers Set A good pair of 1908 pattern webbing ammunition cartridge carriers, of the MkII (3rd issue) type. They look to be 1918 or 1919 dated, with the left hand pouch featuring the 1914 L of C modification to introduced short strap and loop arrangements to stop the cartridge clips from falling out when leaning against a parapet. Both pouches feature the unofficial and largely unknown modification of a grommet added to the 1 inch rear angled straps. This is believed to allow 1914 pattern packs to be worn alongside 1908 pattern, though little evidence appears to exist regarding this modification. Condition is largely very good throughout, the webbing has been lightly blanco\'d but features no damage or rips. The brass work is in good clean condition on both carriers. Regrettably there are two poppers missing, though they do not affect the usage. The rearmost pocket of the right hand pouch is missing the lower male securing stud, this does not affect the closing of the pocket. The second missing stud is on the foremost pocket of the left hand pouch but again does not affect the closure of it. Both pouches are maker marked Mills Equipment Co. along with several stores stamps, one of which \'CH\' is believed to be for the Royal Marines Garrison at Chatham. Overall a good set of carriers, ideal to complete a set for display. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1908 Pattern Webbing Cross Straps A pair of 1908 pattern webbing cross straps in good used condition, complete with twig buckles. They have had a coat of blanco and there is some light overall ribbing confided to the edges and wear overall. One strap has lost two of the rear brass eyelets but they remain secured by the front eyelets. One strap also features an OTC ink stamp, though it is difficult to read. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1908 Pattern Webbing Haversack ATS Marked A well used 1908 Pattern webbing haversack, possibly dated 1914 and is marked externally to a member of the ATS. This example has had both sets of brass buckles and tabs removed, indicating its use as a side bag with a strap. The markings are obliterated except for the faint digit 4, possibly indicating manufacture in 1914. The inked name to the front appears to W/ 2927098 Laws M A, this is an ATS number and may well prove traceable. Condition is well used and worn, with some verdigris to the metalwork. The central cotton divider has also been cut out. Nonetheless, a rather unusual example. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1908/14 Pattern Haversack Converted 1915 Good example of the later 1914 pattern haversack that has been converted to be used in conjunction with the 1908 webbing set. The pack has been blancoed in a slightly dark shade of green, with only one small mark to the front. All straps, rivets and metalwork are intact and n good condition, as is the internal cotton divider. Marked and dated 1915.
1911 Hook Quillon 1907 Bayonet 8th S Staffs & RWF Marked Fantastic 1911 dated Enfield made Hook Quillon bayonet, this example remains un-modified with no oil hole and the hook intact. The hilt bears stampings for what looks to be the 8th Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers. This has been crossed out and clearly re-issued to the 8th Battalion South Staffordshire Regiment; who were raised in September 1914 as part of Kitchener\'s Army. Both butt numbers are also stamped on the hilt, the earliest being crossed out as well. The scabbard is a later addition and is not the earlier type it would have been issued with, this is maker stamped on the metal work. There is a certain amount of wear to the leather that would be easily fixed with leather feed. The blade is generally sound, with some blemishing to the metal and minor rust that would easily clean up. Unfortunately there is some pitting to the edge of the blade as pictured. Overall a very historically interesting example, stamped to two very famous infantry regiments. Unmodified hook quillons; particularly regimentally stamped ones, are getting increasingly difficult to find. PLEASE NOTE OVER 18 UK SALE ONLY PLEASE
1913 Hook Quillon 1907 Bayonet & Scabbard Good example of an Enfield made \'hooked quillon\' bayonet dated 1913. This example remains un-modified with no oil hole and the hook intact. The blade is stamped \'EFD\' for Enfield, with the royal cypher and dated September 1913. With proofing marks to the reverse of the blade. The scabbard is the correct earlier \'teardrop\' type, this is maker stamped on the metal work. The blade is generally very clean, with some minor pitting to the metal. There is also some pitting to the hilt and hook as well, yet the bayonet remains strong and sound. The release catch works well. Unmodified hook quillon bayonets retaining their hook are becoming difficult to find. PLEASE NOTE OVER 18 UK SALE ONLY PLEASE PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50147 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
1914 90 Round 1903 Pattern Bandolier A well used example of the 9 pocket version of the 1903 bandolier, intended for use by mounted troops. This particular bandolier is faintly dated 1914 along with a broad arrow mark and a few other illegible stamps. The leather is generally in sound condition, however there is one slight spit to one pocket flap as pictured. There is a more modern repair to the leather at the rear, that has been patched. The adjuster strap appears to have been shortened at some point. The leather would benefit from a slight feed and polish to rejuvenate it, as there is minor scuffing throughout. Overall, a fair example of an iconic bit of Great War mounted equipment.
1914 Dated British Army Webbing Rifle Sling Honest example of the webbing rifle sling used by British and Commonwealth troops during both world wars. Dated 1914 on both brass ends along with the manufacture \'Wrights\'. There is a fair amount of wear on this example, understandable owing to the fact it is a field used bit of kit. There is general ribbing to the edges of the webbing in several places as well as rust marks as pictured. All in all, an honest early Great War dated example of an item of field gear that is getting harder to find.
1914 Dated British Mess Tin Set A scarce set of 1914 dated British mess tins, maker marked and complete with carrying handle. They are in good solid condition with only some minor surface pitting. The maker mark is faint but clearly reads \'London\' and dated 1914. They conform to the earlier pattern, being fitted with two sets of loops to the body. The owners name has been artistically carved into the rear of the body, though it is very faint it may well become illuminated. The rim of the body is stamped \'A\' with a broad issue arrow. Early examples of the mess tins are becoming far harder to obtain. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1914 Dated Webbing Haversack 1908 Pattern An interesting example of the 1908 Pattern haversack, dated 1914 and featuring some unusual internal modifications. The internal divider has been bolstered by period lining fabric and is marked \'Kent 164\', with evidence of tools being carried in it. This was originally stitched in place, having become partly unstitched over time. The rear tabs have been removed, indicating use a shoulder bag. It is possible that this has been used by a despatch rider for carrying tools. The maker is Thomas Briggs (London) Ltd and is faintly stamped \'T B (L) Ltd\' 1914. Condition is well used with marks, though it is solid with no damage, only some minor re-stitching needed to one small area as pictured. Early dated examples of 1908 webbing are proving harder to obtain. This haversack does not appear to have ever been treated to blanco. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1914 Pattern Trouser Belt An interesting example of a Great War Trouser belt, having been converted into a 1903 pattern style from a 1914 pattern issue belt. The rear straps have been removed including the rivetting and the front male and female ends have been cut down and refitted with a brass square prong buckle. This buckle has then been fixed with split pins. The leather is well worn with surface cracking and darkened with age throughout. The belt has the initials \"F K\" and the early regimental number \"7356\" faintly scratched into the inside. The belt is a large size approximately 45 inches at its maximum and 34 at the minimum. This is a great example of a period field converted trouser belt.
1914 Princess Mary Christmas Tin Lovely example of the Christmas tin, as issued to British troops in 1914. Condition is excellent with this example, it has not been polished over a prolonged period like many others. The details and recesses are clear and crisp. No scratches or dents.
1915 Dated 08 Pattern Entrenching Tool & Carrier A nice early war dated entrenching tool and first issue carrier, complete and dated 1915. The tool itself is on good solid shape with only minor wear and pitting as to be expected. It appears to be maker marked C Hollington and is dated 1915, there are also several small issue stamps including a broad arrow. The carrier is the first issue type with a press stud closure as opposed to a buckle, this feature changed in mid 1916. The interior off-white lining is maker marked Mills Equipment Company and also dated 1915. A hand written name can be made out alongside the stamps, though it is difficult to read. It has been blanco\'d and there is some overall wear. The right hand rivet has pulled through the front, though it is retained at the rear there are some lengths of frayed webbing strands visible from the front. Overall a great complete matched set, the carriers in particular are becoming difficult to find. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1915 Dated 08 Pattern Large Pack 1908 pattern large pack, designed to carry the greatcoat amongst many other personal items of kit such as socks, mess tins etc. when wearing Full Service Marching Order. This example is maker marked Mills Equipment Co and dated 1915. This pattern features riveted shoulder tabs to the rear. The webbing is in good overall condition and has had a light blanco coat. There is some inevitable grubbiness from field use but nothing more than minor tarnishing to the brasses and some pulls and fray to the webbing. A few digits of a number have been inked to the rear, whilst there is evidence of some kind of cotton label to the bottom, possibly an identifying label of an officer. This pack does not come with any supporting straps, it is just the pack pictured. 1908 pattern large pack, designed to carry the greatcoat amongst many other personal items of kit such as socks, mess tins etc. when wearing Full Service Marching Order. This example has a faint manufacturing stamp which looks like \"M. W. & S. Ltd 1915\", though it is very faint. Nonetheless it is a correct Great War second pattern featuring riveted shoulder tabs to the rear. The webbing is in good overall condition and has had a light blanco coat. There is some inevitable grubbiness from field use but nothing more than minor tarnishing to the brasses. This pack does not come with any supporting straps, it is just the pack pictured.
1915 Dated 08 Pattern Mk VI Water Bottle & Carrier A good set comprising of a blue enamel Mk VI water bottle with khaki serge cover, complete in a 1915 dated third issue carrier. The water bottle appears in good solid shape, with cork and string. The serge cover has been hand stitched at the top when fitted to the bottle, there is a slight loss of stitching to the front. It is on good shape, with only minor wear. The carrier is also in good used condition, all brass work is functioning and in good shape. The strap has not been altered to a shorter top securing type, as many were just after the war. There is no serious wear or damage to the webbing. The webbing is maker marked Mills Equipment Co and dated 1915. A good solid set that is becoming harder to obtain. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1915 Dated 1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog 1915 dated example of the second issue 1908 pattern bayonet frog, featuring reinforced rivets. The helve strap is present on this example, but were often removed post-war. The markings are faint on the rear but do mark it out as being made by Mills Equipment Co and date it to 1915. The overall condition is good but slightly grubby, it has possibly never seen blanco. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1915 Dated 1908 Pattern Large Pack 1908 pattern large pack, designed to carry the greatcoat amongst many other personal items of kit such as socks, mess tins etc. when wearing Full Service Marching Order. This example has a faint manufacturing stamp which looks like \"M. W. & S. Ltd 1915\", though it is very faint. Nonetheless it is a correct Great War second pattern featuring riveted shoulder tabs to the rear. The webbing is in good overall condition and has had a light blanco coat. There is some inevitable grubbiness from field use but nothing more than minor tarnishing to the brasses. This pack does not come with any supporting straps, it is just the pack pictured.
1915 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Cross Straps A very well used matching pair of 1908 pattern cross straps, one being dated 1915 on the brass tips. These straps have been treated to blanco and have been worn as a pair despite their slightly different lengths. Both are very well worn with much ribbing to the webbing and several issue stamps. There is an early pattern service number stamped on each strap. A well used but matched and dated set, both with 2 inch twig buckles fitted.
1915 Dated Leather 1914 Pattern Waist Belt A well used example of the leather waist belt as issued as part of the 1914 Pattern equipment set during the Great War. This example is complete with all straps and buckles and maker marked \'Bata\' and dated 1915. It is however missing the inner reinforcing patches. It has had the wearers name scratched into the inside end of one end, reading H. Goodwin. The service number below it is faint but appears to end in 8974. The leather has suffered from some cracking and has been darkened down via leather feed. The brass work has also suffered from poor storage, with verdigris and marks. The prong buckles have become thin from prolonged exposure, as this belt was originally found in a garden shed. Despite its drawbacks, it is a nice solid early dated example, in a good large size ideal for display. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1915 Entrenching Tool Head 1915 dated entrenching tool head, as used by all British troops during the first and second World Wars. Condition is very good generally, minor surface pitting. This example is sold as just the head alone with no helve.
1916 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Souvenir Belt An interesting 1908 pattern waist belt dated 1916, that has been used as a souvenir belt but is now devoid of badges. The belt itself is clearly stamped M. E. Co 1916 and is marked with an S for small size, with several other personal marking inked inside. The webbing appears to have been treated with blanco at some point but is now washed out, with the brass work in good albeit unpolished condition. There are many holes throughout as pictured, that appear to have been for buttons, cap badges and collar titles. This was possibly done by a Great War serviceman after the war, though souvenir belts are very difficult to date. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1916 Folding Wirecutters Standard issue folding wirecutters, dated 1916. Good overall condition, some minor surface wear. Movement is fluid and the jaws are intact.
1916 Other Ranks Pistol Holster Case Lovely example of the Mark II pistol case issued to other ranks during the Great War. This pattern was introduced in 1915, this example is made by H. G. R. and dated 1916 along with a faint additional stamp of F57 on the strap closure. Condition is fantastic, with only surface scuffs and verdigris to the brasswork. This case would buff up with some wax and look excellent; as the light coloured leather would lend itself very nicely to this. Great example of a Great War pistol case.
1916 Rifles Territorial Officers Tunic Wounded Overseas Fantastic 1916 pattern Rifles officers service dress tunic, this is a genuine Great War example dated 10th July 1916. This is the 1916 pattern interim tunic, between the early cuff rank examples and the 1917 pattern tunics, with both shoulder rank and plain style cuff. The jacket was tailored bt Pope & Bradley in Bond Street London, made in a medium whipcord material. The London address without the number area code confirms this as pre- 1917 manufacture. Both the small label in the back of the collar, and the label inside the pocket are present. The jacket bears blackened Lieutenant rank pips, black rifles horn buttons and a single blue inverted overseas chevron. The tunic also bears blackened brass territorial \'T\' badges to each collar. There are holes where a wound stripe has been removed, along with the collar titles. This example is named to \"Ratcliff\",, though the initials remain unclear possibly being C. J or E. F. The closest possible candidate could be Lieutenant Edward Francis Ratcliff of 6th Battalion Rifle Brigade attached to the 2nd Battalion. He was gazetted for the Military Cross in October 1917, but was later killed in Belgium on 2nd December 1917. This would be incorrect due to the overseas chevron which was only authorised for use in late December 1917. The only way this would be possible, would be if his tunic was auctioned off amongst the other officers in the his battalion. This though a morbid practise, was quite often done and negated the wastage of otherwise usable items of kit. It may also have been an old tunic of his that ended up in the possession of another officer and was used later on in the war after his death. What is known is that the wearer of this tunic was a Lieutenant and saw active service for at least a year after January 1915 with a Territorial Force battalion or attached to a regular battalion, being wounded overseas in the process. The jacket has most likely been a field tunic, judging by the grubby marks to each sleeve, the body and skirt. The sleeves have creased rings of grime, that are only achieved from a prolonged period of use, as are the crude but simple field repairs in places. The wear on all badges and buttons is matching and commensurate with a prolonged field use. The lower large jacket button has been period replaced with a close match, possibly lost in the field and replaced later. The material is in fair condition, with a small amount of moth damage particularly to the back and front of the skirt as pictured. There is an overall grubbiness to the tunic from extended use and some marks in places, along with some wear to the cuffs from use. Overall this is an excellent example of a named and dated Great War tunic, as of yet no entirely successful and plausible matches have been found for this officer. However it is possible this tunic was used by another officer than the one named on the label, particularly given that it has clearly been used in the field. Size is approximately 38 chest, 34 length and 23.5 shoulder to cuff. Certainly a tunic worthy of further research, an original broken but period cigarette was found in the pocket and has been included for interest. PLEASE SEE ITEMS 50568 & 50569 FOR FURTHER IMAGES
1916 US Remington Fighting Knife 1916 dated Remington bayonet that has been cut down into a fighting knife. The scabbard has also been shortened down to fit the blade. The bayonet has been cut down fairly roughly and the release button on the hilt appears to have been fixed and does not move. UK ONLY SALE PLEASE, 18+ YEARS OLD ONLY There is a slight tear to the button of the scabbard along one side, however it is generally in good condition. Overall a good original example of a fighting knife as used during the Great War by American troops.
1916/17 Great War Royal Engineers Officers Service Dress Jacket A fantastic example of a Great War Royal Engineers officers service dress tunic, in a medium weight olive green whipcord. It is complete with bronzed Second Lieutenant rank pips and collar titles, along with a full complement of King George V brass RE buttons. This tunic has the typical false belt used to disguise the waist seam that is typical of Great War officers jacket construction, complete with a concealed ticket pocket. The lower pockets are of typical deep bellow construction. There is faint evidence of cuff rank having been removed from each cuff and rank insignia consequently having been moved to the epaulettes. This appear a common conversion, seeming to appear around 1916. This tunic has shortened epaulettes that do not extent under the collar, an indication of pre-1917 construction. The jacket is complete with \'Hawkes & Co\' tailors label to the base inside of the collar, the lack of a number in the London address is further indication of pre-1917 construction. There is a name handwritten on the label, however it is largely obscured and worn over time. It may be possible to gently renovate however nothing has been done. The lining is partly lined with a pale green polished cotton. The lower skirts are unlined, while the sleeves are white cotton. On the front lower skirt is a First Field Dressing pocket, lined with white cotton and concealed within the seam. The condition is fantastic overall, with no moth damage evident and only some light wear and pulls to the material. There are two small grubby marks under the left sleeve as pictured, though these are very slight. There is some slight bobbling under the arm pits, a common source of wear on whipcord jackets. There is one small period repair to the left bellow pocket that measures a little over half a centimetre square, though it is very subtle however. The polished cotton lining is in very good shape aside form some discoloration and staining from perspiration and wear. There appears to have been little serious use in its life, it has likely been preserved as a \'best tunic\'. Curiously there is evidence of another pair of collar badges having been fitted, despite the clear fade marks of the RE titles having been in place. Size is approximately: 38-40 chest, 24.5 sleeve length shoulder to cuff and 31.5 inches base of collar to hem. Overall an excellent example of a Great War officers tunic, dating from around the middle of the war and in excellent shape. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1917 .303 Rifle Sling The standard issue Great War webbing sling for the Lee- Enfield No1 Mk3 rifle, made by \"Wrights\" and dated 1917. The sling has had a thick coat of blanco yet remains flexible, the brasses are worn but in good clean condition.
1917 Dated RHA Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1903 Pattern Well used example of the 1903 pattern leather pistol ammunition pouch, maker marked \'W A Crawson & Son Ltd\' and dated 1917. It is unit marked to the Royal Horse Artillery, with some according issue stamps around the unit marking. The leather is rather dry as a result of poor storage, but has been treated to some extent. There is some cracking as pictured and the metal securing stud has some pitting. Nonetheless a nice unit marked and wartime dated example. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1917 French 75mm Trench Art Shell Case Inert Ornate example of a French 75 mm inert shell casing, having been used for trench art and sold as a souvenir. No doubt gracing a house porch or hallway as an umbrella stand. The casing is dated 1917, having a floral decoration artistically hammered into the brass of the body. The brass is in need of a polish but has been left as is. There are some minor dings and scratches as to be expected. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1917 Large Pack 1908 Pattern An unmistakably Great War 1908 pattern large pack, made by \'M W & S LTD\' and dated 1917. The pack features the hallmarks of Great War large packs, with riveted shoulder strap tabs and lack of eyelets to the side tabs. It is has been treated to a later shade of 97 blanco, some of which has worn out yet the colour remains strong in many places. There are several stamps to the inside flap; from many years of re-issue, yet the condition is solid. There are no holes and damage from use and the brass work is strong. Great War large packs are becoming more difficult to find. Please note there are no straps with this item, it is the pack only.
1917 Officer\'s Sam Browne Belt and Strap A well used example of the officer\'s \'Sam Browne\' leather equipment. There is some stitch rot that has caused some sections of the inside layer to come loose from the leather itself. However the leather is in a fair grade. Dated 1917 on the belt, this matched set would compliment an officer\'s field display very well.
1918 1908 Pattern Webbing Large Pack 1908 pattern large pack dated 1918 as used by all British troops. There is one area of slight damage to the rear as pictured, alongside some faint service details.
1918 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Haversack A well used example of the 1908 pattern haversack, maker marked Mills Equipment Co and dated 1918. This pack has all fittings and attachments, though is very well worn with several period repairs and fray marks. The worst of the damage is a hole that has appeared to the lower face of the pack. The front securing straps has been repaired by the looks of it, whilst one of the brass tabs to the rear has shed an eyelet. The brass tab is starting to come away on one side because of this. Despite this the pack retains its internal dividers and is complete with all fittings and storage stamps. The name \'Young\' can faintly be made out on the front of the pack. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1918 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Waist Belt Standard issue 1908 pattern waist belt, made by Mills Equipment Co and dated 1918. This is a solid example with no serious wear, only a faint coating of blanco. The manufacturers stamps are not terribly clear though the \'M\' for size medium has been inked more clearly. There are a few personal markings to the inside including the name \'Bishop\' in green ink. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1918 Dated Thin Webbing Belt Good clean 1918 dated thin webbing belt, this type being significantly less wide than the 08 waist belt yet having similar features. This example was made by M. W & S. Ltd. and retains it\'s issue stamps. The webbing is in good clean condition, though it is believed that these type of belts were not ever generally to blanco. The brasses are on good clean shape. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1918 Double Buckle Sam Brown Belt Great War Sam Browne belt, made with an extra front loop; made by \'MARTINS\' of Birmingham and dated 1918. This pattern of belt was designed to form an equipment set with an extra brace strap. Whilst these belts were made after the war, it appears to have been a largely unpopular design. This example is in great overall shape with a good medium brown colour to the leather. There are no major scuffs or tears. The reinforcement to the inside is in good shape and the stitching strong. The initials \'WWY\' have been scratched into the inside. Size is approximately 32 inches when secured correctly. REDUCED FROM: £50
1918 Garrison Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment Trench Art Brass Kukri Letter Opener Unusual trench art letter opener, inscribed to a member of the Bedfordshire Regiment Garrison Battalion from India in 1918. It was likely a personalised souvenir, and an unusual item. Shaped in the form of a Kukri, it bears the man\'s details \'A. STUBBLES\' and \'G. B. BEDS. 1918\' with \'INDIA\' to the other side. There is detailing to the top of the blade and a drilled balance hole to the hilt. Measures approximately 14cm. A truly unique item and unusual to bear name and regimental details. An excellent addition to a Bedfordshire Regiment collection.
1918 German Anti- Tank T-Gewehr Inert Round Very scarce example an inert 13mm round as used in the T-Gewehr, the world\'s first anti-tank rifle. They were introduced in May 1918 by Mauser and were issued to specially raised anti-tank detachments. This example is dated 1918 on the base and has been struck. There is some corrosion to the bullet head which could well be cleaned up. Remains a very difficult item to find. UK SALE ONLY PLEASE. REDUCED FROM: £80
1918 Mounted Water Bottle & 1903 Carrier Mounted pattern water bottle and 1903 carrier, as used by cavalry and mounted troops in various capacities. The water bottle does not have a cover or cork string, though is a correct top seam wartime pattern bottle. The carrier is marked \"Hook & Sons\" and dated 1918 on the rear cross piece. The condition on both pieces is good throughout, there is some minor enamel loss to the neck of the bottle and verdigris to the cork. The leather and canvas to the strap is very good and undamaged, save for some minor surface cracking in places.
1918 Pattern RASC Service Dress Tunic A rare example of the 1902/1907 pattern Service Dress tunic in its 4th/5th modification, often erroneously referred to as \'1918 Pattern\' owing to the time the modifications took place. The 5th modification was intended to smarten the appearance of Service Dress by narrowing the profile of the body. This was intended for a more fitted appearance, and was among many more subtle changes. This example bears Royal Army Service Corps shoulder titles, collar badges, RASC brass buttons and Sergeant stripes to each arm. The RASC adopted the \'Royal\' prefix in 1918 after their hard and distinguished efforts throughout the war. Prior to this, they were simply the \'Army Service Corps\'. Two service numbers are visibly marked in the lining. The first one is inked and appears to be \'56445\', it is difficult to read given that is has been crossed out. The second number is handwritten and clearly reads \'61013\'. These are both 5 digit numbers introduced during the Great War and subsequently replaced by 6 and 7 digit numbers before long. It is unusual that these numbers would not have been replaced and updated in the post war era where the army experienced a big shake up in the early 1920s. This is a particularl tunic dating to the from 1918 through to the 1920s. This is denoted in part by the War Department ink stamp to the lining, featuring the letter code \'F\' underneath the WD stamp. This form of identification is the same as Great War issue tunics, the arrangement changing at the end of the war and early post war years. The ink itself is badly applied like wartime examples and is unlike later examples, which are far more crisply stamped. Uniform of the 1930s bore the letter code above the WD stamp each denoting a year of manufacture, for example \'U\' being 1936 and \'R\' indicating 1939 manufacture. Whilst it is not currently known what year \'F\' refers to, the early sequential code and arrangement of the stamp is indicative of the very late-war era through to the 1920s. The lining itself appears to be made from two separate pieces of material, the colour not quite matching up. The lighter lining matches up with the 5th modification of the jacket, where the lining was increased to the rear of the buttons and button holes. The stitching used appears a slightly different colour to the main stitching to the jacket. Therefore it is likely that this jacket was altered to a slightly smarter fit. This is indicated by the waist darts that were added to the pattern for the 5th modification, on this jacket they are far further over than later jackets and were done after the lower pockets linings were put in. On later jacket the darts are stitched underneath the pocket linings, making it more likely that this was a conversion. This would explain the inconstancies with the material and style involving the new lining pieces. The stitching on the inside is far less precise than later 1930s examples; and more akin to the Great War hurried and imperfect construction. This jacket was clearly worn for an extended period of time as the nap of cloth is well worn and the buttons have been well polished over the years. The buttons have have been left in their current dulled state. A collar lining has been removed with some stitch holes just visible, this would have been a personal modification for comfort. There is some loose thread where medal ribbons have been at some point, this is above the breast pocket and were no doubt Great War ribbons. The cloth is in good used condition, with some minor moth damage as pictured here and on the further images below. The worst of which is a small repair to rear of the right sleeve, this does not detract and unlikely to be visible on display. There are several small moth holes throughout the jacket as pictured, these could be neatly repaired if desired. Approximate sizes in inches: Chest laid flat 18.5 inches pit to pit Waist 16.5 laid flat Base of collar to hem 27 Shoulder to cuff 23.5 This jacket was likely worn by a long serving Great War veteran in the post war era through the 1920s.It is a scarce survivor of the subtle changes throughout this relatively undocumented period of uniform history. The link below excellently and visually explains the above points regarding 1902/ 1918 and post-war service dress jackets. http://www.kaisersbunker.com/ceftp/5button.htm PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES BELOW (ITEM:50474)
1918 Royal Naval Mk I Waist Belt 1901 Pattern Very scarce example of the 1901 pattern Mark I waist belt as used by the Royal Navy during the Great War. These belts were introduced and approved on the 8th August 1901 and were in production until 1918. They feature continuous line of belt holes and a single prong brass buckle secured by rivets. The loop is also fixed by rivets, making them notably different to 03 pattern belts as used by the army. This example is dated 1918 and maker marked \'R. W. STIBY\'. There appears to be a faint naval acceptance stamp on the inside a few inches from the belt buckle. The condition is generally very good and supple, with an excellent colour to the leather. There are some surface cracks to the leather as pictured and a few scuffs and marks. The riveting and brass work is all intact. The belt measures approximately 47 Inches. A truly rare bit of Great War Royal Navy equipment. REDUCED FROM: £125
1918 Thin Webbing Belt Good clean 1918 dated thin webbing belt, this type being significantly less wide than the 08 waist belt yet having similar features. This example was made by M. W & S. Ltd. and retains it\'s issue stamps. The webbing is in good clean condition, though it is believed that these type of belts were not ever treated to blanco. The brasses are on good clean shape.
1919 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Waist Belt Standard issue 1908 pattern waist belt, made by Mills Equipment Co and dated 1919. This is a solid example with no serious wear, only traces of dark green blanco in places. There is some very minor damage to one eyelet on the female side end. The manufacturers stamps are relatively clear and show it to be a size medium. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1919 Dated Webbing Waist Belt 1908 Pattern A good large sized example of the 1908 pattern waist belt, dated 1919 and in a size large. The metalwork has dulled from lack of polish, yet the webbing remains in good clean condition. The belt has been treated to a coat of 97 shade blanco at some point in the Inter-War period. There are some blotches to the blanco at the front of the belt, these may gently scrub out. There is a handwritten set of initials reading \'L. J. E.\' along with the number \'84201\' on the inside of the belt. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1929 Notes on Map Reading Training Manual 1940 1929 training manual for notes on map reading and navigation, printed in 1940 with 1939 amendments by His Majesty\'s Stationery Office. The book is named on the inner page to Peter G. Elliot, who appears to have served in the Royal Signals in Normandy. The manual is complete with all pages and inserts, there is some staining and foxing to the pages as pictured. the staples have begun to rust a little into the pages though the book is solid.
1930s Spanish Civil War Italian Legionary Officers Jacket A scarce Italian officers jacket, as worn during the Spanish Civil War of 1936-39. These are often seen with unit patches, breast badges and lanyards. This unusual pattern of jacket was worn by Italian legionary officers assisting Nationalist forces in Spain. The design features five main buttons, two lower bellow pockets and two chest pockets secured by shoulder patches buttoning to the pockets. The shoulder piece is scalloped at the rear and sits on top of the rear panel rather like a mackintosh.The back piece has a rear vent. The shoulders are fitted with removable epaulettes, buttoned cuffs and a detachable belt with metal buckle. The collar has a single hook to fasten securely. The collar is shaped in a point at the rear and buttons onto the shoulder piece at the rear. The material is a grey/ green unlined cotton twill, though it appears that serge wool versions of this pattern were also used. All stitching is a pale yellow and appears strong throughout. This example looks to have no real wear only storage related marks. The label to the rear of the inside collar is present, though details are largely obliterated. This particular jacket came with another identical that was more clearly stamped and dated 1937. It is likely that the pair were not used and stored for many years. Th overall condition is very good with some overall storage marks, all buttons are present and intact except for one missing epaulette button. This has been replaced with a period European two piece metal button, commonly seen on period work wear. The button to the rear of the collar is different to the others but appears to be original. It could well be that the others are all later replacements. The belt buckle appears different to other examples and may also be a replacement. This is also likely as there appears to be rust marks from a buckle on the material, therefore the buckle may have rusted in storage and been replaced at some point. Size is approximately laid flat 21 inches armpit to armpit, 20 inches across the waist. The shoulder seam to cuff is around 23.5/ 24 and 29 inches base of collar to hem. The shoulders are approximately 17.5-18 inches across the front. A scarce and unusual jacket from the Spanish Civil War era, seldom encountered and in fine condition. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1934 RAOC Service Dress Jacket 47th London Div Pre-war service dress jacket badged to the Royal Army Ordnance Corps complete with 47th London Division patches to the sleeves. The jacket itself is stamped with a letter code of W along with the War Department arrow stamp; dating it to 1934 I believe. The jacket is complete with RAOC buttons, shoulder titles and collar titles. The buttons have been altered to have rings to hold them on allowing easy removal for polishing. Shoulder titles are held on with the issue backing plates and split pins. The left epaulette bears the original white lanyard, while the sleeves are complete with blue arm of service stripes. The condition is very good with only minor wear to the nap of the cloth, while the buttons and badges still have excellent detailing. There are two very small moth nips the skirt on the left side, they are not noticeable and do not detract at all. The inside of the belt loops have begun to wear through the cloth lining in places as pictured. Overall this is an excellent un-messed with example of the pre-war service dress with its original insignia and badges that have been added wartime and remain unaltered.
1937 General Civilian Boxed Respirator & Leaflet A good honest example of the general civilian respirator, complete in its issue box with a paper care instructions leaflet. It is good overall condition and marked to Frank Robinson of Boys Council School Penrith. The masks were introduced as standard issue for civilians, being developed in 1935 and in general issue by the late 1930s/ early 40s. This example is clearly marked and dated June 1935 in yellow ink to the front of the respirator itself, it is also stamped 'Medium' on the white cotton head strap. The respirator is in good solid shape with no damage to the rubber elements save for some light cracking and dryness to the edges. The plastic eye window is solid with a small dent to the centre at the bottom. The filter to the front has some wear and a slight dent. The metal adjusters to the head straps have rusted to some extent and stained the white cotton straps in places. The box is complete, though has overall wear and some ripping to the corner seams. The yellow paper care instructions are folded inside the box, though have suffered from speckling and holing in places. The leather carrying strap has been repaired with a shoe lace by the looks of it. Overall whilst a far from scarce item, this respirator remains an interesting glimpse into young people on the Home Front. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1937 RAF MK IIIa Flying Goggles A pair of MK IIIA goggles as used by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew throughout the early war period, and sometimes seen later in the war. They are perhaps most associated with the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. This pair are Air Ministry marked and dated 1937 on the strap. The Mk III and Mk IIIa series of goggles were a short-lived pattern, being found unsatisfactory for operational pilots. The lenses were made of curved celluloid plastic and distorted the wearer\'s vision and were easily scratched. Despite these deficiencies both MkIII and MkIIIa goggles were in use alongside the new Mk IV series which was introduced in June 1940. This pair have suffered from poor storage and have a few issues. The most prominent is the sprung portion of the strap has deteriorated inside, leaving the springs rusty and broken throughout. Some rust marks are visible through the material, however the damage would largely be hidden when displayed. The metal work around the body of the goggles has some verdigris marks that would benefit from a little cleaning, along with the lenses with are a little grubby and marked. These are common pitfalls with the pattern and could perhaps be corrected. One of the zigzag stitches to the top of the brow has broken but the rest remain untroubled. There is some minor wear and cracking to the leather nosepiece, though the leather and chamois portions appear good overall. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1938 ARP Shell Dressing ARP Shell Dressing, dated 1938 Some markings to the cover but unused and secured as per its original issue. We have several of these in stock, so if more are required please contact.
1938 Civilian Respirator, Box & Bag Size Meduim 1938 civilian respirator, in its original cardboard box with cotton outer haversack. Condition is very good but with a slight tear to the rubber mask. The filter and straps are in very good condition. The outer cover is in fair condition with one inner button closure and one outer on the front. The sides of the outer cover have some tearing to both sides. Good and early addition to a Home Front collection or display.
1938 MK1* Steel Helmet Ex Unit Flash Example A scarce example of the Mk1* steel helmet, the precursor to the MKII developed from 1937 into the outbreak of war. The basic principle involved recycling Great War helmet shells and refitting them with newer MkI liners and sprung chinstraps in order to meet the ever increasing demand for helmets. The Mk1* helmets varied greatly from the rimless War Office/ \'A\' pattern shells to the later war rimmed \'B\' pattern shells. Some shells were re-fitted with new chinstrap mounts, while others retained their factory fittings with straps being retrofitted with wire and sometimes string. This example was built using a shell marked H V with 53 below. This indicates it was made by William Hutton & Sons with Vickers steel from around 1917-18. The shell was repainted and fitted with a MkI Vero made liner dated 1938, with the addition of new mounts and a sprung chinstrap. This helmet was likely assembled from parts around 1937-38. The original dark green paint can be seen in places inside the shell from its Great War era finish. The service brown repaint was likely done at the time of the late 1930s assembly, given the finish to the chinstrap mounts. The next layer of paint is a standard khaki green finish with light texturising, this was a standard repaint for frontline service BEF troops form 1939-1940. The textured khaki green is limited to the top of the helmet and not underneath the rim, giving a clear picture of its various finishes. On either side is evidence of the removal of a pair of unit flashes, that have been rubbed and scratched off. This was possibly a unit order removal or perhaps re-issue. The flashes are unfortunately unidentifiable, though the outline appears to be a tall tree shaped flash with some traces of red paint in places. A service number has been scratched into the inside of the rim, it is difficult to make out but appears to read \'5222\'. It is not known which issue this is from. The overall finish to the outer shell retains around 85% of the original finish and is certainly pleasing to the eye. The liner has some surface cracking form use but is in solid shape retaining all cushion pads and tightening string. It is marked Vero 6 3/4 1938 and is the early MKI crown type. The chinstrap is the early webbing sprung type, unusually bearing evidence of light 97 shade blanco to the fabric coverings. Overall an excellent opportunity to obtain a scarce and short lived MK1* helmet, that have become increasingly hard to obtain. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1938 Webbing Holster 1937 Pattern 1937 pattern webbing holster for the service revolver, part of the equipment predominately issued to British officer\'s; yet finding it\'s way into many different soldiers equipment sets throughout the war. This example is made by Mills Equipment Company and has a nice early date of 1938. it has been treated to blanco at some point, yet remains fairly clean and serviceable. There is only light verdigris to some of the brass work.
1939 Cotton .303 Rifle Bandolier An interesting five pocket cotton .303 bandolier, that appears to be dated 1939. The strap is of a herringbone twill variety that is believed to be indicative of Royal Navy or Royal Marines issue, though nothing has been found to substantiate that. The stamp is in a pale red ink and whilst faint appears to be dated 1939, a later issue stamp in black appears to the reverse. The stitching is strong throughout though the cotton is grubby from use, one brass securing clip is missing whilst another is broken. An unusual pattern of bandolier. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1939 Mk II JSS Steel Helmet Good example of the MK II steel helmet as issued to British troops from 1938, featuring the circular pad to the liner and sprung chinstrap. The helmet is stamped \'JSS I HH 1939\' on the rear of the rim of the shell. The liner is marked \'6 3/4 J C S & W Ltd 1939\'. The shell appears to have had a wartime repainted. The inside of the shell bears the original factory green, while the outer shell bears the brown paint as worn by the BEF early in the war. The paint to the outside of the shell still bears a fair percentage of original brown paint, there are scratches and scuffs but no dents. The original top screw and sprung chinstrap in place. Both are in good condition, with a lot of movement to the springs in the chinstraps. The liner is in good overall condition, with only minor cracking to the the tongues. The round pad remains intact, as does the lace threaded through th etongues of the liner.
1939 Named Territorial Royal Artillery Officer\'s Service Dress Uniform Exceptional 1939 dated Officer\'s Service Dress Uniform to the Royal Artillery. The uniform is named to Lieutenant Colonel Richard Henry Bryant T. D (Territorial Decoration), regimental number 85043. As far as has been researched Bryant was part of British Anti Aircraft Command T.A, being Gazetted 2nd Lt into the 81st Light Anti- Aircraft Regiment on 4th February 1939. Belonging either to 1st or 4th Anti-Aircraft Division. By September 1945 he had been promoted to Lt (War Subs Major) and ended up Lt Col in March 1957. Bryant service was extensive and only cursory research has been undertaken, this uniform is worthy of further research. The uniform is Bryant\'s original from 1939, being made by \'D. JONES AND SON\' in Manchester on 4.12.39. He clearly kept the uniform in immaculate condition throughout his service as the condition is excellent throughout. The jacket bears medal ribbons to include the Defence Medal, War Medal, 1953 Coronation Medal and the Territorial Decoration with rosette for long service. The jacket has a full compliment of brass Royal Artillery King\'s Crown buttons, and bronze artillery collar titles. The epaulettes bear a matched set of Lt Col rank, with evidence of Capt rank having been mounted previously. The trousers are typical of the era and feature a high rise \'fishtail\' back, plastic fly buttons and brace buttons. They too feature the matching tailors label and are also named and dated to match. The condition of the uniform is near mint, with no moth damage, rips or loose stitching. The barethea material is clean, as is the polished cotton lining. There is some minor stitch repairs to the hems of the legs where they have worn, however they are neat and tidy repairs. Approximate sizes are as follows: Jacket Pit to pit: 19 Inches Waist: 16.6 Inches Shoulder to cuff: 24.5 Inches Base of collar to hem: 30 Inches Trousers Waist: 15.5 Inches Inside Leg: 33.5 Inches Overall a fantastic example of the officer\'s Service Dress, worthy of further research. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM ON ITEM: 50328. REDUCED FROM: £140
1939 National Service Armed Forces Act Leaflet Pamphlet Pamphlet detailing the National Service Armed Forces Act 1939, detailing various sections of the act on the cover. The spine is bound with thread, and bears the printers details to the reverse. Condition is good throughout, with minor wear, grime and foxing to the pages. FREE UK POSTAGE
1939 Pattern British Army Great Coat A well worn example of the 1939 pattern great coat, in a larger size 8. This pattern was introduced alongside the earlier single breasted pattern in the late 1930s and was the forerunner to the 1940 pattern greatcoat. This example is not dated but typically these coats range between 1939 and 1941. They are seen in large numbers issued to the BEF and Home Guard, and are well documented from France/ Belgium through to the Western Desert. The basic pattern featured a double breasted front closure, two flapped lower pockets. buttoned lower rear vent and a waist belt capable of threading through to the inside. The later 1940 pattern did not change in any real way except by adding a rear back gusset and closing the openings for the rear belt. This example retains its original label, though it is devoid of information and only stitched on one side. The material is generally in fair condition, save for several areas of moth damage as pictured. The cuffs have suffered from extensive wear and have worn through in places. The lining is a little salty but complete, as are the pocket linings. The sleeve lining has become slightly detached but would easily fix back in. There is a full complement of buttons, however one epaulette button is a US War Aid battle dress button, while another rear vent button is a utility battle dress button. The hanging loop has been replaced with what looks like US or denim uniform material. This method of replacing with available materials suggest this greatcoat may have seen actual field use in wartime, something that can rarely be assumed with the majority of uniform. Approximate size is suitable for 6ft 1 -2, 40 inch chest with battledress blouse underneath. Sleeve shoulder to cuff: 25.5 inches Length from base of collar to hem: 50.5 inches Armpit to armpit: 21 inches Whilst this example is not in the best condition, it has character and would be perfect on a mannequin or in a large pack. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1939 Pattern Leather Water Bottle Cradle Good undated example of the 1939 pattern leather water bottle cradle. 39 pattern equipment was manufactured as a stop gap often for troops in training or home defence, in order to free up set of webbing equipment for front line units. This pattern of equipment is known to have been produced until as late as 1942. Condition is generally very good, some minor wear to the leather and verdigris to the brass work. PLEASE NOTE THE WATER BOTTLE IS FOR DISPLAY ONLY AND NOT INCLUDED WITH THIS ITEM.
1939 RAMC Desert Painted Helmet Named A wonderful scarce example of an RAMC helmet with painted flash to the side, having been repainted for the desert with name and number inside. The helmet is complete with 1939 dated B.M.B (\'Briggs Motor Bodies\') liner, and sprung chinstrap. The original brown factory paint can be seen inside the shell and around the inside rim. The later desert khaki paint has been thickly applied with a paintbrush by hand, yet has avoided the helmet flash so it remains prominent. The flash has also been hand painted and has clearly been masked off before being done in red, blue and yellow stripes of the RAMC. Rather unusually the bars are horizontally with a gap between each; as opposed to the usual vertical seamless bar. The name \'PRESTON W. T.\' has been scratched inside the rim along with \'BELL\', with the service number \'7518950\' also on the opposing side of the rim. No research has been undertaken, yet the service number corresponds to that of the RAMC. The shell itself is in fairly good overall condition with paint missing in some areas and some rusting. The liner is in good intact shape, with only some minor surface cracking as pictured, the chinstrap has some field wear yet the springs remain strong. A truly amazing and unique piece, named and currently un-researched. It would be a perfect addition to an RAMC collection.
1939 Wareings Irvin Flying Trousers Size 38 A lovely pair of Irvin flying trousers, made by Wareings and from the 1939 contract. They are complete with the large ornate early war label, Air Ministry stamped and named twice. Only one name is legible and looks to be \'Radek\', which could possibly be Czechoslovakian or Polish. They are marked a size 38 on the typically early war red and white size tag. The leather is is fantastic condition; supple and a deep rich russet colour, with only minor surface cracking. Equally the short pile sheepskin fur is in lovely thick condition, with no balding or loss. There are two patches to the leather, the first being a rectangle measuring 3 x 2 inches. There appears to be no damage to the rear or the sheepskin, however it has been left as is nonetheless. The second patch is a much larger square to the front left leg, measuring almost 7 inches square. On the inside can be seen a large cut out patch of around 5 inches square. This looks to be an Air Ministry repair, who\'s general policy was to cut around a hole and patch on the outside. In addition to this the pocket flap has been removed, this is not too unusual with irvin trousers and could well be to allow easier access to pockets while wearing gloves. There are some small wear holes to the legs as pictured and one stitched repair, however they are not too noticeable and would be easily hidden. There is also a very small hole to the crotch leather, though is barely noticeable. The braces are in solid shape and retain a good amount of elasticity but are quite grubby. They are the striped variety with a black fleck to the rear, and have been stitched together, as they were evidently too long for the wearer. Approximate size is 38 inch waist and 32 inch leg. Despite the drawbacks of these trousers, they are a nice early pair in lovely condition and would display very well on a mannequin. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50673 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM. Due to consistently underestimating postage, it will be higher but will be refunded if not correct.
1939/ 1940 No4A Respirator Good example of the No4A respirator, ideal to fill out a MKV, VI or VII haversack. This mask is dated 1939 on the eyepieces and mouthpiece, while all other components dated Aug and Dec 1940. The facepiece appears to have been made by the Dunlop Rubber Co. Condition is good overall, the cotton covering to the mask and tube in in good shape and all the rubber is supple and not hard. The elastic straps retain their elasticity and the inside of the mask is just a tad grubby. The eyepieces seem clean and not scratched. The canister retains most of its brick red paint, though appears to have been dropped from some height as there is a hefty dent to the bottom. It must be assumed from the lack of paint loss that it was inside a haversack at the time. There is some minor surface cracking to the inside of the facepiece, though generally this example is solid.
1940 Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Trousers Size 10 A good pair of 1940 pattern austerity battle dress trousers, in a size 10. They are not dated but were superseded by the 1946 pattern, with an extra set of buttons and an internal label in 1946. They are likely 1944-45. This set are in good overall condition, the cloth has had a fair bit of wear throughout its life but is still serviceable. There is one brace button missing from the inside, though it is present in the rear pocket to be restitched if desired. The lining appears to have a seam at the rear that is slightly visible from the outside, it does however appear to be part of the manufacturing process; though I have not seen a similar seam before. There are some very small dots of paint on the left inside leg, and two unknown pale marks to the right outer leg.There is one minor moth nip to the rear of one leg and one to the crotch. Size is approximately a 30 inch waist and a 32 inch leg. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50651 FOR FURTHER IMAGES
1940 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Cross Straps An excellent matched set of 1908 pattern webbing cross straps, in clean condition and dated 1940. 1908 webbing sets saw extensive manufacture from before the Great War until the beginning of the Second World War both with the army and the navy. This pair are both maker marked Mills Equipment Co. with a few smaller issue stamps. They appear to have been lightly treated with blanco at some point, though are largely clean with some verdigris to the brass tips. 1940 dated pieces of webbing are becoming increasingly difficult to find. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1940 Dated 1939 Pattern Spade Shovel Solid example of the 1939 pattern spade shovel made by \'Brades\' and dated 1940, these are sometimes seen issued to BEF troops in 1939 but seldom seen in action. This pattern of shovel was issued to accompany the 1937 pattern equipment as a stop gap, having decided to phase out entrenching tools from equipment from 1923. This pattern of shovel was introduced in late 1939 and issued early in 1940. Despite being seen in some training images post 1940, it was not an effective design and was once again phased out in favour of the older design that had previously served alongside the 1908 webbing. This example dates from 1940 and features seven riveted bolts to secure the head to the wooden shaft. The metal has lost nearly all of its finish and has some level of surface rust and scratching. The wooden handle is equally worn and has several stamps in the wood as pictured. This listing is for the tool alone, no carrier is sold with this shovel. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1940 Dated British Army Jumper Size 1 Fair example of the standard issue jumper as used by British and Commonwealth troops. This is a British manufactured one being made by \'MORLEY\' and dated on the label 1940. The wool is generally very clean and unworn, however there have been several repairs as pictured. These fall mainly to the chest area as can be seen and two smaller ones to the skirt. The size is marked as a small size 1, yet this remains a very displayable item for a mannequin. Good early example.
1940 Dated Royal Navy Ratings Serge Jumper Fine example of an RN ratings serge jumper, dated 1940 and maker marked \'Lotery & Co\'. This formed part of the ratings square rig uniform and featured an attached serge collar, low V half front, double button cuffs and internal concealed pockets. The material on this example is generally very good with some minor moth wear to the left upper armpit as pictured. Apart from this it seems apparent that this jumper was not used, given that the external label is still attached and would presumably be removed in service. The sizes have been altered slightly with the new measurements hand written by the tailor. This practise was common, in order to have a smartly tailored fit. A fine early war example, complete with label. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1940 Early Pattern British Army Braces Very good possibly unused examples of the pre-war/ early British Army white cotton braces. This pattern are similar to the later variant, differing in the buckles and adjusting method. The cotton is in good clean condition overall, whilst the metal work is largely free from verdigris. Clearly stamped \'F S A & B Ltd\' size 34\" and dated 1940. A great solid pair, ideal for an early war display. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1940 Early Pattern Tabbed Anklets Named Excellent pair of early war British-made brass tabbed anklets. These first issue anklets have become increasingly hard to find, with Canadian and Indian made examples being far more common. They are maker marked by Mills Equipment Co, dated 1940 and are a size 2. This pattern of anklet was very short lived, and was quickly replaced by the tab-less variety later in 1940. This was one of many subtle changes to British uniform after the fall of France, these are the correct pattern for the BEF of 1940. This pair have never been treated to blanch and remain in mint condition, the brass is clean and the webbing is free from any grubby makes or soiling. Despite being in mint condition, they are named to \'H.S Dixon-Spain\'. The only suitable candidate that can be found is Harry Selwyn Dixon-Spain who served in the Home Guard during the Second World War. The clean un-blanco\'d condition would corroborate this. He was related to John Edward Dixon-Spain who was one of the \'Monuments Men\'.
1940 Machete and Scabbard 1942 US made \'Legitimus\' machete dated 1940 in a British made scabbard dated 1942. Machete is in fair condition, blade is generally sound with some wear to the leading edge but no pitting. The handle has a piece broken off to one side. On the scabbard there is also some damage to the tip of leather and some paint to the rear. UK ONLY SALE PLEASE, 18+ YEARS OLD ONLY
1940 Military Medal Winner Attributed Denim Trousers Excellent pair of early-war denim battle dress trousers, belonging to Sgt William Edgar Smith MM, who won the Military Medal in Burma. Smith\'s battle dress uniform is listed separately (Stock Code: 50233), please read the description on the battle dress uniform about his action in Burma. These trousers feature the label to the outside bearing the manufacturer Wallis & Co (Contractors) Ltd and the date 1940. They are marked a size 4, with the sizes detailed on the label. They are complete with all brass buttons, field dressing pocket, map pocket and ankle tabs. They are in good clean condition with only minor wear and marks from use as pictured. This pattern of trousers are becoming extremely difficult to find, let alone in this labelled condition and attributed to an MM winner. POSTED TO INCLUDE TRACKED AND INSURED DELIVERY.
1940 MKII C Gloss Grey Steel Helmet A very pleasing example of the Mk II C steel helmet, featuring three perforated holes to each side of the rim indicating unfit for front line service. These helmets were used on the Home Front alongside the Mk II A, B & D helmets. It is not believed that any particular civil defence service received any given pattern. This particular one is maker marked Briggs Motor Bodies and dated 1940 on the underside of the rim. The paint finish is smooth satin blue/ grey The liner is a Vero made cross \'spider\' type and is also dated 1940. The inside of the shell is pencil marked \'Renshaw\'. This liner looks to have always been in the shell and is in matching condition. The shell retains a good percentage of it\'s gloss blue/grey paint aside from some flaking around the rim and spots of rust as pictured. The liner and chinstrap are in good used condition but solid and complete with liner string. A very pleasing example of a Home Front Helmet. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1940 MKII Steel Helmet Desert Painted A lovely 1940 dated example of the standard issue MKII steel helmet, having been painted for overseas use most likely in North Africa or Italy. This example is fitted with a sprung chin strap and early round pad liner maker marked VERO and dated 1940. The shell is stamped but has become difficult to make out over time, coupled with the rather thick coat of paint it has received. The shell has good strong colour with overall discolouration and markings from time and use. There are a few patches of light rust as a result of being stacked amid other helmets after the war, this does not detract. The liner has stiffened over time, particularly the crown pad but is still intact and appears to have never been made with oil cloth covering. One of the felt spacer pads has broken slightly, but the rest are intact. Despite being stamped a size 7 1/4 the liner appears to be a lot larger than stated, making it ideal for display on a larger mannequin head. A great example of a likely Western Desert used MKII helmet. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1940 Pattern Army Greatcoat Size 5 Good used example of the 1940 pattern dismounted greatcoat, in a size 5. This pattern of greatcoat preceded the 1939 pattern greatcoat and began to replace them around 1941/2. Whilst this was so, the 1939 pattern was never withdrawn from service and the two remained concurrent for the duration of the war. The heavy serge is in good solid shape generally, despite a few small moth nips throughout as pictured. One of the small brass buttons from the epaulette is missing, though one will be included. Unfortunately a square of the wool blanket lining has been cut out of the back of the collar. The label is intact, though much of the information has been obliterated. The material of the label, indicates this as an earlier make, probably 1942/43. A size 5 greatcoat is believed to fit approximately 5ft 7- 8 and 37-39 chest.
1940 Pattern Flying Boots Size 9 A lovely pair of 1940 Pattern flying boots as used by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew from around 1941 through to the end of the war. This pattern is perhaps most associated with Bomber Command and is not to be confused with the more common 1941 Pattern that is sometimes seen at the very end of the war through to the jet age. This pair are seemingly slightly different in colour but have been paired together in stores but do not appear to have been worn judging by the condition of the soles. They are both marked in exactly the same way, both internal leather tongues being AM stamped along with matching Lightning brand zippers and Itshide soles. The zips are AM stamped on the underside. The overall condition of the suede is excellent with no real markings or wear, the soles being undamaged or cracked; something that often happens with this pattern. The sheepskin is thick with no fur loss and good unsoiled colour. The rubber surround is very good on one boot, with some amount of melting and loss to the other. This is unfortunately another common pitfall with this pattern, overall however they are above average. They are marked a size 9, this sizing appears to be accurate. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1940 RAF OA Side Cap Large Size A fantastic early war RAF Other Airman\'s side cap, in an unusually large size. It features the white tape label often seen in early war side caps, along with the date 1940. There is a crisp Air Inspection Department ink stamp, visible under the cotton sweatband. Rather unusually, there are two small brass jacket buttons in place of the usual small cap buttons. These are held on with shank rings. Given the size of the cap however, it hardly looks out of place and are likely wartime replacements. Condition is very good, with no moth damage only overall service wear. The lining is also in good clean condition, with only minor grubby hair cream marks as is very common with these caps. Approximate measurement of 12 inches long, very large size. A fantastic early war example of the RAF side cap in a large desirable size, perfect for a \'Battle of Britain\' or early war RAF display.
1940 RAF OA Side Cap Large Size Excellent example of the RAF other airman\'s side cap, as introduced in the late 1930s replacing the stiff top service dress cap. This early wartime example is from a 1940 contract with a cotton tape stitched to the lining, a common feature on early caps. The tape is marked in purple ink and states the code and size of 7 5/8. An uncommonly large size. Condition is great throughout, the serge has a good nap and little wear, while the lining is clean and not grubby from brylcreem like many often are. The cap badge and buttons are in good shape and the badge is secured by a split pin to the rear. One of the best examples of these caps I have encountered.
1940 RAF Service Dress Jacket Ex-Aircrew Badged AV Stamped This example of the RAF Service Dress was clearly originally badged to aircrew; with evidence of the removal of a half wing brevet from the chest and stripes from the arms. It is a large size 12 and bears the date of 1940 as the contract on the original label. There is also evidence of an Anti-Vessicant gas treatment stamp as well. There are two repairs, one to the rear of the shoulder and one to the arm. There are also several small holes to the main body and the bottom of the skirt. One albatross has been re-stitched on the corners rather badly and could do with a small amount of re-stitching. However in all; this is a clean and early example of an aircrew used service dress in a large displayable size.
1940 Royal Navy Propellent Factory Haversack Unusual example of the haversack as used by Royal Navy Propellent Factory workers in Caerwent producing explosive and the storage of ammunition from 1939 onwards. It is manufacture stamped inside \'HAMPTONS & SONS LTD 1940\', and hand stamped \'RNPF\' with a dark band around the body of the bag. The shoulder strap features stitched loops to one side, there are two grey plastic buttons that look to be replacements. An unusual example of Home Front militaria.
1940 Webbing Belt 1937 Pattern 1940 dated British Army 1937 pattern webbing belt, made by Mills Equipment Co and marked as a size S for small. The webbing has had a coating of blanco in the past, but is well worn out, the brasses could do with a bit of a clean. Overall a good early war example that is becoming scarcer to find. REDUCED FROM: £70
1940 Webbing Belt 1937 Pattern Well used early example of the 1937 pattern webbing waist belt. This is a large sized example and is in good condition save for some slight tears to the inside adjuster slots. Unfortunately, it has had the rear buckles removed. However I suspect these could be grafted from a Post-War belt is desired. Early dated belts in any form are becoming harder to find.
1940 Webbing Small Pack Good condition example of the webbing small pack as used by all British Army troops, this example has been treated to blanco and the brasses are in good clean condition. There are no rips or tears but the internal divider has been removed.
1940 White Cloth Ration Bag A very clean white cotton cloth ration bag as used throughout the Great War through to the Second World War. It is maker marked HMP London and appears to be 1940 dated. The material is clean and strong, making it ideal for a British Army display. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1940 White Cotton Braces Early Pattern Well used example of the early pattern cotton braces as used by the British army in the BEF, this pair are dated 1940 along with faint manufacture details. There is some rusting to the metal work in places, some one which has gotten onto the white cotton material. There is some cracking to the leather and one small nick to the material on one side.
1940/41 General Service MkV Respirator & MKVI Haversack Fine example of the MKV General Service Respirator in its correct MK VI haversack, with a 1940 dated anti-dimming tube. The respirator is dated between 1940/41 while the bag looks to be 1941 dated. Condition is very clean and strong and the rubber parts of the respirator are in excellent preserved condition. The haversack is also in very good condition with only discolouration to the brasses from lack of polish. The string to secure the bag in the alert position remains intact and is still tied up. Overall a good honest example of the standard issued respirator to British servicemen during the war.
1940s Period RAF Style Private Purchase Black Tie A 1940s vintage black wool tie, of the type used by RAF officer\'s throughout the war. Private purchase ties were very common and would be all variety of makes, providing they conformed to Air Ministry guidelines. This example is made by \"James Stanley Ltd\" of Erdington Birmingham and marked \"Tropic Wool Mohair Made in England\". Condition is used but good, with only a minor moth nio below the label to the rear as pictured. An ideal addition to an RAF mannequin, period vintage being far superior to any modern alternative.
1940s Private Purchase/ Civilian Sheepskin Flying Boots Size 8 1940s private purchase flying boots, sheepskin lined with brown leather outer. These are made with the same soles as used on 1940/41 pattern flying boots as used by the RAF, therefore I believe these are from the mid to late 1940s. There are in excellent condition throughout, the leather retains its light brown colour despite having had a coat of leather protection at some point. There is only very minor cracking/ blemishing as to be expected with all leather items with age. The only minor defect is one of the leather loops has become unstitched, this could be easily rectified. The sheepskin is in very good shape with minor balding by the calf area. The rubber soles are not dried and split like a lot RAF flying boots that have had prolonged use. They retain the early reddish colour to the soles, they are a size 8 as marked, and have been fitted with a replacement pair of brown leather laces. A splendid example of private purchase flying boots of the era, in lovely shape.
1940s RAF 100 Sqn Bomber Command Lapel Badge Good scarce example of a 1940s squadron lapel badge, worn on civilian clothes. Likely manufactured just after the war. This example came with items attributed to Flight Sergeant Robert Keetch, who was a bomb aimer on Lancasters with 100 Squadron from 1944-45. The badge itself is great clean shape with no damage to the metal or enameling. The pin to the rear works without incident.
1940s/ 50s Demob Felt Trilby Hat A very fine unused example of the felt trilby hat as issued to demobilised servicemen upon leaving the services. All servicemen upon leaving the services would be issued a set of civilian clothing, some items were more popular tan others. This particular trilby dates from the 1940s or 1950s, is a size 6 3/8. It has never been worn for any great amount of time, if ever. It is stamped \'British Manufacture\', along with a black issue stamp underneath the green leather sweatband. There is an Great Dixter Gardens admissions ticket in the band, it has been left there. The interior is also very clean and free from grubbiness.
1941 Civil Defence Leather Gaiters Matched pair of Civil Defence gaiters as used on the Home Front by ARP, rescue workers and Civil Defence. They are stamped as a larger size 3 and dated faintly 1941 in yellow/green ink on one. The leather is ion good clean condition as is the metalwork and string ties which are all in good shape.
1941 Dated Tinned Steel Mess Tin Set A set of tinned steel mess tins that superseded the pre-early war aluminium sets, this pair being dated 1941. The stamps on this set appear be obvious on only the larger tin stating manufacture by \'C & B Ltd.\' in 1941. The smaller tin has worn away the stamps, though parts of them can be made out. Therefore this set may not have been made and issued together, but came as a set. Both handles are in good solid shape, though both tins have the usual marks and scratches from use. The larger tin has one dent as pictured, while the smaller is free from dents. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1941 First Field Dressing First Field Dressing designed to fit into the wearers front right thigh pocket on battledress, dated January 1941. The stitching to the flap has come away leaving it open. The internal dressings appear in good solid shape, they are not a matching pair so it is likely one was used and replaced. One is more legible than the other and is also dated 1941 made by \'Southalls Birmingham Ltd\'. The cover has fairly clear printed information to the front. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1941 Officer\'s Serge Battle Dress Blouse AV Stamped Good example to the early pattern of serge battle dress, stamped P with the War Department arrow signifying manufacture in 1941. This example has been used by an officer as indicated by the evidence of rank pips having been affixed to the epaulettes, another indicator is suede-like elbow patches that have been added. Despite this, the blouse has not been faced, indicating most likely a field item. There is also faint indication of where shoulder titles look to have been sewn to the sleeves. This example has the earlier roll-pin type buckle and retains its issue label. Interestingly, it seems to have been Anti-Vessicant gas treated in 1942; reinforcing the likelihood of it being a field item. Overall condition is good with only the usual field wear to the material, there is some damage to the material in the collar hook fastening area which is quite common. There is also a small moth hole on one sleeve as pictured and the same size hole on the opposite side of the sleeve. There is not size marked but it is a small wartime size, regardless it is a great example of a field used blouse and would display very well.
1941 Pattern Flying Gloves A well used pair of 1941 pattern flying gloves, with distinctive angled zips, as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrew from the mid-war period onwards. This pair are not in fact, quite a pair. They have apparently been used as such but are in fact slightly different sizes. One zip has been replaced with a period brass one, while the other retains its original nickel Air Ministry stamped one. Unfortunately whilst the original zip moves on its runner; it does not in fact close as it has become un-meshed. There are two names inked into the gloves, along with Air Ministry stamps and AID codes. One glove interestingly bears the name \'LAUNDON\' with the cross of Lorraine underneath it, possibly indicating Free French use. The gloves have been well used with some wear mainly to the palms, the tip of the gusset on the back of one glove has become slightly un-stiched. This could however be an easy fix if required. Overall, whilst this pair of far from perfect they would prove ideal for an RAF mannequin.
1941 RAF OA Service Dress Trousers Excellent clean pair of RAF Other Airman\'s trousers, as issued to non-commissioned airmen. This is the white-lined wartime pattern, as used throughout the war. This particular pair have the letter P marked above the War Department stamp, indicating 1941 manufacture. They also bear a service number inked into the waistband. The label has been removed from the rear seat of this pair, there are some loose threads to indicate where it was. Condition is excellent throughout, with no moth damage, trails, stains or rips. The wool has a good nap to the cloth, with no more wear than normal service use would induce. The trousers are complete with a full compliment of brass buttons for the braces and the fly, there is only some minor verdigris to the bottom two buttons on the fly. Approximate sizes: Waist 32 Inside Leg 29 Overall a fine example of the wartime OA trousers, in fine fettle.
1941 RAF OA Service Dress Trousers Unusual tailored example of the RAF issue service dress trousers as issued to airman and NCOs, theses are the wartime white lined pattern stamped with a \"P\" above the issue stamp dating them to 1941. They have been tailored to allow a twin waist tab cut to the front, with a buckle to either side of the waist. This was a style featured on some khaki drill trousers and shorts. There is khaki drill lining to the reverse of the tabs, indicating the airman most likely served overseas and had them altered there. They are in good condition generally, with some verdigris to the brass buttons that would benefit from a clean. There is a spattering of moth damage below the waist and crotch as pictured, one button appears to be missing from the fly. The brace buttons to the outside waist have been removed. The size is approximately a 31-32 inch waist and a 32.5 inside leg. A slightly unusual pair of trousers, with Middle East and Far East interest.
1941 Round Cavalry Mess Tins & Strap Set of round cavalry mounted pattern mess tins, dated 1941 and complete with leather outer strap. They are used but in good solid shape with some minor scratching and bumping over the years, they are marked inside with the number \"3504748\" denoting use within the Lancers number block. The leather strap is in solid shape, a good complete set.
1941 Royal Artillery Major\'s Service Dress Jacket 1941 dated Royal Artillery officer\'s service dress jacket; complete with Major\'s rank crowns, RA bronze collar titles and a full complement of RA buttons. This example features a waist seam, a throwback feature often seen on Inter-war or Pre-war service dress. The tailors label is faint but it can be ascertained as a London tailor, and is named to the officer when he was a Lieutenant. Condition is very good generally, with some minor bobbling under the arms. The lining is stained as pictured and there is some wear to the cotton hanging chain. Approximate size 38 chest 32 waist, base of collar to hem 30, shoulder to cuff 22.5/ 23.
1941 Serge Battle Dress Trousers Large Size An excellent pair of serge pattern battledress trousers, having most likely been worn by an officer and tailored by Hector Powe of Regent Street in April 1941. The name \"R. J. Morley\" is inked in the label, no research has been undertaken. This was not an uncommon practise, alongside having tailor made battle dress; officers would often take their issue battle dress to be tailored. This pattern of serge battle dress was a slightly altered version of the first pattern of 1938-1940. This newer version featured a button field dressing pocket to the hip and an ever so slightly narrower leg. This pattern was introduced in mid-1940 and was superseded in production by the austerity pattern in 1942. This pair are in good clean condition, they have clearly been worn however and there is overall wear and evidence of old period repairs as pictured. This pair feature ankle tabs and buttons as per the early pattern. The gusset appears to have been made form a slightly different shade of wool. It is not clear whether this was done by the tailor; as the issue white cotton lining is still in place in the inner gusset. Though rare, some battle dress does appear to be made from different coloured wool and lining pieces. The cloth itself though worn is strong and all belt loops, tabs and buttons are present. What appears to have been a slash to the right hip has been very well repaired at some point. They are a scarce large size, approximately 37 waist and 31-32 leg, around a size 15 so ideal for display. FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM SEE ITEM 50578
1941 US 3rd Army Corps EM Tunic 37L Good example of the enlisted man\'s tunic as issued to a member of the 3rd US Army Corps, this tunic bears no rank and has had the collar discs removed for unknown reasons. Condition is very good and the material is clean, as is the lining. The Third Army patch is in good shape and has been hand stitched to the shoulder. The issue label is present and indicates it was made by \'Barrister Clothing Co\' on December 22 1941 and marked as a 37L. Please note, the shirt and tie are not included they are for display only.
1941 US Wool EM Jacket 1937 Size 37L 1937 enlisted man\'s jacket, dated December 26th 1941 and in a size 37 long. The original patches and collar discs have unfortunately long since been removed. The jacket is in good clean condition, save for one purple mark to the cuff of one of the sleeves. I am not sure if this could be professionally removed, this is unfortunate given the overall condition of the rest of the jacket. There is one tiny moth nip to one side panel, though it is barely noticeable. All buttons remain attached with metal split pins to the rear. The inside lining is named and numbered to a \'T Bambrick\' and could no doubt be traced. The tunc measures approximately 19 inches armpit to armpit, 31 inches from the base of collar to the hem, 17.5 inches across the shoulders and 24.5 inches shoulder seam to cuff.
1941 Webbing Belt 1937 Pattern Large Size 1937 pattern webbing belt, large size at around 43 inches. It looks to be dated 1941, though the stamp is faint. Stamped \'BAGCRAFT\' a less common maker, there are fewer internal belt loops on these manufactured examples. It has been lightly blanco\'d at some point, however it is well worn. There is some minor marking to inside of the belt.
1942 Brass Ashtray 40mm Shell Case Trench Art Brass trench art ash tray, made from a cut down 40mm shell casing. The top rim of the case has had two half pennies attached to allow cigarettes to be rested on them. The casing has only been lightly cleaned and would benefit from a proper clean up with Brasso. Measures approximately 2.7 x 3 Inches.
1942 Canadian Cotton Trouser Braces Good example of the Canadian cotton, non-elasticated trouser braces as used on battle dress. They are slightly grubby yet have no damage or rips. There is some slight loss of cotton in a couple of places to the securing loops. They are stamped \'T. E. LTD\' and dated 1942 along with a Canadian stores stamp. The Canadian trouser braces appear less frequently than their British counterparts.
1942 Dated 2nd TAF RAF Kitbag An interesting 1942 dated RAF kit bag, marked up to the 2nd Tactical Air Force that saw service in France during the Normandy invasion. The bag is named to \'Tanner D 5047320\', with \'RAF\' faintly stamped to the top. At first glance the rather high number appears to be a post-war, though could well have been re-issued. The details \'RS702 2 TAF\' have been inked in grey/ green with the \'ND\' from 2nd TAF being handwritten in pen. There is a single blue band to the middle of the bag. Overall condition is grubby but with no rips or major stains to the canvas, there are four brass eyelets missing from the drawstring top, no string is present. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1942 Dated Anti- Gas Wallet A fine example of the anti-gas wallet as issued and carried in the service respirator, maker marked and dated 1942. This example appears to have been issued but not used as a wallet, condition is very good and the material remains flexible. Examples of these are becoming more difficult to find. There is one very small hole to one side where it has been folded, this is the only visible wear. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1942 Dated Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Blouse Large Size Excellent 1940 austerity pattern battle dress blouse, dated 1942; their first year of production. The blouse is complete with its issue label, indicating manufacture by Rego Clothiers in 1942. It was issued that same year as shown by the extra blue date inked on the label, it is stamped as a larger size 12. The sleeves bear some trace of where badges were stitched, whilst it has been issued it is very clean. The lining has no fading or grubbiness that is often encountered with used battle dress. The black paint to the collar hooks is still intact, as are all the early light brown plastic buttons. The left hand epaulette button has been damaged, this could easily be replaced if desired. The knap of cloth to this example is very good with only some slight wear in places. There is a small moth bite to the sleeve as pictured, and only minor evidence of grazing in some places. Condition is generally very good overall.
1942 Dated ORs Serge Full Length Puttees A splendid pair of scarce full length British Army Other Ranks puttees, complete with securing tapes. These OR puttees have become more difficult to find, whilst private purchase Fox\'s examples are more common. The serge wool is in overall good condition with virtually no wear, there is only one small moth hole as pictured. There is some minor moth holing to the tapes, but the holing is small. One tape has had a small knot in it, perhaps to tell left from right . They are clearly maker marked \' T Y & Co\' and dated 1942 with the WD inspection stamp on one. They are an attractive matched pair, and suitable for any British display from the Great War through to early-WW2. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1942 Dated RAC Revolver Holster 1942 dated RAC revolver holster with cartridge loops to the front. This holster was officially converted from a full length Mk1 drop leg holster in accordance with the list of changes from 1942/3. This was commonplace to use up existing stock of holsters, making this an intermediate pattern. Condition is good overall with some grubbiness and traces of faded blanco. Nonetheless it remains a solid example and ideal for an RAC or armoured display. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1942 Dated White Army Major Kitbag An interesting example of a kit bag that has been stencilled most likely in Germany during the immediate post-war occupation. This kit bag is dated 1942 made by H.M.P. and is in very clean condition with only storage marks and speckling form storage. All brass eyelets are in fine shape, though no tightening rope is present. The name Major G. L. Webb has been stamped in rather traditional Germanic style font, indicating German occupation. No identification has been found on Major Webb. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1942 Indian Large Pack & Strap Lovely almost mint Indian made large pack and shoulder strap, this example having clearly been used as a shoulder bag probably saving it from any serious wear or damage. Good clean condition, brasses largely free from any verdigris. A boot lace has been used to secure the inner flaps via the eyelet. There has been no treatment of blanco. There are several stores and manufacturers stamps.
1942 Indian Made Webbing Gaiters (1) A pair of 1942 Indian made webbing gaiters, with brass tipped ends in the style of the early pattern British made examples. This pair are in good condition with a coat of KG3 blanco and various Indian issue stamps inside one gaiter, whilst the other appears unmarked. They measure approximately 14 inches in length through the centre. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1942 Indian Made Webbing Gaiters (2) A clean pair of 1942 Indian made webbing gaiters, with plain webbing ends. This style follows the British made examples made from 1940, that superseded the brass tipped examples. This pair are in good clean unblanco\'d condition, with various Indian issue stamps inside both gaiters. They do not appear to quite be a matched pair, though they, though are matched in all other respects. They measure just under 13 inches in length, measured through the centre. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1942 Mounted/ Motor Cyclist Breeches A good clean example of the breeches worn my motor cyclists or mounted soldiers. Dated 1942 on the original label fixed to the rear, stamped as a size 5 and complete with all brass buttons and stamped 0 with the War Department arrow signifying 1942 manufacture. Approximate size 31-32 inch waist, 5 ft 5- 5 ft 6. There are a few small moth holes but nothing that detracts from the overall appearance.
1942 Other Ranks Ammo Boots A good pair of the other ranks ammo boots made by Den Bros Ltd, this pair being dated 1942 and in a size 7L. They are in generally very good condition, along with the heels and soles. There is some wear to the ankle of both boots, yet they appear to be structured sound and not weak. They feature a minimal stud pattern listed to the toes, and are complete with both toe and heel plates. One of the laces has had wire twisted round the ends to make it easier to thread through, the other one apparently a replacement. Overall a good solid pair of wartime boots, an essential for a WW2 British mannequin or kit display.
1942 Pistol Holster 1937 Pattern Standard issue 37 pattern pistol holster, as supplied to other ranks and officers issued with a pistol. This example is faintly stamped but appears to be dated 1942 and made by the Mills Equipment Company. It has been treated in a light 103 shade blanco. Overall condition is complete and functional, with some minor marks to the body.
1942 RAAF Side Cap Royal Australian Air Force side cap, dated 1942 in a size 6 3/4. The cap is complete with two black bakelite buttons to the front, yet there is no badge present. Curiously however, the cap badge appears to have been mounted on the other side and there are no other holes. Therefore it would appear to have been used with the badge on the wrong side, whether this was during service is not known. Condition is generally very good, with strong colour and no real damage. There is one tiny moth nip as pictured, yet it is barely noticeable.
1942 RAF Airman\'s Field Service Side Cap Good clean example of the RAF Airman\'s side cap as worn by non-commissioned airmen during the war. This cap features a brass cap badge and brass albatross buttons to the front. Condition is slightly grubby inside and only remnants of the original white manufacture/ issue stamps to the inside remain. There is some grubbiness to the lining, however no wear or moth damage. What remains of the internal stampings indicate it was made by L. Silberston & Sons Ltd in 1942 and is marked a size 6 7/8. Though this is very faint.
1942 RAF Mae West Life Preserver Bladder 1941 Pattern Nice early pattern bladder for the 1941 Pattern \'Mae West\' life preserver, dated May 1942 with a testing stamp the same month. The stampings include the Air Ministry crown stamp, as well as all appropriate stores as well as Air Inspection Department stamps. This is the earlier pattern of bladder, that is lighter in colour both in the body and tube. What remains of the rubber seal is red as per early production, before it shifted to black. This example has been in prolonged storage for some time, and is stiff and slightly crispy in places. The opening for the inflation lever, has been sealed with a rubber bung. Unfortunately the red rubber seal to the valve has deteriorated, revealing the twine underneath and leaving only around half of it left. This would be hidden when displayed with a mae west. Overall, a nice early example, not in the best of conditions but becoming harder to find. This would be a great candidate to finish off a 1941 pattern mae west. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50669 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
1942 RAF OA Service Dress Jacket & Belt Fine example of a wartime RAF Service Dress jacket, as issued to RAF airman and NCOs, dated to 1942. This example comes complete with its original belt as issued and has been used post-war due to the SAC rank badge, which was introduced in early 1951. The albatross shoulder badges however, are wartime and would have been attached in the factory when issued. The label states it was made by C.W.S Ltd (Co-operative Wholesale Limited) and is stamped as a size 10. The suitable fit would have been 5ft 9- 5ft 10, 36-37 inch chest and a 33 waist. The War Department ink stamp is present just above the label stating O as the letter code, for 1942. The label has been scribbled on by a storeman for ease of issue. The jacket is in good clean condition and has no marks or moth damage, with a good nap to the material. There is only minor service related wear overall. All brass buttons are present and intact, this is a good clean wartime example.
1942 RAF Other Ranks Side Cap Very Clean example of the forage cap worn by non-commissioned airmen. This example has its original badge fixed to it, and retains it\'s cotton issue tape indicating it a fair size 7 and dating it to 1942. Condition is excellent, lining is very clean and free from the usual grease and Brylcreem.
1942 RTR Captured German Souvenir Belt Buckle An interesting souvenir in the form of a German belt buckle dated 1942, modified with a Royal Tank Regiment cap badge to the front in place of the centrepiece. The fact that the buckle itself is brass is possible that it was once either a Great War or an SA buckle with the centre removed. The leather tab being WW2 dated is suggestive of the latter. The whole buckle is in good condition and the modification is smart and period done and has aged accordingly. The leather tab is maker marked \'Noelle & Heuck, Lüdenscheid\' and dated 1942. The only minor damage appears to have been done to the motto when affixing the badge as pictured. A nice souvenir piece, and one of one two similar modifications I have personally encountered. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1942 US Army Captain Garrison Elastique Dark OD Cap Fair example of the US Army Officer\'s Elastique Dark OD cap with black and yellow braid with captain\'s insignia to the left side. Condition is fair with some wear to the piping and some small repairs to the cap. There is some minor surface scratching to the captain\'s insignia. The label is dated December 29 1942 and a separate size label reading 6 3/4.
1942 US EM Tunic 46R Unusually large sized 46R US Enlisted Man\'s tunic made by \'Jules Segal\' and dated 14th May 1942. Standard four pocket construction with tow integral lower pockets and two patch chest pockets, the half belt back to the rear belt hooks remain intact. The jacket is fitted with the standard \'US\' collar disc to one side while the other is the crossed pistols indicating Military Police. There is no evidence of any badges having been stitched to the sleeves, only the brass collar discs to the lapels. Some alterations appear to have been undertaken and the hem looks to have been taken up at some point. Inside the lining is stamped the serviceman\'s number and also the issue size \'46R\' in ink. Condition is very good in general with solid colour and nap of cloth. There are however a few scattered moth nips as can be seen in the images, along with a small hole in the back of the lining by ink stamp. The hole in the lining has some rust staying around it. Overall a good example in a difficult to find large size.
1942 US M1936 Webbing Suspenders Good example of the M1936 suspender straps. They are adjustable and feature loops to the shoulders for attaching haversack. They are maker marked and dated 1942 inside the shoulder strap. These straps have been well used but remain in good condition.
1942 US Waterproof Rifle Cover Original waterproof cover for the M1 rifle, dated 1942 along with stock stamps. It is in fair pliable condition but with some sunlight discolouration and minor damage as pictured. FREE UK POSTAGE
1943 Army First Field Dressing Bandage Complete First Field Dressing pouch, containing two dressings and safety pin to secure the dressing. The stitching is all intact and not weak or loose. It is manufacture stamped by \'S. MAW. SON & SONS LTD.LONDON.\' and dated August 1943. In good clean order, with some minor grubbiness and and rust marking, slight wear to outer pouch in the top right corner.
1943 Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Blouse An excellent example to the 1940 pattern economy battle dress blouse, dated 1943 and in a large size 13. This example was made by \'Cohen & Wilks Ltd\' and is in exceptional condition. There is no moth damage to the material, which has a great nap to it and is still very woolly in texture. There is evidence of shoulder titles and patches having been removed, though it is only noticeable in a certain light and there is no stitching or holes remaining. The lining is in excellent clean shape throughout with no tears or rips, there is some minor marking to the rear of the collar through use. Overall an excellent example, free from moth damage and in a desirable size. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50692 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
1943 Extreme Weather Tropal Coat Great example of the extreme cold weather tropal coat as used by British and commonwealth troops. These coats appear throughout the Norway campaign in 1940 and are also often seen to protect against cold nights in the western desert. This example is dated 1943 and features the less common button closure to the front, as opposed to the metal hook and eye fastening. There are two internal slash pockets at the waist, a serge collar and sheepskin lining. The tropal features a button closure to the rear of the hem not unlike a greatcoat, along with serge lining to the sleeves to insulate the wearer. All buttons are present and the condition is generally very good. There is some wear and marking to the body and sleeves of the coat as is common. The serge sleeves have been subject to a little moth attention, mainly around the arm holes. There are two small holes to the outer canvas, as pictured the first is to the front of the body and the other under one arm. There is some minor rust staining to the sheepskin, however overall the condition is very solid. The approximate size is marked on the label. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVY ITEM, AND POSTAGE WILL BE CHARGED ACCORDINGLY.
1943 French Aluminium Vichy Franc Coin A single French aluminium Franc, as issued in Vichy France from 1942 to 1944. FREE UK POSTAGE.
1943 Indian Made Kitbag Royal Signals Large kitbag belonging to Sgt Waterman 2386859, whose number appears to be allocated as the block for the Royal Corps of Signals. The bag itself is of Indian manufacture, with the typical round stamp dating it to Jan 1943 (1 - 43). There is some light overall grubbiness, with some rust marks and staying. However, overall all in all the bag is in sound condition. This example features an internal drawstring, unlike British manufactured versions with brass eyelets. The string is complete and intact. The lettering has been applied in thick dark green paint and remains in good legible condition.
1943 Indian Made RAF Other Airman\'s Shirt A scarce example of the Indian made RAF Other Airman\'s pattern shirt, complete with matching Indian made collar. The shirt bears the distinctive circular Indian manufacture stamp dating to 1943, while the collar is dated 1945. In style the Indian made OA shirts do not differ, featuring a half-front style with a detachable collar and button cuffs. On the Indian made versions however, the material is a thicker denim style with a notably rougher texture. The bright white stitching is often less precise than British made examples. The condition is very good throughout, however there has been some fading due to sun light exposure in storage, as can be seen in the images. The shirt material is very clean with good overall colour and no damage. The size is approximately 14/ 14.5 inches neck size, with a size 15.5 collar. The sleeves measure approximately 23 inches, while the chest is approximately 23.5 inches pit to pit. Overall a scarce example of the Other Airman\'s shirt, made more interesting by Indian manufacturer. Shirts such as this are seldom encountered, and are a perfect addition to an RAF collection. REDUCED FROM: £140
1943 Indian Wool Flannel Collarless Shirt Indian made collarless shirt, that appears to be dated 1943; though it difficult to make out. This is the half fronted pattern with chest pockets and no collar, though there appears to be several variations of this pattern. The typically Indian circular issue stamps are present to the inside collar and shoulder area. The wool flannel is in good shape generally, though as can be seen there has been some damage to the front. This has likely been caused by a rodent, as there are a few small holes and a large hole that has been chewed by rats or mice. This is unfortunate given the very good overall condition. Despite this, it would hide when tucked into trousers or shorts, and could even be tailored shorter if desired to remove it. The horn buttons are all intact, despite some minor chips. Size is approximately 14 inches around the collar, 20 inches armpit to armpit and 22 inches shoulder seam to cuff. Overall a more difficult pattern of shirt to find, in generally good clean condition.
1943 Issue Steel Plate Steel plate maker marked \'Stampers\' and dated 1943. The name \'Poole\' and \'190\' have been added to the bottom in white paint. There are some blemishes to the metal and a few dents but nothing major.
1943 US Gaiters 3R Excellent pair of US issue gaiters, worn by American troops to prevent stones and mud getting into their boots. This matching pair are virtually mint, dated 7th June 1943 and made by Fraser Products Co. They are a good size 3 regular. All metalwork is present and undamaged and the canvas has good colour and free form serious marks or scuffs. There is only one lace present, a replacement will have to be sourced.
1943 US General Purpose Strap Good example of the general purpose canvas webbing strap used by US troops to carry equipment bags such as the musette or ammunition bags. It is maker marked and dated 1943, condition is good and clean with only minor wear to the metalwork.
1943 US M1936 Musette Bag & GP Strap 1943 US M1936 musette bag, complete with General Purpose strap. only the strap appears to be dated, as the stamp is worn on the bag itself although it does appear to also be 1943. The strap is stamped \'S. FROERLICH CO 1943\', the strap is in very good order. All features are present and correct, but there is one period repair that has been repaired in the correct wartime manner. There is some ribbing to the straps and minor discolouration which would appear to clean off.
1944 21st Army Group R Signals Battle Dress Blouse Austerity pattern battle dress blouse, badged to 21st Army Group with AOS stripes of the Royal Signals. This example has its internal issue label which has now faded beyond legibility. The name and number is handwritten into the lining, and looks to read 'Granby PWC' and the number '2885668'. This is worthy of further research. Condition is good throughout and free from moth damage, complete with all brown plastic buttons. There is some wear to the edge of the cuffs and belt tip as pictured. However the jacket is free from any marks or staining aside from a small amount of soiling to the lining. The wear and lack of mothing suggest this to have been a field used blouse. The size is estimated to be a larger issue size 12, fitting around a 35-36 waist and 40-42 chest. All in all, an excellent representative of an originally badged field blouse, currently unresearched.
1944 Ammo Boots Size 8M Great solid examples of a wartime pair of ammo boots, dated 1944 and made by Adams Bros Ltd. They are a size 8 Medium. They are in good shape, though have been well worn and bear the signs of a good few years service and use. The main issues being a white paint mark to the rear of the right boot, which may well clean off if carefully wiped with paint stripper. The left boot is missing the top portion of the tongue, this in no way affects the display of the boots. The leather is slightly dry and could do with a coat of dubbin to prevent further drying out. The soles have picked up an additional layer at some point in their service, most likely in the Post-War era. The studs and metalwork to the soles are a little rusty but are solid and intact, as are the soles and heels. The boots come with an original pair of laces. They appear to be stamped W D on the tongue of the right boot, this is done with small hole punching and dates back to the Great War in tradition. All in all, they are a good displayable example of wartime ammo boots, which are becoming harder to obtain. SEE ITEM 50646 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
1944 Army Map Case Well used example of the map case used by the British army. Has seen plenty of use, some verdigris to the metal work and also some personalisation to the rear.
1944 Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Blouse Size 18 Tailored Excellent large size example of the economy battle dress blouse issued to British troops from 1942 onwards. This example is made by \'Prices Tailors Ltd\' and dated 1944, it is a size 18 the largest size officially made. It has been tailored however and is more akin to a size 15. The tailors stitching is evident by the reduction of the back seam at the bottom and darts to the back of the waist above the waistband. This was common practise to have a larger size tailored down for a smarter fit. The resulting size is still approximately a 37-38 waist and 42-44 chest. There is no real wear to speak of, only some minor moth damage to the surface of the material in a couple of places as pictured. Condition of the material is generally very good and the lining is clean and not soiled or faded. There has been a full replacement of the buttons. The waist buckle appears to have been shortened or altered slightly and bears some wear to the lining from use. An excellent example of the austerity blouse in a refreshingly large size, perfect for display on a modern sized mannequin. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM BELOW.
1944 Camouflaged Jerkin 1944 dated example of the increasingly harder to find camouflaged jerkin. Condition of the leather is lovely in a light brown leather with dark streaks of camouflage to the body. This is example is made by Winter and Bloom Ltd, stamped a size 2 and dated September 1944 on its original issue label. Some stitching has come loose under both armpits, but could be easily re-attached. There is a minor amount of wear on the lower of the skirt at the front. A couple of the buttons have been moved along; possibly in it\'s field life, and small buttons for attaching a liner have been added. All in all, a very pleasing and displayable example of warm kit.
1944 Complete Part 1 Army AB64 Paybook Very clean and complete part 1 of the AB64 as issued to all British troops, dated December 1944. Is has all pages intact and clean, but would appear it has barely been used and the soldier has not even signed the first page or had his sizes filled out. Named to 14733268 Gordon Frederick Mc Nally, who was a fitter prior to enlistment in March 1944. A good intact example of the AB64. FREE UK POST.
1944 Dated Jack Knife Good example of a standard late-war jack knife as used by the British army. Good condition with minor wear to the body. UK SALES ONLY PLEASE, 18+ YEARS OLD ONLY
1944 Denim Battle Dress Working Overall Trousers A splendid pair of denim overall battle dress trousers, in a large size and dated 1944 on the original issue label. The denim battle dress sets were used in many theatres of war, from standard working dress in the UK to cooler uniform issue in Italy. This economy pattern is seemingly more difficult to find, with the early-war pattern and post war dated sets being seen far more often. This is a well used pair but largely in good condition, with the only actual damage being a hole to the front thigh where the brace button has pulled through. Aside from this there is just overall wear and no serious marking to the fabric, only some overall grubbiness. All but one of the brace buttons are missing, yet all the tapes inside the waistband are present. There has been some modification on the part of the wearer who has lengthened the cuffs to add an extra 2.5 inches to the leg length. At some stage a pair of belt loops from an early pair of trousers have been attached to the hips, though only one is still present. The size is marked on the label but it is difficult to read aside from the date 1944. The actual approximate size is 38-39 waist and 28 inch inside leg. An above average used pair of wartime denim trousers, that have been customised. These are becoming harder to find in favour of early pattern or post-war denim. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1944 Economy 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt An economy pattern 1937 webbing belt, made by \'M. W. & S. Ltd\' and dated 1944. This example features steel rear buckle fittings, standard brass buckle yet stitched webbing adjusters. Condition is fine with some overall wear and rubbing. The webbing has had a KG3 blanco coat at some point in its life. The number 5570481 is hand written twice inside the belt, this appears to correspond to the Wiltshire Regiment number block. Adjusted as it is it measures 38 inches, so likely a size large. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1944 Entrenching Tool & Helve Basic issue WW2 entrenching tool head and helve stick, used by British and Commonwealth troops to dig in and fortify positions in the field. This example is in fine condition, manufacturer stamped \"Brades\" and dated 1944. Please note, the shine to the metal is a result of WD40 being applied to protect the metal in storage.
1944 Indian 5th Mahratta Light Infantry GS Beret A lovely 1944 dated example of the GS beret to a member of the 5th Mahratta Light Infantry, in good clean condition. The 5th Mahratta Light Infantry were formed in 1922, served throughout the Second World War, before being renamed and allocated to the Indian Army in 1947. Most notably throughout the regiments wartime service was the awarding of two VCs in Italy in 1944 & 1945. The beret itself is in excellent overall condition with an good nap to the cloth and clean lining. The badge and hackle has been stitched into place to keep it supported. With few similar examples available it is not known whether this was standard practise. A lovely example of a rare unit attributed GS beret in great displayable condition. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1944 Indian Made Leather Jerkin Modified A modified Indian made leather jerkin, having had a blanket lining stitched into the inside, along with an Air Ministry zip as used on flying clothing. \"Enfield\" has been stitched into the back of the collar. This could possibly be a Home Front used item in the area of Enfield in North London or perhaps the owner\'s surname. Unfortunately the zip is no longer working and has no puller. There are also three shank buttons missing from the front, though these are easily sourced. The lining is in good condition as is the leather with only minor scuffing. The lining has come away from the stitching towards the bottom of either side of the zip, though would be easily reattached. Size approximately 24 inch pit to pit, 29.5 inches in length from back of collar to hem. Altogether an unusual modified item.
1944 Lightweight Respirator Haversack & Strap (1) British Army lightweight assault respirator haversack, in good clean overall condition complete with strap and string. This example is only faintly marked and not visibly dated, though it came from a 1944 dated bundle. It is in good overall condition despite some minor storage marks and verdigris. There is some rusting to the metal O rings to side as pictured. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1944 Lightweight Respirator Haversack & Strap (2) British Army lightweight assault respirator haversack, in good clean condition complete with strap and string, dated September 1944. This example is marked J H & Co (W) Ltd and is dated both on the strap and on the bag. The condition is very good overall despite some minor storage marks and verdigris. There are some chalk marks from storage. Nice unused haversack. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1944 Lightweight Respirator Haversack & Strap (3) British Army lightweight assault respirator haversack, in good clean condition complete with strap and string. The bag is dated September 1944. This example is maker marked \'M & Co H\', which is also stamped on the strap. The condition is good overall despite some minor storage marks and verdigris. There is some stitch loss to the lid, but nothing serious. This example has some chalk stores markings to the body. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1944 Lightweight Respirator Haversack & Strap (4) British Army lightweight assault respirator haversack, in good clean condition complete with strap and string, dated November 1944. This example is marked in stores chalk inside and is dated inside the flap. The condition is good overall despite some minor storage marks and verdigris. There is some corrosion to the metal securing tab and some stitch loss to the corner of the flap. There are some chalk marks from storage. Nice little used haversack. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1944 North Sea RAF Map Good clean example of the RAF issue map of the \"North Sea\", issued by the RAF to aircrews. This example bears such markings and indicates it was produced in October 1944. This map came with other items belonging to Flt Sgt Keetch a bomb aimer on lancasters with 100 squadron. The map itself is name to another member of his crew. The paper is in good clean condition throughout with only minor wear and foxing from being folded.
1944 OAs Service Dress Jacket Great example of the Ordinary Airman\'s jacket, dated 1944 and made by the Prices Tailors Ltd. The jacket is a size 11 and bears printed albatross insignia to each sleeve. Condition is fantastic, with a great nap to the cloth and little evidence of any real wear. The lining retains it\'s deeper blue colour and has clearly seen little use.
1944 RAF Airman\'s Field Service Side Cap Fair example of the other airmans blue/ grey forage cap, made by J Compton Sons & Webb Ltd and dated 1944. This example features both bakelite buttons to the front and bakelite plastic cap badge as well. It is marked as a size 7. The inside lining and sweatband is generally very clean and is not coated in hair cream like many other examples. The nap of cloth is very good, however there are two moth holes to one side, one at the front by the buttons and one towards the rear. Despite the damage this cap, it would display very well.
1944 Royal Navy Deck Boots Size 7 Royal Navy issue deck boots, dated 1944 in a size 7. They are very similar in style to the boots used by the Royal Air Force. These examples are made by \'ADAMS BROS LTD\' and nicely dated 1944 internally. Condition is very good throughout, soles are in great shape, all eyelets and leather intact. There is some minor denting to the rim of the soles from wear. A truly excellent example that display very well and would compliment a Royal Navy or RAF display greatly.
1944 Royal Navy Engineer Branch Warrant Officer Jacket A 1944 dated engineering branch Royal Navy Warrant Officer\'s jacket. This is the double breasted woollen tunic, with gilt Royal Navy buttons and braided cuffs, with the addition of a red band on each cuff signifying engineering branch. This tunic retains its original tailors label, that shows it was made by \'E. J. WHITAKER & SONS\' in Chatham Kent. The label is inscribed to \'C. E. SNELL R.N\' and dated 2nd August 1944. There is some scattered surface moth damage, and one more major nip to the sleeve as pictured. Generally the wool has a good nap to the cloth and the braid and buttons are in excellent shape.
1944 Unissued GS Beret Size 7 5/8 Excellent clean and unissued General Service beret, in a large size 7 5/8 and mint clean condition with no cap badge slot. The ink stamp reads L SILBERSTON & SONS LTD. 1944 and the stores stamp bears the M above the War Department arrow for 1944. The material is the earlier cord type as seen in Field Service caps and later replaced by serge material in 1945. The lining is in good clean unissued condition and the eyelets are immaculate. These type of berets are becoming more difficult to find in such size and condition.
1944 US Pistol/ Personal Effects Waterproof Cover Bag Great example of the waterproof dry bag as used by US troops for issue pistols but also for personal effects. Condition is very good and the stampings are clear, complete with some of the paper issue packaging. Clearly dated 12/13/44. FREE UK POST
1944 USAAF Lt Observer Ike Jacket A lovely 1944 dated US Air Force Ike jacket, badged to an unnamed Lieutenant observer. The jacket bears the bullion air force badge to the left sleeve and collar titles to the lapels. The embroidered observer badge is sewn to the chest; above the medal ribbon to the pacific campaign which is secured via a pin back. All insignia has been professionally tailored and sewn seamlessly inside the lining, and an early Conmar zip has been put in place of where the buttons would normally fasten. The zip functions perfectly. The inside features all internal issue labels marking it as a size 36 regular and dating it to Dec 1944. Condition is very good and clean throughout, however the bullion badge has lost most of it\'s bright strands. This jacket is in very good condition, clearly tailored very well for an individual and would compliment a USAAF collection very well.
1944 Vickers Gun Pouches An excellent set of ammunition pouches designed primarily for the Vickers \'K\' gun, not to be confused with Lewis gun pouches. This set is dated 1944 in each pouch, with all straps and yoke present. This set has remained untouched from storage and appears unissued. The lewis gun pouches bear buckles for attachment to a 37 pattern waist belt, with the addition of facilities for cross straps to be threaded through the shoulder yoke. This set is maker marked \'M E Co\' for the Mills Equipment Company and dated 1944, though one stamp is fainter than the other. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50681 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
1944 Webbing Map Case 1937 Pattern 1937 pattern webbing map case, made by \'H.H.C. & Co. Ltd.\' and dated 1944. This is the second model of map case, being slightly more substantial than the first issue type from late 1940. The webbing is in fair condition overall, with some wear to the top right hand corner of the flap. One of the strap buckles has been repaired with a riveted loop. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1945 .303 Cloth Ammunition Bandolier Cloth .303 ammunition bandolier, made by B. M. Co and dated 3/9/45. Whilst it is dated post-war, the pattern is exactly the same and retains the correct cotton strap as the wartime dated examples. Condition is very good, possibly unused with very good metalwork and stitching.
1945 .303 Cotton Bandolier 1945 dated .303 cotton bandolier, as used by British and Commonwealth troops. It is complete with all brass fasteners. Condition is very good and appear unused, with no addition issue stamps. All stitching and brass work intact. One brass hook is slightly bent but completely usable.
1945 0.50 Cal Inert Round 1945 dated 0.50 Calibre inert round, head can be removed from the cartridge. The cartridge is struck and empty. Condition is very good with only minor verdigris. UK ONLY SALE PLEASE
1945 Aluminium Soap Tin Aluminium tin used for soap and stored in the small pack for personal administration. Clearly maker marked and dated \' S G & Co 1945\'. Some small denting and pitting to the top as pictured.
1945 Ammo Boots Size 8M Late war ankle boots, dated 1945 in a size 8M. They are believed to have originally been designed for Far East use, manufactured in brown leather. They have subsequently been dyed darker for field use and retain all studs and metal work to the soles. The soles themselves are in fantastic condition and have rivets to secure them to the base of the sole. They are dated 1945 along with the maker \'NORTHAMPTONS\', they have pullers to the rear. Condition is great and solid throughout with only minor scuffs and marks. They come complete with a pair of correct black leather laces.
1945 Army OR Collared Shirt Size 2 Good clean example of the collared shirt the British army began to produce in 1944, becoming popular towards the end of WW2 and often seen on VE day with a tie. Shortly after the war, the army began producing a collared shirt with breast pockets as standard issue, thus replacing this pattern. This example is dated 1945, made by H & M and marked a size 2. The material is clean and the stitching is solid, one button has been replaced. There is the remains of a service number stamped in the collar and a stores ink stamp on the lower skirt. There are some minor pulls in the wool here and there, but nothing noticeable. Size is approximately a 14.5 inch collar, 19 inches armpit to armpit and 22 inches shoulder to cuff.
1945 Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Blouse An excellent example of the 1940 pattern economy battle dress blouse, from 1945 and in a larger size 12. This example was made by \'Black & Co (Clothiers) Ltd\' and is in exceptional condition. There is no moth damage to the material, which has a great nap to it and is still very woolly in texture. The lining is in excellent clean shape throughout with no tears or rips, there is none of the usual grubbiness to the lining. There is a Z letter code stamped to the inside lining, whilst a small purple issue stamp on the label is dated 7th January 1946. Therefore this jacket was made in 1945 and issued in 1946. Overall an excellent example, free from moth damage and in a desirable size.
1945 British Ammo Boots Size 11S Excellent pair of British Other Ranks ammunition boots, dated 1945 and in a good large size 11S. This pair are in very good condition, with no major scuffs or dents just mild service wear. The correct two-layer soles are in good shape, with no excessive wear. The heel and toe plates are in place, with the toe plate featuring the correct later war economy style with one screw removed. The soles themselves have not been studded. They are marked inside with a circular manufacture stamp and the date of 1945, both boots are stamped the same and the heel of each bears War Department stamps. They look to have been stored for some time, as the toe caps look slightly flat, as though they have been stacked underneath others. This could likely be rectified. Overall an excellent example in large size that would display very well. Wartime examples are becoming harder to find.
1945 British Made Musette Bag Field Modified Original British made version of the Musette bag as issued to US troops throughout the war. The bag is in excellent shape with all snap and buckles correct, the strap has been modified to fit on the side. This has been achieved by removing the top straps, that would usually fit onto the harness or GP strap, and moving them to the side. The strap itself appears to have been made from a British MK VII haversack strap. Stamped to the inside of the flap \'H H C & Co Ltd 1945\', with \'BRITISH MADE\' stamped underneath it. The standard \'US\' stamp to the outside appears to have been de-militarised after the war into an emblem. Good example of a more difficult to find version of the musette bag.
1945 British Officer\'s Brown Buckle Boots 9L A pair of brown leather side buckle boots, as used by British and Canadian officers. They are internally dated 1945 and are marked as a size 9L. The leather is in excellent shape, though a little stiff from storage. The colour is a chestnut brown and has no major marks or stains to the leather. There is some overall scuffing and wear that would likely polish out. The soles are in good shape, with some minor wear. A small piece of one of the heels has come away as pictured. Unfortunately bad storage has meant that the eyelets for the laces have become corroded and flaking, however it is nothing that detracts from the boots when laced up. The laces themselves may need replacing as they are weak and are missing most of the metal tips for threading through the eyelets. Overall, this pair of boots is not without fault but would display very well on an officer\'s mannequin.
1945 British Officer\'s Brown Field Boots Size 11 A pair of British officers brown field boots, made by John White and in a large size 11. This pair have had the securing straps removed at some point, most likely for use on a motorcycle after the war. They retain a number of studs to the toe of the sole and the ring around the rear of the heel. The soles themselves appear to be solid, with some slight wearing down to the rear of the heels. The leather has scuffs and scratches as to be expected for a used pair of field boots. All ten eyelets and the inner tongues appear to be in good condition, with some verdigris to the eyelets. The tongue of the right hand boot has come unstitched on one side by about 2 inches. The seam itself has some stitching loss to the same place of about 4 inches. This does not affect the integrity of the boots and could be repaired. Both the inner calves are stamped \'John White 1945 M Fitt Size 11\', the inner soles are also stamped \'John White 1945 11\'. The grained toe covering on the left boot has become unstitched on one side. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1945 Canadian Battle Dress Trousers Size 10 Pair of wartime pattern Canadian battle dress serge trousers, dated 1945. They have both field dressing and map pocket, though they appear to have had their ankle tabs removed from each cuff. There is also one button missing from the fly. Overall however, they are in good condition with a fine wooly nap to the cloth, and only some minor service related wear. There is no moth damage. Size is approximately 31 inches to the waist and 31 inches to the leg.
1945 Dated .50 Inert Round Inert 1945 dated .50 round, complete with detachable head. This round is stamped into the base, with some overall tarnishing and scratches.
1945 Dated Bren Gun Sling An excellent possibly unissued sling for the Bren Light Machine Gun, featuring twin sprung clips at either end and brass adjustments like the rifle sling. This example is made by Mills Equipment Co and dated 1945. The condition is very clean throughout with some minor marking form storage. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1945 General Service Beret Size 7 1/2 General Service beret as issued to British troops, introduced in late 1943 and intended to replace the Field Service cap. This example is the serge type, and is in a size 7. The condition is generally sound, with no moth damage. The lining is very grubby, with some verdigris and ripping to the rear of the cap badge slot. The cap has a plastic economy Army Catering Corps cap badge fixed to the front. One blade is missing and it does not appear original to the beret. Fair example of the standard issue beret, in a large size.
1945 Large First Aid Vehicle Tin AFV Large first aid tin for the Armoured Fighting Vehicle. Stamped \'OUTFIT, FIRST-AID FOR ARMOURED FIGHTING FIGHTING VEHICLES\' and dated April 1945 (4 45) either side of the embossed broad arrow mark to the top centre. The tin has seen a fair bit of use and has a large percentage of paint missing as well as surface rust. This would likely be removed with a light oil and clean. There is some amount of blue paint to the front. There is also some green paint that has been crudely applied to one side over a previous stamping. Nonetheless the hinges work well and would only benefit from a light clean.
1945 MK IV Steel Helmet Example of the MKIV Steel Helmet, modelled on the late-war MKIII helmet seen in Normandy and afterwards. The main difference with the MK IV is the height on the chin strap lugs on the shell. This example is in good clean condition and is a size 7, with 1945 dated to the liner and BMB (Briggs Motor Bodies) as the manufacturer. The shell bears a large percentage of it\'s drab green-brown colour and the chinstrap retains elasticity. The draw string to the liner is present and undamaged.
1945 RAF Mae West Bladder and Lever 1941 Pattern Excellent rubber bladder and inflation lever for the RAF \'Mae West\' life preserver, dated January 1945 and later re-tested in 1951. There is also an Air Inspection Department stamp accompanying these. This bladder includes the scarce metal inflation lever and its circlip, though the oxygen bottle has been removed. This bladder conforms to the mid to late war pattern of grey rubberised material, with a grey breathing tube and black rubber seam around the screw valve. There is some minor grubbiness and residue to the bladder, though generally it is in excellent pliable condition. The inflation lever has a few minor scratches but is good shape with a broad arrow stamp to the side. The circlip is stamped with a J and has clearly been attached in this fashion for a long time. It appears that the inflation lever has been fitted the wrong way round, as there is creasing and evidence that that side of the bladder has had to be twisted round to allow the lever to fit. This has produced a rip of less than half an inch to the edge, though it has not compromised the integrity of the bladder as it has only ripped the overlap edge. There is some splitting to the black rubber seal to the valve, though it is generally intact. Good almost complete bladder in great shape, these are getting scarcer in good condition and the valves have long since been hard to find. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50667 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
1945 RAF OA Service Dress Jacket Size 9 Fine example of a wartime RAF Service Dress jacket, as issued to RAF airman and NCOs, dated to 1945. This example has been used post-war due to the blue serge LAC badges underneath the albatross badges to each arm. The albatross shoulder badges however, are wartime and would have been attached in the factory when issued. The label states it was made by C.W.S Ltd (Co-operative Wholesale Limited) and is stamped as a size 9. The suitable fit would have been 5ft 9- 5ft 10, 39-40 inch chest and a 36 waist. The jacket is in good clean condition and has no marks or moth damage, with a good nap to the material. There is only minor service related wear overall. All brass buttons are present and intact, this is a good clean wartime example. A pop stud has been added to the lower skirt to keep the tunic together and maintain a smarter appearance.
1945 RAF Other Airman\'s Shirt Scarce RAF Other Airman\'s shirt, dated 1945 and complete with collar. These differ from the officer\'s shirts in several ways, and despite being issued in mass quantity have become very difficult to find unlike the post-war version that quickly replaced them. The wartime ordinary airman\'s shirt feature a much subtler weave and a truer blue colour, the post- war versions have a faint cross-hatch pattern and a full placket front. This example is in very good condition and is maker marked \"M.B & Co LTD\" and the size number 3, which approximately equates to a size 15 inch collar. The material is in excellent condition, with no marks and all buttons present and correct. The collar is a little faded along the neckline from wear, however it is a good match for the shirt and compliments it well. Overall a very difficult item to obtain, let alone is such good condition.
1945 RAF Shell Dressing One of the less often encountered shell dressings, the Royal Air Force Medical Department. This one being maker marked \'Robinson & Sons Ltd. Chesterfield\' and looks to be dated January/ March 1945. The condition is very good throughout with no ripping or serious markin got the outer packet. The inner dressings and safety pin are present and feel in good condition. Both cotton tapes and stitching are intact. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1945 RAF War Service Dress Blouse Size 10 Good clean example of the War Service Dress Blouse, dated 1945. Originally designated Suits Aircrew, the War Service Dress was the RAF answer to the Battle Dress of their army counterparts. It was redesignated War Service Dress in 1943, with some changes to the pattern. These changes only truly affected the suits aircrew trousers, with the blouse being largely unchanged. This example is in good clean condition and retains its original internal issue label dating it to 1945 and manufactured by C.W.S Ltd (The Co-operative Wholesale Society). The War Department issue stamp is present on the waist lining marked with a Z indicating 1945 issue. It has a blackened wire buckle to the waist and plastic buttons throughout. It is marked a size 10, making it suitable for 5ft 9- 5f 10 in height, 36-37 inch chest and 32 waist. The blouse has good clean colour to the material and a good nap of cloth, whilst the lining has not faded and has no rips or damage as many often do. There is one small moth nip to the corner of the right breast pocket as pictured, this could be easily patched or repaired if desired. A good clean example for display.
1945 Tropical Rubberised Waterproof Signalling Equipment Bag Unusual 1945 dated rubberised waterproof green canvas bag. It is marked \'BAGS WATERPROOF SIGNALS.\', though some of the ink has rubbed off. There is also a \'DIRECTIONS FOR USE\' label on the opposite outer side. It appears to be of British manufacture, and is believed to belong to part of the 44 pattern equipment designed for the jungle. The intention presumably was to keep spare parts for radio equipment dry when stored in a bergen or pack, the cotton ties securing the top of the bag closed. It is medium in size, measuring approximately 17 x 11 inches. The condition is very good, with no real wear to speak of. The rubberised element is completely intact, though the manufacture stamp on the inside is very faint.
1945 US Major Rank Officer\'s Tropical Garrison Cap Good well preserved example of the US Officer\'s tropical garrison cap, with Major rank insignia and \'Other Officer\'s\' black and gold braid. There is no damage or staining as the cap appears to be in mint condition. Size label intact inside, as is the tag stating the size to be 6 7/8.
1946 Pattern Battle Dress Trousers A good large size 14 example of the battle dress trousers that came after the 1940 Austerity pattern battle dress in 1946, before being themselves replaced by the 1949 pattern. The 1946 pattern battle dress trousers were almost identical to the 1940 pattern versions. The only differences were an additional pair of brace buttons to the front and rear, along with the label being attached internally as opposed to on the rear seat. The nap of cloth is very good and woolly, there is little wear at all, apart from some moth damage to the front around the crotch and field dressing pocket. This pair are in a good large size 14, unfortunately the label is missing but sizes are approximately stated below. Waist: 18inches laid flat Inside leg: 34.5 (with 1.5 inches turn up) A good pair of 46 pattern battle dress trousers, which are becoming more difficult to find. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50485 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
1946 Pattern Battle Dress Trousers (2) A very well used pair of 1946 pattern battle dress trousers, bearing repairs and some heavy moth damage. The 1946 pattern trousers are virtually identical to the 1940 austerity pattern, featuring an extra pair of brace buttons. This pair have been well worn and have suffered at the hands of the moths over the years. The damage appears to be mainly to the crotch area, yet there is some damage to the leg as well as pictured. They appear to have had a repair to the rear of the waistband and some brace buttons are missing. Sizes are approximately as follows: Waist: 16 inches (laid flat) Inside Leg: 28.5 Despite their bad condition, these trousers would be ideal for a rougher field mannequin. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50487 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
1946 RAF Warrant Officer\'s Field Service Cap 7 3/8 A beautiful unissued example of the RAF Warrant Officer\'s field service cap, in a large size 7 3/8 and dated 1946. The wool barathea material is in excellent condition and clean aside from one very small moth nip pictured. The lining and chamois are also in excellent condition. The liner is maker marked \'S & P Harris Ltd Glasgow\', along with the issue stamp and letter code for 1946. The body is fitted with a pair of black plastic RAF buttons to the front, and has never had holes made for a cap badge. Though a post-war dated cap, this example would be difficult to better. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1947 Dated RAF/ Navy Pattern Ankle Boots A well worn pair of ankle boots, of the type used by the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, dated 1947. This particular pair came from an RAF National Servicemen, and have had studs fitted at some point after issue. The leather uppers and overall condition is good throughout, the soles have unfortunately been well worn and the studs have left holes having either been removed or fallen out over time. They feature seven pairs of eyelets to each boot and are complete with their original laces. The internal soles are maker marked and dated 1947. They are stamped both internally and externally as a size 8 with the broad arrow mark. Whilst the condition of the soles is not so good, the overall look of the boots is clean and would display without showing the wear. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1948 RAF War Service Dress Blouse Interesting example of battle dress, being that of the RAF War Service Dress \'New Pattern\', featuring a semi-open collar similar to 1946 pattern army blouses. The blouse features black bakelite buttons to the chest pockets, waist clips and \'French\' style cuffs. This example has the letter code indicating 1948 manufacture. Condition is a little grubby throughout, with one small moth nip to the small of the back and two small nips to the lower left sleeve. There is an overall wear to the nap of cloth and the albatross badges have been removed. An unusual item of RAF uniform.
1949 Pattern Battle Dress Blouse A large size 15 example of the 1949 pattern battle dress blouse, dated 1962. The blouse appears to have been badged to an officer of the Royal Artillery, unfortunately it is now devoid of badges. There is overall wear and some moth holes, mainly to the front of the blouse. However, generally the blouse is quite clean.
1949 Pattern Battle Dress Trousers A large size 15 example of the 1949 Pattern Battledress trousers, dated 1961. They are in complete used condition, with only some wear and minor moth damage to the crotch as pictured. Sizes as as stated on the label as 5ft 11- 6ft, Waist 37- 38 and 33 leg.
1949 Pattern Officer\'s Battle Dress Trousers 1952 Excellent pair of size 11 officer\'s battle dress trousers, dated 1952 on their internal issue label; and made by the Co-operative Wholesale Society. The map pocket has had a leather football button fitted, indicative of use by an officer. They are in excellent overall condition with a good nap of cloth, no moth damage and all buttons present. Sizes are as per the issue label.
1951 Ammo Boots Size 9L Good solid pair of early 1950s dated ammo boots in a size 9 Large, with the correct wartime two-sole pattern and studded soles. They are made by G. T. Hawkins Ltd. The toe and heel plates are solid and intact, with the toe plates featuring the correct flat head screws. The studs have been put in sporadically and are of mixed patterns. This was not uncommon. The leather itself has been smoothed only on the toe cap, which was the same procedure during the war. Nonetheless the boots retain a good shine throughout, despite not having been touched or re-polished. Unfortunately there is some flaking to the heel, the worst of which is on the right hand boot. This has most likely been caused by the continual rubbing of anklets on the leather. This would be disguised by a touch of polish, though they would be hidden if put on display with anklets. There is some overall scuffing and denting throughout, but the boots remain solid and no doubt still usable. These early post war two-sole boots are identical to wartime ammo boots, and are perfect for display in place of an original dated pair or as part of a post-war display. There are no laces with these boots.
1951 RAF Aircrew Pilot Battle Dress Blouse An interesting RAF War Service Dress Blouse NP, dated 1951 bearing Flight Lieutenant insignia and King\'s Crown pilot wings and medal ribbons to include the New Zealand service medal. The blouse is sadly unnamed but from the badges it can be seen he was an RAF aircrew pilot volunteer from New Zealand, who flew on operations prior to the 6th June 1944 over France & Germany and/ or the Atlantic. This can be assumed by the combination of medal ribbons to include the Air Crew Europe Star with rosette; now sadly missing, along with the New Zealand Service Medal. The blouse itself is in fair condition with some small moth nips and grubbiness as pictured, the inside of the blouse has been lined by a tailor on request of the wearer. The ribbons has a certain amount of wear, along with the aforementioned missing rosette to the ACE ribbon. It is marked on the label size 10. Whilst a post-war blouse, this clearly belonged to a Commonwealth member of aircrew and is a lovely example of early post-war continued service in its own right. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1951 RCAF Work Dress Trousers Large Size 1951 dated pair of Royal Canadian Air Force work dress trousers, made by \'HYDE PARK CLOTHES LTD MONTREAL\' These trousers feature plastic buttons, two side slash pockets and two rear flap pockets. The cut is very similar to RAF suits aircrew type. They are in fantastic possibly unissued condition with a very good nap of cloth. They are a large size 16.
1952 Ammo Boots Size 6M Good pair of Post-War 1952 dated ammo boots, made by J. Lees & Co. This pair have had the added sole and retain their original laces, while the original owner has had his number stamped into the top of the heel as pictured. His number corresponds to the R. Signals number block. The leather is in great shape overall with a good smooth uniform shine and no major scuffs or damage. The tongues of each boot have been cut down the middle by the wearer, most likely his preference for wear. They retain studs, heel and toe plates. The soles are not worn down, neither are the heels which appear in good all round order. They are marked a size 6M (Medium).
1952 Ammo Boots Size 8M Excellent pair of 1952 issue Other Ranks ammunition boots, this pair are in stiff virtually unissued condition and have not had the toe caps smoothed. The soles are in good worn but solid shape, as are the heels. Overall condition to the leatehr is excellent, and it remains stiff as issued. Whilst these boots have been worn, it is apparent that they were never issued. They are stamped inside and maker marked T. HAWKINS LTD.
1952 British Blue Beret Army Catering Corps 1952 dated blue beret made by Jalpotex Ltd, complete with Army Catering Corps bi-metal cap badge. This is the large-crown type, identical to the wartime style, with two eyelets and leather band. It was introduced from 1950 to form a ubiquitous type of headwear for most units. War Department acceptance stamps inside, with the size 7 marked in the lining. The wool itself is in very good condition with a good nap of cloth, there are however two small nips around the cap badge area. This could also be where another, possibly lugged, cap badge has been fitted. Unfortunately the leather band has begun to crack in places, mainly to the front.
1952 Denim Battle Dress Working Overall Blouse Size 7 Good example of the a denim working battle dress blouse, of the economy pattern. This example is post-war dated but conforms to the wartime pattern. The blouse has had a full set of plastic buttons sewn on in place of the revolving shank buttons designed to fit through the holes, this was a common modification both wartime and beyond. The buckle is an earlier wire tab buckle as opposed to the normal toothed type. The epaulettes have had shoulder titles fitted at some point, as indicated by the twin slits that have been cut through each. Actual approximate size is more like a 40-42 chest and 34-36 waist, rather than the label sizing. The sleeve measures 24.5 from shoulder seam to cuff. The size is likely underestimated to account for thick layers underneath. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1952 Khaki Flannel KF Shirt Excellent example of the Khaki Flannel (KF) shirt, introduced after the war for use with the 1949 pattern battle dress. This example retains its original label and is dated 1952. The KF shirt features a full button front, epaulettes and two chest pockets. The wool is in excellent clean condition, with little wear and no moth damage. Sizes are approximately below. Pit to pit: 18.5 inches Base of collar to hem: 35.5 inches Across the shoulders: 17 inches Shoulder seam to cuff: 22.5 inches
1952 RAF OA Service Dress Trousers Size 21 Pair of RAF blue grey serge service dress trousers, in a size 21 and dated 1952. Post-war RAF service dress scarcely differed from their wartime predecessors. This was most evident from the brass metal buttons and white lining, that most wartime trousers were produced with. The black plastic buttons and dark blue lining came in at the end of the war and remained unchanged. There is some moth damage to the crotch and leg on these trousers as pictured, along with overall wear from use. All black plastic buttons are present. Approximate size is 30 inch waist and 30.5 inside leg. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1953 Chipmunk Turn & Slip Indicator Gauge Mk IB A 1953 dated turn and slip indicator gauge Mk 1B 6A/ 3371 as used on aircraft such as the chipmunk. This example appears to have been made in 1953 with another date hand painted in 1954 and another hand written fitting inscription dated 1968. There are several other marks and transfers that have become obscured over time. Condition appears to be good and functional with some overall wear. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1953 Denim Trousers Large Size 12 Large sized example of the denim trousers used by the British and Commonwealth forces, both during the war and after as fatigue wear. This pair are dated 1953 and are virtually identical to the wartime austerity pattern. They bear a close resemblance in pattern to the 1940 Austerity pattern serge Battle Dress trousers, only in green denim material. They retain their plastic fly and brace buttons, along with the original internal issue label, having seen little real use or wear. Condition is generally very good, however there is what appears to be some glue marking to the inside leg as pictured. The sizes are visible on the label for Height 6 \" 1 - 6 \" 2 and waist of 37-38 Inches.
1953 Jungle Green Cotton .303 Bandolier Green cotton bandolier, for use in the jungle dated 1953 and made by H & S Ltd. Condition is good and clean, the strap and brass hooks are all intact and the material has good colour to it. There is a second issue stamp, also dating to 1953. FREE UK POSTAGE.
1954 Battle Dress Trousers 1949 Pattern Size 14 A large size pair of 1949 pattern battle dress trousers, dated 1954 and in fair condition. This pair are complete with all pockets, tabs, buckles and buttons. There is some overall wear from use and some small moth patches. There are a few small moth nips to the crotch and a 1 cm square cluster to the lower inside left leg. There is some marking to the rear of the thigh area, this may well wash out. As it stands no cleaning has been undertaken on these trousers. Size is marked as 5 ft 11- 6 ft, 35-36 waist and 33.5 inside leg. The more accurate measure is 35 waist and 31.5 leg. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1957 4th Edition Meteor Mk 7 Pilot\'s Notes Nice original example of the pilot\'s notes for the Meteor, of the 4th edition dated December 1957. They are complete with only minor annotation here and there, generally they are very clean with the fold outs intact. There ar ehand annotated dates and signatures for June 1959 and October 1960. Condition is well used, with foxing to the edges and some creasing/ tears and folds to the edges. All in all a great example of original jet age notes that are getting harder to find.
1958 Hunter F.4 Pilot\'s Notes 92 Sqn 1958 Hunter F.4 pilot's notes, complete with amendments to various sections. The notes are inscribed to 92 Sqn who flew Hunter's out of RAF Acklington from April 1956 to April 1963. Condition is used, with usual foxing and wear but is complete. A great edition for anyone with an interest in the RAF of the jet age.
1960 First Edition Lightning F Mk 1 Pilot\'s Notes Scarce example of the notes issued to pilots for the Lightning F Mk 1. This is the first edition dated April 1960, with extra annotation leading into 1961. They are complete with all pages intact, dated between 1960/1961, overall very clean condition.
1962 US Lt Col Utility Cap OG 107 An unnamed cotton sateen utility cap, badged to a Lieutenant Colonel and dating to 1962. This example is a size 7 and is in good clean condition with some minor marks to the peak. The silver rank badge appears to be maker marked to the rear and has some minor verdigris in the details of the leaf. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
1964 First Issue Green Water Bottle 1958 Pattern Scarce early example of the green plastic water bottle dated 1964, in its 1971 dated webbing carrier. This is the first issue type made in green plastic with a matching green plastic top secured by string to the neck of the bottle. These bottles were quickly superseded by black versions, making these early first issue bottles rather scarce. Condition is generally good with the expected scuffs and scratches from use, though nothing too serious. The webbing carrier is in working order, there is a yellow painted \'6\' on a black rectangle to the rear. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1966 H Type Oxygen Mask Parts H type oxygen mask rubber face piece with part of the harness, dated March 1966 and marked size small. The condition is fair, with some light cracking in places as pictured. The harness is grubby, as is the chamois inside. There is no microphone and part of the harness is missing. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1968 Pattern Denison Paratrooper DPM Camouflage Smock 1968 Pattern DPM Denison airborne smock, as used by paratroopers and other airborne affiliated units. This example features knitted cuffs, four patch pockets as well as the \'donkey tail\' flap to secure under the crotch. There are also buttons to allow a hood to attach. Condition is fair with several small repairs, the zipo has some minor corrosion but is solid with no missing teeth and functions correctly. Approximate size: Shoulder to shoulder: 19 Pit to pit: 21.5 Shoulder to cuff: 23.5 Base of collar to hem:30.5
1968 Pattern DPM Lined Camouflage Trousers 1968 pattern DPM trousers, heavily lined for cold weather; featuring a First Field Dressing pocket like WW2 battle dress trousers. The label is washed out though they are approximately a 32 inch waist and 30-31 leg. The pattern features brace buttons, belt loops and waist adjuster tabs. The \'Clix\' brand zip is original and works well. Condition is generally very good, there is one very small hole to the lower left leg and some minor grubby marks. The lower front corner of the right hand leg pocket has nost some stitching but could be easily reattached. The stitching and material is strong with good bold colours.All buttons with the exception of one internal brace button are present. The early DPM colour and style of the 68 pattern is often regarded as one of the best camouflages used by the British army. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1968 Pattern DPM Lined Camouflage Trousers 1968 pattern DPM trousers, heavily lined for cold weather; featuring a First Field Dressing pocket like WW2 battle dress trousers. They are a size 6, a large regular size approximately 36-37 waist and 30-31 leg. The pattern features brace buttons, belt loops and waist adjuster tabs. Condition is generally very good, retaining their issue label, there is one very small hole to the front left thigh just below and to the left of the pocket lid. The stitching and material is strong with good bold colours. The turn up material has been let down but could be very easily stitched back, let down they add an extra 1.5 inches to the leg length. The early DPM colour and style of the 68 pattern is often regarded as one of the best camouflages used by the British army.
1989 Dated S10 NBC/ CBRN Respirator & Canister A great example of the S10 NBC/ CBRN respirator, dated 1989 complete with canister. This example is made by \'Avon\' and complete with all straps and drinking tube. The condition is generally very good with some minor marks from storage and a blue spray paint mark to the front. It is stamped \'2\' to the left side, relating to its size designation. This is for the mask itself and canister only, no haversack or other accessories are included. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1999 Black SA80/ L85 Rifle Sling 5.56 Black nylon version of the webbing sling for the 5.56 SA80/ L85 rifle, dated 1999. Very good condition, well stamped. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
1st Royal Dragoons Bi-Metal Cap Badge Very good example of the bi-metal cap badge to the 1st Royal Dragoons. Good clean example, slider fitting to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
21st Army Group Royal Engineers Battle Dress Blouse An excellent 1940 austerity pattern battle dress blouse to the Royal Engineers operating as part of 21st Army Group, dated 1945 and in a typically small wartime size. The blouse features printed Royal Engineers shoulder titles, printed 21st Army Group patches, AOS stripes, embroidered corporal stripes and a France and Germany Star medal ribbon mounted on a metal pin back bar. The medal ribbon is correctly mounted as per other examples. Condition is excellent with good thick cloth and all stitching strong. There are no marks, rips or stains except for some minor paint marks as pictured. The blouse is manufactured by \'Barrymores\' and retains its original issue label. Overall an excellent displayable blouse to the Royal Engineers attached to 21st Army Group, in great condition. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50661 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
44 Pattern Wash Kit Roll A good example of the rubberised tropical 44 pattern wash roll, expected to date from the 1950s. Condition is very good and there is still powdered to chalk inside to protect the rubber. Despite this it has still been issued and the service number \'23675442\' has been stamped on the inside flap. There is an issue stamp on the inside though it is not particularly legible. There is one very small hole on one of the pockets as pictured. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
47mm Russo- Japanese War Inert Naval Shell Rather a rare inert 47mm shell, manufactured by Hotchkiss and used by the Japanese Navy during the war between Russia and Japan between 1904 and 1905. This shell bears both British manufacture stamps as well as Japanese issue stamps to the base and a Japanese Navy anchor stamp just below where the steel shell head meets the brass. The casing of the shell has some verdigris and minor denting to it, while the shell head has some minor surface rust to it. Rest assured the shell has been made inert as can be seen in the images. UK SALES ONLY PLEASE, POSTAGE COSTS WILL BE HIGHER DUE TO WEIGHT
8 Squadron RNAS 1916 Trench Art Brass Ash Tray Very unusual and interesting \'Trench Art\' ash tray, to No 8 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service. This comes in the form of a pressed brass ash tray, with wreaths around the edge, the pressed shape of a RNAS button. The button has been imprinted from the rear and is very clear in its detailing. The stampings \'8 NAVAL 26TH OCTOBER 1916\' above and below the button. This relates to the formation of 8 Squadron on the 26th of October 1916 at St Pol. They were mobilised on the 3rd November 1916 and transformed into 208 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on April 1st 1918. There were 24 aces from 8 Naval and 298 victories were claimed. The ash try itself is in excellent shape, it has been given a light clean and polish, the detailing is very clear and there are no dents. It measures approximately 9.5 cm in diameter. It is an exceptional example of RNAS history and a very scarce item given the relatively short lifespan of the squadron.
Air Cadets Canada Brass Insignia Set Excellent clean set of RCAF Cadets insignia, as worn by air cadets in Canada throughout WW2 and after. This set includes the brass cap badge and five large brass tunic buttons, each button maker marked \'UNIVERSAL WALKERVILLE\' on the reverse. Condition is excellent and clean, it is a good displayable set.
Aluminium & Marble Blackburn Skua Model Good example of an aluminium model B-24 Skua dive bomber, mounted on a marble base, with metal waves connecting the aircraft to the base. The aircraft wingspan is 7.75 inches and the base 7x3 inches. The aircraft detaches from the base. The Blackburn Skua first flew in 1937 but was made obsolete from front line duties in 1941. These types of models would have been used on office desks before, during and after the war. An unusual aircraft model to encounter.
Army Catering Corps Bi-Metal Cap Badge Bi-Metal version of the cap badge as used by the Army Catering Corps. Good overall condition, slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Army Dental Corps Brass Cap Badge Good clean example of the cap badge as worn by the Army Dental Corps. Slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Army Officers Service Dress Trousers Army officers service dress trousers in khaki green barathea, where they vary slightly is the cut and construction which appears more European. They feature dished horn buttons to the fly and waistband for braces, as well as waist adjusters to either side with chrome buckles marked \"Solide\". They have double pleats twin slash pockets and leather reinforcing trim to the cuffs. Condition is good overall, with some staining to the lining from storage, some wear to the cuffs and a faint mark to the leg as pictured. They are approximately a 29 waist and a 31 inch inside leg. These could well be made in Europe or the commonwealth, for an officer serving or training overseas.
Army Officer\'s Detachable Collar Wool Shirt Standard pattern of wool shirt used by British and Commonwealth officers during WW2. The pattern features a half front button closure, button cuffs and detachable collar fixed by studs. This example has a green cotton lining to the collar band, brown plastic buttons and a cotton hanging tape to the rear of the neck. This example is in good overall condition with no rips or damaging. The stitching appears strong and the colour is not faded. The label is intact and places the manufacturer as \'VIYELLA\', along with the owner\'s name \'A. NORFOLK\'. There is one small moth graze to the rear as pictured. The collar size is approximately 14 inches from the centre of each hole, while the pit to pit measurement is 23 inches. The shoulder to cuff measures just shy of 24 inches.
ARP Gas Detector Belt Unusual example of the belt used by the \'\'Air Raid Precautions\', in conjunction with the gas detector kit. The belt is identical to the 1908 pattern waist belt in many respects, however there are no attachments to the rear for shoulder straps. Whilst some did have these attachments, this one shows no sign of ever having them fitted. The belt also features a small rectangle of webbing to one side, often these belts have two and are designed with D rings to attach to the respirator bag. This example could be a later or transitional pattern, but is certainly intended for use with the detector kit. Strangely, the brass slider is a Great War era economy type. This may have been taken from another belt.
Australian 1903 Mounted 9 Pocket Bandolier C F A Marked Unusual combination of a mounted 90 round bandolier made in South Australia, yet marked up to the Canadian Field Artillery. The Canadian Field Artillery and Garrison Artillery were redesignated The Royal Canadian Artillery in 1935. This example is not apparently dated though is of Great War origin, with tinned rivet construction throughout. Unfortunately the condition is rather poor throughout, with overall cracking to the leather from use and poor storage. One of the pocket lids has suffered rather badly, whilst the leather is not split, it is very thin and can be secured only with care. Other pockets have cracking, particularly to the farthest pocket as pictured. The name \"F. G. Nelson\" has been inked or painted to the inside. Whilst not an example in excellent condition, this is a good honest Great War mounted bandolier with an interesting unit mark. FOR FURTHER IMAGES SEE ITEM 50582
Australian Made British Battle Dress Trousers Very good yet undated example of the Australian made battle dress trousers for the British Army, that have been used for walking out dress. Commonwealth made battle dress was often favoured for walking out dress over the usual British issue. This pair have had the map pocket and first field dressing pocket removed, and was often done for a smarter look when ironed. The pattern of battle dress conforms to the British early serge pattern with belt loops and metal buttons. They are not dated and have no visible stamps, as they would have had an external label that was often removed. They have had initials stitched in red thread usually indicative of officer use, and retain all of their distinctive bright metal buttons and belt loops. Condition is generally very good, with a fair nap of cloth and only a couple of small non-offensive moth holes. They appear to have been taken up or let down subsequently losing the ankle tabs they would have originally been made with. This seems to have been a common alteration with the serge type battle dress trousers. Size is tall and large, approximately as follows: Waist: 35 Inside Leg: 32.5
Black PT Plimsoles Pair of black issued PT plimsoles, in good used condition. They are generally sound, however there is some slight warping and minor cracking. One eyelet ring is missing and one lace looks to have been replaced. The soles are in good order, though slightly worn. They are a good displayable size 9.
Boer/ Great War \'Stohwasser\' Gaiters A well marked example of the \'Stohwasser\' gaiters that were first patented in 1899, seeing service in the Boer War through to the Great War by British & Commonwealth troops. This example are clearly marked with the maker and patent stamp, making these undeniably a \'Stohwasser\' pair. The leather is in good solid shape with some minor wear and discoloration. One of the tips of the spiral straps has come away at some point, though it leaves enough of the end to still fasten. There is a fair amount of wear to the inside ankle area as pictured. Overall a fine pair, suitable for any pre/ early-WW1 display. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Brass P38 Lightning Desktop Model Delightful brass \'trench art\' style model of a P38 Lighting, this being the type often featured on desks with a brass and screw stand. This example is regrettably without a base or propellors which were clearly originally fitted. This could be renovated to an excellent standard with the right parts and skills. The model measures approximately 6.5 inches.
Brass Wellington Bomber Trench Art Model A lovely brass trench art model of the Wellington medium bomber, in service by the RAF during the war for bombing, training and Coastal Command duties. There is a screw fixing to the base, presumably where a stand was once fixed. This is something that could be rectified if desired. The brass itself is only slightly tarnished and would easily clean up to an excellent standard no doubt. The size is approximately 7 inches along the wingspan and 4.5 inches along the fuselage.
Brass Wellington Desk Model Trench Art Solid brass model of a wellington bomber, as would have been mounted on a base and adorning a desk or mantelpiece. These aircraft often appear in wartime films on RAF and USAAF officers desks on bases, and proved a popular home decor feature in the post-war years. There are some minor dents, scratches and imperfections, though I believe it to be made like this suggesting a theatre made model perhaps in the Far East. This example has a screw recess to the underside, allowing a base to attach. Sadly this is missing but could be replaced. The brass could do with a polish to restore it to its former shine, however it has been left as is. This type of model unlike others; were never fitted with propellers, therefore once mounted is therefore complete. The model measures 4.5 inches along the fuselage and 7 inches wingspan.
Bren Spare Barrel Bag Well used example of the bren gun barrel bag, used to carry spare barrels and equipment spares. This example retains its carrying handle and sling strap, while all the pockets operate as they should. There is some verdigris to the metal fittings and an overall grubbiness, with a number handwritten on one side.
British Army Lamps Electic No.1 Good example of the standard issue British army lamp, with red filter, and handle for holding or mounting with a clip for securing to the belt. There are some slight manufacture variations with these lamps, this one features a large brass knob to trigger the bulb, as two small brass nuts to tighten the shroud in place either up or down. Condition is generally very good, with some minor paint loss, but all intact and would likely work; though it has not been tested.
British Army Officer Collared Shirt A clean example of a British army officers pattern collared shirt, in light green cotton poplin. This example likely dates from the 1940s to 1950s as the style changed little throughout that time. This example is made by \'Mastocraft\' and is complete with its label to the rear of the collar. It features an attached collar, half placket front, twin buttoned chest pockets and buttoned epaulettes. The material is a lovely light green shade of cotton poplin. There appears to be no significant wear or damage overall, however there is a crude repair to a rip on the right side of the small of the back. Aside from this the shirt appears to be largely unworn. All brown plastic buttons are present and intact.The collar tips appear to have metal stays inside to keep their shape. Sizes is marked 15 inches inside the collar while the chest measures approximately 21 inches with a sleeve length of 24.5 inches approximately. Overall an excellent clean shirt, ideal for display.
British Army Pyjama Shirt Lovely army pyjama shirt with early zinc buttons to the front. Internal stores stamps and maker marked 'Faulat Factory Belfast'; which was a common manufacturer of shirts for the services. It is in virtually unissued condition, there are two very faint white rings too the rear, but they are difficult to see and do not detract at all.
British Army Rubberised Economy Large Pack Straps Pair This is a pair of the rubberised economy straps as used on the large pack. Condition is very good, with only minor associated service wear and some verdigris on the female buckles. They are not a matching pair unfortunately, however the condition is much the same. One strap is faintly dated 1941.
British Camouflage Scrim Scarf A Well used standard issue scrim scarf, as issued to British and Commonwealth troops and favoured by airborne troops. The scarf features approximately 24 x 34 inches and has several holes and some rips to the corners. The largest tear measures approximately 5 inches. Despite these issues, the scarfe can be displayed so as to hide the holes. Genuine scrim scarfs have become harder to find in recent years.
British Folding Tommy Cooker Scarce example of the folding tommy cooker as used by British troops through WW2. This is the two-part type for using hexamine blocks as fuel. The hinged bracket assembly uses the drilled recessed circular piece to slot onto the arms to create a platform. Condition is well used but there is no damage and the hinges work well. There is some minor rusting and paint loss to the metal associated with use. This has been oiled and lightly cleaned but would benefit from a good clean. An identical example can be found in the Airborne Museum in Normandy. A very difficult item of British small pack kit to find.
British Issue Boot Brushes Pair of British issue brushes, one dated 1941 with the War Department arrow while the other is not dated. Very good condition, most likely unused.
British Life Preserver Inflation Belt Standard British issue life preserver as used for assault troops, famously worn on D-Day and the Rhine Crossings. The condition is fair and supple throughout and all tapes and loops are present and intact, though the hose has dried out slightly. The rubberised fabric bears the typical yellow dotted pattern and is profusely stamped throughout. The date has become illegible due to construction, though is likely 1943 or 44 dated.
British Military Issue Gas Spectacles Set of British issue spectacles, produced and issued to servicemen with the idea that they would fit into the issue respirator without incident. This pair come complete with their issue box, the label inside stating their issue to \"253 GILL. R.D\". As of 1939 Royal Engineers were based in Gillingham, it is therefore not known whether it was an opticians location or the home address of a serviceman at the time. The lining to the case has begun to fray towards the top, and the manufacturers details to the outside of the box have been partly obliterated. The glasses themselves are in good condition, they do however need a good clean. The metal armatures and the lenses are in good shape, the manufacturers name \"Hadley\" is stamped into the inside of the nose bridge.
British Officer Field Type Riding Boots Wonderful pair of riding boots, of the type used by British officer\'s from the Great War through to WW2. These items were private purchase and could date through to post-WW2, they are certainly not unlike those used as field boots and good for display as such. Condition of the leather is excellent, they retain a lovely light chestnut colour, that would only be increased with a light polish. There are no major scuffs or marks only mild wear as can be seen by the images. On both boots the soles are worn on the edges by the original wearers gait. The soles of both boots are generally very solid, however the layered soles will need lightly glueing back together in one or two places. This does not however detract from the boots, and this can be left as is. They are approximately a UK size 10 so good for display, however due to the tailored fitting of the boots they are narrower round the ankle area so may not fit an average size 10 foot for display. Approximate sizes are as follows in inches: Length of boot:12.5 Width at widest part: 4.5 Width at ankle: 5.5 Height:18.5
British Ration Book Wallet Ration book wallet, as produced by the civilian market to hold ration books in wartime Britain. This example is simple in construction, made of thin black leather with two inner compartments. \"Ration Book\" is embossed in gold lettering on the front. It has been well used over the years and the central spine has lost some of the leather surface where it folds in half. Inside is the remains of a letter from the Ministry of Health with a King George V halfpenny stamp, it looks to be dated 1939 but has been cut off. FREE UK POSTAGE
British Tank/ AFV Periscope T.D 18259 Uncommonly encountered periscope for a British tank or AFV, stamped on the lower part \'T.D 18259\' and \'T.D 19014ABI\' on the bottom half on the sprung lense cover. Condition is well used with some paint loss and minor scratches/ surface rust. One of the screw fixings to hold the lower half to the upper is absent, yet does not interfere with its functioning. There are many stamps on both half, the upper having a large property arrow with a \'T\' and \'87\' below it. A very faint manufacture stamp is visible, faintly reading \'W. W. & S\'. The lenses themselves are very clean and scratch free, being clearly stamped \'W. W. & S\' internally. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A HEAVY ITEM TO POST.
British White Cotton Washroll Used example of the white cotton issue wash roll, as used by British and Commonwealth servicemen to carry their personal wash items. This is a used example with wear and minor rust staining from use, it has been stamped with a service number.
British/ Canadian Webbing Trouser Belt Good large sized example of the webbing trouser belt as used by British and Canadian troops. There is a light green shade of blanco to the exterior and some internal stamps. Length is approximately 46 inches long and 1.5 inches wide.
Bronze Officers Spinning Wheel Cap Badge J. R. Gaunt A good bronzed example of an Officer\'s Service Dress cap badge; of the variety featuring a spinning wheel to the front. The bronzing is not scratched or excessively worn, the blades to the rear are intact. Maker marked \'J. R. Gaunt\' to the rear. Unfortunately the very top of the crown has been broken off, however it is barely noticeable and does not detract. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Burma KIA Lancashire Fusiliers 1/8th Territorial CSM Insignia Grouping A poignant grouping of insignia to a territorial soldier CSM Thomas William Sidlow, of the 1/8th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers. It is a modern framing, yet very well done with original serge backing and printed card inscription. Research yields that CSM Sidlow was killed in action on the 19th March 1945. He is buried at Taukkyan War Cemetery (Plot 17.D.3). He is also commemorated at Atherton Cemetery in the UK. The 1/8th Battalion went to France as part of the BEF in 1940 and were evacuation. They remained part of the 4th Infantry Brigade 2nd Division from May 1940 - August 1945. They arrived in India in June 1942 and were sent to Burma in April 1944. The grouping includes his identity disc, with handwritten name and number corresponding to records. The handwritten details are consistent with territorial and reserve forces discs. His bi-metal cap badge, brass shoulder titles, brass WO crowns and assault pioneer trade badge are mounted around the disc. The Warrant Officer crowns are interesting in that they are the theatre made sand cast varieties. All badges are in good condition, though the slider is missing from the cap badge where it has been mounted. There are also two coins mounted, one being an Indian Quarter from 1935 and a South African penny from 1934. These souvenirs are suggestive that Sidlow was sent to India in 1942. It is not known if he served in France in 1940, however given his senior NCO status as a territorial it is quite possible. Unusually above the identity disc is what appears to be a Women\'s Land Army flash from an armband. It is likely this was from a sweetheart and mounted as a such, a tragic and very human inclusion. A sad but very interesting grouping, a worthy addition to any collection. REDUCED FROM: £95
Burma Military Medal Winner\'s Battle Dress Uniform Gloucestershire Regiment This is an incredible opportunity to own an original Military Medal winner\'s battle dress uniform, acquired directly from the family. The uniform belonged to Sgt William Edgar Smith M.M, who won the Military Medal in Burma whilst an acting Corporal on the 23rd November 1944. The, then Corporal Smith, rescued a member of his Bren gun section who had been wounded while attempting to withdraw from a heavy contact with the enemy after being dispatched on a fighting patrol. In the incident he was himself hit twice and went on to draw enemy fire to allow the patrol to escape. This grouping contains his battle dress blouse and trousers complete with medal ribbons for The Military Medal, 1939-1945 Star, The Burma Star, The Defence Medal and The War Medal above the left breast pocket. The blouse also bears printed Gloucestershire Regiment titles and Scottish Command patches from Sgt Smith\'s latter posting. His two wound stripes are fixed in place on the sleeve. The grouping also comes complete with a set of photocopies of photographs taken during his service in Burma and surrounding regions. These photocopies also include his service and release paperwork\'s well as Ministry of Pensions details and extracts from the local newspapers about his MM action. They also include a letter from the King about his commendation. There is also very interestingly a hand written nameless letter that details precisely the nature of Smith\'s actions that won him the MM. The place has been censored out of the letter. This letter is difficult to read but has been typed out below. \'A Jap machine gun post had been reported in front of C Coy Positions and a patrol was detailed to locate it and if possible deal with it. Sgt Marmont patrol commander split his patrol into two groups, assault group and support group, the latter group consisting of three Bren guns (6 men) with Cpl Smith as I/C. The support group took up a position and engaged the enemy with heavy fire, the assault group had moved up to complete a left flanking attack when they came under heavy fire from another enemy position, as the opposition proved too strong for such a small force Sgt Marmont withdrew his assault group assisted by fire from Cpl Smith\'s Brens. Cpl Smith had taken up a position on a high piece of ground to the rear of his support group. Having received the order to withdraw Cpl Smith withdrew his guns one at a time giving covering fire, the enemy machine gun was still firing trying to locate our Bren guns, as the last Bren gunner started to withdraw the enemy found his target and Pte Hanks was badly wounded and slumped back into his trench. Cpl Smith at once dashed forward and under heavy fire removed Pte Hanks to the cover of a slight rise in the ground.himself being hit twice, once in the arm, and in the leg. Having got Pte Hanks out of the line of fire Cpl Smith then proceeded to draw the enemy fire to allow Pte Hanks to rejoin the rest of the patrol. By engaging the enemy with fire Cpl Smith enabled Pte Hanks to get back safely without disclosing the position of the patrol.\' The battle dress blouse is dated 1943 and is a size 10 with early light brown buttons, while the trousers are undated but also of austerity type. The formation command flashes are in good shape and are not faded. The uniform itself is in generally good condition with only minor storage wear and some smaller moth nips. The medal ribbons have faded slightly from sunlight exposure. The printed Gloucestershire Regiment titles are in good condition and the wound stripes are intact. Overall an amazing and rare grouping to a Military Medal winner, that has been acquired directly from the family and comes complete with so much albeit photocopied information about his service. PLEASE NOTE ALL PAPERWORK IN THIS GROUPING IS PHOTOCOPIED AND NOT ORIGINAL. POSTAGE TO INCLUDE TRACKED AND INSURED SERVICE. PLEASE SEE THE OTHER IMAGES FOR THIS ITEM BELOW.
Carmarthenshire Home Guard Officer RFC Veteran Tunic Very interesting tunic badged to a Lt Colonel in the Carmarthenshire Home Guard. What makes this piece particularly interesting is the Royal Flying Corps pilot\'s wing, bronze RFC collar titles and Royal Air Force brass buttons. These were added for old servicemen returning to civil duties, in this case the Home Guard. The wing dates from the Second World War as do the buttons. However the tunic itself and the collar titles most likely date from the Great War, with his medal ribbons fixed below the wing. The shoulder rank tunic bears the characteristic half-belt and longer baggy pockets. There is some minor wear to the cuffs as pictured and one repair to the top left pocket, a small amount of stitching has come loose from the half belt at the rear. Other than that there is only very minor wear overall. The tunic is a small size. Also included is a napkin that was found in the pocket, most likely from a club he had visited. Please note that the shirt and tie do not come with this item. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50098 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
CC41 Men\'s Belted Wool Overcoat This is an excellent vintage 1940s to early 1950s men\'s belted CC41 wool coat, in a herringbone check style that could easily date into the 1930s on appearance. The base of the coat is a grey/ mid brown herringbone twill pattern, with a large intersecting orange and red check pattern overlaid. The style is six button double breasted with twin slash waist pockets, with a single buttoned rear skirt vent (button absent). There is a single central seam back, with no breast pocket or cuff buttons. The sleeves themselves feature a raglan style, whilst the collar has a twin buttonhole \'wind up\' style. The detachable belt is held via two belt loops, and has a brown plastic buckle. The lining is a caramel ribbed satin. The shoulders are padded, I would say a medium amount. The label states it was made by \'CHAS MACINTOSH AND Co Ltd EST. 1824\' and boasts \'THE FIRST NAME IN RAINWEAR LONDON MADE\'. This company began producing coats in mid- 1942. This coat is believed to date around this period, judging by the original logo. Below this is the CC41 (Controlled Commodity) utility label with the code X212A below. A rectangular piece of burgundy satin lining has been to the base of the collar, with a white name label added reading \'G. L. RICE\'. There is a cream cotton hanging chain above the label, though it is damaged at one end. The condition is generally very good, with only some small moth nips to the outer as pictured, the lining has some light soiling and a small hole also pictured. The inner sleeve-head lining has become slightly detached along with the rectangular burgundy piece of lining at the base of the collar. This could easily be tacked back in and is not causing any serious concern. The pocket linings are intact with no holes, only half a period matchstick inside. Approximate measurements laid flat: Pit to pit: 21 Inches Shoulder to shoulder: 18 Inches Base of collar to hem: 44 Inches Shoulder seam to cuff: 23.5 Inches Overall a lovely example of a classic period CC41 utility wool overcoat, in a nice lively pattern. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50694 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
Cheshire Regiment Embroidered Shoulder Title Embroidered example of the shoulder title used y the Cheshire Regiment. Good condition to the wool, however there is one small moth hole to the right of the title. There looks to be some minor glue residue where it has likely been mounted in the past. It has been removed from uniform. Please note this is one single title, not a pair. FREE UK POSTAGE
Custom Made Sterling Magazine Pouch Unusual magazine pouch made of lightweight green cotton canvas, with three magazine inserts for the Sterling submachine gun. It appears to have been removed from something, possibly a belt. This is likely as the man\'s name has been written to the reverse, indicating it was not stitched onto a seperate piece of material like a vest. There are eyelets to the bottom of each magazine cell, suggesting it could have been designed for use in the jungle. It is unusual in that there is a single flap with twin fasteners, as opposed to individual flaps as the later pouches featured. Overall an unusual and possibly experimental item designed for the Sterling in the post-war era.
Dark Brown Helmet Net A well used British helmet net in dark brown colour. There are several holes and breaks to the mesh, though the colour remains strong. There is no string present. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Denison Airborne Troops Smock 2nd Pattern Well used example of the denison smock as used by airborne troops, commandos and many more throughout the war. This is the classic second pattern smock, with white hand machined stitching. This example has had the securing flap removed as is very common, yet retains it\'s original brass \'Lightning\' zip and puller which works well. All brass \'Newey\' press studs function, all except for one on the lower pocket that appears to have been squashed at some point and will not close. One button from the cuff is missing, however I will include a matching replacement. There is some grubbiness to the material throughout. The camouflage pattern, while faded somewhat has gained a lovely patina of colours. There is some damage to the material itself as pictured, this is mainly to the skirt. This could likely be patched, however it has been left alone. There an L shaped tear to the rear as pictured, however it has only on one layer of material and would be a fairly seamless repair. Internal issue label remains, however it has been rendered illegible, the size is estimated to be a 3 or 4. If you would require more thorough measurements please contact. Overall this is a good example of a well used field smock. Whilst it is not in immaculate condition, it has bags of character and would look great on a field mannequin. * Please note that the battle dress blouse pictured with the smock is not included.
Devonshire Regiment Bi-metal Cap Badge Fair example of the Devonshire Regiment cap badge in bi-metal. This example has a slider to the rear. Good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Devonshire Regiment Cloth Shoulder Titles Pair Fine pair of white on red cloth embroidered shoulder titles to the Devonshire Regiment. They are in good condition with no moth damage, they have been removed from uniform and have stitch holes as pictured. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Devonshire Regiment Officer\'s Bronze Cap Badge Good example of the Devonshire Regiment Officer\'s cap badge in bronze, featuring twin lugs to the rear. There is some wear to the bronze finish and some minor verdigris to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Dispatch Rider Cloth Trade Badge Good embroidered example of the trade badge used by British motorcycle despatch riders. Condition is worn but good, minor grubbiness to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Driver Trade Qualification Cloth Wheel Patch Good embroidered example of the trade patch for drivers in the British Army. Clean worn condition, minor wear to surface of the wool. FREE UK POSTAGE
Early 1940 Hertfordshire Home Guard Battle Dress Uniform Excellent uniform to an unnamed Hertfordshire Home Guard soldier, consisting of battle dress blouse and trousers. The jacket is marked as a large size 14 and dated May 1940 on the inside label, whilst the trousers bear the letter code for 1940 inked into the waistband. The blouse is the earlier unlined serge collar type as worn by the BEF in 1940. It has been faced, partially line and had privately purchased buttons stitched in place of the issue brass ones. The sleeves bear printed Home Guard titles, district patches and a two year service chevron to the lower right sleeve. The trousers have had both the map and First Field Dressing pockets removed, as was sometimes practise by the Home Guard. Th trousers retain their ankle straps and buttons. They have also had an assortment of various buttons replaced with civilian replacements, as would have been available to HG members. The jacket is in good condition overall with only one small moth nip to the front and another to the left sleeve. One of the metal collar hooks is missing, but this could easily be replaced if desired. The trousers have some overall wear and some small moth nips. There is some light staining that could possibly be oil, and there is fraying that has been crudely repaired to the lower legs. Original Home Guard battle dress is becoming increasingly harder to find. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50418 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Early Pattern British Khaki Drill Shirt Excellent and scarce example of the half fronted khaki drill shirt used by British and Commonwealth troops throughout the war in hot and desert climates. This pattern features a half front placket, rubber buttons, detachable epaulettes and vented armpits. The material is a medium weight aertex khaki cotton. Condition is excellent, with some minor wear from use, there are no legible stamps remaining in the collar. All buttons are intact and present, as are the epaulettes which is often not the case. Collar size is approximately 14 inches, 21 inches armpit to armpit and 23 inches shoulder seam to cuff. An excellent, barely worn example of a scarce shirt.
Early Pattern C Type Flying Helmet Named Fine example of the C Type flying helmet in its earlier configuration. This featuring two sets of googles straps, Bennett chin strap buckle and one buckle at the back for the googles strap. This example retains the Air Ministry stamp and stores code embossed under the right ear cup. The helmet is internally named five times to an \'A DAGGER, in various colours. The name appears twice in each ear cushion and once in large red letters across the chamois leather. The leather is in fantastic shape, soft and supple with no scars, scuffs or tears. The chamois leather interior is in good clean shape with no rips and is not unusually grubby. The only downside to this helmet is that one press stud has come off at some point from the left side of the face, this being one for the oxygen mask. There is a small hole remaining but does not detract from display, nor was the stud essential for display. The ear cups are in perfect supple shape with no flaking or cracking at all, the press studs on the google straps retain a good portion of their original light brown paint. There is some minor verdigris to the brass work that would clean very easily. I would estimate the size of the helmet to be a size 2, around 6 7/8. A truly attractive example for display. Please note the scarf and display head are not included with the helmet. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50117 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Early Pattern Cotton Braces A well used pair of early pattern braces, featuring the simpler metal adjusting buckle. This pattern is seen pre-war and with the BEF in the early war period, though its design dates back to the Great War. The metal rivets are maker marked \'Climax Washer\', a common feature of these braces. This example is in well used and grubby condition with some rust stains and wear. There is no damage however, only some rubbing on the cotton from the buckles and minor surface wear to the leather. The metal work has rusted a little and as a result has marked the cotton. A fair example of the early pattern braces. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Early Pattern General Service Beret A fair example of the general service beret introduced from late 1943 and became standard issue for many units by the end of the war. This is an early example made in finer serge like that of a field service cap, as opposed to later examples made in heavier serge wool. This example is well worn and all internal stamps appear to be obliterated, though it is in solid shape with the side vents clean and intact. Nonetheless this beret dates from 1943/4 and is likely a size 6 7/8. The serge is in good condition with no moth damage but slightly grubby. There is a Devonshire Regiment bi-metal cap badge fixed to the front, though it is not thought to be original, given that there are other holes for a lugged badge visible beneath. All in all, a good used example. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Early RAF G Type Oxygen Mask A fair example of the G type oxygen mask as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrews from 1943 onwards to replace the earlier E and E* Type Masks. This example features the texturised nosepiece and is Air Ministry stamped, indicating early manufacture. The condition is fair, still retaining all stores stamps and copper work to the nosepiece and strap mounts. The rubber is not in perfect condition with some general discolouration and hairline cracks in some places. The worst of the cracking can be seen just below the left of the nose clip in the fourth image. The straps have lost some of their elasticity but are complete. The microphone, wiring and connectors are in fair condition, having some wear to the metal and some verdigris to the metal ventilation grill. The chamois lining is in generally good condition. The mask is a medium sized example, and is marked as such. A fair example of the G Type mask and a good addition to an RAF aircrew collection. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Early Royal Artillery Spinning Wheel Cap Badge Good example of the early Royal Artillery cap badge featuring the movable wheel to the centre. Pin to centre is intact and wheel moves pretty freely. Some verdigris to the rear which will clean up. FREE UK POSTAGE
Early War Denim Battle Dress Blouse Good example of the early pattern battle dress blouse in denim material intended for fatigue or working dress. This earlier version features pleated pockets chest pockets and two internal pockets, whilst retaining the button holes for attachment to the trousers as per battle dress serge. Being the earliest pattern, it is likely to date from around 1939 to 1941, yet was worn throughout the war. Condition is generally very good with fairly strong colour and no rips, tears or stains. There is some minor ribbing to one of the cuffs, and cracking to one of the composite buttons with some minor overall marking. The epaulettes have been roughly cut off, something often seen among armoured crewman to avoid snagging on the inside of vehicles. The label is not present, yet this example is named to \'2320226 BETHELL. C. S.\' of the Royal Corps of Signals; as indicated by the number block. Size is approximately: Chest: 21.5 Waist: 16.5 Sleeves: 23.5
Early War MK V Respirator Haversack Clean example of the MKV respirator haversack as used pre-war and in the early part of the war by the BEF. This example is unusually dated 1941, stamped \'M. E. Co 1941\' with \'VIT-AIR Z 41\' in a rectangular box below it. This stands for the company \'Vital Air\' who made respirators for the military, yet the haversack itself was made by \'Mills Equipment Company\'. Condition is generally very good, the material is clean and the stitching remains strong. There is only some minor storage markings to the material as pictured.The strap is not worn and fraying like many well used examples. The only downside to this example is that metal work that has become very tarnished, something that will likely clean up with a bit of effort. One male popper has broken away from the material and remains in place on the female part.
Early War Pattern White Cotton Trouser Braces Excellent pair of early war pattern cotton trouser braces, these are the simplified version without clips to keep the material in place like the mid to late war versions that superseded them. This particular pair are in very good condition, and are stamped as a size 40, and dated either 1940 or 1941. The cotton is in fairly clean condition but has some grubbiness and marking to it in places. The leather is very good and not cracked as many examples are.
Early War Rubberised Army Rain Cape A well used example of the British army rubberised rain cape, as used by troops in the BEF in the early part of the war. The design dated back to 1917 and was not modified until 1940. This example is pre-1940 modifications, featuring rubberised brown material and brass eyelets to the leading edges of the lower parts. There are a few subtle patched repairs but no major damage aside from one hole as pictured. There is one button missing from the collar however the rest appear to be present, they have dried out and begun to crack slightly however. The name \'J. Ryley\' has been penned into the inside. The material is generally in good shape with some amount of field wear evident, there is a grubby black patch to the shoulder. Despite this the material remains supple. There appear to be no legible manufacturers stamps. All metal work is present and in good shape. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Early War Serge Army Battle Dress Blouse Size 15 Good large sized example of the early serge pattern battle dress blouse, dating from 1940-1941. This can be determined, given that the collar lining was introduced into this pattern in mid 1940, whilst the wire buckle to the waist was replaced by a toothed variant sometime in 1941. Therefore this blouse places itself somewhere between this period. This example retains its original issue label, though a lot of the information is difficult to read from wear, is it made by \"Lotery & Co\" and stamped size 15. The ink stamp simply reading WD with the arrow and no letter code often correlates to 1940 made items, though it is not known why the letter code for the year was not applied. Size 15 determined it suitable for issue to a man 5ft 11-6ft 0 in height, 37-38 in waist size and 42-43 in chest size, these measurements are accurate though when measured they are more like a 44 inch chest and 39 waist. Condition is very good overall, with only general service related wear and no moth damage. There is some minor stitching repairs and marking to the lining and wear to the rear of the belt tab as pictured. All buttons are present and correct, as are the collar hooks which are rust free, though one is slightly bent. There appears to be evidence to the rear waist where it has possibly been let out as there is a different shade piece of lining to the inside. Overall an excellent large sized early blouse, in good clean condition. PLEASE SEE ITEM 50571 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
Early- War British Army Collarless Shirt (1) Good early example of the British army serge Other Ranks collarless shirt, with zinc metal buttons. It is maker marked \"E. A. & Co\" and marked as a size 4. This example, like many others of the period has been adapted to allow the wearing of a detachable collar and tie. This is indicated by the crude slits to both the male side of the top button and the rear to allow for collar studs. This was a very common practice towards the end of the war. Condition is good but worn, with the collar itself having lost a little of it\'s colour. The material and stitching however is strong and with a good colour and nap to the cloth. Size is approximately a 15 inch collar and 40 chest.
Early- War British Army Collarless Shirt (2) Good early example of the British army serge Other Ranks collarless shirt, with zinc metal buttons. It is maker marked \"A.M & Co\" and marked as a size 4. Condition is very good and hardly worn, the material and stitching is strong and with a good colour and nap to the cloth. There is one small period repair to the left waist area as pictured. Size is approximately a 15 inch collar and 40 chest.
East Surrey Regiment Coloured Field Service Forage Cap Excellent and scarce example of the coloured Other Ranks Field Service forage cap, this one being to the East Surrey Regiment. The dark blue and red colours are bold and not worn, faded or discoloured.There is no wear or moth damage. The brass East Surrey cap badge is fixed in place and has a slider to the rear with brass General Service buttons stitched to the front. The lining is a dark cotton with no discernible markings inside. There size is estimated to be a 6 7/8.
Economy Plastic Royal Marines Collar Titles Pair Matching pair of Royal Marines collar titles; these being the economy versions made in blue plastic. They are both in very good overall condition and marked \'A. STANLEY & SONS WALSALL\' to the reverse. FREE UK POSTAGE
Embroidered 1939-45 Medal Ribbon Bar Unusual embroidered version of a British medal ribbon bar, featuring the Defense Medal, France & Germany Star and the 1939-45 Star. This was possibly produced for an officer via a private purchase tailor or embroiderer. The embroidering is very well done, with a khaki gauze backing. It is in excellent condition and an intriguing item. FREE UK POSTAGE
Embroidered Pair Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles Good pair of Royal Artillery shoulder titles, as removed from uniform. Good overall condition. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Embroidered RAF Albatross Badges Pair A well worn pair of embroidered albatross badges as worn by RAF non-officer ranks on Service Dress, Suits Aircrew uniform and greatcoats. Condition is worn with rust marks to the rear of one badge and some amount of wear to the edge of the other. FREE UK POSTAGE
Embroidered REME Shoulder Titles Pair of embroidered shoulder titles to the Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers. Lovely condition, matched pair with no visible wear. Free UK Postage
Embroidered Royal Artillery Titles Lovely matched pair of woven Royal Artillery titles. They are in great shape and possibly theatre made as the font is by no means perfect. Free UK Postage
Essex Regiment Bi-Metal Cap Badge Very good clean example of the Essex Regiment cap badge. FREE UK POSTAGE
Essex Regiment Other Ranks Coloured Field Service Cap A lovely other ranks coloured field service cap to the Essex Regiment featuring a maroon top section and navy body. The colour is bold and not faded and the material has a good nap. There is some overall wear from use but the condition remains good throughout, apart from a few moth nips to the top middle section as pictured. The lining is undamaged and free from grubby marks. The name and number 19089424 Griffiths J has been inked into the inside and may well prove traceable. The size is estimated to be approximately a 7 or a 7 1/8. Good example worthy of further research. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Flat RAF Air Gunner Aircrew Brevet Beautifully clean air gunner brevet, this is a flat example that is unissued and has not been removed from uniform.
Flat RAF Air Gunner Aircrew Brevet Fair example of the flat issue RAF aircrew qualification brevet, as issued to qualified Air Gunners. Condition is good, with some minor marking to the rear. It has clearly been removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE
Flat RAF Air Gunner Aircrew Brevet Good example of the flat unpadded Air Gunner qualification brevet, as worn by RAF aircrew. Fine overall condition, has clearly been removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Flat RAF Navigator Aircrew Brevet Fair example of the flat issue RAF aircrew qualification brevet, as issued to qualified navigators. Condition is good but with some minor white marks to the rear from mounting at some point. It has clearly been removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE
Flat RAF Pilot Wings Excellent pair of RAF pilot wings, this is the flat unpadded type. Excellent clean condition with only some minor wear, these appear to have never been stitched onto uniform. They were clearly been mounted at some point, as there is some glue residue to the rear. A small piece of gauze has been ripped from the back during removal. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Flat RAF Pilot Wings Excellent pair of flat pattern RAF issue wings as issued to qualified pilots in the Royal Air Force. These examples are in very good condition and have clearly been removed form uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE
Flat RAF Signaller Aircrew Brevet Signaller brevet as worn by wireless operator\'s on bombers. This is a flat example that has clearly been removed from uniform. Some age related wear and minor rust marks to the rear. Free UK postage
Flat RCAF Bomb Aimer Aircrew Brevet Excellent example of the flat Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew qualification brevet, as issued to Bomb Aimers. Condition is very good, with excellent colour, silk and only some minor wear to the bordering material. At some point they have been mounted on a display and bear some paper and glue residue to the rear, this could possibly be cleaned in time. These look to have been issued but perhaps never stitched onto a uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE
Flat RCAF WAG Aircrew Brevet Excellent unissued example of the flat Royal Canadian Air Force aircrew qualification brevet, as issued to qualified Wireless/ Air Gunners. Condition is excellent, with perfect colour, silk and bordering material. At some point they have been mounted on a display and bear some paper and glue residue to the rear, this could possibly be cleaned in time. FREE UK POSTAGE
Fox\'s Khaki Serge Puttees Full Length Full length pair of khaki woollen puttees, made by Fox\'s and complete with the correct left and right brass tabs on each flat end. These puttees were privately purchased and were often used by officers and OTC cadets, due to their superior quality and shaped fit. This pair have been well used and have several tears and spots of moth damage as pictured. The tapes remain intact and strong, when displayed and wound correctly the damage would be hidden. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50684 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
French Officer\'s Leather \'Sam Browne\' Belt & Strap Large Size French leather \'Sam Browne\' style belt with cross shoulder strap as used by French officers. The leather and stitching is good strong condition, there is only some minor scuffing and tarnishing to the brass. There is some surface cracking to the leather. The belt is a large size measuring 46 inches in length.
French White Kit Bag Unmarked example of the French kitbag, bearing light blue fleck to the seam. The eyelets are brass and it is complete with drawstring. The eyelets are slightly misshapen, though they may have been manufactured as such. The canvas is slightly grubby throughout, and there is some light ribbing to the base where it has been scraped across the ground in transit.
Further Images (1): 1916 Rifles Territorial Officers Tunic Wounded Overseas FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM 50567 (1/2)
Further Images (1/2): York & Lancaster Regiment Grouping Wounded Italy FURTHER IMAGES (1 OF 2) FOR ITEM:50594
Further Images (2): 1916 Rifles Territorial Officers Tunic Wounded Overseas FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM 50567 (2/2)
Further Images (2/2): York & Lancaster Regiment Grouping Wounded Italy FURTHER IMAGES (2 OF 2) FOR ITEM: 50594.
Further Images US Army Paratrooper Jump Boots FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50678
Further Images: 1908 Pattern Basic Webbing Set FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM : 50556
Further Images: 1939 Wareings Irvin Flying Trousers Size 38 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50672
Further Images: 1940 Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Trousers Size 10 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50650
Further Images: 1941 Serge Battle Dress Trousers Large Size FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM 50577
Further Images: 1942 RAF Mae West Life Preserver Bladder 1941 Pattern FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50668
Further Images: 1943 Austerity Pattern Battle Dress Blouse FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50691
Further Images: 1944 Ammo Boots Size 8M
Further Images: 1944 Vickers K Gun Pouches FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50680
Further images: 1945 Canadian Battle Dress Trousers Size 10 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50654.
Further Images: 1945 RAF Mae West Bladder and Lever 1941 Pattern FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50666
Further Images: 21st Army Group Royal Engineers Battle Dress Blouse FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50660
Further Images: Australian 1903 Mounted 9 Pocket Bandolier C F A Marked FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50581
Further Images: CC41 Men\'s Belted Wool Overcoat FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM 50693
Further Images: Early War Serge Army Battle Dress Blouse Size 15 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM 50570
Further Images: Fox\'s Khaki Serge Puttees Full Length FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50683
Further Images: Great War Cotton D Shape Mess Tin Cover FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50632.
Further Images: Hunsicker & Alexis Officers Binoculars
Further Images: Large 1940 Pattern Battle Dress Trousers Size 16 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM:50652
Further Images: Late War RAF Irvin Flying Jacket Multi Panel Size 4 FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50670
Further Images: Named 1941 USMC Wool Tunic
Further Images: Pre-War Royal Marines Service Dress Tunic
Further Images: Pre-WW1 Royal Engineers Officers Field Service Cap FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM 50676
Further Images: RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West Life Preserver FURTHER IMAGES OF ITEM: 50664
Further Images: RAF C Type Flying Helmet
Further Images: RAF C Type Flying Helmet Set See item 50526 for description/ price.
Further Images: RAF C Type Flying Helmet Size 4 FURTHER IMAGES FOR ITEM: 50591
Further Images: RCAF WAG Officer\'s Service Dress Aircrew Uniform
Further Images: Unworn 1941 OR Ammo Boots Size 10L
General Purpose\' Dispatch Rider\' Goggles Clear Lenses Pair of un-tinted general purpose goggles, with fur trimming and elasticated strap. These goggles saw widespread use among drivers, motorcyclists and many others during the war and came in several types. This pair are in generally very sound condition with only some minor rust discolouration and some damage to a small portion of cotton behind the tab of one of the straps as pictured. The lenses have some de-lamination to both glass pieces, however they are fairly clean. The steel rims have only minor surface oxidisation. The leather tabs and straps are excellent and retain their elasticity, the strap is a one-part cotton and one-part elastic. Overall good, useable pair of goggles.
General Service Wool Collarless Shirt Standard wartime example of the collarless shirt, as used by all non- commissioned British troops throughout the war. This is a later war example, fitted with plastic buttons as opposed to zinc as early war versions were. This shirt has been converted to fit a detachable collar. This was a common modification before troops were issued wth a collared shirt. Another such method was to obtain American issue collared shirts. The material and nap of cloth is very good, with little wear, only some fading to the collar which is a common occurrence. The collar bears manufacturing stamps and the broad arrow War Department stamp, along with a red stitched initial, to aid identification after washing. There is little wear and no damage apart from a small L shaped rip in one sleeve, a very simple repair if desired. Approximately 14 inch collar size and 40 inch chest. An excellent example of the late-war British army shirt.
German Army SA/ Hitler Youth Bread Bag Good example of the bread bag used by the SA and the Hitler Youth before and during the war. Condition is generally very good, however the leather straps are quite dry and would benefit from some leather feed. The leather trim is worn along the outer edge of the flap. Complete with all buttons, loops and straps. A good honest example.
Gilt RNAS Left Facing Economy Uniform Eagle Pin Back Unusual and scare economy example of the gilt uniform eagle used by the RNAS during the great War. This example dates from later in the war, featuring a pin back fixing to the rear. The detailing is pretty clear with minor wear to the face of the badge and tops of the wings. A good example of an uncommon badge and an excellent addition to an RNAS or aviation collection. FREE INSURED & TRACKED UK POSTAGE. REDUCED FROM: £65
Gloucestershire Regiment Cap Badge Gloucestershire Regiment cap badge. This is in grubby condition and would benefit from a clean. Slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Great War 1894 Pattern \'Fiddle Back\' Spoon Good example of the Great War Era spoon as used by British and Commonwealth troops. Marked \'M & W.S&L\' along with the War Department arrow with an \'I\' above it. The spoon itself conforms to the 1894 pattern that remained in service until it was replaced by a slightly different shaped version in 1917. This example could well be of later manufacture but conforms to this pattern. Condition is generally very good and clean, the edge of the spoon bowl has been sharpened as was common to allow it reach into the mess tin corners and also cut food rendered a knife superfluous. This type of large spoon is sometimes seen tucked inside the puttee or in the breast pocket for easy use. Excellent Great War era example of personal kit. FREE UK POSTAGE
Great War 1908 Pattern Entrenching Tool Helve Stick A good used example of the entrenching tool helve stick, of the thinner variety used during the Great War. This example is unfortunately not visibly maker marked or dated but is believed to be Great War period. This is given its thinner wooden shaft designed to fit into the rather narrow loops of the helve carrier, as opposed to the slightly wider loops of the later 1937 pattern sets. The metalwork is lightly dented and scratched but is in good shape, as is the woodwork with no splits or serious dents. Width of the metal end is just under 11 cm, whilst the wooden shaft is approximately 7.5 cm. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Great War 1908 Pattern Large Pack An undated but wartime example of the 1908 large pack, featuring riveted rear straps. The material is well worn and washed out yet remains strong, there are a couple of period repairs as pictured. There are no helmet straps, this is the pack only. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Great War 1908 Pattern Webbing Set Basic 1908 pattern equipment set as used during the Great War and inter-war years, even seeing some limited use in the early years of WW2. This battle order set is nearly complete, comprising of waist belt in a size medium, a pair of cartridge carriers, cross straps, bayonet frog, water bottle cradle and haversack. The set is missing only the helve carrier and entrenching tool cover to complete. The set is correct as it is for the inter-war years that saw the redundancy and eventual replacement of the entrenching tool. The set has been finished in a light shade of 103 blanco, though it appears to have had other shades and layers underneath. All parts are correct for Great War period manufacture, with no post war modifications. The bayonet frog is the correct wartime economy model retaining the helve strap yet having the brass rivets deleted. The water bottle cradle is the correct wartime front fastening pattern, free from post war conversion to top fastening. Most pieces of the set are undated, save for the haversack which is dated 1918 and made by the Mills Equipment Company. The cross straps are a matching pair of Mills manufacture and are dated 1919. All other pieces are stamped but have become illegible through use. There are several unit markings and numbers to the pieces as befits the mass issue and re-issue of the 1908 pattern equipment. The only easily recognisable unit mark is \'T S OTC\' to the rear of the haversack. The condition is overall very good and clean, all poppers, straps and buckles function correctly. The belt has a degree of ribbing and wear to the male side and a small amount to the female side. The water bottle carrier has had some period service repairs to the lower front of the strap. The right hand ammunition pouch has had the 2 inch strap removed, that was intended to secure to the buckles of the haversack when worn in the battle order configuration. This is not terribly noticeable and would not largely affect display. Overall this is a great set and would display very well on a mannequin. PLEASE SEE ITEMS: 50689 AND 50690 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Great War 4th SA Scottish Regiment Kilt Great War 4th South African Scottish Regiment kilt, featuring two leather side straps to secure. This example bears the War Department marking of the Great War era, with the letter code \'E\' underneath the arrow and the number \'1\' above it. The material is in very good condition, with virtually no wear or moth damage to the the folds. One rounded prong buckle remains to the side, however the other is missing. Some of the buttons for the braces are missing, however these could be supplemented with period replacements. The nap of the heavy weight cloth is fantastic and the colours are bold and not faded. The kilt plaid features a light and dark green base with red cross hatches. There is a woven green tape to the top of the waist band, while the leather side straps are made from the grained leather as used on 1914 pattern leather equipment. The size is approximately a 34 waist, so ideal for display on a mannequin. Great War era kilts are becoming very difficult to source, let along in such good displayable condition.
Great War Aluminium Type Water Bottle An unmarked version of the scarce aluminium water bottle as issued to some infantry units from May 1915 alongside the ribbed copper type. These were issued with a felt cover, therefore the cork was not attached to the body. This example does not have a cork or cover and is offered as the bottle alone. These bottles are sometimes stamped on the neck, however this example bears no maker marks or date stamps. Condition is generally very clean with only minor denting and scratches. These bottles were issued in very limited numbers in favour of the normal blue enamelled type. As a result these bottles are getting increasingly difficult to find.
Great War AOC Brass Button Stick Great War period brass button stick, stamped and numbered to the Army Ordnance Corps. This is a simplified pattern, with no maker markings. A regimental number of \'040302\' is stamped below the \'AOC\'. The AOC became the RAOC as part of the 1922 amalgamations and disbandments. Good clean condition, some minor verdigris that may well clean up.
Great War Army \'Fiddle Back\' Spoon WD Stamped Good example of a Great War spoon, bearing War Department stampings and a 5-digit service number. The manufacture stamp is also present reading \'T. Wilkinson & Sons\' yet the stamp is worn and the location below is not entirely legible. The spoon itself conforms to the 1894 pattern that remained in service until it was replaced by a slightly different shaped version in 1917. The 5 digit service number was also superseded by a 6-digit version in 1917. Therefore this example is wartime. Condition is generally very good and clean, the edge of the spoon bowl has been sharpened as was common to allow it reach into the mess tin corners and also cut food rendered a knife superfluous. This type of large spoon is sometimes seen tucked inside the puttee or in the breast pocket for easy use. Excellent Great War example of personal kit. FREE UK POSTAGE
Great War Blue Enamel Water Bottle Standard issue Great War period blue enamel water bottle, featuring the correct top seam for the period. This example is well used and has some enamel loss to the top and some marks to the underside. There is no cover or cork and so is priced accordingly.
Great War Button Cleaning Stick Standard Great War button cleaning stick. Stamped /17 on the contract stamp above the maker W.H.B. This would indicate a pattern date of 1917. Would benefit from a proper clean to get the surface verdigris off. Great to complete a Great War or early WW2 housewife set.
Great War Chaplain\'s Personal Equipment Grouping Rare unresearched grouping of personal equipment to Reverend G. A. C. Smith. CF (Chaplain to the Forces), dating to the Great War. This consists of his canvas bed roll, cavalry style round mess tins, aluminium covered water bottle and cutlery roll. Around 3,000 chaplains were recruited to serve in the British Army during the Great War, and 179 were killed. A cursory search has revealed a Guy Smith who served as a chaplain to the forces and won the Military Cross, however information is scant and unverified. The bed roll has his name painted in white as was common among officer\'s, the inside is green felt lined and has cotton pockets that tie up to secure the contents. There would be packing straps that would secure the roll together through the leather loops. Sadly the straps or the contents are not present. Luggage labels remain attached and reveal Smith\'s name and address as Hemel Hempstead in Herts. This would be worthy of further research. The mess tins are the round cavalry type tins, each half with an internal handle. The tins have a serge cover secured by a leather strap that feeds through either the cover or loops on the tins. The cover has white ticker tape bearing \'Rev. G A C Smith C.F.\' for identification. The cover itself has suffered some large amounts of moth damage and wear from the strap, the tins however are in excellent condition. Inside the tins is a small plate, drinking cup, and various small tins used for storing shaving soap or any other personal items of wash kit. There is even a folding sprung tea strainer! These items all appear in unused condition with brown paper packaging inside. The water bottle is very much in the same condition, unfortunately large portions of one corner of the cover have been moth damaged as well as underneath where it has worn. The leather strap is generally in good condition, minus a couple of holes as can be seen. However where the felt has been mothed the leather strap retainers have become unstitched, they are thankfully still intact and could be renovated and restitched. This could possibly be achieved by grafting some felt from another bottle cover, however it has been left as is for now. The bottle is again in excellent shape, with it\'s original screw top and cord intact, on the rear top left of the cover, \'G A C S\' can faintly be made out inked into the felt. The cutlery roll has an interesting complement of cutlery, set in a light green canvas roll with tape reinforcements. \'Rev\'d G. A. C. Smith C.F\' has again been inked in large letters to the inside of the roll. The cutlery is quite a mix of collected civilian cutlery, none of it appearing to be military, something that would make sense for a chaplain without military rank. The small spoon is stamped \'CASTLE PACKETS\', a passenger liner company dating to around the 1890s. It is in good used condition. The knife is marked \'BOSWELL HATFIELD & CO LTD ST MARY ST SHEFFIELD\', and bears a patent number to the rear reading \'PATD 14362\' dating to around 1918. The blank oval to the handle has been faintly inscribed \'G A C S\'. There is some surface rust that would benefit from a light oil and clean. The fork bears the makers hallmark of \'GS\' in a shield to the top, with four hallmark symbols below. One of the large spoons has \'G. L. TANGA\' stamped to the reverse while the other is marked \'KILIMANJARO HOTEL\', this one has a lot of age and patina to it. All in all a very intriguing and rare collection of personal equipment dating to the Great War, something that has become very scarce to find in any condition. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM BELOW.
Great War Cotton D Shape Mess Tin Cover Very scarce example of the D shape mess tin cover as used by soldiers before The Great War through to the late 1930s and early into WW2. This example likely dates around the Great War period, featuring a typically small translucent horn button to secure the top flap to the body. The button measures approximately half an inch. Whilst other buttons such as brass and even press studs were used; this simple button construction was most common. The fit of a British made example is typically tighter than most Commonwealth examples and this one is no exception. Whilst it would no doubt do up on the wartime tin pictured for display, no attempts were made to force it for fear of damage. The cotton canvas is a medium weight, around the same thickness of cotton bandoliers of the period. The pieces are hand sewn together, as is apparent given the growing numbers that were ordered throughout the war. The rear loops measure 2 inches in width and just under 4 inches in length. The cover is slightly musty from storage, as is evident from the photos the button has degraded slightly, being made from horn. It is however firmly attached and the damage does not detract. I would be inclined to say that this cover has been in storage for a great part of its life, given that there is very little evidence of actual wear.There is some slight residue on the rear of the tab to the flap, though I am unsure as to what it is. Overall, a very scarce item and far harder to come by than the mess tins themselves. This would complete a mess tin set, or would look great on a webbing set. PLEASE NOTE MESS TIN PICTURED FOR DISPLAY IS NOT INCLUDED. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50633 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
Great War Cotton Ration Bag White cotton ration bag as used during both the Great War and the Second World War. This example is not dated or maker marked but is a good match to other examples and is believed to be WW1 period. Condition is well used but solid, with the adjusting tapes intact. There is one small hole as pictured with some overall grubbiness and rust marks. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Great War CSM Named Military Police Leather Equipment Set This period set has been built using a mixture of officer\'s Sam Browne equipment, 1903 pattern and presumably private purchase. Similar hybrid sets can be seen in Great War photographs, used by senior NCO\'s. The set is named on two parts to \'CSM MOORE\' and \'EM\' on another; the \'M\' presumably standing for \'Moore\'. Despite this nothing more is known about the owner. None of the parts appear to be dated or maker marked at all. The set is very similar to sets used by military police NCOs. The pistol holster and ammunition pouch conform to the standard Sam Browne officer\'s equipment, yet the belt is a standard other ranks 1903 pattern. The cross strap has a clip to secure to the holster, yet a very thin loop to the rear just wide enough for the belt. I am guessing that this is private purchase item, the last component is what may be a hip protector. It consists of a semi-circle of leather, with two loops for the 03 belt to pass through. Whilst this is a more modern concept I can only imagine that this was to prevent heavy equipment rubbing on the hips. Condition is used but generally very sound, indeed the only damage is some surface scuffing to the ammunition pouch. There is some crinkling to both the pouch and the holster. Inside the holster was a bit of 1989 newspaper used to pad it out for display, this gives some idea of how long is has likely been in one collection. At maximum extension, the belt measures approximately 37 inches at very most. Overall a very unusual example of a Senior NCO\'s equipment set up. It is difficult to see exactly how the set was worn, I have displayed it as best I can but it may well have been worn differently. This is something seldom encountered these days.
Great War D Shaped Mess Tin Fine late war example of the D shaped mess tin as used by all British and Commonwealth troops. This example is the later version without external retaining loops as seen on pre-WW1 and early war examples. This pattern of mess tin stayed in use up to the Second World War. The metalwork is in good worn condition, with only some patches of minor surface rust as pictured. The internal handle on the lid functions fine, there is some blackening to the metal as expected with prolonged field use.
Great War Double Buckle Sam Browne Belt Good and reasonably scarce example of the double buckle Sam Browne belt, designed for using two brace straps to form an equipment set for use in the field. This meant adding an extra brass loop to the right hand female side. This example is generally in very good condition with only minor wear and grazing to the leather. The stitching remains strong, while to reinforcing to the inside has some minor wear. The brass work has been given a light polish and the leather a good coat of neutral dubbin. The brasses are generally clean and free from surface degradation, they would clean up to a high polish if required. No date is visible, however I have encountered double buckle belts from 1900 to 1940. These were perhaps most known from Great War use. When fixed in the correct position the waist measures approximately 32-33 inches. Good example
Great War Entrenching Tool and Helve Entrenching tool of the Great War period, comprising of the metal head and the wooden helve. The head is in good shape, the date stamp reads 191?
Great War Era Brass D Shape Kitbag Padlock. Good example of the Great War kitbag clasp in brass. In good working order, no major scratches or marks only light wear. Action is a little stiff though it could likely be oiled into smoother action. FREE UK POST
Great War Era Mounted Serge Breeches A lovely pair of British army serge whipcord breeches, that conform to the pattern used by British & Commonwealth troops during the Great War. Whilst they are undated or issue marked, they match up closely in detail to several different patterns of breeches that emerge throughout the war. They feature twin sets of brace buttons as per OR service dress trousers and white cotton drill lining. Like some other examples the buttons are made of vegetable composite, appearing on the front and rear of braces, along with the fly front and ankle portions. The condition is very good indeed, with no real wear or damage, aside from some wear to the ankles. The lining is exceptionally clean with no marks or stains aside from the usual storage wear. There is a slight rip to the corner of the ankle opening. They are approximately a size 35-36 waist, 25 inside leg and 6.5 at the widest part of the ankle. Whilst there are unmarked they conform closely to the several patterns to emerge from the Great War and are believed to be a Great War pair. The slash pockets are at a very slight angle and feature the same white cotton drill lining. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Great War Era Mounted Spurs Dragoons Marked Nice pair of private purchase spurs for mounted troops, for either officers or other ranks. They are nickel plated with rowels, inset into a groove at the rear of the heel band. The leather is in good shape as well as both buckles, this pair feature a leather piece to each as per the army issue versions. There is some slight cracking to the leather straps, though they are structurally sound. They could benefit from a feeding. They are marked solid \"nickel\" along with the service number \"389693\", this number block corresponding to the Dragoons. Whilst most likely post-war used, these private purchase examples are similar to non-issue examples that have been found in France and Belgium. It is clear that not every man wore an issue pair.
Great War Era Officers Service Dress Jacket Ex- Cuff Rank A Great War era officers tunic that likely dates from 1917 to the early 1920s, having had all insignia including cuff rank removed. The epaulettes extend under the collar, a common feature of tunics post-1917. The condition is poor, with extensive moth damage to various areas, unfortunately it appears to have been stripped of its insignia some time ago. There are also traces of red thread to the upper sleeve, likely indicating the removal of formation patches. There is a full complement of partly mismatched leather football buttons fitted. These buttons are likely not original to the jacket, and have probably been added for display purposes at some point. The lower below pockets have the additional buttons sometimes seen to secure pocket contents from falling out, more of a mark of a field jacket. The material itself is not badly worn, but is has suffered from moth attention. This is particularly evident on the lower skirt portions and pockets. Much of the original stitching to the cuffs has been left on place after removal, including the seams which have been opened up at the bottom from the surgery. These have been tack stitched back in place, probably around the time the buttons were fitted. Size is approximately 38-40 chest, 25 inch shoulder to cuff and 34 inches base of collar to hem. An ideal wartime period tunic as a gap filler or for a display with multiple mannequins. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Great War Era Sam Browne .445 Pistol Ammunition Pouch Case Lovely light tan example of the .455 pistol case for use with the Sam Browne equipment by officers from before The Great War and long after. This particular one has no stampings or dates, yet remains in very good clean condition. Ideal to add to an incomplete Sam Browne set.
Great War Era Sam Browne Equipment Shoulder Strap Unmarked example of the shoulder strap as used on the Sam Browne officer\'s equipment sets from before the Great War until well after. This example is in good condition, all brass work complete and no major wear to the leather. There is some minor discolouration to some areas of the leather, nothing a uniform coating of dubbin or leather feed would not rectify.
Great War French Early M15 Adrian Helmet A well used example of the M1915 French Adrian helmet, as issued to French troops for most of the Great War. This example is complete with the early pattern liner and \'RF\' infantry badge to the front of the shell, yet is missing the chinstrap. Regrettably, most of the horizon blue paint is missing from the outside of the shell; but remains visible inside. There is also a rubber ink stamp reading \'REFLEX PARIS\' inside the shell under the liner. There is some scuffing and marking to the outside of the shell, and what appears to be a small patch of glue to the reverse of the rim. It is likely that this helmet has been stored outside, possibly in a shed. However there are no dents or serious scrapes. The liner is largely in good condition, with some scuffing to the top rim. The tip of the one of the liner tongues having broken away, yet is still present. The corrugated metal band, split pins and string are all present and correct. There is some minor mothing to the blue serge material in the inside of the liner. Size is approximately a displayable 6 7/8.
Great War Highland Light Infantry 1894 Pattern \'Fiddle Back\' Spoon Great example of the 1894 Pattern \'fiddle back\' spoon, as used during the Great War up until 1917 when the pattern was changed for a simplified version. This example is marked for the Highland Light Infantry, and has had a corner cut and sharpened to allow it to reach the corners of the D shape mess tin. This practise was common and often referred to as a racing spoon, kept close by for immediate use as a knife and spoon. Overall condition is good, with hallmarks to the reverse of the handle.
Great War MGC 1908 Pattern Large Pack An interesting Great War large pack and straps, appearing to be dated 1915 and marked to the Machine Gun Corps. This is a very well used but solid example, complete with matching helmet straps. The inside lid appears to have been stamped twice, the most prominent being M E Co, as the other is stamped half off the material. The rear straps to the pack itself appear to have been modified in service to an economy pattern with deleted brass tabs and no reinforcements. The pack itself is very grubby and stained, one of the front straps appears to have been shortened. There is some overall ribbing and the straps have a lot of wear. All in all, an interesting pack with a lot of character and history encapsulated with it. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Great War MGC/ Tank Corps .455 Leather Shoulder Holster Extremely scarce bit of kit, the open top leather shoulder holster as used by crews of the Tank Corps. Made by H. G. R and possibly dated 1915, however the date is too worn to accurately tell. From what I can gather these holsters were used by members of the Tank Corps and the machine Gun Corps. The number \'1820440\' has been stamped underneath the top securing strap, I believe this number block corresponds to the Machine Gun Corps. Condition is fair, there is overall wear to the patina throughout and some loss of the surface leather in some areas as pictured. There is also some hairline cracking to the leather where is has dried out. The brass stud for the top strap has come loose and would need re-stitching back into place. This would not be a hard fix. The leather strap is in fairly good condition as is most of the stitching. There is one tear measuring about 2 inches at the bottom of the holster, this could do with being glued back into place with leather glue. However it does not detract when displayed. A very difficult item of Great War equipment to find. FOR FURTHER IMAGES PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50134
Great War Monmouthshire Regiment Victory Medal & Bar A Great War Victory Medal, complete with a pin back medal ribbon bar. The medal is named to 4149 Pte D. I. E. Carter of the Monmouthshire Regiment. The medal itself is unusually fitted with the War Medal ribbon as opposed to the corresponding Victory ribbon. The medal bar bears both ribbons, it is therefore thought that after the war the other medal was separated along with the Victory ribbon. The ribbon is faded but has obviously been mounted at some point, the medal itself has been left in an un-polished as found condition. No research has been done but the shorter number is indicative of early service. FREE UK POSTAGE
Great War Officers Style Leather Gaiters Fine pair of private purchase equestrian style leather gaiters. The same style of which were worn by British and Commonwealth officers during the Great War and into the Inter-War period. This pair feature smooth brown leather, with a securing loop and strap to the top with a brass blade to secure the bottom. They are British made by \'WSM\' and stamped with a Staffordshire knot. They are stamped a 15, relating to an approximate 15 inch calf. They are ideal for finishing off a mannequin with period gaiters.
Great War Officers Whipcord Breeches Well worn but wartime pair of officers whipcord breeches. They are a dark tan heavy cord material with belt loops, chamois leather reinforcements, two rear pockets and eyelets to the cuffs. The tailors label is present in the rear of the waist as per many items of Great War officers uniform, though it is unfortunately obliterated of any details. The date and make of these breeches can instead be gleaned from the remaining original metal tailors buttons that state they were made by \"Sullivan Williams & Aitchison\" on the larger and \"S.W & A 12a Savile Row W\" on the smaller. By 1930 the name was changed to \"Sullivan Williams & Co\". Is it not known exactly when this change occurred, though S. W & A have appeared in items of officers headwear from 1902-1908. The letter codes for most London tailors were added in 1917, thus dating these breeches to pre-1917. They have seen a lot of use and have several old repairs mainly to the knees. the lining is well worn and slightly torn in places. Several of the buttons have been replaced from the original metal ones from the tailors, though the fly buttons remain unchanged. They are a larger size approximately 34 waist and a 19 inches inside leg. An excellent and scarce wartime pair of breeches, that are becoming more difficult to find.
Great War Other Ranks Long Puttees A scarce matched pair of Great War other ranks puttees, these are the full 9 ft long puttees, with dark cotton tapes to secure. This pair are in very good worn condition, strong stitching and a good nap of cloth. They have been roughly hemmed to the edge with lines of machine stitching, a common feature of other ranks puttees. The tapes are strong and not ripping as is often encountered with well worn puttees. There is some marking from dubbin/ polish to the inside of each and some minor holing and wear as pictured. By and large they are in very good shape, and are far less common than the officer\'s version. Would look excellent on a Great War display.
Great War Period Cavalry Saddle Wallets A pair of cavalry saddle wallets, of the type used by British and Commonwealth mounted troops, from the Boer War and the First World War. There are several variations, this type featuring studs to secure the flaps closed. They are in fine strong condition, with only service wear and no damage or heavy scuffs or damage. They have been packed out for display with cardboard for some time and have kept their shape well. They have had manufacture stampings inside the yoke, yet they have been obliterated with a series of \'X\' stamps. This was likely done after the war, when military issue kit was dissolved after being decommissioned. Surplus equine items such as this, would have proved of use among civilian riders after. the war. Fine and displayable example of cavalry equipment.
Great War Period Hand Stamped Trench Art Cigarette Box Interesting example of a small cigarette box, dating from the Great War period. that has been hand decorated with the words \'CALAIS\' on one side and \'WORLD WAR\' on the other. These words appear on several types of Great War period trench art, possibly of French manufacture. The hinge top moved and closes free and easily, there is wear to the surface of the metal likely where it has been polished, however it remains in good clean shape. No attempt has been made to polish this item, yet it would likely benefit from a light clean and polish if desired. Measures approximately 2.5 x 3 Inches.
Great War Period Officers Leather Gaiters Fine pair of private purchase equestrian style leather gaiters. The same style of which were worn by British and Commonwealth officers during the Great War and into the Inter-War period. This pair feature dark brown leather, securing via a full length lace and brass loop arrangement. One lace appears to have snapped, but could easily be replaced. They are in well used condition, with some wear and stitch loss to the top trim as pictured. When measured around the outside at the widest part they measure approximately 15 inches, therefore around a 14.5 inch calf I would imagine. This is however an estimate only, they are sold as collectables. They are ideal for finishing off a mannequin with period gaiters.
Great War Period Sam Browne Equipment Set Excellent matched set of Sam Browne equipment, this is only a part set including belt, cross strap and short .455 holster for the Webley Mk V. Condition is great, with only light wear, the colour is matching and it has clearly been used together. There are no visible dates on any of the pieces. The belt measures approximately 44.5 inches total length. When worn on the middle fastener it would fit about a 34 waist. Please note that the tunic, shirt and tie are not included with this item.
Great War Period Signaller Copper Trench Art Ash Tray A very interesting Great War period copper trench art ashtray, made with a pressing of a crossed flags signaller\'s trade badge to the centre. This has been done by taking the badge and using it to form an impression from the rear of the badge itself. This effect has been done very well and has left a clear raised replica of the badge in the centre. The tray has curved edges and a flat base, measuring approximately just over 4.5 inches in diameter. The ash tray has been lightly cleaned but would benefit from a decent clean up. A more unusual example of trench art, being that of a trade badge.
Great War Raw Edge Helmet Shell Great War rimless steel helmet shell, dating from around 1916. This shell is a correct wartime example of the raw edge shell that preceded the B pattern helmet with a folded rim to the edge in 1917. The metalwork has no paint left, yet an overall texture resulting from a wartime texturised repaint. There is a manufacturer\'s stamp to the rear but remains largely illegible. The chinstrap mounts have been drilled out, possibly for use as a flower pot as befell many helmets of all nationalities after the war.
Great War Sam Browne .455 Pistol Holster Case Shorter version of the Sam Browne Webley pistol case, as used by officers during the Great War. This example of holster is designed to be worn on the right side only, with a fairlead and billet hook attached to the rear. This was in order to keep the holster level. Particularly when mounted, the billhook fastens to the hole in the belt and steadies the case. The leather is in good solid condition with only minor marks and scuffing to the body. There is some cracking and wear to the top closure strap from use. There are no dates or stamps visible.
Great War Style 1894 Pattern \'Fiddle Back\' Spoon Good example of a Great War spoon, marked \'EMPIRE SILVER\'. The spoon itself conforms to the 1894 pattern that remained in service until it was replaced by a slightly different shaped version in 1917. This example could well be of later manufacture but conforms to this pattern. Condition is generally very good and clean, the edge of the spoon bowl has been sharpened as was common to allow it reach into the mess tin corners and also cut food rendered a knife superfluous. This type of large spoon is sometimes seen tucked inside the puttee or in the breast pocket for easy use. Excellent Great War era example of personal kit. FREE UK POSTAGE
Great War Unit Marked Cavalry Saddle Wallets A beautiful pair of cavalry saddle wallets, of the type used by British and Commonwealth mounted troops, from the Boer War and the First World War. There are several variations, this type featuring a pair of studs to either side to secure the flaps closed. They are in fine strong condition, with only surface wear and no damage or heavy scuffs, having kept their shape well. The corners of each flap have lost some stitching but could easily be fixed if required. There are some areas of dry leather that have flaked the surface leather, these are concentrated mainly around the yoke and rear of the flaps. They have had manufacture stampings to the top yoke, though the circular maker stamp is well worn. The yoke also features unit markings reading \'GYC\' and \'COG\', the significance of these is not known. Overall a fine and displayable example of cavalry equipment. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Great War/ Inter-War Era Flying Gloves A very characterful pair of flying gloves from the Edwardian or inter-war era. They feature a thick canvas outer, tightened by a canvas tie and D ring arrangement. The palms are covered in a soft grained leather and the insides are lined with dark sheepskin. They are well worn, with period patched areas to both gloves and some wear to the leather palms. Despite this, the sheepskin appears to be in good shape. An unusual pair of gloves that would compliment an early flying collection. REDUCED FROM: £85
Grenadier Guards Service Dress Peaked Cap A fine upstanding example of the peaked service dress cap, with a Grenadier Guards cap badge to the front. This cap, although unmarked, features a larger peak that is more typical of 1940s and 1950s caps. Therefore it is likely that it falls somewhere in this time period. There is some minor wear to the top of the cap, however the serge is in rather good condition generally. There is one small moth nip to the peak, though it does not detract. The chin strap is solid and not cracked, and the oil skin lining is easily pliable. There is some verdigris to the cap badge. There are no stampings or marks visible to the inside. The size is approximately 6 7/8.
GRVI Gilt Aiglette Fitting Excellent gilt brass aigrette fitting, bearing the King George V1 cypher to the front. The gilt wash is in good condition, with no scratches or excessive wear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Gulf/ Iraqi War M80 Helmet Desert Painted Iraqi M80 helmet as used by the Iraqi Army from 1980s and the Gulf War, through to the Iraq War. This example has been overpainted in a now well worn desert khaki for field use as opposed to the Green factory finish. The liner is also in well worn condition and there is some damage to the leather sweatband as pictured. The wearers name has been handwritten into the webbing, though is very faded. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Herefordshire Regiment Bi-metal Cap badge Fair example of the Hereforshire Regiment cap badge in bi-metal. This example has a slider to the rear and is maker marked J.R Gaunt. Good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Highgate School OTC Brass Shoulder Title A single, relatively scarce brass shoulder title to the Highgate School Officer Training Corps. In good clean condition and complete with its correct four-hole backing plate and two brass securing pins. Please note this is a single title and not a pair. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Highland Light Infantry Long Scroll Cap Badge Early Highland Light Infantry cap badge featuring the longer scroll. (circa 1898-1921) Good condition, lugs slightly misshapen to the rear.
HMS Antrim Plaque Invicta Plastics Wall Plaque Wall plaque made by Invicta Plastics, bearing the profile of HMS Antrim and adorned with the cap tally. Good condition with only minor surface scratching. Size: 6 x12 Inches
HMS Jupitor Plaque Invicta Plastics Wall Plaque Wall plaque made by Invicta Plastics, bearing the profile of HMS Jupitor and adorned with the cap tally. Good condition with only minor surface scratching. Size: 6 x12 Inches
Hospital Blues Issue Red Convalescent Tie Original red hospital blues tie for wear with the blue three-piece wool uniform for convalescing servicemen. Condition is very good, possibly unissued.
Hunsicker & Alexis Officers Binoculars A fine pair of Great War binoculars, made by the French company Hunsicker & Alexis. The company built binoculars for the French army, and many ended up in use by the British Army. The were renowned for their effectiveness and being perfectly collimated, as the lenses were cemented inside. The lenses and eyepieces seem in fine fettle and not damaged or chipped as pictured. The back of the body s stamped with \'M G\' and the serial \'S. 1. 77182\'. It would appear one small screw is missing or has sheared, as can be seen below the \'M G\'. The manufacturers details are stamped on the opposite side. On the front of the body two pairs of War Department inverted arrows can be seen, indicating decommissioning. There is some paint loss to the body of the binoculars revealing the brass beneath, there is some minor loss of leather to the handgrips as well. The leather neck strap is intact but is well used with some surface cracking. This pair come in their original case, with spring strap closure, unfortunately the shoulder strap is missing. The case is in good shape and bears the War Department issue arrow to the front; indicating British use. The black cushioned lining is intact and clearly bears the French manufacturing details. Overall, a good pair of Great War binoculars as used by both British and French troops.
Indian Made RAF OA Side Cap A scarce Indian made Other Airman\'s side cap, complete with brass RAF cap badge. As is usual with these caps, there is no date or visible stampings. This example is made of a thicker serge wool than British made counterparts, and does not feature a sweatband or eyelets. There is some grubbiness to the lining from sweat and hair cream, as is often found in these caps. The serge itself is in good clean condition, with no moth damage. Estimated size is 6 7/8.
Inert 1941 No 221 25 Pound Shell Fuse Cut Away A lovely complete inert No. 221 25 pounder shell fuse head dated 1941, that has been cut away and can be dismantled. The central ring is stamped \'No 221 I ACC /41\', along with the fuse timing increments on the lower ring. Good solid condition, but could do with a clean up. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Infantry AOS Stripes Pair Matched pair of infantry Arm of Service stripes, as removed from a uniform. They are in good, as worn condition; with thread still attached. It is becoming more difficult to obtain original pairs by themselves.
Inter-War Army OR Service Dress Stiff Peaked Cap 1930s example of the other ranks army service dress peaked cap, sometimes referred to informally as the \"1922 pattern\" cap. This pattern of cap was essentially an updated version of the 1905 pattern stiff used during the Great War. The main difference being the size of the peak which became larger and more bill-like. This cap most likely dates to the 1930s, with a tan leather sweatband and light khaki cotton lining. There are no marks or stamps to be found inside the cap, and no cap badge present, though a hole where a slider-type badge has been fitted. The condition is well used, and the cap has suffered from moth damage to the top and sides of the band as pictured. The lining has some marks and soiling from use. The leather chin strap and buttons are intact, though there is some slight surface cracking to the leather. Overall, the damage is not too noticeable and this still remains a nice example and perfect for an inter-war or early WW2 collection. The cap is approximately a size 7.
Inter-War Cotton .303 Bandolier Australian Made Example of the cotton bandoliers issued to British and Commonwealth troops during the First and Second World Wars. Intended to hold 50 .303 rounds in ten charger clips. This example dates to the inter-war period, and is marked MF below each stamp. This indicates it has been reloaded in the No1 Small Arms Ammunition Factory in Melbourne, and seems consistent with inter-war Australian made bandoliers. This example is made in a linen-type cotton, as opposed to cotton drill British made examples.There are no visible manufacture marks. The material and stitching are strong throughout, it has been stamped and issued many times throughout it\'s life it would appear. The dates are unfortunately obscured by the X marks placed over each stamp before reissue, though they look like 35 and 37. There is some fading to the material in places from it\'s apparently rather exhaustive service life.
Inter-War OTC Serge Breeches An interesting pair of khaki serge service dress breeches in the Great War style, believed to be used in the inter war period by Officer Training Corps cadets. There are many variants of these type of breeches, this pair feature six metal eyelets to each with a lace to secure the ankles. There are no reinforcing patches to the inner thighs and simple twin angled pockets to each front thigh. There is a mix of two piece brown painted metal buttons on the braces and top button of the fly, with plastic tailors buttons on the fly. These all appear to be originally stitched in place, with the exception of one brace button that has been replaced with a plastic one. These breeches would have been made by a local tailors for an OTC cadet around the 1920s or 30s most likely. There is some minor stitching remaining to the rear left of the waistband, possibly indicating the removal of a label. Despite this these are not thought to be an issue item, though the stitching could have been a tailors or a temporary alterations tag. The name \'T. Vivian\' has been neatly inked into the lining, further suggesting OTC use. Approximately a 30 inch waist, 21.5 inside leg and 6 inches wide across the calfs. Condition is very good overall, with some minor moth holes to the crotch and few very small pin holes to the lower legs. These breeches appear somewhat harder to find than their tunic counterpart. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Iraq War M80 Fibre Helmet & NATO Bandage South Korean M76 helmet exported to the Iraq army and used in the Gulf War. The helmet comes with a NATO issue bandage in its original packet. This example has not been sand painted like many other examples, remaining in its green OD paint as supplied, there is wear to the paint mainly on the top of the dome. The helmet has been well used and is missing it\'s leather sweatband. I also has one prong broken from the chinstrap fitting and some ribbing to the webbing on the strap itself. The bandage is in excellent condition, complete with its original issue packet and depictions for dressings on the material.
Issue Kit Bag Clasp example of the metal clasp used to secure the issue kit bag.
Jet Age G Type Inner Flying Helmet Blue cotton G type inner flying helmet as used with the outer helmets by air crew in the jet age. Great example in very good clean condition and a large displayable size 3. It is dated on the label 1967 along with the 22C number. All poppers and snaps work perfectly.
KG3 Blanco Powder Puck (1) An original puck of KG3 blanco, in its original wrapper. There is some chipping to the block, but it is largely in good shape. A wartime powder puck of blanco as opposed to post-war oil based. One of two available. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
KG3 Blanco Powder Puck (2) An original puck of KG3 blanco, in its original wrapper. There is some chipping to the block, but it is largely in good shape. A wartime powder puck of blanco as opposed to post-war oil based. One of two available. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
KIA 332 Sqn RNAF \'Little Norway\' Book 1943 A very wonderful and unique example of the scarce book 'Little Norway'; published in 1943 about the Royal Norwegian Air Force training in Canada. The book is inscribed as a memorial to Sqn Ldr Major Kaare Bolstad of 332 Spitfire Sqn, part of 132 Wing operating out of RAF North Weald, with several smaller annotations in the inside cover. Major Bolstad was appointed command of the squadron on 28th February. He was killed over Holland on 3rd April 1945, while supporting the liberation. Bolstad has been labelled on many of the pages by the unknown annotator in ink; and is easily identifiable in them. He is mentioned on page 74 of 'Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45' by Andrew Thomas. The book itself is in excellent condition with all pages intact and only some minor ink spots from the annotations that had not quite dried at the time. It would appear that a photograph has been removed from the inside page, possibly of Bolstad. It is even complete with the original band with a quote by Roosevelt that would have gone round the length of the book. A very unique and poignant item, would suit any aviation collection extremely well. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50057 & ITEM: 50058 FOR FURTHER IMAGES
Kings Own Malta Regiment Cap Badge Lovely example of the King\'s Own Malta Regiment Cap Badge. This is the other ranks version with lugs to the rear. Condition is very good with no wear to the detailing, there has been no attempt to polish or clean it in any way. Please note, the rear looks to have rust in the images, this is misleading as it is merely patina of the metal.
KOSB POW Hand Carved Wall Plaque Unusual handmade wooden plaque, in the form of a King\'s Own Scottish Borderers cap badge and scroll named to a Sergeant Jackson. The hand carved words appear more Germanic in style, therefore it is likely to be a German POW made piece. It has been made from scrap wood, likely from packing crates and stamped details are visible to the rear. There is glue residue where it has clearly been mounted into something else, possibly a more sturdy back to mount it to the wall Unfortunately there is a certain amount of wear and tear, there is sone loss of detail and small pieces missing from the cap badge. The paint is grubby and chipped in places. The man\'s initials and service number are obscured and could possibly be revealed by stripping the paint back. However this has been left untouched and subsequently unresearched. This form of handmade items, seems similar to those items made for troops in Germany in 1945 using scrap materials. These items would often be made by German prisoners for Allied troops, hand carved items ranging from cigarette boxes to suitcases. The plaque measures approximately 8 x 9 inches.
Lancashire Fusiliers OR\'s Bi-metal Cap Badge Good clean example of the Lancashire Fusiliers bi-metal cap badge, as worn by other ranks. Slider type, minor verdigris to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Large 1940 Pattern Battle Dress Trousers Size 16 An excellent pair of 1940 pattern battle dress trousers in a large size 16. They are ink stamped with a \'P\' above the War Department mark, indicating 1941 manufacture. The 1940 pattern battle dress replaced the serge pattern in the middle of 1940. For the trousers, this largely only meant replacing the field dressing pocket with a twin pleated version. This pattern was later replaced by 1940 austerity pattern in 1942, that simplified many of the features seen on this pair. These trousers have had the buttons replaced with plastic versions, this was not uncommon and was often done by officers. The owner has kept the original field dressing shank button however. The material has a great nap to it and is not worn down to the weave like many other pairs. There are still threads visible from the removal of the issue label to the outside. They have however been well worn and have their minor faults. There are two small darned repairs to the inside of each cuff, from the wearing of gaiters, and one small moth nip beside one. There are also a few small marks of brown boot polish to the ankles, thus reinforcing that these were used by an officer. One of the front brace buttons has pulled at some point, slightly ripping the lining and to a minor extent the serge. The approximate size is 34 inches to the waist and 34 inches to the leg. Overall a fine example of an earlier pattern of battle dress trousers, in an hard to find tall size. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50653 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
Large RAF OA Service Dress Jacket Great larger sized example of the RAF Ordinary Airman\'s four pocket service dress jacket as issued to non-officer rank, complete with its belt. This example is not dated and is unfortunately missing its label, there are no legible stamps to indicate a date. The indicators are all there for this to be a wartime jacket however, and it does not feature lighter stitching as some post-war examples do. The shoulders are also fitted with the wartime pattern embroidered albatross badges, another suggestion that it is a wartime tunic. The condition is very good, with only some minor overall wear and some moth damage to the cuff. There is also a small nip to the left breast near the seam. I believe this could be repaired or patched without too much trouble. Size is approximately a 40 inch chest and 38 waist, armpit to armpit measures approximately 20.5 inches, 19 inches across the shoulders, 19 inches across the waist, base of collar to hem 28.5, 24.5 shoulder seam to cuff. The belt itself measures 19 inches when correctly fastened on the middle hole. Good large sized example, complete with its belt.
Large RAF OA Service Dress Trousers Larger sized pair of late war RAF other airman\'s service dress trousers, these have black plastic buttons and a blue lining. This pair are believed to be wartime, though late-war as the RAF began issuing service dress trousers with black plastic buttons as early as 1943. The lack of a label on the inside suggests these were issued with the label to the outside, a feature of wartime produced trousers. This would explain the absence of a label, and would indicate late war production. The condition is fair, with the cloth being wooly and having a great nap to it. Unfortunately there is some moth damage to the crotch, with could possibly be patched. They measure approximately 35 inches to the waist and 27 inches to the leg.
Large RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt RAF Ordinary Airman\'s serge tunic belt, as worn in with the service dress jacket. They were often used as trouser belts by airmen and aircrew alike. There is some minor moth damage as pictured but otherwise it is in good condition. When fastened correctly on the middle hole the waist is approximately 36, making it a larger than normal size. These sizes have become increasingly harder to find.
Late War German Army Gas Cape Bag A good field used example of the German gas cape bag, complete with a field-replaced rear strap loop. This is a well used example with some marking throughout and surface rusting to the poppers, which are marked \'PRYM\'. The green paint remains intact on the face of the poppers. This is believed to be a late war example.
Late War RAF Irvin Flying Jacket Multi Panel Size 4 A well used late- war multi panel Irvin flying jacket, named and complete with its label in a size 4. This particular irvin is rather unusual in that it is made from irvin trousers, as well as being multiple panel construction. This was done towards the end of the war, when production shortages, called for surplus irvin trousers to be re-made into jackets. These jackets are not encountered too often, and are always slightly shaggy and full of character. This jacket has had a rough life, with a replaced main zip, and only one working \'AM\' cuff zip. The main zip has an \'Aero\' brand puller but on closer inspection is in fact a YKK zip with a replaced puller. The male portion of the waist belt has been replaced with a civilian belt, yet strangely works rather well and has certainly been there for a long time. There are two holes in the leather, one to the waist and one to the shoulder. Judging by the lack of patching, it can be guessed that these were more recently done. The leather itself is in rather solid shape apart from the two holes, it appears well fed over the years and wouldn\'t take much to restore. The sheepskin fur is also a multiple panel construction, the collar being short pile fur while the lining is of varying long shaggy pile fur. This gives it rather unique look, particularly coupled with the stitch marks where the trousers have been taken to pieces and re-worked. The sheepskin is in great condition, and there is very little loss or wear to it. The label is named to what looks like \'1068879 Webber RAF\', though further research might be able to pin down an exact match. Size 4 roughly equates to 5ft 8-9 36-38 and 32-34 waist. So without a wool blouse underneath, approximately 38-39 chest. Overall this is not the best example of an irvin and has several faults, however it is full of character and is one of the far less common \'trouser jackets\'. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50671 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM. Due to consistently underestimating postage, it will be higher but will be refunded if not correct.
Late War Serge General Service Beret A serge General Service Beret, which became the standard later war headgear for many British army regiments and corps. This is the serge type, entering issue in 1944-45, following the thinner barathea type from 1943-44. This example is a size 6 5/8, though it has been altered to make it slightly larger. The beret now approximates a 6 7/8 size, after this alteration. This modification has been done using period shirt army material, though is likely a post-war costumiers alteration. The original ink stamp is now illegible, though it likely dates to 1945. Condition wise, there is a good nap of cloth and the lining is in very good clean shape. There are some subtle minor holes where a badge has been fixed yet it is not noticeable.
Late WW1 British Mk1 Steel Brodie Helmet A lovely example of the steel helmet used by British & Commonwealth troops during the Great War. This is a rimmed MK1 example that superseded the raw edge War Office pattern from 1917-1918. This particular helmet still bears its wartime texturised paint and internal red brodie stamp inside the liner. The rubber ring \'doughnut\' is present making this a slightly later example. The chinstrap looks to be an original replacement, nonetheless fitting in very nicely. The liner is in good overall condition, with some age related wear and marks as expected from a used example. There is some small amount of moth damage and holing to the wool padding in the crown. The shell is maker marked HV for W. Hutton & Sons with Vickers being the steel manufacturer. The paint has worn off around the stamp, although the steel batch number is not legible. The overall appearance is very good and would be a lovely addition to a Great War collection. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Lewis Gun Training Simulator Gun Rattle RAF Used An exceptionally rare training rattle, intended for use as a simulator for training personnel on the Lewis machine gun in the post-WW1 era. These originally featured a circular mount to allow the rattle to be fitted to the barrel jacket of the gun, and subsequently operated to simulate firing. The circular mount is regrettably missing from this example, however it is clear to see where it has been removed. The original sealed pattern configuration can be seen in the last image, suggesting that the ring was mounted on a plate secured on the right side. The original paint is visible in places and appears to have been a khaki green, however it has been re-painted in RAF blue/grey suggesting RAF in the inter-war or early-WW2 period. This is likely given the RAF use of Lewis machine guns for aerial defence. There is some loss of paint, however it functions correctly and has a loud pronounced click when operated. Overall a very scarce bit of kit, and indeed the only personally known example. Despite being incomplete it would compliment a Lewis gun collection very well. It is priced accordingly. Image credit: ( Easterly, W.M., (1998). The Belgian Rattlesnake-The Lewis Automatic Machine Gun. Collector Grade Publications Incorporated, Ontario, Canada.)
London District Embroidered Patches Pair of London District woven patches, not quite a matched pair as one appears slightly larger than the other. They appear to have been worn together as they have clearly been removed from uniform. Free UK Postage Free Postage Some residue on the rear of the patches and some loose threads otherwise they are sound.
London Scottish Sporran Badge Good clean example of the badge used by the London Scottish on the sporran. The badge features the lion and motto \'Strike Sure\'. FREE UK POSTAGE
Loyal Suffolk Hussars Yeomanry Cap Badge Metal cap badge for the Loyal Suffolk Hussars, this is the bi-metal Other Ranks version with a slider to the rear. Condition is very good, with only age related wear to the front of the badge. There is minimal verdigris overall, only surface wear. Quite a scarce badge with a lovely used patina. Free UK Postage
M1912 US Army Webbing Pistol Belt 1918 Dated Well used example of the pistol belt used by the US army during the Great War. Clearly dated November 1918 with the maker Russell stamped alongside it. There is a fair amount of wear as to be expected with an item of field gear nearly 100 years old, along with some faint stamps and markings. The clip to fix the slide has also broken off at some point.
M7 US Shoulder Holster No Strap Leather open top shoulder holster as used by the US airborne and USAAF, this example has had the shoulder strap removed though for what purpose it is not clear. The holster features the US stamp to the face, with a lift the dot fastening closure to the top. and a D loop to the side. The lower press stud and loop appears to have broken or been removed. This holster is far from perfect and is priced accordingly.
Matched Pair of Army Sergeant Stripes Lovely matched pair of army Sgt stripes, clearly removed from uniform.
Matching 1942 Pair of Anti- Gas Arm Brassards A rare matching set of anti-gas arm brassards as issued and having always been folded together, maker marked J L & S for John Line & Sons Ltd and dated April 1942. They remain folded where they have been together in a respirator haversack since their issue. The material is in fine flexible shape with little to no real wear for the most part. One has had some damage to the centre fold as pictured, while the other has nothing more than surface wear. The stitching and cotton tapes to both are bright and in good unused condition. A scarce opportunity to obtain a matching pair as issued. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Matching Pair of Army Sergeant Stripes Excellent matched an possibly unissued pair of army sergeant stripes, they have great colour and no damage to the cloth. There is only slight fraying to the edges that could easily be trimmed. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Matching Pair of Grenadier Guards Cloth Shoulder Titles Lovely matching pair of cloth embroidered Grenadier Guards shoulder titles. They are in good used condition, and have been removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Matching Pair of Royal West Kent Brass Shoulder Titles Matching pair of Royal West Kent Regiment brass shoulder titles, as used in both World Wars. I would estimate this pair to be Inter-War/ WW2. Condition is very good, only light surface wear. The lugs to the rear are intact.
Mid War RAF Irvin Flying Jacket A fantastic example of the mid-war Irvin flying jacket as used by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew throughout the war. This example is possibly the nicest example I have personally encountered, with no damage and virtually no signs of wear. The condition is virtually as issued, which is a rarity with jackets such as this which if they survived the war were worn to destruction among motorcyclists after the war. The sheepskin fur is thick and shaggy pile with a beautiful honey colour. The leather is in fine supple condition and has clearly been taken care of over the years. All leather sections are in excellent condition. The zips are all well functioning \'Dot\' brand and are original to the jacket, with the cuff zips being Air Ministry marked. Sadly there is no label and no elastic collar strap, which for a little used jacket is curious. The size is estimate to be a 3 or 4 suitable for around a 38 chest mannequin. A very pleasing mid war example of the classic Irvin jacket, as it would have been issued. Very difficult to improve upon! FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Military Police White Sleeve Cuffs Pair of white sleeves as used by military police, with elasticated cuffs. They are a good matched pair and are only a little grubby, no rips or tears.
Mint German Gas Cape Bag Mint example of the German gas cape pouch, in a dark grey colour. This pouch has securing loops to the rear, and twin \'PRYM\' poppers to secure the closure. One has been worn to a certain extent.
Mint Padded RAF Navigator Aircrew Brevet A wartime padded RAF Navigator aircrew brevet, in unworn condition with an excellent reddish tinge to the wreath. Mint condition with no damage, a truly exemplary example. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Mint RAF Officer\'s Peaked Cap Badge Beautiful example of the cap badge as worn on officer\'s peaked caps by the Royal Air Force. This example is particularly appealing given that is has its original manufacturers sticker to the rear. The sticker reads.. \'Wm BRIGGS & Co Ltd 34 CANNON STREET MANCHESTER EMBROIDERERS 1\' I would guess that the 1 indicates a particular style choice or run. It is in exceptionally good condition throughout, for this reason coupled with the lack of any stitch marks I would imagine this badge to be unused.
Mint Unissued 1941 Battle Dress Blouse Size 13 An exceptional mint unissued early battle dress blouse, in a large size 13. This blouse is absolutely mint with no marks or moth damage at all, this is a rare opportunity to obtain such an item. The nap of cloth is thick and not worn down in the slightest, all buttons remain factory stitched and the label is bright and clean. There is even black paint on the collar hooks. There is a small brown mark to the sleeve, which on detailed inspection is not a mark but a discolouration of the wool. The lining is clean and interestingly appears to have been made with different coloured khaki cotton drill. The label reads the maker as \'L. HARRIS LTD\' and the ink stamped date of May 1941. An untouched battle dress blouse, in a good large displayable size. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES ON ITEM: 50421 REDUCED FROM: £295
Named 1938 Mess Dress Trousers Manchester Regiment A pair of mess dress trousers, dated 1938 and named to Captain J. H. Orgill of the Manchester Regiment. It would appear that Orgill was a long serving soldier, first mention as a Lt in Jan 1930 with regards to an appointment at The Royal Military College. By 1936 he was a captain and by May 1945 he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, having been a temporary Lt Col since Nov 1940. Condition is generally very good with some minor moth damage as pictured. These come in the form of one small nip to the front leg crease and a small cluster around the crotch as pictured. One plastic button for the braces is broken. Despite this the nap of other is good and not faded. The stirrup straps are also in fine fettle, with only some minor cracking as is quite common. It is not currently known exactly where Orgill served during the war, and worthy of more thorough research. Size is approximately 33/34 waist and 34.5 leg.
Named 1939 MkII Steel Helmet 1939 dated MKII steel helmet, liner and chinstrap. The helmet is named internally to \'G. W. Read 6 .Altyre Way Beckenham\', and is believed to belong to a member of the Home Guard in Bromley. The shell features about 70% of its original paint, though there are a lot of scratches and old rust marks. The shell is made by F & L and dated January 1939, the liner is made by J. C. S & Co and also dated 1939. The stampings to the shell and liner are both faint, and there is old chalk residue from someone trying to reveal the date in the liner. The screw is a more unusual type and has likely been replaced at some point with a civilian screw. This reinforces the possibility of this being a Home Guard helmet. The liner itself is in well used but good condition, three of the eight fibre bump pads are missing, but this does not effect a helmet in any way and is quite common. The rexene liner tongues are lightly cracked as they nearly always are, while the circular pad is in good shape still bearing the owners details. The chin strap is unfortunately become very frayed, there is a piece of string tied to the chinstrap bale but is is not clear why. A boot lace has been used to replace the shoes string to the liner. Overall a well used but interesting named example, likely a Home Guard member, and is worthy of further research. SEE ITEM: 50663 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
Named 1941 Royal Artillery Officer\'s Greatcoat Excellent example of the officer\'s heavy wool great coat, this example being named and badged to a 2nd Lieutenant Barister and dated 1941. The sleeves bear arm of service stripes and buttons for the Royal Artillery, whilst the epaulettes are badged to a full Lieutenant. Interestingly there are holes for Captain rank so it is likely they have been changed since. The coat features two outer integral pockets, a button closed skirt, as well as an internal chest pocket; where the tailors label can be found. The material is generally very clean with only minor wear to the collar and no moth damage to be seen. Approximate size: Pit to pit: 22 Waist: 19.5 Sleeve: 27 Base of collar to hem: 56 This coat would fit around 6ft 2/3 with a 38/9 chest.
Named 1941 USMC Wool Tunic A United States Marine Corps wool tunic, bearing ink stamps dating it to 1940-1941 manufacture and named to an \'E. F. RHOADS\'. Condition is well used with overall wear to the material and some moth nips to the edge of the sleeve and the corner of one of the lower pockets. There are some white marks to the rear on one arm as pictured. The button holes have frayed slightly. There is some tearing to the sleeve lining, this could be carefully repaired if desired. The jacket bears the USMC globe and anchor collar badges, along with USMC buttons. Unfortunately one large button is missing. The belt is not present and it would appear that patches have been removed, indicated by some loose red thread to the sleeves. Approximate sizes are: Pit to pit: 18.5 inches across Base of collar to hem: 29.5 inches Waist laid flat: just over 17.5 inches Shoulder seam to cuff: 24 inches Across the shoulders: just over 16.5 inches A well used example but wartime dated and named, well worthy of further research.
Named Attributed 1939 20th Armoured Brigade Coldstream Guards Battle Dress Blouse A wonderful early battle dress blouse worn by Major George David Chetwode (army number 63562); who served with the Coldstream Guards during WW2. Major Chetwode was the son of Admiral Sir George Knightly Chetwode, who was the Naval Secretary from 1929-1932. His uncle was Field Marshall Sir Phillip Chetwode 7th Baronet of Oakley, GCB, OM, GCSI, KCMG, DSO; who was finally Commander in Chief India in 1930. Major Chetwode was initially educated at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth and served as a midshipman in the Navy. He later went to Sandhurst and joined the Coldstream Guards as a 2nd Lieutenant on 3th August 1935. He was Aide-de-Camp to the Governor of Bombay in 19th September 1937, and gazetted as Lieutenant on 30th August 1937. During the Second World War he remained in the Coldstream Guards. Major Chetwode appears on the Order of Battle of the 4th Battalion in October 1940, where he is listed as a Captain acting as adjutant to headquarters company on its formation. It is not known if Major Chetwode served in France in 1940. Major Chetwode served in North Africa and Italy, where he was badly wounded. He was listed as 5th Battalion Coldstream Guards in January 1943 in Support Company. On 30 April 1943, the 20th Armoured Brigade was disbanded. He received the MBE on 1th December 1944 and was promoted to temporary Major in the Supplement to the London Gazette 21st December. Major Chetwode MBE was gazetted as retiring from the army on 7 May 1948. The blouse itself is dated 1939 made by \'The Dunlop Rubber Co Ltd\', with the War Department ink stamp \'R\' for 1939. It has had the collar tailored open and a partial collar lining added to the rear. Both inside pockets have been left and only a few of the buttons have been changed, the remainder being the early two-piece brass type. The blouse bears the evidence of Chetwode\'s service in the form of woven Coldstream Guards shoulder titles, above 20th Armoured Brigade flashes of the white armoured fist on a black square. His medals consist of the MBE, 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star and Italy Star. It is clear to see that the major crowns have replaced his Captains pips, the holes remaining. It is likely that this blouse could be his initial issue jacket, and most definitely his wartime one. The label has his name written by hand at the bottom \'G. D. CHETWODE\', the opposite blouse inside pocket has \'MAJOR CHETWODE\' underlined and below that \'C G\' with what appears to be \'R.B DES (C G)\' below that. The condition of the jacket is very good throughout, the nap of cloth is strong. There are only a few very minor moth nips which do not detract, including one to the right hand brigade flash and the left shoulder title. There are no stains and the lining is clean.There is a slight tear to the top of the 39-45 ribbon which could easily be repaired. Overall a fascinating and rare attributed early wartime jacket, with bags of history that would be worthy of any collection. PLEASE SEE OTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM BELOW.
Named Attributed VR 104/ 214 Sqn Wellington Navigator\'s Uniform Excellent Flight Lieutenant\'s Service Dress uniform, that of Flt Lt Wilburn 104/ 214 Sqn; acquired from the family. From photocopies of his log book it is clear that he flew in Wellington\'s, Mosquito\'s and Liberators, as well as several other aircraft. Wilburn flew operationally in North Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Notable operations include being the only aircraft to find the target whilst attacking the Messerschmitt factory at Steyr in February 1944. Another interesting operation resulted in a forced landing whilst bombing Ploudiv in March 1944, as well as bombing in support of General Tito at Nisic in April 1944. On a bombing trip to Budapest, he had annotated \'Holed badly on Stbd. Aft. Mainplane\' in April 1944, while on a gardnening op to Belgrade he has marked \' Thought I had Bought it on \'This Trip\' \'; though it is not explained why. The uniform itself is in excellent used condition, with only some minor grubbiness and tearing to the lining. However overall it is only requiring a light clean. The uniform is Canadian made, complete with hallmark features such as belt loops and Canadian buttons to the fly. He evidently had the uniform made when training as part of the Empire Air Training Plan. Complete with brass Volunteer Reserve titles to the collar, the breat bears ribbons to include the 1939-45 Star, Italian Star, Defence Medal and War Medal. The Navigator\'s brevet in a good padded example. Some buttons to the fly have been replaced, some are civilian buttons, whilst others are a mix of metal British and Canadian battle dress buttons. The waist closure features an internal hook and eye arrangement to keep it secure. It would appear that the waist on the trousers has been taken in at some point and the seam has opened up slightly, requiring only minor stitching to keep it in place. All brass buttons to the tunic are intact, as is the rank tape to the sleeves. Excellent example of a named and attributed RAF Bomber Command uniform, with a fascinating background. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50255 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Named Polish 2 Corps Cap Plaque & Photographs Grouping An unusual grouping believed to have belonged to Jan Yampolsky of the Polish 2 Corps, comprising of his Post-War peaked cap with economy plastic cap badge, copper wall plaque and two postcards. This grouping spans from during the war, through to repatriation to Poland. The Polish 2 Corps was a major unit of the Polish Armed Forces in the West, commanded by General Wladyslaw Anders. A proportion of 2 Corps were Pre-War polish soldiers. They played a large part in the Italian campaign in particular the fight for Monte Cassino from January through to May of 1944. The cap is of unknown manufacture, being of a thick wool construction with a brown leather peak. There is a single eyelet for a badge to the front, into which a plastic economy Polish army cap badge is fixed. The badge has some damage to the right wing, one of the fixing blades has been removed; presumably because it was redundant when in place. The crown has been removed at some point, this is believed to have been done after the war to conform to Communist Poland. The badge is stamped \'A. STANLEY WALSALL\' to the reverse. The cap has a polished cotton lining and brown grained leather sweatband, there are no visible markings. To the reverse of the outer band there is a single brass hook, this is possibly for a neck protector. The buttons and chinstrap are missing and there is some light moth damage spots to the top of the cap. Size is approximately 6 1/2. The wall plaque is likely of copper construction with a sand-cast Polish army badge to the centre. There is a hanging chain to the rear and the imprinted number \'102\' to the lower reverse. This eagle has a crown to the top, unlike the cap badge which has been removed. The plaque measures approximately 4.5 x 5 Inches. The first postcard features Yampolsky to the upper left side, alongside The great Sphinx of Giza in Egypt. The 2 Corps were in Egypt prior to their involvement in the Italian campaign. It is likely that this postcard was sent from Italy as the card itself appears to be of Italian manufacture and ink stamped \'STUDIO ARTISTICO\' with Yampolsky\'s name underneath. Some Polish writing appears to the left side, when translated it appears to read \'OLD MOUSTACHE\' with \'JAN\' underneath. This is presumably a reference to the fact that he appears to have a moustache in this postcard yet in the other one he does not. The second postcard is dated 1947, marked \'AGFA- BROVIRA\' a Berlin based company. The particular example of font, places it in the wartime style used by the company, and changed shortly afterwards. The postcard pictures Yampolsky astride a small car outside of a wooden hut with trees in the background, there is another man in uniform behind the car. There is more handwritten in pencil to the reverse, when translated it reads \'MY FIRST CAR\'. This postcard could be either taken in Germany judging by the manufacture, or been taken in England before repatriation of the Polish forces that stretched from 1945 through to 1948. Overall, a very unique grouping and an unusual snaposhot into his life, spanning from wartime through to the Post-War era. This encapsulates the era for the polish army under communism after the war, and also the history of 2 Corps during the war. This grouping warrants further research and would be an excellent addition to a polish collection. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50320 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Named Pre-War RAF Officers Mess 1930s Dress Trousers Scarce pair of pre-WW2 RAF mess dress trousers, featuring the correct gold braid stripe down the outer side of each leg. This pattern of mess dress is more difficult to find owing to the fact that mess dress was not worn during the war, with the post-war pattern removing the braid from the leg. This pair were tailored by \'O.W. FULCHER & Co 24 SAVILE ROW. W.1\' and names to an \'R. G. BUCKLEY\', no research has been undertaken. They feature a high V-cut fishtail back, with two slash pockets and a ticket pocket. They retain their straps and buckle for securing under the boots, however the leather has suffered to a certain extent as pictured. Condition wise, there are several small moth holes about the legs and front, with two small patches of what look like grease to the rear of one leg as shown. The braid itself is in excellent shape overall. Approximate sizes: Waist: 33 Inches Leg: 35 Inches Overall whilst there is some overall wear, these trousers are quite scarce.
Named QAIMNS Photo Album BEF 1940 Interest A very interesting photograph album grouping to Miss G. M. Luxton, a member of the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service. The album is green and black bound at the spine with green string, \'Photographs\' is embossed in gold on the lower right corner. The album details her service from the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1940, through to Italy, Egypt and Greece from 1945-46. The post-war era sees her appointment as senior instructor at Anstie Grange, Surrey in 1948. There are some 112 photographs, some are inscribed and dated on the reverse. Most are held in with corner leaves, others are glued and some are loose. There are a few postcards and one exert from the \'Nursing Mirror\' magazine, picturing Miss Luxton as senior instructor at Anstie Grange. The first two images are part of a sequence and picture Miss Luxton leaving the gangplank from a ship during the evacuation from France in 1940. The cap tally of a nearby sailor reads H.M Minesweeper. One of the images is loose, and has been handwritten on the reverse, it can be gathered she left for England on May 30th via La Panne. BEF troops and naval personnel can be seen around her, as well as two other QAIMNS nurses. The images appear to have been sent to her as below it is marked \'With my compliments. Jack X\'. It is not known where these images originate from and if they are published. There are many images of her appointment at Anstie Grange. Anstie Grange saw use during the war, but by Spring 1945 it was used as a holding area and depot for the QAIMNS. When removed some of the images are stamped copyright of the \'Nursing Mirror\'. Miss Luxton is also pictured in a group with an American Medical officer at Anstie Grange. Other photographs see her in an unknown capacity in Italy in 1945 with horses and a jeep. She is also seen in Epypt and Greece from 1945-46 in a variety of capacities, professional and social. Other sets of photographs picture her holidaying in Switzerland with friends as well as family groups and friends. There is also a few images of what may be her father, in First World War officer uniform. He is mounted in one shot, Artillery insignia and overseas and wound stripes are visible on his tunic. Overall this is a large collection of photographs well worthy of further research. It is not often that QAIMNS ephemera groupings come about, this would be an excellent addition to a nursing or women\'s services collection. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50437 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Named RAF Flying Instructor Officer\'s Service Dress Uniform Large Size An honest RAF Officer\'s Service Dress belonging to Flight Lieutenant Harold Harper Shaw 153055, this uniform was acquired from the family and dates to 1947 when Mr Shaw was still serving in the RAF. It is a larger size and ideal for display on a modern mannequin. Please find Mr Shaw\'s service history below the item description. The uniform is of standard wartime four pocket construction, with a stitched rear belt and brass RAF buttons. The uniform was made by \'Austin Reed\' Regent Street, and dated 25.8.47. Shaw had been promoted to Flt Lt in the London Gazette in February 1947. Inside the pocket, a portrait of Flt Lt Shaw was found and is included with the uniform. The tunic bears Flt Lt rank braid to the cuffs, a lovely padded pilot\'s wing and medal ribbons for the Defence and War Medals. The trousers have a matching tailors label and date to the same as the jacket. They have a front fly catch and plastic fly and brace buttons. Some of the buttons have been replaced and some sporadically re-stitched. The uniform is generally in good condition, having been treated to a gentle wash and light polish of the brass work. There is however some damage to one sleeve as pictured in the second set of images. This comes in the form of two holes, we can supply some closely matched material to repair if required. The trousers are in clean condition also, with only some minor moth trailing to one leg. This is also pictured in the second set of images. The lining has some light soiling but would probably come out with a more determined clean if required. The uniform measures approximately as follows: Jacket Pit to pit: 19.5 Inches Waist 17.5 Inches Base of collar to hem: 29.5 Inches Shoulder to cuff: 25.5 Inches Trousers Waist 16/16.5 Inches Inside leg: 30.5 Inches (with 2 Inches of turn up) Shaw was originally sent to Canada to train as a pilot in 1939, however after some time he was considered too experienced a pilot and was subsequently made a flying instructor. Whilst in Canada, Shaw was posted to Boundary Bay Flying Training School flying Fairchild PT-26B Cornells. He was later transferred to the 39 Service Flying Training School at Swift Current in Saskatchewan, where he flew Airspeed Oxfords. Later Shaw was transferred to No.3 Flying Instructor School at Arnprior in Scotland, mainly flying Cornells and DH 82s. He then went on to 33 Elementary Flying Training School at Caron, Saskatchewan again flying Cornells. Shaw\'s last Canadian posting was with No.5 Pilot Advanced Flying Unit at Errol flying the Miles M.9 Master. Shaw was posted back to England and joined 291 Squadron at Hutton Cranswick flying the Miles Martinet target tug and the Vultee A-31 Vengeance dive bombers. He was then transferred to 288 Squadron, also at Hutton Cranswick flying Vengeances and Spitfires. In November 1946 Shaw was posted to the Central Flying School which by this time had been re-established at Little Rissington. Shaw was flying Harvards before being moved to 17 Service Flying Training School at Spitalgate in May 1947, once more flying Harvards. In January 1948 Shaw went to 22 FTS RAF Syerston, before being released from the RAF in August 1950. In 1951 he began instructing with the Nottingham University Air Squadron at RAF Newton flying Tiger Moths and Chipmunks, staying with them until July 1954 when he left to take up his career as a professional photographer. Overall an interesting uniform with bags of history, a wonderful addition to any RAF or aviation collection. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM ON ITEM: 50325.
Named RAF Officer\'s Burberry Peaked Service Dress Cap Excellent named example of the RAF Officer\'s peaked Service Dress cap, made by Burberrys. The cap is named under the sweatband to a \'K. W. R. BRAITHWAITE\', however no research has been undertaken. This is the wartime style with squared off peak, featuring a thin leather chinstrap and cloth covered buttons. Unfortunately part of one of the strap adjusters has come off, yet this is not terribly noticeable and does not detract. The cap has a good colourful example of the officer\'s cap badge. The waterproof material to the lining has become distressed and ripped in several places, revealing the Burberry tailors label underneath. There are two vents to the rear of the cap. Condition is generally very good, however there is some light mothing to the top of the cap in places as pictured. There is a faint mark of some description; on the inside rear. Overall however, the colour is good and not too faded; yet it would benefit from a light clean. The leather sweat band is in good shape, as is the stitching holding it. Size is approximately a 6 7/8. Overall a good displayable example of a wartime period officer\'s cap.
New Made Full Length Fox\'s Puttees These attractive puttees were part of a specially commissioned one-off run by the original Great War Fox\'s company. They are new-made but with the original machinery and by the original company. They are in unused originally packaged condition, in very mint condition with only minor wear to the card label. The only drawback with this run was a mistake by fox\'s, resulting in them being cut to the short length and joined at the seam to make them full length.
No4 Army Torch Standard British army No4 Torch. Complete with bulb and both green and red slide filters, button switch functions okay. There is one small hairline crack to the front of the glass, however it has been tested and does still work.
Northamptonshire Regiment Bi-metal Cap Badge Northamptonshire Regiment Bi-Metal cap badge. Slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Officer\'s Pattern GS Serge Beret Fair used example of the scarce officers pattern General Service Beret, this example features a khaki/ peach coloured cotton lining and thin barathea-like serge material in a dark green. This pattern, like the Other Ranks version; features twin eyelets under the right side. There is some overall moth damage, the worst of which is pictured underneath the crown by the eyelets. There is no cap badge, only evidence of where one has been attached. There appears to be no stamps to the lining, the lining itself is clean and unstained. The size is small, possibly around a 6 1/2.
Padded Army Warrant Officer\'s Crowns Good worn but matched pair of army Warrant Officer crowns. There is some general fading and rust staining to them, which may well clean out. FREE UK POSTAGE
Padded RAF Air Gunner Aircrew Brevet Great example of the fully padded Air Gunner brevet issue to aircrew. This is example is in very good, possibly unused condition. There are many variants to aircrew brevets, this one having the stitching to the rear bound with a paste-type adhesive.
Padded RAF Engineer Aircrew Brevet Great example of the fully padded Engineer brevet issue to aircrew. This is example is in very good clean condition, with a paper-card type backing bearing stitch marks where is has clearly been removed from uniform. A truly excellent used example. It looks to have been trimmed down from its original larger size, and possibly padded buy the original owner.
Padded RAF Navigator Aircrew Brevet Fair example of the aircrew brevet issued to Navigators. This example is lightly padded, has some wear and has clearly been removed from uniform. Free UK postage
Padded RAF Navigator Brevet Aircrew navigator brevet, this is a padded example that has been removed from uniform. In great condition with no visible wear.
Pair of German Baedeker Raid Incendiary Fins Found in York A pair of German incendiary tail fins that were dropped on York during the Baedeker raid of 29 April 1942. The Baedeker raid was not the only raid on York during the war, but was certainly the most devastating; cleaning the lives of 92 and left hundreds injured. Many buildings were damaged during the raid including the railway station and the guildhall. This pair were found in the garden of 40 Scarcroft Hill in York. One fin is on better shape than the other, bearing much of its grey paint still. The other has degraded and missing part of the finned tail section, yet still has traces of lighter sand coloured paint. This pair would make a great addition to a Home Front collection.
Period Money Belt Money belt made in white cotton with two pockets secured by press studs and two buckles marked 'Prima' to the front. The material is lightly stained in places with some rust marks to the material and on the metal work. Small size measuring around a 28 inch waist at the very most, so possibly a women's belt though it looks to have been shortened.
Pitman\'s \'The Aeroplane Simply Explained\' Book 1941 Good clean condition, all pages intact, some wear and fading. FREE UK POSTAGE
Plastic Economy ACF Lapel Badge Delightful example of the small lapel badge for the Army Cadet Force, this being the economy version in plastic. No issues with this example, maker stamped to the reverse. It retains its lovely copper colour and is not misshapen. Free UK Postage Free Postage
Plastic Economy Army Cadet Lapel Badge Plastic economy lapel badge for the Army Cadet Corps, stamped \'A. STANLEY & SONS WALSALL\' to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Plastic Economy East Surrey Cap Badge Great example of the economy plastic cap badge to the East Surrey regiment. Lugs intact, very clean condition. FREE UK POSTAGE REDUCED FROM: £35
Plastic Economy Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge Very attractive example of the economy version of the Leicestershire Regiment cap badge in plastic.
Plastic Economy Leicestershire Regiment Cap Badge Very attractive example of the economy version of the Leicestershire Regiment cap badge in plastic.
Plastic Economy Middlesex Cap Badge Great example of the economy plastic cap badge to the Middlesex Regiment. Lugs intact, very clean condition. FREE UK POSTAGE REDUCED FROM: £30
Plastic Economy RAC Cap Badge Lovely example of the economy version of the Royal Armoured Corps cap badge in plastic. Securing blades are intact, however the top of the crown point has broken off yet it is not noticeable. REDUCED FROM: £28
Plastic Economy RAF Cap Badge Economy version of the RAF cap badge in plastic. Stamped \'A Stanley & Sons Walsall\' to the rear. Badge is slightly misshapen. Free UK Postage
Plastic Economy RAF Cap Badge Good unmarked example of the RAF cap badge in bakelite plastic, complete with blades to the rear. Good overall condition, with lugs intact the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Plastic Economy RAMC Cap Badge Good example of the economy version of the Royal Army Medical Corps cap badge in plastic. The securing blades and the crown are intact, the badge is maker marked to the rear. Free UK Postage
Plastic Economy RAOC Cap Badge Plastic economy version of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps cap badge. It is in good shape with only minor fading in colour, brass prong fittings are good and intact to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Plastic Economy Royal Artillery Beret Badge Plastic economy version of the cap badge worn on berets by Royal Artillery. Good used condition, no issues. Marked \"A. Stanley Wallsall\" to the reverse. FREE UK POSTAGE
Plastic Economy Royal Engineers Cap Badge Good example of the economy plastic cap badge of the Royal Engineers. Stamped \'A Stanley & Sons Walsall\' to the rear. Lugs intact, good used slightly dusty condition. FREE UK POSTAGE
Polish Army Military Police Zandarmeria Canadian Made Eagle Incredibly scarce Polish army eagle made by William Scully Ltd. Montreal Canada and worn by the Polish Military Police \'Zandarmeria\'.
Polish Officer\'s Silver Eagle Cap Badge Very scarce Polish officer\'s silver eagle cap badge, as worn by the Polish army in exile on berets, General Service caps as well as Field Service caps. This example retains it\'s original twin securing blades to attach to the fabric of the cap. The badge is not maker marked but is thought to have been produced by J.R Gaunt & Son of London. Condition is excellent, the prongs seem pliable and have no stress marks to the metal. The face of the badge has not been cleaned and has not been heavily polished with clear recessing to the metalwork. Difficult to obtain badge, in excellent condition. POSTAGE TO INCLUDE INSURED DELIVERY
Portsmouth AFS Uniform & Equipment Grouping Fantastic grouping to Jack Revans of the Portsmouth Auxiliary Fire Service, comprising of uniform tunic, webbing belt, axe in pouch, respirator in bag and steel helmet. This grouping whilst not named on the items, came from the Portsmouth area with provenance to Mr Revans. The tunic is in good sound condition with Portsmouth AFS badge to the breast and one service chevron to the sleeve. There is some loose stitching on the collar hooks and slight surface cracking to the leather chin flap as pictured. There is no moth damage to the tunic or its lining, however the internal issue label has long since gone. As an estimate the size is large and tall, please do contact if further measurements are required. There is some mustiness to the tunic, owing to the grouping most likely being from a house clearance. Unfortunately one large button from the front is missing, however it would not be too difficult to source a replacement. The belt and axe pouch are in fine strong condition with little wear, the axe pouch is maker marked to the reverse on the metalwork. The axe itself has clearly been used and is worn as such, however the handle remains dated 1939. The respirator is dated 1940 internally and is of the Home Service type and not the more commonly encountered Mk VI services type. It has been reinforced with extra material, presumably by Mr Revans himself. There is some ribbing to the strap from use but it is generally sound. The respirator itself is in remarkable condition, intact and complete dated 1939 on the filter and 1940 on the face piece. The helmet is well worn and the paintwork scuffed from use, there are traces of red paint that looks to have been crudely applied to a portion of the exterior for identification, the liner is in fair condition with only minor surface cracking to the leather. The liner and shell are both dated 1938, with an unusual bolt securing the liner to the shell with the early round liner pad. There is a dent to the left brow of the helmet rim, most likely from falling debris given the nature and history of the grouping. This is an amazing opportunity to obtain a matched grouping from such an iconic era and service of the war, this is new to the market and not messed with. Portsmouth was a prime target for the Luftwaffe and suffered 67 raids between July 1940 and May 1944, this attributed grouping was there. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50076 & ITEM: 50077 FOR FURTHER IMAGES
Post WW2 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt Normal Size An undated 1937 pattern webbing belt, marked size \'normal\', an adjustment to the sizes of belts undertaken in 1948. This belt therefore dates from 1948 onwards. Good overall condition, with a coating of KG3 blanco. The brasses are largely clean though dulled from lack of polish. The size adjusted as photographed is approximately 33 inches, adjusting to a maximum of 38 inches. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Post WW2 Royal Observer Corps Patches A good matching pair of post- war 1951 pattern Royal Observer Corps proficiency sleeve badges. Both patches feature red embroidered spitfire aircraft on blue/ grey wool backing. They are a matching pair in good condition, as removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Post- War Black Round Parachute QRB Aircraft Materials Ltd Post- War black Quick Release Box for use on a parachute harness, this is the fully rounded version. The maker is stamped on the reverse as \'AIRCRAFT MATERIALS LTD.\', along with its stores reference as pictured. There is also an MOD stamping to the side. Condition is well used with minor loss of paintwork. The recessed instructions to the face are painted yellow, as is the \'LOCKED\' and \'UNLOCKED\' to the side. The box itself will not turn as I believe the harness points should clip in to release it. This is sold as a collectable only and not intended for use. REDUCED FROM: £45
Post- War RAF Gilt & Silver Aiglette Fitting A Queens crown aigrette fitting, in gilt brass and silver. It features a conical tubular shape with axe detailing to either side and a silver RAF to the centre. A beautiful quality unusual item. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Post- War RAF Officer\'s Shirt Post- War blue end-on-end weave shirt used by RAF officers, with detachable collar and turn back cuffs secured by cufflinks. The material and style is virtually identical to the wartime versions, the only difference being the addition of a full button front as opposed to the half-fronted style used during the war. This is example is very generally very clean, with only one small stain on the lower rear which may well wash out. One side of the collar has a rip in it, this could be stitched and serviceable if done correctly. Marked \'R.H.S.R\' as the manufacturer and size 15 for the collar, along with the government property arrow. The chest measures approximately 23 inches pit to pit, while the shoulder to cuff measures just shy of 24 inches when the cuffs are secured correctly. Please note this is the shirt only, no collar or cufflinks are included.
Post- War SAS Brass Beret Badge Post War SAS beret badge in brass, often used by the Australian SAS. Good condition, slider fitting to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Post-War British Commando Jumper Scarce example of the jumper issued to commando troops. Still retains drawstring to the neck, along with elbow and shoulder patches in khaki cotton. The cuffs are also trimmed in thick material with buttons securing the epaulettes to the pads. There is a certain amount off wear under the shoulders most likely caused by straps, some repair work has been done to the arms but generally the wool is in sound condition. Whilst being a wartime pattern, the cotton label to the interior states the maker as 'PICK' along with the date 1966 with the War Department Arrow. Certainly a very difficult to find item of commando uniform that did not differ from wartime specification.
Post-War British SAS Beret Interesting post-WW2 khaki beret with uncut SAS badge to the front, Unusual example of a large crown issue khaki beret, stamped R with the War Department arrow. This indicates 1946 manufacture. The SAS badge to the front is the squared uncut version and has been stitched to the beret. There is some moth damage to the top of the beret as pictured and some wear to the green leather sweatband. It is a large size around 71/4 I would estimate, it has a large wartime style crown.
Post-War Jungle Green Boonie Type Hat Jungle hat as used by British and Commonwealth troops in the Far East. This example has been field modified by making the bowl of the hat shorter, a popular modification still used by the British Army to this day. The maker/date is only partially visible as the stamp has been obscured when it has been cut. One vent appears to have come out as some point, some minor wear and markings. Small size, approximately a 6 1/2.
Post-War Parachute Qualification Wings Post war parachute wings, believed circa 1950s issue. White gauze backing to the rear, some loose threads. They are in good condition, having been removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE
Post-War Royal Marines Commando Beret Post-war version of the Royal Marines Commando beret, likely dating from the 1950s or 1960s. This example has a leather sweatband and no leather cap badge slot as featured on later versions. The tape is still fitted to the rear of the leather band, as are the two metal ventilation eyelets; as seen on wartime berets. The condition is very good, there is no moth damage to the material and the wool itself remains thick and not worn. The lining is in good clean condition. It is a good size estimated to be 7 or 7 1/4, if precise measurements are required please contact. Please note there is no cap badge with this beret.
Post-War Royal Marines Commando Beret Post-war version of the Royal Marines Commando beret, likely dating from the 1950s or 1960s. This example has a leather sweatband and no leather cap badge slot as featured on later versions. The tape is still fitted to the rear of the leather band, as are the two metal ventilation eyelets; as seen on wartime berets. There is some moth damage to the material, however the wool itself remains thick and not worn. The lining is in clean condition.
Pre- War OTC breeches Unusual pair of tailor made khaki serge service dress breeches in the Great War style, with striped lining and zinc metal buttons. Typically of tailor made, lined construction, with a mix of zinc metal buttons and plastic tailors buttons. These breeches would have been made by a local tailors for an OTC cadet around the 1920s or 30s most likely. Approximately a 32 inch waist. Condition is excellent with no missing buttons and leg ties present. These breeches appear somewhat harder to find than their tunic counterpart.
Pre- WW1 Victorian Period Bone Handle Jack Knife Interesting example of a jack knife as used by the British Army dating to the pre-war era. This example is made by Baum Brothers Ltd and marked as such on the bottom of the blade. This version features bone handle grips and a copper ring as featured on jack knifes up until early WW2. This is the two bladed variety with no spear blade. Unfortunately this example has suffered from the vulnerability of the material to age. Both grips have suffered damage to them, with one side worse than the other. The blades themselves feature some pitting and are very stiff to move. This knife would benefit from a good clean up and oiling, yet remains a difficult item to find in any condition. \'Baum Brothers Ltd\' were operating under their namesake from 1904 until 1925 when the company went into voluntarily liquidation.
Pre-1922 Leinster Regiment Collar Badges Pair Fair example of a matching pair of collar badges to the Irish Leinster Regiment. They have suffered from over-polishing in the past and both crowns are polished smooth. The feature two lugs to each rear for the split pins. The split pins are still fitted to the badges, however they do not seem to match. Condition is generally very sound and the lugs are intact, these are priced to reflect the polished crowns. The Leinster regiment was disbanded in 1922, these remain difficult collar badges to find. FREE UK POSTAGE
Pre-War Inter- War Officers 1930s Plus Fours Excellent scarce pair of officer\'s plus fours or \'knickerbockers\', as was a relatively popular but short lived trend among army officer\'s in the mid-late 1930s. This example is made in fine barathea cloth as opposed to the whipcord that some were manufactured in. They retain their original tailors shop tag, tied to the front button hole, stating \'Plus Fours\' as the item along with a product code. Amazingly they also have their paper product label tacked to the rear, that would have been used to record date of manufacture and removed upon use. Therefore that whilst there is some minor damage to the trousers, they would appear not to have been used. There is a small amount of moth to the rear of one leg, as well as some damage to one of the leg securing cuffs. The plus fours are lined in waxed gauze and cotton with a full compliment of light brown unmarked tailors buttons. They feature a single brass buckle on each leg to secure the cuff closed. The brass buttons are stamped \'Sword Make\' with the emblem of two crossed swords, possibly indicating Wilkinson Sword manufacture. Approximate sizes: Waist: 33.5 Inches Leg: 26 Inches
Pre-War Other Ranks Stiff Cap Warwickshire Regiment Pre-war other ranks stiff cap, as worn with service dress and sometimes battle dress in the early war period. This example is fitted with a Warwickshire cap badge, brown leather chinstrap and a pair of small General Service buttons. Condition is generally good, however there is some overall wear to the cloth and slightly more intense patches of wear as pictured. There are a few small moth nips and one repair. The repair has been done next to the cap badge, whereas the moths seem to be limited to the top as pictured. The lining is unusual in that it is grey, as opposed to the usual black oilskin or brown leather. The peak has a green fibre underpeak. The inner lining of the top is khaki brown, which is also unusual. Unfortunately, the sweatband has been repaired at some point and there are traces of stickiness where it was taped together before stitching. This does not detract hiwever., And is not visible when displayed. The original size label is still present, stating it to be a size 7 1/4. The cap feels slightly bigger than that however. Overall, a good large sized example of the stiff service dress cap. This would compliment an early war or BEF display well.
Pre-War RAF Stiff Service Dress Cap A scarce pre-war example of the RAF Other Airman\'s peaked Service Dress cap, prior to the introduction of the Field Service side cap. This cap is commonly seen in use during the 1920s and 1930s. This example features RAF brass cap badge, leather chin strap, mohair band and cotton covered buttons. The inside bears a black oilskin base and leather sweatband with a red thread stitch. The sweatband is inked with the black Air Inspection Department stamp, however no other solid markings are evident. The serge material is generally very good and clean, apart from some minor moth damage to the top. The strap and badge are in fine fettle, however the black peak has suffered some storage damage it would seem. The leather sweatband has some amount of re-stitching or reinforcement. The cotton covering to the buttons has heavily worn. Approximate size: 55/56 Despite the issues with this cap, it remains a hard to find pre-war item of RAF headwear and would display brilliantly.
Pre-War Royal Marines Service Dress Tunic A lovely example of the pre-war Service Dress jacket, bearing a full compliment of matching Royal Marines buttons. This jacket is the 1902/07 pattern jacket in it\'s 5th modification, dating to the 1930s. Service Dress was the standard uniform before the introduction of battle dress, just prior to the start of the war. Curiously this jacket has never had collar titles or even shoulder titles fitted. This jacket conforms to the pre-war pattern, featuring an unlined collar that only became lined in 1940 alongside the battle dress jacket. This jacket is in very good condition, with an excellent nap of cloth and exceptionally clean lining. Whilst this jacket has clearly been issued, it has seen very little use. Unfortunately there is some damage to the rear of the collar as pictured, along with some small moth holes that are barely visible. There appears to be no visible War Department stamps to the lining. Approximate sizes in inches: 18.5 pit to pit 17.5 waist laid flat 27.5 back of collar to hem 25 Shoulder seam to cuff Despite this, the overall condition is excellent and perfect for a Royal Marines or pre-war/ early-war display. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES BELOW (ITEM:50475)
Pre-WW1 Early 1908 Pattern 2nd Issue Haversack A scarce pre-war second issue 1908 pattern haversack, this type being replaced in early 1914 with the simplified type seen throughout the war. This type of haversack was designed to incorporate the wearing of the water bottle on the front of the haversack, via the twig buckle and loop sewn to the top and front of the flap. These features were removed from the pattern from February/ March 1914, making this an early pre-war example. This example is unfortunately not dated but is likely to be circa 1909-1914. The webbing has been treated with blanco at some point and there is overall wear, though nothing considerable. There is some ribbing in places and a small fray mark to the front flap with some rust marking to it. All brass work is present and correct. There is a faint ring of wear where a round tin has been carried for some time pressed against the lower body, possibly a cooker. The name \'Briggs A\' along with 957 have been handwritten under the flap. Overall a scarce early item of 1908 webbing, worthy of any Great War collection. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Pre-WW1 Period Rifle Brigade Officers Greatcoat A stunning example of a Rifle Brigade captains greatcoat, conforming to the 1899/1900 pattern with additional details for mounted use. The coat is fitted with King\'s crown buttons and likely dates somewhere from 1910 to the Great War. This greatcoat features black metal Rifle Brigade regimental buttons and three black rank pips to each epaulette. There are twelve buttons to the front in a double breasted style with twin collar hooks to the throat. There are two scalloped flaps to the rear, each with three buttons. There are two buttons to the epaulettes, though one button is missing. The sleeves feature turn back cuffs, along with a small jetted pocket to the left sleeve to enable the hilt of the sword to pass through. There is a thin length of lined material to accommodate a sword, with a cinch buckle fixing. The collar features a stitched throat tab closure and a pair of silk covered buttons on the opposite side to fasten across the collar. The wool is largely in good condition, with several subtle moth tracks but only a few small moth nips. The only discernible area of damage to the wool is on the epaulette where the button looks to have been inexpertly removed, causing a hole nearby and a small slit in the collar. That epaulette button is missing, but is the only regimental button to be absent. The only other button to be missing is a single plastic one from the rear skirt closure. The hanging chain has become detached form one side, leaving a small hole where it has pulled form the material. The coat is well lined in a purple polished cotton, though there are a few large holes and several accompanying small ones. Size is on the larger taller size and approximate measurements make it 20 inches pit to pit, 26 shoulder seam to cuff and 52 inches base of collar to hem. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Pre-WW1 Royal Engineers Officers Field Service Cap Lovely pre-WW1 example of an officers coloured field service cap to the Royal Engineers, complete with King Edward VII gilt buttons to the front. This cap was made by Hawkes & Co, and is ornately embossed as such to the inside. This was when they were based in Piccadilly, a short time later they moved to Savile Row which dates the cap nicely. Edward VII died in 1910 and was superseded by King George V, therefore the cap is placed firmly in the Edwardian era. The cap is very dark blue in the body, with red piping to the trim and a yellow gusset to the top. This style changed later to a more simplified pattern. Largely the wool has good colouring with some fading mainly to the yellow. There is some moth damage to the left rear side as pictured, and a rip to the lining in the centre. The felt part lining has become slightly grubby and worn. The side panels are secured by clip fastening to either side, as opposed to the more usual hook type. The internal hooks are also present. There is no badge present, yet there are marks where a bladed type has been removed. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50642 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
Printed Driver Trade Patch Wheel Well used printed example of the trade qualification as sued by drives and sewn to the battle dress sleeve. Condition is well used and dirty, it would benefit from a good clean. FREE UK POSTAGE
Private Purchase Cavalry Spurs Pair of nickel plated spurs, of the type often privately purchased by officers during the Great War. This pair are very basic and are unmarked, they do not feature actual rowels, only the rounded ends therefore they are more for show than for actual usage. The leather is in good used condition and they buckle without any problems.
Private Purchase Officer\'s Riding Spurs A private purchase example of riding spurs, as used by mounted Officers during the Great War period. The inside of the heel band is stamped what looks like \'BEST SUPER FINE\', however it is difficult to determine exactly. There are many styles throughout the period, this particular pair being simpler in design than some. This pair have a single leather under strap and a top strap and buckle. The spurs are fitted with star shaped revolving rowels.
Private Purchase PT Shorts Private purchase PT exercise shorts made by \'Decathlon\', as used by servicemen from all branches. Unlike standard issue PT shorts, they feature an internal pocket on the front left side. As well as this they feature three belt loops and an internal red/white label. The condition is great and the elastic in the waist has very good play in it, there is some minor discolouration on the rear left side. The cotton label is stamped \'F T ROBERTS\' who was an officer, though nothing further is known. This explains the private purchase features. The elastic waistband suggests that these will fit from a 30-34 waist without over-extending them.
RAAF Marked Blue/Grey Issue Plimsolls Size 9 A scarce pair of RAAF issue plimsoles, the only such pair I have personally encountered. They are made in blue-grey canvas with black rubber soles and cotton trim, with a textured toe cap in identical style to British made army versions. Both laces are present and a service number \"4096513\" is inked inside. They are stamped with the Australian property mark with the broad arrow with A F either side, commonly seen in various items of RAAF uniform. They are in well used condition but quite solid and robust, there are paint splashes to one toe and some overall wear to the canvas. The rubber soles are well worn smooth in places but are not split or melted as some often are. The heels to each are slightly torn and some of the cotton trim is missing. They are approximately a size 9. A rather scarce pair of RAAF plimsolls that would compliment any RAAF or RAF collection. These came in together with another pair of plimsolls, see item: 50590
RAC Junior Leader\'s Stable Belt Royal Armoured Corps Junior leaders stable belt, dating to the 1970s. The belt is in good used condition. some grubbiness and verdigris.
RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Boots Size 9 Good used pair of the 1941 pattern flying boots as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrew from around 1944 until well after the war. This example have had the leather ankle straps removed, effectively making them the same as their predecessor the 1940 pattern. The stitch marks are just visible, yet there is not trace of wear left behind as often encountered with modified pairs. They are a good size 9, well stamped into each leather tongue along with the Air Ministry crown and accompanying stores stamps. They are fitted with the more common \'Lightening\' brand zips, both work fairly smoothly. One zip however, is missing a few teeth to the bottom and has been stitched shut at some point as pictured. Therefore that zip only goes three quarters of the way down. The sheepskin is in fair condition with no discolouration, there is some very minor loss of fur, yet nothing too bad. One leather tongue has become slightly unstitched form the boot very slightly on one side. The rubber galosh sections bear some cracking, mainly on the one boot, some attempt has obviously been made to glue the parts that have begun to detach. The rubber soles are well marked \'Itside\' while the heels can just be made out as \'Harefoot\' brand. The soles are not split like many examples, with only minor service wear to the soles and heels. The fur lined insoles are present in this pair and are also faintly marked size 9. All in all, a well used pair of boots that have a few downsides yet remain a very useful pair for display. They would be a useful asset to an RAF mannequin. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50217 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
RAF 1941 Pattern Mae West Life Preserver A very fine, clean example of the 1941 pattern \'Mae West\' life preserver as issued to RAF air crew throughout the war. This pattern of life preserver ultimately replaced the 1932 pattern used by the RAF up until 1941. The 1941 pattern essentially improved visibility in water due to it\'s brightly coloured material, while the leg tapes ensured it did not ride up the wearers body while in the water. The pattern also added a dye marker pouch to the left side, a heliograph signalling mirror pocket on the chest and a floating torch pocket on the right hip. Early 41 patterns did not have these latter features, this example being the standardised 41 pattern used from 1941 until well after the war. This example is in very clean condition, complete with all pockets, tapes and buttons intact. The zip is fully working and is Air Ministry marked. The label is present and complete with all stores markings. It is marked a medium size, with the broad goverment arrow in the centre. The material is colourful and strong as is all stitching. The metal pop studs are bright and work well. The number 16 has been stencilled to the right breast, this could be a personal identifying peg number or simply a stores reference. A metal dinghy securing clip is present on the right grab handle. It appears as though the leg tapes have all been replaced at some point, as well as all but one of the waist adjuster tapes. The right left chest adjuster strap has been hand spliced together at some point, and could well do with re-stitching. When tied however it is barely noticeable.This also seems to be true of the strap connecting the dye marker pouch to the press studs, though the pouch itself is original to it. These tapes have all been taken from another original mae west and are not new made parts. Unfortunately there seems to be some fraying to the ends of the rear leg tapes and one seems to be short by approximately 2 inches. Despite this, none of these things detract from the overall appearance of this example. Overall a lovely clean used example, despite its minor issues it displays well and would be a worthy addition to an RAF or USAAF collection. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE OUTER LIFE PRESERVER ONLY, THERE ARE NO KAPOKS, BLADDER OR ANY TOOL IN THE POCKETS. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50665 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM.
RAF Air Gunner Aircrew Tie RAF Air Gunner\'s tie, in a midnight blue colour with a gold air gunner badge to the centre. In grubby condition, would benefit from a clean. FREE UK POSTAGE
RAF Air Gunner Winged Bullet Badge Good solid example of the Air Gunner brass winged bullet badge, awarded to trained gunners from the inter-war period until being officially superseded by the cloth AG brevet in 1939. This example is in good clean condition, featuring three brass lugs for attaching through the jacket sleeve. The badges were often seen on gunnery trained airman who flew part time as aircrew in the inter-war and early war period. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Air Ministry Aircrew Ditching Whistle Good example of the nickel plated brass whistle as used by aircrew; to attract attention when ditching aircraft in water. The whistle has the correct Air Ministry and crown stamp and item code \'23/230\' stamped into the side, with \'293/14/L1795\' stamped into the other side. The pea is intact, the ring is present and the whistle does work. There is some loss of the nickel plating, yet otherwise it is in excellent shape.
RAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle Good working example of the RAF \'snail\' whistle as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrew to signal after ditching in the sea. This type superseded the tube type whistle as issued earlier in the war. These would often be worn secured to the hook of the RAF blouse, within easy reach in emergency. These were Air Ministry issue and are stamped as such. This example is intact and in solid working order, with only some minor loss of the chrome to the metal and minor surface rust to the securing ring. The Air Ministry and stores stampings to the body are clear. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle Good working example of the RAF \'snail\' whistle as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrew to signal after ditching in the sea. This type superseded the tube type whistle as issued earlier in the war. These would often be worn secured to the hook of the RAF blouse, within easy reach in emergency. This example is intact and in solid working order, with only some minor loss of the chrome to the metal. The Air Ministry and stores stampings to the body are clear.
RAF Aircrew Parachute Bag (1) A well used example of the parachute bag used by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew throughout the war. This example is pre-1944, being stamped with the Air Ministry crown as opposed to the later broad arrow. This example has unfortunately suffered from poor storage and as a result the zip is missing a number of teeth, with a lot of verdigris to the metal work throughout. The zip does function but only a to a certain point as pictured, is also looks to be a period replacement being slightly shorter. The internal flaps are present, however the metal work is degraded somewhat and the rear of one popper is missing. Overall a nice early example but not in the best of conditions. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Aircrew Parachute Bag (2) A well used example of the parachute bag used by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew throughout the war. This example has some damage as pictured to the corner in several places and a rip to the top. This damage could no doubt be repaired. the \'Flash\' zip functions well and it retains all of the internal flaps and press studs. There is some overall grubbiness to the material, as is commonplace. The top flap bears the name \'Ted Lay\' along with a small service number in red ink. Overall a nice example with some repair work needed. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Aircrew Parachute Harness Back Pad A fair example of the back pad, used on RAF parachute harnesses, Air Ministry marked and complete with press studs to attach to the harness straps. This example is in overall good condition and stamped \'EMAUS S2\', though this marking is currently unknown. There are a couple of missing press studs as pictured. Overall a good solid example, perfect for completing a parachute harness. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Airman\'s Field Service Side Cap Good example of the RAF Airmans side cap as worn by non-commissioned airman during the war. This cap features a brass cap badge and black bakelite buttons to the front, a later war economy measure. Condition is grubby inside and only remnants of the original white manufacture/ issue stamps to the inside remain. There is some grubbiness to the lining, however no serious wear or mothing. Size is 6 7/8.
RAF Albatross Shoulder Badges Matched pair of albatross shoulder badges, dating to around the mid/ late war period, they were worn on suits air crew, service dress and greatcoats. There is some wear and marking throughout, and they look to have been trimmed slightly. Nonetheless they are a good usable pair of badges. FREE UK POSTAGE
RAF Albatross Shoulder Badges Matched pair of albatross shoulder badges, dating to around the mid/ late war period, they were worn on suits air crew, service dress and greatcoats. They are in good clean condition, with white gauze backing to the rear. They have clearly been removed from a jacket. FREE UK POSTAGE
RAF C Type Flying Helmet Very good clean example of the C Type flying helmet used by RAF and commonwealth aircrew throughout the war and for some time after. This is the internally wired C type, that succeeded the first pattern externally wired C Type. This is an earlier example, fitted with brass poppers studs as opposed to the more common nickel type. The helmet is a small size 1 and is stamped as such in the chamois lining, despite the size it is still displayable on most display heads. The leather is a deep chestnut brown colour. Condition is generally excellent, the leather appears to have been treated with leather dressing and is supple and pliable. The chamois lining is very clean and not soiled or torn. There is some minor scuffing to the top side of the helmet as pictured, this is barely noticeable and would likely polish out. There is also some minor verdigris to the press studs. The ear cups have become slightly misshapen as a result of being stored, fitting wiring and earphones to this helmet would help to re-shape them in time. They appear to have some minor splitting to one ear as pictured. This again is barely noticeable and does not detract from display. Excellent clean and very displayable example. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50229 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
RAF C Type Flying Helmet Size 4 A good mid- late war example of the C type flying helmet as used the RAF and Commonwealth aircrew towards the end of the war. The helmet comes as is, with no wiring or earphones. The early externally wired pattern C type was introduced in mid 1941 to replace the pre-war B Type. This is the internally wired C type, that succeeded the first pattern C Type. This being an earlier example, as two extra goggle straps were added to the rear of the helmet at the end of the war. This is a well used but solid example, there are markings and wear to the lining which is very common with issued examples. The leather itself is supply and has good colour, there is however some paint marks that have been removed and taken some of the leather surface with them. This would polish out however, given that it is only to the very surface. The chinstrap also has some paintmarks to the elasticated material, though remains supple with elasticity. The ear cups are supple, though with some cracking to the edges. The metalwear is all intact, with only some verdigris to the inside of the poppers. Though faint, the ink stamp states in \"Size No. 4\"; this was the largest size officially produced by the Air Ministry. A good wartime example, ideal to display with a set of wiring. SEE ITEM 50592 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
RAF C Type Flying Helmet/ Goggles Set An unusual flying helmet set from the estate of a sadly unnamed wartime mosquito navigator. The set comprises of a mid-war internally wired C Type, this being the earlier wartime version with fewer goggle straps to the rear. The helmet also comes with a pair of pre war US Air Corps B7 goggles, which have been originally fitted and worn during wartime. Unfortunately the rubber cushioning has perished from the rear of the goggles and some minor evidence can be seen in the form of small amounts of rubber that has become fused to the helmet leather. The rubber has since been removed entirely from the back of the goggles to prevent any further spreading. The helmet leather itself is otherwise in very good shape, featuring light brown goggle straps and tabs making it most attractive. The rubber earphone holders are in good condition and have held their shape well, as the earphones receivers have not been removed since wartime. There is some minor rubber marks from the goggles visible on the receiver holders. The wiring is in good clean condition, and remains stitched into the helmet as it was contemporarily done. However it would appear that the leather tabs at the rear to which the wiring has been stitched have come away from the helmet itself, being thinner leather they are sometimes prone to this. The jack plug has had black tape wound around it, presumably to allow easier grip when gloves were worn. This has since hardened. The chin strap on the helmet and the goggle strap both retain elasticity, though there is some marking from the rubber to both. The helmet is a larger size 3, with 4 being the largest. All in all, a rather unusual set up, one that I have only ever personally seen done among mosquito crews. Please see item 50527 for additional images of this set and also a wartime colour photograph of a similar set up used during wartime for reference. Although regrettably unnamed, this would make a great addition to any RAF collection.
RAF Corporal Stripes Pair Good clean matched pair of RAF Corporal stripes, correct black backing as per wartime. FREE UK POSTAGE
RAF Dinghy First Aid Outfit Survival Tin A well used RAF first aid outfit tin as used in the larger RAF dinghy, this type of tin was issued as survival equipment to heavy bomber crews. Unfortunately there is a certain amount of wear to the surface of the tin which has obscured some of the lettering. The inside of the tin is clean and there is still remains of the seal used to secure the tin and keep it airtight. There are no visible stamps to the reverse.
RAF E* Type Oxygen Mask An E* Type oxygen mask, intended to replace the earlier deficiencies of the E Type. The E* was the precursor to the G Type oxygen mask that continued to the end of the war. This example has suffered from poor storage over time and has become slightly misshapen; something that is common due to the construction of this type of mask. The rubber is slightly dry in places, though remains generally flexible. There is some rubber loss to the leading edge of the mouthpiece as pictured. The hose connection has become twisted over time and has formed in that shape, no attempts have been made to correct it. The microphone has been well worn and scratched, however the majority of the metal work is in fair condition. Overall whilst this mask is not in the best of conditions, its deficiencies would be hidden when displayed. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Escape & Evasion Compass Buckle A good working example of the scarce RAF escape & evasion compass aid, concealed within a standard issue battle dress blouse waist buckle. Perhaps one of the most ingenious yet complicated escape aids, this compass could be concealed on the uniform blouse and assembled when needed. Sliding the metal sleeve to one side would allow the small compass pointer to drop out, on flicking up the needle point the bar would point north when placed on top of the needle. This example functions exactly as it should and is an attractive example. There is one very small mark to the buckle bar and some overall verdigris. These buckles were developed by Clayton Hutton and his team at MI9 and are scarcely encountered. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Flat King\'s Crown Pilot Wings Lovely example of the flat unpadded pilot wing for use on service dress and battle dress. The wing is in excellent condition, great colouring and has been removed from uniform.
RAF G Type Oxygen Mask Mint example of the G type oxygen mask as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrews from 1943 onwards. This particular mask is unused, still retaining all stores stamps and yellow rubber bands to secure the grey elastic webbing straps. The rubber is is perfect condition with no splitting or hairline cracks of any description. The copper nose clips and strap securing bars are in fine fettle and the straps themselves retain their elasticity. The microphone, wiring and connectors are in good condition, with only minor wear to the metal and some verdigris to the metal ventilation grill. The chamois lining is in good clean condition, though is partly unstuck however would easily stick back in place with rubber based glue. The mask is marked a size small. A lovely addition to an RAF aircrew collection, very difficult to improve upon. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50510 FOR FURTHER IMAGES.
RAF Gilt Sword Belt Sling Buckle Scarce gilt buckle for the RAF ceremonial sword sling. The buckle features a leather tab with a single prong buckle to the centre. There is a stud and loop fastener to the rear. The gilt buckle itself features two king\'s crowns to either side of an RAF eagle wreath, with the eagles to the tom and bottom. Condition is generally excellent, the blue leather is strong as is the stitching. The metalwork is clean and bright with only minor markings that would likely clean off. The
RAF H Type Heated Flying Gloves Seldom encountered pair of H Type electrically heated gloves as worn with wired flying suits by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew. They are not quite a matched pair, as one appears to be marked as a size \'S\' while the other an \'L\'. However no real difference can be ascertained, they remain a usable and displayable size. Condition is excellent, a coating of leather feed has clearly been applied and has left them a lovely chestnut brown colour. This has left some trace of itself on the inside of the leather however it does not detract. The labels both remain in very clean condition, I suspect these have never been used as there is no sign of wear at all.
RAF Issue Blue Enamel Water Bottle & Cover A great example of the RAF issue blue enamel water bottle in blue serge cover. There is some moth damage to the rear of the cover but nothing too extensive. The bottle appears to be in excellent condition.
RAF Issue Blue-Grey Plimsolls Size 9 Well used pair of RAF issue blue/ grey plimsolls, in the same pattern as their army counterparts. They feature a rubber moulded sole on canvas with cotton reinforcing trim. This pair differ in having a smooth toe-caps and 4 as opposed to 5 lace holes, not dissimilar to pre-war sports shoes. This is likely as they appear to be a civilian contract judging by the stamps to the inside. Therefore some variations in pattern are to be expected, they are however RAF and were issued as such. This pair have suffered with some loss to the rubber joins to each side as pictured. The canvas however is in great shape, and the soles have some smooth wear but are in good flexible shape. They are approximately a size 9. Whilst their army counterparts are often encountered, RAF versions seem more difficult to come across. These would be great addition to an RAF or flying collection. These came in with a pair of wartime RAAF issue plimsolls, see item:50589.
RAF MK VIII Aircrew Sunglasses To correctly use their name would be to say, MK VIII Spectacles Aircrew Anti- Glare. However they are for all intents and purposes sunglasses, quite often used as such by a variety of RAF personnel. This pair are well used, complete with their leather covered steel box. The leather covering has worn off in several places though the embossing on the box is still legible. The glasses retain their Air Ministry marks to the arms of the glasses reading \"AM MKVIII 22C/961\" and \"BAO\" to the nose bridge. Regrettably, this pair are in need of a repair, one of the plastic nose protector pieces has broken off from it\'s thin metal stem. This is included however and would likely be an easy repair for an opticians or at home with the correct tools. The tinted lenses are in good clean shape, with only a minor chip to the inside of the right lense as pictured. A nice project for minor repair, priced accordingly.
RAF Navigator Brevet Tropical Use A good clean example of the RAF aircrew navigator brevet, clearly used in the tropics for wear on khaki drill uniform. This is indicated by the use of press studs for easy removal from often washed KD. Fine clean condition. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Navigators Officer\'s Service Dress Uniform OBE ACE Interesting uniform to a Flight Lieutenant Navigator, matching jacket and trousers. The jacket breast bears medal ribbons for the Military OBE, Air Crew Europe, 39-45 Star, Defence Medal and the 39-45 Medal. Above the ribbons is a very clean padded navigator brevet, there are also stitches to allow medals to be worn on the tunic. Therefore this uniform will most likely be his best uniform at the end of the war, or one he had made at the time. Condition is very good throughout and complete with all the original buttons, with only minor wear to the material and some minor moth nips. These come in the form of two small nips on the inside leg of the trousers, however they are not noticeable. A small area of the fly lining to the trousers has come un-stitched, it is a minor fix that could be left as is. Regrettably there are no tailors labels in either the jacket or the trousers, however the initials \'W L\' and the number 18214 is hand inked into the trouser lining. This information, along with the medal ribbon could well be researched, however as it stands no research has been undertaken. Size approximately: Jacket: Chest 37/8 Inches Waist 32 Inches Shoulder to cuff 24.5 inches Trousers: Waist 32 Inches Inseam:31.5 Inches
RAF OA Issue Black Tie Plain black tie as issued to all airman and NCOs in the RAF, complete with issue label. The label is regrettably obliterated of any information, though clearly indicates it as an issue item. There is also has the owners name and number hand written on a piece of tape and stitched inside the smaller end. The tie is in fair condition throughout, with a small moth nip to the rear and some wear to the front as pictured. This would not be visible when displayed on a mannequin. Issue RAF ties are becoming rather scarce, no doubt due to their ubiquitous use in civilian life like the issue OA shirts.
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits aircrew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle and three fixing holes to the male end. There is some overall wear from use and some small moth holes as pictured. Approximately a 34-36 inch waist, from the prongs to each of the three holes. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits aircrew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle, some minor wear from use but it is very good and little used. There is a green paper tag stitched to the inside seam with some indiscernible numbers handwritten onto it. Approximately a 33-35 inch waist, from the prongs to each of the three holes. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt (1) Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits aircrew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle, with a single position fixing. There is some overall wear from use, along with a service number inked onto a white cotton label. This belt is approximately a 34.5 inches from the holes to the prongs, as it would be when secured. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt (1) Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits air crew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle, some minor wear from use. Approximately a 32 waist. These belts are not often encountered by themselves.
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt (2) Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits aircrew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle, some minor wear from use. Approximately a 33-35 inch waist, from the prongs to each of the three holes. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt (2) Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits air crew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle, some minor wear from use. Approximately a 32 waist. These belts are not often encountered by themselves.
RAF OA Service Dress Tunic Belt (3) Wool tunic belt for the RAF four- pocket service dress jacket, often worn as a trouser belt with suits air crew battle dress later in the war. Blue/ grey serge wool with a brass twin prong buckle, some minor wear from use. Approximately a 32 waist. These belts are not often encountered by themselves.
RAF OA\'s Shirt Collar Mint blue-grey shirt collar as used by non-officer rank airmen. The condition is fantastic and has likely never been used, there is no fading at all. Air Ministry stamp is prominent as is the accompanying code stamp. Collar measures about 14 inches between the stud holes.
RAF Officer Greatcoat Shoulder Boards Excellent pair of RAF Flying Officer rank shoulder boards, to be worn on an RAF officers greatcoat. These were designed to attach to the wool loops on the shoulders of the greatcoat, being detachable via split pins or loops to the rear of the buttons. These are in excellent shape complete with split pins, and would display well or attach easily to a greatcoat.
RAF Officers Mess Dress Trousers A pair of RAF officers mess dress trousers in blue barathea wool, most likely dating from the 1950s. RAF mess dress was used extensively before the Second World War but its use ceased during the war, coming back into fashion in the post-war era. This pair are complete with all buttons and leather stirrup straps to the cuffs, the buckles are present though one is rather bent. There is no tailors label present, though there are some hand written inscriptions in the lining. There are several moth holes, the worst being to the crotch. There are several smaller holes to the legs and rear area as pictured. Size is approximately 31 inch waist and 30.5 inside leg. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
RAF Officers Tootal Black Tie Private Purchase Lovely clean black tie made by Tootal, a popular brand for RAF officers for scarfs and ties. Condition is very good, complete with Tootal label. The tie is the correct shape for other wartime examples, and is a characteristic privately purchase item of the period.
RAF Officer\'s Gieves Side Cap An RAF officer\'s side cap, made by Gieves; one of the most prolific of the wartime tailors. The cap features a large tailors label to the inside and a light silken or rayon lining. Given that it is slightly stiff and crisp it is likely that this cap has seen little prolonged wear. The barathea material is in good clean condition, save for three small moth holes to the forward left side as pictured. The cap is complete with its gilt brass cap badge, this type has been attached in the manufacture process and therefore is not removable unlike some other examples. Good clean example of the side cap as used by RAF and Commonwealth officers.
RAF Officer\'s Greatcoat Shoulder Boards RAF Flying Officer Shoulder rank boards for the officer\'s greatcoat. These are complete with the correct buttons and rings to secure them to the coat. Condition is excellent.
RAF Officer\'s Peaked Service Dress Cap Large Size Good used RAF officer\'s peaked cap, from an unnamed non-pilot aircrew officer. His uniform had been de-badged and all that could be discerned was that he wore a half-wing brevet, the name inked \'REID\' inked inside. This cap is of later- war construction, retaining the squared off wartime peak. It has seen a lot of use and has adopted a rakish \'ops\' style to it, giving a great amount of character. There are a few stains to the top of the cap, yet largely the material remains clean. The leather has seen quite a bit of wear but is intact, as is the cotton lining to the crown which is only a little grubby. The band has been embossed with \'Real Roan Leather\'. The stitching is good and strong with only a few inches having been restitched or reinforced in blue thread. The badge itself is also in used condition with some wear to the crown. Size is approximately 22.5 inches. A fair example, with bags of character in a good size. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50292 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
RAF Officer\'s Shirt & Collar Lovely RAF officer\'s shirt with correct half-front, detachable collar and French cuffs to be secured by cufflinks. The shirt bears the internal label indicating the manufacturer and retailer \'Greenwoods\'. Condition is excellent with no visible wear, it would appear to have barely been worn. Size is approximately: 21.5 inches under the arms. 34.5 inches back of collar to hem. 23 inches shoulder seam to cuff (when cufflinks fitted) 14 inches neck size Detachable collar size is 15 1/2 * Please note that whilst the collar is included; the tie and securing studs/ cufflinks are not.
RAF Other Airmans Greatcoat Fair example of the RAF greatcoat as issued to Airman and NCO\'s. This coat is wartime pattern, but could read either 1943 or 1948, as the label appears slightly unclear. This coat has been stripped of badges and fitted with a set of civilian coat buttons after its service, this could easily be rectified if desired. There is some minor wear and grubbiness to the coat, however the material and blanket lining remains in good order. It is marked a size 5, giving the approximate measurements as *********.
Raf Other Airman\'s Black Tie Scarce example of the black tie as issued to non-officer ranks, for use with the Service Dress uniform and later the Suits Aircrew uniform. This example does not have a label, and is priced as such. The construction, style and material however; is identical to other labelled examples. The narrower points to either end and the white gauze lining are hallmark features for issue RAF ties, this example is a match. The condition is generally very good, however there is some white marks to the large end that could well be cleaned. A scarce item of RAF uniform, excellent for the RAF collector. FREE UK POSTAGE.
RAF Other Airman\'s Greatcoat Large Size An excellent clean example of the RAF Greatcoat, in a large long size with brass King\'s crown buttons. This is the standard wartime O/A/ NCO version featuring a white wool blanket lining. This coat is missing its issue label, yet retains the white Air Ministry \'AM\' stamp, that changed to a broad arrow during the war. Therefore this is a wartime example and not post-war. It looks to have had albatross shoulder badges at some point, these have unfortunately been removed. The material is in very good condition and has an excellent thick nap of cloth. The lining is also very clean as well as the cotton pocket lining, indicating very little if any serious use. There are some small nips to the blanket lining as pictured, yet this remains a very good condition greatcoat. Size is approximately to suit a tall frame of over 6ft and approximately a 40 chest with uniform underneath, larger if displayed without uniform underneath. More precise measurements to follow shortly. An excellent wartime greatcoat, in far better condition than most. A perfect addition to an RAF collection. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50491 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
RAF Other Airman\'s Serge Tunic Belt Good example of the Other Airman\'s uniform tunic belt. Very good clean condition, brass buckle. A surprisingly difficult item to find by itself, and often missing from tunics.
RAF Padded Signaller Wireless Operator Aircrew Trade Brevet Good lightly padded example of the signaller brevet as used by Wireless Operators later in the war. Great overall condition. FREE UK POSTAGE.
RAF Parachute Flight Bag Fair example of the parachute storage bag as used by RAF and Commonwealth airmen. This example has been inscribed to a \'FLT LT K HUGHES\', but no research has been done. The bag features two grab handles, lightning zip closure and internal flaps secured by press studs. Both sides feature the broad arrow mark, making it a later war example. The condition is fairly well used with some overall wear and markings. The zip functions well, however one side of the zip cotton has come away from the bag as pictured. This does not effect the closure of the zip. The internal flaps are complete and the press studs work well.
RAF Pathfinder Badge PFF Force Wing Pathfinder qualification badge, as worn by RAF pathfinders operating with Bomber Command. The Pathfinder Force or PFF were created in 1942 and commanded by Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett. Their creation was in order to provide accurate marking of targets for the main bomber streams. These badges were awarded to operational aircrew on pathfinder squadrons, and worn on the left breast pocket flap of Service Dress and sometimes the Suits Aircrew blouse. Whilst there are many types of PFF badges the \'pin back\' type were the most common privately purchased type. Some aircrew would sometimes use the eagle from the Field Service side cap in lieu of a private purchase item. Condition is clean with some wear to the gilt wash, the pin back fastening works well.
RAF Pathfinder Brass Eagle Pin Back An unmarked example of the RAF \'pathfinder\' eagle, featuring the \'pin back\' fixing to the rear. The Pathfinder Force or PFF were created in 1942 and commanded by Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett. Their creation was in order to provide accurate marking of targets for the main bomber streams. These badges were awarded to operational aircrew on pathfinder squadrons, and worn on the left breast pocket flap of Service Dress and seldomly Battle Dress. whilst there are many types of PFF badges the \'pin back\' type were the most common privately purchased type. Some aircrew would sometimes use the eagle from the Field Service side cap in lieu of a private purchase item. The badge itself is in good clean condition with good clear detailing. The steel pin the reverse functions, yet is a little loose. There is some minor surface rust to the steel pin, yet this would clean up easily. FREE UK POSTAGE.
RAF Pathfinder Force Wing Maker Marked A lovely maker marked example of the Pathfinder Force qualification badge, featuring a pin back fastening. This private purchase example is made by \'Spencer\' of London and is stamped to the rear. The Pathfinder Force or PFF were created in 1942 and commanded by Air Vice Marshall Don Bennett. Their creation was in order to provide accurate marking of targets for the main bomber streams. These badges were awarded to operational aircrew on pathfinder squadrons, and worn on the left breast pocket flap of Service Dress and sometimes the Suits Aircrew blouse. Whilst there are many types of PFF badges the \'pin back\' type were the most common privately purchased type. Some aircrew would sometimes use the eagle from the Field Service side cap in lieu of a private purchase item. The badge itself is in good clean condition with good clear detailing. The pin to the reverse functions well but slightly bent, it is still strong however. FREE UK POSTAGE.
RAF Rubber Oxygen Hose Tube RAF rubber oxygen hose as used in conjunction with the E & G type series of oxygen mask, throughout the middle to the end of the Second World War. This example has been poorly stored and is rather stiff and inflexible. There is a line of degraded rubber as pictured, that stretched around 3.5 inches from the top of the hose. This would likely be concealed when displayed. Not in the best condition, but still displayable and priced accordingly. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
RAF Sergeant Chevron Stripes Pair (2) Good pair of RAF sergeant stripes as used on Service Dress, Suits Aircrew uniform and Great Coats. Loose threads where they have been removed from uniform. Overall condition is very good, however there is one stitched repair to the rear of the backing material and a minor rust mark to one chevrons. This is not visible from the front and does not detract from their appearance. FREE UK POSTAGE.
RAF Sergeant Stripes Pair (1) Good pair of RAF sergeant stripes as used on Service Dress, Suits Aircrew uniform and Great Coats. Some loose threads where they have been removed from uniform. Overall condition is very good, with excellent colour and stitching. FREE UK POSTAGE.
RAF Service Dress Jacket Belt An RAF blue/ grey serge belt, complete with brass buckle. This is intended for wear with the four- pocket service dress jacket. It is also commonly seen used as a waist belt. Good overall condition. Measures approximately 34 inches from prongs to middle securing hole.
RAF Sidcot Flying Colour Rare Green Fur An unusual green fur variety of the detachable fur collar as used on the 1930, 40 and 41 pattern sidcot suits throughout the war. This collar has been named several times on the reverse canvas by the original owner, \"Wynne\" \"Jean\" and \"June\" have been marked in pen. One can only speculate the reasoning for these ladies names on the reverse of the collar, though aircrew were often superstitious. The fur itself is in good condition with only some minor wear and marking. A good addition to a sidcot that is missing a collar, as they often are.
RAF Silk Scarf Square Large Size Beautiful RAF patterned silk scarf, made by \'CREESRIST\'. This is the large square pattern, measuring approximately 35 x 35 inches. The material is bright and clean with good colour, the original label remains stitched in place and the black tassels are in good shape. This would benefit from a light press, as it is slightly creased from being folded.
RAF Sweetheart Badge Converted A small yet charming RAF sweetheart badge measuring just under 2.5 cm, having been converted from an Isle of Man badge as can be seen from the reverse. The centrepiece features the RAF crest with King\'s Crown and motto laid onto a pearl backing with a pin fixing to the reverse. The condition is good with some minor verdigris to the metal, the fixing is strong and functions well. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST FREE UK POSTAGE
RAF Tropical F/O Rank Tape Single tropical rank tape for an RAF Flying Officer. Blue on blue rank tape, mounted on khaki drill cotton. Used in conjunction with Khaki Drill uniforms by the RAF. Condition is good throughout. Please note, this is a single rank tape not a pair. FREE UK POSTAGE
RAMC Officer\'s Bronze Cap Badge Fine example of the Royal Army Medical Corps officer\'s bronze cap badge. The badge features two securing lugs to the rear. The metal is in good clean condition, and it is maker marked to the rear \"J. R Gaunt\".
RAMC Officer\'s Peaked Cap Army officer\'s service dress peaked cap, as worn wth both service dress and battle dress alike. Likely dating from the 1940s or 50s. This example is fitted with small bronze general service buttons to the sides and a brass RAMC cap badge to the front, with a pair of vents to the rear. It is not known if this badge is original to the cap. The cloth is in fair used condition with some minor moth nips underneath the peak and a pair of very faint trails to the top edge. The headband and liner are in fine shape. The label states the cap was made by \'H. O\' Bryan\' of Aldershot, the headband is stamped \'Real Roan Leather\' and has had the wearers name \'G I VERNEY\' inked into it. The chin strap has unfortunately had one tab adjusters ripped off, while the other has been glued back in place. Approximate size 55/56. Despite this, the cap would display well on a mannequin.
RAMC Regimental Fork Mappin & Webb One piece of a set of RAMC tableware, marked with the RAMC badge to the top of the handle. There are hallmarks to the reverse and there is wear to the metal finish.
RAMC Regimental Spoon Quetta Great example of a single piece of regimental tableware as used by the Royal Army Medical Corps in Quetta (modern day Pakistan). Marked to the top of the handle \'R.A.M.C\' with \'QUETTA\' below. There is some wear to the metal that could well clean up very easily.
RCAF Single Flight Sergeant Crown A single padded Royal Canadian Air Force Flight Sergeant rank crown. The crown is lightly padded and backed with brown paper, there is some wear and fading and the badge has clearly been removed from uniform. This is a single stripe, often work on one sleeve on \'Suits Aircrew\' uniforms as they were designated as working dress. This practise is commonly seen throughout the war. FREE UK POSTAGE
RCAF WAG Officer\'s Service Dress Aircrew Uniform ACE CVSM An excellent Royal Canadian Air Force officer\'s service dress, an early uniform to a Flying Officer trained as a Wireless Operator and Air Gunner. This uniform is regrettably unnamed and unattributed, it did however come from Canada; and given the badges and labels it is possible to build some sort of picture on this basis. It is the standard wartime pattern four pocket jacket, with four button closure and self-belt stitched at the rear. The trousers feature the common high back of the period, with brace buttons and button fly front, with a metal catch the front of the waistband. These features are commonly seen on British uniforms; where Canadian made trousers sometimes feature a zip fly. The uniform itself was tailored in Luton, making it a British made set fitted with RAF buttons as opposed to the RCAF versions. This is a combination sometimes seen among Canadian aircrew in the UK. The tailors label reads \'BUTTON BROTHERS LUTON\', and is a tailors that I have not yet encountered. Therefore this man had the uniform made whilst serving in England, and ended up returning to Canada with it. The Wireless Air Gunner brevet is fitted correctly above the left breast pocket, just above a detachable pin back medal ribbon pair. The ribbons include the Air Crew Europe Star and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal. The CVSM was introduced in October 1943 and indicates that he volunteered for active service and completed 18 months of service. The jacket is fitted with what appear to be cut down RCAF albatross badges, made with darker backing than the more common \'Canada\' titles. These have been hand stitched to the shoulders. Condition wise, the uniform has suffered a certain amount of moth damage, with a degree of service wear. There is a few small moth nips to the front button of the jacket, and a smattering to the back as pictured. There is some slight bobbling to the wool under the armpits. The lining is in generally good clean shape. The trousers have suffered some damage to the crotch area as well as the the inside of one leg at the hem. This is also pictured, along with some grease or oil marks, which may well clean out. The belt has been crudely repaired to one side where the stitching had evidently come loose. These could be repaired if desired, and they in no way detract from the overall look of the uniform. The uniform is a taller fitting size and approximately a 38 chest and 32 waist. Overall this is a well used set, clearly belonging to an RCAF aircrew member who volunteered and served from the UK flying operations over Europe. The size makes this a very displayable set that would likely suit an average build mannequin. A delightful set, perfect for any RAF, RCAF or Commonwealth collection. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50450 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
Relic Great War German G98 Bayonet Relic condition German G98 bayonet, with no scabbard. Judging by the good condition this is likely an old dug up item, however there are unfortunately no details or information attached to it. The blade and handle have a certain amount of pitting and old rust to them, whilst the handle grips have lost some wood. The makers mark is still legible however, designating it as made by \"Deutsch Maschinenfabrik A-G Duisburg\". OVER 18 UK SALES ONLY PLEASE
RHA 1908 Other Services Haversack 1908 Other Services 1908 pattern side haversack as worn by mounted personnel during the Great War and the inter- war period. This example is stamped to the Royal Horse Artillery and has remnants of a coat of blanco remaining. The front has been slashed and repaired at some point, there is also a well done period repair/ reinforcement to the rear as pictured. A well used but honest example, the stamps are largely illegible, but could possibly read 1935.
RNVR Officer\'s Long Hose Respirator & Haversack Fantastic long hose respirator and haversack as issued to Royal Navy and RAF servicemen throughout the war. The respirator is complete with MK VII haversack, dimming tube and two anti-gas eye-shields in the brown packet. The respirator is dated between 1940 and 1941, while the haversack is dated 1942. The dimming tin is dated 1941 as are the eye-shields. This particular example is named to W. G. C. Cashford, who was an officer aboard the corvette HMS Coltsfoot, which was commissioned on 1 November 1941. His identity disc remains attached to the filter with his details hand written in ink, \'CASHFORD\' is printed on the bottom of the haversack and \'W. G. C. C.\' is also printed on the strap. The respirator is in very good condition, the hose is supple as is the face mask. The strap pad however is dried and inflexible. The brick red filter is also in very good condition with little wear and marking. The haversack is in good clean condition with only minor service related wear. The eye-shields and dimming tin are in good condition, the cloth remains intact as does the string for the dimming tube. A fantastic and unique example and would make a marvellous addition to a Royal Navy collection. REDUCED FROM: £85
Round Cavalry Mess Tins Round two-part mess tins as used by mounted troops, that appear to be dated 194? but the stamp is two worn to see the last digit. That are in fine complete condition, with only some surface rust however the leather strap is absent. They would benefit from a light clean and oiling to free up the surface rust, and bring them back to their former glory.
Royal Army Medical Corps Slip On Shoulder Titles A good pair of Royal Army Medical Corps cloth shoulder titles, worn attached to the epaulettes of the battle dress blouse. These titles were sometimes worn in the early war period, though also appear later with different units. The tapes appear slightly different widths, however they do appear to be a matching pair. The serge is in excellent undamaged shape. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Artillery Brass Collar Titles Pair of Royal Artillery brass collar titles, matched pair with pins to the reverse. Some wear to the face from polishing. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Artillery Captains No 1 Full Dress Jacket A stunning Royal Artillery captains full dress jacket, made by \'Hodgson & Morgan\' of Woolwich in fair condition. This jacket had a fine dark blue wool base, with gilt brass Royal Artillery buttons to the front. There is a waist seam intersecting with the lower button hole and a red piping trim to the front placket. The jacket features a red wool stand collar with gold embroidered trim and padded bombs to each side. The epaulettes are latticed embroidery with gilt brass corps buttons and three padded embroidered pips to each. Thick embroidered detailing is featured on each of the cuffs, along with a pair of corps buttons to each side. The rear back panel is stitched into a patrol style cut with scalloped panels to each side of the rear skirt vent and red piping to the leading edge. Both panels have three corps buttons to each, with a further two to the centre of the waist seam. The inside is lined with a patterned cream padded silk rayon material, with a dark blue cotton to the lower skirt. The lining is largely in good condition with some staining and small rips to the upper portion. The collar is lined with the same dark blue cotton. The tailors label is stitched into the back of the collar and read \'Hodgson & Morgan Military Outfitters Woolwich\', the officers name has unfortunately been cut and now only reads \'Captain R.\'. The two lower buttons to the front are unfortunately missing, though could easily be replaced. The central rank pip on the right epaulette has some damage to the top, leaving the padding exposed. There is some slight unravelling to the embroidery on the pips. The wool has regrettably suffered some attention from moths, there is some trails and a couple of small holes to the left lower front. This is the same with the right breast and underarm. There is some damage to the left base of the collar at the front, the top button has also pulled away from the material taking some of the material with it. This could be sympathetically repaired. The lower metal throat hook has broken on the male side, leaving only the top hook to close. There is also some wear to the red wool of the collar, mainly to the rear. There are some small with holes and one repair to the small of the back. There is some moth damage to the lower right side of the rear of the skirt, and also some small nips to the left side of the hem at the rear. The left sleeve has some clusters of small moth holes to the rear along the seam. A truly beautiful tunic that has unfortunately suffered to some extent at the hands of moths. It would still display very well no doubt and only requires the minimal amount of repair to do so. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Royal Artillery Gun Layer Sleeve Badge Gun Layer brass sleeve badge, as used by the Royal artillery. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Artillery Officers Bronze Cap Badge Royal Artillery officers bronze cap badge, made by \'J. R Gaunt\' of London. This example features twin securing blades to the rear and is the \'spinning wheel\' variety, meaning that the center wheel is on a pin bar and can rotate. The bronzing is lightly worn overall, but has an excellent used patina. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Royal Artillery Officers Bronze Cap Badge Good clean Royal Artillery officers bronze cap badge, made by Firmin of London. This example features twin securing blades to the rear and is the \'spinning wheel\' variety, meaning that the centre wheel is on a pin bar and can rotate. The bronzing is around 99% clean and not chipped, though there is some extremely minor loss. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Artillery Officers Bronze Collar Badges Good pair of Royal Artillery officers bronze collar badges, featuring seven flames to each as opposed to the nine of the Royal Engineers. They are seemingly not quite a matched pair, though they are very close and do not indicate otherwise. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Royal Artillery Slip On Shoulder Titles An almost matching pair of Royal Artillery slip on cloth shoulder titles, with cotton tapes to the rear for attaching to the battle dress epaulettes. These titles were sometimes worn in the early war period, though also appear later with different units. They are in good clean condition, though there is a slight mismatch in colour and backing. They do not look out of place however, particularly when displayed on a blouse. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Artillery Veteran Striped Tie Royal Artillery stripe tie, made from mixed materials and probably dating from the 1950s or 60s given its more modest proportion as opposed to 1970s ties. The colours are strong and bold, and the label is in place at the rear. A great tie for a RA veteran or serving soldier, with a classic cut it is certainly superior to any modern alternative.
Royal Artillery White Lanyard White lanyard as used by the Royal Artillery, worn under the epaulette and armpit. Correct width and length.
Royal Artillery/ General Service Helmet Plate Unusual example of the British General Service helmet plate, belonging to an RSM of the Royal Artillery who served during the war. The crown appears to have been replaced with a staff crown, where it had likely broken off. The only other explanation was that this was an earlier Victorian plate, that was modernised for use in the Kings reign. The brass itself is free from verdigris and has not been over-polished, it remains a very attractive plate.
Royal Canadian Artillery Officers Service Dress Cap Good example of a post-WW2 officers service dress cap to the Royal Canadian Artillery in the correct colours. It comes complete with gilt Artillery cap badge to the front, green felt interior and a Canadian tailors label to the inside. The label reads \'STOKES CAP & REGALIA LTD TORONTO ONTARIO\'. Condition is good throughout, with no moth damage to the barathea to the top. The colours remain strong and the sweatband and lining is not damaged. The inside cover has been damaged in places however, yet the leather band remains strong. The sweatband has had a chamois-type strip added to the front for comfort. Unfortunately, the gilt buttons and chinstrap are absent and would need to be replaced. The leather peak is strong and the stitching is good throughout, there is however some light cracking to the front of the peak. The interior of the cap is dirty under the leather band from storage and would benefit from a clean. The size is approximately around a 7.
Royal Corps of Signals Bi-Metal Cap Badge Royal Corps of Signals cap badge, in good clean condition. Slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Engineers Greetings Card from 159 BDS British North African Force Lovely unique surviving example of a theatre sent greetings cards. It was sent from \'26807 Spr J. Johnston\' to a \'MRS. J. JOHNSTON 12 PHILLIP. ST. WARRINGTON LANC\'S ENGLAND\'. The message reads \'CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM THE MEDITERRANEAN\' \'From your ever loving husband, Jim. with love XXXX\' There is some associated wear, creasing from folding that has weakened it slightly. The tones are bold and are not too yellowed by time, likely a result of display in a frame. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Fusiliers K.C Bearskin Badge Clean example of the cap badge used on bearskins of the Royal Fusiliers, featuring a Kings Crown (pre-1953).
Royal Marines Brass Ash Tray Brass Royal Marines ash tray, featuring a cap badge to the centre. There is some minor denting to one edge as pictured. This would benefit from a light polish and clean to restore to its former self.
Royal Marines Brass Ashtray Brass ashtray bearing the Royal Marines cap badge to the centre. There is some verdigris that would benefit from a deep cleaning. Edges are very slightly bent in a few places but it is in good condition overall.
Royal Marines Bullion Marksman Badge Lovely gold bullion tombstone wool badge for the Royal Marines marksman qualification. This badge is in excellent condition and was made in Malta by a local embroiderers \"Griscti\'s\", the reverse is marked as such with a circular paper label. There is a white inked number to the top rear of the gauze backing. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Royal Munster Fusiliers Brass Bearskin Cap Badge Lovely clean example of the Munster Fusiliers cap badge worn on the bearskin. Good clear detailing, has not been over-polished, lugs are intact and not misshapen. The Royal Munster Fusiliers were active from 1898 until their disbandment in 1922. A very scarce badge.
Royal Navy 1918 08 Pattern Webbing Large Pack & Straps Very good near mint example of the 1908 webbing large pack, complete with haversack straps and original extenders. The pack itself is dated 1918, one strap is dated 1918 and the other 1942. The extenders are undated. The rear of one brass end is stamped for naval issue. The condition is excellent, with no rips, tears or ribbing. It has never been blanco\'d and only bears minor storage marks. This came with a small number of other items relating to a WW2 RNVR officer on a corvette, W G C Cashford.
Royal Navy 1919 Pattern Water Bottle Webbing Cradle 1940 1940 dated water bottle cradle for the 1919 pattern webbing set, with a front fastening press stud. It is in mint unblanco\'d and unused condition. This came with a small number of other items relating to an RNVR officer on a corvette, W G C Cashford.
Royal Navy 1919 Pattern Webbing Brace Adaptors Matched pair of brace adaptors for the 1919 pattern webbing set. They are dated 1923 on one but not the other. Both bear naval issue stamps to the brass work. Condition is very good, with only minor tarnishing and storage marks. These came with a small number of other items relating to an RNVR officer on a corvette, W G C Cashford.
Royal Navy Easco Lamp and Pouch Excellent example of the life jacket lamp made by Easco, complete with the pouch. The map is in great shape and nicely stamped up. Pouch is complete with white metal buttons and a rubberised interior.
Royal Navy Qualification Trade Badge
Royal Navy Summer Hat & HMS Eagle Tally White summer blanco\'d Royal Navy hat. It is in generally good condition, however the blanco is loose, chalky and slightly patchy in places. The HMS Eagle tally is in good condition also, however it is a later replacement. The inner band bears the name \'JENNER\' in white paint, the original wool chin strap remains attached on one side, yet it is heavily mothed, Size is larger, approximately 7 1/4
Royal Observer Corps Cap Badge KC A good example of the Royal Observer Corps cap badge, with twin lugs and cotter pin to the rear. Good issued condition. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Royal Scots Fusiliers Other Ranks Cap Badge Royal Scots Fusiliers cap badge, lovely worn patina. Two lugs to the rear, slight dent to the front but this looks to be from manufacturing. Very pleasing example, would clean up well. FREE UK POSTAGE
Royal Scots Greys Large Bearskin Badge & Plume Beautiful example of the Royal Scots Greys Bearskin Badge, with plume and holder plate. The badge and holder is in excellent shape and has not been over-polished. The plume itself is very soft and not misshapen at all, the features are in great condition. The plume removes easily from the badge and the stick is intact. A rare badge set in excellent condition.
Royal Warwickshire Regiment Bi-Metal Cap Badge Royal Warwickshire Regiment Cap Badge, bi-metal cap badge is good clean condition. Slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
RSM Named 53 Welsh Div Royal Artillery 112th Field Regt Grouping Exceptional grouping to Regimental Sergeant Major William Harrison of the 112th Field Regiment Royal Artillery. This grouping was acquired directly from the family, all that has been done was to repair some of the moth damage. The grouping consists of his austerity pattern Battle Dress blouse and trousers, size 7 made by \'Moore Taggart & Co\' and dated 1945. The blouse bears sergeant stripes, brass guns, 53rd Welsh Division patches and embroidered Royal Artillery titles. His medal ribbons are in place to include the France and Germany Star, 39-45 Star and the Defence Medal. The trousers are standard austerity pattern, having had wedges added to the lower legs to give a wider appearance when worn without gaiters. This was a common practise by the wars end. His uniform is accompanied by his General Service beret, also dated 1945 made by \'A& J GELFER GLASGOW\' marked size 7 1/4, bearing the RA collar title used as a badge in front of the correct artillery flash. This practise was common, \'SGT. HARRISON 885522\' has been inked into the beret. Harrison\'s identity discs are also present, featuring his service number \'885522\' along with a bone crucifix, these have been field modified to be worn on a thick lanyard. Also included is his Royal Artillery Association lapel badge and original issue wheeled cap badge. His metal tankard that accompanies this lot dates from later on, as it is inscribed to \'RSM HARRISON 112 Fld Regt. RA\'. The cardboard box that contained the tankard is present and included; though not pictured. His medals themselves are also included and match the ribbons on his blouse, bearing the pin back bar for attaching to the chest. They were originally stored in a cigar box along with his corresponding index card, these are included. The uniform itself dates from when Harrison was a sergeant serving under the 53rd Welsh Division in France, through Holland and into Germany. It is likely he served in 112 Field Regiment afterwards as they were part of 43rd Wessex during the war. The Battle Dress blouse and trousers have suffered a certain amount of moth damage, mainly to the trousers. The worst of this has been patched and repaired, there are some smaller holes that have been left as is. All buttons are present and correct, yet only the blouse and cap are actually dated as the label is absent from the trousers. This is common with the external type used on trousers throughout the war. This is an exemplary grouping to an interesting individual who was part of a famous and sought after division. The grouping was acquired directly from the family, something that has become increasingly uncommon in recent years. This grouping is a worthy compliment to any collection. Please see the further two sets of images for this grouping. If any more images or details are required, please do not hesitate to contact. Postage will be to include insured and tracked delivery.
Sam Browne Officers Leather Belt A fair example of the leather belt that forms part of the Sam Browne officer\'s equipment set. This one likely dates from Great War to Second World War era. There is some overall wear from use, however the inner reinforcements are in good shape and not worn through. The brass fitting are reasonably clean and the D rings are not misshapen. The overall shape has been slightly distorted from storage, yet would easily be corrected. The size is approximately 32-33 when secured in the correct fashion. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Sam Browne Sword Frog Fine example of the Sam Browne equipment sword frog, as used by British Officers. The leather is a lovely light tan in colour and has little visible wear and the brass work is still bright with only minor verdigris.
Scarce 1902 Pattern Great War Service Dress Trousers A very scarce pair of 1902 Pattern khaki serge Service Dress trousers, in their fourth modification with khaki lining as opposed to white. Other examples of this pattern can be seen in the Imperial War Museum archives. The pattern is otherwise identical to earlier modifications, being introduced around 1917 and is often referred to as the \'1918 pattern\'. Like all modifications of 02 pattern, the jackets can often be found whereas trousers are extremely uncommon. This is explicable given their practical use as work trousers after the war, lending themselves to this application soon saw them wear out and be destroyed. This pair feature twelve zinc brace buttons as per their June 1916 modification, along with the correct back construction to the seat and narrow cuffs to the leg. They also feature the double lines of stitching to the bottom of the pocket corners making them correct wartime pattern. Amazingly, all the buttons are originally stitched and not replaced, whilst the top fly button has been merely reinforced in dark thread. Unfortunately one button is missing from the front braces. Otherwise they are in perfect order. The nap of cloth is very good throughout with only minor service wear commensurate with their age. There is one field repair to the crotch and a pair of small moth nips. There is also two small moth nips to the right seat and a small neat repair to the left leg. It appears that they have been let out in the waist, possibly by a film or theatre costume company. Many items of British and Canadian uniform found its way into Hollywood costume stocks after the Great War, though these bear no marks to indicate this. The adjustment does not detract from them however and they could easily be reverted to their original size. The lining is in good clean condition, bearing two sets of decommissioning stamps consisting of inverted arrows marking their removal from service. Their latest issue has been stamped as 2025914 with RE for Royal Engineers, and what could be the re-issue date of December 1929. This makes perfect sense given that 1902 pattern trousers are visible alongside the later pattern referred to as \'1922 pattern\', as late as the Phoney War period of 1939. They are an excellent displayable size of a 36 waist, if they were to be taken back to their original size around 34 they would still be ideal in such a capacity. Overall an extremely scarce pair of trousers, in very good condition and a large size. These are very rarely encountered and would be the perfect addition to a Great War British mannequin. Please see further images of these on item number: 50440.
Service Dress Cap Chin Strap Leather chin strap for use on the Service Dress cap, worn by British and commonwealth troops from the Great War until after the Second World War. Fair overall condition, with some light wear and cracking to the leather. It looks to have been darkened down from its original light brown colour. A difficult item to find by itself, ideal to replace a missing strap. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Set of 6 China Plates \'Occupied Japan\' Made A lovely set of 6 medium sized plates, bearing a floral pattern and gold trim. The plates are marked \'A. J. CHINA\' in a wreath with \'MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN\' below. These plates were made circa 1945-1952, being brought back by a RN serviceman after the war. They measure approximately 7.5 inches wide.
Silver Air Training Corps Lapel Badge Good example an ATC lapel badge, with cresent moon fitting to secure to a jacket lapel. Very good condition, though a little grubby to the detailing. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Silver RAF Pathfinder Type Sweetheart Eagle Brooch Lovely example of an RAF silver sweetheart badge, this is a pin-back version. Identical in size and style to the pathfinder eagle, many of which also featured a pin-back. Condition is excellent, pin and clasp to the reverse are intact and solid. It has been lightly polished, with only minor verdigris remaining.
Single Army Sergeant Stripe Single serge army stripe, in used condition removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single Early Army Sergeant Stripe Single example of an early sergeant stripe, possibly of Great War era. The chevrons are white and khaki tape on a thin serge background. The black stitching has been slightly misaligned during production, there are some loose threads on the edge and what appears to be a rust mark. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single Early RAOC Slip-On Shoulder Title A single slip-on shoulder titles for the Royal Army Ordnance Corps. As used in the early part of the Second World War Green tape to the rear. Some wear from use, single title only. FREE UK POST.
Single Kings Liverpool Regiment Brass Shoulder Title A single brass shoulder title to the King\'s Liverpool Regiment. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single Printed Army Sergeant Stripe Excellent printed army sergeant stripe, possibly of Canadian manufacture. The stripes are stitched to a green serge backing, with minor glue residue from prior mounting. Please note this is a single stripe and not a pair. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Sergeant Stripe (1) A single sergeant stripe, as used by RAF/ RCAF/RAAF and other Commonwealth air forces throughout the war. Very good clean condition but some loose threads, having been removed from uniform. Minor patch of wear to the back as pictured. This is a single stripe, often work on one sleeve on \'Suits Aircrew\' uniforms as they were designated as working dress. This practise is commonly seen throughout the war. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Sergeant Stripe (1) Single RAF Sergeant stripe, as used on service dress, suits air crew and greatcoats. Though regrettably not a pair, single stripes were often worn on suits air crew battle dress throughout the war. Good clean condition, on black wartime backing. Some minor wear to rear corner. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Sergeant Stripe (2) A single sergeant stripe, as used by RAF/ RCAF/RAAF and other Commonwealth air forces throughout the war. Good clean condition but some loose threads, having been removed from uniform. This is a single stripe, often work on one sleeve on \'Suits Aircrew\' uniforms as they were designated as working dress. This practise is commonly seen throughout the war. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Sergeant Stripe (2) Single RAF Sergeant stripe, as used on service dress, suits air crew and greatcoats. Though regrettably not a pair, single stripes were often worn on suits air crew battle dress throughout the war. Good clean condition, on black wartime backing. Some minor wear to rear corner. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Sergeant Stripe (3) Single RAF Sergeant stripe, as used on service dress, suits air crew and greatcoats. Though regrettably not a pair, single stripes were often worn on suits air crew battle dress throughout the war. On black wartime wool backing. Overall good condition, some fraying to the lower part of the top chevron. Some glue marks to the rear from display. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Sergeant Stripe (4) Single RAF Sergeant stripe, as used on service dress, suits air crew and greatcoats. Though regrettably not a pair, single stripes were often worn on suits air crew battle dress throughout the war. Good clean condition, on black wartime backing. Some minor wear to rear corner. FREE UK POSTAGE
Single RAF Warrant Officer Cloth Crown A great, possibly unissued example of the Warrant Officer crown as used by the RAF. Colour is excellent as is the cloth and khaki gauze backing, it does not appear to have ever been stitched onto a uniform. Please note this is a single example only. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single RAOC Brass Shoulder Title A single brass shoulder title to the Royal Army Ordnance corps. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single Royal West Kent Regiment Brass Shoulder Title A single brass shoulder title to the Royal West Kent Regiment. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single Silver Screw Back Police Crown A singular example of a silver crown as worn on police uniforms, featuring two screw posts for securing to a uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single Tropical Chevron Single Tropical chevron, as worn with Khaki Drill uniforms in warm, weather theatres. Some minor marking to one side. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Single Tropical Corporal Stripe Single used example of the tropical corporal stripe, as used on Khaki Drill uniforms in tropical warm weather theatres. There is some wear to the top centre as pictured. FREE UK POSTAGE
SLR 20 Rd Magazine, Inert 7.62 Rounds & Ancilliaries Set of weapon accessories for the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle, adopted by the British Army in 1954. This set consists of one 20 round magazine dated 1959, 23 inert 7.62 rounds, two stripper clips, speed loader, sling and what I believe to be part of the Blank Firing Adaptor. Condition is used as to be expected, there is some green paint markings to the magazine while the sling is tatty and missing one rivet from one metal end. Great set to accompany a deactivated SLR. UK SALE ONLY PLEASE.
SLR 7.62 20 Round Magazine Enfield 20 round magazine for the 7.62 L1A1 Self Loading Rifle, in very good condition. This example is stamped ED for Enfield manufacture, with various serial numbers stamped to the body and the spring sprung feed plate. UK SALES ONLY PLEASE.
Small Square Mesh Helmet Net Good example of the dark green, small square helmet net used by British and commonwealth troops. Good strong colour and condition with no damage, the string is intact and is operable. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Special Proficiency Trade Sleeve Badge Trade badge to denote special proficiency, to be sewn onto the lower sleeve. Issued to denote a pay increase in a select trade after three years service. Free UK Postage
Square Uniform Brass Buckle Squared off uniform brass belt buckle, used on many different uniforms. Good clean brass and prongs.
Steel Kit Bag Clasp Clasp for securing the eyelets closed on an issue kitbag, made in steel. Good overall condition, some minor surface marking. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Sten Gun 32 Round Magazine Dashwood Engineering Ltd. Well used example of the magazine for the Sten gun, holding 32 rounds of 9mm. Whilst many different companies and countries produced magazines for the Sten, this example is wartime and made by \'Dashwood Engineering Ltd.\',This is denoted by the stamp \'S30\' near the base as pictured. There is some overall wear from use and storage, yet the spring and plate operates well. It has been given a light clean up.
Sten Gun 32 Round Magazine Lines Bros Well used example of the magazine for the Sten gun, holding 32 rounds of 9mm. Whilst many different companies and countries produced magazines for the Sten, this example is wartime and made by \'Lines Bros\' in London. This company is perhaps better known as Triang Toys, and produced Sten guns as well as magazines. This is denoted by the stamp \'S68\' near the base as pictured. There is some overall wear from use and storage, yet the spring and plate operates well. It has been given a light clean up. The numbers \'96289\' have been hand stamped near the base, this was presumably the armoury code.
The Royal Scots Regiment Scottish Cap Badge Good wartime period Scots Regiment bi-metal badge, in good used condition. It could do with a little clean up, no cotter pin present with this badge. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
The Welsh Regiment Cap Badge A good wartime period example of the Welsh Regiment bi-metal cap badge. This is a single slider variety and is in good used condition, though would benefit from a cleanup. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
The West Riding Regiment Bi-Metal Cap Badge Good clean example of The West Riding Regiment cap badge. Slider to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE
Theatre Made RAF Signaller Aircrew Brevet Theatre made example of the aircrew brevet used by RAF signaller\'s. There is no padding whatsoever, only the cotton embroidered onto thin black wool as is typical of theatre made examples. No real wear to speak of, only minor glue marks where is has been attached possibly to a display board. FREE UK POSTAGE
Thompson 30 Round Magazine Auto Ordnance Corps Original 30 round magazine for the Thompson Sub-Machine Gun, with three inert .45 rounds. It is in good used condition with some minor surface rust that would likely clean off. There is a decent amount of bluing to the body of the magazine. UK POSTAGE ONLY PLEASE.
Un-cut Vietnam Era Subdued US Medical Patches An uncut pair of US medical branch collar patches, this is the subdued type dating from the Vietnam War era. Some marking and glue residue, possibly from mounting, but good unissued condition. FREE UK POSTAGE
Undated British Mid/ Late-War Jack Knife An undated example of the standard issue jack knife as used by British and Commonwealth servicemen. This is the mid/late-war type with a steel securing ring as opposed to copper. All fittings are in good shape and the handle has only some minor surface cracking as pictured. OVER 18 SALES ONLY PLEASE
Unissued 1943 Bren Barrel Bag Excellent mint example of the bren gun spare barrel bag as used by gun sections. Complete with strap and all flaps and securing elements intact and functioning. Clean maker stamped and dated 1943 Very clean condition, I would say unissued.
Unissued 1945 Dated Cotton Braces An excellent unissued pair of white cotton trouser braces in mint clean condition. This pair are the later issue type with an oval securing clip to each end. They are made by \'A. & F. T. L. Ltd\', dated 1945 and marked as a size 36 inches. The cotton is in clean unused condition with no grubby marks. The leather is soft light tan with some minor storage wear and marking. The chromed metal work is in bright and functioning condition. There is evidence of a repetition of the manufacturers stamps at the very end of one strap, where they have been cut from a length. An excellent unissued pair of braces. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
Unissued 1954 British Army Plimsoles Immaculate unissued pair of British Army plimsoles, dated 1954. They have never been used and still retain the issued steel tipped laces. The rubber soles and toe caps are in excellent condition with no cracking at all. The canvas has good colour and has not faded. Nicely marked inside from the manufacturer \'D.R Co\' with WD stores stamp. They are stamped a size 7. All that would be required would be a little clean as they are a little dusty. A very difficult item to find in good condition due to their intended use and the rubber normally perishing over time.
Unissued 1967 RAF H Type Oxygen Mask Boxed A boxed example of the H type oxygen mask as used by RAF aircrew from 1945 into the post war era. This one is dated 1967 and is a size large. There is some dark foxing to the rubber but this could possibly be cleaned in soapy water. The packaging is intact and includes shredded wax paper strips and clear plastic waterproofing bag. The box itself is dirty and worn from storage, bearing most of the air ministry storage label.
Unissued 1967 RAF H Type Oxygen Mask Mint & Boxed Excellent unissued example of the H Type oxygen mask developed late WW2 through to well into the Post-War era. This particular mask comes complete with its original box and packaging in mint unissued condition, there has been no microphone, wiring or even chamois leather fitted to it. The rubber is immaculate and unblemished, dated September 1967 on the box and January 1967 on the side of the mask. The box retains its original packaging label and comes with shredded wax paper internal packaging and plastic bag for protection. The mask itself is in near perfect condition, while the box has some grubbiness and dustiness it to is in fine shape. Rare chance to obtain an unissued and boxed item of RAF oxygen equipment from the jet age. this has not been messed about with in any way and is very original.
Unissued Boxed RAF Coastal Command Type C Headband Unissued Boxed example of the headband used by Coastal Command crews to communicate onboard. The box is quite intact but dusty and has both stores labels intact, dating to 1961. The headband itself is in good unused condition though slightly grubby from storage. The chamois leather has not hardened, nor has the rubber elements that have remained pliable and un-cracked. The top of the headband bears the correct RAF serial number of 10/12160.
Unissued British Army Sergeant Stripes Pair Good matched pair of British Sergeant stripes, in very fine unissued condition. Some very faint marking to the centre. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Unissued RAF Printed Albatross Sleeve Badges Matched pair of albatross sleeve badges that have not been issued, they are the printed variety with good strong detailing and colouring. They have never been stitched onto uniform, only light glue marks from display that could be removed. Free UK Postage Free Postage
Unissued US Hospital Slippers Unissued pair of WW2 period US canvas hospital slippers. They are in their original brown paper packaging, bearing manufacture stamps to the outside. Both slippers are unworn, with the US medical logo to the inside sole of each and white cotton securing tapes. They are a size medium.
Unissued US Winter Wool Trigger Mitten Gloves Unissued pair of US winter issue wool gloves, made to allow the user to still operate a weapon whilst wearing them. This pair are still tied together as they would have been issued. Condition is therefore very good, with strong colour. They are a good size.
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Unused US Officer\'s Watch Strap An unused example of a private purchase watch strap as used by US officers. Come complete with its original wrapper and cardboard packaging. The packaging is marked \'American Strap Co Inc\'. There is some minor rusting to the nickle buckle and the packaging is slightly tatty. The canvas straps themselves are in good condition. FREE UK POSTAGE
Unusual 1941 Luftwaffe Used RAF Souvenir 231 Flak Hamburg Very unique piece, being that of an RAF Other Ranks forage cap that has apparently been used by a Luftwaffe servicemen. The cap is named in ink on the inside sweat band, appearing to read \'Schutz P Höffler\' along with \'231 Flak\'. 1941 is handwritten in a circle on the reverse. The sweatband has what looks to be \'Crankartz Hamburg\' along with the date in ink. The brass RAF buttons have been changed to German pebble buttons. From some minor research into 231 Flak, it appears that they served under Stab/Flak-Regiment 153 from June 1941 until March 1942 when they seem to have found themselves in Russia. The timeline appears to make sense, however more in depth research is necessary on this one. The piece of serge material behind the buttons has been removed and you can clearly see the shadow of the where a Luftwaffe badge has been removed. This item was possibly a captured item worn by the Luftwaffe servicemen named, possibly taken off an RAF crew member shot down over Hamburg. A very unusual piece, that has not been messed with. It is worthy of further research. Please see Item: 50119 for further images.
Unusual Modified 1941 Tropal Coat An unusual example of the Tropal coat as used in extreme weather, as seen in Norway and also in the Western desert most famously by the Long Range Desert Group. These coats normally featured a thick canvas outer, with two internal flapped lower pockets, with 5 metal snap hooks to secured the front closed. Normal versions of this coat would feature a thick serge collar and either kapok or sheepskin lining. This coat has been professionally shortened to around the length of a mounted greatcoat (around 34.5 inches from base of collar to the hem). The tropal coat would normally feature buttons to the bottom at the back, similarly to a dismounted pattern greatcoat. However this has been removed along with the hem. The sheepskin trim removed from the hem, has presumably been used to fashion a large fur collar that has been laid over the normal serge collar. It could be imagined that the wearer of the coat was most likely mounted and possibly an officer, the adaption aiding mobility in a vehicle. This task would be made more difficult with a longer coat. Condition is very poor in some places, the sheepskin has become detached in some areas, but could likely be reattached if desired. The original serge collar is visible from inside the back of the collar, where some of the stitching holding the sheepskin collar has come away. Some wear to the cuffs is visible from prolonged use. There is a small hole to the inside sheepskin lining of around 1.5 inches square, this is in the lining only. As is usual with tropal coats, there is some stores markings to the outside canvas. This is very minor and consigned mostly to the back of the coat. The metal fastening hooks work but are stiff and rusty, they would benefit from an oil and clean. The canvas hanging loop to the rear of the collar has come un-stitched but would be an easier fix, there is also some minor moth damage to the serge lining inside the lower skirt. Some slight staining and grubbiness to the lining. The main damage to this coat has occurred from moth damage to the internal serge sleeve lining, where large areas have been damaged. Thankfully, this is not visible and would not hinder display. Overall an interesting modified coat, that would look brilliant on a Western desert display for example. Priced to reflect its shortcomings. Measures approximately 22 inches under the arms and 24 inches shoulder to cuff.
Unworn 1941 OR Ammo Boots Size 10L Incredible pair of British Other Ranks ammunition boots in a large size, they appear to have been issued but not worn. This is indicated by the fact that the toe caps have been smoothed for polishing yet the boots appear in unused condition. They are dated 1941 internally along with the size 10L (large), with the correct 2-sole configuration with WD stamps to the inside heel of each boot. Whilst they are fitted with laces they are not original to the boots, as they did not have any previously. They are slightly dusty from storage, and may benefit from a light clean and airing as none has yet been undertaken. The leather is in excellent all round shape with only one minor scuff mark, on the inside heel of the left boot below the WD stamp. This is most likely from storage. The heels appear to only have some smoothing and bear no real marks from use. It is possible that the toe caps were smoothed prior to issue. The leather on the inside of the tongue and the surrounding sides is thick and wooly, whereas a used pair would be smooth from repetition of being worn. The soles are un-studded, save from the toe part of each boot, which bears 7 studs behind the heel plate. This could possibly be preliminary to the wearer following on the pattern to stud the rest of the soles. The studs and toe plates have some minor surface rust, this could no doubt be cleaned up if desired. The soles themselves are very clean and bear only slight scuffing from storage, the size is repeated on the small of the sole of each boot along with the War Department arrow. A rare opportunity to obtain a pair of unused ammo boots in a large size and early date. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM BELOW.
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US 1969 Vietnam Era 3rd Pattern Ripstop Jungle Trousers Good used pair of third pattern ripstop jungle fatigue trousers as used in Vietnam by US troops. This pair are war-dated 1969 on this issue label and marked size 31-35 and inseam up to 29 1/2. They have had a more recent zip replacement to the fly, however the hip waist adjusters, pockets and ankle ties remain present and correct. There is one small rip on the lower leg as pictured, however the overall condition is good and the colour of the material is fairly strong.
US Airborne Artillery Glider EM Garrison Cap Wonderful example of the Enlisted Man\'s Garrison cap for glider-borne artillery. This features the crimson piping to the cap and later pattern glider artillery patch to the left side. The patch is hand stitched to the cap. There is no lining to this example and on the sweatband is a stencilled number \'S3954\'. Overall the condition is very good and clean. It is only a little grubby to the lining with some minor mothing to the front as pictured.
US Army ALICE Pattern Webbing Belt US Army ALICE pattern nylon webbing belt, complete with all buckles and adjusters. The belt is well used and has some red markings to the webbing. The label has been removed, there is some rust to one of the metal adjusters as pictured. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
US Army Cotton 30-06 Bandolier An unmarked US Army khaki cotton bandolier with green strap, as issued for use with 30-06 ammunition clips for the M1 Garand rifle. This appears to be an unused example, despite not being stamped and is in excellent strong condition. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
US Army Gulf/ Iraq War PASGT Kevlar Combat Helmet Gulf/ Iraq War era US army \'Personnel Armor System for Ground Troops\' combat helmet. Helmet appears to have a contract date for 2001 on the inside rear. Overall everything is in good shape with only a few scuffs and scrapes to the helmet itself, there is a strip on tape to the front as is common. Comes complete with both helmet cover including the famous \'chocolate chip\' pattern cover. There are also some spare parts for the liner that are included.
US Army HBT Trousers Cut Down A well used pair of US Army OD green cotton herringbone twill trousers, having been cut down into shorts at some point. They have been heavily worn with significant wear to the leading edges and pockets, though there is no serious damage or stains to the material. The belt loops have much wear and a few have nearly become detached. The legs have been roughly cut with some minor fraying. They have various issue stamps and are named inside, the original tag states them to be 30 inch waist, while the inside leg is now approximately 7 inches. All 13 star metal buttons are present, bearing much of the original green paint. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
US Army Paratrooper Jump Boots A decent wartime pair of US Army paratrooper brown leather high leg boots, in a US size 8. This pattern of boot was designed in 1941 and saw service with US army airborne units throughout the war. They also saw some use among Canadian parachute troops, who had undergone training in the United States. This pair are in the correct brown leather and feature the perforated toe cap seam and twelve lace holes, as per wartime examples. Post war examples vary somewhat in these latter features. The boots are complete with an original pair of laces, one has been repaired but remains functional. The leather is well worn but remains intact, as does the stitching, leaving them strong overall boots. The internal leather tongues are in good shape, and are marked \'UT511\'. The soles are worn smooth but still bear the correct \'US ARMY\' stamps to the underneath. The heels appear to be replacements, as they are not the bevelled type that they would likely have been issued with. Overall they are in good solid shape and would display well on a US or Canadian airborne mannequin. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50679 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM
US Army/ USAAF Enlisted Man Peaked Cap & Badge Good example of the US Army/ USAAF Enlisted Man issue peaked service cap with round EM badge. Condition is generally very good with no moth damage to the fur felt top and body, which is very thick and woolly. Stitching to the body is strong and the eyelets are in good shape. The russet brown peak and strap are in good condition, with only some surface cracking to the strap.The underside of the peak has hairline cracks and some scuff marks. The stitching appears to have mostly come away from the peak though it is not terribly noticeable and is not noticeable. The lining is clean and undamaged, though the sweatband appears to be a replacement that has been rather crudely sewn. There is a plastic slot to the inside crown containing an identification sheet for the wearer, this has not been filled out. The size is marked as a 7, though actual measurement is far smaller more like 55cm. FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
US Army/ USAAF Enlisted Man Shirt Good enlisted shirt as issued to non officer rank personnel of the US army & air forces during the war. This example features the anti-gas flap which covered the inside button closure to prevent gas from infiltrating clothing. This was an early feature and was removed from later issue shirts. Good clean condition, marked as a 14 1/2 x 32. All buttons are present, a service number has been inked inside.
US Army/ USAAF Officer\'s Short Overcoat 36L Excellent example of the overcoat used by US Army/ Air Force officers throughout the Second World War. Regulation issue with two lower patch pockets and an inside slash pocket. This pattern was not belted. This coat is in excellent clean condition, with only very minor wear throughout. The internal tag stating size and depot information is intact inside the internal pocket, as is the cotton size label in the back of the neck. All buttons are present except for one small button that is missing from the inside tab as pictured. The material nap is good, patches have been removed from both upper arms; however evidence of this is very faint. Size is 36 Long, I would estimate this to fit up to a 36-38 chest depending on layers worn underneath and be suitable for up to 6ft 2/3. Please note that the shirt and scarf pictured are for display only and are not included.
US Combined Ops Amphibious Units Patch Good example of the tombstone shaped US amphibious units patch, modelled on the British combined Operations badge. Condition is clean with good colour, has clearly been removed from uniform. FREE UK POSTAGE.
US Large Square Camouflage Helmet Net Fine original example of the large square camouflaged net as used by US troops. Cut from a Cargo or camouflage net. Good condition no damage, only a slight mustiness. A hard to find original example. FREE UK POST
US Officer\'s Palm Beach Linen Jacket Lovely example of the US Palm Beach uniform jacket, with US gilt buttons, Lieutenant rank and markings where a patch and collar titles have been removed. Condition is generally good but with some ladders in the linen mainly to the back as pictured, which could likely be darned. The jacket retains its original label to the inside collar, along with the service number \'D-0228\' and what could be initials \'A. T. D.\'. The tailors label is still in place, stating it was made by \'Leopold Morse Co\'. Size is marked a 40 short and approximately: Chest: 21 inches Waist: 19 inches Sleeves: 24.5
US Spoon Standard issue spoon used by US troops. Good clean example.
US WAC Women\'s Garrison Cap Garrison cap to the US Women\'s Army Corps (WAC), the first women to serve in the US Army other than nurses. Over 150,000 women served in the WAC during the Second World War. This cap is in very good overall shape, but is unfortunately missing the cap badge. The holes are visible where it has been. The cap appears to be a larger size, marked as a 23.
US Wool Issue Shirt Well used example of the standard issue shirt worn by other ranks and also British and commonwealth troops later in the war. There is some general wear, as well as some marking to the rear of the skirt. There are a couple of moth nips that have been pictured.
USAAC/ USAAF Evans Fuel Lighter Well used example of a silver plated US Army Air Corps lighter, bearing the brass badge to one side. The backing was once blue, yet most of it has now worn off. The lighter itself is stamped on the base \'EVANS FUEL\', on the brass wadding cap. There is ribbing to one for grip, a brass base plug for the wadding, while the flint spring unscrews from the body as pictured. Some of the silver plating has worn off, yet most remains in good condition. This is sold as not working as presumably the striker is missing. It would be possible to replace parts with another lighter, yet this is sold as a non-working collectable.
USAAF Aviation Cadet Garrison Cap Lovely garrison cap of a USAAF Aviation Cadet, complete with correct blue and yellow braiding and winged propellor of an Aviation Cadet. The badge has twin screw posts to the back and is in good condition. Condition is generally very good, there is very slight wear to the cloth from use and the sweatband has worn. There is some slight damage to the polished cotton lining as pictured, nonetheless the cap remains in very original condition. Size is approximately a 6 7/8. Good example of a more difficult to find item of USAAF headgear.
USAAF Cap Badge Fine unmarked example of the USAAF officers cap badge, complete with single screw post fitting, screw and washer. The badge is in clean unpolished condition, with clear detailing. FREE UK POSTAGE
USAAF Groundcrew Sheepskin Leather Jerkin Unusual example of what appears to be a tailor made sheepskin lined waistcoat as used by USAAF ground crew during winter months. The materials are very similar to those used to construct the B3 flying jackets yet with less thick sheepskin to the inside. There is a British made \'Dot\' zip featuring to the centre. Overall the condition is fair given it\'s use as a field item, the leather is generally very sound with only minor surface cracking. The leather trim has suffered more and has suffered damage in some areas and general wear. The zip however functions very well. Good example of a less common item of USAAF field kit that a was not general issue, this would compliment a USAAF collection very nicely.
Victorian 4th Queens Own Hussars Bronze Cap Badge Extremely scarce example of the officer\'s bronze cap badge of the 4th Queens Own Hussars, bearing the Victorian crown to the top. This example is the correct bronze officer\'s pattern and remains in excellent condition with only minor surface wear to the face. Whilst there are many copies of this badge out there, this example came from a long standing collection and is guaranteed original. A truly rare piece.
Victorian Boer War Era British Army Haversack A scarce example of the haversack as used by the British Army in the Victorian period. This example features a front button and flap closure, brass movable buckle to adjust the length of the strap. There is a single cotton compartment divider in the inside and button to the reverse for rolling it up when not in use. Condition is generally very good with only minor service wear to the material. The stitching at the base of the strap where it is sewn to the bag itself has begun to come away. It bears what could be a period repair to one, whereas the other has come away more recently. This would be an easy repair and has caused no damage to the material. One of the buttons has been stitched back on as the thread is a slightly different colour. Overall a very difficult item to come by in any condition, worthy of a place in a Victorian or Boer War collection.
Vietnam Era US SP4 Specialist Patch A single Specialist (Spec 4) patch, as worn during the Vietnam War by US personnel. Good condition with some residue to the rear, possibly from mounting. FREE UK POSTAGE
WAAF Service Dress Jacket Other ranks WAAF service dress jacket, bearing albatross badges to the shoulders and marks where LAC badges have been removed. This particular jacket has been made in barathea, most likely a privately tailored example yet in the same cut as issued non-commissioned jackets. It has been tailored in at the shoulders for a better fit, along with a pop stud that has been added to the top button closure. A lining has been added as well, in a polished blue-purple finish. The tunic has some grubbiness throughout which would most likely clean up with a careful wash, one brass button is missing from the chest pocket. Size is typical of the period, around a size 6 possibly smaller. Further measurements can be supplied on request. Please note the shirt and tie are not included with this sale.
Warrant Officer Gilt Brass Sleeve Badges Pair A splendid pair of gilt brass Warrant Officer Class 1/ WO I sleeve rank badges. They are in very good little used condition with twin lugs to the reverse of each. The lugs have been bent in slightly as they have clearly been removed from a tunic and were worn as such. They are complete with cotter pins. FREE UK POSTAGE FURTHER IMAGES AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
Warwickshire Regiment Bi-metal Cap Badge Fair example of the Warwickshire Regiment cap badge in bi-metal. This example has a slider to the rear. Good used condition. FREE UK POSTAGE.
Welsh Regiment Bi-Metal Cap badge Cap badge to the Welsh Regiment, in bi-metal. Good condition, slider fitting to the rear. FREE UK POSTAGE.
West Yorkshire Regiment Embroidered Shoulder Title Embroidered example of the white on red infantry shoulder title of the West Yorkshire regiment. Fair worn example that has clearly been removed from a uniform with some loose threads. FREE UK POSTAGE
WS19 Radio Headphones Set Headphone set for the WS19 radio set, with all parts intact. Some slight deterioration to the rubber earpieces, and a period repair to the wiring. The set could do with a little clean up but otherwise perfect for display. Head stock webbing stamped with manufacturers details. Sold as not working.
WW1 British Mounted Breeches Excellent pair of British made breeches for mounted services, made in a heavier weight serge. Whilst they bear a British issue stamp to the lining, these were most likely for US issue, as indicated by the belt loops. They have button calfs and retain two of the original zinc buttons, alongside much later replacements. I will however include replacement zinc buttons. The original label has long since gone, however the fade mark is visible where it had been fixed to the rear with glue. There are some markings to the lining, most likely from the original owner. Condition is generally very good. There is some minor stitching loss to the inner leg reinforcements which are slightly grubby from use. There are only two very minor moth nips otherwise the cloth is very clean. They are a typical small wartime size. Please see further images of these below.
WW1 Helmet Shell MK1* A late WW1 helmet shell, featuring the later war addition of a rim. This is characteristically a Great War helmet, bearing the poorly crimped rim, lower profile and slightly irregular brim. The chinstrap fittings are the British split pin variety, the manufacturer stamp is also visible to the rear inside rim. The paint that remains is most likely the original wartime field applied coat, with the browner factory paint visible inside the bowl. It would appear that this helmet was reissued early in the second World War for Civil Defence use. This is indicated by the remnants of white lettering to the front, possibly once reading \'FAP\' for First Aid Post. It looks likely that it was fitted with a early war Mk2 liner, as there is a circular mark left from where the rounded crown pad has been. However the chinstrap lugs have not been changed. There is an overall surface pitting to the shell, yet it remains solid with a fair impression of the paintwork remaining. Many of these Great War helmets found themselves pressed into service early in the Second World War as the MK1*, while many were issued to the BEF in 1939/40; this one appears to have been intimately destined for Civil Defence use. The Mk1* helmets in any form are seldom encountered, being far less common than the mass produced Mk2 helmets.
WW1 Period Officer\'s Leather Field Boots Beautiful pair of Great War period officers high top field boots, in a light tan leather. These feature a seven eyelet lace-up front with three buckle strap closures to secure the top gaiter. This is the classic style of field boot, often chosen by British officers from the Great War onwards. The leather itself is in very good condition overall. There is only minor grazing, cracking and discolouration. The discolouration is primarily limited to the toe caps. The characteristically small stitching is very strong and tight throughout, except where it has begun to come away at the very top of the boots as pictured. This pair are around a UK size 7- 7.5. Measurements are approximately 10.5 inches heel to toe and 4 inches across the widest part. This pair have had new heel layers fitted, yet retain their original soles. The soles themselves have wear yet are in solid shape. There are some faint order or stock code numberings to the inside, though they are very difficult to interpret. Overall these boots would be an excellent addition to a Great War collection, and would look perfect on an officer display. Please contact for postage quotes if you are in any doubt. PLEASE SEE FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM BELOW. REDUCED FROM: £195
WW1 US Respirator with Bag and Card Good example of the standard issue respirator used by American troops in the Great War. This example is marked size 3 to the front of the bag and also on the mask itself. The bag has some minor wear to the back but is in very good order. It is even complete with the spring for the filter inside the bag, and original cord to secure in the alert position. There is some loss of the charcoal interior of the mask and apart from some stiffness and surface cracking is free from any real damage. The lenses and metal fittings are all in good order, and the mask is even complete with the original nose clip and mouthpiece. However the top strap of the mask has become detached from the the face piece. The filter is in good condition and not rusted through like many others have, it still bears a lot of it\'s yellow paint. The hose is slightly misshapen but in good order. The set is complete with the original inspection card, material to patch repair and a safety pin. Overall an excellent example of an item now reaching a hundred years. PLEASE SEE ITEM: 50048 FOR FURTHER IMAGES
WW1 Vickers Gun Brass Feed Tray Lovely brass feed tray for the Vickers machine gun, marked \'VSM\' for Vickers and Maxim. All parts work smoothly and are in great shape, all parts are broad arrow marked. UK SALE ONLY PLEASE
WW2 RAF Single Sergeant Stripe A single sergeant stripe, as used by RAF/ RCAF/RAAF and other Commonwealth air forces throughout the war. Some minor service wear and loose threads, having been removed from uniform. This is a single stripe, often work on one sleeve on \'Suits Aircrew\' uniforms as they were designated as working dress. This practise is commonly seen throughout the war. FREE UK POSTAGE
WW2 US Army Wool Jumper A very well used US army wool jumper, with short knit collar, cuffs and waistband. There are five plastic buttons to secure the half front and remains of an issue label to the rear of the collar. Condition is poor with significant moth damage throughout, these could be darned with the right skills. Despite this it would be ideal to use on a mannequin under a jacket where it could be disguised but still seen. Size is very small and short, though it would stretch over a mannequin torso with ease. FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS ITEM AVAILABLE ON REQUEST.
York & Lancaster Regiment Grouping Wounded Italy An exceptional grouping to 5260314 Pte M. J. West of 10 Platoon, B Company, 1st Battalion, The York & Lancaster Regiment. He served in Italy and North Africa, right through the war into Germany. He was wounded on 3rd June 1944 in Italy, just before the liberation of Rome, bearing a brass wound stripe on his battle dress. Whilst in Italy 1st Battalion Y & L were part of 15th Infantry Brigade, 5th Infantry Division. It appears as though his divisional insignia was removed from his battle dress blouse when he was based in Germany. By the closing stages of the war against Germany, Pte West would have been under the command of 21st Army Group along with the rest of 5th Inf Div. The grouping consists of his full size medal bar and ribbons including the 8th Army medal, his identity discs, battle dress blouse and trousers, greatcoat, kit bag and various items of paperwork and scanned images of himself and his wife. Please study all images including those listed under items: 50595 & 50596 to get a full idea of what this grouping includes. His medal bar consists of the 1939-1945 Star, The Africa Star with 8th Army clasp, The Italy Star, The France and Germany Star, The Defence Medal and the War Medal 1939-1945. He also has his 8th Army Medal, with the Italy Star ribbon attached, from the Yorks & Lancs attachment to the 8th Army in Italy. Whilst the rest of his medals have never had the ribbons attached to them. The 8th Army clasp has never been mounted and the brown wax paper packets are still with the medals. Included is the original qualification paper attached to the Africa Star, though it is in poor condition. There is also a scrap of a letter from the Army Medal Office, which is unfortunately ripped just prior to the writing but is dated 1972. The identity discs are standard issue pressed fibre, bearing \"5260314 WEST C E\". They have been modified and are connected by a metal ring and silver chain, as opposed to their issue waxed string. This is by no means uncommon among field used discs that often rotted and snapped. The battle dress blouse dates to 1944 and bears York and Lancaster embroidered white on red shoulder titles, along with his medal ribbons for all but the Defence Medal. The left lower sleeve bears his brass wound strip, relating to his wounding on 3rd June 1944 in Italy. Photocopied details of this are included, the original archive document being Casualty List No 1480 (WO417/77). Curiously his battle dress blouse, whilst being named to him, was also named to another soldier in C Company 19168374 A Potter. His name and number are handwritten several times in the lining, including where the waist has been tailored for Pte West losing half of the information. Unfortunately efforts to trace A. Potter have been unsuccessful, and the reasons for the swap are as yet unknown. The blouse is a good size 9, therefore would suit a display mannequin. The condition is worn but good with a fair nap to the cloth but one moth hole on the lower left sleeve as pictured. The trousers are 1946 pattern, dated 1947 on their issue label, they are in fair condition though with some moth damage to the crotch. This makes sense, seeing as Pte West remained in the army for some time after the war. The greatcoat is a US \"War Aid\" example, and has Y & L regimental buttons as well economy plastic buttons. It is worn but in good shape and free from moth. The lining has \"Pte. West 10 Pl B Coy 1 Y-L\" handwritten on the lining in the small of the back. His large Indian made kitbag is included and has his name and number in white paint on a large green square. Below this are two rectangles of white and red paint with P R 1 below them. All of this appears to be painted over another set of details, possibly indicating re-issue. A square silver ditty box came with the set, presumably to contain his unmounted medals and his cap badge. In a nice touch, he has used a rather rare Yorks & Lancs helmet decal to decorate the lid of the box. Aso included are two photocopied images, that show Mr West and his wife. One of the images is the pair on their wedding day, with what appears to be the very blouse in the grouping. A handwritten note from the family is included that has attempted to detail his service, including stating that he guarded Hess in Germany. Whilst much of it is verified, some has yet to be cross- referenced leaving some room for further research. Overall an excellent rare opportunity to own a very personal named uniform and medal grouping to a soldier who served in North Africa, Italy and Germany, being wounded in service. Groupings such as this are becoming rarer and rarer and will soon stop appearing direct from families with handed down social history. This is a large grouping, postage will be higher due to the bulky nature and size of the items. PLEASE SEE ITEMS: 50595 & 50596 FOR FURTHER IMAGES OF THIS GROUPING.
\'Air Force\' USAAF Magazine September 1944 September 1944 issue of \'Air Force\' The official service journal of the U.S. Army Air Forces. Used condition,some creasing and fading. The cover has pulled from the staples yet remains attached. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Arctic War\' HMSO Booklet 1945 HMSO publication Arctic War, printed in 1945. Good used condition, some wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Ark Royal\' HMSO Booklet 1942 HMSO publication Ark Royal from 1942. Good used example, some wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Battle of Britain\' Air Ministry Booklet 1941 Booklet of The Battle of Britain, published by the Air Ministry in 1941. Complete and in good condition, with some minor wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Bomber Command Continues\' HMSO Booklet 1942 HMSO publication Bomber Command Continues 1942. Good condition, some wear and creasing. Hand written inside \'R. Thompson 5B\'. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Bomber Command\' HMSO Booklet 1941 \'Bomber Command\' HMSO publication from 1941. In used condition, the front cover has slightly pulled away from the spine. It also appears that someone has tested a sewing machine at some point, with sterling results across the top few inches of the cover. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Coastal Command\' HMSO Booklet 1942 1942 HMSO publication \'Coastal Command\' Good used condition, some fading and creasing. The spine has become slightly loose as pictured. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'East of Malta West of Suez\' HMSO Booklet 1943 HMSO publication \'East of Malta West of Suez\' published in 1943. Good used condition, some wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'His Majesty\'s Minesweepers\' HMSO Booklet 1943 \'His Majesty\'s Minesweepers\' HMSO publication from 1943. In used condition, some ripping to the front cover. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'His Majesty\'s Submarines\' HMSO Book 1945 HMSO publication His Majesty\'s Submarines. printed in 1945. Good used condition, cover has pulled from the stables slightly but remains intact. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Neptune\' magazine July 1942 July 1942 edition of Neptune magazine, a publication for Merchant Navy seamen. Good clean condition, some wear and fading. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Queen Wilhelmina\'s Navy\' HMSO Booklet 1944 Queen Wilhelmina\'s Navy, HMSO publication from 1944. Good used condition, some wear and fading. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'RAF Middle East\' HMSO Publication 1943 Good used example of the HMSO publication of RAF Middle East The Official Story of Air Operations in the Middle East from February 1942 - January 1943. Original publication, with some foxing to page corners and creasing from use. The stables have pulled through the paper slightly as shown in the last image. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'Target: Germany\' HMSO Booklet 1944 HMSO publication \'Target: Germany the U.S. Army Air Force\'s official story of the VIII Bomber Command\'s first year over Europe\'. Good used condition, some wear and creasing. The staples have slightly ripped from the paper but remain intact. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'The Battle of Britain\' Booklet HMSO 1941 HMSO publication booklet The Battle of Britain, printed in 1941. Good used condition, some fading and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'The Campaign in Burma\' HMSO Book 1946 HMSO publication \'The Campaign in Burma\', printed in 1946. Good used condition, some wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'The Mediterranean Fleet\' HMSO 1944 HMSO publication, \'The Mediterranean Fleet Greece to Tripoli\' 1944. Good used condition, some wear and creasing.
\'The Royal Marines\' HMSO Book 1944 The Royal Marines, the admiralty account of their achievements 1939-1943. HM Stationery Office produced in 1944. Good condition, some wear and fading. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'The Silver Fleet\' HMSO Booklet 1943 HMSO publication The Silver Fleet from 1943. Good used condition, some wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE
\'There\'s Freedom in the Air\' HMSO Booklet 1944 1944 HMSO publication, There\'s Freedom in the Air. Good used condition, some wear and creasing. FREE UK POSTAGE