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1917 Dated British Army Wire Cutters A nice example of Great War wire cutters in good condition. Nicely maker marked and dated 1917. A great example with a nice wartime date. A must have in any Great War collection!
1918 Dated British Army Shovel A cut down Trench shovel as carried by infantry in the trenchs during the Great War. This example is clearly marked 1918 as can be seen in the photographs. The condition is very good although there is some woodworm and pitting present. A very rare trench warfare item which would compliment and British Great War collection.
1922 Pattern British Army Peaked Cap With Royal Artillery Cap Badge This pattern of cap came into service during the 1920s to replace the 1902 pattern cap used during the Great War. The main difference between the two patterns was that the 1922 pattern has a slightly larger peak. This pattern was standard issue for all soldiers up until the beginning of the Second World War, but did carry on seeing limited use throughout the war and well into the 1960s. This example is made by 'J Compten Sons & Webb' and is marked as a size 7. There is also a date which is no longer legible, so the cap is assumed post war manufacture. The cap badge is a good original Royal Artillery brass example, the brass buttons are primal GS buttons and the chin strap is a good quality reproduction. The serge is good on the cap apart from a few patches to the top of the cap where it is missing, as can be seen in the photographs. The cap still displays nicely however. A reasonable example of the 22 pattern cap which displays well.
1935 Dated Dispatch Pattern 1908 Small Pack A great example of the scare dispatch pattern 1908 small pack clearly dated 1935. These packs were used by dispatch riders and signallers during the Great War and up until the beginning of the Second World War and are different to the standard 1908 pack as the have two 2" buckles on the back of the pack rather than the side and no 1" buckles at the bottom. These packs were designed to be worn with a single 1908 pattern cross strap allowing the bag to be slung across the body, ideal for dispatch riders. The pack is made by Meco and dated 1935 as can be seen stamped inside the flap of the pack. These interwar dated pieces are very rare as production following the Great War of any equipment was extremely limited. The pack is in very good condition and has clearly been 'blancoed' with a dark green blanco at some stage of its life, so it was certainly issued. A rare pattern of pack which is very clearly marked as an interwar made piece of Britiah Army webbing.
1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Dated 1943 A nice complete and original 1937 Pattern entrenching tool clearly dated 1943. The entrenching tool pouch is in great condition and has a nice coat of KG3 blacno on it. Inside is nice and clean and is marked nicely. This example is made by C.P LTD and dated 1943. The tool or shovel head is in great condition and has quite a lot of paint on it. Due to this I cannot make out the maker or the date. The Helve or handle is the MKII which has a lug to take the No.4 bayonet. This was designed to be used for probing for mines. the wood is in excellent condition as is the metalwork. A marking can just be made out on the wood which I believe reads G.W.T co LTD and a broad arrow mark. Sadly I cannot see a date. All in all a cracking example of a piece of an original piece of 1937 pattern webbing that is getting increasingly hard to find. Ideal for the collector and Re-enactor alike!
1939 Dated British Army Forage Cap Large Size 7 3/8 A good example of the British Army Field Service or 'forage' cap dated 1939 in a large size 7 3/8. This pattern of head-wear came into use with the British Army at the beginning of the Second World War replacing the 1922 pattern peaked cap. It was the standard hat issued to troops in the British Army and Home Guard but was replaced in 1943 by the GS beret. This example is clearly dated inside 1939 and was made by J Collet Ltd, a common maker to find in these caps. It is also marked as a size 7 3/8 which is a very larger size to find these days! The cap is in great condition with next to no signs of visible wear at all. It has almost certainly been issued however as it has had a safety pin fitted into the top which was common practice to help keep the shape of the hat. There are some signs of age on the outside of the cap where the material has gone thin, as can be seen in the photographs. The liner however is absolutely immaculate! The stamps are also as clear as the day this was made. The front of the cap has two small general service buttons. There are also two holes to the left hand side of the cap where a cap badge has been mounted at some point in its life. Overall, a very nice cap with fantastic early markings.
1939 Dated British Army Mess Tins As Used By The BEF A scarce example of the first pattern mess tins as used by the BEF in 1940, both clearly dated 1939. These mess tins were found in France recently. This pattern of mess tin only saw use during the opening year of the war and are now very hard to come by. These mess tins are noticeably more of a square shape than the later aluminum examples. Although not matching makers marks are on these mess tins, they are both clearly dated 1939. The smaller of the two tins is absolutely immaculate and maker marked 'L.A Co' and looks as though it has never been used. The larger of the two shows a small amount of use and is maker marked 'W (B) Ltd'. It is possible that a solider would only ever use the larger mess tin, leaving the smaller one practicality untouched. A rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully dated set of BEF period mess tins. A must have for the early war collector!
1939 Dated British Army MK II Steel Helmet A 1939 dated example of the British Army Mk II steel helmet, often referred to as the 'Tommy Helmet'. This particular helmet has all the traits of an early war British Army helmet featuring the early circular pad in the liner and the large securing screw to hold the liner on. The liner is clearly dated 1939 and made by 'Vero' - a common wartime maker. The size 6 7/8th is also stamped on the liner. The shell is in good condition for its age and retains some of its original paint. Surface rust is coming through on various parts of the helmet as can be seen in the pictures. A nice unmolested example of a British Army MKII helmet ideal for the early war enthusiast!
1939 Dated Royal Horse Guards No.1 Blues Tunic For you consideration is a Pre-war dress tunic attributed to the Royal Horse Guards. This tunic was made by Huntsman and sons in 1939 for a Lt.. H.T Kirwan-Taylor. The tunic is in good overall condition as can be seen in the photographs. It retains all of its original RHG brass buttons and shows signs of previously having had insignia on the epaulettes. There are a couple of holes in the tunic sadly so please study the photos. These do not detract from the way the tunic displays in my opinion. The tunic is a small size 36-38" chest. It fits in my mannequin which has a 38" chest but is very tight. The exact measurements of the jacket when laid flat are as follows - Armpit to armpit: 19" Top of collar to bottom of hem (at rear): 31" Inside arm: 17" Outside arm: 24" Shoulder to Shoulder: 19" The officer this tunic is named to, Kirwan-Taylor, can be found in the London gazette if you google his name. All in all a nice example of a blues tunic to a prestigious regiment nicely dated and named.
1939 Pattern (Dismounted) British Army Greatcoat A rare example of the British army 1939 (dismounted) pattern greatcoat as worn by troops including the BEF and the Home Guard in the early years of the war. This pattern was introduced in time to be widely issued to the BEF in France and later troops and Home Guard units, but was superseded by the 1940 pattern (dismounted) greatcoat making them now rather scarce. The greatcoat sadly does not retain its original label but is clearly a 1939 pattern and not a later version as it does not have an expanding back, rather just a straight seam. This is the tell-tale sign of a 1939 pattern greatcoat. Inside is stamped in white the number '5' denoting the size. This system of white stamping is standard in British Army greatcoats of the period. I would recommend the fit of this coat as 36 or 38" chest at most. All the original buttons are present as well as the hook and eyes at the collar and the bottom of the rear vent. This greatcoat is in good original condition for its age but does have some marks etc. I have had it dry cleaned and it came up well. There are however a few marks including one to the very bottom front corner of the coat and another on the collar which have not yet come out. A rare example of an early war greatcoat in good wearable condition.
1939 Pattern Leather Equipment Waterbottle Cradle A very nice in-issued example of the 1939 pattern leather equipment water bottle cradle. This pattern was issued as a stop gap measure at the out-break of the Second World War and also served a purpose after Dunkirk when a huge amount of equipment was lost. Any from this pattern is now very rare and sort after by collectors. This example is undated but it is believed that production ended in 1942 making this item a guaranteed wartime piece. The condition is fantastic and appears to have never been issued. A great item for the British Army collector!
1939 Pattern Leather Waist Belt A fantastic example of the 1939 pattern leather belt as issued to second line troops in the early stage of the Second World War. This belt is easily the best one I have ever seen. The leather work is immaculate and the brass is also beautiful. The rivets are also good and not broken as is often the case with these belts. This rare belt would truly be hard to better!
1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1943 Size 9 A very nice example of the 1940 Pattern (austerity) battledress Blouse dated 1943 in a size 9. This pattern of battledress blouse came into issue with the British Army during 1942 and was the standard issue jacket until the end of the war. This example is a size 9 which will fit a 38 - 40" chest. The numeral '9' is stamped on the inside pocket below the label as can be seen in the photograph. The label has sadly been washed out but this is a guarenteed 1943 made battledress blouse. The WD stamp is present and surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The condition of the blouse is fantastic showing only limited signs of use. The nap of the serge is great and not worn away in any places and there are no rips, tears or signs of moth. There is one mark on the right sleeve that can be seen in the photographs. All in all a fantastic original blouse in a good size which could be worn or displayed.
1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1944. Large Size 16 An extremely good example of an orignal British made wartime battledress blouse in a large size No.16, clearly dated 1944. This pattern of blouse came into use during 1942 and was used until the end of the wear by many British units in a number of campaigns. This particular example is in outstanding condition and appears to have never been issued. The serge is beautiful and the lining is fresh and free from stains or marks. The original label is also very fresh and clearly states size No.16 and 1944 as the year of manufacture. This blouse has the chocolate brown buttons on, usually associated with early manufactured 1940 (austerity) pattern pieces and often sort after by collectors. This Battledress blouse would be very hard to better. Not only is the condition fantastic but the size is large and hard to find in any condition, let alone condition this good!
1940 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Tunic A rare 1940 Dated example of the British Army Khaki Drill Tunic in excellent condition. The tunic features 5 large brass kings crown general service buttons to the front and 4 smaller examples which are fitted to the breast pockets and epaulettes. This pre-war style tunic is virtually the same preen as Great War tunics with a stand collar and two great pockets. This early Dated example still retains its original paper label which states the tunic as being a size No. 5 which fits up to a 37” chest. The label has the purple issue stamp to the bottom which is slightly smudged but reads August 1940. To the left of the label is the War Department stamp of WD with a broad arrow between the two letters. This is surmounted by the letter ‘Q’ which confirms 1940 as the year of manufacture. The condition of the tunic is excellent with no visible signs of wear. There are some marks however to the rear of the right sleeve but it displays very well none-the-less. Overall an excellent example of this early style tunic in great condition complete with its original label. Tunics in this condition with nice early dates are becoming hard to find these days.
1940 Dated RAF kit bag A rare example of a 1940 dated RAF kit bag which appears to have been blancoed green at some point in its life. The kit bag is clearly dated 1940 on the inside and also bares the Air Ministry AM marking surmounted by a kings crown. The outside of the kit bag still retains the original owners service number and the blue band which all RAF kit bags should have is also visible through the coat of blanco. There is also a very smartly added RAF albatross painted on the outside of the bag. Also still intact is the original draw string which is in good condition. These are usually broken or missing but this appears to be original to the bag. A kit bag which has clearly had a long service life compete with a sort after 1940 date
1940 Dated Webbing Pouches A set of webbing pouches reputably made by Mills Manufaturing company for the Italian navy before the Second World. An interesting item and a must have for the webbing collector!
1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers A fine example of the 1940 (austerity) Pattern Battledress trousers as worn by the British Army from 1942-45. This particular pair have the letter code 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of manufacture. They are a good size No.12 and will fit up to a 36" waist and a 32" inside leg. The condition of these trousers is fantastic and they would be very hard to better. There is one small period repair to the bottom of one of the legs as pictured.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers ATS Converted A cracking original pair of British Army 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers which have been converted, most likely for ATS use. These trousers clearly started life as an issue pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers but have been tailored by their original owner. The waist band has been lowered and this has been done extremely well - clearly a professional job. A large tab as also been added which comes from the fly across to the right hip to secure the trousers. The condition of the trousers I'd very good and they show little sign of wear. The sere material is consistant throughout and the lining is very clean. There are two small moth holes to the lower right leg but aside that the trousers are extremely good overall. Their is no label present as this would have been removed when the waistband was altered. This is however the number 10 stamped inside the waistband in purple ink which denotes the size. The waist of the trousers measures at 30". A guaranteed wartime made and tailored pair of Battledress trousers which would compliment any collection.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Dated 1942 A nice early pair of 1940 (austerity) pattern battledress trousers in good condition. This pattern of trousers came into use during 1942 and was issued on a wide scale until the end of the war. These trousers feature early brass buttons on the fly and inside the waistband which points to an early production pair. To the outside the have the brown buttons, always more sort after by collectors than the more common green buttons. The trousers are stamp 'O' inside denoting 1942 as well as '13' which is the size. Roughly around a 32" waist. The condition of the trousers is very good for their age and they clearly never had heavy use. The nap of the serge is good and they are still very wearable today. There are a few moth holes around the crotch which is a common problem and a small amount of fraying to the bottom of the legs however, which has been taken into consideration with the price. A very nice pair of early production 1940 (austerity) pattern battledress trousers which display well.
1940s 'Shamrock' Brand Woll Three Button Undershirt A 1940s civilian made wool undershirt by 'Shamrock' in brand new old stock condition! This is identical to the British Army and RAF issue undershirt in every way, the only difference being that it has a civilian makers label! Many civilian made examples of these would have been worn by a plethora of people during the Second World War from RAF Aircrew through to British Tommies! Marked as a 36" chest
1940s Black leather boots by CWS - Home Guard Boots A beautiful pair of 1940s black leather men's ankle boots by 'CWS' in fantastic wearable condition. This style of boot was very popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s and worn by men from all walks of life and looks great paired with a period suit or workwear. The manufacturer is marked both on the tongue and the inside of the boot as 'CWS' which stands for the Cooperative Society, who are now know as the Co-op. The boots feature a leather sole as is common with boots of this period and a rubber heel which is ideal if they are to be worn again. The boots are marked as a size 8 and I would expect them to fit someone of this side. They aren't particularly narrow so should be a good fit on a modern foot. The condition of the boots is fantastic considering their age and I think they still have some life left in them if their new owner wanted them to wear. All in all, a smashing pair of WW2 period boots in great wearable condition which are becoming hard to find. These would be ideal for a Home Front or Home Guard collection!
1940s Indigo Blue Coveralls By 'Harrods' A beautiful pair of scarce early-war private purchase coveralls made by 'Harrods' as worn on the Home Front during the Second World War. These beautiful overalls are typical of those purcahse by members of civilian organisations in the early stages of the war in place of issue items. Many 'well off' members of organisations such as the ARP or Civil Defenese bought private purcashe examples such as these. The coveralls are made from an indigo blue denim and feature a brass hanging chain inside the neck above a white 'Harrods' label which states the coveralls as being a size 6. The coveralls feature all their original black revolving shank buttons which fasten the front and one two piece metal button to the fly. The chest features a single patch pocket and there is a slash pocket on each hip. The rear of the overalls feature a buttoning half belt which retains its two original buttons.. The chest of the overalls measures 36" but they are very short and almost certainly made for a lady. A very rare set of early-war coveralls made by a prestigious London brand which would undoubtedly compliment any Home Front collection.
1940s RAF Private Purchase Side Cap - Hong Kong Manufacture A nice example of a 1940s period Private purchase RAF side cap with orignal brass RAF cap badge. These higher quality caps are usually associated with officers as they had more money to spend on privately made items, however this example would appear to by an ordinary airmans example. The hat is in very good condition as can be seen in the photographs. The blue Barathea wool is in good condition as has a constant colour to it. The lining appears to be rayon and is in good shape, showing little sign of wear. The label inside states the size at 7 3/8 so a very generous size. A very nice condition uncommon RAF side cap.
1941 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers - large size!
1941 Dated British Army Sam Browne Belt With Double D-Rings A nice example of a British Army Sam Browne belt dated 1941 and featuring the sort after extra D-rings. This pattern of belt is usually associated with the early part of the first World War, although this example appears to be 1941 dated. This belt had the extra D-rings which mean it can be worn with a second cross strap and creating a double braced belt. These were popular with infantry officers during the Great War. The belt is in good condition and the leather is very supple. All the brass work is intact and although dull shows no signs of corrosion. The is a tear however between the two fastening holes on the end of the belt, but it still displays well. The belt will fit up to a 32" waist. A nice example of the double D-ring Sam Browne belt.
1941 Dated Civilian Duty Respirator Haversack A fine example of the wartime British 'Civilian Duty' respirator haversack clearly dated 1941. These bags made from rough hessian were issued to members of the Civil Defence throughout the Second World War and were designed specifically to carry the civilian duty respirator, rather than the standard civilian respirator. The bag is clearly dated inside 1941 and bares the makers mark 'Maple'. Both original buttons are still intact as is the shoulder strap. A mint condition example of this pattern of haversack with a nice early date.
1941 Dated Home Guard / Royal Navy Ankle Boots A rare early war dated pair of black British ankle boots as used by the Home Guard, Royal Navy and RAF - clearly dated 1941. These boots, unlike the more common Ammunition boot used by the British Army, feature no toe cap. The construction however is very similar featuring a leather sole and heal which could be studded depending on the owner trade or preference. The boots are in excellent condition and show only limited signs of wear to the soles which have never been studded. The leather uppers are in very good condition and all the stitching appears strong. A pair of leather laces are included with the boots which appear to be original. If not they are certainly very old. Inside the boots are marked with the date, 1941, the maker and the size, which in this instance is 8. Overall, an excellent pair of early war dated boots which would be ideal for a Home Guard, Royal Navy or RAF collector or reenactor.
1942 Dated 1939 Pattern Leather Anklets A really excellent matched pair of 1939 pattern leather anklets, clearly dated 1942. The 1939 pattern leather equipment was introduced at the beginning of WW2 as an emergency measure as not enough webbing equipment could be produced. It saw limited used with second line British Army units in the early stages of the war as well as use with the Home Guard throughout the Second World War. This equipment was made in two different colours, one very dark brown, almost black and a lighter tan. These gaiters are the latter of the two and the more sort after now by collectors. Inside the gaiters the maker 'D. M. &S LTD' is stamped above the date of 1942. There is also a War Department WD mark present in both anklets as well as a large number 2 denoting the size. There is also a name written in ink which appears to be French. The condition of these anklets is excellent as can be seen from the photographs. All the stitching is sound and the brass buckles and rivets are in good condition. Overall, an excellent pair of 1939 pattern anklets which are clearly dated. These would suit the collector and re-enactor equally well.
1942 Dated British Army Forage Cap - Size 7 3/8 A fantastic example of a British Army Forage cap clearly dated 1942 in a good large size 7 3/8ths. This cap was the standard issue hat to the British Army and Home Guard from the outbreak of the Second World War until 1943 when it was replaced by the General Service beret. This particular example was made by J Collet ltd in 1942 and is a large size 7 3/8. This is stamped inside the cap along with the War Department broad arrow mark which is still very clear. The condition of the cap is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. It has clearly only had very limited use and has been well stored over the years. It is slightly creased from storage and the two brass buttons to the front of the cap are tarnished, but aside from this it is extremely good. There is also a small hole where a cap badge has previously been mounted. Original wartime forage caps in a large size and good condition are rare to find and this would no doubt compliment any collection.
1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic An original 1922 pattern Service Dress tunic dated 1942 in excellent condition. This pattern of tunic closely resembles the tunics worn by the British Army during the Great War but came into use during the inter-war years. The 1922 pattern tunic was still widely in issue at the outbreak of the Second World War and saw issue throughout the war with MPs and Warrant Officers amongst others. After the Second World War these tunics were still produced in small numbers and issued to some units. This jacket is labelled 'Jacket Service Dress O.R' and is identical in pattern to those issued during the 1930s and features pleated chest pockets and buttoning lower pocket flaps. The label also states the jacket as being as size No. 11 which will fit a 38-40" chest and a 34" waist. Inside the jacket is the WD stamp which is surmounted by the letter O which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. The jacket is in excellent condition and has clearly never had heavy use. The serge the jacket is made from is perfect with no rips, tears or moth and the cotton drill lining is also exceptionally good. The jacket retains its original brass belt hangers on each hip and comes with a full set of original brass kings crown general service buttons. This jacket would be ideal for the collector or re-enactor alike. The condition is excellent for an original wartime dated jacket which is now becoming hard to find.
1942 Dated Dispatch Riders Helmet by BMB An excellent wartime example of a dispatch riders helmet dated 1942. 1942 was the first year of manufacture of this pattern of helmet which replaced the earlier cork pattern, making this a very early example. The date is stamped inside the leather headband as well as the manufacture 'BMB' which stands for British Motor Bodies, one of the most prolific helmet manufactures of the Second World War. Also stamped is the size 6 3/4. Although marked as a small size this helmet will fit up to a size 7. The outside of the helmet retains 99% of its original green finish which is the typical light green used by BMB throughout the war. There is the odd the chip and numerous blemishes which are to be expected. The condition is still outstanding in my opinion. The interior is virtually immaculate. The paint work on the metal she'll is perfect, the leather work is in excellent shape as are the buckle and pop std on the chin strap and the white cotton head support is free from any damage or staining. This helmet would compliment any collection and would certainly be hard to better.
1942 Dated High Leg Webbing Gaiters. A mint un-issued pair of British made four strap gaiters clearly dated 1942.
1942 Dated Indian Made 1937 Pattern Binocular Case
1942 Dated Mk VII Chest Respirator Named To Fuller A nice an very complete example of an early-mid war British Army Chest Respirator. It is nice to find such a complete gas mask such as this, all named to the same soldier. Things which are usually missing are present here including the identity disc which is worn on the respirator haversack. The haversack is in good condition and dated inside the flap 1942. It has also been marked 'Fuller' by the original owner. It is the MK VII pattern respirator bag which came into use in 1941 and was the last pattern of chest respirator before the light weight pattern was brought into use. All the pop studs work and the canvas is in good shape. There are a couple of rust marks to the back of the bag. The gas mask itself has the rubber face piece which is dated 1941 and is in good condition, as is the hose. The filter is the brick red type filter. Also included is the 'Ointment, Anti-gas No.2' tin as well as the anti-dimming tin No.342 which is dated 1941. The original owners identity disc is also present and reads 'Fuller 14087406' A nice a very complete chest respirator with a nice personal history which warrants further research.
1942 Dated RAF Air Sea Rescue Waterproof Over Trousers A rare original pair of 1942 Dated Air Sea Rescue waterproof over trousers complete with their original belt. The trousers are in good condition for their age and display very well. They don’t appear to have had any use and all the stamps are nice and bright still. The waist belt is also in very good condition and the original buckle is still present. The trousers feature all their original 'Swift' zips; one to the fly and another to the back of each leg. The zips are very clean with no signs of corrosion so should work well. The only fault with the trousers is that the black rubber soles on the bottom have gone brittle and it has begun to flake off in places. Please study the pictures. Overall a very good example of these rare over-trousers which would compliment any RAF collection.
1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag A Nice original 1942 dated RAF kit bag in good usable condition. The kit bag is marked inside the flap with the Air Ministry crown as well as the contract number and the date - 1942. There is also a War Department stamp and crows foot which is surmounted by the letter O which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. The outside of the kit bag bares the original owners RAF serial number as well as the numbers 7 - 50. There is a blue band running around the centre of the bag as was standard on RAF kit bags The back of the kit bag has a number of places and dates listed denoting where the original owner served. All in all, a nice RAF kit bag which would be ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike.
1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag A good example of an RAF kit bag clearly dated 1942. The bag features the blue band common to all RAF kit bags as well as the letters RAF and a serial number stencilled to the outside. A good example of a war dated kit bag.
1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag - 'Folkard' A nice original 1942 dated RAF kit bag in used condition made be 'O. Groom LTD, London'. This kit bag is typical of wartime RAF kit bag being made from a heavy white canvas and featuring brass eyelets around the top some of which are missing. The bag features one blue strip around the centre and a black painted patch to the front which bares the original owners name and number amongst other details. A good war dated example of an RAF kit bag which would suit both the collector and re-enactor equally.
1942 Dated Royal Signals Captains Battledress Blouse A lovely example of an early manufacture 1940 (Austerity) pattern battledress blouse with original early-mid war insignia. This blouse features three oversize Royal Signals officers pips on each shoulder denoting Captain as well as an original Arm Of Service strip to each arm which is made from two pieces of felt - a common practice. This style of battledress badging was very common during 1941-42 before shoulder titles and divisional flashes became de rigueur. The only other evidence of insignia on the jacket is two holes above the left-hand breast pocket where some sort of medal ribbon was at some point attached. The blouse has a beautiful label inside and bares one of the less common makers - M Craps & Sons Ltd. and is clearly dated 1942. The sizes state - Height - 5'7" - 5'8" Chest - 35-36" Waist - 30-31" The battledress is in great condition for its age and the nap of the wool is beautiful. The only small faults are a small rip to the lining of the collar, a tear to the lining in one of the cuffs and a small amount of corrosion to the metal collar fasteners. All in all, a very honest, original wartime Battledress jacket with nice original badges and an uncommon maker.
1942 Dated Slouch Hat with REME Flash A nice 1942 dated example of the British Army slouch hat in a size 7. This hat was issued troops in the Far East during the Second World War and became synonymous with that campaign. Inside the hat is a leather sweatband which is stamped 1942 by Failsworth Hats Ltd on one side and with a large WD arrow on the other. There is also a leather chin strap which is in good condition. The overall condition is very good with no signs of damage or excessive wear. There is the odd small moth graze but these are only noticeable on very close inspection. The puggaree is missing on this example but there is a shadow showing where it once was. On one side of the hat is an original REME flash which sets the hat off nicely. A very nice hat which displays well and would be compliment any collection.
1942 Dated US Army Doughboy Pack A good example of the Doughboy pack us by the US Army throughout the Second World War. This example is maker marked and clearly dated 1942. The overall condition is good and all the straps etc are complete. However there is some age present, particularly on the metal work. A good example of this part of the US army equipment.
1943 Dated 1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Trousers - Size 7 A fantastic pair of 1940 pattern (austerity) battledress trousers dated 1943 as used by the British Army during the Second World War. These trousers feature the brown horn buttons which are always associated with early manufactured battledress and much more sort after by collectors. Inside the trousers all the waist buttons and the fly buttons are early brass buttons which again indicates an early pair of trousers. The cotton drill lining in these trousers is immaculate as can be seen from the photographs. If these trousers have been issued they have had very little wear! There is a number 7 stamped inside the waistband which denotes the size as well as War Department WD stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The overall condition of the trousers is fantastic as can be seen in the photographs. There is a small amount of staining to the crotch but this can't be seen when they are worn/displayed. A fantastic pair of early 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers that would certainly be hard to better!
1943 dated Fleet Air Arm Swordfish Pilots tunic and trousers names to Cdr A. C. R. Duvall This fantastic Fleet Air Arm tunic and trousers belonged to Commander A. C. R. Duvall who was commissioned into the Royal Navy in the late 1920s and served throughout the Second World War. Alfred Cole Ricardo Duvall was a pilot at the beginning of the war stationed on the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous which was attacked and sunk by U29 on the 17 of September 1939. A.C.R Duvall is listed as one of the survivors of the attack and was at the time a Lieutenant Commander. He was most likely a Swordfish pilot as this is predominantly what they flew from Courageous. The tunic itself is a fine example made by 'Gieves' and dated 1943. This ties in with the date that Duvall was made Commander, so he had the tunic made to go with his new rank. The gold bullion rank on the sleeves is in good condition and the pilots wings are good too, although there is a small amount of bullion missing from the centre of the wing. The jacket also features a set of brass kings crown naval buttons. The jacket does have signs of wear and was clearly used during the war. Saying that, it is still in very good condition for its age. The trousers also have a Gieves label inside although it is not legible. I assume that the details read the same as in the jacket. The trousers are cut with a fish tail back which is typical of the era and are in good condition with only the odd hole here and there which are very small. All in all, a fantastic named set with some incredible history. FAA pilots tunics rarely come up for sale, let alone with this kind of history!
1943 Dated RAF 'Suits Aircrew' Trousers A fantastic original pair of RAF Suits Aircrew Battledress trousers clearly dated 1943 in a good large size No.12. To look at, these trousers look like War Service Dress which replaced 'Suits Aircrew' sometime in 1943, but they are labelled as 'Suits Aircrew' none-the-less. It may be the case that this particular manufacturer was using up old stocks of labels. The trousers are made from wool serge and feature one rear buttoning pocket, a slash pocket to each hip and a first field dress pocket to the front left of the trousers. They also feature a button fly and have buttons around the inside of the waistband which are used to secure the braces, all of which are the standard black horn type using on this pattern of RAF clothing. Inside the waistband is the War Department ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter N which confirms 1943 as the year of manufacture. The trousers are a good size No.12 which will fit up to a 35" waist, so a good wearable size for re-enactment. The trousers are in very good condition with no rips, tears or moth damage. There is some discolouration around the hip pockets and to the left trouser leg, but this may come out with dry cleaning. All together, a fantastic pair of nicely dated RAF trousers with the rare 'Suits Aircrew' label. A generous size so would suit the re-enactor as much as the collector!
1943 Dated RAF OA Tunic - Size No. 9 A good example of a wartime RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic dated 1943, complete with its original belt. The jacket comes complete with a full set of brass Kings crown buttons and it has original wartime insignia to both sleeves. The albatross insignia to the top of the sleeve is of the printed variety whilst the LAC badges and wireless operators badges are all of the earlier embroidered style. The original belt is present and still retains its original brass buckle. The tunic is marked as a size No.9. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'7" - 5' 8"' Breast 39" & 40" Waist 36" All in all, a nice original war time tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1943 Dated S.D Pantalons, Motor Cyclists An absolutely outstanding pair of Wartime S.D Pantaloons, Motor Cyclists, clearly dated 1943 which have clearly never been issued. These pantaloons came into service with the British Army during 1941 as a specific item of clothing for Dispatch Riders and motor cyclists. They closely follow the same pattern as the standard pre-war British Army Service Dress Breeches but have an additional 'First Field Dressing' pocket to the right hip. This particular pair of breeches still retain their original label which is very clear and bright. The label states the pantaloons as being a size 10, which will fit up to a 32" waist, and are dated March 1943. Inside the trousers the cotton drill lining is in perfect condition and all the correct stamps are present. The WD stamp is surmounted by a 'N' which is correct for 1943. The Pantaloons also have dark brown horn buttons which are often associated with items made in 1942-43. Sadly one of the exterior ones are missing and another is broken but these can be easily sourced. The overall condition of these breeches is magnificent, as can be seen in the pictures. They do however have a coupe of small moth grazes to the rear which I have attempted to photograph. They are only noticeable on very close inspection and do not detract from these beautiful pantaloons at all in my honest opinion. All in all, a fantastic example of these rare Pantaloons which are clearly dated. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike - These would be hard to better!
1943 Dated WW2 1940 Pattern British Army Greatcoat - Size 8 A good wartime made example of the British Army 1940 pattern greatcoat in a hard to find larger size. This pattern of coat came in to service to replace the 1939 pattern and saw wide issue throughout the Second World War on all fronts. The greatcoat retains all of its original brass general service buttons to the front as well as the half belt at the back and has two wartime rubber buttons holding the bottom of the skirt closed. Inside the coat the original label is still present and clearly states Size No. 8 which will fit up to a 43" chest over battledress. The date is also on the label and although faint, the numbers 1943 can be made out. The coat is in good condition but does have a lot of white marks; some to the front and more inside. These may well dry clean out.The coat has obviously been in storage for many years. All in all, a good example of a wartime British Army greatcoat in a hard to find larger size.
1943 Pattern Escape Boots with 92 Squadron Provenance Here we have an absolutely beautiful pair of 1943 pattern escape boots, easily the finest pair I have ever come across! Not only are they immaculate but these boots have some very interesting provenance. These boots belonged to John G Butler who flew English Electric Lightening's with 92 Squadron before later moving on to flying for BOAC. Both boots are clearly marked inside with his name and BOAC and I also have a letter of provenance from the family confirming this. It is interesting that the history of these wartime boots is postwar, obviously it was a style that John Butler had taken a liking to at some point and carried on using. These boots really are immaculate and were clearly extremely well looked after throughout their life. The black leather shoe portion is lovely, the leather having an amazing shin to it and a really deep finish. The suede uppers are in very good condition, both the brass lightening zippers work very well, the laces appear to be the originals and all the metal parts are very good with no corrosion. These boots are roughly a size 6-7. All in all an incredible example of the iconic WW2 RAF Escape Boots which would be extremely hard to better!
1944 Dated 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards Black Tankers Beret An extremely original example of a Normandy period Black beret to the 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards which is dated 1944. The 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards landed in Normandy a month after the initial D-Day landings as part of 7th Armoured Division and fought at the battles of Mont Pincon and at Saint-Pierre-la-Vieille amongst many others. This rare beret is a standard issue black beret as issued to tank crews through-out the Second World War and was made by 'Supak Manufacturing Co' who are one of the more common makers of berets such as this. The beret is also marked as a size 6 7/8 and bares the date 1944. There is also a War Department WD stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which confirms 1944 as the year of manufacture. This beret features an original and highly polished 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards cap badge which is secured onto the hat with a brass slider, as is commonly found in original British headwear. The badge is mounted on a red field which has been stitched directly to the beret. There is no doubt that this badge has always been on the beret. The condition of the beret is very good for its age showing only limited signs of wear. All the original markings inside are present as is the single black thread which is stitched into the lining and used for testing and adjusting of the main firing pieces of tanks. Overall, an incredibly original Normandy period beret which can only be described as a 'sleeper'. Normandy period headwear this original rarely comes up and it is a pleasure to be in a position to offer it onto the open market.
1944 Dated Austerity Pattern Webbing Belt Named To 1st Gordon Highlanders An excellent austerity pattern webbing belt named to a Captain in the Gordon Highlanders and clearly dated 1944. This very original belt belonged to Captain Gray who served with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders, most likely in North West Europe after D-Day. Whilst I haven't been able to trace the original owner, 1st Battalion did go to France on D-day and based on the KG3 blanco applied to the belt and the fact that it is an austerity pattern belt, I think it is safe to say this belt saw action somewhere in Northwest Europe during 1944-45. The belt is marked Capt Gray, 1st Gordons in ink to the inside of the belt. As well as this the original Manufactures stamp is still very clearly stating MECO 1944 followed by the War Department broad arrow stamp. Underneath this is a large L stamped in the same ink which denotes the belt as a large size. The construction of the belt is typical of austerity pattern belts. It features webbing loops to the front of the belt rather than the usual brass examples and the ends of the belt which hold the brass clips used in adjusting the belt are folded and stitched, rather than being weft as is usual. Overall, a very original and authentic belt which deserves more research and would undoubtedly compliment any British Army collection.
1944 Dated British Army Ammunition Boots - Size 8 A rare pair of wartime manufactured British Army Ammunition boots clearly dated 1944. The ammunition boot came into service with the British Army in 1936 and saw extensive use throughout the Second World War as the main issue boot. War dated examples are now scarce to come by and always sought after by collectors. The boots are made from a typical 'war grade' leather which is much thinner than post-war examples. When looking at these boots it is easy to see why soldiers complained about their boots always falling to pieces! As with all ammunition boots they feature a toe cap and 6 black painted brass eyelets. The soles of the boots are also in extremely good condition with 14 original studs. It is also worth noting that the toe plates are original, with the correct original screws fixing them. By this point in the war the 4th screw was left out of each boot as an economy measure, making these boots a perfect untouched 1944 example. The boots come complete with leather laces which look original to the boots. They are certainly very old and suit the boots well. Inside the boots are clean and clearly marked 1944 and 8S. The size 8 stamp appears to have been over-stamped from a 9 which is interesting. All in all, a fantastic example of a rare pair of wartime date boots clearly marked with all the correct factory traits of a 1944 dated pair of boots. These would be very hard to better!
1944 Dated British Army Officers Boots Size 7 A great pair of original World War Two British Army Officers boots clearly dated 1944. These boots are typical of those used by Officers throughout the Second World War. They are made from a brown leather which is pebbled and feature a toe cap. The boot of the boots have studs at the front and rear which was common practice at the time, The boots are lined with leather and inside is stamp 'BOOT 1944' which tells us the date. There is also a number 7 stamped which can be seen faintly in the photograph which denotes the size, The boots retain their original laces and are packed with vintage newspaper, presumably from their original owner. Structurally the boots seem pretty sound. All in all, a lovely pair of boots which are clearly war dated and could potentially be used for re-enactment.
1944 Dated Canadian Battledress Trousers Size 11 A nice pair of 1944 dated Canadian made battledress trousers which belonged to a Royal Artillery officer during the Second World War. This particular example have had the map pocket removed from the front of the left leg. This was common, particularly with officers who wanted to make their uniform smarter. All the buttons appear to be present and the serge is good. The lining is also good and the markings are still present.
1944 Dated Canadian Made Battledress Blouse With REME 49 Division insignia A Beautiful 1944 dated Canadian made battledress with original wartime insignia in superb condition. This fantastic blouse features original embroidered REME shoulder titles, printed 49th Division flashes and the three colour REME arm of service flash to each arm. All the insignia appears to be original to the jacket and there are also traces of where pips have been on the epaulettes. The overall condition of the jacket is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The serge is in very good shape with no rips, tears or signs of moth. There is however one white mark to the back of the collar. The interior is also every clean showing only limited signs of wear. This was obviously a 'best' BD. Inside the jacket is the original makers stamp which states the jacket as being a generous size 9. The date, 1944, is also very clear. Below this is the Canadian War Department mark featuring a broad arrow surrounded by a 'C'. Canadian made battledress was sort after by those in the British Army as it was considered to be of a higher quality than British made examples. When acquired these were usually used as 'best' jackets which is probably why examples like this one have survived. A fantastic Normandy period original battledress blouse in excellent condition with all original insignia. A must have for the British Army in Normandy collector!
1944 Dated Canadian Made Royal Artillery Officers Battledress Blouse A nice 1944 dated Canadian made battledress blouse which belonged to an officer of the Royal Artillery. This blouse came with a number of other items from the same Royal Artillery officer who served during World War Two. This was clearly his 'best' battledress; Canadian made bd was often acquired for this purpose as it was considered of better quality. This blouse retains its original Royal Artillery arm of service stripe on each arm and there is evidence of where there was once officers pips. The blouse has been tailored to be worn with a shirt and tie as was popular, particularly with officers towards the end of the war. Inside the jacket is maker marked 'Workmen Uniform Co' and the 1944 date can be seen, although it has faded somewhat with age. The blouse is in very good condition although there is a moth hole in the armpit on one side. This is noticeable when displayed or worn. A suggested size of a 38" chest is recommended. Altogether a nice officers tailored BD with original aos strips still present. The trousers that came with this blouse are listed below
1944 Dated Commando Bergen An excellent example of the second pattern Commando Bergen as used on D-Day, clearly dated 1944. The bag section of this item is made from dark green waterproof canvas as opposed to the first pattern which was made from a light tan material. Interestingly, like the first pattern bergens, this example has the two webbing straps which run around the circumference of the bag towards the top, which can just be seen below the main flap. Inside the Bergen is dated 1944, although it has faded somewhat over time. The black metal frame is also clearly dated 1944 and bares a War Department broad arrow mark, so is almost certainly the original frame for the bag. Underneath the bag both of the thin webbing straps which are often missing are still intact and in good condition. The webbing tabs which secure the pockets are also all intact and work fine and all the leather work on the bag is in fine condition. Inside the main flap is a brass zip which still works well. The condition of the Bergen is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The only slight issue is a few black marks to one of the side pockets, but this looks like it would be possible to remove with some time and care. All in all, an excellent and very original example of a Commando Bergen clearly dated 1944. It would undoubtedly look fantastic in any WW2 display.
1944 Dated Officers Boots By John White - Size 8 A good 1944 dated example of the British officers double buckle boots made by 'John White'. This pattern of boot was designed to be worn in place of ankle boots and gaiters by combining the two and was popular with officers in the Normandy Campaign. The boots are clearly marked 1944 and size 8 on the inside of one of the boots as can be seen in the photographs. The leather outer of these boots is very good indeed. I gave them a coat of good quality leather feed and the responded extremely well. The leather is strong and supple and has no real tears or scuffs present. The boots also feature their original laces! I washed these and they came up well, although do some signs of staining in some places. Not surprising considering they are over 70 years old! The leather lining to the interior of the boots has seen better days sadly, on one boot in particular. The lining is missing in some places and is dry and flakey in others. They could possibly still be worn but I would reccmond using them for display only. The sole on the boots is in reasonable condition for its age as can be seen in the photographs and are completely original with no signs of being altered post war. A nice pair of officers pattern boots, nicely marked and in a decent size.
1944 Dated RAF / RAAF Slouch Hat A brilliant original example of an RAF / RAAF slouch hat which is clearly dated 1944. This hat is of Australian origin and I believe may have possibly been an RAAF hat originally as there are two holes to the front of the hat which look as if they have had a cap badge mounted through them at some stage. It is common to see an Australian badge mounted in this place in original photographs. The hat features its original pugree and RAF flashes to the outside and inside the leather sweatband remains intact. The sweatband is stamped as a size 7 1/8 and also bares the manufacture date of 1944. The original chin strap has been repaired by hand at some point, which isn't surprising as they are not the strongest. The overall condition of the hat is good but it does show signs of service wear and age. There are some moth tracks present and the fur felt has been rubbed down in numerous places. It still displays very well however as can be seen from the photographs. A great original hat which is nicely dated and would undoubtedly compliment any RAF or RAAF collection.
1944 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress Named To Navigator A lovely wartime example of an RAF officers service dress named to a navigator and dated 1944. This set clearly belonged to a tall gentlemen originally as the inside leg of the trousers is very long as is the arm length on the jacket. Inside the inner pocket is the original tailors label from 'Hawes Bros' of Farringdon, London. The label has the original owners name 'P/O R. P. Stedeford marked in ink as well as the dated, 1944. The jacket has two rings of rank tape on the sleeve denoting the rank of Flight Lieutenant, so it would appear Stedeman was promoted sometime after this tunic was made in 1944. The jacket also features a lovely Navigators brevet to the chest which is padded with and embroidered with silk, as was common practice at the time. Below this are Stedeman's original medal ribbons which include; 39-45 Star, Africa Star and clasp, Aircrew Europe Medal and clasp and the Italy Star. Stedeman clear had quite a service career worthy of further research. The trousers are of a typical British cut featuring a button fly as well as buttons to attach braces to inside the waistband. They also have been cut with a high fishtail back which is really lovely and would look fantastic when worn. The leg is also cut very wide compared to many suits like this I have seen, though this was fashionable at the time. The overall condition of this set is fantastic to say the least. There are no holes or stains present anywhere as far as I can see. There is some fading and signs of service wear, but nothing that isn't to be expected from a set of this age. A fantastic set of Service Dress with interesting history and nice original insignia. The original owner clearly had quite a service career which would be make for interesting research.
1944 Dated RAF Officers Tunic Named To Wing Commander Lloyd Joel DFC This fantastic tunic belonged to Wing Commander Lloyd Joel DFC who served with 55 squadron before moving to No.38 Group where he was specially concerned with SAS and SOE drops prior to D-Day. The tunic is in fantastic condition and typical of a wartime tailored RAF officers tunic. It was made by Anderson & Shepard Ltd, 30 Saville Row W.1 on the 7th of February 1944. It features the correct wartime 4 button design and sewn in belt as well as kings crown RAF buttons. These are however staybrite as is the waist buckle. So most likely changed post war. A beautiful set of padded kings crown RAF wings are present above the left chest pocket below which are a number of loops which would have had medal ribbons attached to them at some stage. To see which medals Wing Commander Joel would have worn, please view his post war tropical tunic which stil features its media ribbons. Below are two extracts taken from the official New Zealand Air force history - 'Wing Commander L. J. Joel, DFC; RAF; born Dunedin, 3 Jan 1917; joined RAF Aug 1938; commanded No. 55 Sqdn, Middle East, 1943–44; Operations staff, No. 38 Group, 1944–45.' 'Wing Commander Joel served on the staff of No. 38 Group, where he was specially concerned with the Special Air Service operations which dropped agents and saboteurs in Europe. Joel had already completed three tours of operations in the Middle East.' Not only is this tunic a fantastic example of a wartime RAF officers tunic with a very nice set of wings, it is named to a Wing Commander who was awarded the DFC and involve closely in special operations. This tunic would undoubtedly compliment any RAF or SOE/SAS collection.
1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Large Size A good original 1944 dated RAF War Service Dress blouse in a large size No.17. This blouse was standard issue for RAF Aircrews and Ground Crews from 1941 until the end of the Second World War. This particular example still retains its original Insignia and belonged to a wireless operator as there is a trade badge denoting this trade on the right sleeve. On both arms are also two original WW2 printed Albatross badges. Inside the jacket has a nice clear label which reads 'Size No.17' which will fit someone of 6'2" tall and up to a 40" chest. Original wartime battledress in a generous size such as this is now very rare to find! The label also has the dated 1944 marked very clearly on the label as well as the maker 'M & N Horne'. The overall condition of the jacket I would describe as grubby. It has clearly had a lot of use as a working jacket rather than a best jacket. These uniforms were designed for working and were not suppose to be worn off base. As well as this there as some moth holes to the back and the belt is frayed where it has been passed through the buckle multiple times. The condition has been taken into consideration when pricing the jacket. Overall a nice original war dated RAF jacket in a rare large size which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally well.
1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Trousers A well worn example of RAF War Service Dress trousers dated 1944. These trousers were used by both aircrew and ground crew between 1943 and 1945 replacing the early 'Suits Aircrew' trousers. This particular pair have a nice clear label and are marked as a size 4. Whilst this sounds like a small size they will fit up to a 31" waist and the leg has been let all the way down so will fit longer than is stated in the label. The trousers feature the dressing pocket on the left hip and single rear pocket which is standard in WSD trousers. The trousers are in salty condition and have clearly had a hard life. There are white marks to the front of he trousers and two tears along the bottom of each leg, about 1 1/2" above the hem. If these trousers were shortened back to their original length this would not be noticeable. All together, a nice original pair of wartime dated trousers in well worn condition. These would look great on display or could be used by a reenactor who wants a pair of trousers that look like they have been lived in.
1944 Dated Royal Army Service Corps 1940 Pattern Battledress Blosue
1944 Dated USAAF B15 Flying Jacket Size 38 An authentic 1944 made USAAF B15 Flying Jacket by Reed Products Inc. These jackets came into issue with the USAAF during 1944 and replaced the B10 flying jacket. This is a authentic USAAF issue jacket from WW2 and not one of the post-war civilian versions which are commonly mis-sold today as wartime. This jacket has the correct off centre zip which was a feature of wartime jackets as well as the correct lining to the pockets. The jacket features a green cotton shell which is in good condition for its age, although it does have some signs of wear, particularly around the bottom of the sleeves as well as some to the front of the jacket. This jacket clearly saw some action! There is also an original AAF patch sewn on to the left sleeve which is a common addition to find. The Grey Alpaca lining is in good condition generally but does have some areas where it has completely worn away, particularly around the neck area. The collar has some signs of damage as can be seen in the photograph but it still displays well. The knitted cuffs and waistband are intact but well worn. All of these things can be replaced should the new owner so wish, but personally I think the jacket is best kept in its original state. The zip is a replacement YKK, but a very sympathetic one and only noticeable on close inspection. It is brass and the cotton tape is the correct colour, only the puller is noticeable wrong. Again, this could be changed. The label is still intact although slightly worn but does state the size as 38 Regular. The jacket will fit up to a 40" chest quite comfortably. Both the outer slash pockets and the internal pockets have the correct pop studs and these all work well. This jacket is by no means and mint condition example and has been priced accordingly. It is however a very honest original 1944 USSAF issue example with genuine wear which would be a real asset to any USAAF collection.
1945 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse A Nice named example of a British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) battledress blouse dated 1945. This blouse originally belonged to Sapper H.G. Barber, 38 Field Squadron Royal Engineers and certainly has the look of a jacket which has been worn in this regiment! The label has faded through use but from the stamps we can tell that the blouse is a size 7 and was made in 1945 as it has a Z stamped above the WD stamp; which denotes this as the year of manufacture. The blouse is in good condition but has been heavily worn, as is to be expected with a Royal Engineers blouse. The only real issue with the blouse are two holes on the left sleeve but these could be repaired if you so wished. Apart from that the blouse is in good condition. A nice original wartime British Army battledress blouse in reasonable condition. British Army battledress is not often named so this would make a nice addition to a British Army collection.
1945 Dated British Army Collared Shirt A very nice example of the late war British Army issue collared shirt. These shirts came into issue at the later months of 1944 to be worn with a tie underneath the battledress blouse. This example has an extremely clear label which states size No.4, the broad arrow and the date - 1945. All the original buttons are present and there are no rips or tears present anywhere on the shirt. There is a small amount of fading to the front of the shirt. The shirt is a good size number four and has the following measurements when laid flat. Collar: 15 1/2" Chest: 21" Inside arm: 22" These shirts are becoming quite scarce, particularly nicely marked examples in a good size such as this.
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 A good original example of the British Army GS beret as worn by the British soldier from 1943 onwards and synonymous with the Normandy Campaign. The beret is in good overall condition, the serge is nice with two holes in the correct position for a cap badge. The beret is marked inside as a size 7 and is also stamped 1945. The original owners service number has also been stamped inside. The cotton lining is in good condition and shows little sign of wear. A nice beret, ideal for the collector and reenactor alike.
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 1/4 By 'S & P Harris' A nice original example of a British Army GS beret clearly dated 1945. This particular example is not one of the huge 'dinner plate' style berets, but a much more conservative size. Inside the beret is clearly dated 1945 and bares the makers mark S&P Harris and Co, Glasgow. The hat is marked at a generous size 7 1/4. The hat is in good overall condition and displays very well. The material around one of the eyelets has opened up but this could be repaired and is not noticeable when the hat is displayed or worn. The front of the beret has two holes where a cap badge has been worn at some point. A great original wartime beret, clearly dated and in a good large size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 3/8 A good example of the British Army General Service beret dated 1945 and in a large size 7 3/8. The beret is maker marked inside 'J Compton and Sons' who are one of the more prolific makers of headwear during the Second World War. This is hard to see in the photographs as it is somewhat worn, but more apparent in the flesh. The beret also retains its WD mark and broad arrow which is surmounted with the letter Z which denotes 1945 as the year of manufacture. The Beret is also marked with the size which is the case is 7 3/8 - a very generous size. The lining is in good condition showing only slight signs o wear. The serge is also good although there are a few moth nips as can be seen in the photographs. These have been taken into account when the item was priced. There are also two holes where a cap badge has been mounted on it at some point in its life. Overall a great example of a wartime beret in a hard to find larger size!
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 3/8 (2) A good original example of the British Army GS beret as worn by the British soldier from 1943 onwards and synonymous with the Normandy Campaign. The beret is in good overall condition, the serge is nice with two holes in the correct position for a cap badge. There are a few nicks etc to the top of the hat. The beret is marked inside as a size 7 3/8 and is also stamped 1945. The cotton lining is in good condition and shows little sign of wear. A nice beret, ideal for the collector and reenactor alike.
1945 Dated British Army OR collared shirt - Size 4 A beautiful example of the late World War Two issue British Army collared shirt clearly dated 1945. This pattern of shirt came into general issue in late 1945 to replace the earlier collarless shirt. British army dress regulations changed at this time to the wearing of a shirt and tie under battledress, hence the issue of these collar-attached shirt. The label in this shirt is bright and fresh with all the marking being very clear. The label states that the shirt is a generous size 4 made by 'W. M. & Co Ltd' during 1945. It also bares the War Department broad arrow or 'crows foot' marking. The condition of the shirt is fantastic and I think it is unlikely that it was ever issued. The wool is soft and there are no marks, no tears and no signs of moth. A cracking example of a collared British Army shirt in a good size and clearly dated. This truely would be hard to better!
1945 Dated Canadian Made Battledress With Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles A 1945 dated example of a Canadian made battledress which has been tailored to be worn with a shirt and tie and features 'Royal Artillery' shoulder titles. This pattern of blouse was used throughout the Second World War by Canadian troops in all the campaigns they were involved in. This example has had the collar tailored with another and not completely matching section of Canadian made battledress cloth. This was common practice amongst officers throughout the war with Ordinary Ranks doing the same from October 1944 when they were given permission to wear a shirt and tie. The blouse is clearly stamped inside and is dated 1945. The manufacturer is also marked as 'Workmen Uniform Co. Ltd' who were one of the more prolific Canadian manufacturers of battledress. Also stamped inside is the Canadian War Department broad arrow surround by a 'C'. The blouse is in very good condition and would be good for either a display piece or for a re-enactor to wear. Each sleeve has a 'Royal Artillery' shoulder titles and evidence below this of where other badges have been previously. All in all, a nice original wartime blouse which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally.
1945 Dated GS Beret - Size 7 1/8 A good original wartime example of a British Army General Service Beret in a size 7 1/8. This pattern of hat came in to use with the British Army during 1943 and replaced the earlier Field Service cap. This particular example is clearly dated 1945 and also has the letter 'Z' stamped above the WD mark which stands for 1945. The hat is also clearly marked as a good size 7 1/8. The cap is made by 'J. Collet Ltd' who are one of the more prolific manufactures of British Army Headwear during the Second World War. The interior of the cap is good with only limited signs of wear. The outside has suffered from moth damage but this could be repaired and has been taken into account with the price. There are also two holes to the front of the cap where a cap badge has been fitted at some point. A good example of a wartime British Army beret which with a little TLC will display very well indeed.
1945 Dated RAF OA Greatcoat A good original example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat in a size No.6 and clearly dated 1945. This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years. This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown buttons and a matched set of wartime printed RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. Inside the coat features a white blanket lining as well as the original label which states the coat as being a size No. 6 Which will fit up to 5' 8" tall, 39" chest and a 35" waist. The date is clearly marked 1945 on the label. There is also a white WD stamp surmounted by the letter ‘Z’ which confirms 1945 as the year of issue. The overall condition of the Greatcoat is very good indeed and it displays very well. There are some marks, particularly around the collar consummate with the age and wear of the coat but this doesn't particularly detract from the it and is very good aside from this. This greatcoat came with the tunic and forage cap listed above. I also have the same Airmans trousers which I will list in the future. All in all, a great example of a wartime RAF OA greatcoat which are becoming increasingly hard to find. This would compliment any RAF collection or complete a re-enactment uniform nicely.
1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Tailored A brilliant example of an RAF War Service Dress blouse which has been tailored by an Officer, clearly dated 1945. The original collar on this jacket has been re-modelled by a tailor during the Second World War to a notched lapel as seen on the RAF Officers Service Dress tunic. This was a popular modification during 1944/45 particularly with Canadian pilots, including many members of Jonny Johnson's wing, who can be seen wearing this style in pictures. I have attached a picture of Jonny Johnson himself wearing a blouse that has been tailored in exactly the same way as this example, as well as another pilot, Dal Russel of 442 Squadron, who again is wearing this tailored version of jacket. The jacket itself is in very good condition and the blue RAF serge is still bright. This is not a dirty, washed out tunic and has probably been used as a 'best' jacket. The label inside the jacket is very bright and clear stating size No.7 as the size and a the date, 1945. There are two moth holes in the back of the jacket which is the only damage I can see. This would be easily repaired and doesn't detract from the way the jacket displays. This fantastic original tunic would be ideal for someone interested in the 2nd Tactical Air force or Canadian Pilots during the Second World War.
1945 Dated Royal Navy Money Belt An original 1945 Dated Royal Navy money bet made by bagcraft. The belt appears to be unissued and is marked as a size 36. Free UK postage.
1946 Dated 1946 Pattern Battledress Trousers - Size 7 An original pair of 1946 pattern which are dated 1946 and original belonged to Sgt. Skoulding, KOSB. These trousers came into issue in 1946 to replace the 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers, although the pattern was hardly changed. The only real difference is that inside the waist band there are twice as many brace buttons as in the 1940 pattern! The trousers retain their original label which is in good condition and states the size as size no. 7. The trousers are I very good condition as can be seen in the photographs and would display well. There is a small amounted of mothing as is common with clothes of this age but this is not noticeable when the trousers are worn. These trousers are ideal to fill a gap in a ww2 collection or for a re-enactor as they are identical to wartime pattern trousers from the outside.
1947 Dated RAF OA Beret Size 6 3/8th This beret is identical to those used by the RAF during the later stages of the Second World War. It features a large crown which gives it a typical wartime shape and a nice kings crown cap badge. The beret is just post-war being dated 1947 inside. It also bares the makers mark and size which is 6 3/8th although it is somewhat faded and quite hard to read so may be 6 7/8. A brass kings crown cap badge is mounted to the front and in the correct place and a black leather headband runs around the opening of the beret. The condition of the beret is very good with no signs of damage or moth. There is some wear and age which is to be expected of an issued item. All in all, a nice original beret which would compliment any RAF collection and make a nice stand in for the illusive war-dated example.
1947 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap An original WW2 period RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage cap in used condition. Whilst Dated 1947 this hat is identical to those used throughout ww2 by all airman under the rank of Warrant Officer. The cap is in worn condition but still displays well. There is no size indicated inside but I would say it’s roughly a 6 1/2. A nice original wartime period cap which would suit the collector and reenactor equally.
1949 Dated British Army Pullover Jumper - Size 3. A post-war example of the British Army pullover jumper, clearly dated 1949. The pattern of this jumper is unchanged from the wartime examples featuring full sleeves with a narrow cuff and a V-neck. The main difference is that the post war jumpers were a dark green shade rather than the khaki of wartime pullovers. The jumper is in good condition as can be seen in the photographs. It has clearly been worn and features a number of period darns to the front which add to the character of the jumper. The label is still present inside the neck and reads Size 3, bares the War Department broad arrow mark and is clearly Dated 1949. The label is also stamp BAOR which stands for British Army of the Rhine. A nice clearly dated jumper from the immediate post-war period which would compliment a Korea collection or similar.
1949 Dated RAF OA Tunic With Belt - Size 10 A good example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic as used from Pre WW2 until the late 1950s. This particular example is dated 1949 but is identical to the wartime pattern and is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a war dated example. The jacket is complete with brass buttons and it has original wartime insignia to both sleeves which are both of the early pattern making this tunic a usable for Battle of Britain in its current state. The tunic comes complete with its original belt which has the correct brass buckle. The tunic is marked as a size No.10. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'9" - 5' 10"' Breast 36" 37" Waist 33" This tunic came with the trousers listed below and would make a nice matched set if purcahsed together. All in all, a nice tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1950 Dated 'War Service Dress Trousers, New Pattern'. An original pair of 1950 dated RAF 'War Service Dress Trousers, New Pattern' as worn with the short Battledress style uniform jacket. This pattern came into use during the immediate post war years and was very common to see being worn throughout the Cold War period. Differing from the earlier Ordinary Airman pattern, these trousers have a waist band and belt loops, are but straight across he back and have a more fitted, narrower leg. The condition of these trousers is good but there are some stains and signs of wear so please study the photographs berfore buying. A nice pair of trousers from the Cold War era which would be ideal for re-encatment or the post-war collector.
1950 Pattern Bush Jacket - Size 8 An original 1950 Bush jacket This style of jacket closely resembles the bush jackets worn during the Second World War but features fixed green horn buttons rather than the removable buttons or rubber buttons commonly found on wartime jackets. The jacket is made from 'Airtex' material which is a lightweight, breathable fabric often used to make tropical British Uniform. The jacket is belted but is missing its original belt buckle. These are easy to find and could be added to complete the jacket. Inside the jacket is the original label which states the jacket size as a generous No.8 which will fit up to a 41" chest and a 36" waist. The label also bares the date 1951 and the manufacture 'Carol'. A nice original bush jacket which displays well.
1950s Belgium Air Force Officers Cap Badge A nice post war example of a Belgium Air Force Officers Cap Badge.
1950s RAF Stripes A pair of post Second World War RAF stripes worn on the sleeve of the OA tunic. A good matched pair in fine condition.
1951 Dated Beret, Working Dress Aircrews - Korean War era Fleet Air Arm Hat A rare Korean War dated example of the 'Beret, Working Dress Aircrews' as worn by the Fleet Air Arm from 1945. The beret is made from a dark blue wool and features a large crown typical of wartime and early post-war berets. To the front of the beret is a cut down 'HMS' tally which has been stitched on by hand. Inside the beret is clearly marked as a large size 7 1/2 and bares the broad arrow mark, the date (1951) and the manufacturer 'Beret Industries LTD'. An example of this pattern of beret can be found on page 122 of Martin J. Brayley's excellent book 'Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945. A rare beret and a must have for the Royal Navy or FAA collector!
1951 Dated RAF Bakerlite Button Stick A nice Air Ministry marked bakerlite button stick dated 1951. In good condition and with the original owners service number scratched into it. Free postage and packing.
1951 Dated RAF beret - Size 7 1/4 This beret is identical to those used by the RAF during the later stages of the Second World War. It features a large crown which gives it a typical wartime shape and a nice kings crown cap badge. Inside the beret is maker marked 'Kangol Wear Limited' who were one of the most prolific manufactures of berets during the war and into the post-war years. The RAF contract number 22F/997 is also stamped inside, as is the date of 1951. The size of the beret is a good large size 7 1/4 as is stamped inside the hat which makes it ideal for re-enactment. The overall condition is good but there are marks from use to the outer RAF blue fabric as can be seen in the pictures. All in all, a nice beret which would easily pass for a wartime example in a good wearable size.
1951 Dated RAF OA Tunic with Early Insgnia - Size 11 A good example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic as used from Pre WW2 until the late 1950s. This particular example is dated 1951 but is identical to the wartime pattern and is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a war dated example. The jacket is complete with brass buttons and it has original wartime insignia to both sleeves which are both of the early pattern making this tunic a usable for Battle of Britain in its current state. Sadly there is no belt with the tunic but these do come up on the market quite regularly. The tunic is marked as a size No.11. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'9" - 5' 10"' Breast 38" 39" Waist 35" All in all, a nice tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airmans Tunic Size 13 A good example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans Tunic as used from Pre WW2 until the late 1950s. This particular example is dated 1951 but is identical to the wartime pattern and is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a war dated example. The jacket is complete with brass buttons as well as its waist belt and brass buckle which are all correct for WW2. It has insignia to both sleeves which is post war but this could be changed for WW2 insignia if was so desired. The tunic is a good size 13. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'11" - 6' Breast 37" 38" Waist 34" All in all, a nice tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1952 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers These 1952 dated Battledress trousers are identical to the wartime pattern in every way and would make a good substitute for the increasingly rare wartime examples. This particular example are in near un-issued condition and still retain their dark-green colour they would have had from the factory. Many examples on the market have been extensively washed giving them a faded look, unlike these. The trousers are marked as a size 4, which may sound small but it must be remembered that these are designed as an over trouser. The sizes on the label are - Waist - 33-34" Inside Leg - 30" A nice original pair of Denim Battledress trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 collection or re-enactor.
1952 Dated British Army Denim Trousers - Size 9 These 1952 dated Battledress trousers are identical to the wartime pattern in every way and would make a good substitute for the increasingly rare wartime examples. This particular example are in near un-issued condition and still retain their dark-green colour they would have had from the factory. Many examples on the market have been extensively washed giving them a faded look, unlike these. The trousers are large marked as a size 9 and the sizes on the label are - Waist - 33-35" Height - 6’ 0” Inside Leg - 33" A nice original pair of Denim Battledress trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 collector or tall re-enactor.
1952 Dated British Army OR Shirt - Large Size No.6 A large size British Army shirt in excellent condition, clearly dated 1952. These shirts came into issue with the British Army in the immediate post-war years and closely resemble the shirt which came into issue in late 1944. The shirt appears to be unworn. I can find no signs of wear or damage and the label is still fresh and bright. The label reads 'S.M.K &Co. Size 6 1952' and bares the War Department broad arrow. Size 6 is a very large size to find these days, particularly in such excellent condition. A very nice large size shirt which would be ideal for Re-enactment or a collector.
1952 Dated Civil Defence Battledress Blouse A mint un-issued example of a 'Blouses Mens CD.20' dated 1952 and in a good wearable size. This pattern of battledress first saw use with the Civil Defence and ARP in the early part of the Second World War and continued to see service well into the 1960s. This example is clearly dated 1952 but the pattern is un-changed from the war. The original label is intact inside the jacket and in perfect condition, meaning that it is still clearly legible. It states the jacket as being a generous size which will fit up to a 41" chest and a 38" waist. The lining inside is also in perfect condition and is still the deep indigo blue colour it was when it left the factory. The metal hook and eyes are also present in the collar and fasten together as they should. The over condition of the jacket is nearly perfect as can be seen from the photographs. The jacket has clearly never been issued and has survived very well indeed. All in all, and excellent example of a Civil Defence battledress blouse which would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector and would look excellent badge up as CD or ARP.
1952 Dated Demob Waistcoat An original 1952 dated British Army demob waistcoat complete with its original paper label. This waistcoat is post-war dated but identical to wartime examples I have in my collection. It is made from a blue pinstriped wool which featuers a red and shite stripe. It also has the circular purple ink stamp usually found in demob clothing.
1952 Dated RAF Greatcoat 'Coats Great Other Airman New Pattern' A good clean example of a 1952 dated RAF Greatcoat with brass kings crown buttons as worn by NCO's and under in the RAF. This greatcoat is in overall excellent condition and features 8 brass kings crown buttons to the front and original RAF insignia to both sleeves which denote the rank of LAC. Inside the coat is in good condition and the original label is still intact. It states the manufacture as 'Alfred Polikoff Wales LTD' and is clearly dated 1952. This coat will fit up to a 40" chest. The original owners service number is also present on a white piece of cotton which has been stitched inside the neck of the coat. Overall a great example of an RAF greatcoat clearly dated 1952.
1952 Dated RAF SD Cap Size 7 3/8 A very good original example of the RAF Service Dress cap dated 1952 and in a large size 7 3/8. These caps came into use with the formation of the RAF in 1918 and were the main headwear for O/A throughout the 1920s and '30s. They were still in use for many years after the Second World War with the 1950s examples, such as this, being almost identical to their pre-war counterparts. The hat is in extremely good condition and displays very well. This item is ideal for a re-enactor or for a collector wishing to fill a gap in his RAF collection.
1954 Dated RAF New Pattern Battledress Blouse With LAC Insignia A good example of the post World War Two 'New Pattern' RAF battledress blouse dated 1954. The blouse features two black bakerlite kings crown buttons to each breast pocket and a cavalry cuff on each sleeve. The blouse is in good condition and retains its original RAF insignia denoting the rank of LAC. This blouse came with the greatcoat listed below and almost certainly belonged to the same man. The original label is still intact inside the jacket and states the jacket as being a size No. 11. The sizes are hard to read but I believe a size 11 fits a 38" chest. All in all, a nice RAF battledress clearly dated which would suit the collector and re-enactor equally well.
1955 Dated British Military White Work Shirt by ‘Peterlou’ A 1955 dated white British military shirt made by ‘Peterlou Regd’. The shirt is made from a heavy white cotton and features white rubber buttons, a stand and fall collar and a single chest pocket. A very utilitarian piece which is of either Royal Navy or British Army origin. The shirt is in good condition but does have some storage marks. Please study the photos. Overal, a very nice period work shirt with interesting details.
1955 Dated Overalls Denim Battledress Blouse A good original example of a British Army Denim Battledress blouse dated 1955. The blouse features a full set of removable revolving shank buttons and is in excellent condition. Inside the original label is still intact and nice and bright. It states the blouse as a size 4 which will fit up to a 38" chest. In reality it will fit larger as these blouse were designed to be worn over the standard battledress blouse. the date, 1955, is also clearly stamped in the label. Although post war dated, this pattern of denim blouse came into service with the British Army during the Second World War and would make an excellent substitute for the rare war dated example.
1963 Dated 1960 Pattern Trousers Size No.9 Long Large A good original pair of 1960 Pattern Combat Trousers in a large size. These trousers came into use with the British Army in the 1960 and were based on the 1952 Pattern uniform issued to British troops serving in Korea. These trousers would have been issued as part of a set which included a matching smock. The trousers are made from a plain olive green material and feature a First Field Dress pocket to the right hip and a map pocket to the side of the left thigh. The trousers also have reinforced knees, slash pockets to the hips and belt loops. A brass 'Flash' zip closes the fly. Inside the trousers both original labels are still present. One label is an instruction label whilst the other is the issue label. The label states the year of manufacture as 1963 and the size as Size 9 - Long Large. The trousers are certainly a very generous size and will fit somebody of up to 6'2" and a 40" waist. The condition of the trousers is very good with only small signs of wear. They display very well and are still very wearable. These trousers are becoming harder to find now especially in a good wearable large size such as these!
1969 Dated RAF Mk. 7A Flying Suit An excellent original example of a MK 7A RAF flying suit, clearly dated 1969 and featuring its original whistle. This jet age flight suit is typical of those worn by aircrews in the post-war years and is the rarer green example. In the immediate post-war years grey was the colour of choice for RAF flying clothing but green began to make an appearance by the 1960s, although not too often, making it sought-after by collectors today. The suit retains its original labels which state it as being a size 3 . It also bares the War Department broad arrow stamp and the date - 1969. All the zips are original and function well and an original whistle is attached to the main zip. The black plastic whistle is marked 'ACME Tornado 2000' and is correct for this period of flying suit. Both epaulettes also feature original slip-on insignia denoting the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Overall, a fantastic original flying suit with some lovely period features. This would certainly look great in any Jet-age collection.
A Matched Pair Of Early Post War Leading Aircraftsman Rank Badges A nice and uncommon set of the three blades prop variant of the leading Aircraftsman rank badges on a dark blue field as per wartime badges. These rank badges are usually find on an RAF blue serge field as was standard post war, making these badges quite uncommon. The back of the badge is still stitched to a piece of blue serge uniform as can be seen in the photographs. A nice set of unusual RAF badges.
A Pre-1952 RAF Bullion Breast Badge A nice example of a pre-1952 RAF bullion breast badge as worn on blazers as well as Prestige suits in the pre-war and early war periods.
Air Training Corps Squadron Number - Wrekin An original in-issued squadron number as worn by members of the Air Training Corps on the tunic. The number 1130 denotes Wrekin in Shropshire as the specific Squadron. A+ condition. Free UK Postage
Alexandra Princess Of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) Economy Cap Badge A rare example of the plastic economy issue cap badge of the Yorkshire Regiment. The badge has two brass blades to the reverse and the Dannebrog and coronet above double scrolls bearing the full titles and the Yorkshire rose to the front. A lovely badge which would compliment any ww2 infantry badge collection.
Attributed Battledress Blouse and Paperwork to a Sgt of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers This fantastic Battledress blouse and paperwork grouping is attributed to Sgt R. A. Skoulding, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Robert Arthur Skoulding was a Norwich man born in 1924. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served with the General Service Corps before being transfer to the Royal Artillery a month later. He was the posted to the King Own Scottish Borderers in September 1944 where he stayed until being demobbed in July 1947. His transfer from the artillery into an infantry regiment is typical of mid-late 1944. Many second line troops we moved to infantry regiments to make up for casualties lost following the D-day landings and the following land campaign. The blouse itself is a rare 1946 pattern, arguably the rarest pattern of Battledress. Sgt Skoulding's jacket features the KOSB tartan flash on each shoulder, a pair of Sgt stripes which have had the chevrons blancoed White to make them stand out and a white lanyard. The condition of the blouse is very good with only small signs of wear etc. Also included with the Battledress jacket is a plethora of paper work related to R. A. Skoulding's service career. His AB64 is in very good condition and has a lot of interesting information inside it. His service record also helps in learning more about the wartime career of this Sgt. His 'Certificate of Transfer to the Army Reserve' is also included which would have been given to him when he was demobbed. A clothing coupon which was inside the AB64 from 1947 is also included. The last item which forms this grouping is Sgt. Skoulding's orignal KOSB cap badge and tartan backing. All these items are guaranteed original and all belonged to Sgt. Skoulding. This has not been out together after the war but the personal effects he kept. Sgt. Skoulding's Battledress trousers are listed separately below. All in all a fantastic grouping with some brilliant history which would be ideal for a collector of Scottish regiments or Battledress groupings.
Base, Ariel No.11 A good example of a Base, Ariel No.11 as used during the Second World War by the British Army in conjunction with the WS.19, WS.22 and WS.48 sets amongst others. The No.11 Ariel base was used for making a ground 'mast' antennae with a set of F rods when not on the move. The base was put into the ground and the F rods added making it a quick option to setting up a full ground station, although with a much more limited range. This example may be post-War as manufacture carried on after 1945. It is however the same as WW2 if it is indeed later. It is the n good used condition and displays well. A must have for the British Army wireless enthusiast!
Battle Of Britain Period RAF B-Type Flying Helmet Here we have a Battle of Britain period RAF B-Type flying helmet complete with its original ear pieces! This pattern of flying helmet is synonymous with fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain but also saw service with many other branches of the RAF in the early war years. The overall condition of the leather on this helmet is very good with no nicks or tears or any areas where the leather has worn through. The lining is also in good condition for 75 years old! One of the most distinctive features of the B-Type is the large zipped ears which house the radio receivers. These are still present on this example and both retain their original brass zips. There are however a few issues as can be seen in the photographs; there are some rips to the edge of the ears as well as a rip down the side of one of the zips. With some time and care this could be restored. The chin strap is present but missing the small piece of metal usually fitted to the end. The 'Bennets' buckle is also present but the lower half is missing meaning it isn't possible to do the chin strap up. All the original pop studs are present, now missing most of their original paint to the outside. There is also some wiring included with this helmet for display purposes. There are no receivers in the ears, the wiring is merely pushed into place. An average condition B-Type flying helmet which is priced accordingly. A good basis for a project or just display as is!
Black Watch Slip On Shoulder Titles - Pair A scarce matched pair of Black Watch slip on shoulder titles as worn during the early stages of the war. In fantastic condition and very hard to find.
Black Watch Slip On Shoulder Titles - Single A scarce single example of an early war period slip on shoulder title to the Black Watch. These slip on badges were worn on Battledress before the introduction of regimental shoulder titles. A fine example of this rare badge.
Blighty Militaria will be at War and Peace show next week! We will be back at The War and Peace Revival this year, which as many of already know, has moved back to the Hop Farm in Kent. You can find us at stall E3 which is near the end of Row E at the northern end of the trade field. We will have a wide range of items including all those listed on the website along with more Battledress and an original 1941 Pattern Mae West, along with much, much more! I've attached some pictures of last years stall as well as a map of our exact location. We look forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones too!
British Airborne Denison Smock A great example of a World War Two period Denison Smock which we have had in our own personal collection for many years. The overall condition of this smock is great, with just the right amount of wear. The colours have faded somewhat and there are one or two rips and repairs, but this is to be expected with a smock that's had some use! The label is still present but is very washed out and therefore is sadly unreadable. The two rear pop studs on the inside are also of interest as they have the remnants of the original green point on them, which none of the others show. They are also brass rather than white metal. The fishtail is still intact and has been stitched up. It would be possible to unpick it if so desired. All the popstuds are inrtact and working and the smock also feautres a brass 'Newey's' half zipper to the front which functions perfectly. The smock has had cuffs added at some point during its life, as can be seen in the pictures. The smock measures (when laid flat) - Armpit to armpit: 30" Length at back: 36" Please note that this is the true measurements, not the size it will fit. The Denison smock is a very loose garment designed to be worn over the Battledress uniform, so the actually fit will be MUCH smaller. All in all, a great example of a very collectible jacket!
British Army / RAF Brass Kit Bag Lock A good example of the brass kit bag lock used by all arms of service during both World Wars. Free postage and packaging.
British Army Black Hobnailed 'Ammo' boots size 6 A pair of black leather ammunition or 'ammo' boots as used by the British Army from 1936 onwards. This pattern was the standard issue boot used by he British Army throughout the Second World War and for many years post war. These boots feature a leather hob-nailed sole, a black pebbled leather upper and toe cap as well as a War Department WD stamp and arrow to the top of one of the boots. These boots are not a perfect matched pair, one boot is marked as a size 6L and the other a 6M. They have however clearly been together for many years and display well together. One boot is dated 1951, the other is unclear. Both boots are in good condition and appear to be strong and wearable. Ideal for a display or potentially a reenactor.
British Army Officers Brown Ankle Boots Size 10 A gorgeous pair of brown leather British Army officers ankle boots, clearly marked size 10. These boots feature 9 eyelets, a toe cap with beautiful broguing detail and a leather sole which appears to have hardly been worn. The boots are very original and retain their original laces. Inside the boots are also packed with 1943 dated newspaper! The boots are marked inside with the numerals '10' which denotes the size. They look like they will be a reasonably wide fit so could be good for the re-enactor and collector alike. All in all, a smashing pair of boots with some lovely interesting details in a good wearable size.
British Army Private Purchase KD Shorts A fine example of British Army khaki drill shorts which have been privately purchased. KD comes in so many varieties due to the wide range of manufactures during the war, and private purchase examples such as this are also quite common, although almost always different! I would date these shorts as 1930s or early Second World War at the latest based on the label, buttons and khaki drill cotton used to make them. The material itself appears to be heavier and looks more robust than the more common Indian or British issue examples. Waist size is approximately 30-32"
British Army Service Dress Shorts Quite an oddity these shorts.. Assumably made in the post war years but for exactly what purpose I am not entirely sure. They would however work very nicely for a Somme period Great War impression as shorts were frequently seen during the summer months in the trenches. The shorts are in excellent condition and appear to have never been issued. There are no rips, tears or moth present. The shorts measure at a 26" waist.
British Army Signal Satchel A post war example of the British Army Signal Satchel with anodized metal fittings. Reasonable condition but one hole to front flap.
British Union Of Fascists Lapel Badge A good example of the British Union of Fascists Lapel badge as worn by Oswald Moseley's followers in the 1930s. This is example is maker marked J R Gaunt & Sons London.
C-Type Flying Helmet - Second Pattern A good original example of the second pattern C-Type flying helmet complete with receivers and orignal wartime wiring loom and bell plug. The second pattern of the C-type flying helmet came into service in 1943 replacing the earlier pattern and staying in service in this form until after the war. The main differences with the second pattern include an elasticated chin strap and internal wiring as per this example. The leather outer of the helmet is in reasonable condition although does show signs of wear consummate with wear. The most effected areas are where the goggles would be worn which means that when displayed with goggles, the wear isn't seen. The wiring loom is a very nice example and displays well. The bell plug however does have a chip roughly 2cm long to the outer edge. All the metalwork is in good condition and usable as are all the pop studs. The stitching appears strong in all areas. The interior is on ok condition with signs of wear inside. One of the ear donuts has a tear to it but this doesn't effect the way it displays. There is also a small section of the lining missing to the back of the helmet which the wiring loom can be seen through. This helmet is a size 2 or 3 judging on how it fits the display head. Overall, a nice wartime period flying helmet that displays nicely.
c.1930s British Army Officers Breeches by 'Pytchley' A nice pair of khaki whipcord 1930s British Breeches made by 'Pytchley' as worn by British Army Officers in both World Wars. This shade of khaki became popular during the Great War as an alternative to the lighter tan khaki shade which was prevalent pre-war as It was less conspicuous on the battlefield. These breeches are made from a heavy whipcord fabric and feature a cotton lining, horn fly buttons and brace buttons, a rear pocket and belt loops. As well as this the breeches also retain their original calve laces. The breeches are in very good condition and appear to be unworn. There is the odd small moth nip here and there but this doesn't detract from the way the display. The waist measures at 28" and the inside leg measures 24 1/2". All in all, a nice pair of early breeches ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
c.1960s RAF Officers Beret Badge A nice example of a Queens crown RAF officers beret badge as worn from 1953 onwards. This example dates from around the 1960s and is smaller than the badge worn on the peaked cap. Overall excellent condition and displays very well indeed. Free Postage
Canadian Battledress Blouse Dated 1945 A lovely Canadian made Battledress blouse dated 1945. Clearly stamped with the Canadian War Department mark inside as well as the date and the size. When laid flat the measurements are - Chest: 21" Waist: 16" Inside arm: 18" Outside arm: 24" Length at back: 24" A very good example of a wartime Canadian Battledress blouse which displays brilliantly.
Canadian Battledress Trousers Dated 1941 A very early pair of scarce Canadian made Battledress trousers in good condition and have clearly been used in their life but looked after. This particular pair of trousers have all the traits of a wartime pair of Canadian Battledress trousers with concealed pockets, belt loops, First Field Dress pocket and metal Canadian pattern buttons. These trousers are clearly dated 1941 which is a very early date to find on Canadian Battledress. The trousers also look as if they once had a label attached to the outside judging by a square of stitching still visible. The trousers retain most of their original buttons but a few have been replaced including two on the fly. Again these buttons are peroid and were almost certainly changed at the time. There are two repairs which appear to be period to the seat which appear to have been done on a sewing machine. These are clearly visible in the photographs. The lining of the trousers has also been carefully repaired at some stage, quite possibly during the war as all the materials are contemporary to the trousers. Both hip pockets have had new material added to them where the originals no doubt wore out and there is a patch of British made lining material in the waistband which is about 2" across. This can be seen next to the picture of the date. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist: 16" Inside leg: 28"
Civillian Car or Motorcycle Blackout Mask An original wartime blackout mask which has been professionally sandbalsted and painted ny ourselves.
Come and see Bligthy Militaria at Malvern this Sunday! We will be at Malvern this Sunday 20th of November in hall 1 stalls 27 + 28. We will have all the items currently listed on the website along with much, much more!
Come and see Bligthy Militaria at Stoneleigh this Sunday! This Sunday the 29th of February we will be Stoneleigh Militaria Fair. Find us in the corner of Hall 2 Stall numbers 23+24 for all the items listed on here plus much, much more!
Early Battle Of Britain Era RAF Officers Peaked Cap A beautiful early War example of an RAF officers peaked cap which would be ideal for a Battle of Britain collector or display. This fantastic cap has al the traits of an early hat featuring a large D shaped peak with the green leather underside, high sides, stiff crown and quilted lining which give it that classic Battle of Britain look. The leather sweatband inside is also very deep which is typical of pre-War British headwear. The overall condition of the hat is very good aside from some marking to the top and a number of holes along the front of the peak. The chin strap is also missing but these factors have been taken into account when pricing the cap. The mohair band is in very good condition as are both the cloth covered chinstrap buttons. The bullion badge is an excellent example as can be seen in the pictures and is almost certainly original to the cap. The cap is on the small side and I would say no bigger than a 6 7/8. Whilst maybe not ideal for re-enactment this hat makes an excellent display piece. Overall, a truly stunning early War cap which would compliment any RAF collection without a doubt.
Early War British Army MK II Steel Helmet By RO & Co. A good honest early war example of the British Army MKII Steel Helmet made by RO & Co. in good original condition. The makers stamp RO & CO can be seen inside the rim. This stands for Rubery Owen & Co Ltd of Leeds who manufactured helmets between 1939 and 1943, making this an authentic wartime example without a doubt. A date is stamped next to the makers mark but is hard to read. It could be revealed with some sand paper but I did not want to ruin the original finish. The helmet retains a good coat of paint still to the outside with the usual chips around the rim. The paint on the inside is the original paint an in great condition. The helmet has an original chin strap which is in excellent condition and still looks very fresh. The liner is also good featuring the early large securing nut. The cruciform head pad has come out but I have one which I can supply with the helmet. All in all, an excellent example of an early war British Army Steel Helmet.
Early War RAF Officers Peaked Cap Named to P A Miller A fantastic early war RAF officers peaked made by 'Alkit' and named to P.A. Miller. This cap has many sort after features associated with early war peaked caps including nice light coloured stitching, a large peak and a quilted liner. The cap is adorned with a nice original Kings crown cap badge which is original to the cap and the correct thin patent chin strap which is secured with covered buttons. Inside, the cap has a leather sweatband which is marked on the reverse with the original owners name P.A. Miller in ink. All together, a lovely early cap in great condition which would compliment any RAF collection.
Early War Royal Artillery Captains Battledress Blouse A nice early war period battledress bloused attributed to Captain Gorr, Royal Artillery. The blouse has been tailored from a standard 1937 pattern blouse as was extremely common with Officers during the Second World War. A matching piece of serge material has been used to 'face' the front of the jacket as it would have been worn open with a shirt and tie. On the epaulets are three officers red back pips and there is a silk arm of service strip to each arm. Interestingly, Captain Gorr has also changed the original epaulet buttons for silver coloured examples. The blouse also still has its medal ribbons attached which are as follows: 1939-1945 Star, The Africa Star with 1st Army silver numeral, The Italy Star and The Defense Medal. There is also an oak leave to the right of the medal ribbons. The label is still present but sadly not complete. As can be seen in the photograph, the Blouse is marked at a size 14 which is not only a good size but one of the least common sizes to see. It is also the early paper style label which is always sort after. The blouse features the wire waist buckle, another feature of early war made battledress. A nice early BD which has been nicely tailored and badged in a good size No.14.
Early WW2 First Pattern C-type Flying Helmet - Size 2 A well used early first pattern C-type flying helmet labelled as a size no.2 which would be ideal as a project or display case piece. This flying helmet features the extra inverted goggle straps, leather chin strap as well as the early type label. The helmet also only has two pop studs on each cheek rather than three which is a feature of early 1st pattern C-type flying helmets. The helmet has had the rubber ear cups removed and a piece of leather added in, possibly during the war, but more likely postwar. Ear cups are available from certain suppliers so this could be returned to its orignal state with some time and effort. The leather of the helmet is in reasonable condition but there are some areas of crazing. There is also a hole to the right of chin strap on the left cheek and the orignal 'Bennetts' buckle has been replaced with a period buckle. The inside of the helmet is grubby but intact. The label is still clearly visible and states the helmet as a size 2 and bares the RAF stores reference code: 22C/450 below the Air Ministry crown Mark. Both ear donuts have tears to them, one on each side. The left hand one is larger but could possibly be repaired. Early first pattern C-type flying helmets with all the features and a good label rarely turn up. This would be ideal for someone who wanted a project or just a display piece.
Early WW2 RAF Albatross Sleeve Insgnia - Battle of Britain An early matched pair of RAF Albatross sleeve badges as worn by all members of the RAF of the rank of Flight Sergeant and under. This particular badges are the early embroidered examples which were used during the 1930's before being replaced I 1941 by the semi-embroidered design. These badges are the correct badges for a Battle of Britain period uniform and would have be worn by Sergeant pilots during the battle. Free Uk Postage.
Early WW2 RAF OA Trousers With Original Label A beautiful example of an early war made pair of RAF OA trousers complete with their original label. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF in 1936 and stayed in service until the 1960s. What makes this pair special however is that they are of early World War Two manufacture. The trousers feature brass buttons, a white cotton still lining and a large linen label stitched to the outside of the trousers. These features mark this pair out as a guaranteed early war made examples. The trousers are a small size 3 which will fit up to a 30" waist. The label does have a faint purple issue stamp on it but I haven't managed to read it. The condition of the trousers is fantastic having only ever had very limited wear. This were almost certainly a pair of 'best' trousers. There is one small moth nip to the left leg but this is only noticeable under very close observation. The trousers also came with a pair of braces which are listed below. A fantastic example of an early war pair of trousers which would compliment any RAF collection!
Embroidered RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles (1) A matched pair of original WW2 era embroidered RAF Regiment shoulder titles in excellent condition. These shoulder titles were worn by the RAF regiment on both the Blue OA tunic and the battledress uniform. These rare shoulder titles are in excellent condition with only very slight signs of wear. Free UK Postage
Embroidered RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles (2) A matched pair of original WW2 era embroidered RAF Regiment shoulder titles in excellent condition. These shoulder titles were worn by the RAF regiment on both the Blue OA tunic and the battledress uniform. These rare shoulder titles are in excellent condition with only very slight signs of wear. Free UK Postage
Extremely Rare Early 1930s Suede Zip Front Sports Jacket by Bodger & Co. Here we have an extremely rare British made early 1930s suede sports jacket by 'Bodger & co, Cambridge'. This style of jacket was beginning to come into fashion by the early 1930s but original pre-war examples are now incredibly hard to come by, especially in such good condition! Bodger & Co. were a Tailors in Cambridge established in 1851 and are believed to have had a shop at 12 Sidney Street until the late 1940s. They made a range of clothing including items for university students such as blazers etc, and clearly sports jackets from time to time! The jacket features its original 'DOT' zipper which is still complete with its original matching suede puller. The zip works perfectly. Inside, the jacket is fully lined with a rayon material, typical of the period. There is no damage at all to the lining and the original hanger made from the same material is still intact. Below this is the label which reads 'Bodger & Co. Cambridge'. The label is hand stitched in and has a space above the makers name for the owners name, although this has never been filled in. The knitted cuffs, waistband and collar are made from a deep brown wool and all in good condition, retaining a good amount of elasticity. The outside of the jacket also features two button-fastening patch pockets, typical of this period of sports jacket. Both the buttons match and would appear to be the originals. The suede outer is in remarkable condition for its age showing little sign of wear. These jackets aren't worn fitted so I would suggest a fit of medium to large. All in all, an extremely rare chance to acquire a very desirable pre-war British made jacket. These are incredibly hard to come by, let alone in this condition and size! This would truly be hard to better!
Extrememly Rare Pre-War MT Coveralls This is an extremely rare set of the combination overalls used by the British Army during the 1930s and into the start of the Second World War. This early style of overalls were issued to soldiers who were involved with most types of moterised vehicles. They are commonly seen being worn by men of armored regiments as well as soldiers in the MT section of other units. The overalls are in good condition for their age but have obviously been well worn at some point in their live. It is my believe that they were issued pre-war and used during the second world war. This is based on the array of buttons used as replacements which include a Canadian button and an Indian button. These overalls have a number of interesting features, unique to this Pre-War pattern. The stand collar is an obvious feature, as is the back belt which has a brass buckle which is stamped 'solide'. There is also one chest pocket, a spanner pocket on one leg and two slash pockets to the hips. There is also a nice detail on the cuff which is common to these Pre-War suits. This overall features brass buttons, typical of an early manufacture piece. As previously mentioned some have been changed but clearly during the war as all buttons are contemporary to that period. There is one brass button missing which is in the top pocket. These will fit around a 38-40" chest. A very rare set of overalls in good original condition.
First Pattern RAF C-Type Flying Helmet - Large Size 4 For your consideration we have here an original early - mid World War Two period C-type flying helmet in a generous size 4. This type of flying helmet is synonymous with the fighter pilots of the Second World War and also saw use with Bomber Command the USAAF and many other during the conflict. This is the early pattern C-type which has a leather chin strap and Bennett buckle as the B-type which proceeded it did, and extra goggle straps to the top of the helmet. This pattern was superseded in 43/44 for the far more common second pattern which had an elastic chin strap and no forward pop studs, amongst other notable features. This C-type is a lovely example which really would be hard to better. The leather exterior is in great condition with no flaw as far as I can see as you can see in the photographs. I have given the helmet a coat of high quality leather feed and it has come up magnificently. The Bennetts buckle is in good condition and still retains all ta leather work which is often missing. The chin protector that hangs below the Bennett buckle is beautifully marked with the AM mark and stores code as you can see in the photographs. This example has no label and no stamps as far as I can see. However there is no doubt that this helmet is a size 4 - it's absolutely huge! If there was such a thing as a size 5 I would be tempted to say it was one! This really is a large size helmet, as can be seen by the way it swamps the display head. The interior is in great shape and shows only a small amount of use. There are no rips an tears apart from a small amount around one of the oxygen mask pop studs. Please study the pictures as it can clearly be seen. The interior is also marked to a 'D White' inside one of the ear pieces. All in all a fantastic example of an early C-type flying helmet in a large size 4. These early pattern helmets are hard to come by, especially in such a large size so don't miss out!
Fleet Air Arm C Type Flying Helmet - Size 2 A good condition Fleet Air Arm C Type flying helmet complete marked as a size 2. This particular helmet is a second pattern example which came into service during the last couple of years of the Second World War and features the elasticated chin strap. The overall condition of the helmet is very good. The leather is still supple and all the pop studs work. The interior is also good showing signs of service wear but other than that very sound indeed. There is a scuff to the left hand ear cup and some crazing as can be seen in the picture but this could potentially be polished out. Aside from this, the helmet is in excellent condition. The flying helmet has a faint number 2 stamped inside which almost certainly denotes the size. I initially thought it was a size 3 as it seemed quite large, so would say this is a generous size 2! There are no other markings inside the helmet aside from this. Both the Zips on the ear pieces function perfectly and bot still retain retain their original leather tabs which are nearly always missing. Inside the rubber cups which the receivers fit into are both intact and still retain the covers over the gosport tube fittings which can be seen from the outside of the helmet. The original foam donuts which give the ear pieces shape are both also present inside. There is no wiring loom or earphones present but a set of gosport tubes could be fitted. I have a few sets in stock which could be fitted to the helmet if it was so wished. Overall, a nice original wartime FAA C-type flying helmet in a good size which displays very nicely.
Fleet Air Arm C Type Flying Helmet with Wiring Loom A good condition Fleet Air Arm C Type flying helmet complete with an original wiring Loom. This particular helmet is a second pattern example which came into service during the last couple of years of the Second World War and features the elasticated chin strap. The overall condition of the helmet is very good. The leather is still supple and all the pop studs work. There is a small tear to the stitched hole which takes the wiring loom below the ear piece on one side but other than this the exterior displays very well. The interior is also good showing signs of service wear but er really sound. There are a couple of tips to the right hand donut which has exposed the lining and there are also two whole to the lining at the back of the helmet, as can be seen in the photographs. This doesn't detract from the way the helmet displays. This flying helmet has no internal markings but appears to be a good size 3 as it fits the display head very well. Both the Zips on the ear pieces function perfectly and one puller still retains its original leather tab, which are nearly always missing. Inside the rubber cups which the receivers fit into are both intact and still retain the covers over the gosport tube fittings which can be seen from the outside of the helmet. The helmet also comes complete with an original internal wiring loom although there are no receivers inside the ear pieces. The loom is grubby but very much in-keeping with the look of the helmet. The plastic bell plug is damaged as can be seen in the photographs but these are easily sourced and replaced. Overall, a nice original wartime FAA C-type flying helmet in a good size which displays very nicely. The MK VIII goggles pictured with the helmet are available separately.
Fleet Air Arm C-type Flying Helmet - Large Size 4 An outstanding example of the Fleet Air Arm pattern C-type flying helmet in a large size 4. This is the second pattern FAA C-type with the elastic chin strap which came into service in 1943. The helmet features zipped ears as used on the b-type flying helmet. The brass zips are in perfect working order and both retain their original leather pullers which are often missing. All the pop studs are intact and work. They all retain their original brown paint, only one having some of it chipped away and missing. This really reflects the superb condition of the helmet. The chamois liner is good with only very limited signs of wear and the ear donuts are good too. There are no plastic receiver cups inside the ears. They have either been removed or were never fitted but it doesn't detract from the way the helmet displays. A rare opportunity to acquire a rare pattern of wartime helmet in the biggest size possible in A1 condition!
G-type Flying Helmet Dated 1966. Size 3 - Fully Wired A nice example of the post World War Two RAF g-type flying helmet complete with hits ear pieces, headphones and wiring. This example is a good large size 3 and dated 1966. The ear pieces are dated 1967 to the reverse and named to 'Bergen'. The wiring is complete on this example, although is in used condition. the wiring going to one of the ear pieces is very worn but still attach. This is however hidden inside the helmet so doesn't detract from the way the helmet displays. The cloth helmet itself is in good shape, all the poppers are intact and work, the chin strap is good and the label is still intact. A good example of a jet age RAF G-type flying helmet in a good size.
G-Type Flying Helmet Dated 1970 - Fully Wired A nice original G-type flying helmet in green dated 1970 and Named to Squadron Leader Baker inside. This example is complete with its headphones and all its wiring which is in good shape. The elastic chin strap is in good condition too. Overall a very complete and very good condition flying helmet. These jet age items are becoming quickly more sort after,
Glamorgan Imperial Yeomanry Cap Badge Nice Glamorgan Imperial Yeomanry cap badge, believed to be a re-strike
Great War 1903 Pattern Water Bottle And Cradle A rare example of the 1903 pattern water bottle and cradle as used by the British Army prior to and throughout the Great War. This example has the correct leather cradle and canvas shoulder strap unique to Great War period examples. Second World War examples did not have the canvas section but instead just one single piece of leather. The leather of the cradle is very good but there are some scuffs and tears present. The water bottle is also complete with its early dark blue cover which is a particularly nice feature. The cover is in good condition although there are some signs of moth underneath the leather of the harness. Obviously this isn't visible when the bottle is displayed. Also present is the original string connecting the cork to the bottle which is so often missing. The cork is also good and fits into the bottle well and the metal work around the cork is like new! Sadly, I cannot find a date on this example, but based on the style of the cradle and the early dark blue cover I would say it is no later than mid Great War. A fantastic example of an early 1903 pattern water bottle and cradle in great condition.
Great War Austerity Pattern Lance Corporal Stripes A nice original pair of uniform removed Lance Corporal stripes. This particular pair are the austerity pattern which were only seen during the war time years. A lovely original Great War set with free postage and packaging.
Great War British Army Officers Cuff Rank Tunic - Reproduction This fine tunic has been expertly converted from a WW2 tunic to represent a 'Cuff Rank' tunic as worn by British Officers during the Great War. This tunic has been altered to represent a Second Lieutenant in the Royal engineers during the First World War. The cuff rank has been expertly added using the correct type of tape and a padded khaki pip. A piece of leather has also been added to the cuff to give it a 'combat' look. Leather cuffs and elbow patches were frequently added to Officers tunics in the trenches and serve here to give the tunic and even more authentic look. The tunic comes complete with Royal Engineers insignia featuring a pair of OSD collar badges and a set of Kings crown buttons. There are a couple of small holes which have been repaired. Namely on the bottom right bellows pocket and just below this on the bottom of the skirt are two more. There is also an L-shaped tear on the back of one of the sleeves which has been repaired. Again, this all adds to the authentic look of the tunic. Aside from a couple of small problems the tunic is in great condition as can be seen in the pictures. The Same Browne belt pictured with the tunic is also available for an additional £40. The 'cuff rank' tunic was synonymous with the British Officer in the First World War and originals now command a high figure when they occassionaly come up for sale on the open market. This tunic would be ideal as a stop gap in a collection or for a re-enactor who wants an accurate example of this style of jacket without the huge price tag!
Great War British Army Puttees - Reproduction A high quality pair of reproduction British Army Puttees as used during the Great War and up until the beginning of the Second World War.
Great War Era Brown Officers Ankle Boots A truly stunning pair of of Great War period brown leather ankle boots as worn by officers with wool puttees. The shape of these boots is typical of those worn during the Great War, the style changing noticeable by the 1920s. The shape of the toe and the lack of toe cap are the tell tale sign that these boots are First World War. Typically seen on officers riding boots of the period, ankle boots were also made in this shape. These boots are unlined and feature 8 eyelets. The laces are also orignal period laces which are almost certainly orignal to the boots. The soles are on good shape showing only limited wear and the toe plates are both intact. The leather on the upper part of the boots is in great condition and is strong and supple and the stitching is strong too. These boots would hold up well if being worn. All in all, a fantastic pair of early boots in great wearable condition which would suit the reenactor and collector alike.
Great War Era Wolesley Pattern Helmet
H-Type Oxygen Mask A lovely example of the H-type oxygen mask, compete in every way apart from the oxygen hose. This pattern of oxygen mask came into use with the RAF towards the end of 1944 and saw service well into the 1970s. This particular example is postwar although the masks changed very little during their service life. The rubber face piece is in very good condition and still retains its light green colour it would have had from the factory. The harness is in very good condition and still retains full elasticity. The pop studs are corrosion free and the leather work is in great shape. The mic is the later pattern mic and is complete with its wiring. The on/off switch works well. All in all a great mask which displays very nicely. These masks are becoming more and more sort after by collectors, especially in great condition like this.
Home Guard District 17 Shoulder Insignia Uncut An Uncut matching pair of Home Guard numerals denoting 17th district. Guaranteed original wartime manufacture and in mint un-isued condition.
Home Guard Grouping Extra Photographs More photos of the Peter Price Home Guard grouping.
Home Guard No.68 AT MKIII Rifle Grenade Dated 1942 A scarce example of the No.68 Rifle Grenade as used by the Home Guard during the Second World War. This example is the MKIII variant and is clearly dated 1942. I acquired this as part of a large Home Guard collection, the majority of which had come directly from veterans. An original manual dated 1942 is also included with this item complete with the original owners name. The condition of this piece is very good. The threads that join the different pieces all work well and the stamping is extremely clear. Sadly the nose cap is missing but this could be sourced. A rare item which would compliment any Home Guard collection.
Home Guard Unifrom Grouping Including Battledress, Greatcoat, Forage Cap and paperwork A brilliant and rare example of a Home Guard uniform grouping named to Peter Price who was a private in the Arlington Home Guard during the Second World War. This grouping consists of battledress jacket and trousers, greatcoat, forage cap, two wartime booklet and an original picture of Peter Price wearing the battledress. The blouse and trousers are both original 1940 pattern (often called 1937 by collectors). This pattern came into service during July 1940 and was used throughout the war. The blouse retains its original label which is still nice and clear and states size No.8 and the 1940 date can also be made out. The jacket also features original Home Guard shoulder titles on each shoulder and a red diamond on the lower right sleeve. The condition of the blouse and trousers is bad with extensive wear and a number of large holes etc. It does display very well as a set non-the-less, but please study all the photographs carefully. The dressing pocket from the trousers has also been removed. The greatcoat is an early 1939 pattern example which still retains a nice clear label as well as stamping. The coat is marked as a size 3 and bares the War Department arrow, but no date. This pattern was soon superseded by the 1940 pattern dismounted greatcoat however and is of early war manufacture without a doubt. There are some areas of fading on the greatcoat where it has been left hanging for many years. Apart from that the coat is in excellent condition and is complete with all of its original buttons etc. Inside the greatcoat is a name tag with the name 'Peter Price' in it. The forage cap in this grouping also as a matching name tag, confirming the originality of this grouping. It also has a Kings Shropshire Light Infantry cap badge which was the badge worn by the Arlington Home Guard. Inside the cap is marked as a good size 7 1/4. The cap is worn but displays well. Also included with this grouping are two named pamphlets which belonged to Peter Price. The first is 'Air Raids' and the second is 'Spot them in the air', both of which Peter used during the war. As well as this is an original print of Peter wearing the uniform whilst serving with the Home Guard. All in all, a fantastic grouping. Albeit somewhat worn and tatty in places, this is still an incredibly genuine Home Guard collection which displays nicely.
Indian Made MKVII Respirstor Haversack An absolutely mint condition example of a scarce Indian manufactured MK VII respirator haversack. These indian made haversacks differ in a number of ways from the British made examples. The most obvious difference is that these bags don't have brass popstuds to secure the main flap but instead brass pomels which fit through small stitched holes in the flap. The bottom of the bag also has 8 small brass eyelets to let the bag breath rather than the standard 2/3 seen in a British made bag. As well as this, the brass work is typical of indian manfacture being very roughly cast and the stitching is exactly what I would expect to see on an Indian made example. Inside the flap the remenants of the original stamp are visible but sadly the date is no longer legible. This bag is undoubtably of wartime manfacture though as this patten of gas mask was superseeded by the smaller lightweight pattern in 1943. The condition of this haversack really is outstanding! It appears to have never been issued and is as fresh as the day it was made. A really fine example of this rare respirator haversack which would be very hard to better!
Infantry Training Manual 'Fieldcraft' Dated 1954 A 1954 dated Infantry Training manual on Fieldcraft. Complete and in good condition. Free postage.
Jackets, Overall 1962 An interesting Post-War Denim fatigue jacket as used by the British Army. Very different from the usual Denim Battledress Blouse, this jacket is a longer tunic length, feathers to flapped pockets on the hips, and a drawstring at the waist. Made from the same denim material as you would usually find in British Army clothing, but a very different cut! Chest size: 36"
Leather 1939 Pattern Ankelts as used by the Home Guard A fantastic match pair of leather 1939 pattern anklets as used by the British Army and the Home Guard during the Second World War. This equipment was made in two different colours, one very dark brown, almost black and a lighter tan. These gaiters are the latter of the two and the more sort after now by collectors. Sadly no date is visible but these are guaranteed wartime manufacture. The bare the WD stamp as well as a stamped number 2 which denotes the size. The condition of these anklets is fantastic. They would certainly be hard to better. Altogether, a brilliant pair of wartime anklets which would be ideal for the Home Guard collector or reenactor. The 1939 pattern leather equipment was introduced at the beginning of WW2 as an emergency measure as not enough webbing equipment could be produced. It saw limited used with second line British Army units in the early stages of the war as well as use with the Home Guard throughout the Second World War.
Matched Pair of WW2 Period Volunteer Reserve Badges A good original Pair of Volunteer Reserve shoulder badges which were worn below the albatross insignia. Whilst not an exact matching pair as can be told from the backing, the two badges do match well and would look excellent on either a display or a uniform. Ideal for a Battle of Britain period Sgt pilot uniform or similar. Free UK Postage.
MK1 Universal Pouch Dated 1940 An original 1937 Pattern MKI Universal Pouch clearly dated 1940. The pouch has a rare makers mark which I haven't come across previously and cannot find any reference to in books or online. I believe it to either read Matthews or possibly Mattress followed by another work which I cannot read. The company was based in Stockport. This pouch is clearly the rare MK1 pattern and not a later and far more common MKII. This is obvious from the very high position of the buckles on the back of the pouch. The pouch is in great condition as can be seen in the photographs. The webbing is in good condition as is all the brass. The pop stud works well. The MKI pouch was used from the outbreak of the Second World War up until the middle of 1940 when it was superseded by the MKII. This is the correct pouch for an early war or BEF 1937 pattern web set. All in all a cracking example of a very rare pouch with a nice clear dated and unusual makers stamp.
Modified Sam Brown Leather Pistol Holster A field modified Sam Brown pistol holster which has had the flap cut from the top to make it more easily accessible. A strap has then been added which is secured with a 'Lift The Dot' fastener. The holster has been polished black at some point so could possibly be of Tank Regiment or a Light Infantry Regiment origin. A nice original modified piece in good original condition.
Original 1903 Pattern Bandolier South African made A South African made example of the 1903 pattern British Army Bandolier as used from before the Great War up until the beginning of the Second World War. The bandolier is in good condition and is complete with its brass triangle and belt strap which are often missing. Inside the bandolier is marked with a crows foot surrounded by an arrow denoting South African manufacture as well as the owners name. A nice complete example, ideal for re-enactors and collectors alike.
Original 1903 Pattern Bandolier South African made 2 African made example of the 1903 pattern British Army Bandolier as used from before the Great War up until the beginning of the Second World War. This example is maker marked to a manufacture in Cape Town and bares the crows foot surround by a U as all South African made items should. This Bandolier does not have its belt securing strap although these can be obtained easily.
Original 1922 Pattern Service Dress Cap With KSLI Cap Badge A nice original example of a 1922 Pattern British Army Service Dress cap as used from the 1920s until after the Second World War. This particular example has a nice early look to it. It has the ability to have the crown folded very low and flat which gives it a classic Great War look. Both the buttons and chin strap are high quality reproductions as these were missing when I acquired the hat. The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry cap badge is a nice original example. The cap is maker marked inside to a London maker and stamped as a size 6 3/8. The cap features the correct oilskin lining and green under peak. The cap is in good condition for its age but does have a few moth nips to the peak, top and one to the back. All in all, a great original example of this classic British Army hat which displays very well.
Original 1922 Pattern Service Dress Tunic Dated 1959 An immaculate, never issued 1922 pattern Service Dress tunic dated 1959. This pattern of tunic closely resembles the tunics worn by the British Army during the Great War but came into use during the inter-war years. The 1922 pattern tunic was still widely in issue at the outbreak of the Second World War and saw issue throughout the war with MPs and Warrant Officers amongst others. After the Second World War these tunics were still produced in small numbers and issued to some units. This jacket is labelled 'Jacket Service Dress O.R. No.1' and is identical in pattern to those issued during the 1930s and the Second World War featuring pleated chest pockets and buttoning lower pocket flaps. The label also states the jacket as being as size No. 8 which will fit a 38" chest and a 32" waist. The jacket is in immaculate condition and has clearly never been issued. The serge the jacket is made from is perfect with no rips, tears or moth and the cotton drill lining is like new! The jacket retains its original brass belt hangers on each hip and comes with a full set of original brass kings crown general service buttons. Although dated 1959, this jacket would make a good stand in for a wartime dated 1922 pattern tunic, as these are now becoming very hard to find. This jacket would be ideal for the collector or re-enactor alike. The condition is next to perfect - this jacket would truly be hard to better!
Original 1927 Dated Deputy lieutenant's Service Dress Tunic A real rarity this tunic! A 1927 dated officers Service Dress tunic to a deputy Lieutenant J. W. Kynoch dated 1927. John Wheen Kynoch of Isla Bank, Keith was first commissioned into the 6th (Volunteer) Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders on the 5th of January 1898 as a Second Lieutenant. It was to be the beginning of a long career for 2nd Lt Kynoch! In 1917 he was made a temporary Captain in a Volunteer Training Corps Battalion, possibly due to a reserved occupation. He was then appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Bannifshire in February 1927 and clearly had this tunic made for his new role. As well as this, J. W. Kynoch was also knighted in 1939 and served throughout the Second World War as can be seen by the medal ribbons displayed on the chest of the jacket. The jacket itself is in fantastic condition. Made from a heavy whipcord as was popular during the Great War and the 1920s, this jacket really exudes quality. Tailored by WM Anderson & Sons of Edinburgh and Glasgow the jacket features a long skirt and narrow shoulder displacement which is typical of early Service Dress tunics. The tunic features two black gorgets with a red central stripe and a Deputy Lieutenants button on each. All of the other buttons on the tunic are also the correct pattern for Deputy Lieutenant. A very rare tunic that is not often seen on the market in A1 condition which is clearly dated 1927.
Original 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse A somewhat well used British Army 1937 pattern battledress blouse as issued from late 1940 onwards. This blouse is the second pattern of battledress blouse and features a lined collar and chromium played buckle. inside the blouse is an 'Anti Vesicant' stamp which is dated November 1941, so we can assume the blouse was made prior to this date. The blouse is in good condition generally but does have some repairs, namely to the back and to the sleeve. The blouse has clearly seen some action but has been priced with these faults in mind. One of the collar tabs is also missing though it does still fasten around the neck fine. Another could easily be sourced if the new owner so wished. Most of the buttons on this blouse have been changed for riveted 'bulldog' brand buttons which was common practice on tunics which were used very regularly to work in and are a nice feature to see. The waist bet does also have some repairs too it but still does up fine. A good orignal blouse that has had a hard life. It still displays well and could be worn if so wished for reenactment but it does have some scares.
Original 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1941 - large size A good example of the 1940 pattern battledress (often referred to as 1937 pattern by collectors) dated 1941. This blouse is typical of a British manufactured blouse of this period featuring a pressed metal buckle as opposed to the earlier wore buckle and it has a lined collar. The blouse has had a couple of period alterations, almost certainly by the orignal owner. The collar clasps have been changed for white metal clasps, the buttons have been changed for horn examples rather than the issue brass buttons and it has had a couple of extra clips put in on the waist to keep the blouse looking smart whilst it is being worn. Both inside pockets have also been removed. Inside the jacket is the WD stamp and the letter code 'P' which denotes 1941 as the year of manufacture. It also has an AV stamp which is a nice feature on this early war battledress. The overall condition of the blouse is good but it has had a reasonable amount of wear in its life. This jacket is by no means a mint unissued example but a jacket which has been issued and worn. There is also some staining to the right hand sleeve.
Original 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers Dated 1941 A good example of 1940 pattern battledress trousers, often referred to as 1937 pattern by collectors. This pattern came into issue with the British Army shortly after the withdrawal from Dunkirk and could be referred to as 'second pattern'. These trousers are marked 'P' inside denoting 1941 as the year of manufacture. They also have the anti-vesicant stamp inside so have been treated at some point against gas. The trousers feature brass buttons all round, belt loops to the waist and tabs to the bottom as would be expected on this pattern. This particular pair of trousers are in good original condition and although worn they still have plenty of life in them and display well. The button for the map pocket is missing but this is easily replaced. Waist size is roughly 30". All in all, a good pair of early war battledress trousers which are getting hard to find.
Original 1940 Dated B-Type Flying Helmet A fantastic unissued example of the RAF B-Type flying helmet. The B-Type flying helmet came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and became synonymous with the Battle of Britain. This example is still as it would have been from the factory so doesn't have any ears fitted. The ear pieces where supplied separately and fitted to the helmets at squadron level. It may also be worth noting that some very early airborne units also used this pattern of flying helmet before being issued with their own pattern of helmet. This particular B-type is in great condition. The leather exterior is in good shape and has no nicks or tears. The chamois lining is virtually spotless! This helmet was clearly never worn. Both 'bennetts' buckles are intact and in good condition as are the leather straps and the leather cover securing ring that work with this. The pop studs are both free from corrosion and retain their brown paint to the exterior. The label inside is in fantastic condition and extremely clear. This example would certainly be hard to better!
Original 1940 Dated First Pattern Denim Battledress Trousers A scarce pair of 1940 dated Denim Battledress trousers in excellent condition. These rare first pattern denim trousers have all the features of an early manfactured pair of trousers.They have a single pleat First Field Dressing pocket on the right hip, covered buttons on noth the map pocket and rear pocket, belt loops and button tabs at the bottom of each leg. Inside the trousers is the WD stamp which is surmounted by a Q which denotes 1940 as the year of manufacture. The original label is sadly missing but there is a clear stitch line on the left hip where it was originally placed on the trousers. The trousers are in excellent condition and not have not been overly worn or washed and retain a lot of their original colour. There are marks on the trousers, particualry to the bottom of each leg which I have left alone. They may well wash out however. The trousers are a 32" waist and a 28" inside leg, so on the smaller side. A beautiful pair of early British Army trousers in great condition which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally.
Original 1940 Dated Indian Made Kit Bag - RAF Named A nice original wartime example of a British Army kit bag named to an LAC in the RAF. This particular kit bag is of Indian manufacture and appears to be dated 1940. The original owner, LAC Bishop, was stationed in the Far East during the war whilst serving with the RAF. Many items supplied to the British Army and RAF in the Far East were of Indian manufacture. The kit bag gas various other markings to the outside as they often do including the ubiquitous 'Not wanted on voyage'. There is also a blue band around the kit bag which all RAF kit bags bare. The bag has two stamps. Inside is the standard circular stamp found on all Indian made items which bares the date. On the outside is a diamond shape stamp which again bares the date, which although faint appears to be 1940. All together a nice original kit bag that displays well.
Original 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers - Large Size! A very good original pair of 1940 Pattern trousers in great condition and in a large waist size. These trousers are often incorrectly referred to by collectors as 1937 Pattern but are in-fact 1940 Pattern. This particular pair were made between late 1940 and early 1942 in Great Britain and would have seen Issue in North Africa, Italy and Northwest Europe amongst others. The trousers feature the correct pressed brass buttons to secure belt loops as well as in the fly. These trousers don't feature ankle tabs and buttons but these were often removed by soldiers and some of the late 1940 Pattern trousers left the factory without them as the austerity measures seen on the 1940 (austerity) Pattern trousers were already been my implamented. The remenants of the original label are visible on the outside of the trousers but it has sadly worn off, as is so often the case. The first field dresses my pocket located on the right hip features a revolving shanks button which is a nice feature. The trousers are a generous size measuring at a 36" waist. A hard size to find in original Battledress trousers! The overall condition of the trousers is very good and they display very well. There are however a few very small moth holes which can only be seen on close and inspection as well as two slightly larger ones in the map pocket. These don't detract from the trousers though as they really are hard to notice. Overall, a lovely set of early battledress trousers in a hard to find large size!
Original 1941 Pattern RAF Flying Boots - Large Size! A stunning pair of original 1941 pattern flying boots in a large size and excellent condition. These boots came into use with the Royal Air Force during 1941 and became synonymous with Bomber Command air crews earning them the nick name 'bomber boots'. They were in fact used by all arms of the RAF as well as the FAA so are correct for a fighter pilot or Coastal Command impression too. They also saw use with the USAAF, particularly the 8th and 9th Air forces. This particular pair are in brilliant condition. The sheepskin lining is intact and free of any discolouration or damage, the suede is in excellent condition with only a few marked areas, the rubber area around the bottom which is often damaged or missing on these boots is completely intact and the soles are also perfectly usable being free from splits and cracks also. The soles and heels are both original to the boots and not later replacements. Both boots feature their original brass zips which function well. Both zips are marked "W" which is one of the common marks to find on these pattern of boots. There is no size marked on the boots but they are clearly a large size. I would guess they are around a size 11. Overall, a fantastic pair of original wartime flying boots in a large size which would be hard to better!
Original 1942 Dated RAF OA Tunic with LAC Insignia A great original example of a wartime RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic to a Leading Aircraftsman dated 1942. This pattern of tunic came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw service throughout the Second World War. During the Battle of Britain this pattern was used by both Aircrews and Ground Crews to fight in. The jacket features a full compliment of Insignia including; a pair of RAF albatross badges to the top of each sleeve, embroidered LAC badges on both sleeves, a wireless operator badge to the right sleeve, three long service chevrons to the bottom of the right sleeve and a good conduct chevron to the bottom of the left sleeve. This insignia really tell a story, one of an 'erk' as ground crews were often called who served throughout the Second World War, and possibly would have been in the RAF during the 1930s. The original label is still present inside the jacket and is still very clearly stating the size as size No.6 and the year of manufacture as 1942. The jacket is in goo but grubby condition, as is to be expected with a ground crew jacket that has seen active service. The jacket comes complete with its original matching belt and brass buckle. A brilliant and very original RAF tunic which not only displays very well but tells the story of one mans RAF career.
Original 1943 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers - Size No.4 A very nice original pair of British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers still with their original label. This pattern of battledress came into use with the British Army during 1942 and saw use with all arms of service until the end of hostilities. This particular pair feature dark brown buttons which are usually associated with early manufactured items. The label has no date on it sadly but the WD stamp inside appears to be surmounted by the code letter 'N' which denotes 1943. The ink is slightly smudged however. The label states the trousers as a size No.4 which sounds quite small but will fit up to a 31" waist and a 30" inside leg. The label is still clear and readable which really adds to these trousers. So often the labels are washed out or have been removed. The overall condition of the trousers is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The serge is beautiful and consistent throughout the trousers, retaining a fair amount of its nap. The lining is very clean and all the buttons are present and intact. The only one flaw with the trousers is some wear to the bottom of each leg which has resulted in some fraying. This could be repaired or even turned up to make them a near perfect set of Battledress trousers. Overall, a fantastic early set of Battledress trousers which still retain their original label and early brown buttons. This would compliment any collection without a doubt!
Original 1943 Dated British Army Leather Jerkin - Size 3 A rare example of a war dated size 3 British Army leather jerkin in reasonable condition. This large size 3 jerkin features a leather outer made of whole pieces which is rare to find in wartime jerkins of this date. Usually by this point in the war, jerkins were made from many pieces of leather as an austerity measure. Inside the jerkin is lined with green serge as the commonly are. The label is completely intact and legible and reads 'Jerkins No2 - Leather Size No. 3' which will fit someone of 6'2" and up to a 46" chest. I measured the jerkin laid flat and it measures as a 46" at the most. The jerkin could be restored or displayed as is. There is a missing button to the front and some of the stitching has come loose. In particular the entire right-hand side has come away and around both arm holes the same has happened. I would like to point out that this isn't damage but stitch rot as is common in vintage leather goods. The leather is in no way damaged, the stitching has merely disintergrated! This could easily be repaired, if the new owner so wishes. There is also some lovely period repairs to both shoulders which can be seen in the pictures which really set this item off. Original wartime dated jerkins in a large size such as this are incredibly hard to find these days, so don't miss out!
Original 1943 Dated Leather Jerkin - Large size 3! This is the same leather jerkin previously listed on Blighty Militaria but I have now had it professionally repaired so that all the seams which had come apart are now strong. I have also added a full set of original leather jerkin buttons and had all the leather treated. A rare example of a war dated size 3 British Army leather jerkin in reasonable condition. This large size 3 jerkin features a leather outer made of whole pieces which is rare to find in wartime jerkins of this date. Usually by this point in the war, jerkins were made from many pieces of leather as an austerity measure. Inside the jerkin is lined with green serge as the commonly are. The label is completely intact and legible and reads 'Jerkins No2 - Leather Size No. 3' which will fit someone of 6'2" and up to a 46" chest. I measured the jerkin laid flat and it measures as a 46" at the most. The jerkin could be restored or displayed as is. There is a missing button to the front and some of the stitching has come loose. In particular the entire right-hand side has come away and around both arm holes the same has happened. I would like to point out that this isn't damage but stitch rot as is common in vintage leather goods. The leather is in no way damaged, the stitching has merely disintergrated! This could easily be repaired, if the new owner so wishes. There is also some lovely period repairs to both shoulders which can be seen in the pictures which really set this item off. Original wartime dated jerkins in a large size such as this are incredibly hard to find these days, so don't miss out!
Original 1943 Dated War Aid Battledress Trousers A nice original pair of American made 'War Aid' Battledress trousers dated 1943. These trousers have been tailored by the original owner at the end of the war, as was popular with Soldiers returning to the UK. They have had both the First Field Dressing pocket removed from the right hip and the map pocket removed from the left thigh. As well as this, a section of material has been let into the inside of each leg towards the bottom to create a flare or Bell Bottom shape. This was quite common to find around V.E Day but was obviously a short lived trend! Inside the trousers are lined with white cotton as is always the case with War Aid Battledress. On the reverse of one of the pockets is the original label which is intact and still easy to read. The label states that the trousers were made in January 1943, so a nice early example. The trousers measure at a 30" waist so quite a small size. The overall condition is very good with just one very small moth hole to the front right leg. A great pair of original trousers tailored for walking out in 1945. These would doubtless compliment any collection.
Original 1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress With Engineers Brevet A fantastic example of a wartime RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1944 with original insignia to an Flight Engineer officer. This original wartime blouse features a lovely original 'E' brevet denoting Flight Engineer as well as a single rank tape to each epaulette denoting the rank. Inside the blouse retains its original label which states the blouse to be a size No.7 which will fit up to a 36" chest. It also has the manufacture Montague Burton and the date 1944 printed on it. The blouse is in very good condition for its age and displays very well. The serge is in good condition as is the cotton drill lining. All the buttons are intact as is the wire waist buckle. All in all, a smashing original Bomber Command War Service Dress blouse which would compliment any wartime RAF collection.
Original 1949 Dated RAF OA Trousers - Size No. 27 An excellent example of RAF OA trousers dated 1949 but identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and states 'Trousers O.A. Size 27' as well as a faint date of 1949. Sadly the rest of the label is to worn to read. The trousers are in good condition showing no signs of wear or moth damage except for two small holes to the left leg. These trousers came with the tunic listed above and would make a nice matching set if purcahsed together. Overall a fantastic pair of trousers which display very well and would suit the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1950s Queens Crown Warrant Officer Cloth Insignia A fantastic matched pair of Queens crown Warrant Officer sleeve badges which have been removed from a uniform. The badges come complete with their padded backings which give them a great shape when sewn onto a uniform. Free UK postage.
Original AFS Patch Auxiliary Fire Service Insignia A good original example of the AFS patch as worn throughout the war. This patch is in good condition and was removed from a uniform
Original Great War Sergeant Stripes - Austerity Pattern A rare matched set of World War One austerity pattern sergeant stripes in excellent condition. These stripes were used by all arms of the British Army during the Great War including the Royal Flying Corps and would make an excellent addition to a Great War uniform or badge display. The stripes are in excellent condition and match very well. There is some fraying down the side of one of the stripes as can be seen in the photographs, but other than that they are in perfect in-issued condition. Free Postage within the UK.
Original Jet Age Mk. 7 RAF Flying Suit - Grey An original Mk. 7 RAF flying suit in grey as used from the 1950s onwards by RAF aircrew in a good size 4. These grey suits are iconic of the early Jet Age and are seen in many period photos in use with the RAF. They are a lightweight coverall which is worn over the uniform to protect it when flying. This particular example retains its original labels. One is the issue label which states the RAF contract number 22c/2704 and also bares the War Department broad arrow. Underneath this label is a far larger one with instructions on which is standard on MK7 flying suits. The suit features all of its original zips which work perfectly. It also has Velcro at the cuffs and the waist to tighten them and has had small pop studs added to the lower portion of each leg, most likely to make them fit easily inside flying boots. The condition of the suit is great showing very little wear and no damage at all. There are a few marks here and there as is to be expected with a flying suit which has seen some use. All in all, a cracking flying suit which would compliment any Jet Age RAF collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original Kings Royal Rifles Corps Battledress Jacket And Trousers Dated 1943 A nice set of American made War Aid battledress fully badged to a Universal carrier driver serving with the 4th Armoured Division. I bought this set from a collector who purchased it directly from a veteran who served on the 2nd Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps during the Second World War. I'm not sure if this is the battledress he has during the war or one he put together later. Either way, it is a very nice set! The blouse is the standard War Aid pattern with a fly front and exposed buttons to the chest pockets. The serge is much finer than that of British made battledress and has more of a green hue to it. The buttons are American style and the original labels are still present inside. The blouse is marked at a size 10. The overall condition of the jacket is extremely good but there are a couple of small moth holes on the front. This battledress blouse displays a full set of insignia including KRRC shoulder titles, 4th Armoured Divisonal patches and arm of service stripe. As well as this the blouse has a good conduct stripe, drivers qualification badge and marksman badge all in the correct black on red scheme specific to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. All the buttons are also black horn rifle buttons. The trousers are a very good example of War Aid trousers and match the jacket very nicely. Again they have had the buttons replace with black horn rifle buttons as was the done thing in this regiment. It also has quite a narrow leg, assumably tailored by the original owner. All the correct labels and stamps are present inside the trousers A lovely example of a War Aid Battledress jacket and trousers that match well and feature a nice set of badges. This would complement any collection without a doubt.
Original Matched Pair of RAF Warrant Officers Sleeve Badges (1) A beautiful matched pair of RAF Warrant Officers rank badges as worn on both the four pocket Service Dress tunic and the Battledress tunic. There original ww2 era badges are in mint un-issued condition and would suit the collector and the re-enactor alike. Free UK Postage.
Original Matched Pair of RAF Warrant Officers Sleeve Badges (2) A nice matched pair of RAF Warrant Officers rank badges as worn on both the four pocket Service Dress tunic and the Battledress tunic. There original ww2 era badges are in good condition and would suit the collector and the re-enactor alike. Free UK Postage.
Original Matched Pair Of WW2 Printed RAF Shoulder Eagles. A nice original matched pair of RAF shoulder eagles as worn on both the O/A four pocket tunic and the RAF battledress. Both are uniform removed and appear to have been mounted at some point as there is some paper residue to the back. A guaranteed original pair of mid war RAF shoulder eagles.
Original Named RAF B-type Flying Helmet Size 2 A beautiful original Battle of Britain period RAF b-type flying helmet in very excellent condition. The B-type flying helmet came into issue with the RAF prior to the Second World War and became synonymous with the Battle of Britain. This iconic flying helmet features two zipped ear pieces which house the receivers. Both these retain their original zips which both function well. Inside the war piece are original rubber donuts which the the ear pieces their distinctive shape whilst protecting the receivers. Both ear pieces also bare the AM mark and stores referrence code although these are slightly faint. There are no receivers or wiring present with this helmet. This helmet also features a leather chin strap which is fastened with a 'Bennetts' buckle. This all works perfectly but it is worth noting that the small metal edging is missing from the end of the strap, as they often are. On each side of the helmet is a pair of brass pop studs which are designed to take the D-type oxygen mask. The original brown paint is still visible in places and they will both function fine when used with a mask. Between the two left hand studs are a pair of smaller studs who have been added to take a different pattern of oxygen mask. Inside the helmet is named and also numbered. The name appears to be 'Beckteh' and the number 2262102 which may be traceable. I would say this helmet is a small size 2 as it is a tight fit on the mannequin head but displays well nonetheless. The overall condition of the helmet is fantastic as can be seen in the pictures. The outer leather shell is in extremely good condition and the interior only shows limited signs of wear. All in all, a lovely original Battle of Britain period b-type flying helmet I fantastic condition that displays beautifully. This would compliment any RAF collection.
Original POW Battledress Blouse A rare example of a prisoner of war battledress blouse and trousers. The battledress blouse started its life as British made example as can be seen by the WD stamp still visible inside which is surmounted by the letter P which indicates 1941 as its year of manufacture. It has later been converted for use as a POW blouse by being died brown and having the epaulettes removed. The original owner has also added two patches inside the waist by hand so the it can be buttoned to the trousers. The trousers are originally of Indian manufacture before being re-dyed for POW use. The material and buttons are typical of Indian manufacture. Both these items could well have been originally issued to to a soldier fighting in the desert or Sicily based on the dates indicted and the origin of manufacture. The condition of both pieces is good although the blouse has suffered from moth damage at some stage in its life. It does still display extremely well as a set non the less. All in all, a very rare set worth of any collection and a must have for the POW collector.
Original Pre-War Khaki Drill Service Dress Trousers A lovely pair of original Pre World War Two Khaki Drill Service Dress trousers issued to a Royal Marine. These trousers came with the Royal Marines tunic listed above. They are typical of pre war khaki drill trousers featuring a high fish-tail back, pressed brass buttons for brass and to close the fly and three belt loops. The overall condition of the trousers is very good. The material is strong and all the buttons are still intact. There is however some staining to both pocket openings as well as a similar smaller mark on the fly. These trousers we original issued to a Royal Marine but would be suitable for a Pre-War British Army or RAF impression, as well as an early war impression of either of the aforementioned services. The trousers measure at a 33" waist with a 30" inside leg. A great pair of trousers which would compliment any collection.
Original Pre-War Royal Marines Khaki Drill Service Dress Tunic An original Pre-War Royal Marines Khaki Drill Service Dress tunic with a full set of brass RM buttons and brass RM shoulder titles. This tunic is particular to the Royal Marines as it features a stand collar. Aside from this, it follows the same lines as the standard British Army Khaki Drill Service Dress tunic with two pleated breast pockets, epaulettes and a cavalry cuff. The jacket also features two brass hooks in the waist to support the wasit belt. Inside the jacket retains the stamps applied by the original owner who was based in Plymouth. This jacket is complimented by a full set of original RM brass buttons and shoulder titles which do show signs of corrosion and could use with being cleaned. A great Pre-War jacket which would compliment any collection.
Original Private Purchase Battledress Blouse to a Lt/Col of the Royal Signals This stunning tailor made Battledress blouse is fresh to the market having been recently discovered in an attic! The blouse was made by J. Daniels & Co Ltd of Woolwich in 1944 for an officer of the Royal Signals. Sadly I have not so far been able to trace the original owner but we do know that he was in Western Command during the latter stages of the Second World War. The blouse is beautifully tailored. On first glance it looks like a standard issue battledress but on closer inspection it becomes apparent that it is of a much higher quality. The button holes are hand stitched, it has two internal pockets (austerity pattern blouse should only have one) and the material is a fine grade of serge which isn't quite so rough as standard issue battledress. Inside the interior pocket is a tailors label with the original owners name. I have not been able to trace him myself, but there can't have been many Lieutenant Colonel's in the Royal Signals serving with Western Command. The blouse has a number of medal ribbons above the left breast pocket including the 39-45 Medal, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, The War Medal, Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal and the Legion of Merit. These ribbons tell us a lot about the original owner. We know he fought during the Second World War both in Italy and in Northwest Europe and stayed in the Army after the end of hostilities. He clearly carried on wearing the jacket post-war as it has the 1953 QEII Coronation medal and interestingly the jacket also has the American Legion of Merit medal. The condition of the jacket is absolutely perfect. There are no signs of wear or damage of any kind and it looks more or less the way it would have done when it was new! It has clearly been stored very carefully and has survived the years untouched! All in all, a fantastic an unique battledress blouse which is incredibly original and offers the opportunity of more research.
Original Private Purchase Officers Khaki Drill Trousers A nice original pair of wartime British Army, RAF or Royal Navy Officers Khaki Drill trousers. There were many patterns and varieties of Khaki Drill during the Second World War with tailors all over the world making uniform for officers, so there is never a hard and fast rule for what is 'correct'. These trousers are typical of wartime construction though featuring a wide leg, a button fly, straight slash pockets to each hip, a single rear pocket, belt loops and side adjusters to the waist. These trousers, which came with a wartime bush jacket, are in very good condition showing only light signs of wear. There are two stains to the seat as pictured, but these may come out with some careful cleaning. All the buttons are intact and they are without a doubt a good usable pair of trousers. The trousers measure at a 28" waist and a 32" inside leg. A nice original wartime pair of KD trousers which would suit both the collector and the re-enactor equally well.
Original RAF 'Jacket, Khaki Drill, OA' A rare example of an RAF 'Jacket, Khaki Drill, OA' as worn in the Middle East and Far East during the Second World War. This scarce jacket is rarely seen on the market these days and features a full set of brass Kings crown RAF buttons, and original brass waist belt buckle and embroidered RAF shoulder flashes which appear to be original to the tunic. The label inside the jacket is still present but quite damaged, making it hard to read. The crows foot is still visible but the maker and date are very hard to make out. The size however is clearly stated as No.15 which will fit up to 6' tall, a 38" chest and a 34" waist. Inside the jacket is also a faint WD mark, but again it is too faint for me to read. The overall condition is excellent and the jacket clearly hasn't had much wear. All in all, an excellent example of a rare RAF jacket which would compliment any RAF collection.
Original RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets A nice original pair of RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets in good used condition. These Gauntlets saw wide issue to all RAF aircrew during the Second World War and their iconic angled zip can be seen in many period photographs. This particular pair look like a good matching pair although they bare different names leading me to believe that they aren't a 100% perfect match. It is worth remembering however that left hand and right hand gauntlets were made in separate factories so perfectly matched pairs don't really exist! The gauntlets are a good size 9 and have all the correct Air Ministry stamps to the interior. One of the zips has been sympathetically replaced with a period looking zip whilst the other is original and still retains the remnants of its leather pull tab. One of the gloves has had a piece of leather added to part of the palm to re-inforce it which is none-standard, but appears to be a period modification. Altogether, a very nice original set of gloves which have been priced after taking the few small flaws in to account. These would be ideal for a re-enactor or would look great in an RAF collection.
Original RAF D Type Gauntlets Size 8 An exceptional pair of RAF D Type flying gauntlets as used by the RAF during the Second World War complete with their original labels. With D Type gauntlets the left and the right glove were always made in separate factories. This was to stop pairs of gloves from being stolen and meant that they were issued at Squadron level. This meant that more often than not the colour of the two gloves did not quite match and this set is no exception to this. The gauntlets bare different labels as they were made in separate factories but are a matched pair of size 8 gloves. Both gloves bare the War Department broad arrow and 22C contract numbers. The leather is in excellent condition with no rips, tears or nicks. All the stitching is sound and they are very supple. The lining is also in good condition but does have some small moth nips, as can be seen in the photographs. All in all, a beautiful pair of original wartime RAF flying gauntlets which would suit both the re-enactor and collector equally.
Original RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask - Un-issued! An outstanding example of an RAF H-Type oxygen mask which has never been issued! This oxygen mask is a mint in-issued example which could only be described as 'box fresh'. The harness even has an elastic band on one side from storage! The rubber face piece is a size Medium and is dated April 1968. It also bares the War Department broad arrow mark and has the correct chamois lining to the interior. The face piece also features an ink inspectors stamp to the inside and the outside. The rubber is still the light green colour it would have been from the factory and has not darkened off with age or use. The harness is in excellent in-issued condition and features the correct stores codes and the broad arrow mark. All the metalwork is bright and clean with no signs of corrosion. The leather section which houses the two pop studs on the left-hand side is like new. The mic is an excellent example of the type 71 which again is like new. The switch functions well and the braided wiring is perfect. On this wire are two sleeves which carry the information of the lead and the microphone respectively. It is also worth noting that the mask features the large wartime type 71 mic, rather than the later smaller mic. This means that this mask can be used for late WW2 or early Jet-age. All in all, a beautiful example of an H-type Oxygen mask which would be impossible to better!
Original RAF Leading Aircraftsman Insignia A nice matches pair of 1940s period Leading Aircraftsman badges cut from a wartime dated greatcoat.
Original RAF MK VII Sunglasses A nice original pair of original wartime RAF MK VII sunglasses attributed to a Liberator upper gunner. These sunglasses saw wide issue during the Second World War with aircrews and this particular pair belonged to a liberator mid-upper gunner who claimed they saved his life. When wearing these glasses and scanning the sky, it is easy to see what he means. The glasses are bare the Air Ministry mark as well as the 22C contract number inside the right hand arm as is standard on these issue glasses. There is a small repair to the bridge of the glasses where they meet one of the eye pieces which appears to be period and does not detract from the way the glasses display. The smoked glass is clear and can be seen through clearly. The overall condition of the glasses is very good considering their age and their history. The sunglasses are complete with their original case which is in good condtion and functions well. It bares the correct markings to the lid including the Air Ministry contract number. A very nice pair of sunglasses, complete with thier original case and some nice history.
Original RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles A good original example of the iconic RAF MK VIII goggles as used by the RAF from 1943 onwards. The goggles are in reasonable condition for their age and display well. The original elastic strap still retains its elasticity and hold the goggles firmly onto a display head. The lense however have delaminated somewhat and the leather around the frames has numerous cracks. The brass frames are in good condition and retain the majority of their original paint. The chamois backing is dirty and shows signs of service wear but is sound. All the metalwork is intact and orignal but does have surface rust. The leather pullers on the elastic strap are both present. All in all, a good pair of original goggles that display very well.
Original RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles A nice original pair of RAF MK VIII flying goggles as used by aircrews from 1943 until the end of the war. They also saw wide use in the post war years in the RAF. The goggles themselves are in very good condition. The brass frames still retain the majority of their factory applied blue finish, the leather padding is excellent and supple and the chamois backing is very clean. The strap is correct and original with both leather pull tabs still intact. It does have a couple of repairs and there is not much elasticity left however. Overall a good pair of original goggles which display well and would compliment any period of RAF collection.
Original Royal Artillery Officers Forage Cap With Plastic Economy Cap Badge An excellent example of a British Army Officers Forage Cap complete with plastic economy Royal Artillery cap badge. These caps were used during the Great War by Officers (particularly those in the Royal Flying Corps) and became a popular alternative to the peaked cap during the Second World War. This example is most likely a Second War example as most found these days date from that period. There is no date present, as there rarely is with private purchase uniform, but these caps were never really seen in use after the Second World War. The overall condition of the cap is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The wool barathea used to make the body of the cap is perfect with no rips, tears or signs of moth. The front of the cap features two officers quality General Service buttons which are in perfect condition. The cap features a plastic economy Royal Artillery 'Ubique' cap badge which sets the cap off nicely. The interior of the cap is very clean showing only minimal signs of wear. This of course doesn't detract from how the cap displays. The cap is a decent large size of about a 7 1/4. Overall, a fantastic condition example of a private purchase officers cap which would truly be hard to better.
Original Royal Flying Corps Pilots Wings RFC A beautiful original WW2 period Royal Flying Corps wings in excellent condition. During the Second World War those men who had qualified as pilots with the RFC in the previous conflict still retained the right to wear this badge. This example is very similar to WW2 period pilots wings, so was almost certainly made at this time for a veteran to wear on his new uniform. These wings are of the flat variety and feature 10 silk feathers to each wing. A Kings crown surmounts the letters RFC in the centre. A very rare wing in fantastic condition which would compliment any RAF or RFC collection.
Original US Navy G-1 Flying Jacket - First Contract Made By L. W. Foster Sportswear 36 A genuine first contract USN G-1 Flying Jacket made by L. W. Foster Sportswear in distressed condition. These jackets were first brought into service during 1947 replacing the earlier AN-J3A which was used during the Second World War. This particular jacket is from the first contract 55J14 (AER) which was made between 1947 and 1951 which not only makes it rarer than other G-1 jackets, but much more sort-after. The back of the collar features the USN stencil which was standard on these jackets. The jacket also retains its original 'Talon' brand zipper which functions perfectly. The condition of the jacket is very good overall except in the places where it is distressed. The back panel of the jacket is very bad as can be seen in the picture and would need to be replaced if the jacket was to be worn. One of the sleeve also has quite a big hole which again, could be replaced by a specialist to make the jacket wearable. The knitted cuffs and waistband are both intact but by no means in perfect condition. Personally I would keep them on the jacket as they still display well and are original, but reproductions can easily be sourced. One of the front pockets is also missing a button. Whilst G-1 flying jackets are available on the market, first contract examples such as this are very hard to find. With some specialist work, this jacket would be a real stunner and would look good in any flying jacket collection.
Original USAAF A2 Flying Jacket Size 36 A lovely original example of the classic USAAF A2 flying jacket in good original condition. The jacket features its original 'Talon' Zipper which works perfectly, has the neck clasps at the top which are both still intact, and two pop studs underneath the collar which function perfectly. The original liner is intact and in reasonable condition. It is worn in places as is to be expected with a jacket of this age. The original label is missing from inside sadly but there is the Army Navy stamp near to where the label was, as can be seen in the photographs. There is also a small label inside one of the front pockets with 36 printed onto it, obviously to indicate the size. I would suggest a fit of 34" Myself however, as it is a small jacket. The leather outer is in good condition and responded very well to a coat of high quality leather feed. There are no serious rips, nicks or tears anywhere on the outer shell of the jacket. There are however a couple of spots of white paint present. The cuffs and the waistband have certainly seen better days but I have left them be as they are original to the jacket. Replacements are easily sourced if the new owner so wished to have them replaced. The two front pockets are also in good shape and the pop studs work on both. All in all, a good example of one of the most iconic jackets of the 20th Century!
Original USAAF Chocolate Gaberdine Officers Crusher Cap - Large Size A beautiful original USAAF 'Crusher' cap in fantastic condition and a large size! This cap is a true 'crusher' as the peak is flexible and can be folded together. These caps are the most sort after style of American Officers cap today. This is not a standard service cap which has had the wire stiffener removed etc, but a hat made in the crusher style. The main body of the hat is made from a Chocolate coloured gabardine referred to as OD51 and is in excellent condition with no signs of mothing. The interior is also very clean and is lined with a gold rayon. The leather sweatband is completely intact and not coming away at any point. The original size tag is still present on the sweatband stating the size as 7 1/8, which equates to 7 1/4 in English size. Inside the cap is also a line of stitching running around the circumference of the hat which would have had something attached. Sadly there is no label present in the cap as it would have been attached to this. The cap badge and buttons are also original, as is the chinstrap. All are in excellent condition. The peak is also good but does have some crazing. This is the only real floor I can find on the cap however. Overall, a fantastic original cap which would truly be hard to better. These big size caps rarely come up in such good condition!
Original Wartime Private Purchase Khaki Drill Shorts A nice original private purchase pair of World War Two period khaki drill shorts. These shorts are made from the standard khaki coloured cotton drill used during the second world war and feature belt loops, a button fly and two slash pockets to each hip. The buttons are maker marked 'Brown Muff & Co, Bradford' and made from horn. This along with the belt loops points towards them being private purchase examples, most likely belonging to an officer. The shorts are in great condition and measure at a 30" waist. These shorts would be ideal for an RAF, British Army or Royal Navy Officer impression.
Original Wartime RAF OA Greatcoat A good original example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat in a size No.9. This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years. This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown buttons and a matched set of wartime embroidered RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. Inside the coat features a white blanket lining as well as the original label which states the coat as being a size No. 9 Which will fit up to 6' 1" tall, 38" chest and a 34" waist. The date is hard to read but to my eye is either 1943 or more possibly 1945. The overall condition of the great is very good indeed and it displays very well. There is one area of moth however to the lower front which can be seen below the buttons. This doesn't particularly detract from the coat and is very good aside from this. All in all, a great example of a wartime RAF OA greatcoat which are becoming increasingly hard to find. This would compliment any RAF collection or complete a re-enactment uniform nicely.
Original Wartime RAF OA Tunic A nice original guaranteed wartime RAF OA tunic complete with its original belt. This tunic came to me along with a number of other items including an RAF bush hat which will be listed shortly. All the items belonged to an airman who fought in the Far East and are guaranteed wartime. The tunic itself is a nice example in good original condition. It features a full set of Kings crown brass RAF buttons as well as all original wartime insignia to both sleeves. Two printed albatross badges are stitched to the top of each sleeve with printed Leading Aircraftsman badges below this. A good conduct stripe has also been sewn onto the lower part of the left sleeve. Inside the jacket is also in very good condition but does show signs of service wear. The label is still partly stitched in but has been completely washed out so is no longer legible. As mentioned previously though, this came with a wartime grouping, so is not a post-war example. All in all, a very nice original tunic which features all of its original wartime insignia. A very honest in-touched jacket which would suit the collector and re-enactor alike.
Original Wartime RAF Officers Service Dress Tunic With Bomb Aimers Brevet A nice original wartime RAF officers tunic made in Iraq complete with Bomb Aimers brevet and medal ribbons. This pattern of tunic was used througout the Second World War by all RAF officers and was superseed by a three button version shortly after the end of hostilities. These wartime examples with four buttons are much rarer than their post-war counterparts. The tunic features a Bomb Aimers brevet to the left breast below which is a set of medal ribbons which includes Defence Medal, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal and the War Medal. Interestling, there is no rank braid on the cuff but this could be added if you so wished. The condition of the jacket is reasonable for its age but it has suffered from some moth damage as can be seen in the photographs. Overall a nice original wartime Service Dress jacket which would compliment any RAF collection.
Original Wartime RAF Officers Side Cap A good original, if somewhat grubby, example of a wartime made RAF Officers side cap in a medium size. These caps were used in place of the officers peaked cap throughout the Second World War as they were easier to stores, being easily folded and put into a pocket. This example is typical of wartime caps being made from the same blue wool barathea as the Service Dress jacket and trousers. it is also lined with rayon and has a velvet band running around the inside edge which again is typical of wartime caps. On the outside of the cap is an original Brass RAF officers cap badge surmounted by a kings crown. As well as this are two brass RAF buttons to the front of the cap. The overall condition of the hat is extremely good with no rips, tears or moth to be found. It is somewhat grubby however and has clearly been worn regularly on active service. This may clean up but personally I like the 'been there' look this cap has. This cap came with the 4 pocket RAF officers tunic listed below which I believe to have Costal Command connections. The cap is around a medium size 7 . All together, a smashing original wartime cap with a great look which would compliment any RAF collection.
Original Wartime RAF Parachute Bag An original wartime period RAF parachute bag as used by aircrews during the Second World War. This bag is made from the standard material used on parachute bags and features two handles, a brass lightening zipper and a War Department broad arrow to both sides. Sadly the zip, although intact, no longer works. Perhaps it could be repaired to working order, or if not replaced. The internal flaps which feature pop studs have been removed from the bag, which isn't surprising and was commonly done. The name 'K Ponder' has been inscribed on the top of the bag and both WD arrows have had a shadow added on underneath, probably at the same time. All in all, a good condition example of an RAF parachute bag which displays well.
Original Wartime RAOC Officers Greatcoat A nice original wartime example of a British Army Officers greatcoat with Royal Army Ordnance Corps buttons. This pattern of greatcoat came into use around the time of the Great War and remained unchanged for many years and was the most common form of overcoat worn by Officers during the Second World War. This example features brass kings crown Royal Army Ordnance Corps buttons and is sadly devoid of any label or date. It is almost certainly a wartime example however, as it came with a number of other wartime officers items which were dated. The coat has suffered from some moth damage as can be seen in the pictures. This has been taken into account with the price. All together, a nice original WW2 period officers greatcoat, ideal for the collector or re-enactor alike!
Original Wartime Royal Artillery Officers Service Dress Jacket and Trousers A nice original wartime made officers Service Dress in good condition which belonged to an officer of the Royal Artillery. This Service Dress came to me in a trunk with two sets of wartime battledress, an officers greatcoat and side cap amongst other things, all of which was wartime. This set doesn't have any date in it but I can guarantee it was made and used during the Second World War. The jacket is the 'early' war pattern as opposed to the austerity pattern which became prevalent by the middle of the war. This means the lower pockets are the bellows pockets style and the upper pockets have a pleat in them, rather than being plain. These tunics are much more sort-after than the more common austerity pattern. The tunic has had its collar badges removed from the lapels and the badges of rank removed from the epaulettes. There is a shadow left where these were and they would be very easy to replace. Both the jacket and trousers are in good condition for their age. The trousers have a few moth holes around the top near one of the brace buttons as well as an L shape hole in the seat, but apart from this I can't see any more damage. I would suggest the jacket is a 36" chest and the trousers a 30" waist, so quite a small size set. The jacket also comes complete with it's original belt. All in all, a nice matched jacket and trousers which displays nicely.
Original WW2 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse Queens Royal Regiment, 7th Armoured Division An amazing original 1937 pattern Battledress blouse with Normandy Period insignia. This blouse comes from our personal collection and we bought by us from Normandy a number of years ago. I can't guarantee that this blouse has always had these badges on, but it looks good to me! The blouse itself is a good original 1940 pattern battledress blouse, often referred to as 1937 pattern by collectors. It has all the features expected of a British made blouse such as British made brass buttons, a wire waist buckle and revolving shank buttons securing the epaulets. The label is missing but it is quite clear where it once was and is clearly the shape of a standard British label. The lining of the jacket is sun faded but in very good condition. And stamps or markings are long gone. This jacket was clearly worn and washed for a number of years which really adds to the authenticity of it being an original infantryman' jacket. There is also a small ink stain to the bottom of the left breast pocket where a pen has been kept inside. Again, another good sign of the jacket being an original worn combat worn example. The badges are nice examples; the 'Queens' titles are of the embroidered type as are the 7th armoured division patches. Below this is a single red felt arm of service stripe. A beautiful original blouse with rare infantry badges which would be ideal for the Normandy collector.
Original WW2 Airtex Battledress Blouse These battledress blouse style Khaki Drill jackets came into service with the British Army during 1943 and saw extensive use in the Italian Campaign. They are now very rare and sought-after by collectors. The blouse is in excellent condition and is quite likely an issued piece. The only flaw I can find is a that the loop which secure the belt on the right hip needs to be stitched back on at the top. Other than this the blouse is in excellent condition. There is no buckle with the blouse but this should be easy to source. Inside the jacket are the correct stamps one would expect to find in an Indian made garment but sadly there is no date present. Even though there is no date, this is without a doubt a wartime made jacket. All in all, an excellent example of this rare jacket which would compliment any collection!
Original WW2 British Army / RAF Demob Suit A rare original British Armed Forces Demob suit complete with its original labels. No British Army or RAF collection could be complete without one of these! This suit is an authentic Demob suit as issued to men leaving the British Army or RAF from 1942 onwards. This is not 'demob style' but an authentic original suit with demob provenance, as can be seen by the labels. The suit is made up of two pieces; the jacket which is a single breasted example, and the trousers. These suits were sometimes three piece and sometimes two piece and came in a variety of different cloths and cut. This example is cut from a grey cloth which features a white stripe and is typical of those given to men leaving the forces at the end of the Second World War. The jacket is single breasted with a notched lapel, two flapped hipped pockets and a breast pocket on the left breast. It does not feature any vents to the rear as was the fashion at the time. The trousers feature a high waistline and a wide leg as was the fashion of the time. The button fly is typical of British suits of this era as is the single rear pocket which fastens with a button. At some stage it would appear that belt loops have been added. I don't think these are original to the suit as they were made in a austere manner with no belt loops, turn ups or fob pockets. Both the jacket and trousers retain their original demob labels. The label in the jacket can be found in the inside pocket whilst the label in the trousers can be found in the inside rear pocket. Both labels are exactly the same and state: Size 40R Code No.19. This is typical of a demob label and nice to find in both parts of the suit as they were often cut out. The suit will fit a 40" chest and a 34" waist but I have also added the measurements below which were taken with the jacket laid flat - Armpit to armpit - 20" Waist - 17" Inside arm - 18" Outside arm - 24 1/2" Shoulder to shoulder - 16 1/2" And the trouser measurements taken with the trousers laid flat - Waist - 17" Inside Leg - 27" Cuff width - 10" All in all, a fantastic original demob suit which would be ideal for a collector or Re-enactor, and a must have for any British Army or RAF collection.
Original WW2 British Army Forage Cap - New Zealand Manufacture A nice original wartime forage cap manufactured in New Zealand in good condition. This hat is a slightly greener shade than standard British made examples and has light coloured stitching which contrasts well against the body of the cap. There is a hole to one side of the cap where a cap badge has previously been mounted and one small moth hole towards the back of the cap on the same side. Aside from this, the cap is in very good condition. The interior is soiled and shows signs of use which has sadly meant that the original date is no longer legible. The orignal purple ink stamp can still be seen howeve. Two original brass buttons are sewn to the front of the hat. All in all, a nice original example of a wartime forage cap which would be ideal for the collector or reenactor.
Original WW2 British Army Jungle Green Battledress
Original WW2 British Army MK VII Respirator Haversack An original wartime made British Army MK VII Respirator Haversack in average condition. This pattern of haversack came into use with the British Army during 1942 and was superseded a year later by the lightweight pattern. The bag is in good worn condition and has been bleached out at some stage. This does give it a great look which would be ideal for a desert or Italian campaign impression. The strap is somewhat worn but still intact and all the popstuds work. It is maker marked inside and there is a faint date which I can't make out. A nice original wartime example of a MK VII gas mask bag.
Original WW2 British Army RAF White Braces An original pair of WW2 era white braces as used by the British Army and the RAF. This particular pair are in good condition and bare an RAF serial number. The only flaw in hen braces is that one of the leather tabs has split as can be seen in the picture. Overall a good original set of ww2 braces.
Original WW2 British Army Waterproof Cape/Groundsheet A nice original wartime example of the British Army waterproof cape/groundsheet dating from between 1941-44. This pattern of waterproof cape came into existence during the Great War and carried on in more a less the same pattern well into the 1950s. This particular example has stamped eyelets around the edges which dates it to no earlier than 1941. Before this ground sheets and capes had brass eyelets, but these were replaced by simple stamped holes for austerity measures. During 1945 these capes changed from the tan colour of this example to a green, therefore we can date this cape to within a 4 year period. There is a faint stamp in the corner of the cape where you would usually expect to find it, and it is the usual oval shape. Sadly it is rather faded but in good light you can make out 194 nut sadly not the last number! The cape is in good used condition. It is still pliable and all the buttons which fasten the front are present. The two buttons on the back of the collar which secure the neck flap are missing however and there are numerous marks and some areas are more faded than others. A nice original example of a British Army waterproof cape, guaranteed to be wartime.
Original WW2 C-type Flying Helmet, G-Type Oxygen Mask and MK VIII Goggles A full wartime RAF head set consisting of flying helmet, oxygen mask and goggles which is representative of a Costal Command or Fleet Air Arm aircrew member. The set is made up from a good condition FAA second pattern C-type flying helmet, a G-Type oxygen mask and MK VIII googles which all date from the wartime period. The helmet is in good sound condition and displays well. Both the Zips on the ears work well and the runner receiver housing inside are both intact and ready for receivers to be fitted. The leather outer is supple and the interior chamois lining is very clean too. There is a rip to the lining around the ear and a small tear around the whole which takes the wiring through to the ear piece, but aside from that it displays very week. The G-Type oxygen mask is an original wartime example but sadly has seen better days. Whilst the harness is good along with the metal work and microphone, the rubber of the mask has perished somewhat around the nose piece, leaving an area of roughly 1cm square missing. When the mask is displayed this is not so noticeable. The microphone is in A1 condition and still retains its original stores tag! The rubber ring which fits over the mic is currently missing, but these can be sourced. The oxygen mask also has the rare and sort-after early buckle which clips on at the cheek, as apposed to the more common later pattern. The goggles are an honest pair of wartime period MK VIII goggles in reasonable condition. The black elastic strap is in good condition and still retains its elasticity, the leather and metal are all in good condition and the lenses are clear with only a small amount of delamination visible. All in all, a nice set featuring all correct wartime parts which displays nicely.
Original WW2 Civillian Car or Motorcycle Blackout Mask (2) An original wartime blackout mask which has been professionally sandbalsted and painted by ourselves. This mask has been re-finished in a high gloss black 2-pack paint and is ready to fit to your wartime era classic car or motorcycle. Black out masks are a must have for any vehicle owner who wants their car or bike to be original wartime spec. The condition is perfect as can be seen in the photographs. This black mask would be very hard to better!
Original WW2 Drivers Goggles and Case A good original pair of British Army MT goggles and box as worn by drivers, tank crews, dispatch riders and more, throughout the Second World War. The condition of the goggles is good; the strap retains all of its original elascity and the leather work is in excellent condition. The frames are good as are the lenses which are tinted. The lenses of these goggles are often dilaminated but this particular pair are quite good. These goggles come complete with their original hardboard box which is in a1 condition. Overall, a good pair of goggles which display well and would suit either a reenactor or collector very well.
Original WW2 Era semi-enbroidered LAC badges A Matched pair of Original semi-embroidered LAC Badges as worn during the Second World War. Good condition. Free UK Postage
Original WW2 Fleet Air Arm Battledress Blouse No.5A Working Dress An original WW2 period Royal Navy No.5A Working Dress Blouse with FAA Aircrew history. This pattern of blouse came into use with the Royal Navy during the Second World War to replace the more formal No.5 Dress. This particular example appears to have belonged to a Fleet Air Arm crew member as there is clear evidence of where a FAA pattern pilots wing has been removed from above the left breast pocket. The jacket features brass Kings Crown Royal Navy buttons and horn buttons to the cuff. The waist band has been altered at some point using a dark piece of material. The tab which buttons at the waist is the same material as the rest of the jacket and the lining used in the replacement waistband is also period. The blouse is in good condition but has clearly seen a lot of action. There are some holes to the jacket, two of which are pictured. Altogether, this is a nice original FAA blouse which would display very well and compliment any RAF or Royal Navy collection.
Original WW2 MK VIII RAF Flying Goggles An outstanding pair of RAF MK VIII goggles with the early large padding. This pattern of goggles came into use with the RAF in 1943 and became the standard issue goggles throughout the war and for many years after. The goggles feature brass frames painted blue stitched to the leather padding which is chamois backed and a blue elasticated head strap which is adjustable. The frames are good missing on a small amount of paint to the bottom of one half. The leather and chamois are in excellent condition and show only slight signs of use. There is one nick to the leather however which can be seen in the photographs. The lens on this particular pair are excellent with no signs of delamination and are very clear. The strap still retains all of its elasticity and original colour and works well. These straps are usually very worn and only good for display purposes, but this on is like new! There is some rust spotting on the elastic and a small amount of corrosion on the metal but this is to be expected with their age. Both the leather pullers are intact and usable. All in all a fantastic set of wartime googles which are still very much usable!
Original WW2 MK VIII RAF Goggles - Air Ministry Marked An original pair of MK VIII RAF goggles in excellent condition which bare both the Air Ministry mark to the leather bridge piece, but also a 22c number to the elasticated strap. The MK VIII goggles are arguably the most iconic of all RAF goggles, coming into service during 1943 and stay in use with the RAF until the 1960s. These fantastic goggles still retain their original Air Ministry stamp and 22c/ stores number which is stamped into the leather between the two eye pieces. Many pairs of MK VIII goggles on the internet do not in fact have this AM stamp and those that do are much more sort after by collectors. The elastic strap also bares a 22c stamp along with a War Department broad arrow stamp which is the first time I have seen this. I suppose it is very common for this stamp to wear off as it is in such an exposed area. The brass frames are in good condition and retain most of their original blue paint. The chamois backing of the goggles is really excellent and doesn't look to have seen any real use. The tapes between the two eye pads are also in very good condition and the lenses are also good but with some signs of delamination. An excellent original pair of WW2 RAF goggles in great condition; the stamping on the strap alone really sets these goggles apart from any others I have had over the years, and they would make an excellent display piece.
Original WW2 MT Drivers Goggles With Clear Lenses An original World War Two period set of MT goggles with clear lenses. This type with clear lenses are much harder to find and more sought after than the more common tinted lenses type. The lenses are in very good condition with only a very small amount of delamination present. The strap is also in good condition and retains the majority of its original colour. There is still some elasticity present but not a huge amount. The fur backing is in good shape as is the metal work which shows no real signs of ageing or corrosion. These goggles were used by many elements of the British Army during the Second World War including; Dispatch Riders, Tank Crews, SAS and many more! All in all, a nice pair of original wartime goggles.
Original WW2 Period Matched Albatross Sleeve Insgnia, Semi-Embroidered A matched pair of RAF albatross sleeve insignia which have been removed from a uniform. These badges are of wartime manufacture and are the correct size for either the OA four pocket tunic or the Battledress blouse. The badges are in excellent condition and display very well. Free UK Postage
Original WW2 Period Matched Corporal Stripes A good original WW2 era pair of match Corporal stripes with the correct wartime dark backing. Uniform removed with some loose threads still present. Free UK Postage
Original WW2 Period Matched Pair of Royal Auxiliary Air Force Sleeve Badges (2) An original uncut pair of Royal Auxiliary Air Force sleeve badges worn below the albatross sleeve insignia. These badges were worn by both men of the RAF and Women of the WAAF. This set are original WW2 examples and have never been issued. Free UK Postage.
Original WW2 Period Matched Pair of Royal Auxiliary Reserve Sleeve Badges An original uncut pair of Royal Auxiliary Air Force sleeve badges worn below the albatross sleeve insignia. These badges were worn by both men of the RAF and Women of the WAAF. This set are original WW2 examples and have never been issued. Free UK Postage.
Original WW2 Period Matched Sergeant Stripes An original pair of WW2 era RAF Sergeant stripes with the correct wartime black backing. A very close match which display well together and would look excellent if added to a period uniform. Free UK Postage.
Original WW2 Period RAF Tie A hard to find original RAF WW2 period tie made from a black rayon. Correct short length and single piece construction. A must have for the RAF collector and Re-enactor to complete a wartime uniform correctly.
Original WW2 Period RAF Trouser Braces An original pair of RAF trousers braces which came with the early war RAF OA trousers listed above. These braces are elasticated and a dull RAF grey colour. On the inside of the braces is the original owners serial number. A must have for the dedicated RAF collector!
Original WW2 Period Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles An original matched pair of WW2 period Royal Artillery shoulder titles in excellent condition. These badges have been removed from a uniform at some stage. A nice original matched pair in excellent condition which would compile t any bade collection. Free UK postage.
Original WW2 Period Tropical KD Matched Pair of Royal Auxiliary Reserve Sleeve Badges An Original matched pair of Auxiliary Airforce 'A's as worn on the khaki Drill tunic below the Albatross badge. These were worn by both men of the RAF and Women of the WAAF. Original WW2 Un-cut and Un-issued condition. Free UK Postage
Original WW2 Printed RAF Leading Aircraftsman Insignia A nice matched set of original WW2 printed RAF leading Aircraftsman badges as worn on the 4 pocket ordinary airmans tunic, the war service dress blouse and the greatcoat. This particular pair are in very good condition and are a perfect match. They have clearly been removed from the same uniform and show signs of where they were once stitched on. All together, a nice matched pair of wartime badges. Free postage.
Original WW2 Printed RAF Sleeve Insignia - Un-issued A nice original matched pair of RAF shoulder eagles as worn on both the O/A four pocket tunic and the RAF battledress. These are mint uniisued examples but do have a small amount of glue residue to the back. A guaranteed un-issued original pair of mid war RAF shoulder eagles. Free Postage
Original WW2 RAF Fl/Lt Pilot Tunic A nice wartime example of an RAF pilots tunic with the rank of flight lieutenant. This jacket is not named or dated but is the correct 4 button design used during the war which was replaced in the immediate post-war years. The jacket came with a grouping of mainly Costal Command items so could be of that origin. Inside one of the pockets was a travel warrant from 1946 which is yet another small insight into the history of this piece. This tunic features a beautiful set of kings crown padded wings with a red backed crown. They are truly magnificent and are what makes this jacket such a nice item. The jacket also retains its original brass kings crown RAF buttons and brass waist buckle. The general condition of the jacket is very good and it displays well. It is rayon lined as is usual with jackets from this period. Sadly however, there is some damage to the jacket, namely to the right hand sleeve towards the bottom and to the right hand bellows pocket, again mainly to the bottom. Whilst this is a shame on such a nice jacket, it does still display quite well. A great original wartime jacket with a beautiful set of wings, ideal for the RAF collector.
Original WW2 RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles
Original WW2 RAF Officers Peaked Cap By Lock & Co. A nice original wartime RAF officers peaked cap by Lock & Co. London attributed to P/O Edward Peter Towers. This cap is a classic example of a mid-war period officers peaked cap made from RAF blue barathea with nice light coloured stitching. The wire stiffener has been removed from the inside of the cap to give it a 'crusher' look, very popular with aircrew officers during the second world war. The cap badge is a fine original wartime kings crown example and the bullion is in good condition. The original chin strap and buttons are also present. Inside the hat is a rayon lining as well as the original Lock & Co. Label. Lock & Co. are one of the most prestigious hat makers in England and Pilot Officer Towers would have chosen them specifically to make this hat so as to have something a cut above the average, so to speak. The lining is missing its original leather sweatband but the hat is still wearable and displays well. The overall condition of the hat is very good but there are some marks and stains etc due to age. Please see the photographs. This cap will fit around a size 7 head. All in all, a very nice example of a mid-war RAF officers peaked cap which displays well and is attributed to a Pilot officer.
Original WW2 RAF Pilots Wings - Flat Type A brilliant example of the flat pattern RAF Pilots Wings as worn on Battledress and Ordinary Airmans tunics during the Second World War. These wings are in immaculate condition as can be seen in the photographs. A great addition to any RAF badhe collection of perfect to fit to a uniform.
Original WW2 RAF Rayon Square / Silk An original Rayon / Silk RAF coloured large square as worn by RAF aircrew during the Second World War. This fine scarf came with a set of wartime Air Transport Auxiliary pilots wings so is almost certainly wartime. Obviously items like this aren't dated but the materials used and construction are correct for the World War Two period or before. The scarf is very large measuring roughly 25" square. It would have most likely have been rolled up and worn around the neck originally making it much smaller. The scarf has clearly been stored for many years which has left creases. These will come out with a gentle steam or press. I have left the scarf as it was found and the new owner can do as they wish with it! The condition of the scarf is fantastic but please note there are a few small age related marks. This scarf is an authentic World War Two era scarf and not a later copy. It would be ideal for a Re-enactor or as part of an RAF collection.
Original WW2 RAF War Service Dress Blouse with LAC insignia A very original example of a wartime RAF War Service Dress blouse with LAC insignia. This blouse came with a small RAF collection which have clearly been stored since the war. The blouse is typical of mid-late war manufacture featuring black horn buttons, a pressed metal waist buckle, RAF style pocket flaps and two metal hook and eyes to secure the collar at the neck. The original insignia is still present on the jacket with two printed Leading Aircaftsman badges to each sleeve and a good conduct chevron to the lower left sleeve. Interestingly, this jacket is devoid of the Albatross insignia usually worn on the upper sleeve. The jacket has had its original label removed and no stamps are evident but this is undoubtedly an authentic wartime example. In 1946 the RAF changed their jacket pattern to a very different style of collar. The overall condition is good but the jacket has clearly been heavily worn in service and is by no means a mint example. If you want want the real deal that was used during the Second World War - this is the jacket for you! All in all, a very original in-touched example of a wartime RAF ground crew blouse.
Original WW2 RAF Warrent Officers Rank Badge A nice example of a wartime RAF Warrent officers tank badge in good condition.
Original WW2 Royal Engineers Battledress Blouse and Photograph A lovely example of a Royal Engineers late war battledress blouse with all original insignia as well as a photograph of the original owner wearing the jacket! The jacket itself is a Canadian made example and has all the correct stamps you would expect find in a Canadian made battledress blouse. Both sleeves have orignal Royal Engineers printed shoulder titles as well as embriodered Belrin group divisional patches. Below this is a sergeant stripe surmounted by both a crown and the engineers unique, both in brass. This denotes staff sergeant and is a unique layout of insignia only used by the Royal Engineers. The overall condition of the jacket is poor with extensive damage to most areas. However this is reflected in the price and it still displays very nicely. The jacket measures as a 20" chest when laid flat. The photograph which is included depicts the orignal owner clearly wearing the same jacket. The print is roughly 8x4" so a good size with plenty of detail. A lovely grouping which would compliment any collection.
Original WW2 Theatre Made RAF Regiment Shoulder Title A nice original ww2 era theatre made RAF Regiment shoulder titles in excellent condition. This badge would be ideal for anyone with an interest in the RAF in the Far East during the Second World War and would undoubtedly compliment any RAF insignia collection. Free UK Postage.
Original WW2 Welsh Guards Embroidered Shoulder Titles A stunning original Wartime made matched pair of Welsh Guards shoulder titles in excellent condition. FREE UK POSTAGE AND PACKAGING
Orignal 1937 Pattern British Army Anklets - Size 3 An original matched pair of 1937 pattern anklets marked as a size 3. These anklets feature brass buckles and leather straps as was common throughout the Second World War. They have also had KG3 Blanco applied at some point in their life. The date is unclear but they could be of wartime manufacture, and if they aren't are identical.
Orignal 1943 Dated Airborne Battledress Blouse - With History This large size 1944 dated 1940 pattern battledress blouse belonged to a Sgt in the Airborne before it was given to the man I acquired it from in the early 1980s. Sadly no details of the veteran were recorded at the time but I do have a letter from the owner verifying that he was given it in the early 80s by the veteran and it has not been tampered with since. The blouse itself is a nice 1943 dated 1940 (austerity) Pattern battledress blouse with brown horn buttons and a nice clear label. The label states that the blouse is a large size No.16. There is also a WD stamp inside the jacket surmounted by an M denoting 1944 as the year of issue. The blouse is in good condition for its age but there is the odd moth nip as well as one area in the middle of the jacket which is missing some of the serge wool due to moth. The insignia has also suffered from moth damage around the edges, but this is does not detract from the way the blouse displays. A rare oppurtunity to acquire an Airborne blouse which came direct from the veteran. Blouses like this don't turn up anymore and it would undoubtedly compliment any British Airborne collection.
Orignal Great War 1917 Pattern Rain Cape An extremely rare example of the Great War British Army 1917 Pattern waterproof cape in good condition. These rubberised capes became ubiquitous with the British Army during the final two years of the Great War and feature in countless photographs and footage from the time. This pattern of cape remained unchanged in many ways into the 1950s where green examples were produced. The Great War examples however differ in detail greatly from later examples. The outer is a rubberised material of a khaki shade, slightly darker than ww2 examples but not as dark as the early Second World War rubberised examples. It features large brass eyelets around the edge of the cape and importantly down the centre seam which is the tell tale sign of a 1917 pattern cape. These eyelets are for use when using the cape as a shelter half - with two capes a small two man shelter can be erected. There is evidence of a date stamp to one of the inside corners of the cape where one would expect to find it. Sadly due to the age of the cape and the fact that it has had some use in its life, this ha be worn past the point of being legible. The overall condition of the cape is very good considering it is around 100 years old! It is still softly and pliable, not brittle and crispy like many surviving examples. The two faults in the cape though are one broken button on the front and a 3" long tear to rear. All the other buttons are present including the two under the collar which are usually missing. These rare capes were selling for over £1000 not too long ago even when undated! This cape is priced to sell and a must have for the British Great War collector.
Orignal Great War French Army NCO's 'Horizon Blue' Tunic An amazing original French Army 'horizon blue' tunic as worn NCO's during the First World War. This rare tunic is made from a light blue serge material and lined with a rough cream lining. It features a button front with four brass buttons as well as two flapped hip pockets and a flapped upper pocket. The back of the tunic looks incredible as it has a belt back over a patrol back. This is the standard pattern for this tunic and looks fantastic! Inside the jacket is a dressing pocket which has the numerals 85 followed by another marking written on it in ink. To the side of this is the name 'TRAO' written in large letters. The condition of the jacket is very good considering it is around 100 years old, but it has clearly been worn and does show signs of wear. There are dark stains to the jacket, mainly on the back as well as one or two on the arm. There is also a small red mark on the right hand sleeve. The lining is also soiled from use. Please study the photographs to get a better idea of the condition. A original and rare Great War jacket which has some amazing details. This would compliment any collection I'm sure.
Orignal WW2 First Pattern 1937 Pattern Anklets Indian made first pattern 1937 pattern anklets with brass tabbed ends. Small size, probably size 1
Orignal WW2 RAF OA Forage Cap A nice original RAF Ordinary Airmans forage cap as issued from the late 1930s before being replaced by the beret at the end of the Second World War. The cap features an original kings crown brass cap badge and two economy black RAF buttons to the front. Inside the cap is clearly marked with a War Departmemt mark and crows foot in white. There is also a makers mark and a faint date which looks to be 1943. The hat is in great condition with only one small moth hole towards the front. A nice original wartime example of this cap.
Orignal WW2 RAF Officers Greatcoat A fine example of a World War Two period RAF Officers greatcoat in good condition. This style of greatcoat was worn by officers in the RAF from before the Second World War but was replaced immediately after with a new pattern, making this example a guaranteed wartime example. The coat features s full waist belt and brass buckle, a functioning 3 button cuff with brass RAF buttons, RAF buttons to the front and is lined inside with rayon. There is no label inside the coat but the coat is most likely of private purchase origin. There are no shoulder boards with this greatcoat but these can easily be sourced. The loops on which to mount the shoulder boards are still present. The overall condition of the coat is very good with no damage or signs of moth. The coat is a small size and will fit around a 36-38" chest. This greatcoat is ideal for somebody who is looking for an authentic Wartime example rather than the much more common post-war examples seen on the market.
Orignal WW2 RAF Ordinary Airmans Forage Cap A nice original WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage cap in a size complete with its brass Kings Crown cap badge. This pattern of cap came into use with the RAF just prior to WW2 and was used by all ranks of NCOs and below. The hat is in good condition whilst showing signs of wear, particularly to the inside. This is by no means a mint in-issued example but rather one that has been used during the war. On the inside the makers name 'J. Collet Ltd' can be made out as well as the size which in this case is 7. The date can't be seen sadly but this is a wartime cap. A great used example of this cap which would be ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
Orignal WW2 RAF War Service Dress Blouse Dated 1945 A fine example of a wartime manufactured War Service Dress Blouse dated 1945 and featuring aircrew insignia. The blouse has a nice padded signaller brevet above the left breast pocket as well as Pilot Officer rank tapes on each epaulette. The epaulettes have also had the original buttons changed for brass kings crown RAF buttons which was common practice among aircrew types. It also features a small period flag on one side of the collar as well as a saint Christopher underneath the other side which are both nice original features and make me believe that this is an authentic aircrew blouse rather than a blouse which has been badged up later. The blouse has had its inside pocket removed and has been replaced by a small basic functioning pocket made from period dark blue cotton material, another interesting little personalisation to the jacket. The orignal label is still intact and very clear stating - size No.8 Height 5'7" - 5'8" Chest 37" - 38" Waist - 33" J.Harvey Ltd, London 1945 A nice orignal wartime aircrew battledress in a good size which displays very well on a mannequin.
Oustanding 1941 Pattern Flying Boots With Brown Rubber - Size 9 An outstanding original pair of 1941 pattern flying boots in a generous size 9. These boots came into use with the Royal Air Force during 1941 and became synonymous with Bomber Command air crews earning them the nick name 'bomber boots'. They were in fact used by all arms of the RAF as well as the FAA so are correct for a fighter pilot or Coastal Command impression too. They also saw use with the USAAF, particularly the 8th and 9th Air forces. This particular pair are in brilliant condition. The sheepskin lining is intact and free of any discolouration or damage, the suede is in excellent condition with only a few marked areas, the rubber area around the bottom which is often damaged or missing on these boots is completely intact and the soles are also perfectly usable being free from splits and cracks also. The rubber on these boots is also the more sought-after light brown colour as-opposed to the more common black rubber. These boots are the only pair I have ever had with brown rubber and certainly standout. The soles and heels are both the original 'Isthide' marked soles and not later replacements. Both soles show an number of cracks as can be seen in the photographs. This is a common problem with these boots as the rubber becomes brittle over time. However, the still display perfectly well and do retain their original soles, rather than having later replacements. The zips are lightening examples on both boots and in mint conidition. There is no signs of corrosion and they run up and down the boots perfectly. The metal buckles the fasten the leather ankle strap are also very good, as is the leather on the leather strap. Overall a truely outstanding pair of 1941 pattern flying boots which would be hard to better!
OUTSTANDING 1945 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap - Size 6 3/8 A 1945 dated example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans Forage Cap in mint condition. This has to be the nicest cap I have ever had! It has clearly never been issued as is like the day it was made! Really outstanding. The blue serge is still a bright blue colour as it would have been when it came out of the factory. It has clearly never been washed or used. I have added a picture of it on top of another forage cap which has been used as a reference. The cap badge has never been polished and still retains all of its detail. It came with the cap and looks to have been on it for a long time as the condition of it is consistent with the cap. The cap features two black bakerlite buttons to the front which were typical used on late-war production caps such as this. Inside the blue indigo sweatband lining is excellent condition and bares the size stamp 6 3//8. This part of the cap is usually the most worn but this example shows no signs of wear! Next to this stamp the War Department WD mark can be seen with the letter 'Z' above it which is the correct letter code for 1945. The black lining of the cap is also in excellent condition and all of the original yellow stamping is still clear. This again is rarely fully intact as it is one of the first areas to wear. The date of 1945 is very clear as is the War Department broad arrow and the maker 'S & P Harris Ltd, Glasgow'. All in all, an outstanding cap which would truly be hard to better!
Outstanding RAF MK VIII Flying Goggles - Air Ministry Marked A pair of truely outstanding RAF MK VIII googles - Easily the best I have ever had! The MK VIII goggles are arguably the most iconic of all RAF goggles, coming into service during 1943 and stay in use with the RAF until the 1960s. These fantastic goggles still retain their original Air Minstry stamp and 22c/ stores number which is stamped into the leather between the two eye pieces. Many pairs of MK VIII goggles on the internet do not infact have this AM stamp and those that do are much more sort after by collectors. As well as this the goggles are in fantastic condition. The leather work is still supple and a nice deep brown colour, the tapes between the leather work are unsoiled, the brass frames still retain 95% of their original RAF blue grey paint, the chamois backing is very clean and the strap still retains its elasticity. Air Ministry marked examples in such good condition rarley come up for sale, so don't miss out! These goggles would truely be hard to better!
P-Type Oxygen Mask An average condition example of the P-Type oxygen mask complete with mic. A nice addition to a jet age display of collection.
Pair of RAAF Warrant Officers Rank Badges A sightly mis-matched pair of RAAF Warrant Officers rank badges worn on the lower sleeve of both the Service Dress and Battledress uniforms. This example is set on the deep blue field used by RAAF badges and feature red stitching inside the crowns. In good condition and display well together. Free UK Postage
Pocket Folder of Silhouettes Of Aircraft Dated 1951 A nice 1951 addition of this all services pamphlet. Free postage
Post 1953 Sufflok Regiment Cap Badge A good example of a bi-metal post 1953 Suffolk Regiment cap badge.
Post World War Two Wing Commanders Tropical Tunic This is the final of three uniform items which belong to Wing Commander Lloyd Joel DFC and bar who served with 55 Squadron before being transferred to No.38 Group where he was involved in SOE and SAS operations prior to D-Day. The tunic is a Parisian made example and was tailored Maurice Breslave in the post war years and features staybrite Queens crown buttons, a beautiful set of padded Kings crown pilot wings as well as his medal ribbons. The first ribbon is the DFC and bar, the bar being awarded to him in the January of 1944. The other medal ribbons are as follows: 39-45 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, France and Germany Star, War Medal, New Zealand War Service Medal and the General Service Medal. This interesting group of ribbons tie in with W/cdr Joel's service career. The tunic is in superb condition but is sadly missing its belt. A lovely jacket attributed to a DFC winner who had a long and interesting career in the RAF. Please also note I have his wartime tunic as well as his mess dress.
Post WW2 Denison Sleeping Bag A good example of a postwar Belgium made Denison sleeping bag. The camouflage is still deep and not too faded, all the pop studs are intact and work and the ties that secure it when rolled up are still in place. There are some nicks and tears etc which are to be expected with a vintage item such as this. A good usable example that displays nicely.
Post WW2 RAF OA SD Peaked Cap An original RAF Ordinary Airman’s peaked cap which is code marked ‘M’ which debtors either 1944 or 1954. Whilst the cap may be wartime manufactor for the purposes of this listing I am referring to it as post-war. These caps came into use with the formation of the RAF in 1918 and were the main headwear for O/A throughout the 1920s and '30s. They were still in use for many years after the Second World War with the 1950s examples, such as this, being almost identical to their pre-war counterparts. This particular cap was made by ‘L. Silberston & Sons, London’ who we ke ofnthe most prolific manufactures of this type of cap. The cap features a green under peak and a high quality leather chin strap with brass adjusters. The hat is a sie 7. In extremely good condition this hat displays very well and would be ideal for a re-enactor or for a collector wishing to fill a gap in his RAF collection.
Printed ARP Warden Shoulder Title An orignal WW2 made printed 'WARDEN' shoulder title worn on the battledress blouse of an ARP warden. Good condition, appears to have been attached to a uniform at some stage.
Printed RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles A scarce matched pair of printed RAF Regiment shoulder titles in good condition. Original period printed insignia is becoming harder to find and with good reproductions coming onto the market it is getting harder for collectors to differentiate between the two. This pair are guaranteed originals in good condition with only a few light marks as seen in the photographs. Free UK Postage.
RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Boots Size 8 A nice example of the RAF 1941 pattern flying boots as used by Fighter Command and Bomber Command aircrew amongst other arms throughout the Second World War. The boots feature the Air Ministry mark inside as well as the size which in his case is 8. Both boots also feature matching lightening zippers which both work well and the the leather belts around each ankle which are compete with their buckles. Both the leather straps are still securely stitched at the back of the boots and both buckles work as hey should. The boots retain their Original 'Isthide' soles which are in grey condition and not split across he bottom like many surviving examples. The heels are also sound but are worn from use. The outer suede is in good condition as is the rubber which runs around the boots. The rubber on these boots is often missing, brittle or damaged but is 95% intact on this pair. The sheepskin lining is good also with only a small among missing around the upper section. All in all, a cracking pair of original boots which display exceptionally well and would also be suitable for reenacting.
RAF 1951 Pattern Flying Suit - Boxed size 3 A boxed example of the increasingly rare 'Overalls lightweight, 1951 Pattern'. These boxed overalls were kept by a Vulcan pilot when he was demobed and have lived in storage until I acquired them recently. I haven't opened the boxes as some collectors may prefer to keep them as they are rather than removing them. I have added a photograph of what this pattern of flying overalls look like for reference only. This particular example are stated as being a size 3 on the label. All the other original labels have survived reasonable well. A great example of an increasingly rare flight still in the box!!
RAF 1951 Pattern Flying Suit - Boxed Size 4 A boxed example of the increasingly rare 'Overalls lightweight, 1951 Pattern'. These boxed overalls were kept by a Vulcan pilot when he was demobed and have lived in storage until I acquired them recently. I haven't opened the boxes as some collectors may prefer to keep them as they are rather than removing them. I have added a photograph of what this pattern of flying overalls look like for reference only. This particular example are stated as being a size 4 on the label. All the other original labels have survived reasonable well. A great example of an increasingly rare flight still in the box!!
RAF Costal Command Irvin Flying Jacket An extremely good example here of a wartime Coastal Command Irvin flying jacket with yellow hood. The overall condition of this rare Irvin is incredible! The leather is in fantastic shape and the sheepskin lining is beautiful, as can clearly be seen in the photographs. The hood still retains the large majority of its yellow paint and hasn't' been cut down like some other examples available on the market. All the zips are AM marked with a crown and in perfect working condition. The hanging chain in the neck is still intact and strong and usable. The waist belt is present and in perfect order with all the eyelets still present and a lovely buckle with no signs of corrosion to be seen! Sadly, there is no label in this jacket which is the only real floor. I would say however that it is one of the smallest sizes made and would recommend a fit o a 36" chest. All in all, an extremely good example of a rare wartime Irvin which would be very hard to better!
RAF E-Type Flying Helmet, H-Type Oxygen Mask + MKVIII Goggles Here we have a nice set representative of aircrew in the Middle or Far East in the latter years of the Second World War. This set consists of an original E-type flying helmet complete with original wiring and receivers, H-type oxygen mask and MK VIII Goggles. The E-Type flying helmet is in reasonable condition and displays well. It is complete with original receivers and wartime wiring loom both of which are in very good condition and correctly fitted. The bell plug is in great shape also. The airtex material the helmet is made from is in good condition for its age but does have some white marks to the rear. All the leather parts are in good condition as are the pop studs which all work. The chin strap is intact and retains good elasticity. The H-type oxygen mask the large type 57 microphone as used during the Second World War. The harness is good and a nice tan shade. All the metalwork on the harness is intact and has no signs of corrosion. The rubber face piece has seen better days but still displays well. The goggles are MKVIII style but not wartime manufacture. The metal work is the right colour and the look very much like wartime made MK VIII goggles and display well. The strap has lost a lot of its elasticity but still displays well. All in all, a nice set which displays very nicely together. Please note, display head not included!
RAF First Pattern C-Type Flying Helmet Size 3 A good example of the first pattern C-type flying helmet, sadly with a couple of floors. This pattern of helmet was introduced during 1941 and replaced the B-type flying helmet, although some features, such as the 'Bennetts' buckle are common to both types. Feature of the first pattern C-type also include forward goggle straps, not seen on the later models as well as a leather chin strap. Like the B-type flying helmet, this helmet was designed to be fitted with an external wiring loom. The helmet is in very good condition and it is doubtful that it was even issued. The leather is in remarkable condition as is the chamois lining. It is also nicely stamped inside 'size 3'. Sadly, both the receiver cups have perished, due to them being made of rubber. Replacements can be sourced and fitted however. The stitching along the top of the helmet has also sadly gone, but again this can be repaired. These facts are reflected in the price. A nice early helmet that will make a good project for someone.
RAF G-Type Flying Helmet Size 2 Dated 1967 A fine example of the post World War Two RAF G-Type flying helmet, dated 1967. This example has the ear donuts fitted but no wiring loom. The cotton shell is in great condition, all the pop studs are intact and the chin strap works. The original label is still intact and in good readable condition. It states the size as No.2 and the date as 1967. A good example of this Jet Age period flying helmet.
RAF Good Conduct Chevrons Printed A good printed example of the RAF good conduct chevron.
RAF New Pattern Trousers Size 8 A good condition pair of RAF New Pattern trousers as worn with the short Battledress style uniform jacket. This pattern came into use during the immediate post war years and was very common to see being worn throughout the Cold War period. Differing from the earlier Ordinary Airman pattern, these trousers have a waist band and belt loops, are but straight across he back and have a more fitted, narrower leg. Inside is an ink stamp 7 which denotes the size. The condition of these trousers is extremely good and would be ideal to wear of display. A nice pair of trousers from the Cold War era
RAF OA Corporal Tunic Dated 1951 A nice example of the four pocket RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic dated 1951. Although postwar dated, this tunic is identical in every way to wartime manufacture. This example features early World War Two period embroidered shoulder eagles to each arm as well as a wartime pair of corporal stripes. These badges are correct for Battle of Britain or later in the war, so it would be ideal for a WW2 collector or re-enactor. The tunic retains its original label which has the date of 1951 on it as well as the size, which on this example is No. 8 which should fit up to a 38" chest and a 34" waist. Also featured are brass Kings crown buttons throughout as well as a brass belt buckle which is attached to the original belt. The tunic is in great condition and still has a strong blue colour to it, rather than being a very washed-out example. It does have a couple of moth nips, namely to the right breast pocket as well as another to the back. These could easily be repaired however and are only noticeable on close inspection. This lovely tunic would be ideal for a WW2 collector or re-enactor as all the badges and the buttons are correct for that period.
RAF OA Shirt Collar Size 15 1/2 This is the collar worn with the Ordinary Airman's Shirt in a good size 15 1/2". These shirts were worn with both the battledress and Ordinary Airman's four pocket tunic and were a darker blue than those worn by officers. Free postage and packaging.
RAF OA Tunic Belt - Size 36" A rare example of an RAF Ordinary Airman's belt without a tunic. This belt came to me with a small group of personal effects and sadly the tunic is long gone. It would be ideal however for someone who has a tunic which is missing its original belt. The belt is a generous size and measure at a 38" circumference. I would recommend wearing this belt with a tunic which has a 36" waist. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike! Free UK P+P
RAF Officer Shirt WW2 Pattern Original WW2 period RAF Officers shirt as worn with both Service Dress and Battledress uniforms throughout WW2. This example is a half button front which is correct for WW2. This is not a later Police issue shirt with full button front, epaulets and chest pockets but in fact the correct WW2 RAF Pattern. The shirt would have been worn with a detachable collar which are readily available. It also features a double cuff which is worn with cuff links. This shirt is in excellent condition for its age with no rips or tears etc. A must have for the RAF collector or Re-enactor.
RAF Officers Shirt By 'Old England' - Size 16 1/2 An original RAF Officer shirt by 'Old England' most likely dating from the 1950s but identical to WW2 Pattern. The shirt has a very generous size 16 1/2" neckband size which would be worn with a 17" detchable collar. It is standard on detachable collar shirts to wear a collar which is 1/2" larger than the neck band. This shirt features a full button front and two chest pockets which feature an RAF style scoloped shape. The shirt appears to be in un-issued condition as it shows no signs of wear whatsoever. there is one mark to the sleeve as well as a couple of spots to the front of the shirt but these may come up with professional cleaning. A very nice shirt, ideal for use on WW2 or post war mannequins or re-enacting.
RAF Officers Shirt by Van Heusen Still In Packet + Collar An original RAF Officer shirt by Van Huesen dated 1965 but identical to WW2 Pattern. This shirt was still in its original packet when I acquired it but I have removed it from its packaging to photograph it. The shirt has a very generous size 16 neck band a 16 1/2" collar. It is standard on detachable collar shirts to wear a collar which is 1/2" larger than the neck band. This shirt features a half button front which is correct for WW2 and a double cuff which is worn with cuff links. The shirt is in un-issued condition as is the collar. The only fault with the shirt is one small hole on the shoulder as I have photographed. The hole is however on top of another piece of matching material so hardly noticeable. A very nice shirt, ideal for using for WW2 or post war mannequins or re-enacting.
RAF Officers Side Cap by Battersby A nice orignal wartime RAF officers side cap by Battersby, London attributed to P/O Edward Peter Towers. The cap is in good condition but was obviously heavily used by the orignal owner as there are a lot of sweat marks inside the cap. There are a few moth nips which can be seen in the pictures. Other than this the cap is on fine condition. The original brass cap badge and buttons are still in place and in fine condition. The cap is a good large size, roughly 7 1/4 to 7 1/2 I would say. As is often the case with officers private purchase hats, the size is not inside the cap sadly. A nice example of an RAF officers cap in a good size and with some nice history.
RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers Size 15 Dated 1954 A nice example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans trousers worn with the 4 Pocket RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic. The date is clearly marked 1954 on this particular example but they most likely date from the list war years, as do the other pairs I have listed. This pattern went unchanged from before the Second World War until the 1960s and is therefore suitable for display or reenacting for Battle of Britain as well as late World War Two. These trousers feature a fishtail back and black horn buttons which take the braces around the top of the trousers. The trousers are cut from RAF blue serge with a wide leg as was fashionable during the war. They also have a button fly and a blue cotton drill lining. The bottom of the trouser legs still have their leather rubbing strips in place which was a standard feature of RAF OA trousers. This means it's highly unlikely they have ever been altered. The trousers have their original label which is still intact and states - Size No. 15 Height 5'7"-5'8" Waist 31"-32" Seat 37"-38" Inside Leg 30 1/2" H Lotery & Co Overall condition is very good. There is the odd stain or nip here and there, please study the photographs. These trousers would be ideal for a wartime display or reenactor and are in great condition!
RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers Size 17 Dated 1950 A nice example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans trousers worn with the 4 Pocket RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic. The date is clearly marked 1950 on this particular example. This pattern went unchanged from before the Second World War until the 1960s and is therefore suitable for display or reenacting for Battle of Britain as well as late World War Two. These trousers feature a fishtail back and black horn buttons which take the braces around the top of the trousers. The trousers are cut from RAF blue serge with a wide leg as was fashionable during the war. They also have a button fly and a blue cotton drill lining. The bottom of the trouser legs still have their leather rubbing strips in place which was a standard feature of RAF OA trousers. This means it's highly unlikely they have ever been altered. The trousers stil have their label which states - Size No. 17 Height 5'7"-5'8" Waist 33"-34" Seat 39"-40" Inside Leg 30 1/2" H Lotery & Co. Overall condition is very good. There is the odd stain or nip here and there, please study the photographs. These trousers would be ideal for a wartime display or reenactor and are in great condition!
RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers Size 27 A nice example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans trousers worn with the 4 Pocket RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic. The date is unclear on this particular example but they most likely date from the list war years, as do the other pairs I have listed. This pattern went unchanged from before the Second World War until the 1960s and is therefore suitable for display or reenacting for Battle of Britain as well as late World War Two. These trousers feature a fishtail back and black horn buttons which take the braces around the top of the trousers. The trousers are cut from RAF blue serge with a wide leg as was fashionable during the war. They also have a button fly and a blue cotton drill lining. The bottom of the trouser legs still have their leather rubbing strips in place which was a standard feature of RAF OA trousers. This means it's highly unlikely they have ever been altered. The trousers are a generous tall size as can be seen by the label which is still intact and states - Size No. 27 Height 5'11"-6' Waist 33"-34" Seat 39"-40" Inside Leg 32 1/2" S.Simspon Ltd. Overall condition is very good. There is the odd stain or nip here and there, please study the photographs. These trousers would be ideal for a wartime display or reenactor and are in great condition!
RAF Paper Work Grouping - Sgt. R. L. Watts A Large selection of RAF paperwork nicely mounted in a modern black edged frame. This collection is all related to Sgt R. L. Watts of Worksop who was born in 1925 and joined No 303 Squadron Air Training Corps In 1941. He then joined the regular RAF making his way up to Sergeant. There is a lot of paperwork in this frame with many more pieces being hidden behind what is displayed at the front. Sgt Watts was most likely Aircrew as there is an aircrew clothing card in with this grouping. A fantastic set worthy of further research!
RAF Personal Survival Pack Type Q A rare example of the Post War RAF 'Personal Survival Pack Type Q' in good used condition. This hard to find jet-age pack features an original period 'Lightening' zip which still functions well, and has various stencils applied to the main body of the pack including the stores reference number 27c/2319. A must have piece of kit for the jet-age RAF collector!
RAF Standard Technical Training Notes, Flight Mechanic, Engine Dated 1944 A nice manual dated March 1944 used by RAF ground crews. Includes pull out colour diagrams and a huge amount of technical information. This is a large volume! Ideal for an RAF ground crew display or similar. Free postage.
RAF War Service Dress Trousers Dated 1946 A very good pair of RAF War Service Dress Trousers as used from 1943 until the end of the war. This particular example are dated 1946 but are the same as wartime production. They feature one rear pocket with black horn button as well as a dressing pocket to the front left leg and two slash pockets on each hip. These trousers are in fantastic condition and the serge is very soft so would be ideal for wearing as well as displaying. There are a few moth holes around the crotch area as is common but these could easily be repaired. The sizes stated on the label are - Height 5'9" - 5' 10" Waist 32" Inside Leg 31 1/2" Overall a lovely pair of hard to find War Service Dress trousers, ideal for the collector or re-enactor.
RAMC Majors Battledress Blouse and Trousers An Absolutely beautiful early 'Battledress, Serge' Jacket and trousers named to an RAMC major attached to the Guards Armoured Division. The First mention of T.O McKane. who this set of Battledress originally belonged to. is in the London Gazette dated 11 June 1940. The second mention I have found is from 1942 a reads - 'Royal Army Medical Corps, Posted 1 Field Ambulance, Posted 187 Field Ambulance 12/5/1942, Posted 128 Field Ambulance as Company Commander 16/9/1942' There is also another mention of him on the 9th of April 1946 saying that he is retiring, and another dated 28th October 1958 detailing that he has been removed from the Officer Reserves list. Clearly T.O McKane had a long military career which warrents further research. The Battledress itself is first pattern of British Army Battledress. often referred to as 1937 pattern, but correctly called 'Battledress, Serge'. This pattern came into use in 1938 and was superseded by the second pattern shortly after the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940. Due to the earliness of the manufacture, these first pattern sets are now extremely rare. The jacket features the unlined collar which is specific to the early 'Battledress, Serge' as well as a wire waist buckle - another early feature. The jacket is nicely marked Q above the WD stamped which denotes 1940 as the year of manufacture. There is also the remnants of the AV or Anti Vesicant stamp next to this which also appears to be dated 1940. The jacket is retains its original insgnia which includes RAMC Major crowns to both epaulets, Guards Armoured Divisional flashes, RAMC Arm Of Service stripes and printed long service chevrons to one of the sleeves. The trousers are again early 'Battledress, Serge' and feature the single pleat First Field Dressing pocket found on all early manufactured trousers such as these. Inside the trousers is a WD stamp with no letter code visible. This is quite common with early manufactured BD, but because they are clearly first pattern we know they cannot have been made any latter than July 1940. There is also an AV stamp in the trousers which reads 1/42 which ties in nicely with the dates previously mentioned. Overall, this Battledress set is in extremely good condition as can be seen in the photographs. The nap of the wool is very good and very consistent over both the jacket and the trousers, all the buttons are present (a few on the trousers have been changed for horn buttons as was common practice). This set is also a very generous large size. Please see the measurements below - Jacket Chest:44" Waist:34" Inside Arm: 20" Outside Arm: 26" Trousers Waist: 36" Inside Leg: 33" (2" to let down) This set really would be hard to better! The condition is fantastic, its the early pattern 'Battledress, Serge', it has lovely original insignia, is a good size and has history of the original owner too!
RARE 1939 Dated British Army Mess Tins
RARE 1939 Dated Civil Defence Anti-Gas Helmet A rare example of the Civil Defence Anti Gas Helmet Cover in mint un-issued condition. This helmet cover was issued as part of the anti-gas equipment used by the Civil Defence as well as the British Army in some cases. It was issed as a piece of cloth as seen in the pictures here which was then fitted over the helmet. The cover is marked 1939 as well as PC approved around the royal crest. This is an early surviving example of an early war piece of anti-gas equipment, the type of which is rarely seen on the market in this day and age. Free UK P+P
RARE 1947 Dated RAF Sleeveless Pullover A rare example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's sleeveless pull-over clearly dated 1947. Whilst post-war dated, this sweater is identical to those use throughout the Second World War and during the Battle of Britain by all ranks. Whilst this is an issue item for Ordinary Airman you do see officers wearing these jumpers and are commonly seen worn by aircrews. The overall condition of this jumper is not great. It was clearly heavily used by the original owner and has the holes and stains to prove it! There are some small repairs also which were clearly done at the time. It does give the jumper a very authentic look and it would look great as part of a kit display. A rare piece which would compliment an RAF display without a doubt.
Rare 1947 Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1949 A good example of the rare 1947 pattern battledress blouse, dated 1949. This pattern of blouse only had a brief service live between the 1946 pattern battledress blouse and the 1949 pattern battledress blouse, so examples are now scarce. The 1947 pattern battledress blouse has many interesting features, some of which are common with the earlier wartime pattern blouses, and some features that became standardised by the 1949 pattern. The blouse features an open faced collar like the 1949 pattern, but still retains a full collar like the wartime blouses. It also has a wartime pattern metal waist buckle, pleated breast pockets and a fly front. Inside the jacket the label is in good condition stating the size as No.7. The original owner has also put his name 'Morris' as well as 'hands off!' Which is a lovely personal touch. The blouse is in very good condition but has been issued and has some wear consulate with this. The map of the serge is good, the interior cotton drill lining is in good condition and all the buttons are present. The hanging loop in the back of the jacket is worn but intact. A very nice example, nicely personalised by the orignal owner of a rare patten of jacket which would compliment and battledress collection.
Rare Indian Made 1907 SMLE Bayonet Dated 1942 This is the Indian pattern 1907 bayonet as used with the SMLE rifle. These Indian made examples are quickly recognisable due to their short length. This particular example is dated 1942 and features one of the less common makers marks. The bayonet is completely un-issued and is still in the original grease it was packed in 70 odd years ago! The bluing on the blade is beautiful and not spoilt in any way. An excellent opportunity to acquire a rare bayonet in mint condition!
Rare Indian Made British Army Leather Jerkin A rare example of an Indian manufactured British Army leather jerkin dating from the Second World War, if not earlier. This leather jerkin is made from a light tan leather which is so distinctive of Indian Indian made examples. The jerkin is also unlined which is another trait of Indian made examples. Unlike British and Canadian made jerkins, this example has a fly front, meaning that the buttons aren't exposed. Inside the jacket is a large War Department WD stamp and broad arrow in ink as well as a small number 2 inside the neck of the jerkin. These stamps are again typical of Indian made pieces. All in all, a rare pattern of jerkin which would compliment and British Army collection.
Rare No. 11 Set Ariel Coupling Equipment Unit 'C' A rare Early war 'Ariel Coupling Equipment Ariel Unit 'C' which was used in conjunction with the WS11 set during the early part of the Second World War. The set appears to be complete and is in good condition minus some surface rust to the outside of the case and clouding to the ammeter. A rare item, ideal for the early war collector or wireless enthusiast!
Rare Prisoner Of War Made German Feldmutze Ski Cap This incredible Prisoner of War made German feldmutze style cap came to me from a small collection which was put together during the 1990s all from items which came directly from veterans. This cap was made and worn in a Prisoner Of War camp during the Second World War in Italy. I now can't remember if it was worn by a British or a German prisoner, but I have the paperwork to prove this somewhere. The cap is well made and is a faithful copy of the German M43 feldmutze featuring the 'boat' shape to the back of the main body and the long peak. Inside the cap is lined with a typical grey German army material. The main part of the hat is made from a light khaki cotton in keeping with uniforms worn by the Africa Corps. This hat was almost certainly made from theatre used uniforms as they would have been worn out, so cut up to make new, useful items. This truly is a remarkable piece and a must have for the Prisoner of War collector. You would certainly struggle to find another example!
RARE RAF Printed Good Conduct Chevron On Khaki backing A rare example of a printed good conduct chevron on a khaki backing as worn on uniforms in the middle and Far East. A rare badge.
Rare RAMC 1946 Pattern Battledress Jacket Dated 1947 A fine example of the rare 1946 pattern battledress blouse complete with its orignal insignia. This pattern of blouse had a very short service life coming in just after the end of the Second World War, only to be superseded before the 1947 pattern blouse a year later. Due to this pattern having such a short service history these blouses are now somewhat rare. This pattern of blouse has many features in common with the 1947 pattern blouse I have listed such as the fly front and pleated pockets. The most unusual feature of this pattern is however the use of the Canadian style buttoning collar strap to secure the collar right around be neck. As the shirt and tie had now become standard issue in the British army, blouses were designed to be worn open. This blouse retains its orignal Royal Army Medical Corps shoulder titles, Divisonal flashes and corporal stripes. The label states battledress blouse 1946 pattern, dated 1947 and size 4. Even though size 4 is small it fits a 38" chest mannequin, albeit a little right. The jacket also has the WD code 'E' stamped inside, denoting 1947. Overall a very nice battledress of a rare pattern complete with its original insignia A smaller size but still displays nicely. A nice addition to any battledress collection.
RARE SAS Snipers Camouflaged Face Veil This is an extremely rare piece of SAS kit we have here and guaranteed authentic. This camouflage face veil was found in the pocket of a wartime Denison Smock I bought at auction last year, Initially I wasn't sure if it was something original or not, but on close inspection the materials and construction looked period. Further research led to me finding another almost identical example in a personal collection which came direct from an SAS veteran in the 1980s! I have the details of this other example and can send them to the new owner. Undoubtedly one of the rarest items of SAS kit to have passed through my hands, and a must have for the special forces collector!
Rare Set of Buttons For British Army Leather Jerkin One of the hardest to find type of buttons in the British Army collecting world. I have been asked by collectors numerous times if I had a set and now I finally do! A perfectly matched set of 4 tortoise finish leather jerkin buttons ready to go onto your leather jerkin! Perfect condition, most likely removed from a jerkin. Extremely hard items to find! Free Postage.
Reproduction British Army Braces A pair of reproduction British Army braces as used in both World Wars. These braces are made from white cotton tape and feature brass tabs as per the original. Ideal for holding up your trousers!
Royal Airforce Identity Card - RAF Form. 1250 and 1250/1 A nice example of an RAF identity card form. 1250 and plastic case 1250/1 named to AC2 John Urquhart 4063538. The card features a small black and white picture of John Urquhart in uniform to the top left quarter around which are various details including DOB, height, hair colour etc. The card dates from the early 1950s and features its plastic case which is numbered 1250/1. A nice original piece of paperwork which would compliment and RAF collection. Free UK postage.
Royal Army Chaplin Department Cap Badge An excellent pre 1953 example of the scarce Royal Army Chaplain Department cap badge. The badge features a Maltese cross surrounded by a wreath which is surmounted with a kings crown. On the cross is the inscription 'In This Sign Conquer'. The two brass blades to the rear are still intact. A fantastic example of this rare badge. Free postage
Royal Army Ordance Corp Plastic Economy Cap Badge A fine wartime example of a plastic economy cap badge of the Royal Army Ordannce Corps cap badge in great condition. The reverse is marked 'MMMC'. A guaranteed wartime cap badge on excellent condition. Free postage.
Royal artillery association benevolent fund badge A fine example of the plastic Royal Artillery Association Benevolent Fund badge in excellent condition. As with the majority of these badges, the rear features a pin and clasp and is marked 'Edward Brindley, Africa House, London'. A fine example of this badge. Free postage.
Royal Artillery Officers Battledress Blouse Dated 1943 A lovely example of a 1940 pattern (austerity) battledress blouse with original insignia to a second lieutenant of the Royal Artillery. This blouse came along with a number of other items which have been stored away in a trunk since the late 1940s. This blouse still retains its original label and is marked as a size 9 which was made during 1943 by T Ginsberg, an uncommon maker. The blouse features the 'early' brown buttons which are always more sort after than the green variety and a chromium plated waist buckle. Both sleeves retain their original insignia. The Royal Artillery shoulder titles are embroidered and the aos stripes are felt. On each epaulette is one pip which is khaki back on red felt. The condition of this jacket is fantastic as can be seen in the photographs. The lining is good and the collar fasteners are in place. There is one rust spot/hole however near the collar fasteners. Overall a super wartime issued battledress blouse with lovely original insignia.
Royal Artillery Officers Forage Cap A good example of the British Army Officers private purchase field service cap as worn in both World Wars. This example most likely dates from the Second World War as it came with a grouping of officers clothing from that period. The construction is typical of private purchase caps being made from a Barathea wool and a velvet lining around the inside edge. It also features two Officer pattern Royal Artillery buttons to the front as well as two holes where the RA badge would have originally been mounted. The inside bares the makers name 'Berks and Sons'. The condition is good although there is a moth nip near to the top of the cap on one side. The lining protector also has a rip to it, but this does not attract from the way it displays.
Royal Engineers Lieutenant Colonels Battledress Blouse Dated 1943 A nice original wartime Canadian made battledress blouse with original insignia to a Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Engineers attached to 21st Army Group HQ. 21st Army Group HQ was the British headquarters formation in Normandy which was in charge of 1st Canadian Army and British 2nd Army as well as other supporting units. The original owner of this blouse would have worked within the HQ section along with famous names such as Dempsey and Montgomery and would have been very well positioned to see the battle of Normandy and the subsequent push into the continent unfold. The pip and crown featured on both shoulders are very nice flat examples with the correct blue backing for Royal Engineers. The shoulder titles are nice embroidered examples and the 21st Army Group patch is a high quality example which is heavily embroidered. The arm of service stripes are again genuine examples but this time of the standard quality used by all ranks. The blouse is nicely marked inside as a good size 13. It is also clearly dated 1943 and retains it WD arrow surround by a 'C' which denotes Canadian manufacture. The condition of this blouse is reasonable for its age but it does have a some moth damage, as can be seen in the photographs. The main areas affected are the front of the blouse which I have photographed as well as a sizable hole to the side of the blouse. One of the front buttons is also somewhat corroded. This has been taken into consideration when the item was priced. All together, a nice blouse with wonderful original insignia which displays well despite some damage.
Royal Engineers Officers Battledress Blouse Dated 1943 A 1943 dated example of the British army 1940 pattern (austerity) battledress blouse with Royal Engineers insignia and captains pips. The blouse is a good size 9 as can be seen from the label and will fit up to 40" chest. The blouse also has the WD stamp and the letter N above it which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The blouse features the 'early' brown horn buttons often sort after by collectors. It also has the correct waist buckle. Each sleeve features Royal Engineers embroidered shoulder titles, printed 21st Army Group patches and Royal Engineers arm of service stripes. Each shoulder has three pips denoting captain. The shoulder titles are both damaged, particularly on one side. The overall condition of the blouse is good, the lining being in very good condition. The serge is also in good condition but had had some moth damage. This has been taken into account when pricing this blouse. A nicely badged Normandy period blouse which displays very well.
Royal Engineers Sergeants Web Set A nice British Army 1937 pattern webbing set which has been put together to represent a staff sergeant in the Royal Enginners. This set comprises of a 1937 pattern belt with brass buckles, a 1943 dated pistol holster, 1943 dated water bottle sleeve, wartime drivers pouch, 1943 dated brace attachment and a pair of wartime cross straps. There is no date on the belt and it is most likely post war, but I'm confident that all the other pieces are wartime. War dated belts are very hard to find now and command a high price! All the webbing matches nicely and has a used washed out look. This set would undoubted display very nicely. Ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike!
Royal Engineers Training Memorandum Pamplet 1946 A nice example from the series of Royal Engineers Training Memorandum books published throughout the war. This particular example is from the immediate post-war period being dated October 1946. It has a home made cover for it which was obviously done at the time to prevent any damage to the cover. Complete with many pictures and diagrams. Free postage.
Royal Horse Guards Cloth Shoulder Titles A nice original pair of Royal Horse Guards Shoulder titles.
Royal Navy Medical Officers Greatcoat A beautiful example of a Royal Navy Officers private purchase greatcoat with naval branch epaulettes. The coat is made by J. Levy & Co. Portsmouth who were one of the main tailors for the Royal Navy for many years. Brass kings crown naval buttons feature on the coat as well as shoulder boards of gold bullion with a purple band which denotes medical branch. The construction of this coat and the materials used are certainly pre-war in appearance. The inverted sleeve lining is typical of early pieces and the graphics of the label also look very early. Naval tailors did make their clothes in a very traditional way so it could be as late as Second World War, which is quite possible. Based on the buttons alone however it is certainly pre 1952. The condition of the coat is fantastic. The heavy Melton cloth is beautiful and he lining shows very limited signs of ever having ever being worn. The coat will fit up to a 42" chest.
Royal Norfolk Regiment Swagger Stick A nice clean example of a post 1936 Royal Norfolk Regiment swagger stick.
Royal Tank Regiment Cap Badge (Queens Crown) A nice example of a post 1953 Royal Tank Regiment cap badge with brass back plate.
Scarce 1939 Pattern Leather Cartridge Pouch (1) A scarce example of the 1939 pattern emergency equipment cartridge carrier in a light brown leather. This pattern of equipment was a stop-gap issued to second line troops and Home Guard troops so that the new 1937 web equipment could be sent to those at the front. This example is the lighter brown shade which was manfactured and bares the crows foot WD mark inside. There is also just visible a makers mark and date but these are sadly too worn to read. In A1 condition, this would be hard to better!
Scarce 1939 Pattern Leather Cartridge Pouch (2) A scarce example of the 1939 pattern emergency equipment cartridge carrier in a light brown leather. This pattern of equipment was a stop-gap issued to second line troops and Home Guard troops so that the new 1937 web equipment could be sent to those at the front. This example is a slightly darker shade of brown than the other I have listed, though it is worth remembering that they would have been issued in different shades. In A1 condition, this would be hard to better!
Scarce 1943 Dated Civil Defence ARP 59 Battledress Blouse A fantastic and hard to find wartime example of the Civil Defence ARP 59 Battledress blouse which is clearly dated 1943. This blouse is not to be confused with the much more common post war Civil Defence Battledress blouse which is a much lighter shade of navy blue. This rare jacket still retains its orignal label which has the date 1943 on it as well as the size No.6. The blouse will fit a 36" chest and a 32" waist comfortably. Below the original label is the WD stamp which is surmounted with the letter N which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The blouse has clearly been issued and worn but is still in remarkably good condition for an item which is over 70 years old. On the left breast pocket is the remenants of the stitching which would have held the round CD breast pocket badge and on the arms can be seen where shoulder titles were previously sewn on. This jacket would be ideal for a home front or civil defence collector who is looking for an authentic wartime blouse.
Scarce 1944 Dated 'Trousers, Camouflaged White' A scarce pair of 1944 dated 'Trousers, Camouflaged White' dated 1944 in excellent condition. These rare trousers were issued to numerous units during the Second World War including mountain troops and British Airborne in the Arden. They are made from a lightweight cotton which was favoured by soldiers at the time as it fits easily over Battledress and is quick drying. This particular example are in mint un-issued condition and still retain their original label which carries a clear 1944 date. Overall, a fantastic pair of rare trousers which would be ideal for the British Army collector or re-enactor!
Scarce 1944 Dated Indian Made Monsoon Cape A very nice original example of the scarce Indian made Monsoon cape in excellent condition. This rare cape is synonymous with the campaign in the Far East and was worn by both the British Army and the RAF who fought there. This example belonged to an LAC in the RAF and has been stored in his kit bag for the last 70 odd years! The cape is clearly dated 1944 in two separate places. One is the standard circular stamp seen on all Indian made items which denotes March as the month of manufacture, whilst the other stamp is a more plain stamp which reads S.S.1944. The cape retains all of its original buttons although some are chipped around the edges. It has two slits on either side to allow the arms to be passed through which also have buttons. The overall condition of the cape is very good for its age but it does shows signs of wear consummate with its age. Overall, a very rare and iconic cape which is clearly dated and days extremely well. A must have for the British Army collector!
Scarce Original 1941 Pattern 'Flap Type' Mae West A very rare item to find these days - An original RAF 1941 Pattern 'Flap Type' Mae West as used by RAF aircrews in the early half of the Second World War. This rare life jacket has its original label inside which states 'Type Flap, Size Medium'. Above this is the words 'Serial Number' followed by a space for the owner name, which has never been filled in. Whilst the label states 'Flap Type', there is no flap present on the Mae West. These were more often than not removed as they would snag on the inside of aircraft and could also get wrapped about the head of an airman who had ditched, resulting in drowning. Below the label can be seen a black ink stamp of the Air Ministry crown as well as the letters AM. Below this is a contract/stores number. The stamp has survived and makes it clear that this is an authentic Air Ministry issue item. The Mae West features all of its leg straps, tying tapes, grab handles and original buttons. There is a floating torch pocket on the right hang side, a dye-marker/florescent flap to the other hip, a heliograph pocket and a CO2 inflation lever pocket which are all standard features of the 1941 Pattern Mae West. The rear of the life jacket features a brass 'Aero' zip which is an original period example. Inside are a set of high quality reproduction Kapoks from Steve Kiddle at Pegasus Militaria. The kapoks help to give the Mae West its proper shape and are authentically AM stamped etc so that on opening the flap zip everything looks 100% authentic. Whilst the flap is missing, this is still an early 1941 Pattern Mae West clearly marked up as a 'Flap Type'. Flap Type examples come onto the market very rarely and this is a good solid example. Please note that the dummy bladder tube is not included with the sale of this Mae West.
Scarce Original First Pattern Denim Battledress Trousers as used by the Home Guard A rare pair of the first pattern of British Army denim trousers as used by the British soldier throughout the Second World War for fatigues. These first pattern examples feature the same design as the early 'Battledress, Serge' trousers with a single pleat dressing pocket, covered buttons on both front and rear pockets, belt loops to the waist, and tab adjusters to the bottom of the trousers. As well as this they feature brass buttons throughout. This pattern was soon simplified and most of the distinguishing features were removed. These early examples are now very scarce as they were widely issued throughout the war and still seen in use regularly in Normandy. The trousers are in good condition showing only light signs of wear. There are a couple of stains to the front of the left leg and a small hall to the rear but they are very clean apart from that. At some point they have been shortened by about 2" but they have only been tacked up loosely, so can easily be returned to their original state. They are a very large size pair of trousers of approximately a 38" waist. These trousers were issued large though as they were designed to be worn over the battledress uniform. These are also the correct pattern of denim battledress for Home Guard. The Home Guard was issued denim battledress in the early stages of its formation as there weren't enough stocks of battledress to issue them with. As this was in 1940, the only correct pair of denim trousers for a Home Guard display are these first pattern examples. A very rare pair of trousers in very good original condition. These would compliment any British Army or Home Guard collection and it would be hard to find a better pair.
Scarce Original WW2 ATS Platstic Economy Cap Badge A scarce example of the plastic economy ATS cap badge in excellent condition. The plastic slider to the reverse is intact and maker marked 'JR. And L Ltd'. A guaranteed wartime badge in fantastic condition. Free postage.
Scarce Original WW2 RAF OA Shirt A scarce original example of an RAF Ordinary Airman's collarless shirt as worn from before the Second World War and on into the 1950s. This shirt is a darker blue than the RAF officers shirts which are often on the open market and are much rarer. It is the correct shirt to be worn with both the Ordinary Airman's 4 pocket tunic as well as the battledress uniform. This particular example dates from the early part of the Second World War which can be deduced from the serial number 1535208 which is written inside and dates to 1941. The owners name 'Hinchliffe' is also written in ink inside the shirt above the serial number. The shirt is the correct tunic-front type worn during in the Second World War. These were replaced soon after the end of hostilities with a full button front type and are now very hard to find. The shirt is a good size and the collar is roughly a 15" possibly a bit bigger and all the original buttons are intact. The condition of the shirt is very good for its age and it displays very nicely indeed. This shirt has been issued however so there may be marks or wear consistent with this, although none that are that obvious to me. Overall and excellent and rare shirt from the early war period which would be ideal for any WW2 RAF Sergeant collection, or indeed ground crew impression.
Scarce Plastic Economy Air Training Corps Cap Badge A scarce example of the Air Training Corps Plastic cap badge in excellent condition. The reverse of the badge has the makers stamp 'A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall' as well as 1A stamped to the upper portion. There are also two brass blades on the back which are used to secure the badge to a hat. As can be seen I the photographs, this rare badge is in excellent condition. A must have for the plastic economy cap badge collector! Free UK P+P
Scarce Small Size WW2 Period RAF Pilots Wing A fine example of the rare small size RAF pilot wing in great original condition. These wings were worn by Foreign pilots who trained in the Royal Air Force before returning to fly with their own air forces. These are often seen worn by Czechs and Poles as well as with USAAF pilots. I have attached two original period photographs for reference only. The first shows as USAAF pilot with a miniature RAF wing on his right breast, the second shows a Polish pilot with the same thing. A very rare badge in excellent condition. A must have for the RAF collector! Free postage.
Scare 1945 Dated British Army MK IV 'Turtle' Helmet A Rare wartime example of the British Army MK IV 'Turtle' helmet with original war dated liner. This helmet was made by Briggs Motor Bodies which were one of the more prolific manufactures of British Army helmets during the war. The 'BMB' stamp can just be made out inside the helmet but sadly I cannot see the date. This helmet has clearly never been tampered with though so is almost certainly a 1945 example. The liner is also marked BMB and dated 1945 with a 7 below this denoting the size. The chin strap is the one piece elastic version whuch is correct for this pattern of helmet and in good condition. The helmet has its correct sand texture finish and has been over painted just on the outside at some point. The colour used is only slightly darker than the original colour inside and is exactly what I would expect to see on a 1945 dated example. Genuine war dated examples of MK IV helmets are scarce to come by at all, especially in such exceptional condition!
Single RAF Sgt Stipe A single wartime example of an RAF SGT stripe as worn by both Aircrew ad Ground Crew. This stripe is the correct black backed wartime pattern rather than the blue backed post-war pattern and is a guaranteed original. Single SGT stripes were often worn on the Suits Aircrew Blouse and War Service Dress blouse as it was a working dress, and this would be ideal for that. In good issued condition, this stripe would be ideal to add to a uniform or as part of a badge collection. Free UK P+P
Single WW2 Period RAF Brass Flight Sergeant Crown A single brass RAF flight sergeant crown which would be ideal for a battledress uniform with a single stripes. Complete with an original period backing plate an brass retaining pin. Free UK Postage
South Staffs Home Guard Group Photograph A nice original Home Guard froup photograph depicting C company 20th battalion South Staffordshire Home Guard in 1942. A nice original wartime photograph in good condition.
The Battle of Britian August - October 1940 Pamphlet A first edition of 'The Battle of Britain August - October 1940' printed in 1941. Overall good condition of this 75 year old publication.
Tropical KD RAF Wireless Operators Badge An original ww2 period raf tropical pattern wireless operators arm badge as worn on the khaki drill uniform. Perfect condition with just a small mark to the rear where it has most likely been mounted on a badge board at some stage. Free UK Postage
Type 48 Microphone An excellent example of the Type 48 Microphone as used with the G-type Oxygen mask during the Second World War. This mic is completely un-issued and still retains its original stores tag and gauze plate. This would truly be hard to better!
Upper Thames Patrol Cap Badge Upper Thames Patrol Cap Badge, believed to be a re-strike.
US Army Shelter Half Dated 1945 A complete example of the US Army Shelter Half or 'Pup Tent' as used during the Second World War. This example comes complete with its Wooden pegs and peg bag, Wooden poles and duffle bag to store it all in. The canvas is clearly dated 1945 and bares the makers name. Good overall condition.
War Service Dress Blouse, New Pattern - Size 12. A good example of the post World War Two ' War Service Dress, New Pattern' RAF battledress blouse. The blouse features two black bakerlite kings crown buttons to each breast pocket and a cavalry cuff on each sleeve as well as its original RAF insignia denoting the rank of LAC. The original label is still intact inside the jacket and states the jacket as being a size No. 12 which will fit a 37-38" chest and a 34" waist. The overall condition of the jacket is very good but there are a few moth holes, mainly to the rear of the jacket. All in all, a good RAF battledress blouse which would suit the collector and re-enactor equally well.
Wehrmacht Officers Peaked Cap An excellent example of a Wehrmacht Officers peaked cap brought back at the end of the Second World War as a trophy by a DSM winner. Excellent all round condition with no signs of moth or excessive wear. Missing one button and a small amount of wear to the bullion on the cap badge.
WW1 1913 Pattern Remington Bayonet Dated 1916 Home Guard A good example of the 1913 pattern American made bayonet by Remington which was used with the British P13 and P14 .303 rifles during the Great War. These bayonets also saw extensive service in the Second World War with the Home Guard. This particular example is clearly dated 6 16 denoting June 1916 as the year of manufacture. The blade is exceptional and still retains much of its original bluing finish. The wooden handle is good and has the correct grooves to it which is standard on this pattern. The scabbard is a nice pre 1915 example with the tear drop pommel rather than the later circular examples more commonly found. All in all a nice bayonet which would be ideal for the Home Guard collector or re-enactor.
WW2 Air Ministry Marked Binoculars A nice but well used pair of Air Ministry Marked Binoculars as used by Coastal Command during the Second World War. These binoculars are nicely marked to the rear with a crown and the AM stamp. The overall condition is good but there are areas which are missing paint, as can be seen in the pictures. The lenses are clear but do have some spotting to them. These goggles come complete with their original leather strap which I have applied a coat of leather feed to. A nicely marked pair of wartime binoculars, ideal for the RAF collector.
WW2 American Made RAF Officers Service Dress Jacket and Trousers Named To a Pilot A fantastic and very rare example of an American made RAF officers service dress named to a flight lieutenant Philip H Ogden. Please may I point out that this IS a guaranteed wartime service dress that features the four button front. When photographing the tunic I left the belt over the bottom button by mistake! This uniform would have been made for Flt/Lt Ogden whilst he was stationed in the United States, most likely as part of the 'Empire Training Scheme'. The tunic is beautifully made and features a lovely set of padded kings crown pilots wings as well as brass kings crown buttons and a brass belt buckle. Inside the jacket is lined with rayon as was common in the 1940s. Below one of the inside pockets is the original makers label which reads 'Master Tailored Clothes' and is typically American in design. The trousers on this set are the really amazing part being tailored to the same pattern as American Officers trousers. With two rear pockets (one button, one open) a brass 'lightening' zipper and belt loops, these are clearly American. The buttons are also typical of American officers uniforms. The uniform is on the smaller side but does have a generous inside leg. Below are some measurements taken with the uniform laid flat - Chest:36" Waist: 30" Inside leg: 32". The overall condition of this set is fantastic as can be seen in the photographs. It has been worn though and has the odd nick here and there, as is to be expected with an issued uniform. All in all, a truely spectacular and scarce American made example of this uniform which is named and features a cracking set of wings!
WW2 Army Cadet Force Plastic Lapel Badge A good original example of the Army Cadet Force plastic economy lapel badge worn during WW2 by cadets. The rear of the badge features a small pommel to secure onto the button hole of a suit jacket and is maker marked 'A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall'. A good orignal example of this wartime made badge. Free postage.
WW2 British Army Forage Cap Side Hat With Purple Flash A nice example of an early World War Two British Army Forage cap in a medium -large size. The cap has had a purple section stitched in at some point in its life but it would be simple to remove if you so wished. The condition of the cap is very good with no signs of moth. The cap has two small general service buttons to the front which have been heavily polished. Inside the cap is soiled from wear as they usually are but is still in good usable condition. The makers stamp and date are still visible although sadly no longer legible. The hat is a good medium - large size. I would estimate around a 7 1/8 - 7 1/4. Overall a great hat which displays well and would be ideal for the collector and reenactor alike.
WW2 British Army MT Goggles With Clear Lenses And Box A good original pair of British Army MT goggles and box as worn by drives, tank crews, dispatch riders and more throughout the Second World War. These particular goggles are the more sort after examples with clear lenses. The condition of the goggles is good; the strap retains all of its original elascity and the leather work is in excellent condition. The frames are good too but the lense have delaminated a lot, as is common with these googles. The two metal adjusters on the strap have corroded badly also. These goggles come complete with their original hardboard box which is in a1 condition. Overall, a good pair of goggles which display well, Priced with the condition in mind.
WW2 Canadian Red Cross Society Leather Jerkin A rare Canadian Red Cross Society Leather Jerkin made from leather off cuts to create a patchwork effect. These Canadian Red Cross Society jerkins were made as comforts for the troops. particularity prisoners of war. The jerkin features a hidden pop stud at the top of he garment to secure it closed and another two on the waist belt. The original label is still present and clear stating: Gift of the Canadian Red Cross Society. This jerkin has very little sign of wear and has clearly always been looked after and stored. A very rare item and a must have for the Prisoner of War collector!
WW2 Civil Defence Leather Anklets A good original pair of Civil Defence pattern anklets as used during the Second World War. This pair are undated but identical to World War Two pattern if not manufactured during the war years. A good original pair of anklets, ideal for the Home Front re-enactor or collector.
WW2 Era British Army Cap Comforter A nice original undated example of the British Army cap comforter in the sought-after light khaki shade. These hats were issued to all men serving in the British Army and were carried in the small pack. They could be worn tucked into the greatcoat as a scarf or folded to make a hat, the style of which is now synonymous with the Commandos. The overall condition is good and the hat has clearly never been issued. There are numerous moth nips across the item however and this has been reflected in the price. It still displays well. All in all, a good original example of a British Army Cap Comforter in the sough-after light shade. Free UK postage.
WW2 Era British Army Officers Shirt by 'Tabard' An original WW2 era British Army officers shirt made by 'Tabard' in excellent condition. This private purchase shirt is typical of those used by officers during the Second World War being made from a lightweight brushed cotton a featuring two breast pockets, epaulettes and a spear-point collar. The shirt retains its original label which reads 'Tabard Made In England' and is in clean condition which leads me to believe that this shirt has only ever had light wear - if any at all. The collar is stamped inside with the size 14 1/2 and all the original buttons are present with the exception of 1 sleeve button. The overall condition of the shirt is fantastic and it looks to have only had limited wear. There are a couple of very small marks to the front of the shirt which are hardly noticeable and one large mark to the right sleeve. Aside from this it is in excellent condition. All together, a lovely original period British Army officers shirt which would be ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike.
WW2 Pattern RAF Officers Khaki Drill Tunic Dated 1953 A very good example of an RAF Officers Khaki Drill tunic dated 1953 but identical to wartime pattern in every way. The tunic follows the same pattern the RAF started using in before the Second World War. It features two pleated chest pockets, two bellows pockets on the skirt, a cavalry cuff, a waist belt with brass buckle and a full set of brass Kings crown buttons. This jacket was made 'Flights' who were considered one of the better tailors at the time and this is reflected in the quality of the jacket. Inside is the original tailors label which states the jacket as being made for a P/O K. Duffield 4113926 and is dated 25/2/1953. The jacket has removable shoulder pads which are held in with three pop studs which is a nice period feature to the jacket. The overall condition of the jacket is fantastic as can be seen in the photographs. The jacket looks to be unworn as it is still extremely fresh showing now signs of wear and certainly no damage. Overall an excellent example of an RAF Officers Khaki Drill Tunic which although dated 1953 would make a perfect substitute for a wartime example and would look excellent in a collection or for re-enactment purposes.
WW2 Pattern RAF Officers Khaki Drill Tunic Dated 1953 (2) Identical to the tunic listed above but missing its buttons and belt buckle.
WW2 Pattern RAF Trousers O.A Dated 1951. Size 23 An excellent example of RAF OA trousers dated 1951 but identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and nice and clear. It states 'Trousers O.A. Size 23' which will fit up to a 35" waist. the 1951 date can be seen to the bottom right of the label. The trousers are in excellent condition showing no signs of wear or moth damage. Overall a fantastic pair of trousers which display very well and would suit the collector and re-enactor alike!
WW2 Period Brass RAF Flight Sergeant Crowns Original WW2 period RAF flight sergeant brass rank crowns with original pins and backing plates. These crowns were worn on both the four pocket OA tunic and the Battledress blouse by aircrew and ground crew above the Sgt stripes on each arm. Slightly mismatched our as the lugs are vertical on one and horizontal on the other but still display nicely together. These badges are often found as slightly mis-matched pairs and were almost certainly issued this way. A nice original set ideal for a badge collector or someone who wants to badge up a uniform with original badges.
WW2 Period Brass RAF Flight Sergeant Crowns Original WW2 period RAF flight sergeant brass rank crowns with original pins and backing plates. These crowns were worn on both the four pocket OA tunic and the Battledress blouse by aircrew and ground crew above the Sgt stripes on each arm. Slightly mismatched our as the lugs are vertical on one and horizontal on the other but still display nicely together. These badges are often found as slightly mis-matched pairs and were almost certainly issued this way. A nice original set ideal for a badge collector or someone who wants to badge up a uniform with original badges. Free UK Postage
WW2 Period RAF Greatcoat Rank Boards - Flying Officer An original wartime pair of RAF Officers greatcoat rank boards with the insignia for Flying Officer. The boards come complete with their original buttons and the rank tape is original to the boards, not a later addition. Good overall condition which would look great in a collection or on a period greatcoat. Free UK Postage.
WW2 Period RAF Ground Gunner Trade Badge An original Second World War era RAF Ground Gunner trade badge in excellent condition. This would look great in a collection or added to a period uniform. Free UK Postage
WW2 Period RAF Warrat Officers Peaked Cap One of the rarest items of wartime RAF headgear - This RAF officers peaked cap is fresh to the market. The cap features a brass Warrant Officers cap badge to the front which is the pre 1953 Kings crown pattern as well as a black peak rather than the cloth peak of RAF officers caps. The cap also has the green underside of the peak which is often associated with an early cap. Inside the cap retains its original makers label - 'L. Silberston & Sons Ltd' who were one of the more prolific hat makers of the period. The sweatband has been marked 'Ellis' as well as 22F/369 in ink. There is another mark which looks like it could be a date but sadly it is illegible. The cap is a small - medium size of around 6 7/8 - 7. The overall condition of the hat is very good indeed. Although the cap has clearly been worn, it has no serious signs of wear and was clearly looked after. There is some crazing to the peak as can be seen in the pictures but this is the only real issue and doesn't detract from how the cap displays. A rare original wartime hat which would compliment any RAF collection.
WW2 Period RAF Wireless Operator Trade Badge An original WW2 era tombstone shaped RAF wireless operators trade badge. This original WW2 period badge appears to be in-issued and is in excellent condition. Free UK Postage
WW2 Period RAF Wireless Operator Trade Badge, oval shape A nice WW2 period example of the wireless operators trade badge. This example is an oval shape and features deep cream embroidery . A very nice original badge. Free UK Postage.
WW2 Period Wing Commanders Mess Dress A smashing example of a 1940s RAF officers mess dress which almost certainly belonged to Wing Commander Lloyd Julius Joel DFC and Bar of No.55 Squadron. This uniform sadly does not bare his name anywhere but is almost certainly his as it came with the named 1944 dated officers tunic and bares the same rank. 1940s Offixer Mess Dress isn't particularly common as it was banned during the war. I would date this set as being made immediately post war based on the tailoring, materials and the Kings crown buttons. A lovely set of miniature Kings crown pilot wings are located on the lapel and below are loops which would have had his medals mounted on at one time. As with his wartime tunic the medal ribbons have sadly been removed, but if you view his post war tunic also listed on Blighty Militaria you should get a good idea of which medals he would have worn. This mess dress is in fine condition for its age and was clearly well looked after. Being a best uniform it would never have had excessive wear. The only flaw it two moth nips to the back of the jacket which can be seen in the photographs. The trousers are a nice high waisted cavalry cut compete with leather straps and buckles to the bottom. The buttons are inscribed 'J Plumb 117 Victoria Street SW' which identifies the maker. The waistcoat is in fine condition and retains all of its orignal brass Kings crown buttons. This set also comes complete with its original cummerbund which is in good condition with evidence of having been altered to fit a bigger waist at some point in time. A nice item often missing from these sets. Overall a fantastic condition RAF officers mess dress attributed to a high ranking DFC winner. This would compliment any RAF collection and would be hard to better in my opinion.
WW2 RAF Combined Pattern Flying Suit Stole/bladder A very nice unissued example of the cotton stole which fits into the early war RAF Combined Pattern Flying Suit. The cotton exterior is in great condition with no signs of wear or aging. All the stitching also appears to be in perfect order and all the buttons are present. This stole features brass buttons which at first glance would appear to be standard early war brass buttons but are in fact a unique pattern with a dished back and are a heavy casting than the standard buttons. A rare item in exemplary condition.
WW2 RAF Identity Disc Trio To E.P Towers RAFVR A nice orignal WW2 identity disc trio name to E.P Towers 173805 RAFVR who served as an officer in the RAF during the war. The third identity disc of the trio bares a different number, 1339052, his number before gaining his commission. Some of E.P Towers other items are listed here separately. A nice trio worthy of further research.
WW2 Royal Artillery Officers Greatcoat A good wartime example of the British Army Officers Greatcoat with Royal Artillery buttons. This overcoat sadly has no label present but did come with a Royal Artillery officers kit which was all wartime. It is the correct wartime pattern and features kings crowns buttons also. The overall condition is very good and the coat displays well. There are a few signs of moth, no doubt from its years languishing in a suitcase. The damage is not extensive by any means and this has been factored into the price. Overall a nice officers greatcoat, ideal for the reenactor and collector alike.
WW2 Royal Engineers Plastic Economy Cap Badge An original ww2 plastic economy example of the Royal Engineers cap badge in excellent condition. The rear of the badge has both its brass sliders intact and is maker marked 'A. Stanley & Sons, Walsall'. A guaranteed original wartime badge in excellent condition. Free postage.