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WW1 Zeppelin / The Eagle Hut interest; A 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife Made From Part Of German Zeppelin L.15 Brought Down In The Thames Estuary On The Night Of 31st March 1916 Presented To Mrs Frederick Braund From Workers At The Eagle Hut 1918 & Stand. - 14565
The WW1 German Zeppelin L-15 combat airship was 536 feet long and could carry a two-ton bomb load. After its commissioning in September 1915 it conducted eight scouting missions and three raids. On its last mission it was brought down in the Thames Estuary in the early hours of 1 April 1916 (night of the 31st March). The story of her capture was given in the official communiques as follows. On the morning of April 1st the Admiralty announced: “During the night a damaged Zeppelin was observed to come down off the Thames estuary ; on being approached by our patrol- vessels she surrendered ; the crew were taken off her, and she was taken in tow, but she subsequently broke up and sank.” Later, the War Office stated : “ The Zeppelin reported by the Admiralty to have fallen into the sea was the ‘L 15.’ She was hit by gun-fire while over the Eastern Counties, the shell striking the upper part of the ship near the tail. After being hit she quickly dropped to a lower altitude, well down by the tail, and finally came down into the sea off the coast of Kent”. The task of rescuing the crew of the wrecked airship fell to the steam-trawler “Olivine” commanded by Lieut. W. R. Macintosh, R.N.R. One account states that the Zeppelin was observed .at about 3: 3o a.m. on April 1st floating on the sea, with the crew on top of the envelope. As the Olivine approached they held up their hands in sign of surrender, and were taken on board. There were 2 officers and 17 men ; one man had been drowned when the airship fell into the sea. Later, the survivors were transferred to another ship, which landed them at Chatham (A contemporary image of the Zeppelin L.15 before being shot down and a contemporary newspaper article drawing of the Olivine recuing crew from the downed L.15 are illustrated in image 3). This 'Trench-Art' Paper Knife was contemporarily made from part of the L.15 wreck. Made of lightweight alloy and copper it measures 10¼” overall length. The blade is inscribed on one side " Part Of Zeppelin L.15 Brought Down In Thames Estuary Night Of 31st March 1916", and the reverse inscribed "To Mrs Frederick Braund. A Remembrance From Workers At The Eagle Hut, Strand, October 1918", (The Eagle Hut was the YMCA that provided British and American servicemen away from home in the UK with a place to eat, drink, relax and write letters home. The Hut served around 2 million meals between August 1917 and August 1919, and was run by 800 volunteers, mostly women. The letter opener comes with its wood desk top presentation stand presentation stand which is 13 ¼” x 2 ¾” x 1 ¾”.The base of the stand has 4 pinned white ball feet. The price for this piece of WW1 history includes UK delivery. Sn 14565
£795.00

WW2 1939 Battle Of Britain Era Royal Air Force 'B' Type Leather Flying Helmet By Frank Bryan Size 6 1/2"-6 3/4". Sn 14480 - 14480
A WW2 Battle Of Britain era, un-touched condition Air Ministry 'B' type flying helmet, complete with large maker label. The helmet leather is in a very supple condition, showing very light honest service use only and now appearing dark tan / brown in colour. It is sized inside on a label to 6 1/2" - 6 3/4". All straps and buckles are present and in good matching order. The interior of helmet shows light use, wear. It has a silk maker label present giving details "Size 1 6 1/2" to 6 3/4 A.M. 22c-65 Made by Frank Bryan Limited London & Worcester 1939". Below this is an ink stamp with "Aid GT9" inside a circle. In all an excellent helmet, becoming harder to find especially in this condition. The archetypal WW2 RAF flying helmet, much used during the ’Battle of Britain’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14480
£395.00

WW2 Battle of Britain Desk Identification Spitfire & Bristol Blenheim Along With Pilot Posing With a Two Blade Propeller. Sn 14407 - 14407
WW2 Battle of Britain Desk identification Spitfire & Bristol Blenheim along with pilot posing with a two blade propeller. The first identification desk aeroplane is a chromed brass Spitfire on a lightning bolt stand. It is in very good original condition. It has a wing span of 5 3/4" and stands 5 1/4" high. The second is a chromed brass Bristol Blenheim Light fighter / bomber, also on a similar lightening bolt stand. It has a wing span of 8 3/4" and stands 6 3/4" high. The figure is a typical WW2 British pilot in flying kit with a pose holding a two bladed propeller. The figure maybe resin but is finished with an alloy paint. It stands 11" high. The three desk display items would make a great gift and would make a very nice desk display. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14407
£295.00

Original, WW1 Era Royal Flying Corps (RFC) 2 Tail Message Streamer With Message Pocket & Original Weight. Sn 13335 - 13335
These streamers with 2 tails were made from stitched segments of coloured cloth with a small pocket at the end to take the message and a weight. They were dropped from aircraft By RFC Pilots over aerodromes and troops in the trenches in order to supply reconnaissance information to those on the ground. Examples of these streamers can be seen at Hawking, RAF Hendon, RAF Cosford Aerospace museums and also at the warfare museum within Edinburgh Castle. This example has an overall length of 52” and the tails are 4 /14” wide. It has the correct message pocket with button which contains its original iron weight. There are no visible date or manufacturer marks on the streamer or weight. All material and stitching are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13335
£225.00

WW2 Royal Air Force 'Bakelite' Recognition Model of a German Heinkel HE III MK V. Sn 13246:1 - 13246:1
During WW2, from late 1940, models were used extensively in aircraft recognition training programs. Models were of prime importance not only for their versatility in teaching but, as with enemy aircraft, they were often the only subjects ready available for the camera. Most of these models were made of wood, but also Bakelite and Buckram (a cloth like material mixed with a binder and pressed into a mould similar to a water-based version of ‘glass-fibre’ resin moulding) was being used. They were usually produced in 1/72 scale following the lead already set by the Sky Birds and Penguin models. Compared to the Penguins they were crude and less detailed, but that was satisfactory for identification purposes. They were usually painted in matt-black or matt-grey, an appropriate colour, as a real aircraft would appear in this manner when viewed from a distance. This is a Bakelite model of a German Heinkel HE III MK V and is finished in matt black. If there was an aircraft that had done more damage regarding strategic bombing during the Battle of Britain, it was the Heinkel He 111. The Heinkel He 111 was a German aircraft designed by Siegfried and Walter Günter at Heinkel Flugzeugwerke in 1934. Through development it was described as a "wolf in sheep's clothing" because the project masqueraded the machine as civilian transport, though from conception the Heinkel was intended to provide the nascent Luftwaffe with a fast medium bomber. Perhaps the best-recognised German bomber due to the distinctive, extensively glazed "greenhouse" nose of later versions, the Heinkel He 111 was the most numerous Luftwaffe bomber during the early stages of World War II. The bomber fared well until the Battle of Britain, when its weak defensive armament was exposed. The model would have been used by both RAF and the Royal Observer Corps as ground gun crews and observers also needed to positively identify enemy aircraft from a distance. Typically seen in films hanging in aircrew rooms and briefing rooms. These models didn't survive in great numbers. On the bottom it has a moulded "HE III MK V". It measures 13" wingspan. There is a small drilled hole through the centre of the fuselage which was to thread cord through to hang the model from the ceiling to replicate the model in flight. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13246:1
£275.00

WW2 Royal Air Force & Royal Observer Corps 'Bakelite' Recognition Model of a Boulton Paul Defiant. Sn 13248 - 13248
During WW2, from late 1940, models were used extensively in aircraft recognition training programs. Models were of prime importance not only for their versatility in teaching but, as with enemy aircraft, they were often the only subjects ready available for the camera. Most of these models were made of wood, but also Bakelite and Buckram (a cloth like material mixed with a binder and pressed into a mould similar to a water-based version of ‘glass-fibre’ resin moulding) was being used. They were usually produced in 1/72 scale following the lead already set by the Sky Birds and Penguin models. Compared to the Penguins they were crude and less detailed, but that was satisfactory for identification purposes. They were usually painted in matt-black or matt-grey, an appropriate colour, as a real aircraft would appear in this manner when viewed from a distance. This is a Bakelite model of a Bolton Paul Defiant and is finished in matt black. The Boulton Paul Defiant was a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a "turret fighter", without any forward-firing guns. It was a contemporary of the Royal Navy's Blackburn Roc. The concept of a turret fighter related directly to the successful First World War era Bristol F.2 Fighter. The model would have been used by both RAF and the Army as ground gun crews also needed to positively identify enemy aircraft from a distance. Typically seen in films hanging in aircrew rooms and briefing rooms. These models didn't survive in great numbers. On the bottom it has the word "Defiant" moulded on the underside. It measures 6 3/4" wingspan. There is a small drilled hole through the centre of the fuselage which was to thread cord through to hang the model from the ceiling to replicate the model in flight. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13248
£165.00

WW2 Royal Air Force & Royal Observer Corps 'Bakelite' Recognition Model of a Fairey Fulmar. Sn 13250:1 - 13250:1
During WW2, from late 1940, models were used extensively in aircraft recognition training programs. Models were of prime importance not only for their versatility in teaching but, as with enemy aircraft, they were often the only subjects ready available for the camera. Most of these models were made of wood, but also Bakelite and Buckram (a cloth like material mixed with a binder and pressed into a mould similar to a water-based version of ‘glass-fibre’ resin moulding) was being used. They were usually produced in 1/72 scale following the lead already set by the Sky Birds and Penguin models. Compared to the Penguins they were crude and less detailed, but that was satisfactory for identification purposes. They were usually painted in matt-black or matt-grey, an appropriate colour, as a real aircraft would appear in this manner when viewed from a distance. This is a Bakelite model of a Fairey Fulmar and is finished in matt black. The Fairey Fulmar was a British carrier-borne fighter aircraft that served with the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) during the Second World War. A total of 600 were built by Fairey Aviation at its Stockport factory between January 1940 and December 1942. The Fulmar's design was based on that of the earlier Fairey P.4/34 that was in turn developed in 1936 as a replacement for the Fairey Battle light bomber. Although its performance (like that of its Battle antecedent) was lacking, the Fulmar was a reliable, sturdy aircraft with long range and an effective armament of eight machine guns. The model would have been used by both RAF and the Army as ground gun crews also needed to positively identify enemy aircraft from a distance. Typically seen in films hanging in aircrew rooms and briefing rooms. These models didn't survive in great numbers. On the bottom it has the word "Fulmar" moulded on the underside. It measures 8" wingspan. There is a small drilled hole through the centre of the fuselage which was to thread cord through to hang the model from the ceiling to replicate the model in flight. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13250:1
£175.00

WW2 Royal Air Force & Royal Observer Corps 'Bakelite' Recognition Model of a German Junkers 88. Sn 13246 - 13246
During WW2, from late 1940, models were used extensively in aircraft recognition training programs. Models were of prime importance not only for their versatility in teaching but, as with enemy aircraft, they were often the only subjects ready available for the camera. Most of these models were made of wood, but also Bakelite and Buckram (a cloth like material mixed with a binder and pressed into a mould similar to a water-based version of ‘glass-fibre’ resin moulding) was being used. They were usually produced in 1/72 scale following the lead already set by the Sky Birds and Penguin models. Compared to the Penguins they were crude and less detailed, but that was satisfactory for identification purposes. They were usually painted in matt-black or matt-grey, an appropriate colour, as a real aircraft would appear in this manner when viewed from a distance. This is a Bakelite model of a German Junkers 88 and is finished in matt black. The Junkers Ju 88 was a German World War II Luftwaffe twin-engined multirole combat aircraft. Designed by Junkers Flugzeug- und Motorenwerke in the mid-1930s. The model would have been used by both RAF and the Army as ground gun crews also needed to positively identify enemy aircraft from a distance. Typically seen in films hanging in aircrew rooms and briefing rooms. These models didn't survive in great numbers. On the bottom it has a moulded "JU 88". It measures 10" wingspan. There is a small drilled hole through the centre of the fuselage which was to thread cord through to hang the model from the ceiling to replicate the model in flight. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13246
£225.00

Scarce WW2 Royal Air Force & Royal Observer Corps 'Buckram' Recognition Model of a Short Sterling. Sn 13252 - 13252
During WW2, from late 1940, models were used extensively in aircraft recognition training programs. Models were of prime importance not only for their versatility in teaching but, as with enemy aircraft, they were often the only subjects ready available for the camera. Most of these models were made of wood, but also Bakelite and Buckram (a cloth like material mixed with a binder and pressed into a mould similar to a water-based version of ‘glass-fibre’ resin moulding) was being used. They were usually produced in 1/72 scale following the lead already set by the Sky Birds and Penguin models. Compared to the Penguins they were crude and less detailed, but that was satisfactory for identification purposes. They were usually painted in matt-black or matt-grey, an appropriate colour, as a real aircraft would appear in this manner when viewed from a distance. This is a Buckram made model of a Short Sterling and is finished in matt black. The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of World War II. The model would have been used by both RAF and the Army as the Air Observer Corps and gun crews also needed to positively identify friendly aircraft from a distance. Typically seen in films hanging in aircrew rooms and briefing rooms. These models didn't survive in great numbers and as such this buckram model is scarce. On the bottom it has a sticker saying "Stirling" and a white painted "Mall 3". It measures 16" wingspan. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13252
£245.00

WW2 C1943 British RAF 1st Pattern Type E Airtex Lightweight Coastal Command / Tropical / Desert Unwired Air Crew Flying Helmet With Very Early ‘Bennett’ Buckles. Sn 12823 - 12823
These 1st type flying helmets were introduced in 1943. Their RAF Stores code was 22C/744-747 (see page 18 of the book ‘Luftwaffe vs RAF’ by Prodger). Made of lightweight beige coloured airtex material the helmets were used by RAF Desert/ Tropical and coastal command air crews. This example is clean and has the correct very early ‘Bennett’ buckles. . The rubber ear cups for comms are marked ‘10A/2266, All material is undamaged with just the service wear to be expected and all leather straps are present. There are no visible manufacturer, WD or date marks. The helmet is approx. UK size 6 ½. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12823
£295.00
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