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WW2 Nazi German Luftwaffe Model 306 Fliegerschutzbrille (Lietz) Fighter Pilot’s Flying Goggles With Tinted Anti- Glare Lenses. Sn 15339:5 - 15339:5
Model 306 goggles often referred to as Lietz goggles because of the famous German optical firm which manufactured many of the early examples used the same lenses as the model 295 but had separate rubber cushions and were adjustable by means of 2 small screws on the bridge. The advantage being that the focal point could be positioned correctly to avoid distortion for the wearer. The Model 306 goggles were issued with tinted lenses ( see page 40 of the book Luftwaffe vs RAF by Prodger). This is an excellent original example of the Luftwaffe Model 306 flying Goggles . The goggles are clean & undamaged with all of the correct Model 306 features including tinted lenses and adjustable bridge. The webbing head strap has small original number ink stamps which are indistinct . The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:5

SOLD SOLD (06/06) VERY RARE, ORIGINAL, Early WW2 1940 dated RAF Air Ministry Pilot’s & Air Crew 1932 / 1941 Pattern ‘Mae West’ Life Preserver Jacket For The Royal Navy & Fleet Air Arm With Original Rescue Equipment. Sn 15339:1 - 15339:1
The British RAF 1932 pattern life jacket was made of khaki fabric. Frequently it was painted yellow by individuals so as to improve its visibility and recognition if the pilot were to bale out of his aircraft into the sea. This practice led to variations and the 1941 pattern being manufactured in yellow fabric as a universal item. During World War II, Allied aircrew called their yellow inflatable, vest-like life preserver jackets "Mae Wests" partly due to cockney rhyming slang ‘West’=’Vest’ but also due to the resemblance of the jacket to the legendary actress’s ample figure (see pages 58,59 63 & 69 of the book Luftwaffe vs RAF by Prodger for illustrations and information re Mae West Life Preservers). They were made of yellow fabric, enabling the airman to be more easily detected and therefore rescued if he should bale out of his aircraft. Mae Wests were constantly modified. This early WW2 1940 dated example has correct features such as extra pockets for housing emergency lamp and battery pack, webbing 'grab handles' and line/connector with toggle for dinghy attachment. This Mae West has all of its original tie cords and correct 3 buttons. The inside of the jacket has a superb clean WD label with stores code and ‘Size-Large’ (illustrated). The internal collar cushion is ink stamped with Air Ministry ‘AM’ and Kings Crown together with stores codes and 1940 date (illustrated). There is also a small ink stamp roundel ‘MID/66’. The inside of the collar has contemporary WW2 hand written service dates and name ‘R.R. Paine’ (most likely the Pilot Officer who was issued with this jacket). The vest pockets contain original rescue equipment including its original rescue alloy and wood construction torch with exposed bulb (bulb glass broken) & wire attached steel battery pack which retains much of its original green paint (untested). The vest also has its original wood handled escape knife with curved 2 ½” blade marked by the manufacturer Joseph Rodgers & Sons Sheffield (illustrated). The knife is stored in its leather scabbard with retaining strap correctly mounted on the chest of the vest. The vest also has its rare to find hose with metal end piece marked by the manufacturer ‘G&W Purser Bham Pat No 490318’. All fabric and stitching of the Mae West are clean and intact. The price for this very rare piece of WW2 RAF history includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:1

An Original WW1 Era Watercolour Painted Portrait Miniature Of A British RFC Pilot Officer In No.2 Dress Uniform In Glazed Gilt Metal Pendant Frame & Leather Covered Travel Case With Fold Out Display Stand. Sn 15185 - 15185
An original WW1 Era watercolour painted portrait of a British RFC Pilot Officer In No.2 dress uniform. The portrait is in a glazed oval gilt metal frame with pendant hanging loop. The glazed area of the frame measures 2 ¾” x 2 ½”. The pendant has a purple felt backing and is fitted into its velvet and silk lined crushed blue leather covered wood travel case. The case has double hinged ‘doors’ with press button release catch and fold out stand to the rear. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15185

WW1 Era Pair Of Original Laminated Oak Aircraft Propeller Tips Converted To Commemorative / Memorial Wall Hanger Feature Pieces With Original Central Glazed Post Card Photograph Portraits Of An Unknown RFC Sgt & Private. Sn 15186 - 15186
These are a pair of excellent original WW1 Laminated Oak Aircraft Propeller Tips Converted To Commemorative / Memorial Wall Hanger Feature Pieces. The original wood of each piece is undamaged and measures 16 ¾” x 6 ½”. The wood is undamaged. Each propeller has a contemporary glazed oval panel with postcard photograph portraits, one of an RFC Sergeant the other of an RFC private, both in Uniform. To avoid damage we have not examined the rear of the postcards to determine if there is any information written on the back of each photograph which would assist to identify the subjects. The rear of each panel has a wooden board secured by 4 screws to hold the pictures firmly in place and hanging rings with cords. The price for these excellent WW1 aviation pieces worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 15186

Original, WW1 Era Aircraft Teak Propeller Boss / Hub Fitted With A Period Barometer By ‘OC’ & Converted For Mantle Or Desk Feature Piece With Commemorative Plaque Inscribed ‘World War 1 1914-1918 W.E. Harker No. 103107 2nd AM RFC'. Sn 15184 - 15184
This is an excellent WW1 era Aircraft Propeller Boss period converted desk or mantle barometer. The original laminated teak propeller boss is undamaged and measures 9 ¾” x 8” x 4”. The centre of the boss snugly houses the original period barometer with glazed, silvered face and silvered dial. The face is marked ‘British Made’ and has a manufacturer’s mark ‘OC’ either side of an anchor motif. The Boss has its original aircraft mounting holes fitted with precision made teak bolts to simulate the original steel bolts that would have secured the boss to an aircraft. The rear of the boss is impressed ‘W.E. Harker’. The bioss is mounted on a matching teak stand with 4 contoured pillars. The front of the stand has a brass plaque inscribed ‘World War 1 1914-1918 W.E. Harker No. 103107 2nd AM (Air Ministry) RFC (Royal Flying Corps)’. The boss with stand measures 11 ¼” x 4 ¾” x 10 ½”. The price for this WW1 aviation piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 15184

Original, WW1 British Sopwith Camel / Pup British Fighter Aircraft Propeller Boss Hand Carved & Converted To A Commemorative / Memorial Mantle Feature Piece With Original Removable Central Glazed 1917 Photograph Portrait Of RFC Pilot 90754 Tom Johns. - 15122:2
This is an excellent WW1 British Fighter Aircraft Propeller Boss period converted into a memorial / commemorative piece. The original wood propeller boss is undamaged and measures 13 ½” x 8” x 6 ½”. The centre of the boss snugly houses the removable contemporary glazed photograph Portrait of an RFC pilot in Uniform. The rear of the photo has a paper label hand written indicating that the image is that of ‘Tom Johns Pilot 90754 Flying Corps, 1917, 6ft 1 17 stone’ (a small handwritten note with the piece also reads ‘Lieut T.Johns Welsh R RFC POW Germany ?’ we do not know if this is the same individual. The wood framed portrait is push fitted into the boss and can be removed easily for inspection/ cleaning. The Boss has its original aircraft mounting holes and original impressed numbers which may assist to identify the aircraft from which the boss was recovered. Amongst the numbers is ‘130 HP Clerget’ (Clerget was the name given to a series of early rotary aircraft engine types of the World War I era that were designed by Pierre Clerget. Manufactured in both France by Clerget-Blin and Great Britain by Gwynnes Limited they were used on such aircraft as the Sopwith Camel & Pup. A contemporary image of a Sopwith Camel in flight is illustrated inset in image 2). The front and sides of the boss are beautifully hand carved with deep foliate decoration. The price for this excellent WW1 aviation piece worthy of further research includes UK delivery. Sn 15122:2

WW2 Model AK39 German Luftwaffe Pilot's Arm Compass. Sn 14708 - 14708
This is an original, WW2 Arm Compass issued to German Luftwaffe Pilots. It is complete with it's extended original leather strap with metal buckle for wearing on the arm over Flight suits. The rear of the Compass is clearly stamped with model detail ' AK39, FI 23235-1'. It also has serial number '30207657' (all illustrated). The compass functions as it should. The price for this original Luftwaffe item includes UK delivery. Sn 14708

Original Large 1942 British WD King’s Crown Air Ministry RAF Airfield Brass Scramble Bell With Striker Mounted On Brass Frame & Plinth. Sn 14736. - 14736
This is a superb, original, WW2 dated RAF air field scramble bell with striker. The bell itself is 11" tall and 10 ½” in circumference at its widest point. It is complete with striker and works perfectly with a loud deep resonance. The crown shaped top of the bell is threaded in the centre & stamped with War Dept arrow and 2 small indistinct figures (illustrated inset in image 2). The body of the bell is crisply tooled with 'King’s Crown' above 'A.M.' (Air Ministry) & dated '1942' highlighted in white. The bell is mounted on a heavy brass bar frame. A removable, bulbous, brass handle with threaded bar secures the bell to the frame. The frame is mounted on a thick rectangular wooden plinth. The piece, all together measures 26” Height, 28” Width, 14” Depth and weighs a heavy 25.5 Kg. The price for this impressive WW2 RAF piece includes UK delivery. Sn 14736.

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

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
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