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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
£425.00

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
£395.00

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
£295.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 07/11) 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.
£0.00

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 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 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
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