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Original WW2 & Cold War Era British Home Office Secomak Type 447 Hand Operated Portable Crank Handle Air Raid Syren (Siren) and Tubular Stand. Sn 13767 - 13767
An original World War II & Cold War era Secomak hand operated portable Air Raid Syren (Siren) with tubular metal stand, Type 447 serial number 12501 . These sirens were produced by Service Electric Co. Ltd. Stanmore, Middlesex. It is a hand-operated siren. This hand-operated siren was intended for large or remote establishments such as R.A.F. airfields and large factories where the public air raid warning may not have reached. The siren consists of a simple bladed drum rotated through the use of the handle. The blades are angled so that air is drawn in through the holes in the voice box casing, and forced out the side to produce a howling tone. In order to produce the fluctuating 'Action Warning' signal, the user let go of the handle and let the siren slow down before cranking up again to reach the high note. There appears to be very little documentation charting the history of the Type 447, but it would seem to originate in the late 1930's. This terrific air raid siren, complete with stand is in excellent original condition. It still retains the manufacturer’s plate as can be seen in the photographs along with ‘Home Office Property’ plate (all illustrated in image 2). It is in perfect working order. The original grey painted finish is in excellent condition. The wooden handle is smooth with no cracks. The siren has a metal grill over the rotating blades. This siren is very loud. It is designed to be unclamped and turned upside down within the stand for storage. The stand is made from tubular steel. The stand with Siren mounted is 33" height overall. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13767

A Comprehensive WW2 British Home Front A.R.P. Collection From A House Clearance. HO 669 - HO 669
This is an impressive collection of WW2 British Home Front items from a house clearance in Macclesfield, Cheshire. The ARP (Air Raid Precautions) was a reaction to the fear, shared throughout Europe in the 1930s, of the mass bombing of civilians from the air. In the 1930s, government estimates calculated that 600,000 people would be killed and 1.2 million injured in air raids during a future war. This collection consists of the following:- A Stirrup pump used for putting out local fires. It is made from copper, brass, wood and steel. The 'stirrup is made from steel and still has traces of the original black paint. It has a filter in the pickup end which was placed in a fire bucket, you placed your foot over the 'stirrup' and pumped the large wooden handle. It still operates as it should but needs a new washer inside the pump. The next item is a very nice example of the ARP helmet. It has a black stippled finish with "ARP" in white painted on the front. It has a folded seamed edge and is complete with the original black plastic liner and elasticated chin strap. The chin strap has snapped. The inside of the liner has a black ink stamp (see the insert photograph) with the War Department 'Broad Arrow' and "083" and "VI 55". This is a very nice example. The third item is an ARP wood and steel warning rattle used to warn of air raids and unexploded bombs. It is in perfect working condition and is very loud. Next is a Home Office Air Raid Precaution department Shell Dressing in a khaki outer cover. It has been opened but is complete. It is dated 1938 and was manufactured by T.J. Smith & Nephew, Ltd, Hull. The next item is an ARP whistle by J. Hudson & Co Barr Street, Hockley, Birmingham. It works as it should. It is in very good condition and is stamped on the front with "A.R.P.". Next is a hallmarked sterling silver Kings Crown ARP lapel badge which has "A.R.P." on the front below the Kings Crown. This is hallmarked on the reverse to London 1936-37 Edward VII. Lastly, there is a bicycle/hand lamp with a blackout shield attached to the front. There is no battery or bulb. The lamp is in perfect condition and has a push and turn on off switch which operates as it should. It has a sprung bracket on the back and a handle to carry it. This is an impressive collection of ARP items and a good start for anyone wishing to start collecting Home Front Items, or for re-enactors. The price includes UK delivery. HO 669

Original Large WW2 British Navy Army & Air Force (NAAFI) Kings Crown Enamelled Metal Sign. MISC 847 - MISC 847 / 12715
Introduced in 1921 the NAAFI has provided meals and goods for British servicemen at home and overseas. During WW2 the NAAFI had 10,000 canteens and trading premises including 800 canteens on seagoing ships and 900 mobile canteens to support the war effort. The NAAFI also employed over 4,000 artists to entertain troops on the home front and in theatres of War. This is an excellent, original large, colourful, WW2 era NAAFI Enamelled Metal Sign. The sign features the Kings Crown NAAFI badge with motto banner ‘Servitor Servientum’ (servant of the servants) on a white background. The sign measures 76cms by 61cms and has several drilled holes for wall mounting. The edges of the sign have some staining and wear consistent with age but the badge itself in free of staining or rust and retains its vivid colouring. The rear of the sign has stencilled lettering ‘NAAFI’. Price includes UK delivery. MISC 847

Original Large Framed Group Photograph Of The Personnel & Vehicles Of Hendon (London) Rescue Service B Depot Taken June 1942 With Original Signatures Of Group Members . HO 668 - HO 668
In 1938 as a result of London’s Architects Department Emergency War Time Measures, Council District Surveyors were made responsible for all rescue and demolition work on damaged and unsafe buildings. The Architect's Department manned the control centres and depots of the Rescue Service & assumed responsibility for the provision of air raid shelters for the Council's staff. They also organised, and ran the War Debris Service to deal with the work of clearing debris resulting from war damage. Training for the Rescue Service was provided at training schools organised and staffed by the department. When the heavy raids started in September 1940 the Rescue Service went into full operation. It was clear that the specialist knowledge of its members enabled them to foresee the behaviour of damaged buildings and to estimate the risks of rescue. By May 1941 the Service had rescued 10,000 live casualties, at the cost of the lives of 34 rescue officers. After 1941 the Service (later renamed The Heavy Rescue Service) was brought into line with other civil defence services. Mobile parties of men with cranes and heavy plant were posted at civil defence centres. When flying bomb attacks began the Rescue Service rescued 7,175 people alive and recovered 2,329 bodies. 64 personnel were injured and 3 killed. This is an original large framed photograph of the men and machines of the ‘Hendon Rescue Service ‘B’ Depot’ taken in June 1942 ( Hendon is a London suburb in the Borough of Barnet. Famous for the nearby Hendon Aerodrome known as the cradle of British Aviation, the Hendon area was heavily bombed by the Luftwaffe during WW2). The black & white photograph shows members of the Depot in uniform, formed in a group in front of their liveried vehicles carrying rescue ladders and equipment. A noticeboard in front of the group carries the wording ‘Hendon Rescue Service B Depot June 1942’. The border of the photograph has original signatures of members of the group. The photograph in its wooden glazed frame measures 27”x22”x ½” . The rear of the frame is mounted with wire for wall hanging and has a later compiled printed ‘A4’ size partial list of names of many of the group. This interesting framed picture highlights the scale of Home Front Rescue Service required to deal with the effects of sustained German bombing and a reminder of the heroism of their personnel. Price includes UK delivery. HO 668

Mint, Unused, Original, WW2 1939 British, Protective Gas Helmet Respirator For Babies. Sn 8494 : 8 - 8494 : 8
This is a Mint, Unused, Original, WW2 British, Official Protective Gas Helmet Respirator For Babies. Having seen the devastation caused by use of mustard gas ordnance on the battlefields of WW1 these helmets were produced at the onset of WW2 when the fear of mustard or other noxious gas being dropped on the Home Front by the Luftwaffe were at their highest. Fortunately these gas helmets for babies did not have to be used. The helmet consists of a green fabric hood with large plastic window and a green rubber inlet tube with hand pump attached to it's end operated externally by the Parent or other adult, together with an extendable steel frame into which the infant would be placed. The frame has small pull out legs to support the infant in a reclined position. The hood with tail would cover the frame, head, shoulders & arms of the infant and be tied at the waist with the draw cord attached to the hood allowing the infant arm movement within the construction. This example is in superb condition and the frame is date stamped 1939 together with Government warning messages (illustrated). The inside of the fabric cover is faintly ink stamped '1939 ROMC' with War Dept Arrow. Also included are photocopies of original WW2 A.R.P illustrated 'instructions for respirator use' including the babies' protective helmet. Price for this excellent piece of Home Front equipment which is a poignant reminder of the threats faced by families on the the British Home Front includes UK delivery. Sn 8494 : 8

WW2 Red Cross Army Medical Services Arm Band. Sn 6464. - 6464
An Excellent condition WW2 Era, Red Cross, Army Medical Services Arm Band. It measures 42 cms ( when fully open) x 8 cms and is made of white cotton. It has a 5cms x 5 cms 'Red Cross' Badge in it's centre and a nice clear circular 4.5 cms black ink stamp ' Army Medical Service' towards it's outer edge. The arm band is fully adjustable with 3 rows of double studs on one edge with 2 clasp studs on the other for width adjustment. The stud clasps are nicely stamped ' NEWEY PAT. 201430-22' and the male counterparts ' WH NEWEY BROTHERS LTD'. Price for this nice item with the iconic 'Red Cross' legend includes UK delivery. Sn 6464.

WW2 Head Special Constable Arm Band. Sn 6461. - 6461
This is a rare, original, WW2 Era Head Special Constable, arm band. It is in nice undamaged condition made of buff coloured canvas and is adjustable, fastened by a 3 prong steel buckle on one end. The arm band measures 45 cms in length (when fully open) x 5.5 cms and has 'HEAD SPECIAL CONSTABLE' and Crown boldly printed in Black ink. Price for this nice home front item includes UK delivery. Sn 6461.

WW2 Local Defence Volunteers (LDV) Arm band. Sn 6459. - 6459
This is an excellent condition Private purchase, Officer quality, Local Defence Volunteer Armband. The initials LDV gave rise to the unfair nickname ' Look, Duck and Vanish', but importantly they were the first Volunteer British Home Defence Force of WW2 prior to organisation of the Home Guard. The arm band made of beige cotton with bold Black L.D.V, initials measures 18.5 x 11 cms. Price for this rare item includes UK delivery. Sn 6459.

WW2 British A.R.P. Incendiary Training Bomb (now 1x available) - O 538
An original WW2 British Air Raid Precautions warden's training 1kg Incendiary Bomb in excellent condition. Made by EOD to look just like the German originals these were used to train ARP, Home Guard, Police and other Civil Defence personel. Price includes UK delivery.

WW1 Farnborough Illuminated Scroll of Honour - HO 25
A locally issued illuminated and framed, glazed scroll presented to P.H.Powell by Farnborough, Southampton with thyanks for his sacrifice in WW1. Very nice. Price includes UK delivery.
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