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WW2 & Cold War Era British Home Office Secomak Type 447 Hand Operated Portable Crank Handle Air Raid Syren (Siren) and Tubular Stand. Sn 15871 - 15871
An original World War II & Cold War era hand operated portable Air Raid Syren (Siren) with tubular metal stand although it has no labels remaining it is no doubt an original Secomak Type 447 siren . These hand-operated sirens were 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 original grey painted tubular steel stand. The siren 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. The siren can be unclamped from the stand for storage by unscrewing a lug on the underside of the siren. The stand with Siren mounted is 33" height overall. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15871

Original WW2 1939 Dated British Babies Gas Mask. Sn. 13703:1 - 15703:1
This is a nice original WW2 1939 dated British babies gas mask with its air pump. The baby is put into the gas mask and sealed in with straps to make it airtight. Air is then pumped into the gas mask by its own bellows air pump on the side of the gas mask. The mask has a clear Perspex panel at the front so that the baby could be seen. Once a baby has been placed in the sealed mask, the bellows have to be pumped constantly. The metal frame retains its original green paint and has a date stamp 1939 on it together with a makers mark. The inner of the mask carries a black stencil LOT 267 P 311 L&B.R.CO. MAY 1939. The bottom strap is stencilled in black L.& B.R.CO. JUNE 1939 and LOT 599 611 P 96A. The price includes U.K. delivery. Sn. 13703:1

WW2 Era British Home Front ARP Eddisbury Division Cheshire Corps Of Air Raid Warden’s Divisional Chief Wardens Office Hand Painted Hardboard Sign. Sn 15703:12 - 15703:12
Air Raid Precautions (ARP) was an organisation in the United Kingdom set up in 1937 dedicated to the protection of civilians from the danger of air raids. It included the Raid Wardens' Service that was to report on bombing incidents. Every local council was responsible for organising ARP wardens, messengers, ambulance drivers, rescue parties, and liaison with police and fire brigades. This is an excellent original Eddisbury Cheshire Corps Of Air Raid Warden’s Divisional Chief Wardens Office sign. Made of compressed wood hardboard the sign measures 25” x 19” and is clean with no damage. The top & bottom edges of the sign are holed for door or wall mounting. The sign is hand painted in bold black lettering ‘ARP Cheshire Corps Of Air Raid Wardens Eddisbury Division Divisional Chief Warden’s Office’ . A nice home front collector’s item. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15703:12

VERY RARE, Cased, British WW1 HMS Ramillies Torpedo Crew 1916 Sterling Silver Hallmarked Sweetheart Brooch. Sn 15381 - 15381
HMS Ramillies was one of five Revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during World War I. She served with the Grand Fleet for the duration of the war. The ship was active throughout World War II, with service ranging from convoy escort to shore bombardment to engaging enemy battleships. The ship was armed with gun turrets and 4 × 21 inch (533 mm) torpedo tubes (a contemporary image of HMS Ramillies is illustrated in image 3). This is a rare to find British WW1 HMS Ramillies Torpedo Crew 1916 Sterling Silver hallmarked sweetheart Brooch. The brooch is 52mm length and is in the shape of a torpedo centrally mounted with Lion with flag and banner inscribed ‘HMS Ramillies’. The rear of the ‘Torpedo’ is sterling silver 1916 hallmarked and has a manufacturer’s mark which appears to be ‘F W&S’(unknown). The brooch has even patina and has its original hinged pin with hook fastener. The brooch is contained in its period leather covered wood box with silk and felt lining. The silk is marked in gold ‘ W.J. Fowle Jeweller Haywards Heath & Uckfield’. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15381

Original, Early WW2 1939 Dated British ‘Fiddian’ Air Raid Patrol (ARP) Gas & Air Raid Alarm Hand Bell With Original Striker. Sn 15119:1 - 15119:3
This is an original, WW2 RAF Alarm Hand Bell With original Striker made by Fiddian (Samuel Fiddian an English bell maker sold his business to James Barwell in 1940). According to Air Raid Precaution Handbook No.8, The Duties of Air Raid Wardens: "The cancellation of the local gas warning will be by hand bells, rung through the streets of the [warden's] sector. Hand bells may also be used to repeat the Raiders Passed signal but only if gas is not about. Hand bells will in fact be an "All Clear" signal, which is different from the Raiders Passed signal, since the latter will be sounded on receipt of the message from the national center, whether or not there is gas in the locality." The cast brass bell with wood handle is undamaged, 10 ¾” tall and the bell mouth 5" in diameter. It is complete with its original chain with ball striker and works perfectly with a loud deep resonance. The bell rim is mark ‘A.R.P’ and the brass ferrule which supports its original undamaged wood handle is marked by the manufacturer ‘Fiddian’. The top of the bell is also dated ‘39’ (1939) below initials ‘J.B’. The price for this excellent nicely marked WW2 home front piece includes UK delivery. Sn 15119:1

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

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.
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