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RARE LIMITED PRODUCTION, 1962 - C1965, British Royal Navy Diver's Knife By Siebe Heinke England With Spear Point Blade, Brass Fittings & Brass Scabbard. Sn 15350 - 15350
This is a hard to find, original, British Royal Navy Diver's Knife and Scabbard. The knife has a 1 ½” broad, 7 ¾” long double edged spear point blade with medial ridge (13 ¼” overall). The double edged blade is undamaged with just light staining consistent with age. The blade is crisply marked by the manufacturer 'Siebe Heinke Of England’ this dates the knife to 1962 - C1965. Heinke was taken over by Siebe Gorman in 1962. The dual names were only used for 2 to 3 years before the Heinke name was dispensed with. The knife has a brass cross guard, ferrule & tang nut together with dense black plastic contoured grooved handle. The knife is complete with its original solid brass scabbard with belt slot. The price for this rare diver’s knife only made by Siebe Heinke for 2 to 3 years includes UK delivery. Sn 15350
£545.00

C1919 Early B.S.A. Standard Lincoln Jeffries Patent .22 Calibre Underlever Air Rifle Stock Impressed With Trade Mark & ‘Lincoln Jeffries 140 Steelhouse Lane Birmingham’. Sn 15367 - 15367
This is an original B.S.A. Standard Lincoln Jeffries Patent .22 Calibre Underlever Air Rifle made C1919. It has even patina and has its original wood stock with chequered panels at the wrist. It's ribbed butt has a concealed trap. The stock is impressed ‘Lincoln Jeffries 110 Steelhouse Lane Birmingham’ together with Trade mark (all illustrated). The wood has just light bumps and bruises to be expected with age and use. The rifle measures 45 ½” overall with a 19" barrel. The barrel’s bore is clean with well defined rifling. It has a pinched blade foresight and adjustable dial rear sight. It is serial number S1234 The rifle's loading and firing actions work with a strong spring action. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 15367
£475.00

WW2 1945 U.S. Collins & Co Legitimus Pattern No.1250 Combat / Survival Machete & Scabbard. Sn 15368 - 15368
An original WW2 United States Combat and Survival Machete by Collins & Co (see page 114 item 571 of Stephen’s book ‘Fighting Knives’). The No 1250 pattern of Collins Legitimus Machetes were supplied to the U.S. Government to support the war effort. Our example is in excellent condition. It is 19 ½” overall with black synthetic slab sided scales secured by 4 rivets and holed for lanyard ring. The blade is 14 ½” length with drop point. The blade is 3” broad at its widest. The blade is crisply marked with manufacturer’s detail pattern number and date ‘Collins & Co, Crown & hammer trademark, Legitimus Made In USA No.1250’ & dated ‘1945’ . It is accompanied by its original brown leather scabbard with rear riveted belt loop and retaining strap with brass stud fastener. All leather and stitching of the scabbard are intact. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15368
£195.00

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
£675.00

SOLD SOLD (LAY-AWAY 21/05) RARE, WW1 Era British RFC & RNAS Pilot’s ‘Sidcot’ Flying Over Suit. Sn 15339:2 - 15339:2
In the winter of 1916 the first significant stride was made to providing effective protection for the pilot and this arrived from the brain of Sidney Cotton, an RNAS pilot with No.8 Squadron. Cotton had been working on his own aircraft when a ‘scramble’ was called and he flew in his dirty overalls for an hour or so and upon landing found that, unlike his fellow pilots who were shivering from the cold, he was quite unaffected. Having thought through this effect, he realised that it was the oil and grease soaked into the overalls that had retained the body heat. Picking up on the idea, he took leave and travelled to London, to Robinson & Cleaver, where he had a flying suit made for him to his design. Robinson & Cleaver were asked to register the design on behalf of Cotton and the flying suit took its name from the inventor and was called the Sidcot suit (SIDney COTton). By late 1917, tests had shown that the Sidcot Flying Suit was regarded by pilots as the most suitable for operational use. Consequently the manufacturers of the suit, Robinson & Cleaver, were asked to produce 250 suits per week, just fourteen days after the order. Deliveries were later expected to reach 1,000 per week just four weeks after the initial order. By December 1917 the orders for leather flying coats, some 3,000, were cancelled in favour of the Sidcot suit. This suit met virtually every requirement for protection against the primary threat, the cold, and was in service in a number of modified and development forms right through into WW2 and only ceased being used as closed cockpits, combined sometimes with cabin heating, became the norm in aircraft design. This is a rare, very good condition original WW1 era RFC & RNAS ‘Sidcot’ Flying Suit . The suit is made of the correct waterproofed green cotton, lined with its contemporary stitched in fleece lining for use at high altitude. All material, stitching & buttons of the flight suit are intact & clean but there is aged staining and areas of service wear to be expected. The suit has the correct large fleece lined leg warmer pockets and thick fleece lined collar with flap, strap and buckle. It has a large map pocket, button cuff arms & legs and rear waist adjustment belt. It has no visible labels or ink stamps. The suit made to be worn over uniform is approx. 38” chest and 5’ 6” height. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:2
£0.00

MINT WW2 Era German Luftwaffe Pilot’s & Air Crew Flying Over Suit By Striegal & Wagner. Sn 15339:3 - 15339:3
This is a mint original WW2 era Luftwaffe Flying Suit see pages 84 to 87 of Luftwaffe Vs RAF by Prodger) . The suit is made of the correct cotton fabric, lined. All material, stitching & buttons of the flight suit are intact & in clean unworn condition.. The suit has the correct large collar with flap, strap and buckle. It has a large zip map pocket, zip leg pockets, zip cuff arms & legs and deep open side pockets. Inside the suit there is an excellent clean manufacturer label and ink stamp in German (all illustrated). The suit made to be worn over uniform is approx. 40” chest and 6’ height. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:3
£795.00

WW2 Nazi German 'LKpS-101’ Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot's Summer Flying Helmet By Striegel & Wagner / De Fewe Telephon Werke Und Kabel Berlin, Wired For Communication With Ear Phones, Throat Mic & Jack. Sn 15339:4 - 15339:4
An original WW2 era LKpS-101 Luftwaffe pilot's summer flying helmet (see pages 75 & 236 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of brownish-grey flecked material lined with grey- green satin. Oval fleece cushions are fitted inside the helmet, over the ears with plastic inserts tucked inside. Goggle straps and chinstraps are correctly made of leather as are the throat mic neck straps. The hard rubber ear cups are correctly covered in dark brown leather and feature a ridge for goggle retention. The helmet has the correct hooks for face mask. The inside of the helmet has 2 clean and undamaged manufacturer’s labels, one with unreadable date stamp (labels illustrated). This helmet is wired for communication with ear phones, bakelite throat mics and bakelite jack all marked with model designation and manufacturer codes (illustrated). All material and leather of the helmet is clean and intact. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price for this WW2 Fighter Pilot's set includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:4
£570.00

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
£475.00

WW2 1945 Nazi German 'LKpW-101’ Leather Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot's Fleece Lined Flying Helmet By Siemens, Wired For Communication With Ear Phones, Throat Mic & Jack. Sn 15339:6 - 15339:6
An original WW2 era LKpW-101 Luftwaffe pilot's leather flying helmet, these helmets were fitted with a newly developed Siemens communications system and improved insulation for better sound transmission (see pages 75 & 235 of the book Vintage Flying Helmets by Prodger). The helmet is made of thick dark brown leather lined with fleece. Goggle straps and chinstraps are correctly made of leather as are the throat mic neck straps. The leather covers hard rubber ear pieces and feature a ridge for goggle retention. The helmet has the correct hooks for face mask. The inside of the helmet has clean and undamaged Sieman’s manufacturer’s label with model designation, 12th August 1945 date and size '56' (illustrated). This helmet is wired for communication with ear phones, bakelite throat mics and bakelite jack all marked with manufacturer codes (illustrated). All material and leather of the helmet is clean and intact. The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The price for this WW2 Fighter Pilot's set includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:6
£575.00

WW2 Nazi German 'LKpN-101 / LKpS-101’ Luftwaffe Fighter Pilot's Tropical Netzkopfhaube Mesh Flying Helmet System, Wired For Comms With Ear Phones, Throat Mic & Jack. Sn 15339:7 - 15339:7
An original WW2 type LKpN101 Luftwaffe pilot's leather helmet wired for comms. These helmets were one of the most popular Luftwaffe helmets of the war, having a mesh crown, sheepskin lined ear pieces and no chinstrap they were very comfortable to wear (see page 26 of Luftwaffe Vs RAF by Prodger). This original LKpN-101tropical flying helmet is wired for communication. The mesh of the helmet has areas of service wear / damage but does not detract from the piece. It has the correct oxygen mask lugs & correct mesh crown, leather trim, ear pads with ear phones and clean label with clear detail. Interestingly the label has the designation ‘LKpS-101’ however that model of helmet was constructed of cloth not mesh, it is most likely that this helmet was designated incorrectly during WW2 production at the factory (illustrated in image 2). The helmet is wired with bakelite throat mic and bakelite jack marked with model designation and Nazi manufacturer codes (illustrated in image 2). The display head illustrated in the images is not included. The Price for this WW2 Fighter Pilot's set includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:7
£490.00

SOLD SOLD (19/05) Pair Of WW2 British RAF Air Ministry 1941 Pattern Pilot’s Silk Lined Leather Flying Gauntlets. Sn 15339:8 - 15339:8
The British RAF 1941 pattern pilot’s gauntlet was introduced in response to pilot’s criticism of earlier variants. In particular earlier variant gloves had straight zips whereas the 1941 pattern had diagonal zips at the wrist and expanding gussets which made them easier to put on with flying gear (the Air Ministry were keen to promote the wearing of gloves by pilots due to the number of injuries to hands of air crew sustained by flash burns during the Battle of Britain (see page 138 of Luftwaffe vs RAF by Prodger). This pair of original WW2 era 1941 pattern soft brown leather gauntlets are identical in construction having the correct diagonal zippers with leather pull tabs, expanding gussets and silk liners which are clean and undamaged, however the right gauntlet is a small size 6 and the left a larger size 9 making them suitable for display rather than use. Both gauntlets have Air Ministry marks inside the cuffs , size markings and ink stamps together with contemporary hand written ink number (all illustrated). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:8
£0.00

SOLD SOLD (19/05) MINT, WW2 British RAF Air Ministry Marked MK IVB ‘22C/167’ Fighter Pilot’s Flying Goggles With Hinged Sun Visor. Sn 15339:9 - 15339:9
The final derivative of the MK IV series of RAF goggles were more robust than their predecessors. The goggles were also made with riveted guide plates for installation on the type B flying helmet. The MK IVB was manufactured by several optical companies and issued in greater numbers than earlier variants ( see page 32 of Luftwaffe vs RAF by Prodger). This is an original example of the MK IVB British RAF flying Goggles in near mint condition. The goggles are clean & undamaged with all of the correct MK IVB features including hinged sun visor elasticated loops and strap with buckle. The leather strap is impressed with Air Ministry ‘A Crown M’ mark and correct stores codes ‘22C/167’ and model designation (illustrated in image 2). The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15339:9
£0.00
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