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Home Front, Swan 4 Stroke JAP Engined Petrol Generator. Sn. 16185 - 16185
This is a rare and nicely restored Home Front, Swan 4 stroke petrol generator made by A.C.Morrison (Engines) of Southampton using a J.A.P engine. The generator was issued to the Royal Observer Corps to charge batteries for radios and lighting via its three phase permanent magnet alternator. The alternator has an output of 14 volts at 300 watts through a full wave rectifier. The fuel tank has both stop and drainage taps to enable the fuel tank to be drained without disconnection the pipework. The engine has an oil drainage tap on the oil filler neck. The engine has good compression and is fitted in a square steel rod carrying/protection cage. The price includes U.K. delivery and the engine will be drained of lubricants prior to dispatching. The levels will need to be replenished prior to the engine being re commissioned. Sn. 16185

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

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 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.
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