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1917 French 75mm Trench Art Shell Case Inert



Ornate example of a French 75 mm inert shell casing, having been used for trench art and sold as a souvenir. No doubt gracing a house porch or hallway as an umbrella stand.

The casing is dated 1917, having a floral decoration artistically hammered into the brass of the body. The brass is in need of a polish but has been left as is. There are some minor dings and scratches as to be expected.

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Code: 50593

20.00 GBP


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Sam Browne Officers Leather Belt



A fair example of the leather belt that forms part of the Sam Browne officer's equipment set.

This one likely dates from Great War to Second World War era. There is some overall wear from use, however the inner reinforcements are in good shape and not worn through. The brass fitting are reasonably clean and the D rings are not misshapen.

The overall shape has been slightly distorted from storage, yet would easily be corrected.

The size is approximately 32-33 when secured in the correct fashion.

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Code: 50396

25.00 GBP


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1917 Dated RHA Pistol Ammunition Pouch 1903 Pattern



Well used example of the 1903 pattern leather pistol ammunition pouch, maker marked 'W A Crawson & Son Ltd' and dated 1917. It is unit marked to the Royal Horse Artillery, with some according issue stamps around the unit marking.

The leather is rather dry as a result of poor storage, but has been treated to some extent. There is some cracking as pictured and the metal securing stud has some pitting.

Nonetheless a nice unit marked and wartime dated example.

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Code: 50699

55.00 GBP


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1908 Pattern Bayonet Frog 5 KOYLI



A 1908 Pattern webbing bayonet frog, marked to the 5th Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

This example is an economy pattern with the rivets deleted. It has had the helve strap removed from the rear which was a common post-WW1 practise, the slight shadowing of where it has been is evident. It has been treated to 97 shade blanco at some point.

The top portion has inverted broad arrows mark of a decommissioned item, this would be hidden by the ammunition pouch if displayed as a set.

The 5th KOYLI were a territorial battalion formed in 1908 and disbanded in 1955.

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Code: 50696

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Great War Cotton Ration Bag



White cotton ration bag as used during both the Great War and the Second World War.

This example is not dated or maker marked but is a good match to other examples and is believed to be WW1 period.

Condition is well used but solid, with the adjusting tapes intact. There is one small hole as pictured with some overall grubbiness and rust marks.

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Code: 50698

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Early RAF G Type Oxygen Mask



A fair example of the G type oxygen mask as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrews from 1943 onwards to replace the earlier E and E* Type Masks. This example features the texturised nosepiece and is Air Ministry stamped, indicating early manufacture.

The condition is fair, still retaining all stores stamps and copper work to the nosepiece and strap mounts. The rubber is not in perfect condition with some general discolouration and hairline cracks in some places. The worst of the cracking can be seen just below the left of the nose clip in the fourth image. The straps have lost some of their elasticity but are complete.

The microphone, wiring and connectors are in fair condition, having some wear to the metal and some verdigris to the metal ventilation grill. The chamois lining is in generally good condition.

The mask is a medium sized example, and is marked as such.

A fair example of the G Type mask and a good addition to an RAF aircrew collection.

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Code: 50720

420.00 GBP


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1937 RAF MK IIIa Flying Goggles



A pair of MK IIIA goggles as used by RAF & Commonwealth aircrew throughout the early war period, and sometimes seen later in the war. They are perhaps most associated with the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain. This pair are Air Ministry marked and dated 1937 on the strap.

The Mk III and Mk IIIa series of goggles were a short-lived pattern, being found unsatisfactory for operational pilots. The lenses were made of curved celluloid plastic and distorted the wearer's vision and were easily scratched. Despite these deficiencies both MkIII and MkIIIa goggles were in use alongside the new Mk IV series which was introduced in June 1940.

This pair have suffered from poor storage and have a few issues. The most prominent is the sprung portion of the strap has deteriorated inside, leaving the springs rusty and broken throughout. Some rust marks are visible through the material, however the damage would largely be hidden when displayed.

The metal work around the body of the goggles has some verdigris marks that would benefit from a little cleaning, along with the lenses with are a little grubby and marked. These are common pitfalls with the pattern and could perhaps be corrected. One of the zigzag stitches to the top of the brow has broken but the rest remain untroubled. There is some minor wear and cracking to the leather nosepiece, though the leather and chamois portions appear good overall.

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Code: 50718

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RAF E* Type Oxygen Mask



An E* Type oxygen mask, intended to replace the earlier deficiencies of the E Type. The E* was the precursor to the G Type oxygen mask that continued to the end of the war.

This example has suffered from poor storage over time and has become slightly misshapen; something that is common due to the construction of this type of mask. The rubber is slightly dry in places, though remains generally flexible. There is some rubber loss to the leading edge of the mouthpiece as pictured. The hose connection has become twisted over time and has formed in that shape, no attempts have been made to correct it.

The microphone has been well worn and scratched, however the majority of the metal work is in fair condition.

Overall whilst this mask is not in the best of conditions, its deficiencies would be hidden when displayed.

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Code: 50721

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RAF Aircrew Ditching Whistle



Good working example of the RAF 'snail' whistle as used by RAF and Commonwealth aircrew to signal after ditching in the sea. This type superseded the tube type whistle as issued earlier in the war.

These would often be worn secured to the hook of the RAF blouse, within easy reach in emergency. These were Air Ministry issue and are stamped as such.

This example is intact and in solid working order, with only some minor loss of the chrome to the metal and minor surface rust to the securing ring.

The Air Ministry and stores stampings to the body are clear.

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Code: 50722

45.00 GBP


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RAF Air Gunner Winged Bullet Badge



Good solid example of the Air Gunner brass winged bullet badge, awarded to trained gunners from the inter-war period until being officially superseded by the cloth AG brevet in 1939.

This example is in good clean condition, featuring three brass lugs for attaching through the jacket sleeve.

The badges were often seen on gunnery trained airman who flew part time as aircrew in the inter-war and early war period.

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Code: 50723

45.00 GBP


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