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Blighty Militaria aim to bring you quality original items from both World Wars with the main focus on British Army and RAF items such as; Battledress, Flying Helmets, Goggles and Oxygen Masks, Webbing etc.

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'Royal Air Force Service and Release Book' named to Bailey + Extra Paperwork An original RAF Service and Release book named to 1182586 Cpl J.N. Bailey along with some extra pieces of paperwork relating to his career in the RAF as a Radar Operator. This RAF Form 2520A was issued to J.N. Bailey when he signed up the RAF on the 24th of July 1940, just in time for the Battle of Britain! Inside it details various things about his RAF career including that he was stationed overseas (North Africa and Italy) from 1941 until 1944 and that he was later Demobed on the 13th of November 1945. Two other pieces of paperwork came with this item and are included with it. They are an official O.H.M.S envelope and the letter sent to Bailey when he was recalled in 1952 which includes and interesting list of what kit he is to have. Altogether a nice paperwork grouping which relates to a number of other items I currently have listed. Free UK P+P
1917 Dated British Army Wire Cutters A nice example of Great War wire cutters in good condition. Nicely maker marked and dated 1917. A great example with a nice wartime date. A must have in any Great War collection!
1917 Patent Brass Button Stick with Serial Number An original British Button stick in brass as used during both World Wars by both Soldiers and Airman to aid them when cleaning their brasses. The button stick features a 1917 patent number as well as the original owners serial number crudely stamped into it. A nice original item which would make a nice addition to a kit display. Free UK P+P
1918 Dated British Army Shovel A cut down Trench shovel as carried by infantry in the trenchs during the Great War. This example is clearly marked 1918 as can be seen in the photographs. The condition is very good although there is some woodworm and pitting present. A very rare trench warfare item which would compliment and British Great War collection.
1922 Pattern British Army Peaked Cap With Royal Artillery Cap Badge This pattern of cap came into service during the 1920s to replace the 1902 pattern cap used during the Great War. The main difference between the two patterns was that the 1922 pattern has a slightly larger peak. This pattern was standard issue for all soldiers up until the beginning of the Second World War, but did carry on seeing limited use throughout the war and well into the 1960s. This example is made by 'J Compten Sons & Webb' and is marked as a size 7. There is also a date which is no longer legible, so the cap is assumed post war manufacture. The cap badge is a good original Royal Artillery brass example, the brass buttons are primal GS buttons and the chin strap is a good quality reproduction. The serge is good on the cap apart from a few patches to the top of the cap where it is missing, as can be seen in the photographs. The cap still displays nicely however. A reasonable example of the 22 pattern cap which displays well.
1931 Dated British Army Officers Knickerbockers An original pair of scarce inter-war British Army Officers Service Dress knickerbockers dated 1941. This style was popular with Officers in the interwar period and was still seen in use during the Phoney War with the BEF. With the introcudution of Battledress however they became less and less popular and weren’t seen much again after the Dunkirk. The knickers are essentially the same as Service Dress trousers but are cut short with a cuff in the style of golf trousers or pluses that were popular in the 1930s. They would have no doubt been more practical in the field than trousers but were in many respects a fashionable alternative to breeches. This particular pair still retain their original label inside the the waistband. Made by ‘C.F. Johns and Pegg’ of Clifford street London and still with the orignal owners name ‘Knight’ and the date ‘June 1931’ visible in ink below. The knickers are a small size measuring at a 28” waist. I would describe the condition as well used. There are numerous period repairs; some of which have been done very nicely and add some real character. There are other holes and I have attempted to photograph the extent of the damage and repairs as best as I can. They do still display relatively well. Overall, a nice orignal example of this rare inter-war item of Officers clothing with a clear and very early date. Ideal for the early war collector!
1935 Dated Dispatch Pattern 1908 Small Pack A great example of the scare dispatch pattern 1908 small pack clearly dated 1935. These packs were used by dispatch riders and signallers during the Great War and up until the beginning of the Second World War and are different to the standard 1908 pack as the have two 2" buckles on the back of the pack rather than the side and no 1" buckles at the bottom. These packs were designed to be worn with a single 1908 pattern cross strap allowing the bag to be slung across the body, ideal for dispatch riders. The pack is made by Meco and dated 1935 as can be seen stamped inside the flap of the pack. These interwar dated pieces are very rare as production following the Great War of any equipment was extremely limited. The pack is in very good condition and has clearly been 'blancoed' with a dark green blanco at some stage of its life, so it was certainly issued. A rare pattern of pack which is very clearly marked as an interwar made piece of Britiah Army webbing.
1936 Dated German Army Canteen Fork An original German Army Canteen fork dated 1936 and made by H.M.Z This original piece of Third Reich cutlery is in reasonable condition with some signs of age and bares the eagle and Swastika symbol. A good original piece of Nazi ephemera.
1936 Dated German Army Canteen Spoon An original German Army Canteen fork dated 1936 and made by H.M.Z This original piece of Third Reich cutlery is in reasonable condition with some signs of age and bares the eagle and Swastika symbol. A good original piece of Nazi ephemera.
1937 Dated British Army Mounted Breeches An original pair of pre Second World War British Army Ordinary Ranks mounted breeches dated 1937. These pre-war breeches were used by a variety of regiments including a number of cavalry regiments, the Royal Artillery and the Royal Signals amongst others. They differ in cut to the later WW2 dispatch riders breeches and don't feature a first field dressing pocket. These rare jodhpurs would have been worn with the 1922 pattern service dress tunic. The breeches are made from a heavy khaki whipcord and feature suede reinforcing patches on the inner thighs and cloth sections to the bottom which button around the calf. There are two pockets to the front of the breeches, a buttoning flying and brace buttons. To the rear can be seen a clear area where the original label once was. Sadly is no longer present but inside the breeches is the original War Department stamp which is surmounted by the letter T which denotes 1937 as the year of issue. The overall condition of the breeches is good although they are over 80 years old and show signs of wear consummate with their age. The suede patches show wear and staining and some of the original brass buttons are missing or have been replaced for plastic examples. This is common to find on the fly as plastic is much easy to fasten than brass! Overall a nice pair of pre-war breeches which display well. These would make an excellent addition to a pre war uniform or any early / BEF period British Army collection.
1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool Dated 1943 A nice complete and original 1937 Pattern entrenching tool clearly dated 1943. The entrenching tool pouch is in great condition and has a nice coat of KG3 blacno on it. Inside is nice and clean and is marked nicely. This example is made by C.P LTD and dated 1943. The tool or shovel head is in great condition and has quite a lot of paint on it. Due to this I cannot make out the maker or the date. The Helve or handle is the MKII which has a lug to take the No.4 bayonet. This was designed to be used for probing for mines. the wood is in excellent condition as is the metalwork. A marking can just be made out on the wood which I believe reads G.W.T co LTD and a broad arrow mark. Sadly I cannot see a date. All in all a cracking example of a piece of an original piece of 1937 pattern webbing that is getting increasingly hard to find. Ideal for the collector and Re-enactor alike!
1939 Dated ARP Warden Helmet An original 1939 Dated Air Raid Precautions Wardens helmet in very original unmolested condition. The helmet is a standard British made MKII steel helmet as was standard issue in the ARP. It has been painted black and had a 'W' painted in white to denote an ARP Warden. The helmet also features 'Post 0.2' hand painted in white to the inside edge which is a nice original addition and really makes the helmet stand out as an untouched original example. The paintwork to the shell is good as can be seen in the pictures but the helmet clearly saw a lot of use and has been scratched many times. Over the years these scratches have tarnished and rust has come through creating an amazing patina. The helmet features the correct large liner securing screw as found on early helmets such as this although curiously it has the cruciform shaped pad inside the liner rather than the round example usually associated with early helmets. The liner is a good original example and has all the correct markings. The makers name, 1939 date and size are all present in the usual place. The helmet shell is also marked with the makers name 'B.M.B' which stands for British Motor Bodies who were one of the most prolific manufactures of British Steel Helmets during the Second World War. The helmet comes complete with its original chin strap which appears to be original to the helmet. There is a name which has been written on to the strap and crossed out again but is still almost legible. Overall, a very original untouched helmet which would compliment any Home Front display or helmet collection without a doubt!
1939 Dated British Army Forage Cap Large Size 7 3/8 A good example of the British Army Field Service or 'forage' cap dated 1939 in a large size 7 3/8. This pattern of head-wear came into use with the British Army at the beginning of the Second World War replacing the 1922 pattern peaked cap. It was the standard hat issued to troops in the British Army and Home Guard but was replaced in 1943 by the GS beret. This example is clearly dated inside 1939 and was made by J Collet Ltd, a common maker to find in these caps. It is also marked as a size 7 3/8 which is a very larger size to find these days! The cap is in great condition with next to no signs of visible wear at all. It has almost certainly been issued however as it has had a safety pin fitted into the top which was common practice to help keep the shape of the hat. There are some signs of age on the outside of the cap where the material has gone thin, as can be seen in the photographs. The liner however is absolutely immaculate! The stamps are also as clear as the day this was made. The front of the cap has two small general service buttons. There are also two holes to the left hand side of the cap where a cap badge has been mounted at some point in its life. Overall, a very nice cap with fantastic early markings.
1939 Dated British Army Mess Tins As Used By The BEF A scarce example of the first pattern mess tins as used by the BEF in 1940, both clearly dated 1939. These mess tins were found in France recently. This pattern of mess tin only saw use during the opening year of the war and are now very hard to come by. These mess tins are noticeably more of a square shape than the later aluminum examples. Although not matching makers marks are on these mess tins, they are both clearly dated 1939. The smaller of the two tins is absolutely immaculate and maker marked 'L.A Co' and looks as though it has never been used. The larger of the two shows a small amount of use and is maker marked 'W (B) Ltd'. It is possible that a solider would only ever use the larger mess tin, leaving the smaller one practicality untouched. A rare opportunity to acquire a beautifully dated set of BEF period mess tins. A must have for the early war collector!
1939 Dated British Army MK II Steel Helmet A 1939 dated example of the British Army Mk II steel helmet, often referred to as the 'Tommy Helmet'. This particular helmet has all the traits of an early war British Army helmet featuring the early circular pad in the liner and the large securing screw to hold the liner on. The liner is clearly dated 1939 and made by 'Vero' - a common wartime maker. The size 6 7/8th is also stamped on the liner. The shell is in good condition for its age and retains some of its original paint. Surface rust is coming through on various parts of the helmet as can be seen in the pictures. A nice unmolested example of a British Army MKII helmet ideal for the early war enthusiast!
1939 Dated British Army MK II Steel Helmet With Early Liner - BEF A nice example of an early war British Army MKII steel helmet clearly dated 1939 and with the correct early pattern liner. This helmet appears to have been repainted by hand in a deep service brown shade which is often associated with the early war period and the British Expeditionary Force in particular. The helmet shell is clearly dated 1939 on one of the chin strap lugs. This is surmounted by the numerals II indicating the helmet as a MKII shell. The liner is the correct early war pattern with the circular head pad rather than the later cruciform type. The liner is stamped as a size 6 3/4 but will fit a little bit larger. There is some material stuck to one section of the liner which looks like paper. This may come off with careful cleaning. The chin strap is a good clean original example showing only minor signs of wear. Overall, a nice early war helmet which would be ideal for the BEF collector or Re-enactor.
1939 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage Cap A scrace original 1939 dated example of the RAF Ordinary Airman’s forage cap complete with matching brass cap badges. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime raf clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is special as it has a very clear and early 1939 date inside meaning it quite possibly saw use during the Battle of Britain and possibly even the battle of France. Sadly there is no way of proving this but it is however a rare early example. The cap has clearly been issued and has seen some use. The interior is a little dirty but good overall. The orignal label is still present and bares the 1939 contract number as well as the 1939 date. The exterior of the cap is good with an original brass kings crown RAF cap badge and two brass RAF buttons are found at the front of the cap. There is a small amount of damage to the rear of the cap which I have included a photograph of. Overall a nice example of an RAF OA forage cap with a rare early date which would undoubtedly compliment any Battle of Britain collection.
1939 Dated Royal Horse Guards No.1 Blues Tunic For you consideration is a Pre-war dress tunic attributed to the Royal Horse Guards. This tunic was made by Huntsman and sons in 1939 for a Lt.. H.T Kirwan-Taylor. The tunic is in good overall condition as can be seen in the photographs. It retains all of its original RHG brass buttons and shows signs of previously having had insignia on the epaulettes. There are a couple of holes in the tunic sadly so please study the photos. These do not detract from the way the tunic displays in my opinion. The tunic is a small size 36-38" chest. It fits in my mannequin which has a 38" chest but is very tight. The exact measurements of the jacket when laid flat are as follows - Armpit to armpit: 19" Top of collar to bottom of hem (at rear): 31" Inside arm: 17" Outside arm: 24" Shoulder to Shoulder: 19" The officer this tunic is named to, Kirwan-Taylor, can be found in the London gazette if you google his name. All in all a nice example of a blues tunic to a prestigious regiment nicely dated and named.
1939 Pattern (Dismounted) British Army Greatcoat A rare example of the British army 1939 (dismounted) pattern greatcoat as worn by troops including the BEF and the Home Guard in the early years of the war. This pattern was introduced in time to be widely issued to the BEF in France and later troops and Home Guard units, but was superseded by the 1940 pattern (dismounted) greatcoat making them now rather scarce. The greatcoat sadly does not retain its original label but is clearly a 1939 pattern and not a later version as it does not have an expanding back, rather just a straight seam. This is the tell-tale sign of a 1939 pattern greatcoat. Inside is stamped in white the number '5' denoting the size. This system of white stamping is standard in British Army greatcoats of the period. I would recommend the fit of this coat as 36 or 38" chest at most. All the original buttons are present as well as the hook and eyes at the collar and the bottom of the rear vent. This greatcoat is in good original condition for its age but does have some marks etc. I have had it dry cleaned and it came up well. There are however a few marks including one to the very bottom front corner of the coat and another on the collar which have not yet come out. A rare example of an early war greatcoat in good wearable condition.
1939 Pattern Leather Equipment Waterbottle Cradle A very nice in-issued example of the 1939 pattern leather equipment water bottle cradle. This pattern was issued as a stop gap measure at the out-break of the Second World War and also served a purpose after Dunkirk when a huge amount of equipment was lost. Any from this pattern is now very rare and sort after by collectors. This example is undated but it is believed that production ended in 1942 making this item a guaranteed wartime piece. The condition is fantastic and appears to have never been issued. A great item for the British Army collector!
1939 Pattern Leather Waist Belt A fantastic example of the 1939 pattern leather belt as issued to second line troops in the early stage of the Second World War. This belt is easily the best one I have ever seen. The leather work is immaculate and the brass is also beautiful. The rivets are also good and not broken as is often the case with these belts. This rare belt would truly be hard to better!
1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1943 Size 9 A very nice example of the 1940 Pattern (austerity) battledress Blouse dated 1943 in a size 9. This pattern of battledress blouse came into issue with the British Army during 1942 and was the standard issue jacket until the end of the war. This example is a size 9 which will fit a 38 - 40" chest. The numeral '9' is stamped on the inside pocket below the label as can be seen in the photograph. The label has sadly been washed out but this is a guarenteed 1943 made battledress blouse. The WD stamp is present and surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The condition of the blouse is fantastic showing only limited signs of use. The nap of the serge is great and not worn away in any places and there are no rips, tears or signs of moth. There is one mark on the right sleeve that can be seen in the photographs. All in all a fantastic original blouse in a good size which could be worn or displayed.
1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1944. Large Size 16 An extremely good example of an orignal British made wartime battledress blouse in a large size No.16, clearly dated 1944. This pattern of blouse came into use during 1942 and was used until the end of the wear by many British units in a number of campaigns. This particular example is in outstanding condition and appears to have never been issued. The serge is beautiful and the lining is fresh and free from stains or marks. The original label is also very fresh and clearly states size No.16 and 1944 as the year of manufacture. This blouse has the chocolate brown buttons on, usually associated with early manufactured 1940 (austerity) pattern pieces and often sort after by collectors. This Battledress blouse would be very hard to better. Not only is the condition fantastic but the size is large and hard to find in any condition, let alone condition this good!
1940 Dated 1925 Pattern RAF Belt A nice example of the three piece RAF 1925 Pattern webbing belt dated 1940. These belts were used by all ranks before the Second World War and saw use throughout the ensuing conflict. It can be worn with the full 1925 Pattern webset, as a pistol belt or with just a bayonet and frog for ‘revue order’. This particular example is made from webbig which has been pre-dyed RAF blue and features a makers name and 1940 date to the inside of the middle section of the belt. Some blanco has been applied as can be see. In the pictures but overal the condition of the belt is good. A nice original early RAF belt with a Battle of Britain date!
1940 Dated British Army Field Service Cap - Size 6 5/8 A mint unissued example of a British Army Field Service Cap clearly dated 1940. This hat is the pattern introduced just prior to the Second World War and was worn up until it was replaced in 1944 by the General Service beret. This particular example is in excellent in-issued condition and really is a collectors piece. Not only is it in unworn condition but it has never had a cap badge affixed and there has none of the holes or marks this would have left. Inside the cap is extremely clean and the original markings are still virtually as they were the day the cap was made. The makers name 'A. J. Gelfer' is clear as is the 1940 date and War Department broad arrow mark. Interestingly the cap was made a size 6 7/8 and then factory re-stamped as a 6 5/8. This makes it interesting in its own right and arguably even more of a collectable. Overall a stunning example of an FS cap which would truly be hard to better. This would look great as part of any WW2 British Army collection without a doubt.
1940 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Tunic A rare 1940 Dated example of the British Army Khaki Drill Tunic in excellent condition. The tunic features 5 large brass kings crown general service buttons to the front and 4 smaller examples which are fitted to the breast pockets and epaulettes. This pre-war style tunic is virtually the same preen as Great War tunics with a stand collar and two great pockets. This early Dated example still retains its original paper label which states the tunic as being a size No. 5 which fits up to a 37” chest. The label has the purple issue stamp to the bottom which is slightly smudged but reads August 1940. To the left of the label is the War Department stamp of WD with a broad arrow between the two letters. This is surmounted by the letter ‘Q’ which confirms 1940 as the year of manufacture. The condition of the tunic is excellent with no visible signs of wear. There are some marks however to the rear of the right sleeve but it displays very well none-the-less. Overall an excellent example of this early style tunic in great condition complete with its original label. Tunics in this condition with nice early dates are becoming hard to find these days.
1940 Dated British Army PT Shorts - Khaki An original pair of early 1940 dated British Army PT shorts in Khaki. Early in the war the British Army was manufacturing PT shorts in khaki as well as blue. There are a number of period photographs and newsreels that show many of these lighter coloured shorts being worn, making them quite desirable today. The shorts are made from a khaki cotton drill and feature an elastic waist. Inside the shorts it is still possible to see where the original cloth label would have been which is marked out by a rectangular stitching mark. Whilst the label is missing the War Department WD stamp is still present and is surmounted by a Q which denotes 1940 as the year of issue. The shorts are a good size and due to their elastic waist will fit between a 34" and 42" waist. A rare early war item and a must have for the serious BEF collector!
1940 Dated MKII Number 2C Steel Helmet by 'British Motor Bodies' An original 1940 Dated British Steel Helmet made by British Motor bodies still in its original blue / grey paint. This helmet is a MKII Number 2C which is denoted by the three holes drilled in the side and means that it was not to be used by frontline troops. They did however see use with Home Guard, RAF and predomintently the Civil Defence. The helmet shell is stamped ‘BMB 1940’ by one of the chin strap lugs denoting British Motor Bodies as the manufacturer and 1940 as the year of manufacture. The liner is also dated 1940 and made by ‘TTC’ and is a good large size 7 1/4. The shell itself is in good shape and still retains a large amount of its original paint finish. The chin strap appears to be original to the helmet and is in good condition. Overall this is a cracking original helmet with a nice early date And it would be an asset to any collection without a doubt.
1940 Dated MKII Number 2D Steel Helmet An original 1940 dated British Steel Helmet MKII Number 2D fitted with a 1940 dated size 7 liner made by C.C.L. This helmet is a MKII Number 2D which is denoted by the four holes drilled in the side and means that it was not to be used by frontline troops. They did however see use with Home Guard, RAF and predominantly the Civil Defence. The helmet shell is clearly dated 1940 on one of the chin strap lugs and the liner also bares the same date as well as the makers mark 'CCL' and the size, 7. The helmet shell has the Numerals '2-3' painted onto it as well as the original owners name 'W.N. Brown' which are both nice personally added details which give the helmet a particular charm. The helmet comes complete with an original chin strap which looks to be original to the helmet. The liner is also secured with the correct and original nut and bolt. The overall condition of the helmet is good and it displays well. The liner is in good condition for its age and still retains the original tightening cord. The shell has had heavy use though and as a result is missing a lot of its original paint finish. This arguably adds to the character of the helmet. Overall, a nice original MKII Number 2D which displays well and would suit a number of different displays or collections.
1940 Dated RAF kit bag A rare example of a 1940 dated RAF kit bag which appears to have been blancoed green at some point in its life. The kit bag is clearly dated 1940 on the inside and also bares the Air Ministry AM marking surmounted by a kings crown. The outside of the kit bag still retains the original owners service number and the blue band which all RAF kit bags should have is also visible through the coat of blanco. There is also a very smartly added RAF albatross painted on the outside of the bag. Also still intact is the original draw string which is in good condition. These are usually broken or missing but this appears to be original to the bag. A kit bag which has clearly had a long service life compete with a sort after 1940 date
1940 Dated Royal Military Police Field Service Cap An original 1940 dated British Army Field Service Dress Cap with brass Royal Military Police buttons. These side caps were standard issue during the early part of the war before being replaced with the General Service Beret in 1943. They saw wide spread issue across many units including the Military Police. This example appears to be unworn and doesn't even look to have been issued. It is in fantastic condition with no signs of wear to the interior. The interior features the original makers stamp which is a circle with the size, 6 5/8, makers name, 1940 date and the War Department broad arrow stamp. The numbers 117 are also stamped in ink to the interior. The only thing wrong with the cap is that one of the hooks that holds the side on is missing although this could easily be replaced. Overall a nice original and very clean example with a clear 1940 date. The MP buttons make it an interesting and collectible example.
1940 Dated Webbing Pouches A set of webbing pouches reputably made by Mills Manufaturing company for the Italian navy before the Second World. An interesting item and a must have for the webbing collector!
1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers A fine example of the 1940 (austerity) Pattern Battledress trousers as worn by the British Army from 1942-45. This particular pair have the letter code 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of manufacture. They are a good size No.12 and will fit up to a 36" waist and a 32" inside leg. The condition of these trousers is fantastic and they would be very hard to better. There is one small period repair to the bottom of one of the legs as pictured.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers ATS Converted A cracking original pair of British Army 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers which have been converted, most likely for ATS use. These trousers clearly started life as an issue pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers but have been tailored by their original owner. The waist band has been lowered and this has been done extremely well - clearly a professional job. A large tab as also been added which comes from the fly across to the right hip to secure the trousers. The condition of the trousers I'd very good and they show little sign of wear. The sere material is consistant throughout and the lining is very clean. There are two small moth holes to the lower right leg but aside that the trousers are extremely good overall. Their is no label present as this would have been removed when the waistband was altered. This is however the number 10 stamped inside the waistband in purple ink which denotes the size. The waist of the trousers measures at 30". A guaranteed wartime made and tailored pair of Battledress trousers which would compliment any collection.
1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers Dated 1942 A nice early pair of 1940 (austerity) pattern battledress trousers in good condition. This pattern of trousers came into use during 1942 and was issued on a wide scale until the end of the war. These trousers feature early brass buttons on the fly and inside the waistband which points to an early production pair. To the outside the have the brown buttons, always more sort after by collectors than the more common green buttons. The trousers are stamp 'O' inside denoting 1942 as well as '13' which is the size. Roughly around a 32" waist. The condition of the trousers is very good for their age and they clearly never had heavy use. The nap of the serge is good and they are still very wearable today. There are a few moth holes around the crotch which is a common problem and a small amount of fraying to the bottom of the legs however, which has been taken into consideration with the price. A very nice pair of early production 1940 (austerity) pattern battledress trousers which display well.
1940s 'Shamrock' Brand Woll Three Button Undershirt A 1940s civilian made wool undershirt by 'Shamrock' in brand new old stock condition! This is identical to the British Army and RAF issue undershirt in every way, the only difference being that it has a civilian makers label! Many civilian made examples of these would have been worn by a plethora of people during the Second World War from RAF Aircrew through to British Tommies! Marked as a 36" chest
1940s Black leather boots by CWS - Home Guard Boots A beautiful pair of 1940s black leather men's ankle boots by 'CWS' in fantastic wearable condition. This style of boot was very popular throughout the 1930s and 1940s and worn by men from all walks of life and looks great paired with a period suit or workwear. The manufacturer is marked both on the tongue and the inside of the boot as 'CWS' which stands for the Cooperative Society, who are now know as the Co-op. The boots feature a leather sole as is common with boots of this period and a rubber heel which is ideal if they are to be worn again. The boots are marked as a size 8 and I would expect them to fit someone of this side. They aren't particularly narrow so should be a good fit on a modern foot. The condition of the boots is fantastic considering their age and I think they still have some life left in them if their new owner wanted them to wear. All in all, a smashing pair of WW2 period boots in great wearable condition which are becoming hard to find. These would be ideal for a Home Front or Home Guard collection!
1940s Indigo Blue Coveralls By 'Harrods' A beautiful pair of scarce early-war private purchase coveralls made by 'Harrods' as worn on the Home Front during the Second World War. These beautiful overalls are typical of those purcahse by members of civilian organisations in the early stages of the war in place of issue items. Many 'well off' members of organisations such as the ARP or Civil Defenese bought private purcashe examples such as these. The coveralls are made from an indigo blue denim and feature a brass hanging chain inside the neck above a white 'Harrods' label which states the coveralls as being a size 6. The coveralls feature all their original black revolving shank buttons which fasten the front and one two piece metal button to the fly. The chest features a single patch pocket and there is a slash pocket on each hip. The rear of the overalls feature a buttoning half belt which retains its two original buttons.. The chest of the overalls measures 36" but they are very short and almost certainly made for a lady. A very rare set of early-war coveralls made by a prestigious London brand which would undoubtedly compliment any Home Front collection.
1940s Private Purchase Leather Jerkin with Moleskin Lining An original 1940s period private purchase leather jerkin with moleskin lining in fantastic unworn condition. This style of leather jerkin became popular with soldiers fighting in the Trench during the First World War, many of whom kept them for work in the interwar years. Some private firms saw a gap in the market and began producing their own versions such as this one. This example is of a much higher quality to those issued by the British Army being made from a much more durable leather and featuring a high quality moleskin lining. The overall condition of the jerkin is fantastic as can be seen from the photographs. Both the leather and moleskin lining are in excellent condition and all the original buttons are present. There are imprints of the buttons in the leather and creases from where the jerkin has been stored for many years, but these should come out and have damaged the material in any way. The jerkin is a small size and will fit a 34" chest, possibly a 36" at the very most. A fantastic original mid century item in wonderful condition. This would be very hard to better!
1940s RAF Private Purchase Side Cap - Hong Kong Manufacture A nice example of a 1940s period Private purchase RAF side cap with orignal brass RAF cap badge. These higher quality caps are usually associated with officers as they had more money to spend on privately made items, however this example would appear to by an ordinary airmans example. The hat is in very good condition as can be seen in the photographs. The blue Barathea wool is in good condition as has a constant colour to it. The lining appears to be rayon and is in good shape, showing little sign of wear. The label inside states the size at 7 3/8 so a very generous size. A very nice condition uncommon RAF side cap.
1941 Dated 'Overalls Nursing Sisters' An original ‘Overalls Nursing Sisters’ dated 1941 as issued to various British and Commonwealth nurses during the Second World War. This rare surgical gown is made from a white sanforized cotton and features a penny collar, button holes a pocket to the rear and waist ties to the front which meet and are fastened at the rear. Because this is a surgical gown it buttons and ties up at the back, not the front like a normal coat. There are holes through which can be attached revolving shank buttons which would have most likely been white. This example was made by ‘Deane MFG’ in 1941 and is a size small as can be seen on the original label. There is also a letter P stamped onto the label which may well denote 1941 as the year of issue. The overall condition is very good as can be seen in the pictures. I would say it is most likely unissued as it is very clean and these would have been laundered very regularly meaning the label would almost certainly become washed out. This item is white however so it is to be expected that there may be some marks or similar. This is by no means a mint unissued example but I think it is fair to say a very good example. All in all, a nice example of this rare women’s services item which would make a nice addition to a nurses collection or display.
1941 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers - large size! An original and large size pair of 1941 dated 1940 pattern battledress trousers, often referred to as 1937 pattern by collectors. This pattern of trousers came into issue after the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and saw use throughout all of the Second World War. They were replaced in 1942 by the 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers but continued to be issued and were commonly seen worn in Europe from D-Day onwards. This particular pair of trousers date from 1941 which we can tell from the letter code 'P' stamped above the War Department WD stamp and broad arrow inside the waistband of the trousers. The trousers are easily the tallest I have ever come across with a whopping 36" inside leg!! The waist measures about 35" making these an extremely good size pair of original trousers. There is the remains of where an issue label was fitted to the rear of the trousers but I don't think these were made as a regulation size as they are just to tall. The overall condition is absolutely excellent. The trousers have clearly never been issued or worn as can be seen by how clean the waistband is inside the trousers. As well as this the serge cloth retains all of its nap giving them the slightly fluffy look they would have had when issued. There were a few small holes to the front of the trousers but I have had them professionally invisibly mended and they can now hardly be seen. There is also a small cluster of black marks to the rear of ones of the legs but this may come off with careful cleaning. Aside from this the trousers are like new! A fantastic pair of original early war trousers in brilliant condition and an astounding size! Brilliant for a collector or tall re-enactor who wants to use original battledress!
1941 Dated British Army Sam Browne Belt With Double D-Rings A nice example of a British Army Sam Browne belt dated 1941 and featuring the sort after extra D-rings. This pattern of belt is usually associated with the early part of the first World War, although this example appears to be 1941 dated. This belt had the extra D-rings which mean it can be worn with a second cross strap and creating a double braced belt. These were popular with infantry officers during the Great War. The belt is in good condition and the leather is very supple. All the brass work is intact and although dull shows no signs of corrosion. The is a tear however between the two fastening holes on the end of the belt, but it still displays well. The belt will fit up to a 32" waist. A nice example of the double D-ring Sam Browne belt.
1941 Dated Civilian Duty Respirator Haversack A fine example of the wartime British 'Civilian Duty' respirator haversack clearly dated 1941. These bags made from rough hessian were issued to members of the Civil Defence throughout the Second World War and were designed specifically to carry the civilian duty respirator, rather than the standard civilian respirator. The bag is clearly dated inside 1941 and bares the makers mark 'Maple'. Both original buttons are still intact as is the shoulder strap. A mint condition example of this pattern of haversack with a nice early date.
1941 Dated Home Guard / Royal Navy Ankle Boots A rare early war dated pair of black British ankle boots as used by the Home Guard, Royal Navy and RAF - clearly dated 1941. These boots, unlike the more common Ammunition boot used by the British Army, feature no toe cap. The construction however is very similar featuring a leather sole and heal which could be studded depending on the owner trade or preference. The boots are in excellent condition and show only limited signs of wear to the soles which have never been studded. The leather uppers are in very good condition and all the stitching appears strong. A pair of leather laces are included with the boots which appear to be original. If not they are certainly very old. Inside the boots are marked with the date, 1941, the maker and the size, which in this instance is 8. Overall, an excellent pair of early war dated boots which would be ideal for a Home Guard, Royal Navy or RAF collector or reenactor.
1942 Dated 1939 Pattern Leather Anklets A really excellent matched pair of 1939 pattern leather anklets, clearly dated 1942. The 1939 pattern leather equipment was introduced at the beginning of WW2 as an emergency measure as not enough webbing equipment could be produced. It saw limited used with second line British Army units in the early stages of the war as well as use with the Home Guard throughout the Second World War. This equipment was made in two different colours, one very dark brown, almost black and a lighter tan. These gaiters are the latter of the two and the more sort after now by collectors. Inside the gaiters the maker 'D. M. &S LTD' is stamped above the date of 1942. There is also a War Department WD mark present in both anklets as well as a large number 2 denoting the size. There is also a name written in ink which appears to be French. The condition of these anklets is excellent as can be seen from the photographs. All the stitching is sound and the brass buckles and rivets are in good condition. Overall, an excellent pair of 1939 pattern anklets which are clearly dated. These would suit the collector and re-enactor equally well.
1942 Dated British Army Forage Cap - Size 7 3/8 A fantastic example of a British Army Forage cap clearly dated 1942 in a good large size 7 3/8ths. This cap was the standard issue hat to the British Army and Home Guard from the outbreak of the Second World War until 1943 when it was replaced by the General Service beret. This particular example was made by J Collet ltd in 1942 and is a large size 7 3/8. This is stamped inside the cap along with the War Department broad arrow mark which is still very clear. The condition of the cap is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. It has clearly only had very limited use and has been well stored over the years. It is slightly creased from storage and the two brass buttons to the front of the cap are tarnished, but aside from this it is extremely good. There is also a small hole where a cap badge has previously been mounted. Original wartime forage caps in a large size and good condition are rare to find and this would no doubt compliment any collection.
1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic An original 1922 pattern Service Dress tunic dated 1942 in excellent condition. This pattern of tunic closely resembles the tunics worn by the British Army during the Great War but came into use during the inter-war years. The 1922 pattern tunic was still widely in issue at the outbreak of the Second World War and saw issue throughout the war with MPs and Warrant Officers amongst others. After the Second World War these tunics were still produced in small numbers and issued to some units. This jacket is labelled 'Jacket Service Dress O.R' and is identical in pattern to those issued during the 1930s and features pleated chest pockets and buttoning lower pocket flaps. The label also states the jacket as being as size No. 11 which will fit a 38-40" chest and a 34" waist. Inside the jacket is the WD stamp which is surmounted by the letter O which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. The jacket is in excellent condition and has clearly never had heavy use. The serge the jacket is made from is perfect with no rips, tears or moth and the cotton drill lining is also exceptionally good. The jacket retains its original brass belt hangers on each hip and comes with a full set of original brass kings crown general service buttons. This jacket would be ideal for the collector or re-enactor alike. The condition is excellent for an original wartime dated jacket which is now becoming hard to find.
1942 Dated Dispatch Riders Helmet by BMB An excellent wartime example of a dispatch riders helmet dated 1942. 1942 was the first year of manufacture of this pattern of helmet which replaced the earlier cork pattern, making this a very early example. The date is stamped inside the leather headband as well as the manufacture 'BMB' which stands for British Motor Bodies, one of the most prolific helmet manufactures of the Second World War. Also stamped is the size 6 3/4. Although marked as a small size this helmet will fit up to a size 7. The outside of the helmet retains 99% of its original green finish which is the typical light green used by BMB throughout the war. There is the odd the chip and numerous blemishes which are to be expected. The condition is still outstanding in my opinion. The interior is virtually immaculate. The paint work on the metal she'll is perfect, the leather work is in excellent shape as are the buckle and pop std on the chin strap and the white cotton head support is free from any damage or staining. This helmet would compliment any collection and would certainly be hard to better.
1942 Dated High Leg Webbing Gaiters. A mint un-issued pair of British made four strap gaiters clearly dated 1942.
1942 Dated Indian Made 1937 Pattern Binocular Case A rare example of an Indian made British Army 1937 Pattern Binocular case clearly dated 1942. This binocular case conforms to the first pattern 1937 binocular case as it does not have the brass buckles either side which can have a cross strap attached to them. The case features buckles to the rear to mount it on the 1937 pattern webbing belt as well as another buckle above these to attach it to the compass pouch. The case is clearly marked inside 'KEF 1942' which is the manufacturer and the date. There is a stamp to the right of it which bares the War Department broad arrow above the letter 'I' which denotes Indian made items. The interior of the case is very clean and all the padding is still intact. The condition of this case is extremely good and it appears to never have been issued. Overall, a great example of this rare piece of webbing which would compliment any British Army collection.
1942 Dated Mk VII Chest Respirator Named To Fuller A nice an very complete example of an early-mid war British Army Chest Respirator. It is nice to find such a complete gas mask such as this, all named to the same soldier. Things which are usually missing are present here including the identity disc which is worn on the respirator haversack. The haversack is in good condition and dated inside the flap 1942. It has also been marked 'Fuller' by the original owner. It is the MK VII pattern respirator bag which came into use in 1941 and was the last pattern of chest respirator before the light weight pattern was brought into use. All the pop studs work and the canvas is in good shape. There are a couple of rust marks to the back of the bag. The gas mask itself has the rubber face piece which is dated 1941 and is in good condition, as is the hose. The filter is the brick red type filter. Also included is the 'Ointment, Anti-gas No.2' tin as well as the anti-dimming tin No.342 which is dated 1941. The original owners identity disc is also present and reads 'Fuller 14087406' A nice a very complete chest respirator with a nice personal history which warrants further research.
1942 Dated RAF Air Sea Rescue Waterproof Over Trousers A rare original pair of 1942 Dated Air Sea Rescue waterproof over trousers complete with their original belt. The trousers are in good condition for their age and display very well. They don’t appear to have had any use and all the stamps are nice and bright still. The waist belt is also in very good condition and the original buckle is still present. The trousers feature all their original 'Swift' zips; one to the fly and another to the back of each leg. The zips are very clean with no signs of corrosion so should work well. The only fault with the trousers is that the black rubber soles on the bottom have gone brittle and it has begun to flake off in places. Please study the pictures. Overall a very good example of these rare over-trousers which would compliment any RAF collection.
1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag A Nice original 1942 dated RAF kit bag in good usable condition. The kit bag is marked inside the flap with the Air Ministry crown as well as the contract number and the date - 1942. There is also a War Department stamp and crows foot which is surmounted by the letter O which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. The outside of the kit bag bares the original owners RAF serial number as well as the numbers 7 - 50. There is a blue band running around the centre of the bag as was standard on RAF kit bags The back of the kit bag has a number of places and dates listed denoting where the original owner served. All in all, a nice RAF kit bag which would be ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike.
1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag A good example of an RAF kit bag clearly dated 1942. The bag features the blue band common to all RAF kit bags as well as the letters RAF and a serial number stencilled to the outside. A good example of a war dated kit bag.
1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag - 'Folkard' A nice original 1942 dated RAF kit bag in used condition made be 'O. Groom LTD, London'. This kit bag is typical of wartime RAF kit bag being made from a heavy white canvas and featuring brass eyelets around the top some of which are missing. The bag features one blue strip around the centre and a black painted patch to the front which bares the original owners name and number amongst other details. A good war dated example of an RAF kit bag which would suit both the collector and re-enactor equally.
1942 Dated RAF OA trousers A fantastic original 1942 dated pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers in great condition and complete with their original label. These trousers have all the attributes associated with early manufactured RAF OA items including the white cotton lining and stamped brass buttons which were both replaced during the war. On the rear of the trousers is the original cotton label which states - 'Trousers Blue Grey OA, Size No.15 ... M & N Horne LTD, April 1942. The sizes indicate a fit of a 31" waist. The War Department broad arrow is also present to the very bottom of the label. Inside the trousers bare the War Department broad arrow stamp which is surmounted by the letter O indicating 1942 as the year of manufacture. The original owners service number is also stamped inside the waistband in purple ink and could potentially be traceable. The condition of the trousers is fantastic as can be seen in the photographs. The serge is still a deep blue colour and the nap is very good. These have not been heavily worn or washed and still look as good today as when they were made. Wartime examples of these trousers are now becoming very hard to find particularly in such good condition and with their original labels and all the correct stamps. These trousers would undoubtedly compliment any wartime RAF collection.
1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic and Belt - LAC Maxwell An excellent 1942 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic in a large size 13 complete with its original belt and Insignia which belonged to Leading Air Craftsman Maxwell who served in the RAF during the Second World War. This tunic was the standard tunic worn by all Airmen under the rank of Warrant Officer throughout the Second World War and features semi-embroidered albatross insignia to the top of each sleeve and Indian made LAC props below this. There is also an Air Sea Rescue patch to one sleeve but this is suspected to be a repro. The tunic is in very good condition for its age showing only limited signs of wear. The serge is still a deep blue collar and not washed out like many original wartime tunics. The belt which comes with the tunic features the correct brass buckle but the serge appears to be more worn than the tunic. It was common for Airmen to wear the belt around their trousers when working in hot conditions which could explain why it is more worn in this instance. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is nice a clear stating the year of manufacture as 1942 and the size as No. 13 which will fit someone up to the height of 6', 38" chest and a 34" waist. Overall a nice wartime tunic with history to the original owner. War dated tunics in wearable sizes such as this are becoming harder to find.
1942 Dated Royal Signals Captains Battledress Blouse A lovely example of an early manufacture 1940 (Austerity) pattern battledress blouse with original early-mid war insignia. This blouse features three oversize Royal Signals officers pips on each shoulder denoting Captain as well as an original Arm Of Service strip to each arm which is made from two pieces of felt - a common practice. This style of battledress badging was very common during 1941-42 before shoulder titles and divisional flashes became de rigueur. The only other evidence of insignia on the jacket is two holes above the left-hand breast pocket where some sort of medal ribbon was at some point attached. The blouse has a beautiful label inside and bares one of the less common makers - M Craps & Sons Ltd. and is clearly dated 1942. The sizes state - Height - 5'7" - 5'8" Chest - 35-36" Waist - 30-31" The battledress is in great condition for its age and the nap of the wool is beautiful. The only small faults are a small rip to the lining of the collar, a tear to the lining in one of the cuffs and a small amount of corrosion to the metal collar fasteners. All in all, a very honest, original wartime Battledress jacket with nice original badges and an uncommon maker.
1942 Dated Slouch Hat with REME Flash A nice 1942 dated example of the British Army slouch hat in a size 7. This hat was issued troops in the Far East during the Second World War and became synonymous with that campaign. Inside the hat is a leather sweatband which is stamped 1942 by Failsworth Hats Ltd on one side and with a large WD arrow on the other. There is also a leather chin strap which is in good condition. The overall condition is very good with no signs of damage or excessive wear. There is the odd small moth graze but these are only noticeable on very close inspection. The puggaree is missing on this example but there is a shadow showing where it once was. On one side of the hat is an original REME flash which sets the hat off nicely. A very nice hat which displays well and would be compliment any collection.
1942 Dated US Army Doughboy Pack A good example of the Doughboy pack us by the US Army throughout the Second World War. This example is maker marked and clearly dated 1942. The overall condition is good and all the straps etc are complete. However there is some age present, particularly on the metal work. A good example of this part of the US army equipment.
1942 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic - Size 39 L An original 1942 dated US Army Enlisted Men's Tunic in a large size 39 Long which comes without any insignia. This original tunic is a blank canvas and is ready to be badged up to whatever unit you desire. The tunic does appear to have been issued as it has a service number inside but aside from this there are no other real signs of use, leaving the tunic in very nice condition. There are a coupe of small holes which I have added photographs of but these are only noticeable on close inspection. Inside one of the pockets the tunic retains its original makers label which is quite worn leaving only some of the details clear. The size, 39L is clear and this is also stamped to the lining of the jacket inside the neck. All in all a good original US tunic in a nice tall wearable size. This would be ideal for a re-enactor.
1942 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic - Size 39 R An original 1942 dated US Army Enlisted Men's Tunic in a size 39 Regular and complete with original insignia. The jacket features a Divisional patch to the left sleeve, Private chevrons to each sleeve and the 'ruptured duck' badge above the right breast pocket. Inside one of the pockets the original tag is still present and is still legible. It states the manufacturer as 'M. Wile & Co' and the manufacture date as March 2nd 1942. The tunic is stamped as a size 39 R inside the lining. The original owners name has also been added to the lining in ink and reads 'J. W. Nichols'. The overall condition of the tunic is good as can be seen in the pictures and it displays well. There is a small hole to the front of the jacket which I have included a picture of but this doesn't really detract from its overall appearance in my opinion. All in all a nice original wartime US Army jacket in a good wearable size and with some nice original insignia.
1943 Dated 1940 (Austerity) Pattern Battledress Trousers - Size 7 A fantastic pair of 1940 pattern (austerity) battledress trousers dated 1943 as used by the British Army during the Second World War. These trousers feature the brown horn buttons which are always associated with early manufactured battledress and much more sort after by collectors. Inside the trousers all the waist buttons and the fly buttons are early brass buttons which again indicates an early pair of trousers. The cotton drill lining in these trousers is immaculate as can be seen from the photographs. If these trousers have been issued they have had very little wear! There is a number 7 stamped inside the waistband which denotes the size as well as War Department WD stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The overall condition of the trousers is fantastic as can be seen in the photographs. There is a small amount of staining to the crotch but this can't be seen when they are worn/displayed. A fantastic pair of early 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers that would certainly be hard to better!
1943 Dated ARP 57A Civil Defence Battledress Blouse - Finsbury A nice original 1943 dated Civil Defence Battledress blouse with original wartime insignia to a London borough. The jacket is the ARP57A which is the wartime economy pattern with exposed buttons, very much the same as the British army austerity pattern. This original Home Front piece features Warden shoulder titles, a Civil Defence breast badge and an original 'Finsbury' area title below this. It has also had all of its buttons changed for metal 'CD' Civil Defence buttons which is a nice touch and something that was certainly done at the time. Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which is still bright and legible. It reads Size No.3 which will fit someone under 5' 4" with up to a 40" breast and a 35-38" waist. It is possible that the jacket could have been original issued to a woman as they often had men's uniform items. The 1943 date is nice and clear on the label as is the War Department broad arrow marking. Next to the label is the War Department issue ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which is the correct letter for 1943. The condition of the blouse is reasonable and it displays well. There are a number of holes dotted about which were most likely caused by moth but these are only noticeable on close inspection. All in all a nice original piece of wartime Home Front uniform with a London connection that would certainly be an asset to any Civil Defence or Home Front collection.
1943 Dated British Army Dispatch Riders Breeches An original pair of British Army Dispatch Riders Breeches in good condition. This pattern of breeches came into issue with the British Army in 1941 and saw service throughout the rest of the Second World War. This particular example date from 1943. They have the letter 'N' stamped inside them above the War Department arrow and WD marking which denotes this as the year of manufacture. Inside they also have the number 6 stamped in ink which denotes the size. The overall condition of the breeches is very good as can be seen in the photographs. The retain all of their original buttons and show no real signs of wear or damage. There are a few very small moth holes mainly to the seat but these are only noticeable on very close inspection. Overall a very nice pair of original breeches which display well and would suit both a collector or re-enactor well.
1943 Dated Canadian Webbing Trouser Belt A nice original Canadian webbing trouser belt clearly dated 1943. The belt is marked as a size small and bares the Canadian War Department arrow which is surrounded by a C. The belt is in excellent condition and if it has been issued appears to have seen little use. Free UK P+P.
1943 dated Fleet Air Arm Swordfish Pilots tunic and trousers names to Cdr A. C. R. Duvall This fantastic Fleet Air Arm tunic and trousers belonged to Commander A. C. R. Duvall who was commissioned into the Royal Navy in the late 1920s and served throughout the Second World War. Alfred Cole Ricardo Duvall was a pilot at the beginning of the war stationed on the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous which was attacked and sunk by U29 on the 17 of September 1939. A.C.R Duvall is listed as one of the survivors of the attack and was at the time a Lieutenant Commander. He was most likely a Swordfish pilot as this is predominantly what they flew from Courageous. The tunic itself is a fine example made by 'Gieves' and dated 1943. This ties in with the date that Duvall was made Commander, so he had the tunic made to go with his new rank. The gold bullion rank on the sleeves is in good condition and the pilots wings are good too, although there is a small amount of bullion missing from the centre of the wing. The jacket also features a set of brass kings crown naval buttons. The jacket does have signs of wear and was clearly used during the war. Saying that, it is still in very good condition for its age. The trousers also have a Gieves label inside although it is not legible. I assume that the details read the same as in the jacket. The trousers are cut with a fish tail back which is typical of the era and are in good condition with only the odd hole here and there which are very small. All in all, a fantastic named set with some incredible history. FAA pilots tunics rarely come up for sale, let alone with this kind of history!
1943 Dated RAF 'Suits Aircrew' Trousers A fantastic original pair of RAF Suits Aircrew Battledress trousers clearly dated 1943 in a good large size No.12. To look at, these trousers look like War Service Dress which replaced 'Suits Aircrew' sometime in 1943, but they are labelled as 'Suits Aircrew' none-the-less. It may be the case that this particular manufacturer was using up old stocks of labels. The trousers are made from wool serge and feature one rear buttoning pocket, a slash pocket to each hip and a first field dress pocket to the front left of the trousers. They also feature a button fly and have buttons around the inside of the waistband which are used to secure the braces, all of which are the standard black horn type using on this pattern of RAF clothing. Inside the waistband is the War Department ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter N which confirms 1943 as the year of manufacture. The trousers are a good size No.12 which will fit up to a 35" waist, so a good wearable size for re-enactment. The trousers are in very good condition with no rips, tears or moth damage. There is some discolouration around the hip pockets and to the left trouser leg, but this may come out with dry cleaning. All together, a fantastic pair of nicely dated RAF trousers with the rare 'Suits Aircrew' label. A generous size so would suit the re-enactor as much as the collector!
1943 Dated RAF OA Tunic - Size No. 9 A good example of a wartime RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic dated 1943, complete with its original belt. The jacket comes complete with a full set of brass Kings crown buttons and it has original wartime insignia to both sleeves. The albatross insignia to the top of the sleeve is of the printed variety whilst the LAC badges and wireless operators badges are all of the earlier embroidered style. The original belt is present and still retains its original brass buckle. The tunic is marked as a size No.9. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'7" - 5' 8"' Breast 39" & 40" Waist 36" All in all, a nice original war time tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1943 Dated RAF Officers Crombie Overcoat A beautiful 1943 dated RAF Officers overcoat made from a Crombie material. These coats area usually made from a thick serge but this example is interesting because it is made from a much softer material with a high pile that is similar to 'teddy bear' coats of the 1930s. The coat was made by 'Collier & Stanley' of Manchester in 1943 for a Pilot Officer and features an original set of Pilot Officers shoulder boards, a full set of original brass Kings crown buttons and the correct brass waist buckle. Inside the neck is also a nice brass hanging chain which is original to the coat. The greatcoat comes complete with two original rank boards mounted on each shoulder which have a single stripe which denotes pilot officer rank. The overall condition of the greatcoat is very good as can be seen in the pictures. There are some areas which show light moth grazing, but this is only noticeable on close inspection. I have taken a close up picture to illustrate this. The coat is a small size and will fit a 34-36" chest but no bigger. A very complete and original greatcoat with a nice wartime date. This would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector.
1943 Dated Royal Navy White Shorts by ‘Harrods’ A scarce original pair of 1943 dated white British military shorts by 'Harrods' in excellent condition. These private purchase shorts closely resemble the standard British pattern in the early year of the war featuring a double buckle front and three belt loops. The buttons are silver coloured pressed metal. Inside the shorts is the original label which is quite small but states 'Harrods' as the maker, the waist size as 30" and the year of manufacture as 1943. The condition of the shorts is excellent and they don't appear to have seen much wear. Overall a beautiful pair of British wartime shorts in excellent condition which would suit a collector well.
1943 Dated S.D Pantalons, Motor Cyclists An absolutely outstanding pair of Wartime S.D Pantaloons, Motor Cyclists, clearly dated 1943 which have clearly never been issued. These pantaloons came into service with the British Army during 1941 as a specific item of clothing for Dispatch Riders and motor cyclists. They closely follow the same pattern as the standard pre-war British Army Service Dress Breeches but have an additional 'First Field Dressing' pocket to the right hip. This particular pair of breeches still retain their original label which is very clear and bright. The label states the pantaloons as being a size 10, which will fit up to a 32" waist, and are dated March 1943. Inside the trousers the cotton drill lining is in perfect condition and all the correct stamps are present. The WD stamp is surmounted by a 'N' which is correct for 1943. The Pantaloons also have dark brown horn buttons which are often associated with items made in 1942-43. Sadly one of the exterior ones are missing and another is broken but these can be easily sourced. The overall condition of these breeches is magnificent, as can be seen in the pictures. They do however have a coupe of small moth grazes to the rear which I have attempted to photograph. They are only noticeable on very close inspection and do not detract from these beautiful pantaloons at all in my honest opinion. All in all, a fantastic example of these rare Pantaloons which are clearly dated. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike - These would be hard to better!
1943 Dated WW2 1940 Pattern British Army Greatcoat - Size 8 A good wartime made example of the British Army 1940 pattern greatcoat in a hard to find larger size. This pattern of coat came in to service to replace the 1939 pattern and saw wide issue throughout the Second World War on all fronts. The greatcoat retains all of its original brass general service buttons to the front as well as the half belt at the back and has two wartime rubber buttons holding the bottom of the skirt closed. Inside the coat the original label is still present and clearly states Size No. 8 which will fit up to a 43" chest over battledress. The date is also on the label and although faint, the numbers 1943 can be made out. The coat is in good condition but does have a lot of white marks; some to the front and more inside. These may well dry clean out.The coat has obviously been in storage for many years. All in all, a good example of a wartime British Army greatcoat in a hard to find larger size.
1943 Pattern Escape Boots with 92 Squadron Provenance Here we have an absolutely beautiful pair of 1943 pattern escape boots, easily the finest pair I have ever come across! Not only are they immaculate but these boots have some very interesting provenance. These boots belonged to John G Butler who flew English Electric Lightening's with 92 Squadron before later moving on to flying for BOAC. Both boots are clearly marked inside with his name and BOAC and I also have a letter of provenance from the family confirming this. It is interesting that the history of these wartime boots is postwar, obviously it was a style that John Butler had taken a liking to at some point and carried on using. These boots really are immaculate and were clearly extremely well looked after throughout their life. The black leather shoe portion is lovely, the leather having an amazing shin to it and a really deep finish. The suede uppers are in very good condition, both the brass lightening zippers work very well, the laces appear to be the originals and all the metal parts are very good with no corrosion. These boots are roughly a size 6-7. All in all an incredible example of the iconic WW2 RAF Escape Boots which would be extremely hard to better!
1944 Dated 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards Black Tankers Beret An extremely original example of a Normandy period Black beret to the 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards which is dated 1944. The 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards landed in Normandy a month after the initial D-Day landings as part of 7th Armoured Division and fought at the battles of Mont Pincon and at Saint-Pierre-la-Vieille amongst many others. This rare beret is a standard issue black beret as issued to tank crews through-out the Second World War and was made by 'Supak Manufacturing Co' who are one of the more common makers of berets such as this. The beret is also marked as a size 6 7/8 and bares the date 1944. There is also a War Department WD stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which confirms 1944 as the year of manufacture. This beret features an original and highly polished 5th Royal Inniskillings Dragoon Guards cap badge which is secured onto the hat with a brass slider, as is commonly found in original British headwear. The badge is mounted on a red field which has been stitched directly to the beret. There is no doubt that this badge has always been on the beret. The condition of the beret is very good for its age showing only limited signs of wear. All the original markings inside are present as is the single black thread which is stitched into the lining and used for testing and adjusting of the main firing pieces of tanks. Overall, an incredibly original Normandy period beret which can only be described as a 'sleeper'. Normandy period headwear this original rarely comes up and it is a pleasure to be in a position to offer it onto the open market.
1944 Dated Austerity Pattern Webbing Belt Named To 1st Gordon Highlanders An excellent austerity pattern webbing belt named to a Captain in the Gordon Highlanders and clearly dated 1944. This very original belt belonged to Captain Gray who served with the 1st Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders, most likely in North West Europe after D-Day. Whilst I haven't been able to trace the original owner, 1st Battalion did go to France on D-day and based on the KG3 blanco applied to the belt and the fact that it is an austerity pattern belt, I think it is safe to say this belt saw action somewhere in Northwest Europe during 1944-45. The belt is marked Capt Gray, 1st Gordons in ink to the inside of the belt. As well as this the original Manufactures stamp is still very clearly stating MECO 1944 followed by the War Department broad arrow stamp. Underneath this is a large L stamped in the same ink which denotes the belt as a large size. The construction of the belt is typical of austerity pattern belts. It features webbing loops to the front of the belt rather than the usual brass examples and the ends of the belt which hold the brass clips used in adjusting the belt are folded and stitched, rather than being weft as is usual. Overall, a very original and authentic belt which deserves more research and would undoubtedly compliment any British Army collection.
1944 Dated Beret by ‘Kangol Wear Ltd’ - Size 6 1/2 An original beret which is marked inside with the War department broad arrow. The beret also features the size stamp, 6 1/2, as well as the makers name ‘Kangol Wear Ltd’ who were one of the most prolific makers of berets for the British forces during the Second World War. Overall good condition and displays well.
1944 Dated British Army Ammunition Boots - Size 8 A rare pair of wartime manufactured British Army Ammunition boots clearly dated 1944. The ammunition boot came into service with the British Army in 1936 and saw extensive use throughout the Second World War as the main issue boot. War dated examples are now scarce to come by and always sought after by collectors. The boots are made from a typical 'war grade' leather which is much thinner than post-war examples. When looking at these boots it is easy to see why soldiers complained about their boots always falling to pieces! As with all ammunition boots they feature a toe cap and 6 black painted brass eyelets. The soles of the boots are also in extremely good condition with 14 original studs. It is also worth noting that the toe plates are original, with the correct original screws fixing them. By this point in the war the 4th screw was left out of each boot as an economy measure, making these boots a perfect untouched 1944 example. The boots come complete with leather laces which look original to the boots. They are certainly very old and suit the boots well. Inside the boots are clean and clearly marked 1944 and 8S. The size 8 stamp appears to have been over-stamped from a 9 which is interesting. All in all, a fantastic example of a rare pair of wartime date boots clearly marked with all the correct factory traits of a 1944 dated pair of boots. These would be very hard to better!
1944 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of Indian made Khaki Drill shorts as worn by the British Army, Royal Navy and RAF during the Second World War. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring metal Indian buttons and ink stamps to the interior. The shorts have a First Field Dressing pocket to the front and slash pockets to each hip. Inside the shorts are the usual Indian stamps found in Khaki Drill items. The circular date stamp is present and reads '1944'. There is also the number 11 stamped inside the waistband which most likely refers to the size. In terms of size the shorts are good large size with a 33" waist so ideal for the modern re-enactor. The overall condition of the shorts is good but there are various signs of wear and staining as is common with original Khaki Drill items. On the whole however they display well and certainly have plenty of wear left in them. All in all a good pair of original war dated KD shorts in a large wearable size.
1944 Dated British Army Officers Boots Size 7 A great pair of original World War Two British Army Officers boots clearly dated 1944. These boots are typical of those used by Officers throughout the Second World War. They are made from a brown leather which is pebbled and feature a toe cap. The boot of the boots have studs at the front and rear which was common practice at the time, The boots are lined with leather and inside is stamp 'BOOT 1944' which tells us the date. There is also a number 7 stamped which can be seen faintly in the photograph which denotes the size, The boots retain their original laces and are packed with vintage newspaper, presumably from their original owner. Structurally the boots seem pretty sound. All in all, a lovely pair of boots which are clearly war dated and could potentially be used for re-enactment.
1944 Dated Canadian Battledress Trousers Size 11 A nice pair of 1944 dated Canadian made battledress trousers which belonged to a Royal Artillery officer during the Second World War. This particular example have had the map pocket removed from the front of the left leg. This was common, particularly with officers who wanted to make their uniform smarter. All the buttons appear to be present and the serge is good. The lining is also good and the markings are still present.
1944 Dated Canadian Made Battledress Blouse With REME 49 Division insignia A Beautiful 1944 dated Canadian made battledress with original wartime insignia in superb condition. This fantastic blouse features original embroidered REME shoulder titles, printed 49th Division flashes and the three colour REME arm of service flash to each arm. All the insignia appears to be original to the jacket and there are also traces of where pips have been on the epaulettes. The overall condition of the jacket is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The serge is in very good shape with no rips, tears or signs of moth. There is however one white mark to the back of the collar. The interior is also every clean showing only limited signs of wear. This was obviously a 'best' BD. Inside the jacket is the original makers stamp which states the jacket as being a generous size 9. The date, 1944, is also very clear. Below this is the Canadian War Department mark featuring a broad arrow surrounded by a 'C'. Canadian made battledress was sort after by those in the British Army as it was considered to be of a higher quality than British made examples. When acquired these were usually used as 'best' jackets which is probably why examples like this one have survived. A fantastic Normandy period original battledress blouse in excellent condition with all original insignia. A must have for the British Army in Normandy collector!
1944 Dated Canadian Made Royal Artillery Officers Battledress Blouse A nice 1944 dated Canadian made battledress blouse which belonged to an officer of the Royal Artillery. This blouse came with a number of other items from the same Royal Artillery officer who served during World War Two. This was clearly his 'best' battledress; Canadian made bd was often acquired for this purpose as it was considered of better quality. This blouse retains its original Royal Artillery arm of service stripe on each arm and there is evidence of where there was once officers pips. The blouse has been tailored to be worn with a shirt and tie as was popular, particularly with officers towards the end of the war. Inside the jacket is maker marked 'Workmen Uniform Co' and the 1944 date can be seen, although it has faded somewhat with age. The blouse is in very good condition although there is a moth hole in the armpit on one side. This is noticeable when displayed or worn. A suggested size of a 38" chest is recommended. Altogether a nice officers tailored BD with original aos strips still present. The trousers that came with this blouse are listed below
1944 Dated Commando Bergen An excellent example of the second pattern Commando Bergen as used on D-Day, clearly dated 1944. The bag section of this item is made from dark green waterproof canvas as opposed to the first pattern which was made from a light tan material. Interestingly, like the first pattern bergens, this example has the two webbing straps which run around the circumference of the bag towards the top, which can just be seen below the main flap. Inside the Bergen is dated 1944, although it has faded somewhat over time. The black metal frame is also clearly dated 1944 and bares a War Department broad arrow mark, so is almost certainly the original frame for the bag. Underneath the bag both of the thin webbing straps which are often missing are still intact and in good condition. The webbing tabs which secure the pockets are also all intact and work fine and all the leather work on the bag is in fine condition. Inside the main flap is a brass zip which still works well. The condition of the Bergen is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The only slight issue is a few black marks to one of the side pockets, but this looks like it would be possible to remove with some time and care. All in all, an excellent and very original example of a Commando Bergen clearly dated 1944. It would undoubtedly look fantastic in any WW2 display.
1944 Dated Officers Boots By John White - Size 8 A good 1944 dated example of the British officers double buckle boots made by 'John White'. This pattern of boot was designed to be worn in place of ankle boots and gaiters by combining the two and was popular with officers in the Normandy Campaign. The boots are clearly marked 1944 and size 8 on the inside of one of the boots as can be seen in the photographs. The leather outer of these boots is very good indeed. I gave them a coat of good quality leather feed and the responded extremely well. The leather is strong and supple and has no real tears or scuffs present. The boots also feature their original laces! I washed these and they came up well, although do some signs of staining in some places. Not surprising considering they are over 70 years old! The leather lining to the interior of the boots has seen better days sadly, on one boot in particular. The lining is missing in some places and is dry and flakey in others. They could possibly still be worn but I would reccmond using them for display only. The sole on the boots is in reasonable condition for its age as can be seen in the photographs and are completely original with no signs of being altered post war. A nice pair of officers pattern boots, nicely marked and in a decent size.
1944 Dated RAF / RAAF Australian Made Slouch Hat An original 1944 Dated Australian made raf / raaf slouch hat complete with pugree and raf flash. These hats were worn by all ranks of the raf, raaf and similar units in the Far East during the Second World War. This particular example is Australian made which is evident from the marking inside meaning that it could have originally been a royal Australian Air Force hat. However a large number of British troops were also issued with Australian made hats in the Far East so this is also a definite possibility. This original item follows the usual wartime issue specification for Bush hats featuring a large felt brim, khaki pugree, leather sweatband and chin strap and regimental flash to the left hand side. The sweatband inside the hat is in good condition and still retains its original factory markings. The 1944 date is clear as is the size - 6 7/8. Part of the leather chin strap has broken in the middle although the two halves will still meet but this makes the strap very short. It would be possible to have it repaired but the hat still displays nicely as it is. The overall condition of the hat is good as can be seen in the pictures. It has been worn and shows signs of wear and age. Overall however it displays well. Altogether a nice original War dated RAF hat which would undoubtedly compliment any RAF or Far East collection.
1944 Dated RAF / RAAF Slouch Hat A brilliant original example of an RAF / RAAF slouch hat which is clearly dated 1944. This hat is of Australian origin and I believe may have possibly been an RAAF hat originally as there are two holes to the front of the hat which look as if they have had a cap badge mounted through them at some stage. It is common to see an Australian badge mounted in this place in original photographs. The hat features its original pugree and RAF flashes to the outside and inside the leather sweatband remains intact. The sweatband is stamped as a size 7 1/8 and also bares the manufacture date of 1944. The original chin strap has been repaired by hand at some point, which isn't surprising as they are not the strongest. The overall condition of the hat is good but it does show signs of service wear and age. There are some moth tracks present and the fur felt has been rubbed down in numerous places. It still displays very well however as can be seen from the photographs. A great original hat which is nicely dated and would undoubtedly compliment any RAF or RAAF collection.
1944 Dated RAF OA Tunic - Size No.5 An original 1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airmans tunic as worn throughout the Second World War by both Aircrew and Ground crew. The tunic features a full set of original kings crown brass buttons but has no belt. The tunic is also devoid of any insignia but there are clear signs of where stripes have been attached previously on both sleeves. I have both the albatross I insgnia and corporal stripes in stock currently which I could supply with the tunic at an additional cost. Inside the tunicnthe origianl label is intact and clearly legible and states the tunic size as a 5 which will fit up to a 37” chest. The maker ‘L Harris’ is also present on the label as is the date - 1945. The overall condition of the tunic is good but the tunic has been issued and worn so does have Wear consumate with this. These tunics are become harder to find with nice wartime dates such as this and it would be a great addition to any RAF collection.
1944 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress Named To Navigator A lovely wartime example of an RAF officers service dress named to a navigator and dated 1944. This set clearly belonged to a tall gentlemen originally as the inside leg of the trousers is very long as is the arm length on the jacket. Inside the inner pocket is the original tailors label from 'Hawes Bros' of Farringdon, London. The label has the original owners name 'P/O R. P. Stedeford marked in ink as well as the dated, 1944. The jacket has two rings of rank tape on the sleeve denoting the rank of Flight Lieutenant, so it would appear Stedeman was promoted sometime after this tunic was made in 1944. The jacket also features a lovely Navigators brevet to the chest which is padded with and embroidered with silk, as was common practice at the time. Below this are Stedeman's original medal ribbons which include; 39-45 Star, Africa Star and clasp, Aircrew Europe Medal and clasp and the Italy Star. Stedeman clear had quite a service career worthy of further research. The trousers are of a typical British cut featuring a button fly as well as buttons to attach braces to inside the waistband. They also have been cut with a high fishtail back which is really lovely and would look fantastic when worn. The leg is also cut very wide compared to many suits like this I have seen, though this was fashionable at the time. The overall condition of this set is fantastic to say the least. There are no holes or stains present anywhere as far as I can see. There is some fading and signs of service wear, but nothing that isn't to be expected from a set of this age. A fantastic set of Service Dress with interesting history and nice original insignia. The original owner clearly had quite a service career which would be make for interesting research.
1944 Dated RAF Officers Tunic Named To Wing Commander Lloyd Joel DFC This fantastic tunic belonged to Wing Commander Lloyd Joel DFC who served with 55 squadron before moving to No.38 Group where he was specially concerned with SAS and SOE drops prior to D-Day. The tunic is in fantastic condition and typical of a wartime tailored RAF officers tunic. It was made by Anderson & Shepard Ltd, 30 Saville Row W.1 on the 7th of February 1944. It features the correct wartime 4 button design and sewn in belt as well as kings crown RAF buttons. These are however staybrite as is the waist buckle. So most likely changed post war. A beautiful set of padded kings crown RAF wings are present above the left chest pocket below which are a number of loops which would have had medal ribbons attached to them at some stage. To see which medals Wing Commander Joel would have worn, please view his post war tropical tunic which stil features its media ribbons. Below are two extracts taken from the official New Zealand Air force history - 'Wing Commander L. J. Joel, DFC; RAF; born Dunedin, 3 Jan 1917; joined RAF Aug 1938; commanded No. 55 Sqdn, Middle East, 1943–44; Operations staff, No. 38 Group, 1944–45.' 'Wing Commander Joel served on the staff of No. 38 Group, where he was specially concerned with the Special Air Service operations which dropped agents and saboteurs in Europe. Joel had already completed three tours of operations in the Middle East.' Not only is this tunic a fantastic example of a wartime RAF officers tunic with a very nice set of wings, it is named to a Wing Commander who was awarded the DFC and involve closely in special operations. This tunic would undoubtedly compliment any RAF or SOE/SAS collection.
1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat Size 10 - LAC Maxwell A good original example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat in a large size No.10 clearly dated 1944. This came with a number of items all attributed to 3061845 Leading Air Craftsman A.D Maxwell who served in the RAF during the Second World War. This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years. This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown buttons and a matched set of wartime semi-embroidered RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. Above this is an outline of stitching where another badge has previously been affixed. It could be a nationality title but more likely it would be something like RAF Regiment. Inside the coat features a white blanket lining as well as the original label which states the coat as being a size No. 10 Which will fit up to 61 tall, 41" chest and a 37" waist. The date is clearly marked 1944 on the label. The overall condition of the Greatcoat is very good indeed and it displays very well. There are a few marks where the brasso from the buttons has rubbed of onto the serge material but these should brush out. This greatcoat came with the tunic a number of other items attributed to LAC Maxwell which I have currently listed. All in all, a great example of a wartime RAF OA greatcoat which are becoming increasingly hard to find especially in such a good wearable size. This would compliment any RAF collection or complete a re-enactment uniform nicely.
1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Tunic. An original RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic dated 1944 and with all it's original insignia and some history. This tunic belonged to 1029310 Cpl Bamford who served with 683 who formed in 1943 at RAF Luqa on Malta, as a photo-reconnaissance squadron operating the Spitfire fighter in the photo-reconnaissance role before moving into Sicily and Italy. The tunic is typical of wartime made tunics and is complete with its original insignia which includes printed albatross badges to teh top of each sleeve, a printed wireless operator badge to the right sleeve and a nice pair of corporal stripes. This along with the campaign ribbons attached above the left breast pocket tie together nicely with all the original paperwork which came with this set and is listed below. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the jackets size as No.6 which will fit up to a 39" chest and a 35" waist. The label also bares the War Department broad arrow, makers name and the 1944 dated. Also inside the jacket is the War Department ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter Z denoting 1945 as the year of issue. The jacket also comes complete with its original waist belt and brass buckle both of which are in good condition and are a good match to the tunic. The condition of the tunic is very good with no damage or mothing that I can see. It has been worn but it has been well looked after and displays well today. It isn't a heavily worn and washed out example but still retains a nice deep blue colour as it would have done at the time. altogether a very nice tunic with original badges, a nice date and some interesting history. It would certainly compliment and wartime RAF collection!
1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Large Size A good original 1944 dated RAF War Service Dress blouse in a large size No.17. This blouse was standard issue for RAF Aircrews and Ground Crews from 1941 until the end of the Second World War. This particular example still retains its original Insignia and belonged to a wireless operator as there is a trade badge denoting this trade on the right sleeve. On both arms are also two original WW2 printed Albatross badges. Inside the jacket has a nice clear label which reads 'Size No.17' which will fit someone of 6'2" tall and up to a 40" chest. Original wartime battledress in a generous size such as this is now very rare to find! The label also has the dated 1944 marked very clearly on the label as well as the maker 'M & N Horne'. The overall condition of the jacket I would describe as grubby. It has clearly had a lot of use as a working jacket rather than a best jacket. These uniforms were designed for working and were not suppose to be worn off base. As well as this there as some moth holes to the back and the belt is frayed where it has been passed through the buckle multiple times. The condition has been taken into consideration when pricing the jacket. Overall a nice original war dated RAF jacket in a rare large size which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally well.
1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Trousers A well worn example of RAF War Service Dress trousers dated 1944. These trousers were used by both aircrew and ground crew between 1943 and 1945 replacing the early 'Suits Aircrew' trousers. This particular pair have a nice clear label and are marked as a size 4. Whilst this sounds like a small size they will fit up to a 31" waist and the leg has been let all the way down so will fit longer than is stated in the label. The trousers feature the dressing pocket on the left hip and single rear pocket which is standard in WSD trousers. The trousers are in salty condition and have clearly had a hard life. There are white marks to the front of he trousers and two tears along the bottom of each leg, about 1 1/2" above the hem. If these trousers were shortened back to their original length this would not be noticeable. All together, a nice original pair of wartime dated trousers in well worn condition. These would look great on display or could be used by a reenactor who wants a pair of trousers that look like they have been lived in.
1944 Dated Royal Army Service Corps 1940 Pattern Battledress Blosue An incredibly original 1944 Dated Royal Army Service Corps Battledress Jacket in a generous size 13 with all original insignia. This jacket is typical of those worn by men of the RASC during the fighting in Normandy and the subsequent advance through Europe. The blouse features printed RASC shoulder titles, felt Arm of Service stripes, corporal stripes and a marksman's badge to the lower portion of the left sleeve. The wear on the jacket is typical of those which have survived a hard life of campaigning. The lining is sun bleached, the nap of the wool is well worn and the printed shoulder titles are fraying at the edges. All this comes together to make for an exceptionally original Battledress blouse which displays beautifully. The tunic has also had darts added under the collar which was a common way that soldiers had their jackets altered. This pleat helps the jacket to sit much better when its worn and creates a much smarter look. Inside the jacket the original label is still present although it is somewhat faded. The size, No.13, is still clear but sadly the date is not legible. The War Department broad arrow stamped onto the cotton twill lining of the jacket is also very faded and being legible so it is impossible to tell exactly which year the jacket was made. It is without a doubt a wartime example and has the brown buttons which are always associated with early produced 1940 Pattern (austerity) blouses produced in 1942. Overall, a truly fantastic and original Normandy period Battledress jacket with all original insignia which would be an excellent addition to any late-war British Army collection.
1944 Dated USAAF B15 Flying Jacket Size 38 An authentic 1944 made USAAF B15 Flying Jacket by Reed Products Inc. These jackets came into issue with the USAAF during 1944 and replaced the B10 flying jacket. This is a authentic USAAF issue jacket from WW2 and not one of the post-war civilian versions which are commonly mis-sold today as wartime. This jacket has the correct off centre zip which was a feature of wartime jackets as well as the correct lining to the pockets. The jacket features a green cotton shell which is in good condition for its age, although it does have some signs of wear, particularly around the bottom of the sleeves as well as some to the front of the jacket. This jacket clearly saw some action! There is also an original AAF patch sewn on to the left sleeve which is a common addition to find. The Grey Alpaca lining is in good condition generally but does have some areas where it has completely worn away, particularly around the neck area. The collar has some signs of damage as can be seen in the photograph but it still displays well. The knitted cuffs and waistband are intact but well worn. All of these things can be replaced should the new owner so wish, but personally I think the jacket is best kept in its original state. The zip is a replacement YKK, but a very sympathetic one and only noticeable on close inspection. It is brass and the cotton tape is the correct colour, only the puller is noticeable wrong. Again, this could be changed. The label is still intact although slightly worn but does state the size as 38 Regular. The jacket will fit up to a 40" chest quite comfortably. Both the outer slash pockets and the internal pockets have the correct pop studs and these all work well. This jacket is by no means and mint condition example and has been priced accordingly. It is however a very honest original 1944 USSAF issue example with genuine wear which would be a real asset to any USAAF collection.
1945 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse A Nice named example of a British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) battledress blouse dated 1945. This blouse originally belonged to Sapper H.G. Barber, 38 Field Squadron Royal Engineers and certainly has the look of a jacket which has been worn in this regiment! The label has faded through use but from the stamps we can tell that the blouse is a size 7 and was made in 1945 as it has a Z stamped above the WD stamp; which denotes this as the year of manufacture. The blouse is in good condition but has been heavily worn, as is to be expected with a Royal Engineers blouse. The only real issue with the blouse are two holes on the left sleeve but these could be repaired if you so wished. Apart from that the blouse is in good condition. A nice original wartime British Army battledress blouse in reasonable condition. British Army battledress is not often named so this would make a nice addition to a British Army collection.
1945 Dated British Army Collared Shirt A very nice example of the late war British Army issue collared shirt. These shirts came into issue at the later months of 1944 to be worn with a tie underneath the battledress blouse. This example has an extremely clear label which states size No.4, the broad arrow and the date - 1945. All the original buttons are present and there are no rips or tears present anywhere on the shirt. There is a small amount of fading to the front of the shirt. The shirt is a good size number four and has the following measurements when laid flat. Collar: 15 1/2" Chest: 21" Inside arm: 22" These shirts are becoming quite scarce, particularly nicely marked examples in a good size such as this.
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 A good original example of the British Army GS beret as worn by the British soldier from 1943 onwards and synonymous with the Normandy Campaign. The beret is in good overall condition, the serge is nice with two holes in the correct position for a cap badge. The beret is marked inside as a size 7 and is also stamped 1945. The original owners service number has also been stamped inside. The cotton lining is in good condition and shows little sign of wear. A nice beret, ideal for the collector and reenactor alike.
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 1/4 By 'S & P Harris' A nice original example of a British Army GS beret clearly dated 1945. This particular example is not one of the huge 'dinner plate' style berets, but a much more conservative size. Inside the beret is clearly dated 1945 and bares the makers mark S&P Harris and Co, Glasgow. The hat is marked at a generous size 7 1/4. The hat is in good overall condition and displays very well. The material around one of the eyelets has opened up but this could be repaired and is not noticeable when the hat is displayed or worn. The front of the beret has two holes where a cap badge has been worn at some point. A great original wartime beret, clearly dated and in a good large size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 3/8 A good example of the British Army General Service beret dated 1945 and in a large size 7 3/8. The beret is maker marked inside 'J Compton and Sons' who are one of the more prolific makers of headwear during the Second World War. This is hard to see in the photographs as it is somewhat worn, but more apparent in the flesh. The beret also retains its WD mark and broad arrow which is surmounted with the letter Z which denotes 1945 as the year of manufacture. The Beret is also marked with the size which is the case is 7 3/8 - a very generous size. The lining is in good condition showing only slight signs o wear. The serge is also good although there are a few moth nips as can be seen in the photographs. These have been taken into account when the item was priced. There are also two holes where a cap badge has been mounted on it at some point in its life. Overall a great example of a wartime beret in a hard to find larger size!
1945 Dated British Army GS Beret Size 7 3/8 (2) A good original example of the British Army GS beret as worn by the British soldier from 1943 onwards and synonymous with the Normandy Campaign. The beret is in good overall condition, the serge is nice with two holes in the correct position for a cap badge. There are a few nicks etc to the top of the hat. The beret is marked inside as a size 7 3/8 and is also stamped 1945. The cotton lining is in good condition and shows little sign of wear. A nice beret, ideal for the collector and reenactor alike.
1945 Dated British Army OR collared shirt - Size 4 A beautiful example of the late World War Two issue British Army collared shirt clearly dated 1945. This pattern of shirt came into general issue in late 1945 to replace the earlier collarless shirt. British army dress regulations changed at this time to the wearing of a shirt and tie under battledress, hence the issue of these collar-attached shirt. The label in this shirt is bright and fresh with all the marking being very clear. The label states that the shirt is a generous size 4 made by 'W. M. & Co Ltd' during 1945. It also bares the War Department broad arrow or 'crows foot' marking. The condition of the shirt is fantastic and I think it is unlikely that it was ever issued. The wool is soft and there are no marks, no tears and no signs of moth. A cracking example of a collared British Army shirt in a good size and clearly dated. This truely would be hard to better!
1945 Dated Brtish Army Ordinary Ranks Collared Shirt An original 1945 Dated British Army shirt which is new old stock but has various storage marks. This pattern of shirt came into general issue in late 1945 to replace the earlier collarless shirt. British army dress regulations changed at this time to the wearing of a shirt and tie under battledress, hence the issue of these collar-attached shirt. This example still retains its original label which is clean and bright as would be excepted of an unissued item. It features the makers name ‘J.H.E’, the War Department broad arrow marked, the size which is 4 in this instance, and the 1945 date. Whilst the shirt came out of an old surplus store and hasn't ever been issued, it has various storage marks which can clearly be seen in the photographs. This was of course taken into account when pricing the shirt. The shirt measures 21” pit to pit. A very original shirt which has suffered whilst in storage but still makes an interesting collectable.
1945 Dated Canadian Made Battledress With Royal Artillery Shoulder Titles A 1945 dated example of a Canadian made battledress which has been tailored to be worn with a shirt and tie and features 'Royal Artillery' shoulder titles. This pattern of blouse was used throughout the Second World War by Canadian troops in all the campaigns they were involved in. This example has had the collar tailored with another and not completely matching section of Canadian made battledress cloth. This was common practice amongst officers throughout the war with Ordinary Ranks doing the same from October 1944 when they were given permission to wear a shirt and tie. The blouse is clearly stamped inside and is dated 1945. The manufacturer is also marked as 'Workmen Uniform Co. Ltd' who were one of the more prolific Canadian manufacturers of battledress. Also stamped inside is the Canadian War Department broad arrow surround by a 'C'. The blouse is in very good condition and would be good for either a display piece or for a re-enactor to wear. Each sleeve has a 'Royal Artillery' shoulder titles and evidence below this of where other badges have been previously. All in all, a nice original wartime blouse which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally.
1945 Dated GS Beret - Size 7 1/8 A good original wartime example of a British Army General Service Beret in a size 7 1/8. This pattern of hat came in to use with the British Army during 1943 and replaced the earlier Field Service cap. This particular example is clearly dated 1945 and also has the letter 'Z' stamped above the WD mark which stands for 1945. The hat is also clearly marked as a good size 7 1/8. The cap is made by 'J. Collet Ltd' who are one of the more prolific manufactures of British Army Headwear during the Second World War. The interior of the cap is good with only limited signs of wear. The outside has suffered from moth damage but this could be repaired and has been taken into account with the price. There are also two holes to the front of the cap where a cap badge has been fitted at some point. A good example of a wartime British Army beret which with a little TLC will display very well indeed.
1945 Dated RAF KD Cellular Bush Jacket A nice original 'Shirts Bush Cellular, R.A.F N.P.' clearly dated 1945 and in good condition. The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is more commonly referred to as 'Airtex' which is a lightweight breathable material favoured by the British forces during the Second World War. The jacket features the black plastic pattern RAF buttons commonly seen on later war RAF Khaki Drill tunics as well as belt loops. Sadly the belt is missing from the tunic but they were often worn without. Inside the tunic is the original label which is still very clear. It states RAF NP which stands for 'New Pattern' and the size as 7 which will fit up to a 38" chest. The overall condition of the tunic is very good as can be seen in the pictures. The tunic has had a small amount of use though having been issued at some point. This tunic is perfect for an Ordinary Airman or Officer as these were worn by all ranks. There are a two holes pierced in both sides of the collar suggesting perhaps a medical use previously. A nice original tunic which is clearly war dated. This would be ideal for the collector or Re-enactor alike.
1945 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap - Size 6 3/8 (2) A 1945 dated example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans Forage Cap which is almost identical to another I currently have listed down to the size and makers mark! This cap is in excellent condition and is only let down by to small moth holes to the badge side, hence why it is cheaper than the other example. The blue serge is still a bright blue colour as it would have been when it came out of the factory. It has clearly never been washed or used. The cap features two black bakerlite buttons to the front which were typical used on late-war production caps such as this. The cap badge is an original brass kings crown example. Inside the blue indigo sweatband lining is excellent condition and bares the size stamp 6 3//8. This part of the cap is usually the most worn but this example shows no signs of wear! The black lining of the cap is also in excellent condition and all of the original yellow stamping is still clear. This again is rarely fully intact as it is one of the first areas to wear. The date of 1945 is very clear as is the War Department broad arrow and the maker 'S & P Harris Ltd, Glasgow'. All in all, a very nice original hat which would look great in any RAF collection.
1945 Dated RAF OA Greatcoat A good original example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat in a size No.6 and clearly dated 1945. This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years. This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown buttons and a matched set of wartime printed RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. Inside the coat features a white blanket lining as well as the original label which states the coat as being a size No. 6 Which will fit up to 5' 8" tall, 39" chest and a 35" waist. The date is clearly marked 1945 on the label. There is also a white WD stamp surmounted by the letter ‘Z’ which confirms 1945 as the year of issue. The overall condition of the Greatcoat is very good indeed and it displays very well. There are some marks, particularly around the collar consummate with the age and wear of the coat but this doesn't particularly detract from the it and is very good aside from this. This greatcoat came with the tunic and forage cap listed above. I also have the same Airmans trousers which I will list in the future. All in all, a great example of a wartime RAF OA greatcoat which are becoming increasingly hard to find. This would compliment any RAF collection or complete a re-enactment uniform nicely.
1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic An original 1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airmans tunic as worn throughout the Second World War by both Aircrew and Ground crew. This particular example is clearly dated 1945 and features wartime printed shoulder badges, brass kings crown buttons and its original waist belt and brass buckle. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and whilst a little bit grubby is clear and legible. The size is marked as 8 which will fit a 38" chest and 34" waist. Below these details are the makers name, the date and the War Department broad arrow. The overall condition of the jacket is very good. It has clearly been worn but there are no real signs of wear and certainly no damage. Overall, a very nice wartime example of an RAF OA tunic. These are becoming increasingly hard to find with wartime dates!
1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Tailored A brilliant example of an RAF War Service Dress blouse which has been tailored by an Officer, clearly dated 1945. The original collar on this jacket has been re-modelled by a tailor during the Second World War to a notched lapel as seen on the RAF Officers Service Dress tunic. This was a popular modification during 1944/45 particularly with Canadian pilots, including many members of Jonny Johnson's wing, who can be seen wearing this style in pictures. I have attached a picture of Jonny Johnson himself wearing a blouse that has been tailored in exactly the same way as this example, as well as another pilot, Dal Russel of 442 Squadron, who again is wearing this tailored version of jacket. The jacket itself is in very good condition and the blue RAF serge is still bright. This is not a dirty, washed out tunic and has probably been used as a 'best' jacket. The label inside the jacket is very bright and clear stating size No.7 as the size and a the date, 1945. There are two moth holes in the back of the jacket which is the only damage I can see. This would be easily repaired and doesn't detract from the way the jacket displays. This fantastic original tunic would be ideal for someone interested in the 2nd Tactical Air force or Canadian Pilots during the Second World War.
1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse with Sgt Navigator Insgnia An original RAF War Service Dress battledress blouse jacket dated 1945 which features aircrew insignia This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps, black horn buttons all round and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. The blouse is typical of a bomber command 'Ops' blouse featuring a insignia to one arm only and a brevet to the chest. As a working dress only one arm needed to carry the insignia and there are many original pictures which show aircrew wearing BD like this. Inside the jacket the original label is intact and is still legible. The jacket is a size 6 which will fit up to a 39" chest and a 34" waist, so a good size for re-enactment. The condition of the blouse is very good. It is still a nice deep blue colour and not a heavily worn faded out grey like many offered on the market. The blue indigo lining shows signs of being washed and worn as is to be expected. There is also a small amount of staining around the Sergeants stripe which I have photographed. Overall, a very nice original RAF WSD blouse in good condition with which would be ideal for the Bomber Command collector or re-enactor.
1945 Dated Royal Navy Deck Boots An original pair of War Department marked boots without a toe cap which are clearly dated 1945. Boots without two caps were used by various British and commonwealth forces throughout the Second World War including the Home Guard, RAF, Canadian Army and the Royal Navy amongst others. I believe this pair are most likely a Royal Navy Issue pair. The boots feature a standard British wartime construction with a leather hobnailed sole, leather uppers, 7 eyelets and leather laces. The soles feature a War Department broad arrow stamp as well the size 7 marking. Inside the boots are the same markings with the addition of the 1945 date and the makers name 'Wilson and Watson'. The boots are in good overall condition and display nicely. They have clearly had some wear in the life but there is no damage that I can see. Overall, a nice pair of wartime dated boots that would suit a number of collections such including Home Guard, RAF and Royal Navy amongst others.
1945 Dated Royal Navy Money Belt An original 1945 Dated Royal Navy money bet made by bagcraft. The belt appears to be unissued and is marked as a size 36. Free UK postage.
1945 Dated Royal Signals Battledress Blouse An original 1945 dated British Army Battledress Blouse with Royal Corps of Signals shoulder titles, anti aircraft command divisional patches and lanyard. This very original jacket has been heavily pressed by the original owner for smartness and the creases are still razor sharp today! The jacket features original embroidered ‘Royal Signals’ shoulder titles, printed anti-aircraft Command divisional patches and a blue royal corps of Signals lanyard. All the insignia is clearly original to the jacket. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and very clear, if a little grubby. It states the size as size No.4 which is a small size and will fit up to a 35” chest. The jacket has been well worn and was clearly used for working as well as walking out. It has stains and wear consummate with this, particularly in the collar which I have photographed. The jacket still displays very well however and oozes originality. This is an authentic wartime Battledress Blouse and not a later badged up jacket! Altogether a lovely original Battledress jacket that displays very well. It would undoubtedly compliment any Second World War British Army display or collection.
1945 Dated Royal Signals Beret by 'Kangol Wear Limited' A 1945 dated black beret by 'Kangol Wear Limited' complete with an original bi-metal Royal Corps of Signals cap badge. The beret is roughly a size 7 so will fit on most modern display heads well. The overall condition is good with the usual amount of wear excepted from a vintage item, although this is hard to notice on the dark colour of the material. A nice hat which displays well.
1946 Dated 1946 Pattern Battledress Trousers - Size 7 An original pair of 1946 pattern which are dated 1946 and original belonged to Sgt. Skoulding, KOSB. These trousers came into issue in 1946 to replace the 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers, although the pattern was hardly changed. The only real difference is that inside the waist band there are twice as many brace buttons as in the 1940 pattern! The trousers retain their original label which is in good condition and states the size as size no. 7. The trousers are I very good condition as can be seen in the photographs and would display well. There is a small amounted of mothing as is common with clothes of this age but this is not noticeable when the trousers are worn. These trousers are ideal to fill a gap in a ww2 collection or for a re-enactor as they are identical to wartime pattern trousers from the outside.
1946 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse A good example of an RAF War Service Dress blouse which has been tailored by an Officer, clearly dated 1946. The original collar on this jacket has been re-modelled by a tailor during the Second World War to a notched lapel as seen on the RAF Officers Service Dress tunic. This was a popular modification during 1944/45 particularly with Canadian pilots, including many members of Jonny Johnson's wing, who can be seen wearing this style in pictures. I have attached a picture of Jonny Johnson himself wearing a blouse that has been tailored in exactly the same way as this example, as well as another pilot, Dal Russel of 442 Squadron, who again is wearing this tailored version of jacket. The label inside the jacket is very bright and clear stating size No.12 as the size and a the date, 1946. Whilst post-war Dated this could still be used in place of a wartime example with a doubt. Size 12 will fit up to 41” chest and a 36” waist so it’s a very good size for the modern reenactor. The jacket itself is in good condition showing only limited signs of service wear. There is a small amount of fading to the collar lining as is common and a small degree of staining around the edge of the collar. The hanger in the back is also broken. This original tunic would be ideal for someone interested in the 2nd Tactical Air force or Canadian Pilots during the Second World War.
1947 Dated British Army Collared Shirt by ‘Kenunex’ An original 1947 dated 1944 pattern British Army collared shirt made by 'Kenunex'. This pattern of shirt came into general issue in late 1945 to replace the earlier collarless shirt. British army dress regulations changed at this time to the wearing of a shirt and tie under battledress, hence the issue of these collar-attached shirt. The original label is still present inside the shirt and is in good condition. It is interesting in as much as it has bares the logo of a company rather than the usual plain War Department label more commonly found. The label states the maker as 'Kenunex Regd', the size as 2 and the date as 1947. The original owner has also written his service number in ink across the label. The shirt is in used condition and has clearly had quite a life! Overall it is still in good condition and could certainly be worn or displayed. It does however have a couple of period repairs which can be seen in the photographs as well as some soiling. The original owner has also stamped his service number into the tail of the shirt which is another nice feature of this well loved shirt. Overall, an excellent original British Army shirt from the immediate post-war years with bags of character!
1947 Dated RAF OA Beret Size 6 3/8th This beret is identical to those used by the RAF during the later stages of the Second World War. It features a large crown which gives it a typical wartime shape and a nice kings crown cap badge. The beret is just post-war being dated 1947 inside. It also bares the makers mark and size which is 6 3/8th although it is somewhat faded and quite hard to read so may be 6 7/8. A brass kings crown cap badge is mounted to the front and in the correct place and a black leather headband runs around the opening of the beret. The condition of the beret is very good with no signs of damage or moth. There is some wear and age which is to be expected of an issued item. All in all, a nice original beret which would compliment any RAF collection and make a nice stand in for the illusive war-dated example.
1947 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap An original WW2 period RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage cap in used condition. Whilst Dated 1947 this hat is identical to those used throughout ww2 by all airman under the rank of Warrant Officer. The cap is in worn condition but still displays well. There is no size indicated inside but I would say it’s roughly a 6 1/2. A nice original wartime period cap which would suit the collector and reenactor equally.
1947 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers An original pair of 1947 Pattern RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers identical to Second World War issue. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF in the inter-war years and stayed in use throughout WW2 and for many years after. This particular pair are dated 1947 as can be seen from the War Department broad arrow stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'E' which denotes 1947 as the year of issue. The trousers no longer retain their original label but measure at a 30-31" waist and a 29" inside leg. The overall condition of these trousers is not as good as other I have available on my website. There is some moth damage to the crotch, some buttons are missing and they are 'salty' overall. That said they still display reasonably well and have been priced accordingly. Altogether a reasonable pair of WW2 era RAF OA trousers.
1948 Dated British Army Undershirt An original 1948 dated British Army ‘Warnorm’ wool undershirt by ‘J. B. Lewis & Sons Ltd’. This style of undershirt was used throughout the Second World War and weee almost certainly made by the same company during the conflict. It features a rounded neck and short sleeves. Inside the neck the original label is present and still clean and bright. The War Department broad arrow mark is present along with the 1948 date, the manufactures name and the size which is 3 in this instance. The shirt actually measures at 19” under the arms which equates to a 38” chest. Due to the stretchy nature of the material it may well fit larger than this. The condition of the shirt is good as can be seen in the pictures. It doesn’t show and signs of wear or samage but there is a small amount of staining but this is to be expected of a vintage item. Overall a nice original WD undershirt which would be ideal for a reenactor or similar.
1948 Dated RAF 'War Service Dress Blouse, New Pattern' An original 1947 dated RAF War Service Dress New Pattern battledress blouse which belonged to 1182586 Corporal Bailey. Corporal Bailey Joined the RAF on the 24th of July 1940 so just in time for the Battle of Britain. He then served overseas in North Africa from 1941 carrying on with the advance into Italy before being sent back to England in 1944. This pattern of blouse is arguably the rarest of RAF Battledress blouses as it was only made for a few short years. It came into service with the RAF in 1947 and was replaced shortly after by the much more common New Pattern blouse which has a notched collar unlike this example. This intermediate pattern jacket features post WW2 Corporal stripes to each arm, early war pattern albatross badges to the top of each sleeve and numerous medal ribbons to the chest. The ribbons include the 39-45 star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, 39-45 War Medal and the Special Constabulary medal. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and bares the War Department broad arrow mark, size and 1948 date quite clearly. The blouse is a size 11 which will fit up to a 39" chest and a 34" waist. The original owners name and number have been added in pink over the top of the label. The condition of the jacket is absolutely excellent as can be seen in the photographs. There is no damage or signs of moth and the Blue serge is still the deep blue colour it would have been when issued and has not been washed out to a faded grey. Overall an excellent example of this rare pattern of RAF blouse which would certainly compliment any RAF collection.
1949 Dated British Army Pullover Jumper - Size 3. A post-war example of the British Army pullover jumper, clearly dated 1949. The pattern of this jumper is unchanged from the wartime examples featuring full sleeves with a narrow cuff and a V-neck. The main difference is that the post war jumpers were a dark green shade rather than the khaki of wartime pullovers. The jumper is in good condition as can be seen in the photographs. It has clearly been worn and features a number of period darns to the front which add to the character of the jumper. The label is still present inside the neck and reads Size 3, bares the War Department broad arrow mark and is clearly Dated 1949. The label is also stamp BAOR which stands for British Army of the Rhine. A nice clearly dated jumper from the immediate post-war period which would compliment a Korea collection or similar.
1949 Dated RAF OA Tunic With Belt - Size 10 A good example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic as used from Pre WW2 until the late 1950s. This particular example is dated 1949 but is identical to the wartime pattern and is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a war dated example. The jacket is complete with brass buttons and it has original wartime insignia to both sleeves which are both of the early pattern making this tunic a usable for Battle of Britain in its current state. The tunic comes complete with its original belt which has the correct brass buckle. The tunic is marked as a size No.10. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'9" - 5' 10"' Breast 36" 37" Waist 33" This tunic came with the trousers listed below and would make a nice matched set if purcahsed together. All in all, a nice tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1950 Dated 'War Service Dress Trousers, New Pattern'. An original pair of 1950 dated RAF 'War Service Dress Trousers, New Pattern' as worn with the short Battledress style uniform jacket. This pattern came into use during the immediate post war years and was very common to see being worn throughout the Cold War period. Differing from the earlier Ordinary Airman pattern, these trousers have a waist band and belt loops, are but straight across he back and have a more fitted, narrower leg. The condition of these trousers is good but there are some stains and signs of wear so please study the photographs berfore buying. A nice pair of trousers from the Cold War era which would be ideal for re-encatment or the post-war collector.
1950 Pattern Bush Jacket - Size 8 An original 1950 Bush jacket This style of jacket closely resembles the bush jackets worn during the Second World War but features fixed green horn buttons rather than the removable buttons or rubber buttons commonly found on wartime jackets. The jacket is made from 'Airtex' material which is a lightweight, breathable fabric often used to make tropical British Uniform. The jacket is belted but is missing its original belt buckle. These are easy to find and could be added to complete the jacket. Inside the jacket is the original label which states the jacket size as a generous No.8 which will fit up to a 41" chest and a 36" waist. The label also bares the date 1951 and the manufacture 'Carol'. A nice original bush jacket which displays well.
1950s Belgium Air Force Officers Cap Badge A nice post war example of a Belgium Air Force Officers Cap Badge.
1950s RAF Stripes A pair of post Second World War RAF stripes worn on the sleeve of the OA tunic. A good matched pair in fine condition.
1950s RAF Warrant Officers Rank Badges A good original post 1953 matched our of RAF Warrant Officers rank badges as worn on both the Battledress and Service Dress uniforms. In good original condition and featuring a Queens crown. Free UK P+P.
1951 Dated Beret, Working Dress Aircrews - Korean War era Fleet Air Arm Hat A rare Korean War dated example of the 'Beret, Working Dress Aircrews' as worn by the Fleet Air Arm from 1945. The beret is made from a dark blue wool and features a large crown typical of wartime and early post-war berets. To the front of the beret is a cut down 'HMS' tally which has been stitched on by hand. Inside the beret is clearly marked as a large size 7 1/2 and bares the broad arrow mark, the date (1951) and the manufacturer 'Beret Industries LTD'. An example of this pattern of beret can be found on page 122 of Martin J. Brayley's excellent book 'Royal Navy Uniforms 1930-1945. A rare beret and a must have for the Royal Navy or FAA collector!
1951 Dated British Officers Canvas Holdall Grip Bag An original 1951 dated British Army Officers Khaki holdall grip bag complete with its original 'DOT' brand zipper. This pattern of bag features amongst the kit taken by some pilots of the Second Tactical Air Force when they flew into Normandy and can be seen in original period photographs. This style of canvas grip came into use during the Second World War and due to its great design and popularity was made for many years afterwards. This example is clearly dated 1951 but is identical to wartime examples. The stamp is inside the bag on the white base section and is stamped in ink along with the manufactures name 'J & A.H LTD'. A period 'DOT' brand zipper has been used in the factory and works as it should. it is hollow in the middle to allow the brass ring at the end of the zip to pass through it. I padlock can the be fitted to keep the bag securely done up. The overall condition of the bag is very good but there are a couple of floors. Some of the sticking on the leather reinforcing patches around the corners has come loose and in one corner there is a small hole through the canvas which goes into the bag. One of the leather handles has also had a length of string wrapped around it at some stage in its life to help keep the leather in place. These things add to the character of the bag in my opinion but the damage has been reflected in the price. Overall a nice original mid century bag with bag of character and a nice original zip.
1951 Dated RAF Bakerlite Button Stick A nice Air Ministry marked bakerlite button stick dated 1951. In good condition and with the original owners service number scratched into it. Free postage and packing.
1951 Dated RAF beret - Size 7 1/4 This beret is identical to those used by the RAF during the later stages of the Second World War. It features a large crown which gives it a typical wartime shape and a nice kings crown cap badge. Inside the beret is maker marked 'Kangol Wear Limited' who were one of the most prolific manufactures of berets during the war and into the post-war years. The RAF contract number 22F/997 is also stamped inside, as is the date of 1951. The size of the beret is a good large size 7 1/4 as is stamped inside the hat which makes it ideal for re-enactment. The overall condition is good but there are marks from use to the outer RAF blue fabric as can be seen in the pictures. All in all, a nice beret which would easily pass for a wartime example in a good wearable size.
1951 Dated RAF OA Tunic + Belt - Size No.7 An original 1951 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic complete with its original belt and early insignia. Whilst this tunic is dated 1951 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example comes complete with its original waist belt and brass buckle which are often missing. As well as this it features early pattern albatross insignia to the top of each sleeve as worn in the Battle of Britain making this an ideal display or re-enactment piece for the early war period. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states 'Jackets OA, Size No.7' which will fit a 36" chest and a 32" waist well. Overall, a nice original jacket which would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector interested in the Battle of Britain.
1951 Dated RAF OA Tunic with Early Insgnia - Size 11 A good example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic as used from Pre WW2 until the late 1950s. This particular example is dated 1951 but is identical to the wartime pattern and is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a war dated example. The jacket is complete with brass buttons and it has original wartime insignia to both sleeves which are both of the early pattern making this tunic a usable for Battle of Britain in its current state. Sadly there is no belt with the tunic but these do come up on the market quite regularly. The tunic is marked as a size No.11. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'9" - 5' 10"' Breast 38" 39" Waist 35" All in all, a nice tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airmans Collar - Size 15 1/2 An original RAF Ordinary Airmans Collar in a good wearable size 15 1/2. These collars are distinctly different to those worn by officers being made from a darker material. This particular example is dated 1951 and bares the War Department broad arrow mark as well as the size. It has also had the original owners name written into it. Free Uk postage.
1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airmans Tunic Size 13 A good example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans Tunic as used from Pre WW2 until the late 1950s. This particular example is dated 1951 but is identical to the wartime pattern and is a perfectly acceptable substitute for a war dated example. The jacket is complete with brass buttons as well as its waist belt and brass buckle which are all correct for WW2. It has insignia to both sleeves which is post war but this could be changed for WW2 insignia if was so desired. The tunic is a good size 13. The label states the sizes as - Height 5'11" - 6' Breast 37" 38" Waist 34" All in all, a nice tunic ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Beret A 1951 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's beret as worn during the later stages of the Second World War and into the 1950s. These berets are made from the same serge material as the OA uniform and feature a large crown typical of those issued during WW2. Later in the 1950s berets became much smaller but this is an early large example. Inside the beret is the makers name, 1951 date and the size which appears to be 7 1/8 although if this is correct the beret has shrunk as it is much smaller than this. The overall condition is worn but it still displays nicely. A nice original early Post-War beret which is the same pattern as WW2 and would make a good stand-in.
1952 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers These 1952 dated Battledress trousers are identical to the wartime pattern in every way and would make a good substitute for the increasingly rare wartime examples. This particular example are in near un-issued condition and still retain their dark-green colour they would have had from the factory. Many examples on the market have been extensively washed giving them a faded look, unlike these. The trousers are marked as a size 4, which may sound small but it must be remembered that these are designed as an over trouser. The sizes on the label are - Waist - 33-34" Inside Leg - 30" A nice original pair of Denim Battledress trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 collection or re-enactor.
1952 Dated British Army Denim Trousers - Size 9 These 1952 dated Battledress trousers are identical to the wartime pattern in every way and would make a good substitute for the increasingly rare wartime examples. This particular example are in near un-issued condition and still retain their dark-green colour they would have had from the factory. Many examples on the market have been extensively washed giving them a faded look, unlike these. The trousers are large marked as a size 9 and the sizes on the label are - Waist - 33-35" Height - 6’ 0” Inside Leg - 33" A nice original pair of Denim Battledress trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 collector or tall re-enactor.
1952 Dated British Army MK IV 'Turtle' Helmet An original British Army MK IV 'Turtle' Helmet as used from 1945 onwards, clearly dated 1952 on the liner. This helmet is a nice original example which still retains its original factory paint finish both to the exterior and interior. Inside the helmet has an original liner which is clearly dated 1952 and made by FFL. Its a size 6 3/4 so on the small side but still displays well on a small mannequin head. The chin strap also appears to be original to the helmet and is in good condition still retaining plenty of it elasticity. Overall a very nice Korea period helmet in very honest original condition. This would make a great addition to a helmet collection or Korean War display.
1952 Dated British Army OR Shirt - Large Size No.6 A large size British Army shirt in excellent condition, clearly dated 1952. These shirts came into issue with the British Army in the immediate post-war years and closely resemble the shirt which came into issue in late 1944. The shirt appears to be unworn. I can find no signs of wear or damage and the label is still fresh and bright. The label reads 'S.M.K &Co. Size 6 1952' and bares the War Department broad arrow. Size 6 is a very large size to find these days, particularly in such excellent condition. A very nice large size shirt which would be ideal for Re-enactment or a collector.
1952 Dated Civil Defence Battledress Blouse A mint un-issued example of a 'Blouses Mens CD.20' dated 1952 and in a good wearable size. This pattern of battledress first saw use with the Civil Defence and ARP in the early part of the Second World War and continued to see service well into the 1960s. This example is clearly dated 1952 but the pattern is un-changed from the war. The original label is intact inside the jacket and in perfect condition, meaning that it is still clearly legible. It states the jacket as being a generous size which will fit up to a 41" chest and a 38" waist. The lining inside is also in perfect condition and is still the deep indigo blue colour it was when it left the factory. The metal hook and eyes are also present in the collar and fasten together as they should. The over condition of the jacket is nearly perfect as can be seen from the photographs. The jacket has clearly never been issued and has survived very well indeed. All in all, and excellent example of a Civil Defence battledress blouse which would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector and would look excellent badge up as CD or ARP.
1952 Dated RAF Greatcoat 'Coats Great Other Airman New Pattern' A good clean example of a 1952 dated RAF Greatcoat with brass kings crown buttons as worn by NCO's and under in the RAF. This greatcoat is in overall excellent condition and features 8 brass kings crown buttons to the front and original RAF insignia to both sleeves which denote the rank of LAC. Inside the coat is in good condition and the original label is still intact. It states the manufacture as 'Alfred Polikoff Wales LTD' and is clearly dated 1952. This coat will fit up to a 40" chest. The original owners service number is also present on a white piece of cotton which has been stitched inside the neck of the coat. Overall a great example of an RAF greatcoat clearly dated 1952.
1952 Dated RAF SD Cap Size 7 3/8 A very good original example of the RAF Service Dress cap dated 1952 and in a large size 7 3/8. These caps came into use with the formation of the RAF in 1918 and were the main headwear for O/A throughout the 1920s and '30s. They were still in use for many years after the Second World War with the 1950s examples, such as this, being almost identical to their pre-war counterparts. The hat is in extremely good condition and displays very well. This item is ideal for a re-enactor or for a collector wishing to fill a gap in his RAF collection.
1952 Pattern Officers Rubberised Macintosh An original 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Rubberized Macintosh Raincoat. The style of this raincoat is totally unchanged from those of the 1930s and 1940s and it could easily pass as one if it wasn't for the label. The War Department approved this pattern of raincoat in the early 1950s and called it the 1952 pattern although it is essentially just a civilian 1930-40s raincoat. It also looks the same as those worn by British Officers during the Second World War. The coat is made from a heavy rubberised material designed to keep the rain off and is half lined with a very period plaid cotton. The coat features a belt made from matching material and a leather covered buckle which is somewhat worn, as they invariably are. An inside pocket can be found below which is a small belt with metal painted eyelets which fits into a corresponding buckle on either side of the coat to keep it done up and in shape from the inside. Two triangular vent sections featuring brass eyelets can also be found under each armpit. Inside the coat there are two labels. One in the neck which relates to the care of the garment, and another in the skirt which is the original issue label. The label states the coats size as 14 which will fit up to a 41" chest. The overall condition of the coat is good as can be seen in the photographs. There are marks and stains however as this is a vintage and pre-worn item, so please study the photographs. There is also some wear down the crease of each sleeve which has gone through into small holes in a few places. Again this is detailed in the photographs. All in all, a lovely original Macintosh raincoat in a good wearable size. This would be an ideal addition to a period suit or British Army Officers impression.
1953 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 6 A mint un-issued original example of a British Army Denim Battledress blouse dated 1954 straight from the bale! I have been lucky enough to acquire a few new old stock blouses from an old army surplus shop. These blouse, as can be seen from the pictures, are in unissued condition! The blouse features a full set of removable revolving shank buttons and brass securing rings. Both these are new old stock like the blouses and in good condition. Some of the brass rings are tarnished and may show a small amount of corrosion, however, these are worn inside the jacket so never seen. The jacket comes complete with an original Battledress buckle. Some signs of corrosion are visible but this could easily by sorted if you so wished. Inside the original label is still intact and nice and bright. It states the blouse as a size 6 which will fit up to a 40" chest and a 35" waist. In reality it will fit larger as these blouse were designed to be worn over the standard battledress blouse. the date, 1953, is also clearly stamped in the label. Stamped directly onto the inside pocket of the jacket is the War Department WD code which is Surmounted by the Letter 'L'. The size number is also stamped directly onto the pocket, however this is below the label rather than above. Although post war dated, this pattern of denim blouse came into service with the British Army during the Second World War and would make an excellent substitute for the rare war dated example. The condition really is fantastic and is without a doubt the nearest thing to a brand new jacket you will be able to find anywhere!
1953 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Peaked Cap - Size 7 An original 1953 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Peaked cap made by 'Army and Navy Cap Co LTD' and dated 1953. This pattern of cap came into use with the Royal Air Force in 1919 and underwent minor changes over the next few decades. It features a serge blue top, black patent peak, mohair band, black chinstrap and a brass kings crown RAF cap badge. Inside the cap bares a variety of markings including the 22F stores code and the War Department broad arrow marking. The original owners name is also present and reads '2742577 Beacham B.J'. The cap is in reasonable condition for its age and it displays well.
1953 Dated RAF Ordinary Airmans Peaked Cap An original RAF Ordinary Airman’s peaked cap which is dated 1953. These caps came into use with the formation of the RAF in 1918 and were the main headwear for O/A throughout the 1920s and '30s. They were still in use for many years after the Second World War with the 1950s examples, such as this, being very similar to their pre-war counterparts. This particular cap was made by ‘J Collett Ltd’ who were one of the most prolific manufactures of this type of cap. The cap features a green under peak and whilst the chin strap is missing both the buttons which attach it the cap are present. The hat is a size 6 3/4. In good condition this hat displays well and would be ideal for a re-enactor or for a collector wishing to fill a gap in his RAF collection.
1954 Dated British Army Beret by 'Jalpotex LTD' - Size 7 1/8 An original 1954 dated British Army beret by 'Jalpotex LTD' in a good wearable size 7 1/8. This pattern of Beret came into use with the British Army in the post-war years replacing the green General Service Beret and is now synonymous with the Korea and the National Service period. This early example features a large crown as per wartime berets and could pass as a wartime beret quite easily from the outside. Inside the beret is beautifully marked 'Jalpotex Ltd, 7/18, 1954' and features the War Department broad arrow. The inspection stamp is also still intact and can be seen below the main stamp. It features the code letter 'M' which is correct for 1954 manufactured items. The overall condition of the beret is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. There is a very small amount of light moth grazing in one area but this is only noticeable on close inspection and under direct light. All in all, a fantastic example of an early post-war beret which is beautifully marked and a good wearable size.
1954 Dated RAF New Pattern Battledress Blouse With LAC Insignia A good example of the post World War Two 'New Pattern' RAF battledress blouse dated 1954. The blouse features two black bakerlite kings crown buttons to each breast pocket and a cavalry cuff on each sleeve. The blouse is in good condition and retains its original RAF insignia denoting the rank of LAC. This blouse came with the greatcoat listed below and almost certainly belonged to the same man. The original label is still intact inside the jacket and states the jacket as being a size No. 11. The sizes are hard to read but I believe a size 11 fits a 38" chest. All in all, a nice RAF battledress clearly dated which would suit the collector and re-enactor equally well.
1954 Dated Royal Navy Khaki Kit Bag An original 1954 dated khaki coloured Royal Naval kit big. These RN kit bags are much larger than their Army and RAF counterparts and you can really fit a lot in them! The bag is clearly dated 1954 inside and also bares the makers mark. Although postwar dated, this bag is identical to those used during the Second World War. The outside of the bag has various markings relating to the original owner. The original cord is still present in the top of the bag and runs through brass eyelets which again are all present and correct. A nice kit bag which would be ideal for a display or similar.
1955 Dated British Army Ammunition Boots - Size 10S An original pair of 1955 Dated British Army Ammunition boots in a size 10S and good wearable condition. These boots came into issue with the British Army in the 1930s and saw extensive use throughout the Second World War and remained standard issue for a number of years after. This particular pair of boots are marked up as a size 10S and dated 1955 inside. The boots are made from the correct pebble finish leather and have had the toe caps bulled up to a bright shine as was common practice in the British Army for many years. The boots don't appear to have been studded and show some signs of use as can be seen in the pictures. They feature the correct metal horse shoe heel and metal toe plates. The toes plates are secured with the correct type of screws. A good original pair of boots ideal for a mannequin or re-enacting as they are identical to WW2 issue.
1955 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 4 A good original example of a British Army Denim Battledress blouse dated 1955. The blouse features a full set of removable revolving shank buttons and is in good condition. It has an interesting patina which almost looks like a camouflage was purposefully applied. It comes complete with an original steel waist buckle. Inside the original label is still intact and is still legible. It states the blouse as a size 4 which will fit up to a 39" chest. In reality it will fit larger as these blouse were designed to be worn over the standard battledress blouse. the date, 1955, is also clearly stamped in the label. Although post war dated, this pattern of denim blouse came into service with the British Army during the Second World War and would make an excellent substitute for the rare war dated example.
1955 Dated British Army Other Ranks Shirt - Large Size An original post-WW2 British Army Other Ranks shirt by 'Faulat' of Belfast. The shirt is similar to the pattern introduced by the British Army in late 1944 making it a good substitute for a mannequin or re-enactment. It features a spearpoint collar typical of the period and two breast pockets. The shirt is made from the same khaki wool as earlier examples and retains its original manufactures label inside the neck which bares the War Department broad arrow stamp as well as the 1955 date and size. The shirt is a large size 6 and measures at over 23" across the chest when laid flat and has a 19" inside arm. Original period shirts in this large size are hard to find today! The overall condition is good and the shirt doesn't show any real signs of wear. There is a lack of consistency to the colour of the top and bottom halves of the shirt as can be seen in the first picture but this doesn't detract from the shirt when worn or displayed, All in all a nice large size British Army shirt ideal for a mannequin or a re-enactor.
1955 Dated British Military White Work Shirt by ‘Peterlou’ A 1955 dated white British military shirt made by ‘Peterlou Regd’. The shirt is made from a heavy white cotton and features white rubber buttons, a stand and fall collar and a single chest pocket. A very utilitarian piece which is of either Royal Navy or British Army origin. The shirt is in good condition but does have some storage marks. Please study the photos. Overal, a very nice period work shirt with interesting details.
1955 Dated Overalls Denim Battledress Blouse A good original example of a British Army Denim Battledress blouse dated 1955. The blouse features a full set of removable revolving shank buttons and is in excellent condition. Inside the original label is still intact and nice and bright. It states the blouse as a size 4 which will fit up to a 38" chest. In reality it will fit larger as these blouse were designed to be worn over the standard battledress blouse. the date, 1955, is also clearly stamped in the label. Although post war dated, this pattern of denim blouse came into service with the British Army during the Second World War and would make an excellent substitute for the rare war dated example.
1957 Dated RAF G Type Cloth Flying Helmet - Fully Wired An orignal RAF G Type Flying Helmet dated 1957 and in a large size No.4. This pattern of flying helmet came jnto use with the RAF in the 1950s replacing the short-lived but very similar F Type Helmet. It was designed to be worn underneath the newly issued bonedome helmet or on its own and features pop studs to attach the oxygen mask too which would have been the H Type when first introduced. This particular example was issued to a Sergeant Wilkinson and bares his name in both ear pieces. The original label is still present inside the helmet with the correct 22c stores code, 1957 date and size marking. This helmet is the largest size issued - size No.4. The helmet comes complete with a set of ear donuts which were removable on this pattern being attached with pop studs. Inside this are the original receivers which are attached to an original wiring loom which features the correct small type plug on at the other end. The condition of the helmet is good but it has clearly been issued and seen a lot of use. It does by no means show signs of excessive wear but is well soiled with sweat, particularly around the top section of the helmet. There is also a small area of matter stuck the side of the helmet which features in the photographs. Overall however the helmet displays nicely and has a great ‘been there’ look. A nice original G Type Flying Helmet with a clear early date and in a large desirable size 4.
1959 Dated RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Size Large An original RAF H type Oxygen Mask clearly dated 1959. This pattern of oxygen mask came into issue with the RAF in late 1944 and saw Issue well into the post war years. This example is dated April 1959 and is a size large. The mask is the same construction as WW2 examples and features the correct H type harness. The microphone is a post war example but this could easily be changed to a wartime Pattern if you so desired. The condition of the mask is good but it has clearly been issued and used. There are small areas of cracking in the usual areas points and the rubber has darkened in some areas where it has been handled. Overall a reasonable example of an H type mask in a large size which would make a nice addition to an RAF collection.
1959 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress Tunic An original RAF Officers Service Dress tunic named to Squadron Leader W.M.B. Farrow and dated 1959. 47373 W.M.B Farrow fought in the Second World War and is mentioned in London Gazette of the 21st of August 1942 as being made Pilot Officer. He is mentioned again in 11th of December Gazette as being made Flying Officer. W.M.B Farrow clearly stayed in the RAF in the post-war years, rising to the rank of Squadron Leader by the time this tunic was made. The tunic is a three button example which came into service with RAF officers in the immediate post-war years and was made by 'Gieves'. The label inside give the date as the 1st of April 1959 and also bares the original owners name W.M.B Farrow. It features a set of medal ribbons which tie in well with the evidence of this mans career in the London Gazette. A pair of Kings Crown pilot wings are above this and, interestingly, the tunic also features a full set of brass kings crown buttons. The cuffs feature three rings which denote the rank of squadron leader. The tunic is in good condition but has been worn and has various signs of this. It is by no means a perfect example but it does display nicely none-the-less. The jacket measures 18" pit to pit. Overall a nice post-war RAF Officers tunic with some nice wartime history and kings crown livery.
1961 Dated RAF MK 1A (M) Bonedome - Size 4 An original RAF MK 1A Bonedome Flying Helmet Dated 1961 and in a large wearable size 4. The MK 1A Flying Helmet replaced the earlier and short lived MK1 'Bonedome' which came into issue during the 1950s as part of the 'Fast Jet Pilot System'. The helmet has its original silver paint finish often seen on these early jet age helmets and features a moveable tinted visor which is maker marked 'M/A&B' and bares the RAF stores code 22c/1650. The rail on the top of the helmet also has its RAF stores code stamped into it which is 22c/1647. As well as this it s has 'VISOR FLYING HELMETS MK" LARGE BPLE LTD' marked on it as well as the 1961 date which nicely matches the date inside the helmet. The exterior of the helmet is in good condition with the majority of the original paint finish still intact. There are numerous scuffs, marks and scratches however although these are to be expected with a used flying helmet of this age. One side of the helmet has had blue lettering added to it which reads 'British Nationals Lasham 1978' which is a nice period feature. The rubber edging around the helmet is in good shape which is another nice thing about the helmet. The rubber on many examples which come onto the market now is certainly not as good as on this one! Inside the helmet retains it original white harness which features a makers name. Underneath this is the label for the actual helmet itself which states the size as 4R standing for 4 regular. Interesting it says 'narrow' underneath the number 4 which has been crossed out in ink, with the letter 'R' being added in the same hand. The label also states the RAF Stores code 22c/2122 and the pattern designation MK 1A (M). Overall a very nice example of an early Jet-Age helmet in very good condition and in a large wearable size. This would undoubtedly make an excellent addition to any RAF or Jet-Age display or collection! Please note that the G-Type Flying helmet and wiring etc in the pictures are for display purposes only and not included with the helmet.
1963 Dated 1960 Pattern Trousers Size No.9 Long Large A good original pair of 1960 Pattern Combat Trousers in a large size. These trousers came into use with the British Army in the 1960 and were based on the 1952 Pattern uniform issued to British troops serving in Korea. These trousers would have been issued as part of a set which included a matching smock. The trousers are made from a plain olive green material and feature a First Field Dress pocket to the right hip and a map pocket to the side of the left thigh. The trousers also have reinforced knees, slash pockets to the hips and belt loops. A brass 'Flash' zip closes the fly. Inside the trousers both original labels are still present. One label is an instruction label whilst the other is the issue label. The label states the year of manufacture as 1963 and the size as Size 9 - Long Large. The trousers are certainly a very generous size and will fit somebody of up to 6'2" and a 40" waist. The condition of the trousers is very good with only small signs of wear. They display very well and are still very wearable. These trousers are becoming harder to find now especially in a good wearable large size such as these!
1966 Dated RAF G Type Cloth Flying Helmet - Size 4 An original RAF G Type Flying Helmet dated 1966 and in a large size No.4. This pattern of flying helmet came into use with the RAF in the 1950s replacing the short-lived but very similar F Type Helmet. It was designed to be worn underneath the newly issued Bonedome helmet or on its own and features pop studs to attach the oxygen mask too which would have been the H Type when first introduced. The original label is still present inside the helmet with the correct 22c stores code, 1966 date and size marking. This helmet is the largest size issued - size No.4. It also features the War Department broad arrow marking. The helmet comes complete with a set of ear donuts which were removable on this pattern being attached with pop studs. Inside this are the original receivers which are attached to an original wiring loom which features the correct small type plug on at the other end. The condition of the helmet is good but it has clearly been issued and seen a lot of use. It does by no means show signs of excessive wear but is well soiled with sweat, particularly around the top section of the helmet. Overall however the helmet displays nicely and has a great ‘been there’ look. A nice original G Type Flying Helmet with a clear early date and in a large desirable size 4.
1968 Dated Vietnam War K2B USAF Flight Suit - Sage Green An original USAF K2B Flight suit in sage green dated 1968 in good condition for its age. This flight suit was introduced in sage green replacing the earlier blue version used during the Korean War. It saw extensive use with Pilots of both aircraft and helicopters, Aircrew, and many other throughout the Vietnam War. The suit is made from cotton which was not fire retardant although they were treated 'in country' with Borax solution to remedy this. The suit features numerous Scovill brand 'Gripper' zippers all of which appear to be in working condition, as do the pop studs. The original label is present in the neck and states the size as being medium long. It also states that the suit was made on May 15th 1968 by Mason & Hughes Inc. The condition of the suit is good and it appears to be in strong wearable condition. There are however some stains, particularly to the cuff and one small L shape tear to the rear. All of this is photographed and reflected in the price. Overall a nice Vietnam era flying suit in a good size with lots of character!
1969 Dated RAF Mk. 7A Flying Suit An excellent original example of a MK 7A RAF flying suit, clearly dated 1969 and featuring its original whistle. This jet age flight suit is typical of those worn by aircrews in the post-war years and is the rarer green example. In the immediate post-war years grey was the colour of choice for RAF flying clothing but green began to make an appearance by the 1960s, although not too often, making it sought-after by collectors today. The suit retains its original labels which state it as being a size 3 . It also bares the War Department broad arrow stamp and the date - 1969. All the zips are original and function well and an original whistle is attached to the main zip. The black plastic whistle is marked 'ACME Tornado 2000' and is correct for this period of flying suit. Both epaulettes also feature original slip-on insignia denoting the rank of Flight Lieutenant. Overall, a fantastic original flying suit with some lovely period features. This would certainly look great in any Jet-age collection.
1970 Dated RAF G Type Cloth Flying Helmet - Size 2 An original 1970 Dated RAF G Type cloth flying helmet in green. These green helmets replaced the earlier grey version but are the same in pattern. This example features additional attachments to either check which were used to secure the oxygen mask without the use of the earlier oxygen mask harness. Inside the helmet the original label is still intact and bares the war department broad arrow stamp, the 22c stores code and the size, which is size 2 in this instance. The helmet is fitted with the correct pattern ear donuts and receivers which are attached with pop studs, however, there is no wiring with this example. The overall condition is good. The helmet has clearly been issued and be worn but it still displays well. Jet age items such as this are becoming more and more desirable and this helmet would certainly make a nice addition to a flying helmet collection or display.
1971 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress by ‘Burton’ An original 1971 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress tunic made by Burton and complete with an original padded pilots wing. The design of this tunic follows the pattern introduced just after the Second World War. Apart from it having three front buttons rather than four however, its is hardly different from earlier versions. It features two chest pockets with scalloped flaps, two lower bellows pockets, a waist belt and a full set of Queens crown staybrite RAF buttons. Above the left breast pocket is a nice original Queens crown padded pilots wing which looks original to the tunic. The cuff features original rank braid which denotes the rank of Flying Officers. Inside the tunic is a makers label which reads 'Burton Tailored'. Another label is situated inside the inner pocket which is a cutters tag an is dated 17.2.71. The overall condition of the tunic is good although it does show signs of wear and has a small hole in one the sleeves as shown in the pictures. All together a nice Jet Age period piece of RAF uniform.
1972 Dated RAF GQ 'Z' Type Harness An original RAF 'Z' Type Harness made by GQ and dated 1972. This harness came out in the 1950s and was designed as a multi purpose item that could be used in any aircraft. This is just the lap belt section but could be used with various other parts to create 4 different harness styles. This example has issue stamps dating from 1972 although it could potentially be of earlier manufacture. It also bares the GQ stamps on each individual piece. The overall condition is good but the metalwork does have some signs of surface corrosion but it looks as if it will clean up well. I have added a picture of an advert from 1954 of this harness. A rare jet-age item rarely seen on the market!
1972 Dated RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask - Size Medium An original RAF H type Oxygen Mask clearly dated 1972. This pattern of oxygen mask came into issue with the RAF in late 1944 and saw Issue well into the post war years. This example is dated March 1972 and is a size medium. The mask is the same construction as WW2 examples and features the full elasticated harness which will fit wartime helmets. The microphone is a post war example but this could easily be changed to a wartime Pattern if you so desired. The condition of the mask is good but it has clearly been issued and used. There are small areas of cracking in the usual areas points and the rubber has darkened in some areas where it has been handled. Overall a good example of an H type mask which would make a nice addition to an RAF collection.
1973 Dated RAF MK 3 Cold Weather Flying Trousers An original pair of 'Overalls, Flying, Cold Weather MK 3 Trousers' dated 1973 in a large size 6. These trousers were issued along with the matching MK 3 cold weather flying jackets and were worn as a flying suit. This is the earlier pattern which has the metal belt buckle rather than the later velcro fastening. In some of the pictures this is folded away but you can see it in the main photograph. The original labels are present inside the trousers and are nice a clear. The trousers are marked as a size 6 which is very good size to find and will fit up to 5' 11". The label features the War Department broad arrow mark as well as the 22C stores code. The trousers feature NZ marked nickel plated zips which is correct for this era of manufacture. Integral elastic braces also feature on these trousers and appear to be in good condition. The condition of the trousers is good with no signs of excessive wear or damage that I can see. They have most likely been issued but have been well looked after and not heavily worn. A nice piece of Jet Age flying clothing with a good date and in a good wearable size. These would make a nice addition to an RAF or aviation collection!
1981 Dated RAF Volunteers Reserve Pilots Service Dress An orignal 1981 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress Jacket and trousers compete with pilots wing and Squadron Leader rank. RAF Officers Service Dress has hardly changed since its formation aside from some details and this example is no exception. Made by ‘Alkit’ in 1981 the Pattern has changed very little from earlier examples. It features three buttons and a waistbelt as well as two chest pockets with scalloped flaps and two lower bellows pockets. The breast features a Volunteer Reserve Pilots wing and two medal ribbons which denote the AFC and the DFC. The cuff has Squadron leader rank and all the buttons are Queen’s crown staybright examples. Both the jacket and trousers feature the ‘Alkit’ label and the original owners name ‘T. J. Parker’ and the date 30/11/1981. I have found a T. J. Parker who is listed as a Volunteer Reserve Officer in the London gazette and this couples at hthe medal ribbons could make for some interesting research. The tunic measures at 18 1/2” across the chest whilst the trousers waist measures at 14 1/2”. The inside led measures at 31” which is more is more generous. The condition of the set is very good as can be seen in the pictures. The material is a nice deep RAF blue and not washed out or overly worn. Like moat collectibles it is of course a vintage item and any aging found is to be expected. Altogether this is a nice original Falklands War era set which could be the basis of some interesting research.
1985 Dated RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Size Large An original large size RAF H Type Oxygen mask dated 1985 complete with an Amplivox 13100 microphone. This pattern of oxygen mask came into issue with the RAF in late 1944 and saw Issue well into the post war years. This example is dated April 1985 and is a size large. The mask is the same construction as WW2 examples and features the correct H type harness. One side strap is present and the other is missing but this could easily be sourced. The microphone is a post war example but this could easily be changed to a wartime Pattern if you so desired. The condition of the mask is good but it has clearly been issued and used. There are small areas of cracking in the usual areas points and the rubber has darkened in some areas where it has been handled. Overall a reasonable example of an H type mask in a large size which would make a nice addition to an RAF collection.
A Complete Original Set Winston Churchill's 'The Great War' In Their Original Pictorial Format A rare original and complete set of Winston Churchill's 'The Great War' in their original pictorial format in good condition for their age. This 26 part series was released fortnightly starting in 1933 and was initially intended to by in 24 parts as stated at the top of each of issues 1-21. This was changed on the 22nd issued through to the final 26th issue to 26 parts. This complete set is in its original periodical wrappers which are in reasonable condition. There are various signs of wear as can be seen in the photographs and should be expected from 80+ year old items such as theses. Various pictures feature throughout the editions as do period adverts. Chapters include: 1905-1910 Milestones to Armageddon, 1911 The Crisis of Agadir, The Dusk of Hapsburg, 1914 The Murder of Archduke, Ireland and the European Balance,The Austrian Ultimatum, The Fronts and the Combatants, The Crisis, Declarations of War, The Mobilization of the Navy, 1914 The Passage of the Army, The Invasion of France, The Marne, The Mobilization Interval, The Assembly of the Eastern Armies, Austria Against Russia, The Battle of Lemberg, The Invasion of East Prussia, The Battle of Tannenberg, The First Masurian Lakes, The End of the World Crisis. Priced at £395 making each magazine just over £15 each. A complete original set which appears to have always been together!
A Matched Pair of 1939 Dated British Army Mess Tins by 'E & Co' An original matched set of early World War Two British Army Mesa tins as used by the BEF. These rare early mess tins are different to the standard issue wartime mess tins usually seen on the market. The examples here are the first pattern which are made from aluminium and are formed in a very square. The corners are much more angular than the standard war time pattern as you can see in the photographs. Both mess tins are by the same maker ‘E & Co’ and dated 1939. They both also bare inspector stamps which is a nice feature. Interestingly, this set feature welds rather than rivers which is more common on early mess tins. I believe this was a manufactures preference but makes them a nice collectable item today. The final attribute which makes these such a nice set is the way they fit together. The smaller tin fits very neatly inside the larger tin, both having an angled corner which matches very well. All in all, a very nice set of early mess tins which are a must have for the early War or BEF collector.
A Matched Pair Of Early Post War Leading Aircraftsman Rank Badges A nice and uncommon set of the three blades prop variant of the leading Aircraftsman rank badges on a dark blue field as per wartime badges. These rank badges are usually find on an RAF blue serge field as was standard post war, making these badges quite uncommon. The back of the badge is still stitched to a piece of blue serge uniform as can be seen in the photographs. A nice set of unusual RAF badges.
A Pre-1952 RAF Bullion Breast Badge A nice example of a pre-1952 RAF bullion breast badge as worn on blazers as well as Prestige suits in the pre-war and early war periods.
Air Training Corps Squadron Number - Wrekin An original in-issued squadron number as worn by members of the Air Training Corps on the tunic. The number 1130 denotes Wrekin in Shropshire as the specific Squadron. A+ condition. Free UK Postage
Alexandra Princess Of Wales's Own (Yorkshire Regiment) Economy Cap Badge A rare example of the plastic economy issue cap badge of the Yorkshire Regiment. The badge has two brass blades to the reverse and the Dannebrog and coronet above double scrolls bearing the full titles and the Yorkshire rose to the front. A lovely badge which would compliment any ww2 infantry badge collection.
Attributed Battledress Blouse and Paperwork to a Sgt of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers This fantastic Battledress blouse and paperwork grouping is attributed to Sgt R. A. Skoulding, Kings Own Scottish Borderers. Robert Arthur Skoulding was a Norwich man born in 1924. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and served with the General Service Corps before being transfer to the Royal Artillery a month later. He was the posted to the King Own Scottish Borderers in September 1944 where he stayed until being demobbed in July 1947. His transfer from the artillery into an infantry regiment is typical of mid-late 1944. Many second line troops we moved to infantry regiments to make up for casualties lost following the D-day landings and the following land campaign. The blouse itself is a rare 1946 pattern, arguably the rarest pattern of Battledress. Sgt Skoulding's jacket features the KOSB tartan flash on each shoulder, a pair of Sgt stripes which have had the chevrons blancoed White to make them stand out and a white lanyard. The condition of the blouse is very good with only small signs of wear etc. Also included with the Battledress jacket is a plethora of paper work related to R. A. Skoulding's service career. His AB64 is in very good condition and has a lot of interesting information inside it. His service record also helps in learning more about the wartime career of this Sgt. His 'Certificate of Transfer to the Army Reserve' is also included which would have been given to him when he was demobbed. A clothing coupon which was inside the AB64 from 1947 is also included. The last item which forms this grouping is Sgt. Skoulding's orignal KOSB cap badge and tartan backing. All these items are guaranteed original and all belonged to Sgt. Skoulding. This has not been out together after the war but the personal effects he kept. Sgt. Skoulding's Battledress trousers are listed separately below. All in all a fantastic grouping with some brilliant history which would be ideal for a collector of Scottish regiments or Battledress groupings.
Base, Ariel No.11 A good example of a Base, Ariel No.11 as used during the Second World War by the British Army in conjunction with the WS.19, WS.22 and WS.48 sets amongst others. The No.11 Ariel base was used for making a ground 'mast' antennae with a set of F rods when not on the move. The base was put into the ground and the F rods added making it a quick option to setting up a full ground station, although with a much more limited range. This example may be post-War as manufacture carried on after 1945. It is however the same as WW2 if it is indeed later. It is the n good used condition and displays well. A must have for the British Army wireless enthusiast!
Battle Of Britain Period RAF B-Type Flying Helmet Here we have a Battle of Britain period RAF B-Type flying helmet complete with its original ear pieces! This pattern of flying helmet is synonymous with fighter pilots during the Battle of Britain but also saw service with many other branches of the RAF in the early war years. The overall condition of the leather on this helmet is very good with no nicks or tears or any areas where the leather has worn through. The lining is also in good condition for 75 years old! One of the most distinctive features of the B-Type is the large zipped ears which house the radio receivers. These are still present on this example and both retain their original brass zips. There are however a few issues as can be seen in the photographs; there are some rips to the edge of the ears as well as a rip down the side of one of the zips. With some time and care this could be restored. The chin strap is present but missing the small piece of metal usually fitted to the end. The 'Bennets' buckle is also present but the lower half is missing meaning it isn't possible to do the chin strap up. All the original pop studs are present, now missing most of their original paint to the outside. There is also some wiring included with this helmet for display purposes. There are no receivers in the ears, the wiring is merely pushed into place. An average condition B-Type flying helmet which is priced accordingly. A good basis for a project or just display as is!
Beautiful Original RAF Pilots Wings - Flat Type A beautiful set of original flat type RAF Pilots wings as worn by pilots throughout the Second World War. This type of wing was worn by NCO Pilots on both their OA Service Dress uniform as well as the later Suits Aircrew and War Service Dress uniform. They are also found on officers uniforms, usually on Battledress. This authentic wing is a lovely example which is in A1 condition, as can be seen in the photographs. The silk of the wigs is perfect as is the Black felt border. An excellent wing which would make an excellent addition to a period uniform or RAF badge display. Free UK P+P.
Black Watch Slip On Shoulder Titles - Pair A scarce matched pair of Black Watch slip on shoulder titles as worn during the early stages of the war. In fantastic condition and very hard to find.
Black Watch Slip On Shoulder Titles - Single A scarce single example of an early war period slip on shoulder title to the Black Watch. These slip on badges were worn on Battledress before the introduction of regimental shoulder titles. A fine example of this rare badge.
Blighty Militaria will be at War and Peace show next week! We will be back at The War and Peace Revival this year, which as many of already know, has moved back to the Hop Farm in Kent. You can find us at stall E3 which is near the end of Row E at the northern end of the trade field. We will have a wide range of items including all those listed on the website along with more Battledress and an original 1941 Pattern Mae West, along with much, much more! I've attached some pictures of last years stall as well as a map of our exact location. We look forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones too!
Blighty Militaria will be at War and Peace! From the 23-27th of July Blighty Militaria will be at the War and Peace revival at the Hop Farm in Kent. You can find us at stall E3 with a wide range of items including items from the website, our Etsy shop and much, much more stock which is no available online! I've attached some pictures of last years stall as well as a map of our exact location. We look forward to seeing old friends and making some new ones too!
British Airborne Denison Smock A great example of a World War Two period Denison Smock which we have had in our own personal collection for many years. The overall condition of this smock is great, with just the right amount of wear. The colours have faded somewhat and there are one or two rips and repairs, but this is to be expected with a smock that's had some use! The label is still present but is very washed out and therefore is sadly unreadable. The two rear pop studs on the inside are also of interest as they have the remnants of the original green point on them, which none of the others show. They are also brass rather than white metal. The fishtail is still intact and has been stitched up. It would be possible to unpick it if so desired. All the popstuds are inrtact and working and the smock also feautres a brass 'Newey's' half zipper to the front which functions perfectly. The smock has had cuffs added at some point during its life, as can be seen in the pictures. The smock measures (when laid flat) - Armpit to armpit: 30" Length at back: 36" Please note that this is the true measurements, not the size it will fit. The Denison smock is a very loose garment designed to be worn over the Battledress uniform, so the actually fit will be MUCH smaller. All in all, a great example of a very collectible jacket!
British Army / RAF Brass Kit Bag Lock A good example of the brass kit bag lock used by all arms of service during both World Wars. Free postage and packaging.
British Army Black Hobnailed 'Ammo' boots size 6 A pair of black leather ammunition or 'ammo' boots as used by the British Army from 1936 onwards. This pattern was the standard issue boot used by he British Army throughout the Second World War and for many years post war. These boots feature a leather hob-nailed sole, a black pebbled leather upper and toe cap as well as a War Department WD stamp and arrow to the top of one of the boots. These boots are not a perfect matched pair, one boot is marked as a size 6L and the other a 6M. They have however clearly been together for many years and display well together. One boot is dated 1951, the other is unclear. Both boots are in good condition and appear to be strong and wearable. Ideal for a display or potentially a reenactor.
British Army Officers Brown Ankle Boots Size 10 A gorgeous pair of brown leather British Army officers ankle boots, clearly marked size 10. These boots feature 9 eyelets, a toe cap with beautiful broguing detail and a leather sole which appears to have hardly been worn. The boots are very original and retain their original laces. Inside the boots are also packed with 1943 dated newspaper! The boots are marked inside with the numerals '10' which denotes the size. They look like they will be a reasonably wide fit so could be good for the re-enactor and collector alike. All in all, a smashing pair of boots with some lovely interesting details in a good wearable size.
British Army Private Purchase KD Shorts A fine example of British Army khaki drill shorts which have been privately purchased. KD comes in so many varieties due to the wide range of manufactures during the war, and private purchase examples such as this are also quite common, although almost always different! I would date these shorts as 1930s or early Second World War at the latest based on the label, buttons and khaki drill cotton used to make them. The material itself appears to be heavier and looks more robust than the more common Indian or British issue examples. Waist size is approximately 30-32"
British Army Service Dress Shorts Quite an oddity these shorts.. Assumably made in the post war years but for exactly what purpose I am not entirely sure. They would however work very nicely for a Somme period Great War impression as shorts were frequently seen during the summer months in the trenches. The shorts are in excellent condition and appear to have never been issued. There are no rips, tears or moth present. The shorts measure at a 26" waist.
British Army Signal Satchel A post war example of the British Army Signal Satchel with anodized metal fittings. Reasonable condition but one hole to front flap.
British Union Of Fascists Lapel Badge A good example of the British Union of Fascists Lapel badge as worn by Oswald Moseley's followers in the 1930s. This is example is maker marked J R Gaunt & Sons London.
C-Type Flying Helmet - Second Pattern A good original example of the second pattern C-Type flying helmet complete with receivers and orignal wartime wiring loom and bell plug. The second pattern of the C-type flying helmet came into service in 1943 replacing the earlier pattern and staying in service in this form until after the war. The main differences with the second pattern include an elasticated chin strap and internal wiring as per this example. The leather outer of the helmet is in reasonable condition although does show signs of wear consummate with wear. The most effected areas are where the goggles would be worn which means that when displayed with goggles, the wear isn't seen. The wiring loom is a very nice example and displays well. The bell plug however does have a chip roughly 2cm long to the outer edge. All the metalwork is in good condition and usable as are all the pop studs. The stitching appears strong in all areas. The interior is on ok condition with signs of wear inside. One of the ear donuts has a tear to it but this doesn't effect the way it displays. There is also a small section of the lining missing to the back of the helmet which the wiring loom can be seen through. This helmet is a size 2 or 3 judging on how it fits the display head. Overall, a nice wartime period flying helmet that displays nicely.
c.1930s British Army Officers Breeches by 'Pytchley' A nice pair of khaki whipcord 1930s British Breeches made by 'Pytchley' as worn by British Army Officers in both World Wars. This shade of khaki became popular during the Great War as an alternative to the lighter tan khaki shade which was prevalent pre-war as It was less conspicuous on the battlefield. These breeches are made from a heavy whipcord fabric and feature a cotton lining, horn fly buttons and brace buttons, a rear pocket and belt loops. As well as this the breeches also retain their original calve laces. The breeches are in very good condition and appear to be unworn. There is the odd small moth nip here and there but this doesn't detract from the way the display. The waist measures at 28" and the inside leg measures 24 1/2". All in all, a nice pair of early breeches ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
c.1960s RAF Officers Beret Badge A nice example of a Queens crown RAF officers beret badge as worn from 1953 onwards. This example dates from around the 1960s and is smaller than the badge worn on the peaked cap. Overall excellent condition and displays very well indeed. Free Postage
Canadian Battledress Blouse Dated 1945 A lovely Canadian made Battledress blouse dated 1945. Clearly stamped with the Canadian War Department mark inside as well as the date and the size. When laid flat the measurements are - Chest: 21" Waist: 16" Inside arm: 18" Outside arm: 24" Length at back: 24" A very good example of a wartime Canadian Battledress blouse which displays brilliantly.
Canadian Battledress Trousers Dated 1941 A very early pair of scarce Canadian made Battledress trousers in good condition and have clearly been used in their life but looked after. This particular pair of trousers have all the traits of a wartime pair of Canadian Battledress trousers with concealed pockets, belt loops, First Field Dress pocket and metal Canadian pattern buttons. These trousers are clearly dated 1941 which is a very early date to find on Canadian Battledress. The trousers also look as if they once had a label attached to the outside judging by a square of stitching still visible. The trousers retain most of their original buttons but a few have been replaced including two on the fly. Again these buttons are peroid and were almost certainly changed at the time. There are two repairs which appear to be period to the seat which appear to have been done on a sewing machine. These are clearly visible in the photographs. The lining of the trousers has also been carefully repaired at some stage, quite possibly during the war as all the materials are contemporary to the trousers. Both hip pockets have had new material added to them where the originals no doubt wore out and there is a patch of British made lining material in the waistband which is about 2" across. This can be seen next to the picture of the date. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist: 16" Inside leg: 28"
Civil Defece or Fire Guard Service Chevron An original Wartime economy printed example of a long service chevron. This example features two red chevrons on a dark blue background and is the type which was worn by Civil Defence and fire guards and was denotes as A.R.P. 169. The two chevrons denote two years good conduct. Free UK P+P
Civillian Car or Motorcycle Blackout Mask An original wartime blackout mask which has been professionally sandbalsted and painted ny ourselves.
click for more images Home Guard Unifrom Grouping Including Battledress, Greatcoat, Forage Cap and paperwork - Albrighton Home Guard A brilliant and rare example of a Home Guard uniform grouping named to Peter Price who was a private in the Albrighton Home Guard during the Second World War. This grouping consists of battledress jacket and trousers, greatcoat, forage cap, two wartime booklet and an original picture of Peter Price wearing the battledress. The blouse and trousers are both original 1940 pattern (often called 1937 by collectors). This pattern came into service during July 1940 and was used throughout the war. The blouse retains its original label which is still nice and clear and states size No.8 and the 1940 date can also be made out. The jacket also features original Home Guard shoulder titles on each shoulder and a red diamond on the lower right sleeve. The condition of the blouse and trousers is bad with extensive wear and a number of large holes etc. It does display very well as a set non-the-less, but please study all the photographs carefully. The dressing pocket from the trousers has also been removed. The greatcoat is an early 1939 pattern example which still retains a nice clear label as well as stamping. The coat is marked as a size 3 and bares the War Department arrow, but no date. This pattern was soon superseded by the 1940 pattern dismounted greatcoat however and is of early war manufacture without a doubt. There are some areas of fading on the greatcoat where it has been left hanging for many years. Apart from that the coat is in excellent condition and is complete with all of its original buttons etc. Inside the greatcoat is a name tag with the name 'Peter Price' in it. The forage cap in this grouping also as a matching name tag, confirming the originality of this grouping. It also has a Kings Shropshire Light Infantry cap badge which was the badge worn by the Albrighton Home Guard. Inside the cap is marked as a good size 7 1/4. The cap is worn but displays well. Also included with this grouping are two named pamphlets which belonged to Peter Price. The first is 'Air Raids' and the second is 'Spot them in the air', both of which Peter used during the war. As well as this is an original print of Peter wearing the uniform whilst serving with the Home Guard. All in all, a fantastic grouping. Albeit somewhat worn and tatty in places, this is still an incredibly genuine Home Guard collection which displays nicely.
Come and see Bligthy Militaria at Malvern this Sunday! We will be at Malvern this Sunday 20th of November in hall 1 stalls 27 + 28. We will have all the items currently listed on the website along with much, much more!
Come and see Bligthy Militaria at Stoneleigh this Sunday! This Sunday the 29th of February we will be Stoneleigh Militaria Fair. Find us in the corner of Hall 2 Stall numbers 23+24 for all the items listed on here plus much, much more!
Complete Original US Air Force Space Command Uniform - 42 L An original United States Air Force Space Command uniform consisting of tunic, trousers and matching shirt. This original USAF set features a range of insignia to the jacket including an Air Force Space Command patch to the top of the left sleeve, Senior Pilots wing to the chest which sits above a large set of medal ribbons which are all mounted correctly and feature a pin back. Metal eagle insignia can be found on each shoulder and metal ‘U.S’ badges at the collar. The jacket is a large size 42L and retains its orignal labels inside stating this. The trousers are also a retain their original labels and the size stated is 36 Regular. This set also comes with its orignal white shirt which was made by Adco and is a size 16 / 41. The shirt features a set of navy blue slip on USAF rank boards which is a nice touch. The overall condition of the set is good with no major signs of wear or damage that I can see. Overall a nice complete uniform with a good array of badges and in a wearable modern size.
Early 1942 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse - Size 16 A Very early example of a 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse in a large size 16 and stunning condition. This jacket is clearly dated 1942 and has a number of early features including the 1937 pattern style revolving shank buttons on the epaulettes and the brown horn buttons often associated with early manufacture by collectors. Inside the jacket the original label is present and isn't overly worn or faded meaning it is still easily legible. The 1942 date is clear at the bottom as is the makers name 'Harry Levene Ltd' which is a less common maker to find with original battledress. The War Department stamp and crows foot are also present inside the jacket and is surmounted by the letter O which confirms 1942 as the year of issue. The jacket is a large size 16 which will fit up to a 40" chest, 35" waist and up to 6'2" in height. The buttons on the front of the jacket appear to have been moved so it may fit slightly larger. The overall condition of the jacket really is very good. The nap of the serge is still extremely good and fluffy as it would have been when first issued. It has been worn away with use or shaved down as is common to find with original battledress. The waist buckle is in excellent condition and the two collar hooks at the top of the jacket don't appear to have ever been used and still retain all of their original black painted finish. Overall a very nice example of a wartime British Battledress blouse which is not only an early example of austerity production but also a very generous size. The condition of it makes it a real collectors piece in my opinion but it would also be good for a taller re-enactor.
Early Battle Of Britain Era RAF Officers Peaked Cap A beautiful early War example of an RAF officers peaked cap which would be ideal for a Battle of Britain collector or display. This fantastic cap has al the traits of an early hat featuring a large D shaped peak with the green leather underside, high sides, stiff crown and quilted lining which give it that classic Battle of Britain look. The leather sweatband inside is also very deep which is typical of pre-War British headwear. The overall condition of the hat is very good aside from some marking to the top and a number of holes along the front of the peak. The chin strap is also missing but these factors have been taken into account when pricing the cap. The mohair band is in very good condition as are both the cloth covered chinstrap buttons. The bullion badge is an excellent example as can be seen in the pictures and is almost certainly original to the cap. The cap is on the small side and I would say no bigger than a 6 7/8. Whilst maybe not ideal for re-enactment this hat makes an excellent display piece. Overall, a truly stunning early War cap which would compliment any RAF collection without a doubt.
Early First Pattern C-Type Flying Helmet - Size 2 A well used early first pattern C-type flying helmet labelled as a size no.2 which would be ideal as a project or display case piece. This flying helmet features the extra inverted goggle straps, leather chin strap as well as the early type label. The helmet also only has two pop studs on each cheek rather than three which is a feature of early 1st pattern C-type flying helmets. The helmet has had the rubber ear cups removed and a piece of leather added in, possibly during the war, but more likely postwar. Ear cups are available from certain suppliers so this could be returned to its orignal state with some time and effort. The leather of the helmet is in reasonable condition but there are some areas of crazing. There is also a hole to the right of chin strap on the left cheek and the orignal 'Bennetts' buckle has been replaced with a period buckle. The inside of the helmet is grubby but intact. The label is still clearly visible and states the helmet as a size 2 and bares the RAF stores reference code: 22C/450 below the Air Ministry crown Mark. Both ear donuts have tears to them, one on each side. The left hand one is larger but could possibly be repaired. Early first pattern C-type flying helmets with all the features and a good label rarely turn up. This would be ideal for someone who wanted a project or just a display piece.
Early War British Army MK II Steel Helmet By RO & Co. A good honest early war example of the British Army MKII Steel Helmet made by RO & Co. in good original condition. The makers stamp RO & CO can be seen inside the rim. This stands for Rubery Owen & Co Ltd of Leeds who manufactured helmets between 1939 and 1943, making this an authentic wartime example without a doubt. A date is stamped next to the makers mark but is hard to read. It could be revealed with some sand paper but I did not want to ruin the original finish. The helmet retains a good coat of paint still to the outside with the usual chips around the rim. The paint on the inside is the original paint an in great condition. The helmet has an original chin strap which is in excellent condition and still looks very fresh. The liner is also good featuring the early large securing nut. The cruciform head pad has come out but I have one which I can supply with the helmet. All in all, an excellent example of an early war British Army Steel Helmet.
Early War RAF Officers Peaked Cap Named to P A Miller A fantastic early war RAF officers peaked made by 'Alkit' and named to P.A. Miller. This cap has many sort after features associated with early war peaked caps including nice light coloured stitching, a large peak and a quilted liner. The cap is adorned with a nice original Kings crown cap badge which is original to the cap and the correct thin patent chin strap which is secured with covered buttons. Inside, the cap has a leather sweatband which is marked on the reverse with the original owners name P.A. Miller in ink. All together, a lovely early cap in great condition which would compliment any RAF collection.
Early War Royal Artillery Captains Battledress Blouse A nice early war period battledress bloused attributed to Captain Gorr, Royal Artillery. The blouse has been tailored from a standard 1937 pattern blouse as was extremely common with Officers during the Second World War. A matching piece of serge material has been used to 'face' the front of the jacket as it would have been worn open with a shirt and tie. On the epaulets are three officers red back pips and there is a silk arm of service strip to each arm. Interestingly, Captain Gorr has also changed the original epaulet buttons for silver coloured examples. The blouse also still has its medal ribbons attached which are as follows: 1939-1945 Star, The Africa Star with 1st Army silver numeral, The Italy Star and The Defense Medal. There is also an oak leave to the right of the medal ribbons. The label is still present but sadly not complete. As can be seen in the photograph, the Blouse is marked at a size 14 which is not only a good size but one of the least common sizes to see. It is also the early paper style label which is always sort after. The blouse features the wire waist buckle, another feature of early war made battledress. A nice early BD which has been nicely tailored and badged in a good size No.14.
Early World War Two Black British Army Kit Bag A black British Army kit bag named to 1087909 J. Howlett dating from the early part of the Second World War. These black dyed kit bags saw wide scale issue during the early stages of the Second World War and can be seen clearly in pictures from 1939 and 1940. It features brass eyelets and the owners name and number to both sides as well as the movement order flash on the front. This kit bag quite likely went to the Middle East in the early stages of the war and the movement number should correspond with this. It is also possible that J Howlett was in the 58th Field Regiment as another solider whos service number is only 8 away from this number fought with the 58th and is buried at Medjez-el-Bab Memorial. Altogether a nice kit bag which would suit the early War collector or reenactor well.
Early WW2 First Pattern C-type Flying Helmet - Size 2 A well used early first pattern C-type flying helmet labelled as a size no.2 which would be ideal as a project or display case piece. This flying helmet features the extra inverted goggle straps, leather chin strap as well as the early type label. The helmet also only has two pop studs on each cheek rather than three which is a feature of early 1st pattern C-type flying helmets. The helmet has had the rubber ear cups removed and a piece of leather added in, possibly during the war, but more likely postwar. Ear cups are available from certain suppliers so this could be returned to its orignal state with some time and effort. The leather of the helmet is in reasonable condition but there are some areas of crazing. There is also a hole to the right of chin strap on the left cheek and the orignal 'Bennetts' buckle has been replaced with a period buckle. The inside of the helmet is grubby but intact. The label is still clearly visible and states the helmet as a size 2 and bares the RAF stores reference code: 22C/450 below the Air Ministry crown Mark. Both ear donuts have tears to them, one on each side. The left hand one is larger but could possibly be repaired. Early first pattern C-type flying helmets with all the features and a good label rarely turn up. This would be ideal for someone who wanted a project or just a display piece.
Early WW2 RAF Albatross Sleeve Insgnia - Battle of Britain An early matched pair of RAF Albatross sleeve badges as worn by all members of the RAF of the rank of Flight Sergeant and under. This particular badges are the early embroidered examples which were used during the 1930's before being replaced I 1941 by the semi-embroidered design. These badges are the correct badges for a Battle of Britain period uniform and would have be worn by Sergeant pilots during the battle. Free Uk Postage.
Early WW2 RAF OA Trousers With Original Label A beautiful example of an early war made pair of RAF OA trousers complete with their original label. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF in 1936 and stayed in service until the 1960s. What makes this pair special however is that they are of early World War Two manufacture. The trousers feature brass buttons, a white cotton still lining and a large linen label stitched to the outside of the trousers. These features mark this pair out as a guaranteed early war made examples. The trousers are a small size 3 which will fit up to a 30" waist. The label does have a faint purple issue stamp on it but I haven't managed to read it. The condition of the trousers is fantastic having only ever had very limited wear. This were almost certainly a pair of 'best' trousers. There is one small moth nip to the left leg but this is only noticeable under very close observation. The trousers also came with a pair of braces which are listed below. A fantastic example of an early war pair of trousers which would compliment any RAF collection!
Early WW2 Royal Army Service Corps Officers Service Dress Cap An early example of a British Army Officers Service Dress Peaked Cap with bronzed OSD cap badge to the Royal Army Service Corps. This cap is a nice early stiff shape and features the green under-peak often associated with early manufactured caps. It also has officers quality buttons which hold on a nice chestnut brown chinstrap. Inside the cap features its original size label which is typical of the 1930s and 40s in its shape and design etc. It reads 7 1/8 making this a good wearable size cap. The cap features a deep leather sweatband to the interior which is another good sign for it being an early cap. Earlier British headwear almost always has a deep headband such as this example with smaller headbands coming in as an austerity measure during the war. These smaller bands were continued after the war. The cap is in average condition for its age and has some marks to the edge of the peak as well as some spotting to the top of the peak. There are other various small marks to the top of the hat but all of this can be seen in the photographs. All in all a nice early hat with a typical early shape and in a good wearable size.
Embroidered RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles A matched pair of WW2 era embroidered RAF Regiment shoulder titles in excellent condition. These shoulder titles were worn by the RAF regiment on both the Blue OA tunic and the battledress uniform. These rare shoulder titles are in excellent condition with only very slight signs of wear. Free UK Postage.
Embroidered RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles (1) A matched pair of original WW2 era embroidered RAF Regiment shoulder titles in excellent condition. These shoulder titles were worn by the RAF regiment on both the Blue OA tunic and the battledress uniform. These rare shoulder titles are in excellent condition with only very slight signs of wear. Free UK Postage
Embroidered RAF Regiment Shoulder Titles (2) A matched pair of original WW2 era embroidered RAF Regiment shoulder titles in excellent condition. These shoulder titles were worn by the RAF regiment on both the Blue OA tunic and the battledress uniform. These rare shoulder titles are in excellent condition with only very slight signs of wear. Free UK Postage
Extremely Rare Early 1930s Suede Zip Front Sports Jacket by Bodger & Co. Here we have an extremely rare British made early 1930s suede sports jacket by 'Bodger & co, Cambridge'. This style of jacket was beginning to come into fashion by the early 1930s but original pre-war examples are now incredibly hard to come by, especially in such good condition! Bodger & Co. were a Tailors in Cambridge established in 1851 and are believed to have had a shop at 12 Sidney Street until the late 1940s. They made a range of clothing including items for university students such as blazers etc, and clearly sports jackets from time to time! The jacket features its original 'DOT' zipper which is still complete with its original matching suede puller. The zip works perfectly. Inside, the jacket is fully lined with a rayon material, typical of the period. There is no damage at all to the lining and the original hanger made from the same material is still intact. Below this is the label which reads 'Bodger & Co. Cambridge'. The label is hand stitched in and has a space above the makers name for the owners name, although this has never been filled in. The knitted cuffs, waistband and collar are made from a deep brown wool and all in good condition, retaining a good amount of elasticity. The outside of the jacket also features two button-fastening patch pockets, typical of this period of sports jacket. Both the buttons match and would appear to be the originals. The suede outer is in remarkable condition for its age showing little sign of wear. These jackets aren't worn fitted so I would suggest a fit of medium to large. All in all, an extremely rare chance to acquire a very desirable pre-war British made jacket. These are incredibly hard to come by, let alone in this condition and size! This would truly be hard to better!
Extrememly Rare Pre-War MT Coveralls This is an extremely rare set of the combination overalls used by the British Army during the 1930s and into the start of the Second World War. This early style of overalls were issued to soldiers who were involved with most types of moterised vehicles. They are commonly seen being worn by men of armored regiments as well as soldiers in the MT section of other units. The overalls are in good condition for their age but have obviously been well worn at some point in their live. It is my believe that they were issued pre-war and used during the second world war. This is based on the array of buttons used as replacements which include a Canadian button and an Indian button. These overalls have a number of interesting features, unique to this Pre-War pattern. The stand collar is an obvious feature, as is the back belt which has a brass buckle which is stamped 'solide'. There is also one chest pocket, a spanner pocket on one leg and two slash pockets to the hips. There is also a nice detail on the cuff which is common to these Pre-War suits. This overall features brass buttons, typical of an early manufacture piece. As previously mentioned some have been changed but clearly during the war as all buttons are contemporary to that period. There is one brass button missing which is in the top pocket. These will fit around a 38-40" chest. A very rare set of overalls in good original condition.
Fantastic Original 1944 Dated Women's Civil Defence A.R.P Four Pocket Tunic A stunning original 1944 Dated 'Jacket Womens C.D. (A.R.P 71)' which belonged to a lady ARP Warden stationed in the London borough of Lambeth. This pattern of tunic was introduced in the early part of the Second World War for women serving in the Civil Defence and was worn with either the ARP 73 Slacks or ARP 72 skirt. Made from a dark navy blue serge wool, the tunic features four front pockets; a waist belt with chrome plate waist buckle, silver ARP buttons and a notched collar. The insignia on the jacket is what really makes this an incredible piece. The right sleeve features an early pattern ARP armband which has been lightly tacked to the sleeve. and was no doubt worn to show that the original owner had been serving since the beginning of the war. Similar to this is the early ARP overall patch fitted to the left breast pocket. Made from the same blue denim as the ARP 41 Pattern bluette Overalls, or 'Combination suit' and featuring red embroidered letters, it again indicates long service. A set of printed red chevrons to the lower left sleeve go on to prove this theory. Below the ARP badge is the area marking which reads 'Lambeth' and would suggest that the original owner would have been involved in both the first and second Blitz. The top of each sleeve features the standard yellow on black embroidered 'Warden' shoulder titles. Another particularly nice feature can be found under the belt. There are clear remnants of where an oblong badge has previously been attached out of sight. This was a common thing for women to do when they moved from one district to another or had to remove their district badge for another reason. It is possible the the Lambeth badge was moved to be hidden under the belt before being re-instated later in the war. It is none-the-less a very nice original feature which adds to the story of the jacket. A white lanyard is fitted to the left shoulder which has an ARP whilst attached to the end of it, which again appears to be original to the tunic. Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as No.1 and bears the 1944 date as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. The manufacturers name of 'Steinberg & Sons Ltd' is also present. The tunic is in good condition for its age with only some signs of wear and use. The only real flaw I can find is a small hole to the bottom of the tunic at the rear. This is small and only noticeable on close inspection. Overall the tunic displays very well indeed. This is a fantastic original tunic with a plethora of lovely original badges. Not only this but it was worn by someone who would have been involved in the London Blitz making it a real collectors piece. A must have for the serious Home Front collector!
Fantastic Original RAF Officers Shirt by ‘Van Heusen’ An outstanding un-issued example of a Second World War period RAF Officers shirt by 'Van Heusen'. This shirt is typical of those worn by RAF Officers during WW2. It is made of the correct blue and white end-on-end cotton, features a double cuff to be worn with cuff links and white buttons. This example is a full button front which was slowly becoming more popular throughout the 1940s before replacing the half fronted shirts completely. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and is still very clear and bright stating ' Van Heusen 'Service' brand. The neckband also bares markings including 'RAF' and the collar size which is 15 1/2" which would be worn with a 16" detachable collar. The chest of the shirt measures 23 1/2" so I would recommend a fit of around a 42" chest, although it would perhaps fit bigger. The condition of the shirt is fantastic and it looks as though it has never been worn! A really stunning example of an RAF Officers shirt which would be hard to better and is a good size for re-enactment.
First Pattern RAF C-Type Flying Helmet - Large Size 4 For your consideration we have here an original early - mid World War Two period C-type flying helmet in a generous size 4. This type of flying helmet is synonymous with the fighter pilots of the Second World War and also saw use with Bomber Command the USAAF and many other during the conflict. This is the early pattern C-type which has a leather chin strap and Bennett buckle as the B-type which proceeded it did, and extra goggle straps to the top of the helmet. This pattern was superseded in 43/44 for the far more common second pattern which had an elastic chin strap and no forward pop studs, amongst other notable features. This C-type is a lovely example which really would be hard to better. The leather exterior is in great condition with no flaw as far as I can see as you can see in the photographs. I have given the helmet a coat of high quality leather feed and it has come up magnificently. The Bennetts buckle is in good condition and still retains all ta leather work which is often missing. The chin protector that hangs below the Bennett buckle is beautifully marked with the AM mark and stores code as you can see in the photographs. This example has no label and no stamps as far as I can see. However there is no doubt that this helmet is a size 4 - it's absolutely huge! If there was such a thing as a size 5 I would be tempted to say it was one! This really is a large size helmet, as can be seen by the way it swamps the display head. The interior is in great shape and shows only a small amount of use. There are no rips an tears apart from a small amount around one of the oxygen mask pop studs. Please study the pictures as it can clearly be seen. The interior is also marked to a 'D White' inside one of the ear pieces. All in all a fantastic example of an early C-type flying helmet in a large size 4. These early pattern helmets are hard to come by, especially in such a large size so don't miss out!
Fleet Air Arm C Type Flying Helmet - Size 2 A good condition Fleet Air Arm C Type flying helmet complete marked as a size 2. This particular helmet is a second pattern example which came into service during the last couple of years of the Second World War and features the elasticated chin strap. The overall condition of the helmet is very good. The leather is still supple and all the pop studs work. The interior is also good showing signs of service wear but other than that very sound indeed. There is a scuff to the left hand ear cup and some crazing as can be seen in the picture but this could potentially be polished out. Aside from this, the helmet is in excellent condition. The flying helmet has a faint number 2 stamped inside which almost certainly denotes the size. I initially thought it was a size 3 as it seemed quite large, so would say this is a generous size 2! There are no other markings inside the helmet aside from this. Both the Zips on the ear pieces function perfectly and bot still retain retain their original leather tabs which are nearly always missing. Inside the rubber cups which the receivers fit into are both intact and still retain the covers over the gosport tube fittings which can be seen from the outside of the helmet. The original foam donuts which give the ear pieces shape are both also present inside. There is no wiring loom or earphones present but a set of gosport tubes could be fitted. I have a few sets in stock which could be fitted to the helmet if it was so wished. Overall, a nice original wartime FAA C-type flying helmet in a good size which displays very nicely.
Fleet Air Arm C Type Flying Helmet with Wiring Loom A good condition Fleet Air Arm C Type flying helmet complete with an original wiring Loom. This particular helmet is a second pattern example which came into service during the last couple of years of the Second World War and features the elasticated chin strap. The overall condition of the helmet is very good. The leather is still supple and all the pop studs work. There is a small tear to the stitched hole which takes the wiring loom below the ear piece on one side but other than this the exterior displays very well. The interior is also good showing signs of service wear but er really sound. There are a couple of tips to the right hand donut which has exposed the lining and there are also two whole to the lining at the back of the helmet, as can be seen in the photographs. This doesn't detract from the way the helmet displays. This flying helmet has no internal markings but appears to be a good size 3 as it fits the display head very well. Both the Zips on the ear pieces function perfectly and one puller still retains its original leather tab, which are nearly always missing. Inside the rubber cups which the receivers fit into are both intact and still retain the covers over the gosport tube fittings which can be seen from the outside of the helmet. The helmet also comes complete with an original internal wiring loom although there are no receivers inside the ear pieces. The loom is grubby but very much in-keeping with the look of the helmet. The plastic bell plug is damaged as can be seen in the photographs but these are easily sourced and replaced. Overall, a nice original wartime FAA C-type flying helmet in a good size which displays very nicely. The MK VIII goggles pictured with the helmet are available separately.
Fleet Air Arm C-type Flying Helmet - Large Size 4 An outstanding example of the Fleet Air Arm pattern C-type flying helmet in a large size 4. This is the second pattern FAA C-type with the elastic chin strap which came into service in 1943. The helmet features zipped ears as used on the b-type flying helmet. The brass zips are in perfect working order and both retain their original leather pullers which are often missing. All the pop studs are intact and work. They all retain their original brown paint, only one having some of it chipped away and missing. This really reflects the superb condition of the helmet. The chamois liner is good with only very limited signs of wear and the ear donuts are good too. There are no plastic receiver cups inside the ears. They have either been removed or were never fitted but it doesn't detract from the way the helmet displays. A rare opportunity to acquire a rare pattern of wartime helmet in the biggest size possible in A1 condition!
G-type Flying Helmet Dated 1966. Size 3 - Fully Wired A nice example of the post World War Two RAF g-type flying helmet complete with hits ear pieces, headphones and wiring. This example is a good large size 3 and dated 1966. The ear pieces are dated 1967 to the reverse and named to 'Bergen'. The wiring is complete on this example, although is in used condition. the wiring going to one of the ear pieces is very worn but still attach. This is however hidden inside the helmet so doesn't detract from the way the helmet displays. The cloth helmet itself is in good shape, all the poppers are intact and work, the chin strap is good and the label is still intact. A good example of a jet age RAF G-type flying helmet in a good size.
G-Type Flying Helmet Dated 1970 - Fully Wired A nice original G-type flying helmet in green dated 1970 and Named to Squadron Leader Baker inside. This example is complete with its headphones and all its wiring which is in good shape. The elastic chin strap is in good condition too. Overall a very complete and very good condition flying helmet. These jet age items are becoming quickly more sort after,
Glamorgan Imperial Yeomanry Cap Badge Nice Glamorgan Imperial Yeomanry cap badge, believed to be a re-strike
Great War 1903 Pattern Water Bottle And Cradle A rare example of the 1903 pattern water bottle and cradle as used by the British Army prior to and throughout the Great War. This example has the correct leather cradle and canvas shoulder strap unique to Great War period examples. Second World War examples did not have the canvas section but instead just one single piece of leather. The leather of the cradle is very good but there are some scuffs and tears present. The water bottle is also complete with its early dark blue cover which is a particularly nice feature. The cover is in good condition although there are some signs of moth underneath the leather of the harness. Obviously this isn't visible when the bottle is displayed. Also present is the original string connecting the cork to the bottle which is so often missing. The cork is also good and fits into the bottle well and the metal work around the cork is like new! Sadly, I cannot find a date on this example, but based on the style of the cradle and the early dark blue cover I would say it is no later than mid Great War. A fantastic example of an early 1903 pattern water bottle and cradle in great condition.
Great War Austerity Pattern Lance Corporal Stripes A nice original pair of uniform removed Lance Corporal stripes. This particular pair are the austerity pattern which were only seen during the war time years. A lovely original Great War set with free postage and packaging.
Great War British Army Officers Cuff Rank Tunic - Reproduction This fine tunic has been expertly converted from a WW2 tunic to represent a 'Cuff Rank' tunic as worn by British Officers during the Great War. This tunic has been altered to represent a Second Lieutenant in the Royal engineers during the First World War. The cuff rank has been expertly added using the correct type of tape and a padded khaki pip. A piece of leather has also been added to the cuff to give it a 'combat' look. Leather cuffs and elbow patches were frequently added to Officers tunics in the trenches and serve here to give the tunic and even more authentic look. The tunic comes complete with Royal Engineers insignia featuring a pair of OSD collar badges and a set of Kings crown buttons. There are a couple of small holes which have been repaired. Namely on the bottom right bellows pocket and just below this on the bottom of the skirt are two more. There is also an L-shaped tear on the back of one of the sleeves which has been repaired. Again, this all adds to the authentic look of the tunic. Aside from a couple of small problems the tunic is in great condition as can be seen in the pictures. The Same Browne belt pictured with the tunic is also available for an additional £40. The 'cuff rank' tunic was synonymous with the British Officer in the First World War and originals now command a high figure when they occassionaly come up for sale on the open market. This tunic would be ideal as a stop gap in a collection or for a re-enactor who wants an accurate example of this style of jacket without the huge price tag!
Great War British Army Puttees - Reproduction A high quality pair of reproduction British Army Puttees as used during the Great War and up until the beginning of the Second World War.
Great War Era Brown Officers Ankle Boots A truly stunning pair of of Great War period brown leather ankle boots as worn by officers with wool puttees. The shape of these boots is typical of those worn during the Great War, the style changing noticeable by the 1920s. The shape of the toe and the lack of toe cap are the tell tale sign that these boots are First World War. Typically seen on officers riding boots of the period, ankle boots were also made in this shape. These boots are unlined and feature 8 eyelets. The laces are also orignal period laces which are almost certainly orignal to the boots. The soles are on good shape showing only limited wear and the toe plates are both intact. The leather on the upper part of the boots is in great condition and is strong and supple and the stitching is strong too. These boots would hold up well if being worn. All in all, a fantastic pair of early boots in great wearable condition which would suit the reenactor and collector alike.
Great War Kit Bag An original black British Army Kit Bag named to ‘H. Crew’ dating from the Great War. This bag is the shorter pattern kit bag used in the First World War rather than the longer and more common Second World War versions. Whilst most people associate white kit bags with soldiers in the Great War; black examples also saw wide spread issue. The bag features brass eyelets around the top and still retains its original rope which is used to secure the bag closed. The inner flap is also present. The original owners name and number are marked to the outside and are rather interesting The WR serial prefix relates to a batch of numbers issued in the Great War to Royal Engineers Waterways and Railway troops. This ties in well with the ‘I W & D’ marking which denotes Inland Waterways and Docks. The overall condition of the bag is good as can be seen in the pictures and it displays well. Altogether a nice original Great War period kit bag with some interesting history. This would make an excellent addition to any WW1 collection.
Great War Period British Army Officers Field Boots A fantastic original pair of Great War period British Army Officers knee high brown leather riding boots in good condition. This style of boots was extremely popular with British Officers during the Great War as well as with pilots of the Royal Flying Corps and can be seen in many contemporary pictures. This particular pair were made by 'Peter Dickson' of Glasgow ad are named to Colonel Travers. The construction of the boots is typical of those made during the First World War. The boots appear to retain their original laces and are in good condition for their age, having acquired a beautiful patina to the leather. The soles are good as are the heels and they are roughly a British size 9. Overall, a nice original pair of early British Officers boots which would be ideal for a collector or ww1 re-enactor.
H-Type Oxygen Mask A lovely example of the H-type oxygen mask, compete in every way apart from the oxygen hose. This pattern of oxygen mask came into use with the RAF towards the end of 1944 and saw service well into the 1970s. This particular example is postwar although the masks changed very little during their service life. The rubber face piece is in very good condition and still retains its light green colour it would have had from the factory. The harness is in very good condition and still retains full elasticity. The pop studs are corrosion free and the leather work is in great shape. The mic is the later pattern mic and is complete with its wiring. The on/off switch works well. All in all a great mask which displays very nicely. These masks are becoming more and more sort after by collectors, especially in great condition like this.
Home Guard District 17 Shoulder Insignia Uncut An Uncut matching pair of Home Guard numerals denoting 17th district. Guaranteed original wartime manufacture and in mint un-isued condition.
Home Guard Grouping Extra Photographs More photos of the Peter Price Home Guard grouping.
Home Guard No.68 AT MKIII Rifle Grenade Dated 1942 A scarce example of the No.68 Rifle Grenade as used by the Home Guard during the Second World War. This example is the MKIII variant and is clearly dated 1942. I acquired this as part of a large Home Guard collection, the majority of which had come directly from veterans. An original manual dated 1942 is also included with this item complete with the original owners name. The condition of this piece is very good. The threads that join the different pieces all work well and the stamping is extremely clear. Sadly the nose cap is missing but this could be sourced. A rare item which would compliment any Home Guard collection.
Home Guard Unifrom Grouping Including Battledress, Greatcoat, Forage Cap and paperwork - Albrighton Home Guard A brilliant and rare example of a Home Guard uniform grouping named to Peter Price who was a private in the Albrighton Home Guard during the Second World War. This grouping consists of battledress jacket and trousers, greatcoat, forage cap, two wartime booklet and an original picture of Peter Price wearing the battledress. The blouse and trousers are both original 1940 pattern (often called 1937 by collectors). This pattern came into service during July 1940 and was used throughout the war. The blouse retains its original label which is still nice and clear and states size No.8 and the 1940 date can also be made out. The jacket also features original Home Guard shoulder titles on each shoulder and a red diamond on the lower right sleeve. The condition of the blouse and trousers is bad with extensive wear and a number of large holes etc. It does display very well as a set non-the-less, but please study all the photographs carefully. The dressing pocket from the trousers has also been removed. The greatcoat is an early 1939 pattern example which still retains a nice clear label as well as stamping. The coat is marked as a size 3 and bares the War Department arrow, but no date. This pattern was soon superseded by the 1940 pattern dismounted greatcoat however and is of early war manufacture without a doubt. There are some areas of fading on the greatcoat where it has been left hanging for many years. Apart from that the coat is in excellent condition and is complete with all of its original buttons etc. Inside the greatcoat is a name tag with the name 'Peter Price' in it. The forage cap in this grouping also as a matching name tag, confirming the originality of this grouping. It also has a Kings Shropshire Light Infantry cap badge which was the badge worn by the Albrighton Home Guard. Inside the cap is marked as a good size 7 1/4. The cap is worn but displays well. Also included with this grouping are two named pamphlets which belonged to Peter Price. The first is 'Air Raids' and the second is 'Spot them in the air', both of which Peter used during the war. As well as this is an original print of Peter wearing the uniform whilst serving with the Home Guard. All in all, a fantastic grouping. Albeit somewhat worn and tatty in places, this is still an incredibly genuine Home Guard collection which displays nicely.
Incredible 1940s Czechoslovakian Made Hooded blouson Climbing Smock An incredible late 1940s Czechoslovakian made hooded blouson climbing smock with a zip front and elasticated waistband band cuffs. The short cut of this jacket is typical of the period and gives it that ski jacket or blouson style which is so iconic and looks fantastic when worn with high waisted trousers. The hood is interesting as the zip is designed to zip up to the bottom of the wears face rather than there neck, meaning that the hood can form a tight seal around the face. When undone with the hood worn down this creates an excellent neck line. The jacket is made from a lightweight gabardine cotton and features a Czechoslovakian made main zipper. The original label is also still present inside the jacket just below the neck line and is still clear and legible today. As well as the elasticated cuffs and waistband, there is a small tab and button at the bottom of the zipper which does up over the stopper. A truly stunning and rare jacket from the late 1940s which would be an asset to any vintage menswear enthusiasts collection without any doubt!
Indian Made MKVII Respirstor Haversack An absolutely mint condition example of a scarce Indian manufactured MK VII respirator haversack. These indian made haversacks differ in a number of ways from the British made examples. The most obvious difference is that these bags don't have brass popstuds to secure the main flap but instead brass pomels which fit through small stitched holes in the flap. The bottom of the bag also has 8 small brass eyelets to let the bag breath rather than the standard 2/3 seen in a British made bag. As well as this, the brass work is typical of indian manfacture being very roughly cast and the stitching is exactly what I would expect to see on an Indian made example. Inside the flap the remenants of the original stamp are visible but sadly the date is no longer legible. This bag is undoubtably of wartime manfacture though as this patten of gas mask was superseeded by the smaller lightweight pattern in 1943. The condition of this haversack really is outstanding! It appears to have never been issued and is as fresh as the day it was made. A really fine example of this rare respirator haversack which would be very hard to better!
Infantry Training Manual 'Fieldcraft' Dated 1954 A 1954 dated Infantry Training manual on Fieldcraft. Complete and in good condition. Free postage.
Jackets, Overall 1962 An interesting Post-War Denim fatigue jacket as used by the British Army. Very different from the usual Denim Battledress Blouse, this jacket is a longer tunic length, feathers to flapped pockets on the hips, and a drawstring at the waist. Made from the same denim material as you would usually find in British Army clothing, but a very different cut! Chest size: 36"
Leather 1939 Pattern Ankelts as used by the Home Guard A fantastic match pair of leather 1939 pattern anklets as used by the British Army and the Home Guard during the Second World War. This equipment was made in two different colours, one very dark brown, almost black and a lighter tan. These gaiters are the latter of the two and the more sort after now by collectors. Sadly no date is visible but these are guaranteed wartime manufacture. The bare the WD stamp as well as a stamped number 2 which denotes the size. The condition of these anklets is fantastic. They would certainly be hard to better. Altogether, a brilliant pair of wartime anklets which would be ideal for the Home Guard collector or reenactor. The 1939 pattern leather equipment was introduced at the beginning of WW2 as an emergency measure as not enough webbing equipment could be produced. It saw limited used with second line British Army units in the early stages of the war as well as use with the Home Guard throughout the Second World War.
Matched Pair of WW2 Period Volunteer Reserve Badges A good original Pair of Volunteer Reserve shoulder badges which were worn below the albatross insignia. Whilst not an exact matching pair as can be told from the backing, the two badges do match well and would look excellent on either a display or a uniform. Ideal for a Battle of Britain period Sgt pilot uniform or similar. Free UK Postage.
MK1 Universal Pouch Dated 1940 An original 1937 Pattern MKI Universal Pouch clearly dated 1940. The pouch has a rare makers mark which I haven't come across previously and cannot find any reference to in books or online. I believe it to either read Matthews or possibly Mattress followed by another work which I cannot read. The company was based in Stockport. This pouch is clearly the rare MK1 pattern and not a later and far more common MKII. This is obvious from the very high position of the buckles on the back of the pouch. The pouch is in great condition as can be seen in the photographs. The webbing is in good condition as is all the brass. The pop stud works well. The MKI pouch was used from the outbreak of the Second World War up until the middle of 1940 when it was superseded by the MKII. This is the correct pouch for an early war or BEF 1937 pattern web set. All in all a cracking example of a very rare pouch with a nice clear dated and unusual makers stamp.
Modified Sam Brown Leather Pistol Holster A field modified Sam Brown pistol holster which has had the flap cut from the top to make it more easily accessible. A strap has then been added which is secured with a 'Lift The Dot' fastener. The holster has been polished black at some point so could possibly be of Tank Regiment or a Light Infantry Regiment origin. A nice original modified piece in good original condition.
Orginal 1945 Dated RAF Bush Jacket - Size 8 An original 1945 dated RAF 'Shirt, Bush, Cellular R.A.F N.P' as worn during the Second World War. The bush jacket was a popular alternative to the more formal RAF Khaki Drill tunic and cellular cotton examples like this in particular. This was due to their lightweight, breathable nature which made them the ideal tunic in warm climates. Cellular cotton is often referred to as 'Airtex'. The jacket features an original pair of eagle badges to the top of each sleeve and three pop studs to the chest which look like they would have had a wing mounted on them. This is strange as there is no rank although there is what looks like traces of a sergeants stripe on the sleeve. The inside of the jacket features the original owners name, 'Chambers' as well as his service number stamped in ink. The original label is also present and still legible. it bares the War Department WD marking as well as the 1945 date. The interior of the jacket also features a buttoning First Field Dressing pocket whilst the front of the jacket features black plastic economy buttons and the epaulettes have the stand brass pattern. The tunic is a good size. The label states it will fit someone up to 5' 10" with a 39-41" chest and a 34-6" waist. The overall condition of the tunic is good and it displays well. It has clearly been worn and laundered is far from mint condition but seems to be sound none-the-less. Please study the pictures. All in all a nice wartime dated RAF tunic in a harder to find wearable size. This could be ideal for a re-enactor but also would make a good addition to any RAF collection.
Orginal 1957 Dated 1950 Pattern Jungle Shorts An original pair of 1950 Pattern Jungle Shorts in good condition and dated 1957. These shorts feature the cross belt fastening as well as two slash pockets (on to each hip) and two rear patch pockets with buttoning flaps. The shorts are made from a cotton drill material in a green shade. Inside the shorts still retain their original issue label which states the size as 12. This is a large size which will fit someone who is 6' to 6' 2" tall and has a waist of between 37" and 39". Due to the waist belt design the waist has a few inches of adjustment. No buckles are included with these shorts so you will have to source your own. The condition of the shorts is very good as can be seen in the photographs. One rear pocket button is broken but I should be able to find a replacement if you ask me. Altogether a nice pair of original 1950s military shorts with the sought-after cross belt design and in a large wearable size!
Orginal Kings Royal Rifle Corps Swagger Stick An original Pre 1953 Kings Royal Rifle Corps swagger stick in black with a metal top. These sticks were particularly popular around the time of the Great War but did see use in the inter-war and Second World War periods as well. It features a black shaft as was traditional for the rifle regiments and a white metal top which features the KRRC badge and moto. Altogether a nice regimental item dating from the first half of the 20th Century.
Orginal WW2 Semi Embroidered RAF Albatross Sleeve Insignia An original WW2 era matched pair of semi embroidered RAF Albatross insignia as worn on the OA four pocket tunic. Battledress uniform and greatcoat. This set are a good match, are uniform removed and show some signs of wear. This is reflected in the price. Free UK P+P
Origianl 1942 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse to a Staff Sergeant of 21st Army Group A very original Normandy period 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1942 and with all of its original insignia. This Blouse came to me along with two similar ones from an old collection and this is the first time it has been offered on the open market. The original owner served with 21st Army Group which was Bernard Montgomery’s HQ during the Normandy Campaign and the subsequent push into Belgium, Holland and finally Germany. The jacket itself is a typical early production 1940 Pattern (Austerity) example. It features the chocolate brown buttons which are often associated with early production models and two inside pockets which was a feature of the earlier none austerity pattern and was phased out by 1943. The Blouse comes complete with its original insignia which comprises of wartime economy printed ‘Royal Engineers’ shoulder titles, printed 21st Army Group (Loc) divisional patches. Below this a felt Arm of Service is present on each sleeve. This is made of two pieces of small felt which is tacked directly onto the jacket which is typical of wartime blouses and another good indicator to its authenticity. Then original sergeants stripes are surmounted by both the Royal Engineers flaming orb and a kings crown, both in brass and signifying the tank of staff sergeant. The lower portion of the right sleeve features 5 long service stripes which ties in nicely with the rank and medal ribbons. The medal ribbons above the left breast pocket give an insight into the original owner. Undoubtedly a career soldier he may well have been a regular before the war and could have possibly been at Dunkirk. Whilst it isn’t possible to prove this we do know he served in the 8th Army in the Deseret, went through Italy and then served in France and Germany, most likely with 21st Army Group. The medals are mounted on a thick piece of brass which is very period correct and was clearly done at the time. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is extremely bright a clear. It states the size as ‘No.7’ and the the manufacture as ‘Town Tailors Ltd’. The War Department broad arrow is also on the label above which is the 1942 date. The overall condition of the jacket is stunning. It has a very fresh appearance with the bap of the serge being very good and all the insignia being very bright. The label is very good as previously mentioned and the lining is clean. The only flaw I can find with the jacket is a small hole just above the left cuff. I have included a picture of this. This Blouse would be an asset to any collection but would be of particular interest to somebody who collects Normandy or similar 1944 related Battledress. The condition is stunning making this a real collectors piece.
Origina 1955 Dated Greatcoat, Dismounted, 1951 Pattern - Size 9 An original ‘Greatcoat, Dismounted, 1951 Pattern’ by Stone Bros and dated 1955. This pattern of Greatcoat was introduced in the post-war years replacing the 1940 pattern. It is very similar in design with only a few subtle differences to its wartime counterpart. It is made from a heavy serge wool and features brass kings crown buttons. Short post-war lance corporal stripes are also in evidence on each sleeve. A half belt can be found to at the rear of the coat whilst two flapped pockets are present to the front of the coat, one one each hip. Inside the coat the original label is still present which bares the War Department broad arrow marking and 1955 date. As well as this it states the coat as being a size 9 which will fit somebody of around 6’ tall with a 40” chest. The condition of the coat is reasonable for it’s age but it does show signs of wear and use, as is to be expected with a vintage coat. Please study the photographs as they form part of the description. Altogether a good early post-war greatcoat which is much cheaper than their wartime counter-parts!
Original 1903 Pattern Bandolier South African made A South African made example of the 1903 pattern British Army Bandolier as used from before the Great War up until the beginning of the Second World War. The bandolier is in good condition and is complete with its brass triangle and belt strap which are often missing. Inside the bandolier is marked with a crows foot surrounded by an arrow denoting South African manufacture as well as the owners name. A nice complete example, ideal for re-enactors and collectors alike.
Original 1903 Pattern Bandolier South African made 2 African made example of the 1903 pattern British Army Bandolier as used from before the Great War up until the beginning of the Second World War. This example is maker marked to a manufacture in Cape Town and bares the crows foot surround by a U as all South African made items should. This Bandolier does not have its belt securing strap although these can be obtained easily.
Original 1908 / 1914 Pattern Converted Haversack An original 1908 / 1914 pattern converted haversack in good condition. This pattern of haversack is essentially a standard third pattern example which has been converted so that it can be worn with the leather 1914 pattern webbing. This is identified by the brass grommets fitted to the two rear straps which allow the pack to be worn with the leather set. Inside the bag the original canvas divider is still intact and appears to bear the manufactures name and date. Sadly this is now hard to read. There are other markings to the inside of the main flap including a War Department inspectors stamp with he number '83' which has been stamped over an earlier stamp. The bag is in good condition for its age with some signs of wear and use. It has been blancoed at some stage and appears to have some sort of emblem to the front which looks like a red four leafed clover. Altogether a reasonably good example of this pattern of small pack which would suit a collector or re-enactor well.
Original 1908 Pattern 'Other Services' Haversack An original British Army 1908 Pattern 'Haversack, Other Services' in used condition. This pattern of Haversack was introduced in 1911 and was intended to replace the earlier G.S. Haversack and was used primarily by mounted units in conjunction with the 1903 pattern bandolier equipment. These saw widespread issue throughout the Great War as well as in the inter-war years when they were also utilised by Dispatch riders with some still seen in use in France in 1939-40. The bag looks similar to the standard 1908 pattern haversack but does not feature the side buckles and short straps the rear, instead having the buckles placed on the back. These would usually be fitted with a single 1908 cross strap so that the bag can be worn across the body. Inside the bag the original divider is still present as is the makers stamp and date. These are sadly somewhat faded and now hard to read but appear to say 'Hampton & Sons Ltd 1918'. Below this is a war department inspectors stamp with the number 291. The bag is in reasonable condition considering its age but does have wear, particularly to the bottom where there are a couple of holes as detailed in the pictures. A reasonable example of this pattern of haversack which would suit a collector or re-enactor well.
Original 1908 Pattern British Army Webbing Belt - Size L (2) An original 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt as used by the British Army during the First and Second World War. This pattern of belt was introduced into service with the British Army shortly before the Great War and saw widespread use throughout the conflict. It stayed in Service throughout the inter-war period before being replaced by the 1937 pattern belt in 1938. The 1908 pattern was still issued during the first years of the Second World War with many being used in the BEF and the Western Desert. This particular example was made by the Mills Equipment Company as can be seen by the MECo stamp. Following this is a date which is hard to read. Below this the letter 'L' is stamped which denotes the size as large. The belt is in reasonable condition but shows signs of wear and age. There is some fraying to the webbing where it has been fastened many times which has been reflected in the price. If fastened as shown in the pictures when worn with a tunic it is not visible. A reasonable example of a Great War period webbing belt which would suit both the collector and re-enactor well.
Original 1908 Pattern British Army Webbing Belt - Size M An original British Army 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt in a size medium by 'MECo'. This pattern of belt came into use with the British Army prior to the Great War and saw Service throughout the conflict, during the inter-war period and finally saw service in the early part of the Second World War. It was part of the 1908 pattern webbing equipment but was also worn on its own for walking out. This example was made Mills Equipment Company as can be told by the 'MECo' stamp inside the belt. It features a large brass buckle to the front and retains both of its rear straps and buckles. It would appear to have been issued and worn and has certainly been blacnoed at some stage in its life. The markings on the belt also include the size which is denoted by the letter 'M'. The belt actually measures at 45" when fully extended so is a generous size. As well as the manufacturers markings the belt features regimental markings. It is Stamped RAMC which denotes Royal Army Medical Corps as well as PW 3 which may stand for Prince of Wales Regiment. All these regimental stamps are done in the style typically used during WW1. The belt also features a date marking which is sadly now very hard to read. I think it is either 1918 or 1919. The brass has tarnished in a way which is typical of Great War items and the overall look is that of a very authentic belt. A good original period piece of British Army kit which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally.
Original 1908 Pattern Modified Water Bottle Carrier An original 1908 Pattern Water Bottle carrier which has been converted after the Great War. In 1921 an order was issued that all water bottle carriers were to be converted from the standard front press stud previously employed to a top fastener as seen here. This was done by adding two new straps. Sadly the date stamp has been worn away and is no longer legible although the manufacturer looks to have been MECo. The securing straps look to have been retro-fitted based on the stitching meaning that it would have been originally manufactured before 1921. The cradle is in good condition overall retain all of its brass work. It has been blancoed at some stage with a light green shade of blanco, typical of the inter-war and BEF period. There are some signs of wear and use as shown in the pictures. Altogether a reasonably good example of an inter-war pattern water bottle carrier which would be ideal for someone interested in the British Expeditionary Force or similar.
Original 1908 Pattern Second Issue Frog (Converted) An original 1908 Pattern Second Issue Frog dating from around the Great War. This frog started life as a second issue example as used during the Great War as is evident from the two rivets. Following the withdrawal of the helve and Intrenching tool in 1923 all frogs were to have the rear helve holder strap removed. There is clear evidence of where it was originally fitted. Sadly the makers name and date are no longer legible but it would have been made before 1923 as it came out of the factory with the helve holder strap. The frog is in good condition for its age with various signs of use and wear. It has been blancoed at some stage but overall displays well. A good original inter-war example which would be ideal for someone interested in this period or that of the British Expeditionary Force in 1939-40.
Original 1915 Dated 1908 Pattern Large Pack by 'MECo' An original First World War dated British Army 1908 Pattern Large Pack in used condition. This pattern of large pack was introduced as part of the 1908 pattern webbing equipment before the outbreak of the Great War. This pattern of webbing was to be the standard issue throughout WW1 and saw use with a wide variety of units and a broad scale. This particular example was made by Mill Equipment Company in 1915 and is marked as such twice. Once at 90 degrees to the inner flap with the second stamp being along the inside edge. This one is harder to see as it has been blancoed over but is still visible. The style of stamp is the correct bold MECo marking used at this stage in the Great War. The original owner also appears to have added his name along the inside edge below the stamp, but this again is partially obscured by blanco. As previously mentioned the pack has been blancoed as was standard practice in the British Army. It is a good clay based blanco as used in both world wars and not a later oil based version or similar, giving the bag a very good authentic appearance overall. The brass work on the bag is also typical of the era, having taken on a deep, dull finish with age which is only ever found on early mills items. Sadly, the condition of the bag is far from perfect and it has clearly seen plenty of use. One of the rear straps is damaged but potentially still usable. This area has also been reinforced with an extra piece of material and copious stitching. The main flap also appears to have had some extra loops added to it at some point as can be seen in the main picture. Overall the bag still displays very well with the main issues being to the rear but please do study the pictures. A very nicely marked piece of Great War webbing. Whilst not in the best condition this has been reflected in the price and it would still make a good addition to any WW1 collection.
Original 1915 Dated British Army B5 Ankle Boots An incredibly rare find these - A pair of original 1915 dated British Army B5 Ankle Boots in incredible condition. There were a number of patterns of boots used by the British Army during the Great War but the B5 were without a doubt the boots to have seen the widest issue and now considered the classic British Army boot of the First World War. These boots have all the features one would expect to find with an original B5 boot. To begin with the shape is typical with its flat toe which can really be seen from the underneath and is totally unmistakable as a B5 boot. They are made from leather with the smooth side on the inside and the rough side of the high on the outside which is standard on all B5 boots. The rough outer layer has been treated at some point, most likely with dubbin and possibly polish to darken them from a light brown to the dark brown they are today. This was standard procedure in many regiments and it's possible that this has been done to make these a pair of 'best boots' for walking out and perhaps explains why they have survived so well. Another classic feature of the B5 boot is the brass rivets which hold the facing to the vamp and was a standard feature on B5 boots. 7 brass eyelets are featured and a set of old leather laces are present. I wouldn't like to say the are original after over 100 years have passed but they are certainly old and the correct type. The sole of the boot features the correct heel and toe plates, the later being affixed with the correct style screws. The studs are the clover leave pattern which were used during the Great War. The waist of the sole has the numeral '9' stamped onto it denoting the size, a makers mark which in design is typically Edwardian and the date of 1915 which match on both boots. The condition of the boots is extremely good as can be seen, particularly when you consider that they are now over 100 year old! All the stitching appears to be strong and there is no damage anywhere that I can find. They look to be completely wearable today and certainly display incredibly well. A truly stunning pair of boots which would be extremely hard to better. A must have to complete that Great War collection!
Original 1915 Dated British Army Field Boots A scarce pair of original Ordinary Ranks field boots clearly dated 1915. This pattern of boots is frequently seen in photographs from the Great War and were used predominantly, but not exclusively, by NCO’s particularly of the Artillery regiments and Army Service Corps drivers. These original boots are typical of WW1 British construction. They feature a very blunt squared-off toe, a lace up front and three buckles and straps which fasten around the calf. The upper most section of the boots are leather lined whilst the soles are the standard hobnailed style and the heels feature metal horse shoes. Deep inside the boots stamped in the usual place in the insole is the 1915 date. As well as this is the numeral ‘8’ above another which reads ‘6F’ which I assume relates to the size. I tried on one boot and can confirm that if this is the size they are slightly over-sized and will fit a size 9 foot. The overall condition of the boots is very going considering they are over 100 years old. They display very well indeed and even come with an original period set of laces which may be original to the boots. The only area of the boots which has served is the straps around the top. One boot still retains all of its original straps but they are very delicate and may break with use. The other boot has had the top two straps replaced with new leather where the originals have clearly broken. All in all a fantastic pair of rare original First World War field boots with a clear early date stamp. A must have for any British Great War collection!
Original 1915 Dated British Army Officers Breeches An original pair of 1915 dated British Army Officers breeches in great condition. These breeches are typical of those worn by British Officer during the First World War. They are made from a khaki bedford cord which was a popular colour at the time as it was more subdued in the field than the pre-war light tan colour often seen. The breeches feature a button fly and button braces, suede patches on the inner thy and have both a lace section and a lower button section to close the breeches around the calf. Inside the breeches still retain their original tailors label which states ‘Bernard Weatherill’ as the maker, a well known one at the time. The original owners name ‘J. Pickering’ as well as the date which reads ’14.1.15’. The condition of the breeches is very good considering they are over 100 years old. There are various marks and wear which are to be expect with a piece of this vintage. They were clearly worn at the time and I have photographed any areas of damage as best as I can. They do display very nicely and have a good ‘been there’ look to them. Overall, a rare pair of early Great War breeches which would make an excellent addition to any WW1 collection without a doubt!
Original 1915 Dated Sam Browne Pouch, Ammunition A very nice early example of the Sam Browne 'Pouch, Ammunition' clearly dated 1915. This pattern of pouch was used in conjunction with the Sam Browne equipment throughout the Great War by British Army Officers. It was designed to hold 12 loose rounds. This particular example was made by 'Hobson & Sons' of London in 1915. These details are stamped to the rear of the pouch. The overall condition is very good as can be seen in the photographs. It appears to have had limited use if any and displays very nicely indeed. All in all a very good example of this pattern of pouch with a nice clear early date. This would make an excellent addition to any First World War collection without a doubt.
Original 1917 Dated British Army Trench Cap An original 1917 dated British Army trench cap in outstanding condition, complete with an original Essex Regiment cap badge. This pattern of cap came into use with the British Army in March 1916 replacing the stiff Service Dress Cap and 'Gor Blimey' winter cap. The soft flexible nature of this pattern was introduced as it could easily be stored in a soldiers kit when the new shrapnel helmets were being worn. This particular example really and truly is excellent and has survived the last 100 years incredibly well! The condition is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. There is no mothing or damage anywhere to the exterior and the interior is also very clean with one period machine repair which has been very neatly done. The leather chin strap is original and in good condition and the cap badge is a nice original bi-metal example. Inside the cap is nicely marked with the markings still be nice and clear. There are two stamps; the uppermost being the makers stamp which is stamped in a semi-circle and bares the manufactures name, the size and the date. The size is marked as 6 5/8 but it will fit slightly larger. The second stamp is the War Department stamp with the broad arrow between the letters W and D. There is a serial letter stamped below this as is correct for Great War items such as this. The stitched peak features the correct 6 rows of stitching rather than the 5 seen on post Great War examples. This really is a very fine example of an original Great War trench cap which is clearly dated and has all the correct markings. This would truly be very hard to better!
Original 1917 Dated Tunic and Sam Brown Belt - 19th Batt, London Regiment (St Pancras Rifles) An original 1917 dated British Army Officers Tunic named to a Second Lieutenant in the 19th Battalion, London Regiment (St Pancras Rifles) complete with an original Sam Browne belt. The pattern of this original tunic is sometime referred to as ‘Wind Up’ or ‘Shoulder rank’. It is possible that it started life as a cuff rank as they were often converted to this style, although I can see no real evidence of this one the cuff. The cuff is plain however and does not feature a cavalry cuff or similar. It is very plain and typical of the period. The tunic features cloth pips to the epaulettes which again is typical of a tunic worn by an officer serving in the field. The jacket has many other features associated with Great War tailored officers items. The jacket features a full waist belt which is only visible when the Sam Brown is not worn and is something that was not really seen after the First World War. This has a small ticket pocket on the right hip which is again a common feature in this period. A long skirt is another attribute this jacket shares with most other period examples and the short length of the epaulettes is just such another period feature. Inside the tunic is the original tailors label which is situated in an inside pocket. It states the maker as ‘Amuelson, Son & Linney’ of London and Paris. The 1917 date can be seen as can the original owners name ‘R. Blowes Esq’. The tunic is in reasonable condition for its age and displays well. There are a number of areas of damage to the exterior of the tunic which I have attempted to photograph. This has been reflected in the price and is only really noticeable on close inspection. The tunic came to me with a nice original Sam Browne belt which is included in the sale. This original belt features a whistle attachment which is a very Great War addition to find on a Sam Browne. Made up of a holder, whistle and leather lanyard with a brass hook. These were added to the cross strap as a convenient and easy place for the Officer to reach, especially when wearing a variety of other pieces of equipment in the trenches. The belt also features the extra brass Dee rings to the top of side which an extra strap can be attached to thus creating the ‘double brace’ Sam Browne belt which was popular before, and throughout, the First World War. There is no date that I can find on the belt but the brasses for the double brace and the whistle holder would suggest Great War manufacture. I certainly wouldn’t date the belt as any later and there is a good chance that the belt is original to the tunic as both clearly date from the same period. Overall a fantastic Great War Officers uniforming grouping. Low subaltern ranks such as this are rare to find and it looks great when displayed with the belt. This would undoubtedly make a fantastic addition to any First World War collection or display!
Original 1918 British Army Dated Gaberdine 'Denim' Trench Cap - Size 7 1/4 An original 1918 British Army Ordinary Ranks Gaberdine Trench Cap in amazing unissued condition. This pattern of cap was introduced into service in 1916 replacing the earlier stiff cap as a more functional item. With the introduction of the shrapnel helmet there was a need for a sort cap which couldn’t be easily stored when the helmet was worn. This particular cap is the Gaberdine version, often referred to as the ‘denim’ trench cap which saw widespread issue in 1918. This particular example appears to be unissued and is in fantastic condition. No holes have be made in the front of the hat for a cap badge to be mounted which is the first thing that would happen when issued. As well as this the chin strap is still the light tan colour it would have been made it came out of the factory and hasn’t been polished etc. The lining is also extremely good with only small signs of cracking in the oilskin here and there, rather than the great quantity seen on a cap which has been worn. Inside the cap retains its original white ink stamp which states the manufactures name ‘P. Johnson’, the size which in this case is 7 1/4 and the 1918 date. The condition of the cap has more or less been described already. It’s a fantastic example and in near mint condition although it may have the old small floor here or there due to the fact that it is 100 years old. Altogether this cap really stands out. The condition alone makes it an ideal collectors piece especially when this is coupled with a nice clear wartime date and a large size. A must have for the discerning Great War collector!
Original 1918 Dated 1908 Pattern Water Bottle Carrier An original 1908 Pattern Water Bottle carrier, dated 1918 and converted after the Great War. In 1921 an order was issued that all water bottle carriers were to be converted from the standard front press stud previously employed to a top fastener as seen here. This was done by adding two new straps. The manufacturers name is still legible inside the cradle and reads 'MECo' which denotes Mill Equipment Company. The 1918 date is visible after the name. There is also an inspectors stamp with the number 357. The cradle is in good condition overall retain all of its brass work. It has been blancoed at some stage with a light green shade of blanco, typical of the inter-war and BEF period. There are some signs of wear and use as shown in the pictures. Altogether a good example of a converted water bottle carrier with a nice date which would be ideal for someone interested in the British Expeditionary Force or similar.
Original 1918 Dated 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt - Size M An original 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt dated 1918 as used by the British Army during the First and Second World War. This pattern of belt was introduced into service with the British Army shortly before the Great War and saw widespread use throughout the conflict. It stayed in Service throughout the inter-war period before being replaced by the 1937 pattern belt in 1938. The 1908 pattern was still issued during the first years of the Second World War with many being used in the BEF and the Western Desert. This particular example was made by the Mills Equipment Company as can be seen by the MECo stamp. Following this is a date of 1918. Below this the letter 'M' is stamped which denotes the size as medium. The belt is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. It has clearly been blancoed at some stage. All in all a nice original belt with a wartime date and in good condition.
Original 1920 Dated British Army 1919 Pattern Webbing Frog An original 1919 Pattern Webbing Frog clearly dated 1920 and made by ‘M.E.CO’. This pattern of frog is very similar to the 1908 webbing frog with earlier examples featuring a tab to the rear which connected to the helve holder. The Entrenching tool was not part of the 1919 set so this was removed. The rear of the frog is clearly marked with the MECO markers mark and 1920 date. There is also a War Department inspectors stamp present as is typical on this period of British webbing. The condition of the frog is very good as can be seen in the pictures. It displays very well and is still very fresh making it suitable for a collector as well as a re-enactor. All in all a nice example of an inter-war piece of British webbing.
Original 1922 Pattern Ordinary Ranks Peaked Cap An original 1922 Pattern Ordinary Ranks Peaked Cap in good condition. This pattern of cap came into issue with the British Army during the inter-war period and saw service throughout the Second World War and into the 1950s. It was worn with the Service Dress uniform but was also seen worn with the new Battledress uniform during the Second World War. They were still being worn by a number of units during the Phoney War and during the Battle for France with some regiments or individuals still wearing them later in the war. This example features a territorial pattern Royal Artillery brass kings crown cap badge to the front and two brass general service buttons to each side. These hold an original brown chin strap across the peak of the cap. The interior is lined with black oilskin as is common to find with this pattern of cap. The makers name can clearly been read as 'J. Compton Sons & Webb Ltd' who were a prolific manufacturer of headwear for the British forces during the mid-century period. The War Department broad arrow marking is present as is the size which is 6 5/8. The date has been obliterated which would suggest that it is a post war example. The pattern is identical to WW2 however meaning that this would still make a good stand-in for a dated example. The cap is in good condition overall and displays nicely. The nap of the serge is still fluffy and there is no sign of moth damage or undue wear. There is however a small hole to the left of the cap badge, although this is only noticeable on close inspection. A nice original period cap which is most likely post-war but the same pattern as WW2 making it ideal for a collector as a stand-in or a re-enactor.
Original 1922 Pattern Ordinary Ranks Tunic to Cpl H Watmore, 43rd Wessex Div. An original WW2 British Army 1922 Pattern Ordinary Ranks tunic named to Corporal Harry Watmore who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps of 43rd Wessex Division in 1944/45. The tunic is the standard pattern used during the Second World War. It is pre austerity pattern but does have a lined collar meaning it most likely dates from 1941-42. It features all of its original insignia including corporal stripes, brass RAMC shoulder titles and collar badges as well as a full set of RAMC brass buttons. There are no labels or stamps that I can find inside the tunic but the original owner has added his name, rank and serial number to the lining in ink. The tunic is in very nice condition and displays very well indeed. It shows only very limited signs of service wear and there are no serious flaws that I can find. In terms of condition I think this tunic would be hard to better. Harry Watmore served with the RAMC in North West Europe as part of 43rd Wessex division and received a letter from General Bernard Montgomery congratulating him on his outstanding service during the Campaign. A photocopy of this letter is included as is a photocopy of his medals and a picture of Harry, presumably taken in the early stages of the Second World War as he is wearing the 1922 pattern peaked cap. The tunic is of an average size of the period of around a 38” chest. Please see the measurements below for more accurate sizing - Chest - 20’ Inside arm - 19” Outside arm - 25 1/2” Length at rear - 33” All in all a very nice original wartime Ordinary Ranks tunic with some nice history. The condition is fantastic and this would certainly make a great addition to any WW2 uniform collection.
Original 1922 Pattern Service Dress Cap With KSLI Cap Badge A nice original example of a 1922 Pattern British Army Service Dress cap as used from the 1920s until after the Second World War. This particular example has a nice early look to it. It has the ability to have the crown folded very low and flat which gives it a classic Great War look. Both the buttons and chin strap are high quality reproductions as these were missing when I acquired the hat. The Kings Shropshire Light Infantry cap badge is a nice original example. The cap is maker marked inside to a London maker and stamped as a size 6 3/8. The cap features the correct oilskin lining and green under peak. The cap is in good condition for its age but does have a few moth nips to the peak, top and one to the back. All in all, a great original example of this classic British Army hat which displays very well.
Original 1922 Pattern Service Dress Tunic Dated 1959 An immaculate, never issued 1922 pattern Service Dress tunic dated 1959. This pattern of tunic closely resembles the tunics worn by the British Army during the Great War but came into use during the inter-war years. The 1922 pattern tunic was still widely in issue at the outbreak of the Second World War and saw issue throughout the war with MPs and Warrant Officers amongst others. After the Second World War these tunics were still produced in small numbers and issued to some units. This jacket is labelled 'Jacket Service Dress O.R. No.1' and is identical in pattern to those issued during the 1930s and the Second World War featuring pleated chest pockets and buttoning lower pocket flaps. The label also states the jacket as being as size No. 8 which will fit a 38" chest and a 32" waist. The jacket is in immaculate condition and has clearly never been issued. The serge the jacket is made from is perfect with no rips, tears or moth and the cotton drill lining is like new! The jacket retains its original brass belt hangers on each hip and comes with a full set of original brass kings crown general service buttons. Although dated 1959, this jacket would make a good stand in for a wartime dated 1922 pattern tunic, as these are now becoming very hard to find. This jacket would be ideal for the collector or re-enactor alike. The condition is next to perfect - this jacket would truly be hard to better!
Original 1925 Pattern RAF Ammuniton Pouch Dated 1941 A scarce original 1925 Pattern RAF Ammunition ouch clearly dated 1941. This pattern of webbing was used in the inter-war years by the RAF and stayed in service into the early part of the Second World War. ’25 pattern webbing can clearly be seen in use with the RAF in period photographs taken in France in 1939 and 1940. This particular example is dated 1941 and is most likely from the last contract placed for this pattern as the RAF were by this time in the process of switching to 1937 pattern web equipment. Made from a blue dyed web material, the pouch features four pockets and is not too dissimilar to in style the 1908 pattern webbing pouch. It is closer to the 1919 pattern introduced for the Royal Navy with the pouch back making up one third of the belt section. This pouch along with its pair would be fitted to a third rear belt section to create a full belt. The top of the pouch features a buckle to fit cross straps to eliminating the need for brace attachments. The pouch is clearly maker marked and dated inside the uppermost flap. It was made by ‘MECo’ in 1941 as can be seen by the still very clear and legible stamp. The rear of the pouch bares the name ‘Milton’ and a service number added in ink which shows that the pouch was issued at some stage. The pouch is in very good condition as can be seen in the photographs. It has seen light service use but overall displays very well. This is a rare pattern of pouch which rarely comes onto the market today. A must have for the serious RAF or webbing collector!
Original 1927 Dated British Officers Warm An original British Officers ‘Warm’ Coat dated 1927 which belonged to Rupert Harding-Newman who played a key role in the formation of the LRDG. Harding-Newman went to Sandhurst in the late 1920s before being commission into the 5th Royal Tank Regiment which ties in very well with the date inside the coat. He the was stationed in various parts of the Middle East throughout the 1930s and accompanied Ralph Bagnold of LRDG fame on trips where they learnt many of the key elements which went towards the formation of the Long Range Desert Group. During 1942 he was Brigade Major of 22 Armoured Brigade where he won the MC after being continuously in action for three weeks. He is also noted as commander of 3rd County of London Yeomanry (Sharpshooters). In his obituary which was printed in The Times, he is cited as playing a ‘key role’ in the formation of the LRDG. This pattern of short coat was very popular during the Great War and stayed in fashion during the inter-war period for some time. It is similar in cut to the later grey coloured ‘Crombie’ coats which saw some use during the Second World War and after except it is in green and a much earlier cut. The coat is typical of Great War and early inter-war coats. It features a narrow shoulder displacement and wide button stance to the front which gives it that classic Edwardian look which disappeared by the end of the 1920s. It features brown leather football buttons to the front an to the epaulettes, two flapped front pockets and a turn back cuff. The interior of the coat has a heavy two part lining with the uppermost part being intended to help protect against water. The original throat piece is still buttoned inside the coat and has not been lost or discarded. The original makers label is also still present inside the interior pocket and states the maker as ‘J. Daniels & Co Ltd’ and the date as November 1927. A second label is present in the back of the coat below the hanging loop and reads ‘Harding-Newman’. The coat has survived in very good condition and displays very well indeed. There is some very light moth tracking to the top of the pockets but this is really only noticeable on close inspection and in the right light. I mention it and have included photographs for thoroughness, although it doesn’t detract from the coat in my opinion. The coat is around a 36-38” chest and has a reasonable inside arm length which measures at 19 1/2”. Altogether a very nice early coat with some fantastic history. This would make an excellent addition to any collection without a shadow of a doubt.
Original 1927 Dated Deputy lieutenant's Service Dress Tunic A real rarity this tunic! A 1927 dated officers Service Dress tunic to a deputy Lieutenant J. W. Kynoch dated 1927. John Wheen Kynoch of Isla Bank, Keith was first commissioned into the 6th (Volunteer) Battalion of the Gordon Highlanders on the 5th of January 1898 as a Second Lieutenant. It was to be the beginning of a long career for 2nd Lt Kynoch! In 1917 he was made a temporary Captain in a Volunteer Training Corps Battalion, possibly due to a reserved occupation. He was then appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Bannifshire in February 1927 and clearly had this tunic made for his new role. As well as this, J. W. Kynoch was also knighted in 1939 and served throughout the Second World War as can be seen by the medal ribbons displayed on the chest of the jacket. The jacket itself is in fantastic condition. Made from a heavy whipcord as was popular during the Great War and the 1920s, this jacket really exudes quality. Tailored by WM Anderson & Sons of Edinburgh and Glasgow the jacket features a long skirt and narrow shoulder displacement which is typical of early Service Dress tunics. The tunic features two black gorgets with a red central stripe and a Deputy Lieutenants button on each. All of the other buttons on the tunic are also the correct pattern for Deputy Lieutenant. A very rare tunic that is not often seen on the market in A1 condition which is clearly dated 1927.
Original 1930 Men's Collarless Shirt + Collars by 'Wulcosa' - Large Size An original men's collarless shirt made by 'Wulcosa' and dating from the 1930s. This shirt is a dead stock, unworn item which was still in its original string and paper packaging until recently (included with shirt). It has been carefully removed and dry cleaned and is now ready to wear! This shirt is typical of the inter-war years being of half-fronted, collarless design as was popular in the UK in the first half of the 20th Century. It is made from a soft wool flannel which features a subtle dogtooth check of orange, blue, green and cream making for a very period colour pallet. It comes with two matching collars which attach to the white cotton neck band with collar studs (not included). The neckband of the shirt is stamped with the size of 16 1/2" which is worn with the corresponding supplied 17" collars. inside the neck of the shirt the original label is still present and states the maker as 'Wulcosa'. The label is typical of those found in the 1920s being a simple two colour combination with no graphics aside from the brand name. The shirt is a large size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 25" Collar - 16 1/2" Inside arm - 20 1/2" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 19 1/2" Length - 37" Both the shirt and collars are in exceptional, unworn condition as can be seen in the pictures. This is a previously un-worn item but may have small issues consummate with age - although I can find none! A rare large size pre-war shirt in fantastic condition and cut from a fabulous cloth which is indicative of the era. Large un-worn items from this era seldom appear on the market today!
Original 1930s Flying Helmet by 'S. Lewis' - Size 7 1/8 An original British flying helmet made by 'S.Lewis' in the 1930s. Alongside D. Lewis, S. Lewis were a prolific manufacturer of flying clothing in the inter-war period. Post-war they became 'Lewis Leathers' a well renowned motorcycle clothing supplier. This pattern of helmet was arguably the most common private purchase style produced in the inter-war years. The helmet is made from a very dark brown leather which is lined with chamois. It features buttoning earflaps which fasten with pop studs and are designed to carry gosport tubes. A chin strap is also present which features eyelets that fasten to a corresponding buckle. Inside the helmet the original makers label is still present and reads 'S. Lewis of Racing, Flying & Motor Fame' as well as their address and phone number. The original owner has also marked their name in ink to the chamois lining and it reads 'H.D.F Hutchings' and may be traceable. The size is also marked in ink as 7 1/8. The helmet is in good condition and it displays nicely. There are no signs of damage or excessive wear and overall it is very clean. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a nice pre-war period flying helmet that would make a good addition to any aviation collection.
Original 1930s French Leather Cyclist Jacket This jacket is without a doubt one of the most iconic jackets of the 20th Century and its not hard to see why. Produced in France during the late 1930s and early 1940s, these zip front leather jackets saw use with the French Army at the beginning of the Second World War, the French Resistance and Maquis in 1944/45 and by Luftwaffe pilots stationed in Northern France after the fall of France in 1940. This type of jacket is often referred to as ‘Hartmann’ by collectors as this style was worn by the famous German fighter ace during WW2. It is made from a deep brown, almost black leather and features a brass Eclair main zip as are often found on this type of jacket. Two angled zippers are located on either side of the breast whilst button pockets are found towards the bottom and secured ‘football’ style buttons. Another ‘football’ button is used to close a leather tab over the bottom of the main zip. The interior is lined with a light coloured thick blanket material and features a black interior patch pocket which may have been added after it come out of the factory. The sleeves are also lined. The jacket is a small size and will fit around a 34-36” chest. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 20” Waist - 18” Inside arm - 16 3/4” Outside arm - 22 1/2” Shoulders - 16” Length - 24” The jacket is in good condition for a leather jacket of this age. The leather is still soft an pliable and generally speaking it displays very well. It does have a couple of issues however. The rear seam of the right sleeve has lost some of its stitching and could use with being repaired. As well as this the main zipper has frayed at the bottom as detailed in the photographs. It is still usable but if the jacket was intended to be worn it may be worth replacing it for an original period zipper. Overall a good example of this scarce and sought-after leather jacket which would make an excellent addition to any collection.
Original 1930s Men's French Collared Shirt An original men's collared shirt made in France in approximately the 1930s. This style of shirt was popular in rural France during the 1930s and 1940s. It features a spearpoint collar as was popular during this period and a half button, or 'tunic', front. It is made from a wool cotton mix designed to keep the wearer warm and is a pale pinstripe pattern. The cuffs and collar have been replaced with a similar but mismatched material and a square panel has been added to the front tail of the shirt where it must have originally worn though. There are other signs of period repairs and wear which can be seen in the pictures and are all typical of French workwear of this period. The shirt is a generous larger size and should fit someone of a 42" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 25" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 23" Shoulders - 19 1/4" Collar - 16" The shirt is in well used condition with various signs of wear and age. This is to be excepted of a vintage work shirt but please study the pictures carefully to get a good idea of the condition. A nice original French shirt which would be ideal for a resistance or refugee display are impression.
Original 1930s Men's Mint Green Collarless Shirt by 'Nuvotex' An original men's collarless shirt made by 'Nuvotex' in the 1930s and in unworn condition. This shirt is typical of those made in the interwar years. It features a half button or 'tunic' front which is designed to by pulled on over the head. It has a square bib front which fell out of fashion in the post-war years and turn back 'French' cuffs, designed to be worn with cuff links. It is made in a mint green colour which is very evocative of the era. The shirt is in new old stock, unworn condition and has clearly been recently removed from its original packaging. It retains its original card labels which would have been removed and discarded before wear. They are again typical of the pre-war era and match the label inside the shirt. All labels state the maker as 'Nuvotex Regd'. The collar size is also marked to the inside of the neckband of the shirt and reads 13 1/2". The shirt is a smaller size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Inside arm - 20" Outside arm - 23 1/4" Shoulders - 17 3/4" Length - 35" The shirt is in good condition and as previously stated is unworn. There are some small storage marks which I have attempted to detail in the pictures. These may come out with specialist cleaning and do not overall detract from the shirt. Altogether this is a very nice original pre-war shirt in great unworn condition. It would make an excellent addition to any collection or wardrobe without a doubt!
Original 1930s Men's Sheepskin Lined Suede Leather Waistcoat A stunning original 1930s sheepskin lined suede waistcoat by ‘Selfridges’ which belonged to Ron W Durrant who was a flight Lieutenant in the RAF during the Second World War. From some brief research I believe the original owner was a flight a Engineer and Engineering Officer at one stage at 22 OTU and later 10 OTU during the summer of 1944. No doubt whilst being rested from Ops as he appears in the London gazette with the same service number at the beginning of 1943. Whilst this isn’t necessarily a piece of flying clothing, it is well known that aircrews flying in heavy bombers wore numerous layers of clothing so it would make sense that Ron would have worn this item he purchased before the war as it would have been ideally suited to the conditions. The label and construction date this piece to the 1930s. The label reads 'Man's Shop, Selfridge London' and is known to date form this period, featuring typical graphics of the period. The cut of the waistcoat was favoured by motorists in the early part of the 20th Century featuring a single breasted button front and sheepskin lining. The top of the opening fastens back as shown in the pictures and is a typical feature of this pre-war style of waistcoat. The inside face is lined with leather which is another nice detail. As is often the case with original items of this period, the waistcoat is a small size and will suit someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 19" Length - 24" The waistcoat is in good condition for its age with displays well. It has various signs of age and use but no damage that I can see. It is still a very wearable item today but please study the pictures and bare in mind that this is an 80+ year old vintage, pre-worn item! A fantastic piece of early mid-century men's clothing with some fantastic history. This could make an excellent addition to a collection without a doubt!
Original 1930s Men's Shirt by 'Water Lane Brand' An original men's shirt made by 'Water Lane Brand' dating from the 1930s and in dead stock, unworn condition. Water Lane Brand date back to the Victorian era and were a prolific manufacturer of workwear in the first half of the 20th Century. Sometimes referred to as 'W.M Sudgen' who owned the brand and are still making shirts today, the Water Lane Brand was founded in 1924 and named after the street the first factory stood on in the late Victorian period. This particular shirt dates from the 1930s. It is made from a wool cotton mix which is reasonably thick and designed to keep the wearer warm in the days before central heating. It features a half button, or 'tunic' front as was usual in the UK before the Second World War which eventually was replaced with full button designs by the late 1950s. A neckband collar is present and is again typical of the pre-war period being designed to be worn with a detachable collar. Inside the neck of the shirt is the original label which reads 'Water Lane Brand, Grosvenor' and features the WLB yellow on blue shield logo. The name Grosvenor is the name of this specific shirt and was most likely named after one of the streets adjacent to the factory, this being a feature of the brand. The neckband is also marked with the number '15' which relates to collar size. The shirt will fit around a 38" chest depending on desired fit. This style of shirt is always cut very wide across the chest to allow it to be pulled on over the head. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 22 1/2" Inside arm - 18 1/2" Outside arm - 21 1/4" Shoulders 18 3/4" The shirt is in stunning unworn condition and displays very well indeed. There is an extremely small mark to the rear of one sleeve which is only noticeable on close inspection, but aside from this it is a beautiful example of a pre-war men's work shirt. This would make an excellent addition to any wardrobe or collection. Not only is it in fantastic condition but it is also a wearable item.
Original 1930s Officers Uniform with BEF and Dunkirk History A rare original inter-war Officers Service Dress Tunic and matching Knickerbocker trousers with Battle for France and Dunkirk Evacuation history. This uniform originally belonged to Henry Pyers Ronald Lloyd-Mostyn who was commissioned into the 15/19 Kings Royal Hussars during the late 1930s. He served as a Scout Carrier Commander with 5th Troop, A Squadron and saw action at the battle of Assche. He was a 2nd Lieutenant at this point and troop leader. He survived the action and made his way to Dunkirk on foot and reported for duty once there. Sadly on the 27th of May 1940 he was drowned whilst on his way back to England. The uniform itself is typical of the 1930s. The jacket features pleated chest pockets, lower bellows pockets, cavalry cuff and epaulettes. It features brass Edward VIII Buttons which help date the uniform specifically to 1936. The knickerbockers were a popular choice for officers during the inter-war years but fell out of fashion very early in the Second World War. They feature buttons for braces around the top of the trousers as well as a button fly and buttons to the bottom of the leg to secure them around the leg. Both the jacket and trousers bare the same label so are undoubtedly a set. The bottom half of the label is missing from the jacket but luckily the complete label has survived in the trousers. It states the maker as ‘Farrel & Sons Ltd’ of Camberley and the original owners name ‘H.P.R Lloyd-Mostyn’ has been added below in ink. Interestingly, the uniform does not appear to have had any collar badges or shoulder badges fitted to it during it life. The uniform is a relatively tall, slim size. The jacket measures at 18” across the chest, has a 22” inside arm and measures 15 across the waist. The knickers measure at 15 1/2” across the waist and 26” along the inside leg. The condition of the set is extremely good and its displays very well indeed. It shows next to no signs of wear and the only damage I can find is a very small hole to the seat which is shown in the photographs. Altogether a stunning uniform which some incredible BEF history!
Original 1930s Royal Marines Khaki Drill Trousers A rare pair of inter-war period Royal Marines Khaki Drill Trousers in good worn condition. This pattern of KD trousers is specific to the Royal Marines and differs from those used by the British Army and RAF. Made from the usual khaki colour cotton drill, the trousers feature a fishtail back, a button fly and belt loops. They have a conservative 9" cuff which would suggest these are an earlier example which pre date the Second World War. The original owners name is marked inside the trousers in a way which is typical of items owned by men serving in the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 15" Rise - 13" Rear rise - 16" Inside leg - 31" Cuff - 9" The trousers are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. There is a fade mark across one leg and marks from where the leg length has been altered but overall they display well. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pair of pre-worn, vintage trousers of over 80 years old and may have small issues consummate with this. A rare pair of early khaki drill trousers with some fantastic details!
Original 1936 Dated 1918 Pattern British Army Service Dress Tunic An original 1936 dated British Army Service Dress tunic, often referred to by collectors as the 1922 pattern jacket. This pattern of tunic is the 5th modification of the 1902/07 pattern tunic which came into service with the British Army during 1918. It is now often referred to as 1918 pattern although more commonly called the 1922 pattern. This particular tunic dates from 1936 according to the letter code of 'U' which is stamped above the War Department broad arrow stamp. The jacket is typical of those produced in the 1930s with an un-lined collar and very fitted cut. As well as the WD stamp, the jacket has the original owner number stamped on it which has been applied in a typical pre-war font. As well as this the name has been added 'L / Cpl Kelly' and the numerals '10' which most likely denote the size. The collar has been tacked down for smartness which is a typical thing to see in period pictures from both the Great War and the inter-war period. The sleeves also bares a shadow where Sgt stripes were clearly worn for many years. Perhaps L / Cpl Kelly rose through the ranks? The overall condition of the tunic is good and it displays well. The serge has the 'wiry' feel which is typical of pre-war and early war British Serge items. There are a couple of holes to the left sleeve as shown in the pictures and general wear which is consummate with its age. Importantly, the epaulettes haven't been holed and neither has the collar. Usually this pattern of tunic shows signs of having had various badges fitted, however, this one has survived extremely well. A very nice tunic from the pre-war tunic which would make an excellent addition to any British collection and would particularly suit someone interested in the BEF during the Phoney War and Battle for France.
Original 1936 Dated French Army Officers Jacket An original 1936 dated French Army Officers Tunic made by 'Marcel Deloume' for 'Bailly'. This pattern of tunic came into issue with Officers of the French Army during the inter-war period and saw continued use throughout the Second World War. This particular example features the collar insignia of a translations officer of the Army's Administrative wing who speaks both French and Arabian, an 'officier d'administration de l'intendance'. Attached above the left breast pocket are three medals ribbons which are The Military Medal, Overseas Conflicts and the Colonial Medal. There is a shadow on each cuff where insignia denoting the original owners rank has been removed and the tunic features a full set of matching brass buttons. The interior of the tunic is beautiful. It is fully lined and features very fine work around the chest and shoulders. The original tailors label is still present also and reads ''Marcel Deloume, 28e Regiment de Tiralleurs' with a typical yellow on black graphic, popular in France during this period. A second label can be found inside one of the two interior pockets which bares similar details to the main label but also features the original owners name, 'Bailly' and the date of 9.3.36 in ink. The condition of the tunic is good and it displays extremely well. There are however a couple of small holes - one to the rear of the sleeve, one to the bellows pocket and a mark to the rear - all of which are detailed in the pictures. These are only small flaw and don't detract from what is overall a very fine looking tunic. A fantastic pre-war tunic which would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1937 Dated RAF Kit Bag A scarce early dated example of an RAF Airman's kit bag in good condition and dated 1937. This pattern of kit bag was used by the RAF for a number of years before the Second World War and throughout the conflict. This particular example is named to Sgt. J Cross 565729 to the side and the bottom of the bag. His rank means it could be possible that he was aircrew and it would certainly be worth researching further. The interior of the bag features the Air Ministry AM marking as well as the 1936 contract date and 1937 manufacture date. The overall condition of the bag is good for its age as can be seen in the pictures. It has been used however and may have issues relating to age although there are no major ones I can see. A very rare early example which would make a great addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse A somewhat well used British Army 1937 pattern battledress blouse as issued from late 1940 onwards. This blouse is the second pattern of battledress blouse and features a lined collar and chromium played buckle. inside the blouse is an 'Anti Vesicant' stamp which is dated November 1941, so we can assume the blouse was made prior to this date. The blouse is in good condition generally but does have some repairs, namely to the back and to the sleeve. The blouse has clearly seen some action but has been priced with these faults in mind. One of the collar tabs is also missing though it does still fasten around the neck fine. Another could easily be sourced if the new owner so wished. Most of the buttons on this blouse have been changed for riveted 'bulldog' brand buttons which was common practice on tunics which were used very regularly to work in and are a nice feature to see. The waist bet does also have some repairs too it but still does up fine. A good orignal blouse that has had a hard life. It still displays well and could be worn if so wished for reenactment but it does have some scares.
Original 1937 Pattern Battledress Blouse Dated 1941 - large size A good example of the 1940 pattern battledress (often referred to as 1937 pattern by collectors) dated 1941. This blouse is typical of a British manufactured blouse of this period featuring a pressed metal buckle as opposed to the earlier wore buckle and it has a lined collar. The blouse has had a couple of period alterations, almost certainly by the orignal owner. The collar clasps have been changed for white metal clasps, the buttons have been changed for horn examples rather than the issue brass buttons and it has had a couple of extra clips put in on the waist to keep the blouse looking smart whilst it is being worn. Both inside pockets have also been removed. Inside the jacket is the WD stamp and the letter code 'P' which denotes 1941 as the year of manufacture. It also has an AV stamp which is a nice feature on this early war battledress. The overall condition of the blouse is good but it has had a reasonable amount of wear in its life. This jacket is by no means a mint unissued example but a jacket which has been issued and worn. There is also some staining to the right hand sleeve.
Original 1937 Pattern Battledress Trousers Dated 1941 A good example of 1940 pattern battledress trousers, often referred to as 1937 pattern by collectors. This pattern came into issue with the British Army shortly after the withdrawal from Dunkirk and could be referred to as 'second pattern'. These trousers are marked 'P' inside denoting 1941 as the year of manufacture. They also have the anti-vesicant stamp inside so have been treated at some point against gas. The trousers feature brass buttons all round, belt loops to the waist and tabs to the bottom as would be expected on this pattern. This particular pair of trousers are in good original condition and although worn they still have plenty of life in them and display well. The button for the map pocket is missing but this is easily replaced. Waist size is roughly 30". All in all, a good pair of early war battledress trousers which are getting hard to find.
Original 1937 Pattern Belt An original 1937 Pattern belt which belonged to a British army officer. The belt has been blanco’d what appears to be KG3 and has the rear buckles removed as was often done for ‘walking out’. The other brass work is complete with the belt. No date or makers mark is visible due to heavy use but the original owner has marked his initials in ink. The belt can be let out to around a 37” waist at most. Altogether a good original belt.
Original 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt An original 1937 pattern British Army webbing belt in good condition. This pattern of webbing belt came into issue with the British Army in 1938 and saw use throughout the Second World War. This example features all brass hardware so is suitable for any period of WW2. It has been blanco with KG3 blanco which was the most common colour used during the Second World War. The blanco applied is the powder form used in the conflict and not a later oil based version or similar. The belt will fit a variety of waist sizes due to the fact that it is adjustable. When fully extended it measures 39" so should be a good fit for someone of a 32-36" waist potentially. The belt is in good used condition and displays well. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor alike.
Original 1938 Dated RAF Officers Greatcoat A fine example of a World War Two period RAF Officers greatcoat in good condition and clearly dated 1938. This style of greatcoat was worn by officers in the RAF from before the Second World War but was replaced immediately after with a new pattern, making this example the only acceptable pattern for a WW2 collector. The coat is made from an RAF blue Crombie material and features a full waist belt and brass buckle, a 3 button cuff with brass RAF buttons, RAF buttons to the front and is lined inside with rayon. The coat was made by 'E. Todd & Sons' of Barrow for a Dr. A. Ronald in 1938. It has a tailors label inside the neck which is black and another which is white and bares the owners details on this inside pocket. The coat comes complete with its original Squadron Leader shoulder boards which appear to be original to the coat. They are in reasonable condition but one in particular shows signs of aging with one of the rank rings being stained. They are original however and have the correct brass kings crown buttons. The greatcoat is a good size measuring at 21" from pit to pit meaning it should fit a 39-40" chest maximum. A very early example of an Officers Greatcoat which would be an excellent addition to any Battle of Britain collection without a doubt.
Original 1939 Dated British Army Battledress Serge Blouse - Large size An original early WW2 Battledress serge jacket clearly dated 1939 and in a rare large size. This pattern of battledress is the first pattern to come into service, replacing the earlier Service Dress uniform in 1938. It was worn during the first two years of the war and saw service during the Phoney War, The Battle for France and the Dunkirk evacuation before being replaced with the 1940 pattern in the later part of the summer of the same year. This pattern did still see limited use throughout the rest of the war and was by no means only worn in the first couple of years. Unlined collar jackets were very sought-after, particularly by officers, who wanted to wear the jacket open with a shirt and tie. The unlined collar was perceived to look much smarter than an example with a lined collar. This example has all the correct early features including the unlined collar, wire waist buckle and twin inside pockets. The buttons are stamped bras examples as usually found on early battledress and the label is again typical of an early example. The label is still present and stitched to the righthand inside pocket. It states the year of manufacture as 1939 and the maker as 'The Rego Clothiers LTD' who were one of the more prolific manufacturers at the beginning of the war. The label also states the size as 18 which was the largest available size made during the Second World War. It has been altered to fit larger than this though and when laid flat it measures - Chest - 24" Waist - 21" Inside arm - 19 1/2" Outside arm -26" Shoulders - 18' Length at back - 22" As well as the label the interior also bares the War Department broad arrow marking which is without a letter above it. This is common to find on early battledress and another good feature. The original owner has also added his name in ink to the inside pocket as well as his rank of L/Sgt. This would suggest the original owner was possibly Foot Guards or similar and ties in well with the clear outline of where a stripe has been worn on the sleeve at some stage. A shoulder title was clearly also removed at the same time and can also be seen in the pictures. The condition of the jacket is reasonable for its age but it does show signs of wear and use, as are to be expected with an issued battledress blouse. The cuff has worn (as detailed in the pictures) and there is general wear all over the jacket. Please remember that this is a pre-worn issued item so may have issues consummate with this. Early examples of original Battledress serge such as this have become extremely rare to find now, particularly those that still retains clear dates. Furthermore, this example is a very large size which is incredibly hard to find with any wartime battledress, let alone the rare first pattern. A scarce jacket indeed.
Original 1939 Dated British Army Mess Tins - BEF An original set of early war aluminium British Army Mess tins as used by the BEF in France in 1939 - 1940. These mess tins were found in France and were almost certainly left behind during the retreat. Whilst only one of the tins is maker marked and dated they are clearly a set and were found together. It is possible that this manufacturer only marked one of two tins as the construction is the same on both. Importantly, the tins have been marked to the base by the original owner with the initials 'E.P' which adds a nice element of authenticity to this original issued set. The larger of the two tins is marked 'S & H Ltd 1939' and bares the War Department broad arrow below this. Both tins are also inspector marked as can be seen in the second picture and is another nice detail. The mess tins are in reasonable condition for their age with plenty of signs of use and wear etc. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a nice and very authentic set of early war mess tins which would make a great addition to any BEF collection!
Original 1939 Dated British Army Mess Tins with BEF Provenance An original set of early British Army Mess Tins found in the BEF sector of Northern France at the end of last year. This matched set were made by ‘Bulpitt & Sons Ltd’ of Birmingham and are both clearly dated 1939. Both also feature inspector stamps as can be seen in the second picture. Crucially, the larger of the two tins bares the original owners name ‘J. Cox’ roughly carved into it adding to the authenticity. This set were found by us in the Arras area of France along with two other named sets and are guaranteed original BEF items. Anyone who knows their history of the campaign will know that a large portion of soldiers were stationed in this area during the Phoney War as well as the Battle for France. This pattern of mess tins was replaced in the months immediately after the evacuation from Dunkirk making them very rare today. They are not often seen for sale on the open market and almost never have provenance as good as this! A rare opportunity to own a piece of BEF history!
Original 1939 Dated British Army MKII Steel Helmet An early original British Army MKII Steel Helmet clearly dated 1939 and with the correct early liner. The shell of this early helmet was made by 'F&L' in January 1939 and the interior retains the original chocolate brown factory finish. The exterior has been repainted a darker colour and the finish appears to be a period hand applied job. Many of these chocolate brown helmets were repainted during the war as the finish applied in the factory was a gloss which was reflective. There are accounts of men being order to sand down the paint on their helmets as well as others being told to repaint. The liner is a nice early example with the round head pad as opposed to the later cruciform pattern which came into use in 1940. It was made by 'J.C.S & W Ltd' in 1939 making it almost certainly the original liner to the helmet. The markings are slightly faint but I believe it is marked as a size 7 above the makers name. The markings are more easy to read in person than they are in the photographs. The helmet retains its early pattern large size liner screw and an original chin strap which also appears to be original to the helmet. Altogether a nice early and very original Steel Helmet which would make a great addition to a helmet display or BEF collection.
Original 1939 Dated Grey Wool Blanket An original grey wool blanket made in Adelaide and clearly dated 1939. This early dated blanket came with another 1942 dated Australian blanket which had clearly belonged to the same serviceman. It could be either Army or Air Force issued originally and would be suitable for either. Made from a light grey wool with blue stripes, the blanket features its original paper label which bares the manufacturers name and the date. A tartan trim is stitched to the edges but I do not know if this is original or a later addition. The blanket is in good condition and displays well. This would make a good addition to any WW2 collection!
Original 1939 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Mounted Breeches A rare original pair of India made Khaki Drill Mounted breeches in unissued condition and clearly dated 1939. This pattern of breeches was used by mounted units in serving in hot climates. Whilst at first glance they look to be a standard cut of breeches, they in fact have some interesting details. Made from a khaki coloured whipcord the breeches feature a fishtail back as was popular in the inter-war period. The fly fastens with white metal buttons which are marked either 'Dimaco 1939' or 'Model 1939' and the same examples are fitted around the waist for braces. The most interesting detail is the double reinforcement to the inside legs. Whilst breeches commonly have a single section to the inside of each leg, these have another higher up which starts at the crotch and is overlapped by the sections fitted lower down. The rear of the breeches features a single pleated First Field Dressing pocket made from the same material as the rest of the article. This rear positioning is typical of wartime manufactured KD items. The interior of the breeches features a plethora of stamps as is usual with Indian made items. The circular date stamp is bright and clear and reads December 1939. Other stamps include the size stamp which is 6 in this instance. The breeches are in very good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They do no appear to have been issued or worn and display extremely well. They are a vintage item however so may have small flaws relating to age. It is also worth noting that one calf button has been replaced with a horn button on each leg. A very nice pair of early war breeches with a very clear date and in fantastic condition. A must have for the serious collector!
Original 1939 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage Cap An original Battle of Britain period RAF Ordinary Airman’s Field Service Cap clearly Dated 1939. This original cap features an orignal brass RAF cap badge and two brass kings crown buttons to the front. Inside the cap has the early style long tape label which features the 1939 date as well as the /39 stores reference. The size is also marked inside once white and reads 6 3/4. The condition of the cap is reasonable as can be seen in the photographs but it has suffered from some moth damage, particularly along the top edge. I have tried to photograph this as best as I can. Overall the cap still displays well. All in all a reasonable wartime cap with a nice hard to find early date.
Original 1939 Dated RAF Sidcot Suit Liner - Size 4 A scarce early war liner for the 1930 pattern sidcot flying suit dated 1939. These brown kapok quilted rayon liners were designed to fit inside the 1930 pattern sidcot suit and differ from the liners made for the 1940/41 pattern liners. This pattern features a zip from the crotch to the neck line as well as zips on the outside edge from the ankle to the arm which differs from the later suits. The suit retains its original issue label which bares the Air Ministry 'A.M' marking which is surmounted by a Kings Crown. Below this is the 1939 contract date followed by the date itself. The size is No.4 and the various details of the fitting are stated. The suit also retains all of its original 'DOT' zippers. These show signs of corrosion but appear to be intact still and should work fine after careful cleaning, if the next owner so desires to do so. The overall condition of the suit is fairly good for its age with the usual signs of service wear etc. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. All in all a nice original early war Sidcot liner which would be ideal for someone collecting Battle for France or Battle of Britain period items.
Original 1939 Irvin Flying Jacket by 'Robinson and Ensum' - Large Size 8! An original Early Second World War Irvin flying jacket made by Robinson and Ensum in 1939 which is an extra large size 8. This jacket was made as part of the first contract awarded to Robinson and Ensum in 1939 and is a wired example. This manufacturer placed the half belts much higher than other contractors so they are easy to identify today. It is of early construction with the single panel front and twin panel rear and has the short dense fur lining and collar facing which is typical of early jackets. The jacket retains all three of its original ‘D.O.T’ brand zips which are all in good working order. Not only this but they also have their leather pull tabs still attached which is rare to find. The original metal hanging chain is still present in the neck and the waist buckle retains a good amount of its nickel plated finish. The leather channeling which takes the wiring of the jacket can be clearly seen in the pictures although it appears to have had the wires removed which is quite common when not used as part of the heated set. The collar retains its original leather strap and the two corresponding buckles are still present to the other side. The two metal eyelets which take the elastic collar strap are also still present although the collar strap has been removed. The jacket is a very large size and must be the biggest of issue sizes which is 8. It is both broad and tall and when laid flat it measures - Chest - 25 1/2” Inside arm - 26” Outside arm - 27 1/2” Length (not including collar) 29” Shoulders - 22 1/2” Please take into account with the sizing that this is a thick, bulky jacket and will fit smaller than the measurements given above. The condition of the jacket is superb. The chrome leather finish is very good as is the sheepskin lining. All the original zips are present as is the waist belt, waist belt buckle, collar strap and collar buckles. The only flaw is a hole to the area which sits behind the zipper when the jacket is fastened. How or why this is there it is hard to say and I can only assume somebody cut it in for a functional reason. Luckily It is not visible when done up and is the only real flaw I can find in what is an otherwise very fine example of an early Irvin. Not only is the condition of the jacket extremely good for an early war example but the size is also a rare large size which are rarely seen on the market. This would make an excellent addition to any collection with a shadow of a doubt!
Original 1940 Dated 1937 Pattern Small Pack by 'MECo' An original British Army small pack made by 'MECo' in 1940. This British Expeditionary Force period small pack is a standard 1937 pattern small pack as used by the majority of unit in the British Army during the Second World War. The bag is clearly date 1940 inside and features the makers name 'MECo' who were one of the most prolific makers of British Army webbing during WW2. The bag has clearly been issued at some stage as it has been blancoed. It is in good condition and has clearly never seen particularly heavy use. All the buckles and straps are intact and feature brass ends which is correct for early war manufacture. Overall a nice original BEF period small pack in good useable condition.
Original 1940 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse - Size 8 An original 1940 pattern British Army Battledress Blouse dated September 1940 and in a size No.8. This pattern of battledress blouse came into issue with the British Army in late 1940 and was used throughout the rest of the Second World War. This particular jacket features two inside pockets meaning it is an earlier example as economy measures limited inside pockets to a single pocket sometime in 1941. The interior of the jacket features the correct War Department broad arrow marking as well as the original manufactures label which states the maker as 'S. Schnieders & Sons Ltd' and the size as No.8. A purple issue stamp is also present on the label and reads 'Sep 1940'. The epaulettes appear to have had one pip each stitched onto them at some stage suggesting that this could have originally belonged to a Second Lieutenant. The jacket doesn't appear to have seen much use or wear and the nap is still very good and fluffy. Its a clean jacket but has suffered from some moth damage. The main areas affected are the chest above the left breast pocket, the epaulettes and a small amount around the belt area. I have detailed this in the photographs so please take the time to study them. Overall a reasonable original battledress which could potentially be repaired. Whilst not in the best condition this has been reflected in the price.
Original 1940 Dated ARP Warden's 'Plastfort' Bakelite Helmet An original Air Raid Wadren's 'Plastfort' Helmet clearly dated 1940 and in good condition. These 'Plastfort' helmets were made from bakelite, and early form of plastic, at the beginning of the Second World War. They were issued predominantly to the factory works, particularly those working in Royal Ordnance Factories making munitions. They plastic shells were used in place of metal as they could not create sparks. This helmet is interesting because it has had a large 'W' painted to the front in a typically period design and denotes the wearer as an Air Raid Warden. This combined with the Plastfort helmet shell is an unusual combination and would suggest that the original owner was part of a factory ARP. The chin strap offers further insight to the original owner with the name ''L. E. Trask' inked onto it. It also has a second section of text which reads 'Post 18' which refers to the specific post this Warden was part of. This ties in nicely with the rest of the helmet and adds to its story. The liner is still present and in good condition. The maker is 'J. C. S & W. Ltd and the 1940 date is found below this. The helmet is in good condition for its age and displays well. It has signs of age an wear as is to be expected but overall it presents very well. An interesting and very original Home Front helmet which would make a great addition to any collection.
Original 1940 Dated B-Type Flying Helmet A fantastic unissued example of the RAF B-Type flying helmet. The B-Type flying helmet came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and became synonymous with the Battle of Britain. This example is still as it would have been from the factory so doesn't have any ears fitted. The ear pieces where supplied separately and fitted to the helmets at squadron level. It may also be worth noting that some very early airborne units also used this pattern of flying helmet before being issued with their own pattern of helmet. This particular B-type is in great condition. The leather exterior is in good shape and has no nicks or tears. The chamois lining is virtually spotless! This helmet was clearly never worn. Both 'bennetts' buckles are intact and in good condition as are the leather straps and the leather cover securing ring that work with this. The pop studs are both free from corrosion and retain their brown paint to the exterior. The label inside is in fantastic condition and extremely clear. This example would certainly be hard to better!
Original 1940 Dated British Anti Gas Boots An original pair of British Anti Gas over boots dated 1940. These boots were issued to be worn with the gas cape or as part of the anti gas suit. They are made from a rubber backed linen and feature web straps around the opening of the boot and around the ankle. These fasten using pop studs and also have buckles to allow for adjustment. Inside the boots are clearly marked with the 1940 date, the War Department broad arrow and the manufacturers initials. There is also an inspectors stamp as detailed in the pictures. The boots are in very good condition for their age and are still supple and pliable. There is no serious damage that I can find and they appear to be a matched pair. A good example with an early date which would be hard to better!
Original 1940 Dated British Army Ammunition Boots - Size 9 An original pair of British Army ammunition boots clearly dated 1940 and in a size 9. This pattern of boots, often referred to as 'Ammo boots', came into issue with the British Army in 1936 and saw issue throughout the Second World War and well into the 1950s. This particular pair were made in 1940 as can be seen from the stamp to the insole. The original owner has 'bulled' the boots by smoothing out some areas such as the toe caps to give a better shine when polished. This was a common thing for soldiers to do since the introduction of ammo boots and was often done to 'best' boots used for walking out or parades. The boots have also had an extra layer sole added which is often called a 'clump' sole and was popular in the First World War and early Second World War. The toe plates have been re-fitted with slot head screws rather than the crosshead style seen post-war which would suggest the sole is a period addition. There is evidence of where flat type studs have been previously fitted although the boots are currently fitted with the smaller style. Different stud patterns are often seen in pictures of BEF but the sole and studs have been taken into account with the price. Inside the boots the insole is marked with the 1940 date and the size of 9S. The letter 'N' is also present and could relate to the manufacturer? The boots are in very good condition and display well. They look like the could potentially be very wearable but would also suit a mannequin. A good pair of boots with a hard to find early date!
Original 1940 Dated British Army Anklets - Size 3 An original pair of 1940 dated British Army Webbing Anklets by M. W. & S Ltd and in a good larger size 3. These gaiters came with a set of officers belongings all named to Frank R. A. Smith. Smith joined the Royal Artillery just before the outbreak of the Second World War and served for some years including in the tropics. All the items which came from this estate pre date the end of the war so it is unclear if he survived. What is certain is that all his belongs have been left untouched since approximately 1945 before being discovered earlier this year. These anklets are the economy version of the first pattern which have had the brass tab from the end of the straps deleted. Aside from that they are of the same construction as used throughout the Second World War. They do not appear to have been blancoed at any stage. The inside of both anklets bears the manufacturers name of 'M. W. & S Ltd' who were a prolific manufacturer of webbing during WW2. As well as this the 1940 date is present and the War Department broad arrow. Below is the numeral '3' which denotes the size. The anklets are in good condition with only limited signs of service wear with some marks etc. Please study the pictures. Altogether a nice original pair of anklets with a good early date and in a harder to find large size. Not only this but they have wartime provenance making them ideal for a collector as well as a re-enactor.
Original 1940 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress blouse dated 1940 in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods. It closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. Aside from the 1940 date the biggest giveaway of a first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. This example also has the correct early wire buckle. Inside the jacket retains its original label. It is somewhat faded from washing as is common with workwear items such as this but some of the details are still legible. The size is stated as No. 9 which will fit up to 6ft tall, a 40" chest and a 35" waist. Towards the bottom of the label in the lefthand corner the date can be seen 'Sept 1940'. Whilst not overly clear in the picture, it is more clear in person with the right light. As well as the original label the jacket also has a War Department WD stamp which features the broad arrow mark which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which demotes 1945 as the year of issue. There is what looks to be another similar stamp which may have been an earlier issue stamp with the 1945 stamp relating to a later re-issue. The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. Whilst it shows some signs of wear and was clearly issued it is still in very good condition overall. The only slight flaw is on the left breast pocket where there is some wear (pictured) and a small slit has been cut into the tail of the belt so it can fasten with a button. This is typical of the kind of small modifications done by soldiers during the Second World War. A nice original early pattern jacket in good wearable condition. This would make a great addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1940 Dated British Army Field Service Cap - Size 7 An original 1940 Dated British Army Field Service Cap in a size 7. This pattern of cap came into issue with the British Army shortly before the beginning of the Second World War and saw use throughout the conflict. It was replaced by the General Service Cap in 1943 but remains an iconic piece of British Headwear today. The interior of the cap is marker with the makers name ‘S. P. Harris’, the 1940 date and the size which is 7. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is usually the case with these markings. The cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are only limited signs of wear although there are a few marks to the interior. Overall it displays very well. Altogether a very nice cap in a very hard to find extra large size. This would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1940 Dated British Army Fork - BEF An original British Army Fork made by 'C Bros C' and clearly dated 1940. This is the standard pattern used during the Second World War and bares the War Department broad arrow marking. Ideal for an early war collector or re-enactor. Free UK P+P
Original 1940 Dated British Army Jumper - Size 3 An original British Army Jumper which belonged to sgnm J.H Wells who served with the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War. J. H. Wells was discharged from the army on the 14th of May 1944 meaning that all his surviving items were used or worn by him prior to this date. The jumper is a typical wartime British made example. It is made of coarse wool and has extra strong cuffs which is either an manufacturing quirk or an early War feature. I haven’t come across this on later Dated jumpers. Inside the jumper the original label is present which states the manufacturer as ‘J.J & W.H & Co’ of Kilmarnock. It also states the size as 3 and bares the 1940 date. The jumper features a number of original period darns which are truly incredible. They were clearly done at the time as the items have been stored since the war and really add an amazing character to the jumper. The overall condition of the jumper is good and it displays well as can be seen in the pictures. It does however have three small hole to the rear and some stains etc as are to be expected with an original Second World War item such as this. All in all a fantastic early War jumper with guaranteed wartime provenance. This would make an excellent addition to any ww2 collection without a doubt.
Original 1940 Dated British Army Leather Jerkin An original British Army Leather Jerkin clearly dated May 1940. This pattern of leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and stayed in service throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular examples from the early part of the Second World War and can be seen by the date on the original issue label. The interior is lined with a khaki green wool shirting material as was standard with jerkins. To it is affixed the original manufactures label which states it as being a size No.2 and made by ‘W.M. CURWEN & Co. Ltd’ in London. The War Department broad arrow marking is present as it the date of May 1940. The original month has been over-stamped which would suggest it was actually made slightly earlier in the year. The label states that the jerkin will fit between a 37-43” chest depending on desired fit etc. I would suggest a fitting of a 36-40” chest myself. When laid flat the jerkin measures - Chest - 21 1/2” Shoulders - 19 1/2” Length - 31 1/2” The condition of the jerkin would best be described as ‘well used’. It has clearly seen plenty of action in its time with plenty of period repairs to reflecting this. It is pretty sound overall however and all the stitching appears strong. All four horn buttons are present. Please study the pictures to gain a better idea of the condition. Altogether a nice original example of a British Army jerkin complete with a rare early date. This would make a good addition to any collection!
Original 1940 Dated British Army MKII Steel Helmet with 1939 Dated Liner An original 1940 dated British Army MKII Steel Helmet with a 1939 dated liner and its original paint finish. This pattern of helmet came into use with the British Army in the late 1930s and was the standard issue steel helmet by the outbreak of war, although the earlier MK1* helmets were also still being issued at this stage. This example is clearly dated January 1940 on the shell and 1939 to the liner making it ideal for a British Expeditionary Force collector or similar. The shell retains the majority of its original factory applied chocolate brown finish and looks good when displayed. There are various scuffs etc which are to be expected as well as some black marks from storage which may clean off with hot soapy water or similar. An original liner is present which is dated 1939 and stamped as a size 7. The top securing nut is the original and interestingly the liner has the cruciform pad rather than the circular pad usually associated with early manufacture helmets. Whether this has been changed or it came out of the factory like this is hard to say, but I can see no signs of it having been altered. The helmet comes complete with an original chin strap which again appears to be original to the helmet. I have already described the condition quite thoroughly but I would say overall it is very good and it display very well. The inside of the helmet shell does show some signs of corrosion where it has sweated but nothing too serious and not something this is visible when displayed. All in all a very nice early war British Helmet with good clear dates and most of its factory applied paint finish still intact. A must have for the BEF or early war British collector!
Original 1940 Dated British Army MT Goggles + Case An original pair of British Army MT goggles with yellow tinted lenses as used throughout the Second World War by tank crews, Dispatch Riders, Jeep Drivers and many more. The goggles are the round shape as issued during WW2 rather than the round teardrop shape also seen in contemporary pictures. They feature yellow tinted lenses, grey leather work, oatmeal coloured fur around the edges of the grey dyed stockinet eye pieces and a grey elasticated strap. The goggles come complete in their original metal tin which is maker marked 'MB 12' and the 1940 date. The box is in average condition for its age and displays well. The goggles are in good condition. The strap still retains part of its elasticity and the lenses are very clear with next to no signs of delamination. There are a couple of rust spots to the grey fur as shown in the pictures but overall they display very well indeed. A nice pair of early WW2 goggles which would be ideal for someone interested in the BEF or similar.
Original 1940 Dated Early WW2 'Battledress, Serge' Blouse A scarce original early Second World War British Army Battledress Serge Blouse in well worn condition. This pattern of battledress jacket, sometime referred to as the first pattern, came into issue with the British Army in late 1938. It is this pattern which was used during the early part of the War by the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1939 and 1940. It was replaced by the 1940 pattern following the evacuation of Dunkirk and are a rare jacket today. The jacket features an unlined collar which is one of the most distinctive features of these early jackets. It also has the correct wire buckle used on these early jackets and twin inside pockets. Sadly, the original label has been removed at some stage. The War Department broad arrow stamp is still present however and is surmounted by the letter Q which denotes 1940 as the year of manufacture. The jacket has an original set of medal ribbons attached above the left breast pocket and appear to have always been on the jacket. They include Great War ribbons which was common to see in the BEF. There is also some shadowing of where other badges have been including two pips to the shoulders. The jacket is roughly a 38-40" chest and is long so most likely for a taller person, but please study the measurements below and make up your own mind. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 23" Waist - 18" Inside arm - 19 1/4" Outside arm - 26 1/4" Shoulders - 17" Length - 23" The jacket is in well used condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are a variety of holes, mainly to the sleeves and the bottom of the pockets as can be seen in the pictures. This has been reflected in the price and it is worth taking time to study the pictures to get a good idea of the condition. A rare early jacket which would be ideal for someone collecting early British Army items or whi is interested in the BEF.
Original 1940 Dated First Pattern Denim Battledress Trousers A scarce pair of 1940 dated Denim Battledress trousers in excellent condition. These rare first pattern denim trousers have all the features of an early manfactured pair of trousers.They have a single pleat First Field Dressing pocket on the right hip, covered buttons on noth the map pocket and rear pocket, belt loops and button tabs at the bottom of each leg. Inside the trousers is the WD stamp which is surmounted by a Q which denotes 1940 as the year of manufacture. The original label is sadly missing but there is a clear stitch line on the left hip where it was originally placed on the trousers. The trousers are in excellent condition and not have not been overly worn or washed and retain a lot of their original colour. There are marks on the trousers, particualry to the bottom of each leg which I have left alone. They may well wash out however. The trousers are a 32" waist and a 28" inside leg, so on the smaller side. A beautiful pair of early British Army trousers in great condition which would suit the collector or re-enactor equally.
Original 1940 Dated French Army Gas Mask Bag An original French Army Gas mask bag dating from 1940 an in good condition. This pattern of haversack came into issue with the French Army during the 1920s and stayed in use throughout the Second World War. This example is maker marked 'MG' to the interior and features the numerals '40' which denotes the year of manufacture as 1940. The bag is made from a heavy duty khaki canvas and features a leather tab to close the front as well as a shoulder strap. The overall condition of the bag is good as can be seen in the pictures. Altogether a nice original WW2 French item which would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector.
Original 1940 Dated Indian Made Kit Bag - RAF Named A nice original wartime example of a British Army kit bag named to an LAC in the RAF. This particular kit bag is of Indian manufacture and appears to be dated 1940. The original owner, LAC Bishop, was stationed in the Far East during the war whilst serving with the RAF. Many items supplied to the British Army and RAF in the Far East were of Indian manufacture. The kit bag gas various other markings to the outside as they often do including the ubiquitous 'Not wanted on voyage'. There is also a blue band around the kit bag which all RAF kit bags bare. The bag has two stamps. Inside is the standard circular stamp found on all Indian made items which bares the date. On the outside is a diamond shape stamp which again bares the date, which although faint appears to be 1940. All together a nice original kit bag that displays well.
Original 1940 Dated Khaki Drill Tunic Am original British made Khaki Drill Tunic clearly dated 1940. This pattern of tunic was used in the early part of the Second World War by various British troops including the British Army and the Royal Air Force. It was designed so that any regimental buttons could be worn and removed for washing. The jacket retains its original label to the interior. It is the wax paper type usually found on early war British items and reads 'Khaki Drill. Jacket No.2 (Green) O.R. Except Scottish Regiments' at the top. The 'green' in brackets has always been somewhat of a mystery to collectors! It also states the size as No.5 which will fit around a 36-37" chest. The manufactures name 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb Ltd, London' can be found towards the bottom of the label as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. Finally, there is a purple issue stamp which reads 'Aug 1940' meaning it would have been made before this date. As well as the label the tunic also retains its original War Department ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'Q' which denotes 1940 as the year of issue. The tunic has the original owners name added in ink to the interior. It reads 'Pennington' and suggests that the tunic was issued, even though it does not appear to have seen much, if any wear. The overall condition is therefore very good but there are a few issues, possibly from storage. These are clearly shown in the photographs so please take the time to study them. Altogether a nice original tunic with a clear early war date. Ideal for a collection or re-enactment.
Original 1940 Dated RAF Button Stick - Air Ministry Marked An original Air Ministry marked RAF Issue button stick clearly dated 1940 and in good condition. A perfect addition to an RAF display or ideal for an RAF re-enactor. FREE UK P=+P
Original 1940 Dated RAF Kit Bag An original Battle of Britain period RAF Kit Bag clearly dated 1940. This bag, like the others listed below, belonged to Sgt Chambers who served in the RAF During the war. The bag bares his name as well as some others which have been crossed out. The inside flap of the bag features the 1940 contract number, the 1940 date and the Air Ministry crown and markings. The condition of the bag is reasonable for its age but it does show signs of wear and has numerous staining etc which is to be expected of an issued kit bag. There are also two holes to the edge of the bag as shown in the photographs. Whilst not the best in condition this is still a nice early Battle of Britain dated example which displays well.
Original 1940 Dated RAF MKII Steel Helmet 2C An original 1940 dated MKII Steel Helmet which came to be with a number of RAF items recently. This helmet is a MKII Number 2C which is denoted by the three holes drilled in the side and means that it was not to be used by frontline troops. They did however see use with Home Guard, RAF and the Civil Defence which were all considered second line troops. The helmet shell is stamped with the manufactures initials ‘J.S.S by one of the chin strap lugs who were a prolific maker in the early part of the war. The liner is clearly dated 1940 and made by ‘CCL’ and is a good size 7. The shell itself is in good shape and still retains a reasonable amount of its original paint finish. The chin strap appears to be original to the helmet and is in good condition. Overall this is a good original helmet with a nice early date And it would be an asset to any collection without a doubt.
Original 1940 Dated RAF Warrant Officers FS Cap An early Battle of Britain period example of an RAF Warrant Officers / Officers Field Service side cap in stunning condition and clearly dated 1940. This original hat is in stunning condition and doesn’t appear to have ever been worn! It features the early white tape style label to the interior which bares the 1940 contract number as well as the 1940 date. As well as this it features a War Department Issue stamp which is surmounted by the letter ‘O’ which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. The isnalsp a purple ink size stamp to the label which states the size as 6 3/4. The cap features a brass Officers pattern kings crown cap badge as well as two kings crown raf buttons to the front. The condition of the cap is brilliant as already stated. The outside of the cap is still the deep blue colour it would have been when first issued and the interior is very clean with deep golden tones. All the labels and stamps are bright as they would have been at the time and there are no real signs of age or wear to the cap. This cap really stands out and could certainly be described as a ‘sleeper’. The condition is fantastic and it is without a doubt a real collectors piece. This would be very hard to better!
Original 1940 Dated Royal Norfolk Home Guard Officers Field Service Cap An original 1940 dated British Army Other Ranks Field Service Cap fitted with a Royal Norfolk Regiment officers bronzed cap badge. This original cap almost certainly belonged to an officers in the Norfolk Home Guard. The scale of issue in the early stages of WW2, especially after the amount of clothing and equipment left behind after the evacuation at Dunkirk, meant that many officers in the Home Guard ended up with the same kit as the men. This cap is a classic example of this. Clearly a standard issue item it has been fitted with an officers quality bronzed cap badge and the buttons have also been changed for officers ones. These would have been more readily available and cheaper than buying a new private purchase cap and is typical of what the Home Guard was like in the early part of the Second World War. The cap itself started life as a standard issue example. The interior bares the manufactures name ‘L. Silberstein & Sons’ who were one of the most prolific makers of headwear for the British Army during WW2. Below this the size is stated as 7 3/8 and finally the 1940 date completes the stamp. The cap is in reasonable condition for its age and looks good when displayed. It has suffered some damage though, mainly to the reverse side. This is clearly shown in the pictures so please study them carefully. All in all a nice original Home Guard item which would make a good addition to a Home Front collection or similar.
Original 1940 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic - Size 36 An original early example of a US Army Enlisted Men's Tunic dated 1940 and in a size 36.
Original 1940 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic - Size 36L A very early example of a US Army Enlisted Men's tunic dated 1940 in a size 36 Regular. This original tunic comes with a divisional patch on the upper left arm, Staff Sergeant rank badges to each arm and a nice theatre made ruptured duck which is most likely British made but could be Italian. It shows signs of having had brass collar badges fitted at some point although these have since been removed. The tunic is named inside to 'JUDD'. Inside the pocket the original makers label is still present and is bright and legible. It shows that jacket to be an early example dating from November the 7th 1940 and the size is stated as 36L. The condition of the jacket is good and it displays well. There are a few nicks here and there, particularly on the sleeves which I have attached photographs of. Overall however it is a good looking jacket. A nice early dated example of this pattern of tunic with some nice original insignia. Ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike!
Original 1940 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic Troop Carrier - Size 36L An original 1940 Dated US Army Enliated Men’s Tunic with Troop Carrier Command insignia in a size 36 Long. This jacket features a Troop Carrier Command patch to the top of the left sleeve, sergeant stripes to each arm and a ruptured duck above the right breast pocket. The jacket is named to ‘O’Neil’ inside and appears to have had another name previous to this. Inside one of the pockets the original label is still present and reads as a size 36 Long. It also states the manufacture date as December the 19th 1940 making this tunic and early manufactured example. The overall condition of the tunic is good with some wear etc due to age. Altogether a tunic which displays well and could suit a collector or reenactor.
Original 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers - Large Size! A very good original pair of 1940 Pattern trousers in great condition and in a large waist size. These trousers are often incorrectly referred to by collectors as 1937 Pattern but are in-fact 1940 Pattern. This particular pair were made between late 1940 and early 1942 in Great Britain and would have seen Issue in North Africa, Italy and Northwest Europe amongst others. The trousers feature the correct pressed brass buttons to secure belt loops as well as in the fly. These trousers don't feature ankle tabs and buttons but these were often removed by soldiers and some of the late 1940 Pattern trousers left the factory without them as the austerity measures seen on the 1940 (austerity) Pattern trousers were already been my implamented. The remenants of the original label are visible on the outside of the trousers but it has sadly worn off, as is so often the case. The first field dresses my pocket located on the right hip features a revolving shanks button which is a nice feature. The trousers are a generous size measuring at a 36" waist. A hard size to find in original Battledress trousers! The overall condition of the trousers is very good and they display very well. There are however a few very small moth holes which can only be seen on close and inspection as well as two slightly larger ones in the map pocket. These don't detract from the trousers though as they really are hard to notice. Overall, a lovely set of early battledress trousers in a hard to find large size!
Original 1940 Pattern RAF Flying Boots - Size 8. An original pair of 1940 Pattern Flying Boots in good condition and in a wearable size 8. These boots came into use with the Royal Air Force during the earlier part of the Second World War and became synonymous with Bomber Command air crews earning them the nick name 'bomber boots'. They were in fact used by all arms of the RAF as well as the FAA making them a usable boot for a number of impressions. They also saw use with the USAAF, particularly the 8th and 9th Air forces. These particular boots would appear to be the 1940 pattern rather than the later 1941 pattern boots, although it is possible that they are 1941 pattern and have had the ankle straps removed. There is some wear on the boots to suggest that they ay have had straps although it looks too high up in my mind. Either way they are still a good usable pair of wartime boots. The boots feature matching 'Lightening' zippers to each boot which function as they should. Behind the zipper is the leather tongue which bares the Air Ministry marking and stores reference code, as well as the size which is marked as '8'. The markings match on both boots like the zips, making these a true matched pair. The soles are the original Itshide rubber soles which have had sole protectors and matching heels added. These are clearly period and were added when the boots were used originally and are not a later addition. The overall condition of the boots is very good but they do shows signs of wear and age. The rubber which runs around the sides and toe of the boots is generally speaking quite good and I have seen much worse before. However there is some cracking and small areas are missing, especially around the heel. The soles are another weak area on this pattern of boot but are again quite good. There is some cracking in the usual place as can be seen in the photographs. The suede uppers are in good condition with only marginal signs of wear and use. There is some stitching loose however to the rear seam on both boots but only in a small area. Overall, a nice pair of original wartime RAF flying boots which would be ideal for a re-enactor or as part of a WW2 RAF collection.
Original 1940 Pattern RAF Flying Boots - Size 9 An original pair of 1940 Pattern Flying Boots in good condition and in a wearable size 9. These boots came into use with the Royal Air Force during the earlier part of the Second World War and became synonymous with Bomber Command air crews earning them the nickname 'bomber boots'. They were in fact used by all arms of the RAF as well as the FAA making them a usable boot for a number of impressions. They also saw use with the USAAF, particularly the 8th and 9th Air forces. These particular boots would appear to be the 1940 pattern rather than the later 1941 pattern boots, although it is possible that they are 1941 pattern and have had the ankle straps removed. There is some wear on the boots to suggest that they ay have had straps although it looks too high up in my mind. Either way they are still a good usable pair of wartime boots. The boots feature matching 'Lightening' zippers to each boot which function as they should. There is a leather tab which sits behind the zips which normally bare markings relating to size etc, although sadly none can be seen on this pair of boots. I am a size 9 and they fit me well so I would be confident in saying they are a 9. The soles of the boots measure 11 1/2" from toe to heel. The soles are the original 'Itshide' soles which are in good condition with no signs of cracks or similar. The heels are also the originals and where made by 'Phillips' who were one of the most prolific manufacturers of heels during this period. The condition of the boots is good but they do show signs of wear and age. The suede uppers are sound but do have various marks as can be seen in the pictures. Whilst the soles are in good condition as previously mentioned, the rubber which surrounds the lower portion of the boot has various areas where the finish is missing or cracked. This is detailed in the photographs and reflected in the price. Altogether a good pair of original wartime boots in a larger wearable size. These would make a good addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1940s American Air Force B-15 Intermediate Flying Jacket An original United States Army Air Force B-15 Intermediate Flying Jacket I’m good wearable condition. This pattern of jacket came into issue with the USAAF in 1944 replacing the earlier B-10 flying jacket and saw wide issue with American units for the rest of the war and for some years after. It is now without a doubt one of the most iconic flying jackets to have ever been made. This example was made to the first pattern design and features a cotton-rayon green shell, an alpaca lining, a mouton collar with chin strap, two slash pockets and green knitted cuffs and waistband. Importantly the jacket features the off-set zipper which is set over to the left by an inch. Issue jackets should have the offset zip like this example as opposed to the post-war civilian manufactured examples which had a central zipper. The zipper itself is a period ‘Talon’ zipper and appears to be original to the jacket. The overall condition of the jacket is good and it still wearable. There are a number of flaws however which are shown in the photographs and described here. The knitted cuffs and the waistband are damaged as is so often the case with these jackets. It would be possible to repair these potentially or alternatively newly manufactured examples are widely available online. There is also wear to the cotton-rayon shell, mainly around the base of the cuffs and a few other areas on the sleeve. Many of these areas were clearly repaired at the time and add to the story of the jacket. This doesn’t really affect the jacket and it certainly could be repaired if the next owner so wishes. The mouton collar also shows signs of age with some small areas of fur missing. Personally I like it as it is but have taken the damage into account with the price. All in all a nice original flying jacket which displays well. It has a few issues which I have described and have taken into account with the price but even with this considered it is still without a doubt a great jacket. Own the original!
Original 1940s British Army Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of Indian made British Army Khaki Drill trousers which belonged to 'Major Claridge' and date from the 1940s. These trousers are typical of those worn during the Second World War by men of the British Army, Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy amongst others. They are clearly Indian made with hand stitched button holes and typical Indian stitching. The buttons are horn and light brown in colour and are again typical of the era. The cut of the trousers reflects the fashion of the time featuring a twin pleated front and a wide leg. Other features are also inline with 1940s manufacture such as the single rear pocket, the slash pockets to each hip, the button fly and the small button flap at the top of the fly. The trousers are a good size measuring 17" across the waist when laid flat so should fit someone of around a 33-34" waist. The inside leg measures at 29 1/2". The condition of the trousers is excellent as can be seen in the pictures. They don't appear to have had much use and show little sign of wear. There is one feint mark to the left leg which I have included in the pictures. This is hardly noticeable but is included in the description for thoroughness. All in all a really nice pair of WW2 period British Khaki Drill trousers in a good wearable size.
Original 1940s British Army Officers Jungle Green Bush Jacket An original 1940s British Army Officers private purchase Jungle Green Bush jacket with Land Forces Hong Kong shoulder insignia. This jacket is typical of those made for British Army officers during the 1940s. It features pleated chest pockets with scalloped flaps, lower bellows pockets which are again flapped, long sleeves with a buttoning cuff and a matching waist belt and brass buckle. The epaulettes feature hand stitched holes which look to be for a shoulder title and a single rank star, suggesting that the original owner was a Second Lieutenant. To the top of each sleeve is an original printed Land Forces Hong Kong patch which appears to be original to the jacket and suggests that the original owner served in the immediate post-war years. It is of course possible the jacket dates from earlier and this was its last incarnation. The jacket is a smaller size and will fit around a 36-38” chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21” Inside arm - 18 1/2” Outside arm - 23 1/4” Length - 31” Waist - 34” The jacket is in good condition for its age and still has plenty of life left in it. There is a small area of stitching coming away under one arm but this is however not a hole as only one of the two lines of stitching has come away. This is detailed in the pictures. Please study them as they form part of the description and remember that this is a pre-worn vintage item. All in all a very nice original WW2 period British Army Officers Jungle Green Bush Jacket in good wearable condition. It would make an excellent addition to any collection or wardrobe without a doubt!
Original 1940s British Army Officers Shirt by 'Van Heusen' + Matching Collar An original British Army Officers Shirt with matching detachable collar made by 'Van Heusen' in the 1940s. This Second World War Period shirt is a full button example. This design became more popular as the war went on and eventually went on to replace the half fronted shirts completely. It is made from a green poplin cotton as was commonly favoured by British Officers and comes with a matching collar in the same material. The original label is present inside the shirt and states 'Service' as the style. This is label is seen on shirts made for both the British Army and RAF of the period. The shirt is a reasonably size measuring 22 1/2" pit to pit meaning it should be a good fit on someone of around a 38" chest depending on desired fit. The neckband of the collar is marked as 15 with the collar itself being the correct half size larger 15 1/2", clearly the shirts original collar. The collar is also marked 'Van Heusen'. The shirt is in good condition with some signs of wear and use. A lot of buttons have been changed including one which is from a US Army shirt! So it has certainly had a life. There are some faint marks etc but overall the shirt displays nicely and has plenty of wear left in it. Please study the pictures for a clear idea of condition. A nice original period officers shirt with a great label, typical of the period. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Shirt An original theatre made British Khaki Drill shirt in good condition as used by the British Army, RAF and others during WW2. This shirt is theatre made, most likely in India. A large proportion of KD items issued during the Second World War were made in India due to the short supply routes for the Middle East and Far East Campaigns. The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. The stitching is typical of theatre made items being somewhat inconsistent. The button holes are all hand sewn which is another common feature and the buttons are clearly of foreign origin with a fantastic green hue. The shirt is a smaller size which will suit someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 19 1/2" Outside arm - 24 1/2" Shoulders - 16 1/4" The shirt is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has had some wear but only a limited amount with no signs of excessive use. The is a section of roughly 2" long where the stitching on the collar has come away and needs tacking back if the shirt is going to be worn, although this is not a difficult task. All in all a nice original period Khaki Drill shirt which would make a good addition to any collection.
Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of British made Khaki Drill shorts dating from the Second World War and in a size 28. These shorts are typical of those issue during the Second World War being made of a khaki coloured cotton drill and featuring a button fly and belt loops. As well as this they feature straight slash pocket to each hip which help date them as later pairs usually have angled pockets. Where as the majority of KD items offered on the market today are theatre made, this pair are clearly British made. The cotton drill and machine stitched button holes are typical of British manufacture as are the buttons. A single rear pocket is also present which is again a typical period feature. The shorts will fit someone of around a 28" depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure - Waist - 14 3/4" Rise - 13" Rear rise - 16" The shorts are in well worn condition but still have plenty of life left in them. They feature various stains and signs of use as is to be expected from a pair of 70+ year old shorts. There are two small holes either side of the rear pocket as detailed in the pictures. Please study the pictures to get the best idea of condition. A nice pair of wartime period shorts with all the right details and in wearable condition. These would make a great addition to any collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Shorts - 28" An original pair of 1940s British Khaki Drill Shorts in a size 28. These shorts are typical of those issue during the Second World War being made of a khaki coloured cotton drill and featuring a button fly and belt loops. Tabs are also present near the waist and designed to be use as waist adjusters which is another nice period addition. As well as this they feature straight slash pocket to each hip which help date them as later pairs usually have angled pockets. The shorts are a smaller size which will fit someone of around a 28" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 14" Rise - 12 1/2" Rear rise - 18" The shorts are in good wearable condition with no signs of undue wear. They do however have some stains which are to be expected from a pair of shorts which are over 70 years old. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a vintage, pre worn pair of shorts. A nice pair of 1940s shorts with some great details.
Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Shorts - 34" An original pair of British Khaki Drill Shorts dating from the 1940s and in a good wearable size 34" waist. Like many pieces of Khaki Drill clothing, these shorts are theatre made. It was very common for men serving with the British Army , RAF and Royal Navy to be issued with such items as the supply routes were shorter. Whilst most theatre made items are devoid of any date, and often any markings at all, these shorts undoubtedly date from the 1940s. The shorts are made from the usual khaki coloured cotton drill and feature a button fly, belt loops and straight slash pockets to each hip. A rear pocket is present and fastens with a button. The shorts are a good size and will someone of around 34" waist. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 18" Rise - 13 1/2" Rear rise - 18 1/2" The shorts are in good wearable condition but do have some signs of wear and age, particularly around the rear pocket. This is detailed in the pictures and should be studied before purchasing. A good pair of original wartime period theatre made shorts in a good wearable size.
Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of British Khaki Drill private purchase trousers as worn throughout the Second World War. These trousers are typical of those issued to men serving in the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy any other units during the Second World War. Indian made clothing such as this saw widespread issue in both the Middle East and Far East as the supply lines were shorter than shipping from other parts of the world. The trousers are made from the standard Khaki Drill cloth used for trousers and shorts and feature slash pockets to each hip and no rear pocket. The button fly fastens with standard stamped brass buttons as commonly found on WW2 British uniform items and the front of the trousers feature twin pleats. The trousers are a smaller size and when laid flat measure - Waist - 14 1/4" Inside leg - 29" Cuff - 10 1/4" The trousers are in good condition but have had plenty of wear previously. They are still sound and wearable but have some marks and stains. There is a small hole to the front of the waistband where the inner button has worn through but overall they display well. A nice pair of original WW2 period trousers in wearable condition. These would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1940s British Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of British Khaki Drill Shorts dating from around the Second World War and in good condition. Based on the construction and buttons it is most likely that these trousers are of British manufacture rather than the more common theatre made examples often seen on the market. They are typical of wartime period trousers featuring a high-rise waist, wide leg, slash hip pockets and no rear pockets. As well as this they feature belt loops which is another typical period feature. They also feature the twin pleats to the rear which is another feature found on British made wartime KD items such as this. Inside the trousers still retain their original label which is sadly washed out and no longer legible. This makes the trousers hard to date exactly but stamped brass buttons are a good indication to early manufacture, as is the cut. Some of the brass buttons features makers names to the rear. The trousers are a larger size which will fit around a 34-35" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 18 1/4" Rise - 15' Rear rise - 17 1/2" Inside leg - 31" Cuff - 10" The trousers are in very good condition with no major signs of use or wear. There is only minor staining and overall they display very well. Please bear in mind that these are a vintage pair of pre worn trousers and may have small issues consummate with age. All in all a nice pair of original British made KD trousers in a good wearable size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1940s British Made Men's Collared Shirt by 'McLaren' A fantastic original men's shirt flannel shirt made by McLaren of Glasgow in the early 1940s. This shirt came with a set of officers belongings all named to Frank R. A. Smith. Smith joined the Royal Artillery just before the outbreak of the Second World War and served for some years including in the tropics. All the items which came from this estate pre date the end of the war so it is unclear if he survived. What is certain is that all his belongs have been left untouched since approximately 1945 before being discovered earlier this year. This particular shirt is typical of the late 1930s and early 1940s in its construction. It features a half front, or 'tunic' front, which is pulled on over the head. This style of shirt was popular during the first half of the 20th century before slowly being replaced by more fitted full button front shirts from the 1950s onwards. The collar is also indicative of the era featuring a beautiful long spearpoint shape. The shirt is made from a soft wool flannel cloth which features an amazing blue herringbone with white pinstripe design. Interesting details include the use of vertical button hole to the top of the collar and the loop attached to the placket which I assume is to hold the rear part of the tie to the shirt. The barrel cuffs do not feature a button but instead two button holes which would have been worn with cuff links and give the shirt and interesting blend of formal and informal. Another brilliant feature of the shirt is the repair to the collar. This was clearly a much loved and much loved shirt by its original owner and the collar obviously wore through. It was common to 'turn' collars during this period to give a shirt more life and this is no exception. What is particularly nice however is how the back of the collar has been faced with RAF officers end on end cotton. Loops have been made from the same material and this makes the shirt a rare survivor of the make-do-and-mend ethos of the war years! The collar also features a collar stud which is original to the shirt and has been with it since the war. Inside the shirt the original makers label is still present and is clear and legible. It reads 'McLaren Glasgow' who were a well known gentlemen's outfitters during this period. The shirt is a smaller size which will fit someone of around a 38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 23" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 25" Collar - 15 1/2" Length - 36" Shoulders - 17 1/4" As previously described, the shirt is in well worn condition. It bears various marks and stains with some fraying to cuffs. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a pre-owned shirt which is over 75 years old! This is a truly stunning early 1940s men's shirt with lots of fantastic details, genuine period wear and made from an incredible cloth. A beautiful shirt for the serious vintage collector.
Original 1940s British Officers Khaki Drill Tunic An original British Army Khaki Drill Tunic dating from around the time of the Second World War. As with many Officers items and Khaki Drill items it is impossible to date this tunic exactly. It is does however date from the 1940s and is typical in construction of those worn during the Second World War. It is made from a tan coloured cotton drill and features long sleeves, epaulettes, pleated patch pockets to the chest and lower bellows pockets. The tunic is fitted with 1940s revolving shank buttons as were often fitted to KD and workwear items during this period. All are held in place with the correct brass split rings. The tunic will fit someone of around a 38" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 15" Outside arm -21" Length - 30" The tunic is in reasonable condition for its age with some signs of age and use. There is a rust mark to the rear as shown in the photographs but aside from that it displays fairly well. A nice original 1940s tunic which would make a good addition to a collection.
Original 1940s British Officers RAF Style Khaki Drill Tunic An original British Officers Khaki Drill Tunic cut in the RAF style and dating from around the time of the Second World War. As with many Officers items and Khaki Drill items it is impossible to date this tunic exactly. It is does however date from the 1940s and is typical in construction of those worn during the Second World War. It is made from a tan coloured cotton drill and features long sleeves, epaulettes, pleated patch pockets to the chest and lower bellows pockets. The design of the tunic makes it ideal for for use as an RAF officers tunic as it has all the right details. All it needs is the buttons changing. The tunic is fitted with 1940s revolving shank buttons as were often fitted to KD and workwear items during this period. All are held in place with the correct brass split rings. The tunic will someone of around a 38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 17 1/2" Outside arm - 23" Shoulders - 19" The tunic is in good condition and displays well with only limited signs of wear and use. There is a hole to the bottom rear of the jacket as can be seen in the pictures. Overall it displays well with the usual signs of age expected of a jacket this age. A nice original WW2 period tunic which could be worn as is or easily converted for RAF use, which may have been what it was originally made for.
Original 1940s CC41 Mens Collarless Shirt by 'C.W.S' A fantastic original 1940s CC41 Utility labeled men's flannel short made by C.W.S and in unworn condition. This style of shirt was extremely popular with men in the first part of the 20th Century. Made from a thick yet soft cream coloured flannel, the shirt is cut long in the body for warmth, wide in the chest to aid in pulling of the wearers head when dressing and features a neckband collar. Attached collar shirts were available from the 1930s onwards, but only became common in the late 1940s with men predominantly wearing this style with a detachable collar. The original label is still present inside the shirt and is still bright and legible as it would have been when new. It features the standard CC41 logo as well as the fabric code X226. The makers name of 'C.W.S' is also present and is better know as the Co-Operative or the Co-op today. As well as this it features the brand name 'Wheatsheaf' over a graphic depicting a wheat stack. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 22" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 22" Shoulders - 16 1/2" Collar 14 1/2" Please bare in mind that shirts of this period are cut in a very 'full' manner meaning that a chest measurement of 22" will fit around a 36-38" chest, depending on desired fit. The shirt is in fantastic condition as can be seen from the pictures. I think it would be fair to describe it as 'new old stock' as it has clearly never been worn or laundered. Original utility clothing items rarely come on the market in this un-worn, new old stock condition. It would make an excellent addition to any clothing collection or wardrobe without a shadow of a doubt. This would also make an ideal addition to a Home Guard display as they wore their civilian shirts underneath their uniform.
Original 1940s CC41 RAF Officers Service Dress Uniform by 'Burton' An original RAF Officers Service Dress made by Burton under the CC41 utility clothing scheme in the late 1940s. This Service Dress was made in the mid to late 1940s and is the later three button front pattern. It features brass kings crown buttons and a brass waist belt buckle. As well as this it features brass collar badges which denote the trade of dentist, making this quite an interesting uniform in its own right. The cuff of the jacket features two rings which denote the rank of Flight Lieutenant. The trousers are typical of the era featuring a wide cut to the leg and a button fly which fastens with caramel coloured buttons - a popular choice for RAF Service Dress during this period. A single rear pocket fastens with another similar button. The jacket features the makers label above the flapped inner pocket and it reads 'Montague Burton, The tailor of taste'. This label is a common one to find in 1940s suits but much rarer in military uniforms such as this. There is another paper 'cutters' label inside the pocket which bares various details relating to the making of the jacket. There is also an area in the side seam of the jacket lining where a CC41 label was clearly fitted original but has been subsequently removed. The trousers feature the CC41 label and the code X209F/2. The addition of this label makes this a collectable set in its own right! The suit is a smaller size and will fit around a 36" chest and a 30" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Jacket Chest - 19 1/2" Inside arm - 18" Outside arm - 25 1/2" Length - 31" Shoulders -17" Trousers Waist - 15" Inside leg - 31" Cuff - 11" The condition of the set is very good with only limited signs of wear and use. It is still a deep RAF blue colour and has not been heavily washed out. There is a section about 1" long where the lining meets the collar which could do with being re-attached but this is not visible when worn or displayed. All in all this is a very nice set with some very interesting details. The branch of service is an uncommon one to find and the CC41 labels make it something more interesting than the standard suits found for sale.
Original 1940s CC41 Utility Work Shirt - Large Size! A fantastic original 1940s British made men's sanforized cotton work shirt with the CC41 utility label and in a very rare extra large size. This style of work shirt was popular during the 1940s and 1950s. Made from a tan coloured sanforized cotton which was chosen for its hard wearing nature; the shirt features long sleeves and a half button or 'tunic' front. This style was very popular in the first half of the 20th century with full button shirts becoming more prominent during the 1950s in the UK. One of the most interesting details on the shirt is the collar which is a down point design and features no top button but instead two holes through which a collar stud could be fitted. This means the shirt could be worn to the top and with a tie if necessary but would most likely have been worn open as shown in the pictures. Inside the neck of the shirt the original labels are present. The CC41 utility logo is a separate label and features no X prefix before the serial number which would suggest early manufacture, quite possibly wartime. Below this is a second label which reads 'Bleacraft Sanforized Regd Will Not Shrink Out Of Fit'. A third smaller label is above the CC41 label a feature a red numeral of five on a white field white indicate the size. The shirt is an extra large size and will fit someone of a 44-48" chest depending on desired fit. These half button shirts are alway cut generously across the chest to allow them to be pulled on over the head and shoulders. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 27" Inside arm - 20" Outside arm - 23" Shoulders - 21 1/4" The condition of the shirt is very good as can be seen in the pictures. It does not look to have had much wear with all the label still being intact and bright. The cotton body of the shirt is good with no signs of any serous wear or use. There is sadly a light stain to the rear which is detailed in the pictures. This is actually less noticeable in person and doesn't detract as much as the pictures perhaps suggest. Altogether this is a very nice example of an early CC41 shirt with some great details. Not only that but it is a rare large size and would make a fine addition to any collection without a doubt.
Original 1940s French Military Issue Wool Cyclist Jacket An original French wool blouson cyclists jacket dating from the 1940s. This style of cycling jacket became very popular in France during the 1930s and stayed popular throughout the next decade. Cycling was a favoured pastime in France during this period meaning that this style was very much in vogue. This particular example features stamps in the waistband which look like French military stamps so it is not necessarily a civilian item, although it certainly looks like one. The jacket features a button front and two patch pockets as was common with this type of jacket during this period. It has a separate waijstbandand cuffs allowing the body and the sleeves to blouse out above them. The collar is typically French as is the colour of the wool. The buttons are a collection of mis-matched examples all dating from the period when it was made. The jacket clearly saw heavy use having had buttons replaced as they fell off. The jacket also features period darns and repairs which reflect this. The jacket is a small size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 20” Waist - 15 3/4” Inside arm - 17” Outside arm - 21 1/2” Shoulders - 17” Length - 21” The jacket is in well used condition as previously mentioned. It was clearly well worn at the time and has period repairs. Please study the pictures provided as they form part of the description and remember that this is a re-worn 70 year old or more jacket! All in all a stunning early jacket which would make an excellent addition to anyone’s wardrobe or collection.
Original 1940s German Made Gebrigs Jäger Style Climbing smock An amazing German made late 1940s climbing smock loosely based on the Gebrigs Jager smock which is in stunning condition. This smock almost certainly dates from the immediate post-war years and features a whole host of stunning details. German 'Ruhr' brand zippers have been used for the main zip and chest pocket zip and have a distinctly German Deco look to them. The plaid lining is also incredible and so typical of the period. The interior also features two white cotton pockets which feature a button and tab closure. The waist is elasticated which allows the top of the jacket to blouse out, giving it that period look. There is also a button and tab at the waist which means the jacket can be worn unzipped but still be held in the shape previously described - another great little detail. There is a button cuff and two lower buttoning pockets to the front of the jacket. Sadly one of the buttons is missing from one of the pockets. The original labels are still present inside the jacket and are found just under the neckline. They are both in good condition and still bright and legible today. The cut of the jacket is typical of the time being very waisted and cut short in the body. There is plenty of room in the chest as it is cut very lose and it should fit up to a 40" chest comfortably and easily smaller. The shoulders are also quite generous. I have described the jacket as a medium but it would fit a small to medium fine. The overall condition of the jacket is very good as can be seen in the photographs. There are no signs of damage or excessive wear to be found anywhere. It is worth remembering however that this is a vintage item that is over 70 years old and whilst it is in very nie condition, it is not a new item. This is a truely stunning item and similar examlpes are now becoming very hard to find. This would be ideal for someone who collects vintage menswear or is interested in vintage climbing.
Original 1940s German Military Blouson Jacket A fantastic original 1940s Blouson jacket made in Germany around the end of the Second World War. This jacket may well have been cut down from a four pocket tunic at either the end of WW2 or in the immediate post-war years. Its original purpose isn't known exactly but it could be a late war army jacket or possibly a 'Forstschutz' Forestry Service tunic. These cut down jackets were also popular after the war for civilian wear. This jacket still retains its original belt hangers however which would suggest military or service use. It is unlikely these would have been kept in if just worn as a civilian piece. The jacket is made from a grey-green cellular cotton which is a light-weight, breathable summer material. It features a contrasting darker collar like that of the early M36 tunics worn in the early part of the war. It features removable buttons which are maker marked 'MOTZ' which denotes C.W. Metz & Co of Brandenburg - a wartime German button manufacturer. The buttons are held in place with the correct pattern of chromium plated split rings, designed so the buttons can be easily removed for laundering. The jacket is a small size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 20" Inside arm - 15 1/4" Outside arm - 21" Shoulders - 16 1/4" Length - 23" The jacket is in good condition considering it is a vintage work piece which is roughly 75 years old. It has some period repairs and darns as well as some staining but generally speaking is in sound, wearable condition and it displays well. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether this is a cracking little jacket with plenty of nice period features. It would make a good addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1940s Khaki Drill Officers Airtex Shirt with 3 Div Insignia- Large Size An original British Army Officers Khaki Drill Airtex shirt with 3rd Division printed insignia dating from the 1940s. This shirt is made from cellular cotton, often referred to as ‘Airtex’ and is the earlier half button or ‘tunic’ front shirt which is pulled on over the head. In the post-war years this style was replaced with a more fitted full button front pattern of KD shirt. The shirt features fixed epaulettes which have hand stitched holes in through which officers pips can be attached. The holes are hand stitched meaning that this shirt is most likely a theatre made example, like the majority of Khaki Drill used during the Second World War and the immediate post-war period. The sleeves feature printed 3rd Division badges stitched directly onto the sleeve as was seen later in the war. Inside the tail of the shirt there is an ink stamp which reads ‘7’ which relates to the size which is very generous in this case. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 24” Inside arm - 21” Outside arm - 24” Shoulders - 17 3/4” The condition of the shirt is good for its age but it has been issued and worn. It has been laundered in its life and starched for smartness, as was common practice at the time. The starch can be washed out if you so wish. Overall the condition is however quite good and it displays well. Altogether a nice original shirt in a harder to find large size which would suit both the re-enactor and the collector equally well.
Original 1940s Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of c.1940s British Khaki Drill shorts in good condition. These shorts are typical of shorts manufactured in India, South Africa and other British Territories in the middle of the 20th Century. Due to the climate shorts and shirts made in lightweight cotton drill such as this were in great demand by both military personal and civilians. These shorts could well have been made for a British Officers in the Army, Navy or RAF as much as anybody else. The construction is typical of that found in khaki drill items such as this; namely the materials used, the stitching and the buttons. Inside the shorts the original owners name tag is still present and reads 'John Senior'. The shorts measure at 14 1/2" when laid flat so should be a good fit for a 28-29" waist. The condition of the shorts is very good indeed. Original khaki drill items such as this are usually stained and dirty from use but these have survived very well. They are clean and fresh with only limited signs of wear. Overall a very nice pair of original mid-century Khaki Drill shorts.
Original 1940s Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of very well worn Khaki Drill shorts dating from the 1940s. Like many pieces of Khaki Drill clothing, these shorts are theatre made. It was very common for men serving with the British Army , RAF and Royal Navy to be issued with such items as the supply routes were shorter. Whilst most theatre made items are devoid of any date, and often any markings at all, these shorts undoubtedly date from the 1940s. The shorts are made from the usual khaki coloured cotton drill and feature a button fly which fastens with stamped brass buttons. An interesting feature is the belt loops which fold back on themselves creating a loop which covers the brass button which fastens it the shorts. The shorts are a smaller size which will fit around a 28" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 14" Rise - 15" Rear rise - 20" Inside leg - 20 1/2" Cuff - 14" The shorts are in distressed, very worn condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have various repairs, wear and some holes. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that they are in far from perfect condition. An original WW2 period pair of shorts with some interesting details.
Original 1940s Khaki Drill Shorts by 'Gamages' An original pair of British Khaki Drill shorts made by 'Gamages' in good condition. These shorts are typical of those worn during the 1940s and 1950s by both military personal and civillans. They were made by 'Gamages' of Holborn, London, who were a prolific manufacturer of such items in the inter-war period as well as the immediate post-war era. This type of shorts were popular with men in the summer but could also be a private purchase pair bought by an Officer for use in the Army, Air Force or Navy serving overseas. The shorts feature a pleated front and a narrow waistband with belt loops. Tabs can be found on either hip which are attached with a piece of elastic and allow the shorts to be pulled in at the waist. This is a typical period feature. Two labels can be found inside the shorts and are both undoubtedly original. The first is the standard Sanfarized label seen during this period whilst the second is the makers label which reads 'Gamages, Holborn'. The shorts have an adjustable waist allowing an inch or so movement and should fit around a 32-34" waist. When laid flat and at their largest size they meaure - Waist - 14" Rise - 14 1/2" Rear rise - 19 1/2" The conditon of the shorts is reasonable for thier age but they do show signs of wear, as detailed in the photographs. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. A nice original pair of KD shorts with some wear etc in a good wearable size.
Original 1940s Men's Overcoat by 'A Carlington Coat' A fantastic original Men's double breasted overcoat dating from around the early 1940s and labeled 'A Carlington Coat'. This overcoat is typical of those worn by men in the 1930s and 1940s. Made from a heavyweight herringbone wool the coat features the two front patch pockets and and waist belt which is ubiquitous with this style. The waist belt still retains its original plastic buckle which is in excellent condition. It is lined with a brown coloured rayon which is again typical of the era and retains its original maker label which is found below the interior pocket. The label features a black duel with the name and image of a horseman is embroidered in silver. It harks back to labels of the Edwardian period meaning it would have been quite viewed as relatively traditional when it was made in the late 1930s or early 1940s. The coat is will fit someone of around a 38-40" chest depending on desired fit. These coats come up very large when measured flat due to the cut. They are cut to fit over a suit and to be loose and roomy so bear this in mind when studying the measurements. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 23 1/2" Inside arm - 16 1/4" Outside arm - 25" Shoulders - 19 1/4" Length - 47" The coat is in very nice condition and displays very well. It has been worn and shows some signs of age and wear. The lining has some spotting to it and sweat marks, mainly around the top as detailed in the pictures. There are a few small flaws to the exterior which again are detailed and included a small area to the front of the skirt and two small holes to the right sleeve. Please study the pictures and bare in mind that this is a pre-worn vintage coat of approximately 80 years old and may have other small issues consummate with this. Altogether this is a very attractive overcoat with all the classic details of the 1930s and 1940s. The original label is still present and it is still a very wearable coat today.
Original 1940s Men's Undershirt - Size 40 An original 1940s men's woollen undershirt, most likely made by 'Wolsey' in a good wearable size 40. This shirt is typical of those made in the 1930s and 1940s and were worn by men from a variety of walk of life, as well as in the military. Whilst the Army, RAF and Royal Navy had issue vests like this, private purchase examples were often worn. They are all very similar to look at and were quite possibly made in the same factory. This particular example is missing its original label but came with two other identical examples which were made by 'Wolsey' who were one of the most prolific manufacturers of this type of garment for many years. When laid flat the undershirt measures 19" pit to pit but I assume due to its stretchy nature it will fit up to a 40 chest. The condition of the top is very good and it certainly has plenty of wear left in it. There is some staining and a few period repairs but this all adds to the authentic character. All in all a nice wartime period undershirt which would make a good addition to a collection or display. It is also a good wearable size so may well suit a re-enactor.
Original 1940s Men's Undershirt by 'Alpha' - Size 40 (1) An original 1940s men's woollen undershirt by 'Wolsey' in a good wearable size 40. This shirt is typical of those made in the 1930s and 1940s and were worn by men from a variety of walk of life, as well as in the military. Whilst the Army, RAF and Royal Navy had issue vests like this, private purchase examples were often worn. They are all very similar to look at and were quite possibly made in the same factory. The three button front on this example is standard for the 1930s and 40s as are the three small horn buttons. The label is also typical of the period and reads 'Aplha, All Wool, Size 40, Made by Wolsey'. Wolsey were one of the most prolific manufactures of this type of garment for many years. When laid flat the top actually measures 19" pit to pit but I assume due to its stretchy nature it fits a 40 chest, as labelled. The overall condition of the undershirt is good and it is certainly still wearable. There are no holes or signs of damage that I can see but there are various period repairs and some stains. Please study the photographs. All in all a nice wartime period undershirt which would make a good addition to a collection or display. It is also a good wearable size so may well suit a re-enactor.
Original 1940s Men's Undershirt by 'Alpha' - Size 40 (2) An original 1940s men's woollen undershirt by 'Wolsey' in a good wearable size 40. This shirt is typical of those made in the 1930s and 1940s and were worn by men from a variety of walk of life, as well as in the military. Whilst the Army, RAF and Royal Navy had issue vests like this, private purchase examples were often worn. They are all very similar to look at and were quite possibly made in the same factory. The three button front on this example is standard for the 1930s and 40s as are the three small horn buttons. The label is also typical of the period and reads 'Aplha, All Wool, Size 40, Made by Wolsey'. Wolsey were one of the most prolific manufactures of this type of garment for many years. When laid flat the top actually measures 19" pit to pit but I assume due to its stretchy nature it fits a 40 chest, as labelled. The overall condition of the undershirt is good and it is certainly still wearable. There are no holes or signs of damage that I can see but there are various period repairs and some stains. Please study the photographs. All in all a nice wartime period undershirt which would make a good addition to a collection or display. It is also a good wearable size so may well suit a re-enactor.
Original 1940s Men's Undershirt by 'St Michael' - Size Large An original 1940s men's woollen undershirt by 'St Michael' in a size large. This shirt is typical of those made in the 1930s and 1940s and were worn by men from a variety of walk of life, as well as in the military. Whilst the Army, RAF and Royal Navy had issue vests like this, private purchase examples were often worn. They are all very similar to look at and were quite possibly made in the same factory. The three button front on this example is standard for the 1930s and 40s as are the three mother of pearl style buttons. The label is also typical of the St Michael items from the late 1930s and early 1940s featuring electric blue text and no fancy graphics. Its states that the shirt is a heavyweight and 'reinforced with nylon'. The size is also stated as large. The measurements below are taken when laid flat. It is important to remedy that these shirts are designed to be very close fitting and also stretch to the wearers body meaning it may fit larger than appears in the measurements - Chest - 21" Shoulders - 22 1/2" Length - 24 1/2" The shirt is in worn condition with some staining, particularly to the arm pits. Overall it displays well and appears to be completely sound and wearable. Please bear in mind however that this is a pre-owned vintage item which is over 70 years old and may therefore have other small issues consummate with age. All in all a nice original 1940s undershirt which has a great period label and is a harder to find large size.
Original 1940s Navy Battledress Blouse An original British Military Battledress Jacket in navy blue serge wool. This style of jacket was extremely popular during the Second World War with various branches of the Military and I believe this example to be either a Royal Marines or Royal Navy pattern due to its colour and also the label. These blouson jackets were also popular for civilians both before and after the war and can be seen in many contemporary photographs. The cyclist jacket was very popular in mainland Europe as well as the UK, with ex military jackets such as this being a popular choice in the immediate post-war years. This jacket features exposed buttons suggesting that it is a wartime economy pattern jacket. The collar features an open-face downward point notched collar which would suggest to me that it is a later wartime pattern, as this style became increasingly popular as the years went on. The waist fastens with a belt and wire buckle as is standard on battledress jackets with the buckle being the wire pattern usually found on early war jackets. The interior of the jacket features a full lining and a paper label. Most the details are no longer legible on the label sadly but the style is in keeping with Royal Marines and Royal Navy items of the period. The jacket is a larger size and will fit around a 42" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 23" Waist - 18 1/2" Inside arm - 18" Outside arm - 24 3/4" Shoulders - 17 3/4" The jacket is in good condition for its age with no major issues or signs of undue wear. It displays well and certainly has plenty of wear left in it but may have small issues consummate with its age. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description and bear in mind that this is a pre worn vintage item. All in all a nice original WW2 period Battledress Blouse with some great details. It would make a nice addition to any wardrobe or collection with a doubt!
Original 1940s Navy Blue Wool Roll Neck Sweater - RAF Aircrew / Royal Navy style An original 1940s navy blue roll neck jumper as worn by RAF aircrews, Royal Navy and many more during the Second World War. This sweater is typical of those made during the war being made from a heavy coarse navy blue wool and featuring a small rolled neck. The jumper is very long in the body which is typical of this style. There is no label present so could be a comforts made example. This style of roll neck was popular during WW2 particularly with RAF aircrews and are often seen being worn in pictures rather than the issue 'frocks' which have a much larger roll neck. The jumper is a small size and will fit a 34" chest well. The overall condition is great. This has clearly never been worn or issued and it displays very well. A great original and hard to find piece which would compliment any collection.
Original 1940s Period Sheepskin Boots by ‘Hawkins’ - Size 8 An original pair of World War Two period private purchase sheepskin lined boots made by 'Hawkins' which closely resemble the RAF 1936 Pattern Flying Boots. These boots were made in Northampton like many private purchase boots of the time and feature a sheepskin lining, leather soles, rubber heels and leather straps to the front of the boots. These are not to be confused with the post-war boots with the straps on the side of the boot which are often mis-sold as wartime. Inside the boots there are two labels. One reads 'Hawkins, A Northampton Boot' which is very period and the other is a leather label, typical of those found on 1940s boots. The label states the style code as well as the size which is 8. The labels in both boots are still present but some stitching has come away. The overall condition of the boots is very good as can be seen in the pictures. The boots have clearly seen use but have been well looked after and are still solid and wearable today. The soles feature original period rubber sole protectors and rubber heels which are nice features. There is an area on the right-hand boot where it has clearly been used on the kick start of a motorcycle post-war. The upper sections of the boots appear to be very good as is the sheepskin lining which seems to be almost completely intact. Overall a nice pair of original period private purchase boots which display well and make a good stand in for the much more expensive Air Ministry Marked examples!
Original 1940s RAF Leather Jerkin A rare original RAF Leather Jerkin dating from around the time of the Second World War. This pattern of leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and stayed in service throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular example is the RAF pattern which features an RAF blue blanket serge lining. This jerkin has all the trademarks of a WW2 issue example and is not the later post-war PVC version. The leather is made out of separate panels as per WW2 austerity measures. Sadly there is no longer any label present to the interior of the jerkin, although there is not doubt to its age. The jerkin is fitted with four none-matching buttons of the correct style. These buttons are prone to falling off so finding jerkins with replacement buttons such as these is very normal. They were almost certainly replaced at the time. I would say that the jerkin is a size NO. 2 and when laid flat measures - Chest - 23" Shoulders - 19 1/2" Length - 33" The condition of the jerkin is good for its age but it does have plenty of signs of wear and use. There is a large nick to the right shoulder and there is a large period repair across the back of the jerkin and down the right hand side. These can be seen in the pictures. RAF issue leather jerkins are very rare to find today. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF collection without a doubt!
Original 1940s RAF Officers Khaki Drill Tunic An original Royal Air Force Officers Khaki Drill Tunic with Flight Lieutenant slip on shoulder rank and dating from around the time of the Second World War. This tunic is typical of those worn by British Officers during the 1940s and early 1950s. It is made from a heavier weight cotton drill often seen used for officers uniforms as it was smarter than the aertex examples. It features black plastic RAF buttons and matching black plastic waist buckle as were common place on RAF uniforms of the later part of the Second World War. It features original Flight Lieutenant slip on shoulder rank which appears to also be original to the jacket. All the button holes are hand stitched which would suggest this is a theatre made item, as is common with KD items. There are a further two hand stitched holes to each collar which would have been for badges, possible Volunteer Reserve VR badges. The tunic is a smaller size which will suit someone of around a 34-36" chest and a 26-28" waist. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 19 1/2" Waist - 14 1/2" The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It bares signs of washing and ironing and limited signs of wear and use. Overall it displays well but please study the pictures to ascertain your own idea of condition. All in all a nice wartime period tunic which could suit a re-enactor or collector well.
Original 1940s RAF Officers Khaki Drill Tunic A nice original Second World War Period Royal Air Force Officers privately tailored tunic in good condition. This tunic appears to be a well tailored theatre made example, typical of those bought by RAF officers whilst stationed in the Middle East and Far East. It features black plastic RAF Kings crown buttons and a matching black plastic waist buckle. Four buttons fasten the front and the collar is designed to be worn open as shown in the pictures with no top button or button hole fitted. There are some cotton loops to the chest above the left breast pocket which were most likely used to support an aircrew brevet, medal ribbons or both. Due to the fact that this is a private purchase example there are no labels or other markings making it impossible to date exactly. It is however typical of those seen during the Second World War and most likely does date from this period. The tunic is a medium size which will fit a 38-40" chest depending on desired fit and when laid flat measures - Chest - 22 1/4" Waist - 15 3/4" Shoulders - 17 1/2" Length 29" The tunic is in very good condition for its age with only limited signs of wear and use. Overall it presents very well and is very wearable. It does however have a hole underneath the belt to the rear of the tunic as shown in the pictures. This is a common place for tunics to wear but luckily does not show when worn or displayed. All in all a very nice private purchase tunic dating from the 1940s and with some great details.
Original 1940s Sports shorts by 'Bukta' An original pair of 1940s blue sports shorts made by 'Bukta'. This style of shorts was used by the British Army and RAF during the Second World war for physical training and were often referred to as 'PT Shorts'. Whilst these were an issue item, it is not uncommon to find civilian examples such as this as part of uniform groupings. The shorts are made from a lightweight, blue coloured cotton drill and feature an elasticated waist. Inside the shorts the original label is present which is a typical 1940s Bukta label. The shorts are elasticated so can fit a number of sizes around a 30" waist. When laid flat they measure 14" and when stretched out the measure 17 1/4". The shorts are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. They have clearly been laundered as they are slightly faded out but overall appear to be sound and wearable. Altogether a nice pair of original 1940s shorts ideal for both the collector and re-enactor.
Original 1940s Theatre Made British Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of British Khaki Drill private purchase trousers as worn throughout the Second World War. These trousers are typical of those issued to men serving in the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy any other units during the Second World War. Indian made clothing such as this saw widespread issue in both the Middle East and Far East as the supply lines were shorter than shipping from other parts of the world. The trousers are made from the standard Khaki Drill cloth used for trousers and shorts and feature slash pockets to each hip and no rear pocket. The front feature twin pleats and the fly fastens with buttons. Waist adjusters can be found on each hip which are yet another typical period feature. The trousers are a small size and when laid flat measure - Waist - 15" Inside leg - 26" Rise - 13 1/2" Rear rise - 16" The trousers are in good condition with the usual signs of wear and use. There is a small area in the seat where about 1" of stitching has come apart but this does not overly affect the trousers. They are in still a very wearable pair of trousers but please study the pictures to ascertain a clear idea of the condition. A good original pair of 1940s British Military Khaki Drill Trousers which would make a good addition to any collection.
Original 1940s Theatre Made British Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of theatre made Khaki Drill Trousers dating from around the time of the Second World War. As is often the case with theatre made items, these trousers are impossible to date exactly as they are devoid of any stamps or labels. They are however typical of those made for British Service during the Second World. Made from the standard type of khaki coloured cotton drill material, the trousers feature a high rise and wide leg as was fashionable in the 1930s and 1940s. The front fastens with a button fly whilst button tab waist adjusters can be found, one on each hip. The interior has buttons to attach braces to and straight slash pockets are found on the hips. By the late 1940s angled hip pockets became the norm which helps to date these as earlier. The original owner has stitched in his name tag to the interior which reads 'Booth'. The seat of the trousers has been let out but this has clearly been done at the time. It is a very neat job, the waistband has been replaced very well and the owners name tag has been fitted after the alteration. The trousers are a good wearable size which will fit someone of around a 32-33" waist and have a generous 31 1/2" inside leg. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 17" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 17" Inside leg - 31 1/2" Cuff - 9" The trousers are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. There are no signs of serious wear but there is some staining etc which is to be excepted of a 70+ year old pair of trousers. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pair of pre-worn, vintage trousers. A nice original wartime period pair of trousers in a hard to find wearable size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1940s Theatre Made Jungle Green Short (1) An original pair of British Military theatre made jungle green shorts dating from the 1940s. These shorts are typical of those worn by mens serving in the British Army and RAF during the 1940s. They are clearly theatre made as is commonplace with tropical uniforms, most likely in India or the Far East. The cut and design of the shorts as well as the buttons indicates that these are most likely wartime manufacture. The shorts feature a button fly and belt loops as well as waist adjusters. Slash pockets can be found in the side seam along with a single rear pocket. The lightweight white material used for the pocket bags is typical of theatre made jungle shorts. The shorts are a smaller size and should fit someone of around a 28" waist, depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 14 3/4" Rise - 15" Rear rise - 19 " The shorts are in good condition overall but do have some damage to the front as shown in the pictures. They still have plenty of wear left in them but please remember that they are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers and may have small issues consummate with their age. A good pair of original 1940s Jungle Green shorts which would suit a WW2 Far East collection or impression.
Original 1940s Theatre Made Jungle Green Shorts (2) A pair of original theatre made Jungle Green shorts dating from the 1940s. These shorts are typical of those worn by mens serving in the British Army and RAF during the 1940s. They are clearly theatre made as is commonplace with tropical uniforms, most likely in India or the Far East. The cut and design of the shorts as well as the buttons indicates that these are most likely wartime manufacture. The shorts feature a button fly and belt loops as well as waist adjusters. Slash pockets can be found in the side seams along with a single rear pocket. The lightweight white material used for the pocket bags is typical of theatre made jungle shorts. The shorts are a small size and should fit someone of around a 26" waist, depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 13 1/2" Rise - 14 1/2" Rear rise - 18 1/4" The shorts are in reasonable condition overall but do have some damage, namely; a hole to the seat, some fraying to the opening of the leg and some small areas which have worn thin. These points are all detailed in the photographs and reflected in the price. They still have plenty of wear left in them but please remember that they are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers and may have other small issues consummate with their age. Whilst far from perfect these are an original pair of 1940s Jungle Green shorts which would suit a WW2 Far East collection or impression.
Original 1940s Three Button Undershirt - Medium An original mid-century men’s wool three button undershirt, most likely dating from the 1940s and in a large size. This style of undergarment was popular with men for many years before slowly being replaced in favour of more modern equivalents by the 1960s. This particular example could easily date from the 1930s to the 1950s. The style however remains unchanged with the three button front and wool material being identical to earlier examples. The top is a good larger size which are now very hard to find. It measures at 21” pit to pit and 22 1/2” between the shoulder seams. I would suggest it would be a good fit on someone of around a 40-42” chest. The condition of the shirt is good for its age but it does have signs of wear and age, as is to be excepted of an item of this age. There is also some wear under the left sleeve as shown in the pictures supplied. This could potentially be repaired without too much trouble. All in all a decent example of a mid-century undershirt in a harder to find larger size.
Original 1940s US Navy N-4 Deck Jacket An original United States Navy N-4 Deck jacket in a small size. Officially referred to as the N4 Field jacket, this USN item closely resembles it Army counterpart the M41. The main differences between the two are that the USN version is a darker green and does not feature epaulettes or the button tabs to the wrists. These jackets were made at the same time as the heavier N-4 Deck jackets but offered a intermediate weight option. The jacket features a cotton shell and green coloured wool liner like its army counterpart. It features a brass 'Conmar' branded zipper with bell shaped puller, typical of those found on US made military jackets of the 1940s. The zip is hidden behind a button fly which features 6 buttons whilst the is another button on the underside of the collar to allow it to be fastened around the neck. The front of the jacket features the standard 'U.S.N' stencil to the left breast which is still relatively clear. Inside the jacket below the collar there is clear evidence of where the original contract label was stitched although it is sadly no longer present. This means it is impossible to date the jacket exactly but the material, buttons and zip date this to around the time of the Second World War. The jacket is a small size and will suit someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 20 1/2" Inside arm - 18 1/4" Outside arm - 23 1/4" Length - 24" The jacket is in reasonable condition for its age but has seen plenty of use in its life. Overall it presents well, the zip is in good working order and all the original buttons are present. There are a number of period repairs to the jacket which are detailed in the pictures and add to its character. The edges of the pockets and the cuffs have also been repairer with a slightly contrasting material which also appears to be an original period repair job. The liner has suffered from some shrinkage as is common with this style of jacket. All of these points have been taken into account with the price. Whilst not a mint condition example, this jacket has lots of character and some great looking period repairs. A good addition to any collection!
Original 1940s USAAF L-1 Gaberdine Flight Suit An original USAAF L-1 Flight suit by ’S. J. Campbell Company’ and in reasonable condition for its age. This pattern of flying suit was standardised in November 1944 and was essentially an updated version of the earlier AN-S-31 flight suit. Made from the same green gaberdine material, this suit features angled brass ‘Conmar’ zippers to the chest as well as two more to the thigh and lower legs. The original label is present inside the suit and reads ‘Suit, Flying, Light gaberdine, Type L-1’ and the see is stated as ‘Medium Regular’. The makers name ’S. J. Campbell Company’ is also present. The suit is in good condition for its age but has numerous signs of wear etc. All the original ‘Conmar’ marked zips work as they should and generally speaking the suit seems to be solid. There is the odd missing button and some damage including a tear to the front near the left breast pocket as well as wear under the arms, to the legs and seat as well as some others. Some of these have been repaired with patches etc and are only noticeable on close inspection. These issues have been taken into account when pricing the overall. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all not a bad example of this less commonly found pattern of flying suit. It has a plethora of great details and displays well.
Original 1940s Women's Grey Nurse Dress An original WW2 period grey nurses dress as used by St John Ambulance and QAIMNS nurses amongst others. This pattern of dress was used by a variety of different nursing services before and during the Second World War. It features two breast pockets, one which is long and thin and the other is shorter and wider. The cuffs are close fitting featuring four buttons and the front buttons are covered by a fly front. The last button hole is intended to be worn with a collar stud to which a starched collar would be attached. Inside the neck of the dress is the original manufactures label which is typical of the period Sadly someone has written over it in ink making it hard to read today. When laid flat the dress measures - bust - 19 1/2” Waist - 15” Inside arm - 19” Outside arm - 25” Shoulders - 15” Length - 47” The condition of the dress is god for its age and it displays well. It does however have a few holes in it, namely to the rear around the collar and above the two breast pockets. It is possible that the ones above the breast pockets were made to affix things to such as a watch or other instruments or part of a nursing uniform. Both arm pits have also been stitched together by hand where they have previously come apart. Please study the pictures as all the flaws are shown. All in all a good example of a period nurses dress which has a couple of issue but generally speaking displays nicely.
Original 1941 Dated 'Steel Helmet, Civillian Pattern' An original 1941 dated 'Steel Helmet, Civillian Pattern' often referred to as the 'Zuckerman' helmet. This pattern of helmet was introduced as an alternative to the MKII Steel Helmet and was issued to those who didn't need helmets with ballistic protection such as members of the Street Fire Party and Supplementary Fire Party. This particular example is very original and still retains its correct liner which is stamped with the manufactures name 'H.T.H.P', the 1941 date and the size, 7. The overall condition of the liner is very good and a string chin strap is present which appears to be original to the helmet. The outer shell still retains large areas of its original paint but there are numerous other areas where the paint is now missing and rust is coming through. This can be seen clearly in the photographs and has been reflected in the price. Overall a very original helmet and an inexpensive addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1941 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse An original 1940 pattern British Army battledress dated 1941 as used from 1940 until the end of the Second World War. This pattern of battledress came into issue with the British Army in mid 1940 and was the standard pattern made until superseded by the austerity pattern in 1942. This pattern saw issue in all theatres of war throughout the Second World War and is commonly seen in period photographs. This particular example features two interior pockets making it an earlier production example, most likely dating from very early 1941. It features the early wire waist buckle and revolving shank buttons are fitted to secure the epaulettes. The original label is no longer present inside the jacket but the War Department broad arrow marking is and is surmounted by the letter ‘P’ which denotes 1941 as the year of manufacture. The lack of label also means the size isn’t in the jacket but when laid flat it measures - Chest - 21” Waist - 16” Inside arm - 16 1/2” Outside arm - 23” Shoulders - 16 1/2” Length - 22” The condition of the jacket is reasonable for its age and it displays well. It does have a number of holes however, mainly to the sleeves and the rear with a coupe present to the front of the blouse. Please study the pictures as this forms part of the description. Altogether a good example of an early war Battledress blouse. Whilst not the finest example this is reflected in the price and it would make a good jacket for a re-enactor looking to use original BD or a collector who wants a ‘field used’ looking jacket.
Original 1941 Dated British Army Battledress Blouse with REME 12th Army Insignia An original British Army Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1941 and featuring original insignia to a REME Sergeant serving with the 12th Army. 12th Army is one which is rarely encountered due to its short lived life. Formed in May 1945 it took over a large number of units of the 14th Army and served in a fighting role in Burma against the Japanese until it was re designated Burma Command in November of the same year. Based on the rank and campaign ribbons it is quite possible the original owner served in one of the earlier 14th Army formations. The jacket is a British made 1940 pattern example and features typical theatre made insignia. The REME shoulder titles are embroidered examples whilst the 12th Army patches are printed. The Sergeants stripes are also typical of those found on original Far East BDs and look noticeably different to standard British made examples. A blue lanyard is fitted to the right shoulders and has clearly always been with the jacket. Medal ribbons are also present, and whilst a little scrappy, are again clearly original to it. They are faded but include the 39-45 star, the Burma star and the Defence Medal. The collar of the jacket has been faced, probably by the sergeant himself. Rather than a professional job it is just a simple piece of slightly mismatched serge tacked over face. This means the jacket can still be worn fastened to the top whilst looking smart if undone and worn with a shirt a tie as was normal in the latter stages of the war. Inside the jacket the original label is still present although it is worn with only some details still being legible. It is clearly an early label and the purple 1941 issue date is still very clear. Based on the sizes left my best guess is this is a size No.10 which fits a 36-37 chest and a 31-32" waist. The jacket is in very good condition and displays very well indeed. Based on the badges and the medal ribbons this is clearly a late war blouse dating from 1945 and may have been a 'best' jacket intend for walking out. It therefore does not show signs of excessive wear or use and displays very well. It is a vintage jacket however and may have small issues consummate with its age. This is a very nice original and untouched wartime blouse which has retained all of its original badges. These untouched examples are becoming harder to find. This jacket would make an excellent addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1941 Dated British Army Binoculars Case + Strap An original 1941 dated 1937 pattern British Army Binoculars Case complete with a 1942 dated strap, both in very good condition. The Binocular Case is the standard pattern used during the Second World War and is in good condition. It has not been blanco'd and shows only limited signs of wear. The interior retains the original makers stamp which is still clear and legible and reads 'M.W. & S LTD 1941' and is followed by the War Department broad arrow marking. The case comes complete with an original strap which is a female example with the loop. Again it has not been blanco'd and has seen very little use. It is maker marked on the inside 'Bagcraft Ltd' and bares the date of 1942 as well as the War Department broad arrow. Altogether a very nice and complete example with an early war date.
Original 1941 Dated British Army Dispatch Riders Breeches An original pair of 'S.D. Pantaloons, Motor Cyclists' Clearly dated 1941 and in fantastic unissued condition. These breeches are the early pattern made from a fine lightweight whipcord which are much different to the later issue examples which were made from serge or a heavy corduroy. The feature brass buttons, typical of early items and a first field dressing pocket to the front. The interior of the breeches features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'P' which denotes 1941 as the year of issue. The rear of the breeches retains its original manufacturers label which is still bright and legible. It states the size as 6 which will fit a 33-34" waist, bares the War Department broad arrow marking and the issue date of July 1941. The breeches are in stunning condition and have clearly never been worn or issued. They display very well indeed with no damage or issue that I can find. They are of course a vintage item of almost 80 years old so may have small issues consummate with this. Altogether a very nice pair of breeches which would be extremely hard to better and would make an excellent addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1941 Dated British Army Field Service Cap - Size 7 A nice example of a British Army Forage cap clearly dated 1941 in a good size 7 and complete with an original Royal Fusiliers cap badge. This cap was the standard issue hat for the British Army and Home Guard from the outbreak of the Second World War until 1943 when it was replaced by the General Service beret. This particular example was made in 1941 and is a size 7 as can be seen from the interior stamp. The makers name is not clear. The cap comes with an original Royal Fusiliers cap badge which I believe to be original to the cap. The hat came out of a trunk which had been stored since the war so I don't think the badge is a latter addition. The condition of the cap is good and it displays well showing only limited signs of age and wear. The interior is marked from use but in sound condition. All in all a very original untouched wartime cap which would make a great addition to any collection.
Original 1941 Dated British Army MK VI Chest Respirator Gas Mask An original British Army MK VI Chest Respirator and Haversack with all 1941 dated parts. This gas mask features a MK VI chest respirator haversack made from duck cotton canvas which is an unusual variant only made for a few months during 1940-41. It features all brass fittings and brass pop studs which are all in good condition. Inside the flap the date, 1941, is stamped and the original owner has written his name, 'Fellows', in ink. The haversack also retains its original string cord which is used to fasten the respirator to the chest when worn at the 'Alert' position. This cord is often missing or broken from bags offered for sale. The mask consists of a black rubber face piece dated February 1941, April 1941 dated head straps and a 1940 dated green painted mouth piece. These masks were made in factories from parts bins so not all the dates will match exactly on an authentic gas mask, and this is no exception and was probably issued in mid 1941. The hose is of the early stocking covered variety and is in good condition as is the brick red canister which is also clearly dated 1941. Overall a nice original set which has clearly always been together. It would make a great addition to any collection and would also be well suited to re-enactment.
Original 1941 Dated British Army Monsoon Cape An original 1941 dated Indian made British Army Monsoon Cape named to 'Captain Gammage' and in good condition. This pattern of cape was issued in the far east to a large number of units throughout the Second World War, with this being a particularly early dated example. The cape is clearly dated 1941 and bares two stamps. One is the standard circular stamp seen on all Indian made items which bares the month and year of manufacture, whilst the other stamp is a manufacturers stamp which bares the 1941 date. The cape retains all of its original buttons which are often missing. It has two slits on either side to allow the arms to be passed through which also have buttons. The overall condition of the cape is very good for its age but it does shows signs of wear consummate with its age. Overall, a very rare and iconic cape which bares a very early date and displays extremely well. A must have for the British Army collector!
Original 1941 Dated British Army Officers Greatcoat - Royal Artillery An original British Army Officers Greatcoat with Royal Artillery buttons, clearly dated 1941. This pattern of coat was used for many years by British Officers from the time of the Great War all the way through to the 1950s. This particular example dates from 1941 and was made by 'F.C. Jennings, Burslem, Staffs' and is named to 'J.D. Matthews'. The coat features t half belt to the rear which is fastened with three brass Royal Artillery buttons and turn back cuffs which are standard on this pattern of coat. There is a brass change inside the neck to hang the coat up from which are often missing or broken. The coat is a small size and will fit someone of around a 36-38" chest. The condition of the coat is very good overall, as can be seen in the photographs. There are some small moth grazes towards the bottom of the coat but these are only noticeable on close inspection. A very nice original Officers overcoat with a nice early war date. This would compliment any collection or be ideal for re-enactment.
Original 1941 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Trousers A nice pair of original early war dated Indian made Khaki Drill trousers in good condition. These trousers are typical of those issued to men serving in the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy any other units during the Second World War. Indian made clothing such as this saw widespread issue in both the Middle East and Far East as the supply lines were shorter than shipping from other parts of the world. Made from a khaki coloured cotton drill these trousers feature plain steel buttons and crude stitching which are both hallmarks of Indian made buttons. The buttons are more often than not poorly stitched on meaning surviving examples today often feature mismatched buttons. These trousers are no exception featuring two early war two-piece brass examples to the fly. Inside the trousers are a couple of stamps including a date stamp inside the waist band which reads '1941'. The usual circular stamp found on India made issue items is also present to the reverse of the pocket flap and although hard to read appears to read December 1941. The trousers are an extra small size and when laid flat measure - Waist - 14" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 15" Inside leg - 25" Cuff - 9" The trousers are in good wearable condition with no signs of excessive use but do have various stains etc as is usual with KD items. The right leg has an area of discolouration, most likely from where they have been folded in storage. Please study the pictures to satisfy yourself of condition. Altogether a nice original pair of Khaki Drill trousers with a good early war date.
Original 1941 Dated Indian Made Leather Jerkin An original 1941 dated Indian made leather jerkin as issued to the British Army and RAF in the Middle and Far East Theatres of wartime. This pattern of jerkin is similar to the standard British Used in both world war but is unlined, features removable revolving shank buttons and has 7 buttons rather than the standard four on British made examples. The leather body of the jerkin is also noticeably different as it is a light tan colour. Inside the jerkin the original stamps are present and still bright and legible. The numeral ‘2’ denotes the size whilst ‘C.L.A’ is the manufacturer. Below that is the 1941 manufacture date. The jerkin comes complete with a full set of original period buttons with brass retain clips holding them on. The jerkin measures at 21’” under the arms and is 26” long. The condition of the jerkin is very good as can be seen in the issues. Whilst it has some marks etc relating to age, it doesn’t show any real signs of wear and could well have never been issued. All in all a nice original example of this rare pattern of jerkin. It would suit both the collector and re-enactor well.
Original 1941 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap An original WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap in good condition dating to 1941. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two brass Kings crown buttons to the front as was standard at the beginning of WW2 and make it ideal for someone looking for an early example. The original label is still present inside the cap and is the early white cotton tape style. This is the latest dated cap with this style of label I have seen as it has a pink 1941 issue stamp visible in the left-hand corner. As this is an issue stamp it is possible that the cap was manufactured slightly earlier. The size is also indicated as 7 but I think the rest of the stamp is missing as it fits more like a 7 1/4. The condition of the cap is good and it displays very well. The exterior is very clean and the interior only shows the usual signs of service wear. All in all a nice early example of an RAF OA hat in a wearable size.
Original 1941 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat An original RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat clearly dated 1941 and in nice condition. This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years. This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown RAF buttons and a matched set of wartime semi-embroidered RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. The coat also features the white blanket lining often associated with early production RAF greatcoats. Inside the coat the original label is still present and clearly legible. It features the 1941 contract number below which is a purple issue stamp which reads 'Aug 1941'.The size is also on the label which is No.9 which will fit someone of around 6' tall and a 36-38 chest. The overall condition of the coat is good and it displays well. The original owners name and number have been written inside the coat. Altogether a nice original early Second World War period RAF OA greatcoat with original insignia.
Original 1941 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size No. 8 An original 1941 dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s four pocket tunic complete with its original belt. This original tunic was the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons and its waist belt which is slightly mis-matched in colour but a good fit. The tunic has had its insignia removed but this would be easy to replace. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is typical of those found on these early jackets in how plain it is. It states the jackets size as No.10 which will fit up to a 38" chest and a 34" waist. The label also bares the War Department broad arrow and the 1941 date. The tunic is in good condition for its age as can be seen in the pictures. It shows some signs of service wear but generally speaking displays well. There is a small hole to the front of the skirt and another larger one to the rear of the skirt, both of which are detailed in the pictures. Overall a nice clean RAF jacket complete with its original waist belt and a nice clear early war date. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!
Original 1941 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic with Sergeants Insignia. An original RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic named compete with original Sergeants insignia and clearly dated 1941. This early war tunic is an authentic, untouched example which has been in storage since the war and offered onto the open market here for the first time. The condition and insignia make it clear that this has been in storage since the end of the war and has not been handled again until very recently. This tunic is the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons as well as its original matching belt. The arms feature semi embroidered albatross badges to the top of the arms and Sergeant stripes below this. The chest bears medal ribbons suggesting that the tunic was still being worn at the end of hostilities. The ribbons include the Burma star meaning that the original owner would have served in the Far East during the war. Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is an early style paper label. It states 'Tunics Blue Grey OA' as the title and the size as No.7 which will fit a 35-36" chest and 32" waist. The manufactures name 'Town Tailors Limited' is present as is the date of September 1941. The War Department broad arrow is found below this. As well as this, the tunic bears its War Department inspection stamp to the rear of one of the pocket bags. It is surmounted by the letter 'P' which denotes 1941 as the year of issue. The original owners name and number are marked in ink to the label which means that the tunic may be traceable. The overall condition of the tunic is good and it displays well. It does have a few small holes and all the brass has tarnished due to it being in storage for so many years. There are also signs of service wear etc which are to be expected. I have left it as found as I think these untouched examples need to be preserved! All in all a very nice and authentic tunic complete with its original insignia and nice early date. This would make a fantastic addition to a collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original 1941 Dated Royal Artillery Officers Greatcoat Name to 'Bull K. A.' An original Second World War Officers Greatcoat dated 1941 and in good condition. This coat was made by Maxted Ellis Ltd in April 1941 for K. A. Bull who served with the Royal Artillery throughout WW2. Both his service dress and cap are listed above. This pattern of coat was used for many years by British Officers from the time of the Great War all the way through to the 1950s. This particular example has all the hallmarks of a WW2 period example. It is made from a heavy khaki melton wool fabric and lined with rayon. It features two flapped pockets the outside and a half belt to the rear. The coat is fitted with brass kings crown Royal Artillery buttons and two pips can be found to the shoulder and denote the rank of Lieutenant. The coat is a smaller size which fit around a 36-38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 27" Shoulders - 17" Length - 50" The coat is in very good condition for its age with only limited signs of use. There is no wear or damage that I can find and overall it displays very well indeed. It may however have small issues consummate with its age. A nice original officers greatcoat in good condition and with a nice low rank.
Original 1941 Dated Royal Artillery Officers Service Dress Named to 'Bull K. A.' An original Second World War British Army Officers Service Dress dating from 1941. This jacket and trousers set was made by Maxted Ellis Ltd in April 1941 for K. A. Bull who served with the Royal Artillery throughout WW2. Both his Greatcoat and cap are listed above and below this. This pattern of tunic and trousers was used by British Army Officers for many years and still hasn't changed drastically to this day. This particular example however, clearly dates from WW2. It is made from a khaki green barathea and features a rayon lining, both of which are typical of the period. The cut is also in keeping with the era being reasonably short in the body. The jacket features two pips to each shoulder denoting the rank of lieutenant. This is particularly nice as most tunics found today are attributed to captains and have three sets of holes on each epaulette. A single medal ribbon of the 1939-45 star is present above the left breast pocket which suggests that the K. A. Bull did not fight overseas. It is quite possible he was employed on anti aircraft duties or some similar home defence throughout the war. Also of note is that the original matching cloth belt and brass buckle are also still present. Inside the jacket the original tailors label is still present and states the maker as 'MAXTED-ELLIS LTD'. The dated of April 1941 is present as is the original owners name. The tunic comes with its original matching trousers which are typical of the period featuring a high rise waist, twin pleats tot he front and slash pockets on the hips. A single buttoning rear pocket is present as are brace buttons which are fitted around the top edge of the inner waistband. The trousers fasten with buttons as is usual with British tailoring of this period and a small period laundry tag has been left tacked onto the rear interior lining. Both the jacket and trousers are in very good condition as can be seen in the photographs. They display very well with only very limited signs of wear and use. A very nice early war set in great shape. This would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1941 Dated Royal Artillery Webbing Plotting Board Case by 'MECo' An original 1941 dated British Army Royal Artillery plotting board made from webbing by ‘MECo’. This specialist piece of equipment was issued to the Royal Artillery throughout the Second World War. Made from webbing, the rear features two straps allowing it to be carried on the wearers back. The front fastens with three straps and buckles. The inside of the flap is marked ‘MECo 1941’ denoting the manufacturer as Mills Equipment Company and the year of manufacture as 1941. The case is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has seen use and features various marks and stains but overall it displays well. A rare piece of specialist equipment which would make a great addition to a collection.
Original 1941 Dated US Army EM Tunic - 9th Service Command An original United States Army Enlisted Men's Tunic clearly dated 1941 with original wartime insignia and in a size 38L. The jackets features an original 9th Service Command patch to the top of the left sleeve, an 'ANZIO' citation above the right breast pocket, medal ribbons above the left pocket and corporal stripes to each arm. It also comes complete with a full set of original buttons and brass collar badges. Inside one of the pockets the tunic retains its original manufactures label which is in good condition and is still bright and legible. It states the size of the tunic as 38L and the date of manufacture as the 1st of April 1941, so quite an early example. The overall condition of the tunic is good as can be seen in the photographs and it displays well. There is an area on the back which features a period repair but this is only noticeable on close inspection. Personally I quite like this as I think it adds to the story of the jacket. Altogether a good original US Army jacket with some nice original insignia. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1941 Pattern Mae West Life Preserver An original 1941 Pattern Mae West Life Preserver as used during the Second World War. Replacing the earlier 1932 pattern Mae West shortly after the Battle of Britain, the 1941 pattern is now an iconic piece of flying clothing which is synonymous with the RAF during the Second World War. This pattern also saw extensive use with the Fleet Air Arm, Air Sea Rescue, Costal Command and the USAAF amongst many others, meaning that today it is a must have for any serious collector. All the leg straps are intact as are the buttons which are correct pattern. A 'Lightening' brand zipper can be found at the neck and all the pop studs are present, although some have broken away from the fabric as detailed in the pictures. The vest retains its original label which is somewhat washed out. The picture of it is at 90 degrees but you can clearly see the Air Ministry crown. Below this the letters 'C.C.P.R' has been added in ink although I do not know what this refers to. The Mae West is fitted with a set of high quality reproduction kapoks from Stephen Kilburn which help to give it the correct shape when worn or displayed on a mannequin. Like most WW2 life jackets offered for sale today, this example has seen plenty of action. It still displays well and certainly looks the part but does have a few flaws. There are a few holes around the top of the horse shoe as shown in the pictures and the pop stud that closes the mirror pocket has pulled away from the main body of the jacket. Overall however it is not a bad example and the faults have been reflected in the price. All in all a good example of this iconic piece of Second World War flying clothing which is a must have for the serious aviation collector!
Original 1941 Pattern RAF Flying Boots - Large Size! A stunning pair of original 1941 pattern flying boots in a large size and excellent condition. These boots came into use with the Royal Air Force during 1941 and became synonymous with Bomber Command air crews earning them the nick name 'bomber boots'. They were in fact used by all arms of the RAF as well as the FAA so are correct for a fighter pilot or Coastal Command impression too. They also saw use with the USAAF, particularly the 8th and 9th Air forces. This particular pair are in brilliant condition. The sheepskin lining is intact and free of any discolouration or damage, the suede is in excellent condition with only a few marked areas, the rubber area around the bottom which is often damaged or missing on these boots is completely intact and the soles are also perfectly usable being free from splits and cracks also. The soles and heels are both original to the boots and not later replacements. Both boots feature their original brass zips which function well. Both zips are marked "W" which is one of the common marks to find on these pattern of boots. There is no size marked on the boots but they are clearly a large size. I would guess they are around a size 11. Overall, a fantastic pair of original wartime flying boots in a large size which would be hard to better!
Original 1942 British Army Tankers Holster with 1938 Dated Compass Pouch A rare original British Army Tankers Drop Holster dated 1942 attached to a 1938 dated Compass Pouch. This holster was officially designated 'Case, pistol, web, R.A.C. Mk. I converted' and is often referred to as the early war 'long strap' pattern. It was specifically designed for AFV crews but the original length was soon proven to be too long for practical use leading to them being shorted, as is the case with this example. It appears to be a factory done job and is essentially an intermediate pattern before the standard late war 'short drop' MKII holster came into issue. The holster features a set of stitched loops to the front which hold extra rounds and a long stitched pocket which holds the brass cleaning rod in place. Inside the loop of the holster the 1942 date can clearly been seen. It is still very bright and legible and the end of the manufacturers name can also be seen which I believe to be MECo. Attached to the top of the pistol case is a 1938 dated compass pouch. Whilst one would perhaps expect to find an ammunition pouch, these two appear to have been together for a long time and have both been blancoed with shade 61 blanco. The pouch is a very nice early dated example made by MECo in 1938 which is in great condition and has very clear markings. Altogether a very nice matched set and a rare pattern of Tankers Holster which would make a great addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1942 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse - Size 3 / 4 An original 1940 Pattern (austerity) Battledress blouse dating from the Second World War and in a smaller size. This pattern of battledress jacket came into issue with the British Army during 1942 and stayed in service until the end of the war. This example is one of the 're-issued' wartime jackets as can be seen from the makers name 'R.S.D'. It features the dark chocolate coloured buttons often associated with early manufacture austerity jackets which fits in with it being a wartime re-issue. The jacket has a pair of original lance corporal stripes stitched on to the arm which appear to be original to the jacket. There is also evidence of where other badges have been removed higher up the sleeve. This could have been ordered as part of field security or perhaps the original owner removed them to keep as mementos. The original label is present inside the jacket and states it as being a size 4. Interestingly, there is also an ink size stamp which reads '3' which refers to size. Either way it is around this size. The issue label also bares the War Department broad arrow marking as they usually do. There is also a War Department issue ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. This ties in well with the buttons and condition of the jacket which could be described as well used. It is in fact, typical of battledress that has been worn in combat and is not actually seen that often It has the grubby interior and darkened down exterior only seen on these rare survivors. This could be linked to the anti vesicant process. There are a few holes and there is a fair bit of service wear etc. This is detailed in the pictures so please take the time to study them. All in all a very original and authentic wartime BD jacket, the type of which is not offered on the market that often.
Original 1942 Dated 1940 Pattern Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers dated 1942 and in stunning condition. This pattern of trousers came into use with the British Army in the immediate months after the withdrawal from Dunkirk and saw issue throughout the rest of the Second World War. They are often referred to as '1937 pattern' or 'second pattern' by collectors. This particular pair do not have an issue label but do have a nice clear War Department Stamp surmounted with the letter O - denoting 1942 as the year of issue. The trousers are in fantastic condition as can be seen in the pictures. All the original brass buttons are present with no replacements etc. The nap of the serge is fantastic and is still think and fluffy as they would have been from new. There are virtually no signs of wear and they display incredibly well. The only flaw is a tiny hole near the crotch which you can only just see and is detailed in the pictures. There is an even smaller one on the other leg but you have to have go eyesight to see it! The trousers will fit around a 31-32" waist measures 16 1/2" when laid flat across the waist, whilst the inside leg measures 30 3/4" - So a good usable size. Altogether a fantastic pair of original wartime British trousers which would be extremely hard to better!
Original 1942 Dated 1940 Pattern British Army Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1940 pattern battledress trousers dated 1942 and in average, worn condition. This pattern of trousers came into use with the British Army in the immediate months after the withdrawal from Dunkirk and saw issue throughout the rest of the Second World War. They are often referred to as '1937 pattern' or 'second pattern' by collectors. This particular pair do not have an issue label but do have a nice clear War Department Stamp surmounted with the letter O denoting 1942 as the year of issue. They also bear the original owners name and number which reads '14881167 Cpl Holmes. R'. The trousers will fit around a 28" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure - Waist - 14 1/2" Inside leg -28 1/2" The trousers are in average condition for a pair of issued, clearly field worn, original trousers. There are some repairs to the crotch and a variety of holes; namely to the bottom of the left leg the knee and the crotch. Please study the pictures to ascertain the best idea of condition. Altogether a reasonable pair of original wartime British trousers with a price to reflect the condition.
Original 1942 Dated 1941 Pattern 'Daisy Mae' HBT Hat An original 1942 Dated US 1941 Pattern HBT hat in fantastic unissued condition, often referred to as the 'Daisy Mae' The Daisey Mae was introduced in 1941 alongside the two piece HBT fatigues and replaced the earlier denim version. The caps which came out after this proved more popular leading to the it being declared limited standard in 1943 and gradually phased out. None-the-less these hats saw action in all theatres throughout the conflict. This example features its original issue label which states the manufacturer as 'Bernard Greenberg & Co', the size as 6 1/2 and the date as May 15, 1942. The condition of the hat is stunning with no signs of wear or use that I can see. The material is still the deep colour it would have been out of the factory and the label is as bright and clear as the day it was made. Overall a very fine example of this pattern of hat. It would make an excellent addition to any WW2 collection without a doubt.
Original 1942 Dated 1941 Pattern ATS Tunic - Size 14 An original 1941 Pattern Auxiliary Territorial Service tunic dated 1942 and in a good large size No.14. This tunic is the 'Jacket, Serge, A.T.S 1941 Pattern' and is sometimes referred to as the Second Pattern Tunic or Economy Tunic. It features a 4 button front and flapped chest pockets and lower pockets. This example does not come with a belt but one could be sourced if you so wished. Inside the tunic the original lining is very clean showing no real signs of wear. The First Field Dressing pocket is still present as is the original label which is still legible and states the tunic as being a large size 14 which will fit up to 5'8" in height, 37" bust and 29" waist. The 1942 dated is also on the label as is the War Department broad arrow. The overall condition of the tunic is extremely good and it looks almost unissued. It looks as if no badges have ever been fitted to the tunic as there are no holes in the places where badges would have been attached. There is however a black hook stitched on under the left hand epaulette which I assume has something to do with a lanyard. The tunic isn't a perfect example as it does have a few small holes here and there, although they really are very small! All in all, a very nice war dated example of and ATS tunic in a good wearable size!
Original 1942 Dated 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of Indian made 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts clearly dated 1942 an in good condition. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The shorts also feature a double pleated front and rear which is a feature of these British pattern Wartime items. These shorts have been converted by having the two front straps and corresponding buckles removed. This appears to be a period conversion and has been very neatly done. A small hook and eye has been fitted to fasten the shorts in place of the original straps. The shorts retain all of their original Indian made fly buttons which feature two ridges. These are often missing on shorts offered on the market today. Inside the shorts a plethora of stamps can be found, most of which are typically found on Indian made KD items. The round date stamp can be found to the rear of one of the pocket bags and the date of 1942 can just be seen. There is a circular size stamp which reads '14' and denotes the size. The shorts will fit around a 28" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure - Waist - 14" Rise - 16" Rear rise - 19" Inside leg - 11" Outside leg - 25" The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. They show no signs of excessive or undue wear. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pair of pre-worn vintage shorts which are over 75 years old. All in all a very nice pair of wartime shorts with a good clear date and in nice condition. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1942 Dated 1942 Pattern Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of 1942 Pattern British Army Khaki Drill Trousers in a good wearable size and nice condition. This pattern of trousers came into use with the British Army during the middle of the Second World War and are one of the more sought-after patterns today. They feature a First Field Dressing pocket to the right hip as well as a fly button front and brace buttons. All the buttons are stamped metal and original to the trousers. The original manufacturers label is still present to the rear which is a nice feature as these are nearly always missing after 70+ years. It states the size as No.5, the manufacturer as ‘Gebr. Stroobant Turnhout’ and the date as 1946. The War Department broad arrow marking is also in evidence on the label. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 15 1/2” Inside leg - 30 1/2” Rise - 15” Rear rise - 16 1/4” Cuff - 10” The trousers are in good condition for their age as can be seen in the pictures. They have been worn and laundered but do not show signs of excessive wear or use and generally speaking present very well. Altogether a nice pair of original Khaki Drill trousers in good condition. Examples with the original exterior label still present are hard to find today making these a good collectors piece.
Original 1942 Dated 86th Honourable Artillery Company Warrant Officers Battledress Blouse Here we have an amazing original Normandy campaign Battledress blouse for the serious collector. This very original BD jacket has been in a collection for 30 years and is 100% genuine. The original insignia is to a Warrant Officer of the 86th Honourable Artillery Company (Heavy Anti Aircraft) who landed on Juno Beach as part of 21st Army Group on D-Day. The 86th HAC were responsible for beach defence on the 6th of June 1944 and was equipped with 3.7" guns. On the 8th of June the Regimental Headquarters was set up at the Chateau at Bény-sur-Mer. 86th are listed as staying with 21st Army Group until the end of hostilities in Europe where it then went on to become part of the British Army of the Rhine. The regiment was completely demobilised by April 1946 meaning that the last date this battledress was worn has to be before that date. This fine battledress comes complete with an equally fine set of original insignia to each sleeve. Embroidered Honourable Artillery Company shoulder titles can be found at the top of each sleeve whilst below this are printed 21st Army Group (Line of Communication) patches. Original Royal Artillery arm of service stripes can be found below this which are made up of two pieces of felt stitched directly onto the sleeve as was common during this period. The bottom of each sleeve feature Kings crown Warrant Officers badges, sometimes referred to as 'Company Sergeant Major'. All the insignia is in matching pairs and is clearly original to the jacket. The jacket comes with its original medals still affixed to the chest above the left-hand breast pocket. These are the 1939-45 Star, France and Germany Star, Special Constabulary Medal and King George VI Efficiency Medal. The Efficiency Medal was instituted in 1930 for award to part-time warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men after twelve years of efficient service on the active list of the Militia or the Territorial Army. This ties in well with both the rank and the fact that 8th HAC were TA before the war. Interestingly the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal also appears on his tunic which would suggest that he served as a special constable during the interwar years as well as being in the TA. The original label can be found inside the jacket stitched to inside pocket as is usually the case with British made battledress jackets. The label is interesting as it states 'Battledress Blouses Serge, 1940 Pattern' and doesn't mention that it is an austerity pattern. As this is an early example it is likely that the manufacturer was still using up old stock labels. The manufacturer of this blouse was P.S & J Ellis Ltd, Leeds' which is a rare manufacturer. The label clearly bares the 1942 date as was at the War Department broad arrow stamp. As well as this there is an issue stamp for September 1940 making this a very early austerity pattern blouse. As well as the label the jacket features a War Department arrow which feature the broad arrow. This is surmounted by the letter 'O' which is correct for a 1942 issued item. The overall condition of the blouse is very good as can be seen in the photographs. It is a very clean battledress and the nap of the serge does not show much in the way of wear and use meaning it still looks very fresh today. There are someone signs of wear around the collar which are to be expected from a used issued item and there is one very small moth hole on the sleeve as shown in the pictures. Altogether this is a truly stunning Normandy period battledress which has survived in fantastic condition. The unit saw action on D-Day making this a must have for the serious Normandy Campaign collector.
Original 1942 Dated Australian Army Pattern 10085 Boots - Size 5 An original pair of Pattern 10085 Australian Army Boots in un-issued condition and clearly dated 1942. This pattern of boot came into service with the Australian Army in 1942 making this a very early pair. They were used by the Australians in all the theatres of war in which they served including the Far East and Middle East. The boots bare the original makers name and 1942 date to the side as well as the War Department broad arrow markings and size to the soles. This particular pair of boots are in excellent condition and don't appear to have been worn or issued. They have a few marks etc as can be seen in the pictures but overall they display very well. A very nice pair of boots with a good clear, early date. They would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1942 Dated British 'Smock Suit' Windproof Jacket
Original 1942 Dated British 'Trousers, Drab' Windproof Trousers
Original 1942 Dated British Army 'Commando' Bergen An original early tan example of the British Army Bergen Rucksack, clearly dated 1942. These backpacks came into issue with the British Army in 1941 making this the second year of manufacture and saw use with the Commandos as well as the SAS amongst others. This example is the earlier tan colour used up until the green version superseded it in 1944. This pattern saw use throughout the entire war. This original early bergen was made by 'Nesta LTD' in 1942 as can be seen by the manufactures stamp inside the flap. The top of the flap houses a brass zip which opens an integral pocket and is marked 'Lighterning', a typical brand to find on period made examples. The zip works as it should. The bag also retains what appears to be the original rope running through the brass eyelets at the top of where the bag opens and is another nice feature of the this item. This example features the standard metal frame in black which is attached to the canvas body of the bag with leather tabs which all appear to be intact. The webbing shoulder straps which are attached to the frame bare a stamp which states the manufacturer as BHG Ltd and the date a 1942, which ties in nicely with the date inside the bag. The bag retains it two small gauge straps to the underneath which are often missing. The strap which runs around the circumference of the bag is missing however, although this isn't really visible with the bag done up. The overall condition of the bag is good and it displays well. It has seen some us in its life and is not a mint condition example but is however a good original wartime example. Overall, a nice early made Bergen with matching dates in usable condition.
Original 1942 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse - Size 13 An original 1942 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress blouse in a good size 13 and fantastic condition. This BD blouse is an early manufactured example which features two inside pockets, revolving shank buttons for the epaulettes and the brown buttons often associated with early manufacture by collectors. Later blouse would only have one interior pocket and standard horn buttons to secure the epaulettes. The blouse still retains its original manufactures label to the interior which has a faint 1942 date as well as the manufactures name 'Durlgo Manfg Co' which is an uncommon maker. As well as this the label bares the War Department broad arrow stamp. The blouse is a good size number 13 which will fit someone of up to a 6', a 39" chest and a 34" waist. The size number 13 is marked on the label and also below it directly onto the cotton drill lining in ink. The condition of these blouse is outstanding and it would certainly be very hard to better. The jacket appears to be unissued and if it was issued it can't have seen much wear or use at all. The nap of the cloth is still as it would have been when it left the factory and not worn down. The lining is very clean, the label is still bright and all the buttons, the waist buckle and all the stitching is still intact. This is a true collectors item and would certainly be hard to better. If you are looking for a battledress blouse that is as it would have been when it left the factory - this is the one for you!
Original 1942 Dated British Army Battledress Blouse - Size 6 An original 1940 pattern British Army Battledress Blouse dated 1942 and in a size No. 6. This pattern of battledress blouse came into issue with the British Army in late 1940 and was used throughout the rest of the Second World War.The jacket features two interior pockets and a chromium plated buckle as used on later production examples such as this. The original label is still present to the inside of the jacket and is as bright and legible as the day it left the factory. It states the size as No.6 which will fit a 38 - 39" Chest and a 33-34" waist. The makers name of Harry Levene Ltd is present as is the 1942 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. As well as this, the War Department acceptance stamp is present and is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. The jacket was clearly never issued from stores. The serge still retains all of its 'nap' and is bright and fluffy whilst the cotton drill lining is bright and as it would have been when new. Somebody has moved the original brass buttons which fasten the front across as can be seen by the white thread used to reattach them. There are also a couple of moth nips with the worst being a cluster of three to the rear which are detailed in the photographs. There are a number of other very small holes across the jacket but they are only noticeable on very close inspection. Altogether a very nice un-issued battledress blouse which aside from a few moths nips its virtually as it would have been when new. Ideal for the collector and re-eanctor alike!
Original 1942 Dated British Army Dispatch Riders Breeches An original pair of 'S.D. Pantaloons, Motor Cyclists' Clearly dated 1942 and in fantastic unissued condition. These early war breeches are made from the heavier whipcord material and feature brass buttons to the fly and around the waist for braces. The interior of the breeches features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. The number 10 is also marked in ink which most likely denotes the size. When laid flat the breeches measure - Waist - 15" Inside leg - 26 1/2" The breeches are in very good condition as is clear in the pictures. They exhibit next to no signs of wear or use with even the suede thigh patches being relatively free of marks and stains. They are of course a vintage item of almost 80 years old so may have small issues consummate with this. A very nice pair of original DR Breeches in great condition and nicely dated. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1942 Dated British Army Field Service Cap - Size 7 7/8! An original 1942 Dated British Army Field Service Cap clearly dated 1942 and in an extra large size 7 7/8! This pattern of cap came into issue with the British Army shortly before the beginning of the Second World War and saw use throughout the conflict. It was replaced by the General Service Cap in 1943 but remains an iconic piece of British Headwear today. This cap is the largest I have ever come across and is a rare item due to its size. The interior of the cap is marker with the makers name ‘J. Collet Ltd’, the 1942 date and the size which is 7 7/8. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is usually the case with these markings. A second stamp is also present which is the War Department Issue stamp. This is made up of the War Department broad arrow surround by the letters ‘WD’ and surmounted by the letter ‘O’ which denotes the year of issue as 1942. The cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are no real signs of wear although there are a few marks to the interior. A hole has been added to the front of the cap to support a cap badge which is of course quite normal. Overall it displays very well. Altogether a very nice cap in a very hard to find extra large size. This would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Forage Cap A nice example of a British Army Forage cap clearly dated 1942. This cap was the standard issue headwear for the British Army and Home Guard from the outbreak of the Second World War until 1943 when it was replaced by the General Service beret. This particular example was made in 1942 as can be seen from the makers stamp to the interior of the cap. Sadly the makers name is no longer legible but the size can just be made out as 7, possibly larger as the numerals next to it have been obliterated. The cap features to brass kings crown buttons to the front and a South Staffordshire Regiment cap badge which appears to be a restrike. The original owner has marked his initials to the interior which read 'G.S'. The condition of the cap is good and it displays well showing only limited signs of age and wear. The interior is marked from use but in sound condition. All in all a nice wartime dated cap which would suit both the collector and re-enactor alike.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of Indian made British Army Khaki Drill Shorts in good condition and clearly dated June 1942. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring metal Indian buttons and ink stamps to the interior. The shorts have a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The front of the shorts fastens with two small buckles as was standard for British shorts in the Second World War. The shorts retain their original chromium plated buckles which are often missing. Inside the shorts are the usual Indian stamps found in Khaki Drill items. The circular date stamp is present to the rear of the pocket bag and states the manufacture date as June 1942. A second larger manufactures stamp can be found in the waistband which bares the manufactures initials of 'A.A' as well as the 1942 date. The shorts measures at 15 1/2" across the waist when laid flat so should be a good fit for someone of around a 30" waist depending on desired fit. The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. They have clearly been worn and laundered but have survived well with only minor soiling. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a very good pair of war dated British issue shorts complete with their metal buckles. These would make a good addition to any collection and would suit both a collector and re-enactor well.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Shorts - Indian made with German Army Buttons An original pair of Indian made British Army Khaki Drill Shorts in good condition and clearly dated Deceber 1942. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The front of the shorts fastens with two small buckles as was standard for British shorts in the Second World War. The shorts retain their original chromium plated buckles which are often missing. What is really fascinating about these shorts is that the original fly buttons have been replaced with German buttons. This is how the shorts came to me and looks to be a period conversion. All the buttons are original and maker marked as can be seen in the pictures. It is well know that the Africa Corps used up British Stocks of Khaki Drill they captured, such as the stores on Crete. This could perhaps explain why they have these buttons! Inside the shorts are the usual Indian stamps found in Khaki Drill items. The circular date stamp is present to the rear of the pocket bag and states the manufacture date as December 1942. A second larger manufactures stamp can be found in the waistband which bares the manufactures initials of 'A.A' as well as the 1942 date. The shorts are a good larger size and when laid flat measure - Waist - 18" inseam - 12 1/2" The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. They have clearly been worn and laundered but have survived well with only minor soiling. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a very good pair of war dated British issue shorts complete with their metal buckles. These would make a good addition to any collection and would suit both a collector and re-enactor well.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Tunic An original British Army Khaki Drill Tunic dated 1942 and in an extra small size. This pattern of tunic was used throughout the Second World War and may well have started life with long sleeves being later shortened by the Original owner. This style was used in both the Middle East and Far East campaigns amongst others. The tunic features a full set of original brass kings crown buttons which are all held in place by the correct metal split rings used in this period. The right sleeve shows traces of where a corporal stripe has previous been attached as well as evidence of other badges. Inside the tunic the original label is still present but sadly has washed out. The War Department broad arrow marking is still present however and is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. The original owner also marked his name in ink to the interior of the jacket which reads 'CPL SIMS'. There is also a service number inside the tunic which may warrant further research. The tunic is a very small size measuring 17 1/4" pit to pit and 16" across the shoulders. The tunic is in well worn condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has various stains and signs of age and wear so please study the pictures and remember that this is a pre-worn vintage item which may have issues consummate with this. All in all a very interesting tunic with a great, authentic look. This would suit a re-enactor or make an interesting addition to a collection.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Trousers An original pair of British Army Service Dress trousers dated 1942. This rare pair of wartime trousers are unchanged from the pre-war design. They are made from the standard serge wool used for British Army uniforms during the First and Second World Wars and features stamped brass buttons. The rear of the trousers features a 'fishtail' back whilst the leg is cut in a narrow fashion and are tell-tale signs of what many collectors refer to as '1922 pattern'. Inside the trousers have numerous markings including the size and the War Department broad arrow stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' denoting 1942 as the year of manufacture. There is evidence of where the original paper label was previously attached although it is sadly no longer present. The trousers are a small size and when laid flat measure - Waist - 15 1/4" Inside leg - 27" The trousers are in reasonable condition for their age but have clearly seen plenty of use. There are some small holes and repairs to the legs as well as some staining which has been reflected in the price. Overall they are sound and display well but please study the pictures for a better idea of condition. Altogether a nice original pair of trousers which are hard to find, especially with a clear wartime date. Ideal for the early war collector!
Original 1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic - Austerity Pattern An original 1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic, often referred to as '1922 Pattern' by collectors. This particular tunic is the wartime austerity pattern which features plain patch pockets on the chest rather than the pre and post war patterns which have pleats. Aside from this detail the tunic is more-or-less unchanged from the earlier pattern. The tunic features a full set of brass Kings crown brass buttons and brass belt hangers in the waist. The linings the standard khaki drill type used in these tunics during WW2. Inside the tunic still retains its original label which is somewhat washed out but some details are still legible including the makers name 'L. Silberstein'. As well as the label the War Department broad arrow marking is present and surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. The jacket is a smaller size and will fit around a 36-38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 19 3/4" Inside arm - 18 1/2" Outside arm - 24 1/2" Length - 31" Shoulders - 16 1/4" The overall condition of the jacket is very good with next to no signs of wear or use. It displays very well and generally speaking appears to be very fresh still. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. All in all a very nice war dated example of the economy pattern tunic. This would me a good addition to any collection.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Service Dress Tunic - Size 12 A rare large size economy pattern British Army Service Dress Tunic dated 1942. Often referred to as '1922 Pattern' by collectors, this particular tunic is the wartime austerity pattern which features plain patch pockets on the chest rather than the pre and post war patterns which have pleats. Aside from this detail the tunic is more-or-less unchanged from the earlier pattern. The tunic features a full set of brass Kings crown brass buttons and brass belt hangers in the waist. The linings the standard khaki drill type used in these tunics during WW2. Inside the tunic still retains its original label which is still bright and legible. It states the size as No.12 which is a hard to find broader size which will fit a 40-41" chest. It also bares the makers name 'L. Silberston & Sons' as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. There is also a War Department broad arrow issue stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures and it displays very well. It is very clean overall and there are no real signs of wear or use that I can see. All in all a very nice tunic which would suit both the collector as well as the re-enactor due to its large size.
Original 1942 Dated British Army Snow Smock - Size No.3 An original British Army 'Suit Snow Smock' clearly dated February 1942 and in a larger size No.3. These smocks saw issue with a variety of British units during the Second World War as well as US troops (including Airborne) in the Ardennes. This is the earlier, heavier pattern rather than the later lightweight examples made later in the War. The smock follows the standard design of used on all British Windproof Suits during the Second World War and formed a set with the matching trousers listed below. Made from a hard wearing white cotton, the smock features four buttoning pockets to the front, a hood which closes with a drawstring whilst a second drawstring is located along the bottom edge. Inside the smock still retains its original issue label which is still bright and legible. It states the manufactures name as 'Price Tailors Limited Proprietors of The Fifty Shilling Tailors'. The size is stated as No.3 which will fit a 40-42" chest and up to a height of 5' 11". The War department broad arrow marking is present as is the date of February 1942. The smock is in good condition with no signs of real use or wear meaning it may be unissued. It does have some marks and staining, most likely from storage. Overall it displays well. A nice example of this wartime pattern of smock with a clear, early date. This would make a great addition to any collection!
Original 1942 Dated Canadian Made Other Ranks forage Cap - Size 7 1/8 An original 1942 Dated Canadian made other ranks side cap in a good wearable size 7 1/8. This pattern of cap came into use with the British Army as well as the Canadians and other commonwealth units shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War. It stayed in service until it was replaced by the General Service cap, or beret, in 1943. They did continue to be worn after this date however with some men still wearing them in the Normandy campaign as well as in Italy. This particular example is Canadian made Although that is only evident from the manufactures marking. From the outside this could easily pass as a British example as the colour is identical. The cap bares it’s original makers stamp inside which is still bright and legible. It states the manufacturer as ‘Rayman Cap Co’ of Toronto. The 1942 date is present as well as the size, 7 1/8. The condition of the hat is good and it displays well. It has had some wear and shows signs of having a couple of cap badges being attached in its lifetime. The interior shows some signs of use but is overly soiled. Overall a nice original forage cap with a clear wartime date which would compliment a WW2 collection or be good for a reenactor.
Original 1942 Dated Civil Defence A.R.P 68A Beret and Cap Badge An original 1942 Dated Civil Defence A.R.P. 68A Beret fitted with a silver hallmarked ARP Lapel Badge. This pattern of beret was introduced into service in July 1941 as an alternative to the steel helmet. It was worn throughout the rest of the war by both men and women and is in evidence in many period photographs. The beret is made from black serge wool and features a back cotton lining. To this and printed in yellow is the manufacturers name of 'A & J Gelfer', the 1942 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The designation of A.R.P 68 is present as is the size, which in this instance is 7. Below this is a separate stamp, again in yellow, which is the War Department acceptance stamp which is usually surmounted with a letter. The beret is fitted with a silver hallmarked lapel badge to the front. The fitting of such badges was common practice during the war and this appears to be a period addition with the rear horse shoe being carefully stitched into the hat to secure it. The beret is in very nice condition with no serious signs of wear or use. The wool exterior displays well with no signs of moth damage or similar whilst the interior is clean and the markings good and bright. This would be very hard to better. Not only is it clearly marked and nicely dated, it also features a hallmarked badge which appears to be original. A must have for the serious Home Front collector!
Original 1942 Dated Civil Defence A.R.P 72 Skirt A rare original 1942 Dated Civil Defence A.R.P. 72 Skirt in excellent condition. This pattern of skirt was introduced in 1941 to be worn with the A.R.P. 71 four pocket tunic, replacing the earlier and inferior 'bluette' combination suit overalls. The skirt is made from the same dark coloured serge as the tunics and features a small opening which fastens with a button to the top an pop studs lower down. The opposite seam to this features a small pocket which mirrors the opening. Inside the overalls is a thin white waistband which bears the War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O', denoting 1942 as the year of issue. The original issue label its still intact and bright and legible. Stitched to the pocket pocket it states the size as 8 which will fit around a 30-32" waist. The manufacturers name 'Blond Brothers' is present as it the 1942 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. Of interest is that original National Fire Service designation has been obliterated with the ARP designation being added below in ink. This is not uncommon to find and is clearly a period addition. The skirt is in very good condition with only very limited signs of wear and use. It displays very well indeed. A very nice example of a rare home front item which would be hard to better!
Original 1942 Dated New Zealand Made Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of Khaki Drill shorts which were made in New Zealand in 1942. These shorts are typical of WW2 manufacture and are made of a khaki coloured cotton drill material. They feature brass buttons to the fly, slash pockets to each hip and a first field dressing pocket to the rear. Inside the shorts All the original stamps are present and still bright and legible. The waistband features the New Zealand broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942. A second stamp reads 'No2' which may relate to size whilst the third and final stamp relates to the 1942 manufacture date. The shorts will fit someone of around a 32 " waist. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 16 1/2" Rise - 13 3/4" Rear rise - 16" Inside leg - 10" The shorts are in good condition and are still very wearable with no signs of undue wear. They do have a variety of stains from use as can be see in the pictures. Please take time to study them and bare in mind that they are a pair of pre-worn vintage shorts and may have small issues consummate with their age. All in all a nice pair of original wartime shorts. New Zealand made khaki drill is rare making these a collectable in their own right!
Original 1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag An original RAF Kit Bag dated 1942 and named to 'Sgt Chambers'. This bag is the standard RAF issue kit bag used throughout the Second World War and features the single blue stripe to the centre of the bag often seen on these original examples. The bag features a set of brass eyelets to the top and the original rope to close the top with. The original owners name has been added towards the top of the bag in ink and reads 'SGT Chambers RAF' as well as his RAF number. The inside flap of the kit bag features a nice clear Air Ministry AM marking and crown as well as the 1942 date. The overall condition of the bag is good but it does show numerous signs of use and is somewhat grubby. Overall a nice war dated example of an RAF kit bag.
Original 1942 Dated RAF Kit Bag by 'O. Groom LTD' A nice original RAF Kit Bag clearly dated 1942. This example features two blue rings to the middle of the kit bag which look to have been applied at different times. The top of the bag features brass eyelets through which the original rope is still present and in good condition. The name 'Chambers' can just be made out on one side of the bag as well as an RAF number and a few other details. There is also a paper ticket attached to the bag which dates from the Second World War period with the postal address in Ipswich of what I would assume is either the original owners wife or mother. The inside flap of the bag bares a nice large War Department crows foot above the makers name, 'O. Groom Ltd, London' and the 1942 date. The overall condition of the bag is average for a kit bag with plenty of marks etc related to use. Altogether a nice original Wartime RAF kit bag which has a very clear date stamp.
Original 1942 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap - Size 6 5/8 An original WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap in good condition dating to 1942. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two brass Kings crown buttons to the front as was standard at the beginning of WW2 and make it ideal for someone looking for an early example. The original makers stamp is still visible to the interior and the 1942 date can just be made out. The size is also present but slightly unclear. I believe it reads 6 5/8. The cap has been issued and bares the original owners name and named which have been added to the interior in ink. The condition of the cap is very good as can be seen in the photographs. It only shows minimal signs of wear, mainly to the interior. All in all a very nice early war example of this RAF hat which would make a good addition to a Second World War RAF collection.
Original 1942 Dated RAF OA Trousers An original pair of 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Trousers with rare AV stamp. This particular pair of trousers have the usual attributes which are associated with early war manufacture RAF OA Trousers. They feature a white lining and brass buttons to both the fly and around the top to fit braces. The majority of the fly buttons have been changed for horn which was common practice at the time as they are more comfortable to use than brass. Inside the trousers feature a stamp to the white lined waistband which is the standard War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter ‘O’ denoting 1942 as the year of manufacture. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 16" Inside leg - 29 1/2" I would describe the condition of the trousers as well used. It is quite likely that these were are working pair as there is a small amount of staining and a couple of holes. They may benefit from a clean as I have left them in 'as found' condition. Please study the pictures as I have detailed the condition to the best of my ability. A very original pair of trousers, clearly untouched since the Second World War. Whilst not the most perfect example, they ooze authenticity and would make a great addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1942 Dated RAF OA Tunic with LAC Insignia A great original example of a wartime RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic to a Leading Aircraftsman dated 1942. This pattern of tunic came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw service throughout the Second World War. During the Battle of Britain this pattern was used by both Aircrews and Ground Crews to fight in. The jacket features a full compliment of Insignia including; a pair of RAF albatross badges to the top of each sleeve, embroidered LAC badges on both sleeves, a wireless operator badge to the right sleeve, three long service chevrons to the bottom of the right sleeve and a good conduct chevron to the bottom of the left sleeve. This insignia really tell a story, one of an 'erk' as ground crews were often called who served throughout the Second World War, and possibly would have been in the RAF during the 1930s. The original label is still present inside the jacket and is still very clearly stating the size as size No.6 and the year of manufacture as 1942. The jacket is in goo but grubby condition, as is to be expected with a ground crew jacket that has seen active service. The jacket comes complete with its original matching belt and brass buckle. A brilliant and very original RAF tunic which not only displays very well but tells the story of one mans RAF career.
Original 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap An original 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage Cap in good condition, complete with its original cap badge. This pattern of cap came into issue with the RAF during the 1930s and saw issue throughout the Second World War, being replaced with a beret in the immediate post-war years. It was worn by all airmen under the rank of Flight Sergeant and is now an iconic piece of Second World War headwear. This particular hat is an early war example dating from 1942. Sadly the makers stamp has been worn away over time making it illegible today but the War Department WD marking is still present and is surmounted by the letter ‘O’ denoting 1942 as the year of manufacture. The cap features a brass kings crown cap badge which is almost certainly original to the cap. As well as this two brass kings crown buttons are fitted to the front of the cap. The size stamp inside the cap is unclear sadly but I would estimate it to be a size 6 7/8. The cap is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has various signs of wear and use to both the interior and exterior and clearly saw plenty of action during the war. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. A good original RAF cap which is date and would suit both a collector and a re-enactor.
Original 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - Size 6 7/8 An original 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage Cap in excellent condition and complete with its original label. This pattern of cap came into issue with the RAF during the 1930s and saw issue throughout the Second World War, being replaced with a beret in the immediate post-war years. It was worn by all airmen under the rank of Flight Sergeant and is now an iconic piece of Second World War headwear. This particular hat is an early war example and features the white rectangular issue label usually associated with caps made in 1939-40. It is marked with the date in purple which reads ‘1942’. The size is also present and reads ‘6 7/8’. The original owner has also added his serial number in ink to the interior which may be traceable. The cap features a brass kings crown cap badge which is almost certainly original to the cap. As well as this two brass kings crown buttons are fitted to the front of the cap. The reverse of the cap badge has a piece of serge fitted behind the cotter pin which is a nice period addition. The cap is in very nice condition as can be seen in the pictures. It is still the deep RAF blue colour it would have been when first issued and is not a washed-out, worn down example. The white lining to the interior is clean and overall the hat displays extremely well. A very nice original RAF cap which is clearly dated. This would undoubtedly make a great addition to any WW2 collection!
Original 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Trousers with AV Stamp An original pair of 1942 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Trousers with rare AV stamp. This particular pair of trousers have the usual attributes which are associated with early war manufacture RAF OA Trousers. They feature a white lining and brass buttons to both the fly and around the top to fit braces. Inside the trousers feature two sets of stamps to the white lined waistband. The first is the standard War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter ‘O’ which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. As well as this a much rarer stamp can also be found, this time an Anti Vesicant stamp, or AV stamp. This marking signifies that the trousers were treated with an anti gas solution in February 1944. This was common at the time but rare to find now and certainly makes this pair of trousers a collectible in their own right. The trousers measure as a 32” waist and 29” inside leg when laid flat. The overall condition of the Trousers is good and they display well. There is some soiling to the white waistband and a couple of small moth holes to the crotch. I have included pictures of this and it has been taken into account in terms of price. Altogether a nice pair of early war RAF trousers with rare markings. Ideal for both the collector and reenactor!
Original 1942 Dated RAF White Canvas Kit Bag Named to ‘Bailey’ An original 1942 dated RAF Airman's kit bag named to 'Bailey' in excellent condition. This kit bag was standard issue to the RAF and features the blue band around the centre always found on RAF examples. It also bares the original owners name and serial number. Inside the bag is clearly dated 1942 and even has a War Department stamp and letter code 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of manufacture. This is faint in the pictures but much more clear in real life. The bag also comes complete with its original rope which is in excellent condition. These are normally very worn but this example looks to have seen very little use. Overall a really nice example of an RAF Airman's kit bag with clear markings and a wartime date.
Original 1942 Dated RCAF Suits Aircrew Blouse An original Royal Canadian Air Force Suits Aircrew Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1942. This tunic came with the trousers listed below and have clearly always been together. They feature the same wear, discolouration and stains and have been in storage together since the war. Together they make for a very nice original, untouched set. This pattern closely follows that of the British Suits Aircrew blouse issued from late 1940 but is made from the darker blue Canadian serge used by the RCAF and features black Canadian style buttons. The waist belt fastens with a wire buckle and no epaulettes are present meaning this is an Ordinary Airman's jacket and would have been worn by all men who weren't commissioned including Warrant Officers and Sergeants. The original markings are still present inside the jacket and are still bright a legible. They state the date as 1942 and the lies as No.10 which will fit a 36-37" chest. As well as this the original white label is still intact although it is very worn and is only partly attached to the inside pocket. Some details can still be just made out and tie in with those on the other pocket. The jacket clearly saw plenty of action and use during the war and has a real 'been there' look about it. They have various stains and signs of wear as well as a couple of small holes, one of which is illustrated in the pictures. A nice original jacket which has been left untouched for many years. It would make an excellent addition to a collection, especially if paired with the matching trousers listed below!
Original 1942 Dated RCAF Suits Aircrew Trousers An original pair of Royal Canadian Air Force Suits Aircrew Trousers clearly dated 1942 and in well used condition. These trousers came with the tunic listed above and have clearly always been together. They feature the same wear, discolouration and stains and have been in storage together since the war. Together they make for a very nice original, untouched set. This pattern closely follows that of the British Suits Aircrew trousers issued from late 1940 until being replaced by War Service Dress in 1943. They are made from the darker blue Canadian serge used by the RCAF and feature black Canadian style buttons. A small flapped pocket is present to the left hip with two more flapped pockets to the rear, all of which fasten with the same style buttons as used on the fly. Another feature of these early pattern trousers is the ankle tabs to the bottom of the leg as seen on the army pattern of trousers. Belt loops are found at the waist and inside there are 6 buttons to attach braces to. The original markings are still present inside the trousers and are nice and clear. The 1942 date can be seen as can the size which is No.7 and designed to fit a 30-31" waist, although they measure smaller than this. The Canadian War Department marking is also present although quite faint. There is also clear evidence of where the original label was attached although it has sadly ben removed. There is a clear outline of stitching which can be see in the waistband. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 14 3/4" Inside leg - 30" The trousers are in well used condition as can be seen in the pictures. They clearly saw plenty of use during the war and have a real 'been there' look about them. They have various stains and signs of wear and two repairs to the front around the crotch which are roughly done period repairs. The lower most button to the fly is also missing although this is not noticeable when displayed. A nice pair of original early pattern Canadian made trousers which have a fantastic look and ooze authenticity. They would make a great set if bought with the matching jacket listed above and would be a great addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1942 Dated Royal Canadian Air Force Khaki Drill Tunic - Size 9 An original Royal Canadian Air Force 'Frocks, Khaki Drill, Airmen' dated 1942 and in a good wearable size No.9. This pattern of tunic was worn by both the RAF and the RCAF throughout the Second World War in tropical climates. This tunic is clearly a Canadian made example as the cotton drill cloth has a slightly greenish hue to it than British or Indian made examples. It comes complete with a full set of brass Kings crown RCAF buttons which are all held on with the correct metal split rings usually employed on KD items. The tunic comes complete with its original waist belt and brass buckle which is fastened to the tunic with a single stamped brass button - typical of early war manufacture. Inside the tunic the original makers label is still present and states the size as No9 which will fit up to a 40" chest and a 35" waist. The manufacturers name is present as is the 1942 date. As well as retaining its original label, the tunic features its original War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'O' which denotes 1942 as the year of issue. The original owner has added their service number in ink to the interior which may be traceable. The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It displays well with no serious signs of wear or damage that I can see. There are some marks to the right sleeve and another to the belt which can be seen in the pictures. All in all a great original wartime tunic with a nice clear date and in a harder to find, wearable size. This would suit a re-enactor or make a great addition to a collection!
Original 1942 Dated Skirts, A.R.P. 72. An original wartime ARP 72 skirt made by 'Marinker & Co' in 1942. This pattern of skirt was worn by the Civil Defence, Air Raid Warden's and the National Fire Service amongst others. Wartime photographs show it being worn with both the four pocket tunic and the battledress blouse. It is made up from panel sections and features a button a pop studs to close it at the waist. Inside the waistband is lined with a white material which bares the War Department broad arrow marking. This is surmounted by the letter 'O' which is correct from 1942 issue. Further down inside the skirt the original manufactures label can be found. It states the skirt as being a size No. 12 which will fit height 5'4" - 5'6", waist 30-32" and hips 40-42". It also bares the 1942 date and War Department broad arrow. The condition of the skirt is average. Whilst it displays reasonably well there is some damage, mainly the bottom of the skirt, as detailed in the photographs. Due to the nature and colour of the material it would be quite possible to repair this invisibly. All in all a rare home front women's item which is becoming hard to find.
Original 1942 Dated Trousers Snow Suit - Size No. 2 An original pair of 'Trousers Snow Suit' clearly dated 1942 and in a size No.2. These trousers were designed to be worn with the matching snow smock (listed above). They are made from the same hard wearing cotton twill of the jacket and feature a drawstring waist and map pocket to the front. The knee area is re-inforced with a second layer of cotton twill. They were issued throughout the war to various British unit and also some American unit (including airborne) in the Ardennes. Inside the trousers the original label is still present and states 'Trousers, Snow Suits' and the size as No.2 which will fit up to 5' 8" tall and a 35-35" waist. The manufacturers name is 'Denham (1933) Ltd' and the 1942 date is present below this. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 22" Inside leg - 31" Rise - 16" Rear Rise - 20" The trousers are in good condition and display nicely. They do not appear to have seen any wear or use and may well be unissued. They do have some staining however and a small hole below one of the knees which is detailed in the pictures. All in all a nice example of this pattern of camouflage trousers which would make a good addition to a collection!
Original 1942 Dated US Army Officers Tunic - 37R An original US Army Officers Tunic Dated 1942 and in a size 37 Regular. Made from the standard regulation O.D. Dark Elastique material, this tunic follows the correct pattern for US Army and US Army Air Forces Officers during the Second World War. It features pleated chest pockets, lower flapped pockets, epaulettes and the braid worn on the cuff of all US officers tunics. It also comes complete with it’s original waist belt and buckle. Inside the tunic the original labels are still present. The first reads ‘Regulation Officers Uniform’ and is a common label to find in WW2 period items. Inside the interior pocket is the original issue label which states ‘Coat, Service, Officers Code No. 806’ and is dated August 11th 1942. It also states the size as 37R. When laid flat the tunic measures - Chest - 19 1/2” Waist - 16 1/2” Inside arm - 18 1/2” Outside arm - 24 2/2” Shoulders - 18” Length - 31 1/2” The condition of the tunic is reasonable for its age but it has suffered from some moth damage, mainly to the sleeves but there is also a small section to the rear of the collar and some to the front of the jacket. As the tunic is made from a dark material it isn’t overly noticeable but please study the pictures as they form part of the description. A reasonable example of an early war US tunic which could suit a collector or re-enactor. Whilst not the finest condition, this has been reflected in the price.
Original 1942 Dated US Army Officers Tunic - 39 R An original US Army Officers Tunic dated 1942 and in a size 39 Regular. This tunic comes complete with a set of Cavalry Insignia and a divisional patch to the left-hand sleeve. Inside the pocket the original label is still present which states the date of manufacture as August the 11th 1942 and the size as 39 Regular. Some damage and staining to the front as shown in the picture and one small hole to the back of the right hand sleeve. This is towards the top and only noticeable on close inspection.
Original 1942 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic - Size 37R An original WW2 United States Army Enlisted Men's Tunic dated 1942 and in a size 37 Regular. This pattern of tunic was introduced in 1940 and worn by all Enlisted throughout the Second World War. It features a full set of original buttons as well as a nice printed original 'ruptured duck' badge above the right breast pocket. Inside the lower pocket the original label is present which states the manufacture date as 'July 10, 1942' and the size as 37R. The tunic is in reasonable condition for its age but does have a few moth nips which I have detailed in the pictures. Please study them as they form part of the description. Altogether not a bad original example with a nice clear date.
Original 1942 Dated US Enlisted Men's Tunic with Airborne Tunic - Size 37 R An original 1942 Dated US Enlisted Men’s tunic with airborne insignia in a size 37R. This tunic features a variety of insignia including 101st Airborne and 82nd Airborne which has been added to create an authentic looking tunic for a Private First Class who served in both units. Whisky I believe the majority of the badges to be reproductions great attention to detail has been taken when adding them. The stitching has been done in an authentic way even with the image of parachute lines between the airborne title and screaming eagles patch as was done at the time. Both sets of badges have also had dog tag chain added around the edges which is something else that was done at the time. The tunic still retains its original label inside one of the pockets. It reads that the tunic was made on July 10th 1942 and is a size 37 regular. The overall condition of the tunic is not the best and this is reflected in the price. Whilst it has a range of badges that make the jacket attractive there are areas of damage and some areas have been repaired. The worst of this is around the collar and can be seen in the photographs. Altogether not the best condition tunic but one that displays nicely none the less.
Original 1942 Dated USAAF OD Officers Tunic with Pilot Wings An original 1942 dated United States Army Air Force Officers O.D. Dark Elastique tunic with pilots wings in a size 35R. This original Second World War tunic features an original USAAF patch to the left sleeve which has been nicely hand stitched onto the jacket. A set of pilots wings can be found above the left breast pocket and below this a trio of medal ribbons. The collar features U.S. and Air Corps insignia whilst the shoulders have rank bars for First Lieutenant. The jacket was made by 'Saks Fifth Avenue' as is apart by the label in the interior. Below this label is the standard Regulation Army Officers Uniform label. Inside the inner pocket is the issue label which states the jacket as being made on the 1st of December 1942 and being a size 35 regular. The overall condition of the jacket is very good as can be seen in the pictures and there are no signs of excessive wear or damage that I can see. All the original buttons are present as is the original waist belt and buckle. Overall a great looking original WW2 USAAF jacket which displays very well and looks excellent when worn due to the tailoring.
Original 1943 Dated 'K.D. Blouses, Tropical' A rare original 1943 dated British Army Khaki Drill Shirt complete with its original issue label. This is a British made item which immediately makes it rarer and more sought-after by the collector. A huge amount of KD was made in the Middle East during the Second World War meaning it is more common today. British made examples such as this are much harder to find, particularly when they still have their original labels. The original label can be found inside the shirt below the collar and is typically British. Interestingly the shirt is called 'K.D. Blouses, Tropical' and is a size number 2. It was made by 'F.H. Basset & Sons, Ltd' and bares the War Department broad arrow stamp. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 22 3/2" Shoulders - 17" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 22 1/2" The condition of the shirt is very good indeed. It does not appear to have seen any real use and there are no major signs of wear, damage or age. The cuffs feature buttons but the two situated above this have been removed at some stage, not that this greatly affects the shirt. All in all a very nice shirt which would compliment any British Army collection. British made Khaki Drill items in this condition with their original labels present are becoming very hard to find!
Original 1943 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers - Size No.4 A very nice original pair of British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers still with their original label. This pattern of battledress came into use with the British Army during 1942 and saw use with all arms of service until the end of hostilities. This particular pair feature dark brown buttons which are usually associated with early manufactured items. The label has no date on it sadly but the WD stamp inside appears to be surmounted by the code letter 'N' which denotes 1943. The ink is slightly smudged however. The label states the trousers as a size No.4 which sounds quite small but will fit up to a 31" waist and a 30" inside leg. The label is still clear and readable which really adds to these trousers. So often the labels are washed out or have been removed. The overall condition of the trousers is excellent as can be seen in the photographs. The serge is beautiful and consistent throughout the trousers, retaining a fair amount of its nap. The lining is very clean and all the buttons are present and intact. The only one flaw with the trousers is some wear to the bottom of each leg which has resulted in some fraying. This could be repaired or even turned up to make them a near perfect set of Battledress trousers. Overall, a fantastic early set of Battledress trousers which still retain their original label and early brown buttons. This would compliment any collection without a doubt!
Original 1943 Dated 1941 Pattern British Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of Indian made 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts clearly dated 1943 an in good condition. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The shorts also feature a double pleated front and rear which is a feature of these British pattern Wartime items. These shorts have been converted by having the two front straps and corresponding buckles removed. This appears to be a period conversion and has been very neatly done. A small hook and eye has been fitted to fasten the shorts in place of the original design. The shorts retain all of their original Indian made fly buttons which feature two ridges. These are often missing on shorts offered on the market today. Inside the shorts a plethora of stamps can be found, most of which are typically found on Indian made KD items. The round date stamp can be found to the rear of one of the pocket bags and the date of June 1943 can be seen clearly. There is a circular size stamp which reads '12A' and denotes the size. Finally is the manufactures stamp which is oval in shape and again bears the 1943 date. The shorts will fit around a 30" waist an when laid flat measure - Waist - 15 3/4" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 17 1/2" Inside leg - 11" Outside leg - 23" The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. They show no signs of excessive or undue wear. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pair of pre-worn vintage shorts which are over 75 years old. All in all a very nice pair of wartime shorts with a good clear date and in nice condition. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1943 Dated American Made British Army War Aid Greatcoat An original American made 'War Aid' British Army Greatcoat clearly dated 1943 and in a good wearable size No. 5. The lend-lease policy which America undertook with allied countries from 1941 onwards led to this pattern of Battledress being made in the United States for British Soldiers. Most examples ended up in the Italian campaign but some made it back to England. Whilst the jackets come onto the market from time to time, greatcoats are much less common. This coat is immediately recognisable as an American made example by the shade of the heavy serge wool the coat is made from. It also features American style buttons as found on U.S. Army items of the period. Inside the coat has a have lining made from shirting material as per British examples but again in a slightly different shade. The pocket bags are made from a khaki cotton. The original label is present inside the coat and is affixed to one of the pocket bags. It reads ' Great Coats, Battle Dress, Olive Drab, W.A. Size 5'. It states that the coat will fit someone of around 5' 8" with a 37-39" chest and it was made by 'Jacob Reed's Sons'. The 1943 date is present towards the bottom of the label. The overall condition of the greatcoat is very good indeed as can be seen in the pictures. It still retains all of its original buttons, the serge piece that fits in to the neck of the coat is still present buttoned to the interior. The hanger in the neck has come away to one side but this could easily be stitched back, All in all a nice wartime example of a War Aid Greatcoat in nice wearable condition. An excellent addition to any British Army collection!
Original 1943 Dated ATS Peaked Cap An original Auxiliary Territorial Service Peaked cap dated 1943, complete with an original plastic economy cap badge. This pattern of cap is the Second Pattern issued to the ATS during the Second World War and features a brown leather chin strap rather than the earlier serge type. It features a rayon lining as is standard with issue caps and a hard peak which has a green underside. The peak has some shaping to it which is typical of issued caps. The interior still retains some of its markings. Whilst the makers marking and date are no longer legible, the War Department broad arrow stamp is. This is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of manufacture. The original owner has marked her name in ink twice to the cap; once on the underside of the peak, and once to the rayon lining. Both read 'Burrows', possibly with the initial of 'W' after the name. The cap is a small size of around a 6 3/4 but will fit on a display head. The condition of the hat is good overall and it displays nicely. The serge still has plenty of its nap and the interior only shows limited signs of wear. There is however a hole to left side of the cap when worn, most likely where the button which attaches the chin strap has worn though. There is also a small mark to the top of the peak but other than that it displays well overall. Please study the pictures and remember that this is an issued, pre-worn item of over 70 years old. All in all a nice war dated example of this pattern of cap which is becoming increasingly hard to find.
Original 1943 Dated ATS Peaked Cap An original Auxiliary Territorial Services Peaked Cap clearly dated 1943 and in good condition. This pattern of cap is the Second Pattern issued to the ATS during the Second World War and features a brown leather chin strap rather than the earlier serge type. It features a rayon lining as is standard with issue caps and a hard peak which has a green underside. The peak has some shaping to it which is typical of issued caps. The interior still bears the War Department broad acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' and denotes 1943 as the year of issue. As is common, the original owner has marked her name to the underside of the peak. It is hard to read but could possibly be the name 'Dempster'. The cap is a small size of approximately 6 1/2. It will fit on a display head and looks nice when on. The condition of the hat is good overall and it displays nicely. The serge still has plenty of its nap and the interior only shows limited signs of wear. There is however a few moth nips to the top of the hat as detailed in the pictures. Please study the pictures and remember that this is an issued, pre-worn item of over 70 years old. A good original ATS cap which displays nicely and would make a good addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1943 Dated British Army 1937 Pattern Entrenching Tool An original WW2 British Army Entrenching Tool consisting of a 1943 dated webbing pouch and a 1944 dated head. This pattern of webbing carrier was introduced in 1941 when it became clear that the 'german style' spade originally designed as part of the 1937 webbing was impractical. The kidney shape pouch is virtually unchanged from the 1908 pattern but has loops added to the front to take the wooden helve. The helve in this case is the MKII which has a metal adaptor which takes the No.4 bayonet and came into issue in 1944. The metal pick/spade head is the standard '08 pattern used throughout the war and is maker marked 'PERKS' who were a prolific manufacturer of this item. It also bares the 1944 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The webbing carrier is a fine example which is beautifully marked inside 'MECO 1943' and bares the War Department broad arrow marking as well as an inspectors stamped surmounted by the number 5. The manufactures marking and date are extremely good and the exterior is also reasonably clean with only slight signs of age and use. Altogether a fine example which would make a great addition to any collection with a doubt!
Original 1943 Dated British Army 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt - Size Small An original 1937 economy pattern British webbing belt clearly dated 1943 and marked size small This pattern of belt came into issue with the British Army during 1943 as an economy version of the standard 1937 pattern belt. Manufacture carried on until the end of the war when the original pre-war pattern was re-instated. This pattern would have been a common issue item for servicemen fighting in North West Europe, Italy and the Far East in 1944-45. This pattern differs from the earlier pattern by having webbing sliders either side of the buckles rather than brass. The construction of the end of the belt (seen inside the belt when buckles are attached) is also different to earlier belts and was implemented as an economy measure to save on materials. This example also features steel metal fittings rather than the standard brass making it a true mid-war economy item. The original markings are still present inside the belt and nice and clear after 75 years. It was made by 'MECo', or 'Mills Equipment Company' who were the original and most prolific manufacturer of webbing for the British Army during both World Wars. The 1943 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and the letter ’S’ which denotes the size. As stated on the interior of there belt it is a small size but still measures at approximately 37” when full extended so would still be suitable for a re-enactor as well as a collector. The condition of the belt is very good indeed and it displays very nicely as can be seen in the pictures. It has had a light coat of blanco which is clearly the powdered wartime version and not a post-war oil based blanco, adding to the authenticity of the belt nicely. Altogether this is a fantastic example of a war dated British belt and would make an excellent addition to any collection. The clear date and markings are very nice whilst the steel fittings set it aside as a true collectors piece.
Original 1943 Dated British Army Aertex Bush jacket An original British Khaki Drill Airtex Bush Shirt as worn during the Second World War by the British Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and many more. This pattern of jacket came into use around 1942 with British Forces and saw continued use through to the end of WW2. It is made from cellular cotton, often referred to as 'Aertex', which is a lightweight, breathable fabric which is ideally suited to the tropics. They saw widespread issue in the Middle East, Far East and Italian Campaigns. The jacket features a fully buttoning front, buttoning chest pockets and lower flapped pockets. Epaulettes are fitted to the shoulders and button cuffs can be found at the end of each sleeve. Inside the jacket the original manufactures stamp is present and bears the date of July 1943. There is another stamp which bears the numeral '2' and most likely relates to size. As well as this the original owner has printed his number to the interior pocket in ink which could offer the opportunity of further research. The jacket is a smaller size which will fit around a 34-36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 19" Inside arm - 20 1/2" Outside arm - 23" Shoulders - 15 1/2" Length - 32" The jacket is in sound wearable condition as can be seen in the pictures. It only shows limited signs of wear and displays well. A number of the original buttons have been replaced at some stage which is detailed in the pictures. Altogether this is a good example with a nice clear mid-war date. It would make a great addition to any WW2 collection!
Original 1943 Dated British Army Ammunition boots - Unissued An original unissued pair of British Army Ammunition Boots dated 1943. The ammunition boot, or ammo boot, came into service with the British Army in 1936 and saw extensive use throughout the Second World War as the main issue footwear. War dated examples are now scarce to come by and always sought after by collectors. The boots feature the correct heel plate and toe plate which is secure with the original slotted head screws. As with all wartime ammunition boots, these feature six blacked painted brass eyelets which have been fitted with brand new leather laces of the correct pattern. The soles are like new showing no signs of previous wear. They are stamped '7M' which is the size and '1943' below this. An insole has been glued to the interior meaning that the manufacturers stamp and date cannot be seen. The boots are in very good condition and appear to be unworn new old stock. There is a small amount of verdigris around the eyelets from storage which will clean up but aside from this they are in very nice condition. A nice pair of original Ammunition Boots in good condition.
Original 1943 Dated British Army Ammunition Boots by 'B.G' An original pair of Second World War size 8L British Army Ammunition boots made by 'B.G' in 1943. The ammunition boot, or ammo boot, came into service with the British Army in 1936 and saw extensive use throughout the Second World War as the main issue footwear. War dated examples are now scarce to come by and always sought after by collectors. The boots feature the correct heel plate and toe plate which is secure with the original slotted head screws. As with all wartime ammunition boots, these feature six blacked painted brass eyelets which have been fitted with brand new leather laces of the correct pattern. Inside the boots the manufactures marking can be found and matches on both left and right boot. It reads '8L, BG 1943' which denotes the size, manufacturer and date. The boots are in good condition considering their age. They have various signs of wear, mainly to the soles which are worn and missing some studs. They are intact and strong however and display well. Altogether a nice pair of original war date boots, the like of which are becoming hard to find. A must have for the serious British Army collector!
Original 1943 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 8 A rare original war dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1943 and in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features a full set of green coloured revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a steel buckle is fitted and is held in place with two brown-green plastic buttons. The jacket has also been fitted with original period lance corporal stripes which set it aside from other examples. Inside the jacket the original label is present and reads 'Overalls Blouses Denim'. It states the size as No.8 which will fit up to a 41" chest. Below this the 1943 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The jacket is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well. This is of course a 77 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues consummate with its age. A nice, hard to find war dated example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket in a larger, wearable size.
Original 1943 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 9 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1943 and in a size No.9. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features a full set of butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a steel buckle is fitted and is held in place with two brown plastic buttons, which are often associated with items manufactured around this period. Inside the jacket the original label is present and reads 'Overall Blouse Denim'. It states the size as No.9 and the maker as 'Jackson the Tailor'. Below this the 1943 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The jacket is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well. This is of course a 77 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues consummate with its age. A nice, hard to find war dated example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket in a larger, wearable size.
Original 1943 Dated British Army Leather Jerkin - Size 3 A rare example of a war dated size 3 British Army leather jerkin in reasonable condition. This large size 3 jerkin features a leather outer made of whole pieces which is rare to find in wartime jerkins of this date. Usually by this point in the war, jerkins were made from many pieces of leather as an austerity measure. Inside the jerkin is lined with green serge as the commonly are. The label is completely intact and legible and reads 'Jerkins No2 - Leather Size No. 3' which will fit someone of 6'2" and up to a 46" chest. I measured the jerkin laid flat and it measures as a 46" at the most. The jerkin could be restored or displayed as is. There is a missing button to the front and some of the stitching has come loose. In particular the entire right-hand side has come away and around both arm holes the same has happened. I would like to point out that this isn't damage but stitch rot as is common in vintage leather goods. The leather is in no way damaged, the stitching has merely disintergrated! This could easily be repaired, if the new owner so wishes. There is also some lovely period repairs to both shoulders which can be seen in the pictures which really set this item off. Original wartime dated jerkins in a large size such as this are incredibly hard to find these days, so don't miss out!
Original 1943 Dated British Army MT Goggles + Metal Case An original pair of British Army MT goggles with yellow tinted lenses as used throughout the Second World War by tank crews, Dispatch Riders, Jeep Drivers and many more. The goggles are the round shape as issued during WW2 rather than the round teardrop shape also seen in contemporary pictures. They feature yellow tinted lenses, grey leather work, oatmeal coloured fur around the edges of the grey dyed stockinet eye pieces and a grey elasticated strap. The goggles come complete in their original metal tin which is marked 'EIS 43' Which denotes the manufacturer and the 1943 date. The box is in average condition for its age and displays well. The goggles are in very good condition. The strap still retains plenty of its elasticity and the lenses are clear with only minor signs of delamination. All in all a very good example of this pattern of goggles which display very well.
Original 1943 Dated British Army Officers Brown Leather Ankle Boots by 'Barratts' An original pair of British Army Officers Brown Leather Ankle boots made by 'Barratts' in 1943. These boots belonged to an officer of the Royal Norfolk Regiment who fought during the Second World War. They were made by 'Barratts' who were a prolific Northampton boot and shoe makers for many years. The boots follow the standard pattern used by British Army Officers during the Second World War. Made from a pebbled brown leather, the boots feature a stitched toe cap, leather soles and are also leather lined. Inside the boots the makers name of 'Barratts' is marked as is the 1943 date and the size - 6. Over this is also a War Department broad arrow issue stamp which is a nice period addition. The boots are in good wearable condition by the looks of them and display well. They do have signs of age and wear as is to be expected with a pair of boots which are over 75 years old. A section has been cut out around one of the ankles and appears to have been done for a purpose, although what exactly is unclear. Altogether a nice original pair of wartime boots with some guaranteed wartime history. They would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1943 Dated British Black Leather Boots by 'Adams Bros LTD' - Size 9 A rare original pair of Wartime dated black leather ankle boots my by 'Adams Bros LTD', clearly dated 1943 and in a large wearable size 9. Whilst the British Army used a different pattern of boot which featured a toe cap; the RAF, Royal Navy and Home Guard all favoured this pattern. They are less common to find today, especially with a good date and in a large size. The boots are made from a back pebbled leather and feature 7 black painted eyelets. A set of new leather laces of the correct pattern have been fitted to complete the boots. The soles are also made of leather, as are the heels. Both are fitted with the flat pattern of studs which were most commonly used during the war. Inside the boots the insoles feature the makers stamp which reads 'ADAMS BROS LTD' and features the 1943 date and the size, 9. The condition of the boots is good as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly been issued and had some use but overall appear to be sound and display well. A nice pair of war dated boots which would make a great addition to any collection.
Original 1943 Dated British Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 1 A rare original mid-war British Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1943 and in new old stock un-issued condition. At first glance this jacket appears to be a standard wartime pattern Denim Battledress Blouse. However, the material is a noticeably different shade of green which is lighter and more vivid than usual wartime manufactured denims. The jacket is made from the usual denim sanforized cotton and features a full matched set of revolving shank buttons which are all held on with the correct brass split rings. A wartime pattern steel waist buckle fastens the waist. Inside the original label is still present and is bright a legible. It states the size as No. 1 and features the 1943 date as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. The manufactures name of 'Jukoff & Greenstein' is also present. To the right of the label the War Department acceptance stamp is also present and is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of issue. The jacket is in fantastic new old stock condition and looks as it would have done when it came out of the factory. It clearly hasn't been worn or issued making it a fantastic collectible piece today. A brilliant example of a piece of British military workwear with some interesting details and in stunning condition. This would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1943 Dated Cut Down US Officers A Class Tunic An original US Army Officers cut down A class Tunic Dated October 1943 and named to Robert C Brown. This tunic started life as a standard four pocket US Army Officers Class A but has been re-tailored into a short 'Ike jacket' style, as was popular during the war, particularly with members of the USAAF. The interior shows clear signs of this period alteration and there is no doubt that it was cut down from a four pocket tunic. An English button can be found inside the jacket which has 'For Gentlemen' marked on it and would suggest that the jacket was altered whilst in the UK. The tunic still retains its original label and was original made by 'Kahn Tailoring Co of Indianapolis'. A second label can be found inside the interior pocket which states the original owner as Robert C Brown and the date as October 1943. I have found two Robert C Browns; the first was a P 51 pilot with the 20th FG, and the second was a CO pilot with the 96th Bomb Group meaning there could be some further interesting research to undertaken with this tunic. The tunic is a smaller size which will fit around a 36-37" chest. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 40 1/4" Waist - 16" Inside arm - 19 1/2" Outside arm - 26" Shoulders - 17 1/2" The tunic is in reasonable condition for its age but has suffered from some moth damage. I have detailed this in the pictures and it is reflected in the price. It could be possible to restore the jacket and some period badges would certainly be a nice addition. Altogether a nice original period converted tunic which warrants further research.
Original 1943 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Trousers An Original pair of Indian Made British Khaki Drill Trousers dated 1943 and in good used condition. These trousers are typical of those issued to men serving in the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy any other units during the Second World War. Indian made clothing such as this saw widespread issue in both the Middle East and Far East as the supply lines were shorter than shipping from other parts of the world. The trousers are made from the standard Khaki Drill cloth used for trousers and shorts and feature slash pockets to each hip. The trousers follow the pre-war service dress pattern and don't feature any rear pockets and have a slight fishtail back. The fly is a button type and buttons are also present around the top of the trousers to hold braces. All the original stamped metal Indian buttons are present except for the upper most fly button which has been replaced at some point with a period brass example. The trousers are a good size measuring at 17" across the waist when laid flat meaning they should be a good fit on someone with around a 33-34" waist. The inside leg measures 29". The general condition of the trousers is good and the display well. Overall they are pretty clean but there are various signs of use, particularly on the trouser legs. This is to be expected of a vintage item and I have done my best to show this in the photographs. Altogether these are a nice pair of war dated trousers which display well and are a good wearable size.
Original 1943 Dated Leather Jerkin - Large size 3! This is the same leather jerkin previously listed on Blighty Militaria but I have now had it professionally repaired so that all the seams which had come apart are now strong. I have also added a full set of original leather jerkin buttons and had all the leather treated. A rare example of a war dated size 3 British Army leather jerkin in reasonable condition. This large size 3 jerkin features a leather outer made of whole pieces which is rare to find in wartime jerkins of this date. Usually by this point in the war, jerkins were made from many pieces of leather as an austerity measure. Inside the jerkin is lined with green serge as the commonly are. The label is completely intact and legible and reads 'Jerkins No2 - Leather Size No. 3' which will fit someone of 6'2" and up to a 46" chest. I measured the jerkin laid flat and it measures as a 46" at the most. The jerkin could be restored or displayed as is. There is a missing button to the front and some of the stitching has come loose. In particular the entire right-hand side has come away and around both arm holes the same has happened. I would like to point out that this isn't damage but stitch rot as is common in vintage leather goods. The leather is in no way damaged, the stitching has merely disintergrated! This could easily be repaired, if the new owner so wishes. There is also some lovely period repairs to both shoulders which can be seen in the pictures which really set this item off. Original wartime dated jerkins in a large size such as this are incredibly hard to find these days, so don't miss out!
Original 1943 Dated RAF Bush Shirt - Large Size A scarce original 'Shirts Bush R.A.F.' in a large size 5 and clearly dated 1943. This shirt is the specific RAF Issue shirt used in the Middle and Far East as well as in Italy. It is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex' which is a lightweight breathable fabric, ideally suit to war weather climates. The shirt features long sleeves with a buttoning cuff, a full button front, patch pockets to the chest and lower flapped pockets. As well as this it features Epaulettes and a full set of black plastic RAF kings crown buttons, as usually found on this period of KD shirt. Interestingly, this pattern was designed to be worn without a waist belt and therefore features no belt loops. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the shirt as being a large size 5 which will fit up to a 42" chest and a 38" waist. The manufactures name is stated as 'H. Lass LTD' and both the 1943 date and the War Department broad arrow marking are also present. Below the label is the War Department issue stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'N' which denotes 1943 as the year of issue. The shirt is in great condition and appears to be an unissued, unworn example. It shows no signs of wear or use but does have a couple of very small holes dotted around, although these are only noticeable on close inspection. A rare shirt in fantastic condition and a very hard to find large size. This would make an excellent addition to a collection or could well suited a re-enactor due to its size.
Original 1943 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Forage Cap An original 1943 dated RAF OA forage cap or side cap as worn by all airmen under the rank of F/Sgt throughout the Second World War. The cap features an original brass kings crown cap badge and two brass kings crown raf buttons to the front. Inside the cap the original white stamp is still present and the 1943 date can easily be read. The makers name is also present as is the size which appears to be 6 7/8. The hat is in good condition with only a couple of minor moth grazes to one side which are only noticeable on very close inspection. Overall a nice original ww2 Dated RAF side cap.
Original 1943 Dated RAF Suits Aircrew Battledress Blouse An original early example of an RAF 'Suits, Aircrew' Battledress Blouse in good condition and clearly dated 1943. Harder to find than the late war 'War Service Blouse' often seen on the market, this jacket came into service with the RAF in late 1940. One of the defining features of these early jackets is the stamped metal buttons which can be found on the front closure as well as the epaulettes. It also features the wire waist buckle which is usually associated with early manufactured battledress. There is evidence above the left chest pocket of where a badge has been previously indicting possible aircrew use originally. There is also evidence on the sleeve of where stripes and albatross badges have been stitched on previously. Inside the jacket still retains its original manufactures label which states the size as 14, the maker as 'C.W.S Ltd' (Co-operative Workers Society) and the date as 1943. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present. The blouse has been altered from the size stated on the label and looks to be a period conversion. This was common if there was an airman who didn't fit into the issue size range. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 20" Waist - 16 1/2" Shoulders - 17 1/2" Inside arm - 18 1/2" Outside arm - 24 1/2" The condition of the blouse appears to be good with no signs of major wear or damage that I can see. This is a pre-owned vintage item of almost 80 years old though so may have issues consummate with this. All in all a nice original WW2 RAF Jacket with a good clear date. Ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike!
Original 1943 Dated RCAF Battledress Blouse with Pilot Insignia A scarce original 1943 dated Royal Canadian Air Force Battledress Blouse in a large size and fantastic condition. This jacket is very similar to British made examples but has a variety of features which are typical of Canadian made items. The first and most obvious difference is the colour of the jacket which is a much darker shade of blue than the British made examples. The pocket flaps are also the Canadian pointed style, the buttons are Canadian patter and the lining is a much darker indigo blue. Under the arms are three stitched vent holes which is another trait of Canadian made battledress. Inside the jacket still retains its original stamps which state the tunic as being as size 17 which will fit someone between 6' and 6' 2" and up to a 42" chest. A very generous size for an original item! Below this is the makers stamp and 1943 date. The Canadian War Department stamp can be found on the opposite interior pocket. The jacket features pilots wings and a warrant officer rank badge to the lower right arm. These badges look nice and really set the jacket off although in my opinion they are later additions and were not on the jacket during the war. The condition of the jacket is fantastic as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been well look after throughout its life and hasn't suffered from excessive wear or washing. The serge material is still a lovely deep RCAF blue colour and the lining is still indigo blue. Overall a cracking original war dated Canadian blouse in a very good wearable size making it ideal for the re-enactor as well as collector!
Original 1943 Dated Scottish Cut Away Service Dress Tunic An original 1943 dated Scottish cut away Service Dress tunic, often referred to as '1922 pattern' by collectors. This pattern of tunic was used by Scottish Regiments for a number of years and is extremely similar to the tunics worn in the Great War. It is made from the standard khaki coloured serge and features brass Kings crown buttons and brass belt hangers to the waist. The interior has a khaki cotton drill lining as was standard for items manufactured in the Second World War. Inside the jacket bares its original makers label which interestingly states the tunic as being 'Jacket Service Dress O.R. Except Scottish Regiments'. Whether the jacket has been miss labelled or re-tailored to the Scottish pattern I am not sure. The label states the size as No.11 which will fit up to a 39" chest and a 34" waist. The makers name is 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb' who were a prolific manufacturer of clothing for the British Army during in WW2. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present towards the bottom of the label. As well as the label the jacket bares the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter N which denotes 1943 as the year of issue. The jacket is in good condition generally with only limited signs of wear and use. The collar has had its eye removed although the hooks are still present and there is a stain to the front which appears to be theatrical blood. This may come out with cleaning although I have not tried and is hidden when displayed with a belt as show in the pictures. All in all a reasonable example of this pattern of tunic. A couple of small flaws have been reflected in the price and it would no doubt make for a good stand-in as part of a collection or would be good for a re-enactor.
Original 1943 Dated WAAF Battledress Blouse A nice original 1943 dated Women's Auxiliary Air Fore Battledress Blouse in good condition which originally belonged to 468803 Carson. This pattern of blouse came into issue with the WAAF during 1941 as a working dress. It mirrors the men's jacket in a number of ways and is made from the same RAF blue wool serge material. This particular example is the austerity pattern which features exposed buttons. Inside the jacket has had an internal pocket added by hand. I bought two jackets which were almost identical and clearly belonged to the same women and both had this addition. It is a nice period feature, typical of the sort of thing done during the war. Behind this pocket is the original label is still bright and legible. It states the size as No. 1 and was made by 'L. Harris Ltd'. The 1943 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The overall condition of the blouse is good and it displays well. It has been issued and worn but has not seen excessive wear. There is the odd hole and a small repair on the inside arm as well as some small areas of discolouration to the front of the jacket. All of these things are only noticeable on very close inspection. All in all a nice original women's item which is clearly dated and in good condition. WAAF uniform is becoming much harder to find and this would make a great addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1943 Dated War Aid Battledress Trousers A nice original pair of American made 'War Aid' Battledress trousers dated 1943. These trousers have been tailored by the original owner at the end of the war, as was popular with Soldiers returning to the UK. They have had both the First Field Dressing pocket removed from the right hip and the map pocket removed from the left thigh. As well as this, a section of material has been let into the inside of each leg towards the bottom to create a flare or Bell Bottom shape. This was quite common to find around V.E Day but was obviously a short lived trend! Inside the trousers are lined with white cotton as is always the case with War Aid Battledress. On the reverse of one of the pockets is the original label which is intact and still easy to read. The label states that the trousers were made in January 1943, so a nice early example. The trousers measure at a 30" waist so quite a small size. The overall condition is very good with just one very small moth hole to the front right leg. A great pair of original trousers tailored for walking out in 1945. These would doubtless compliment any collection.
Original 1943 Dated Warrant Officers Khaki Drill Tunic An original 'Frocks, Khaki Drill, Warrant Officers' dated February 1943 and in a rare large size. This pattern of tunic at first glance looks to be a British Officers pattern, and is in fact almost identical. It features pleated breast pockets, lower bellows pockets, removable epaulettes and a full set of brass kings crown Royal Artillery buttons. Inside jacket the original label is still present and in fine condition. It is still clear and bright and states the size as No.15 which will fit somebody who is around 6' tall with a 41-42" chest and up to a 37" waist. The condition of the tunic is extremely good and it appears to have seen little, if any, wear. The cuff appears to have been let out at some point as shown in the pictures but aside from this the tunic displays very well. Altogether a rare pattern of tunic with a clear wartime date and in a large hard to find size. This would be ideal for a collector or a re-enactor who wants original WW2 dated items.
Original 1944 Dated 'Jerkins, Leather, No.2 Camouflaged' - Size 2 An original British Army Leather Jerkin in great condition and clearly dated 1944. The leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and was a popular piece of clothing in the trenches as well as out. They saw widespread issue throughout the Second World War particularly in North West Europe. This particular jerkin dates from 1944 and is typical of wartime manufactured examples. It is of the standard design which features a four button closure, leather outer and khaki serge lining. Various panels make up the leather outer as was common at this stage of the war and introduced as an economy measure. Inside the jerkin the original label is still present and in good condition. It is still bright and clearly legible and states the size of the jerkin as No.2 which is intended to fit a 37-43" chest over a jacket. When laid flat the jerkin measures at 22" pit to pit. The label also features the makers name which is 'M. Belmont & Co Ltd' as well as the date 'Sept 1944'. The War Department broad arrow stamp is at the bottom of the label. As well as the original issue label there is a WD issue stamp which is applied in black ink directly to the lining. It is surmounted with the letter Z which denotes 1945 as the year of issue. The condition of the jerkin is extremely good as can be seen in the photographs. The leather is very supple and has a fantastic patina whilst the lining looks to be in near perfect condition. There is a very small area of stitching across the shoulder which has pulled which I have included a picture of. All in all a very nice leather jerkin indeed. It is in great condition and has a nice clear wartime date. This would make an excellent addition to any collection.
Original 1944 Dated 'Trousers, White Camoufalged' A scarce pair of 1944 dated 'Trousers, Camouflaged White' dated 1944 in excellent condition. These rare trousers were issued to numerous units during the Second World War including mountain troops and British Airborne in the Arden. They are made from a lightweight cotton which was favoured by soldiers at the time as it fits easily over Battledress and is quick drying. This particular example appear to be in un-issued condition. There is a mark to the top right edge as can be seen in the pictures. Otherwise they display very well. The original label is still present to the interior and is bright and legible. The size is stated as No. 2 which will fit a 34 - 35" waist and the manufacturers name is 'J. D. Fieldman & Co Ltd'. The 1944 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. Overall, a very good pair of rare trousers which would be ideal for the British Army collector or re-enactor!
Original 1944 Dated 1937 Pattern Webbing Belt - Size Large An original 1937 economy pattern British webbing belt clearly dated 1944 and in a rare Large size. This pattern of belt came into issue with the British Army during 1943 as an economy version of the standard 1937 pattern belt. Manufacture carried on until the end of the war when the original pre-war pattern was re-instated. This pattern would have been a common issue item for servicemen fighting in North West Europe, Italy and the Far East in 1944-45. This pattern differs from the earlier pattern by having webbing sliders either side of the buckles rather than brass. The construction of the end of the belt (seen inside the belt when buckles are attached) is also different to earlier belts and was implemented as an economy measure to save on materials. The original markings are still present inside the belt and nice and clear after 75 years. It was made by 'MECo', or 'Mill Equipment Company' who were the original and most prolific manufacturer of webbing for the British Army during both World Wars. The 1944 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and the letter 'L' which denotes the size. As stated on the interior of there belt it is a large size and when fully extended measures approximately 44" long making it ideal for both the collector and re-enactor. The original owners serial number is also present inside the belt which may well be traceable and offers the chance for further research. The condition of the belt is very good and it displays very well. It has had a thin coat of blanco at some stage which appears to be the correct KG3 powder variety used during the war and not a post-war oil based version which adds nicely to the authenticity of the belt. Altogether a fantastic example of a war dated economy belt in a rare large size. This would be hard to better!
Original 1944 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse with Sidcot Suit Collar An original 1944 dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse which has had a Sidcot Suit fur collar attached to it. This pattern of Battledress was made for the British Army from 1942 until the end of the War but did see use with the Royal Navy and the RAF; with the Second Tactical Air Force in particular. The collar of the jacket is clearly a period addition and has been on the jacket for a very long time. The buttons which have been added to affix the collar to the jacket are period and the stitching looks good. Modifications such as this weren't uncommon during WW2, particularly in the winter of 1944/45 which is around the time that this blouse would have been issued. As well as this there is an original period photograph of a Fleet Air Arm pilot who has had this exact modification done to his Royal Navy battledress blouse. The jacket itself is a standard wartime austerity pattern example with exposed buttons and a chromium plated waist belt buckle. It shows plenty of signs of wear and use all consistent with age and has had some of the original buttons buttons replaced with mis-matched but period buttons. This adds to the jackets authenticity as is shows that it was worn during this period and ties in with the additional collar. Inside the jacket the original label is present which states the size as No.10 and the year of manufacture is 1944. Above the label the original War Department issue stamp is present and is surmounted by the letter 'M' which is the correct letter code for 1944. The collar is an RAF issue example which bares the 22C stores code and 'Size 4' stamp to the rear. It appears to be in good condition with the fur element looking completely intact. The overall condition of the jacket is reasonable for its age but as mentioned above it is a well worn item and has wear and signs of age consummate with this. Please study the photographs as they form part of the description. This really is a standout battledress blouse. Originally modified items such as this rarely survive and are unlikely to be offered onto the market today. Whilst it is impossible to prove the exact provenance of the jacket, it is clearly a period modified item and typical of those found in the winter of 1944/45 and would therefor make a brilliant addition to any Second World War collection.
Original 1944 Dated 1940 Pattern 30 Corps Officers Battledress Blouse An original British Army Officers 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse with 30 Corps insignia and clearly dated 1944. This blouse has been converted by the original owner to have a faced collar. This was a popular look from 1944 onwards and is seen in many period photographs. Shoulder pads have also been added inside to give the jacket more structure which is again a typical modification found on Second World War officers battledress. All the work has clearly been professionally done to a high standard as is befitting a Captain. Whilst clearly a genuinely badge jacket, the insignia is somewhat curious. The epaulettes feature three matching scarlet pips whilst each sleeve has a printed 30 corps divisional badge and a single red Infantry arm of service stripe. 30 Corps did not have an infantry battalion which can only mean that the original owner transferred from an infantry battalion and retained some of his infantry insignia to show that he had 'been at the sharp end'. Inside the blouse the original label is present and states the size as No.16. The manufactures name of 'John Hammond & Co' is present as is the 1944 date and the the War Department broad arrow. It is worth noting that the jacket has been tailored and therefore may not fit as a standard size 16. The jacket is in very good condition and display very well indeed. It clearly didn't see any excessive wear or use and may well have been a 'best' jacket. The only flaw I can find is a small area of wear above the left breast pocket although this is only noticeable on very close inspection. A very nice late war Battledress with some interesting history. Whilst a bit of an oddity it is certainly an authentic example and would make a great addition to any collection!
Original 1944 Dated 1941 Pattern British Khaki Drill Shorts A nice original pair of Indian made 1941 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts clearly dated 1944 an in good condition. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items such as this saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This particular pair of shorts are typical of wartime Indian made shorts featuring a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and slash pockets to each side seam. The front of the shorts fastens with two small buckles as was standard for British shorts in the Second World War. The shorts feature a double pleated front and rear which is a feature of these British pattern Wartime items. The shorts retain some of their original indian made button which feature two ridges. The stitching on these buttons is notoriously bad meaning that some have been replaced with period examples over time; namely stamp zinc and British made brass examples. Buckles are fitted to the two front straps and belt loops are found at the waist. Inside the shorts a plethora of stamps can be found, most of which are typically found on Indian made KD items. The round date stamp can be found to the rear of one of the pocket bags and the 1944 year can be seen clearly. There is also the circular size stamp which reads '15' and a final stamp which appears to bear the date an possibly the manufactures name although it is somewhat faded. The shorts will fit around a 30" waist an when laid flat measure - Waist - 15 1/2" Rise - 15 1/2" Rear rise - 18 1/2" Inside leg - 11 1/4" Outside leg - 25" Cuff - 14" The shorts are in very good condition for their age and display well. They show no signs of excessive or undue wear with just a limited amount of staining, particularly around the seat. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pair of pre-worn vintage shorts which are over 75 years old. All in all a very nice pair of wartime shorts with a good clear date and in nice condition. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1944 Dated 9th Lancers Battledress Blouse It's not very often that such an original battledress like this example turns up. Whilst there are many BD's out there with original insignia and others which were worn as best 'walking out' jackets, it is rare to find a jacket that clearly saw combat. This blouse is such an example and its originality and patina are truly glorious. The jacket itself is a standard British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse made in 1944. The original label is still intact but is dirty and hard to read. The size can just be made out as '10' but sadly the date isn't visible. However there is an 'Anti Vesicant' or 'AV' stamp inside on the lining of the jacket which reads 7/44 which helps to date the jacket nicely. The 9th Lancers landed in Italy in mid 1944 and went into action on the Gothic Line in September which ties in perfectly with the date on the jacket. The jacket features a good amount of its original insignia which has clearly always been in the jacket. The epaulets feature brass 'IXL' shoulder titles as were worn by this regiment, corporal stripes to each sleeve and the double arm of service stripes above this which were particular to this regiment. What is especially nice is the area above the AOS stripes where the shadow of an oval badge can be seen. This was clearly were the 1st Armoured Division badge was originally attached and was most likely removed to be worn on a KD slip-on on a shirt. This is just another detail that adds to this extremely original blouse. There is also evidence above one of the corporal stripes of a brass trade badge being worn at some point as can be seen in the photographs. A white lanyard is also present on the left shoulder and again is clearly original to the jacket. The condition of the jacket is good and it displays nicely but this is an item that was worn during the Italian campaign and shows the signs of use expected. It is grubby but this only adds to its authenticity. There is some wear to the rear of the left sleeve where the lanyard has regularly rubbed against it showing that it has always been worn with the jacket. The collar has also been tailored by the original owner which is a nice period detail. All in all a really amazing jacket that has really 'been there'. Jackets with this kind of originality and in this case Italian Campaign provenance are very scarce to find these days and this would make an excellent addition to any collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original 1944 Dated British Army 'Oversuit (Tank Crews) An original 1944 Dated 'Oversuit (Tank Crews)' as worn by various armoured units in the later part of the Second World War. These suits were issued to British Troops in the winter of 1944-45 to a variety of armoured units and feature heavily in photographs of the period. They were often referred to as 'Zoot Suits' at the time and in the post-war years as the 'Pixie Suit'. This particular example is very complete. It still retains its original waist belt which are often missing and it features two original D.O.T zippers to fasten the front. All the pop studs appear to be intact and the original label is still present in the sleeve. The label states the size as No.4 which is a good size at the larger end of those issued. The overall condition of the suit is good although it has clearly seen a lot of use and has numerous stains and some repairs to show this. Personally I think that this adds a huge amount to the character of the suit as it looks like an item that has 'been there' rather than a mint unissued example. It is still a useable, wearable suit and displays well. Wartime examples such as this are hard to find now with many people opting for the cheaper, but still fairly scarce, post-war example which are very similar. Altogether this is a nice original suit and would make an excellent addition to a British Army collection.
Original 1944 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1944 and in great condition. This pattern of trousers came into issue in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which don't feature belt loops, covered pockets or tabs to the bottom of the legs as the earlier patterns did. This particular example no longer retains its original factory label but does still bare the War Department WD stamp to the interior. This features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of issue. The lining also bares the original owners name 'Glasscock'. The trousers are a good size measuring at a 34" waist and a 31 1/2" leg making them ideal for both the re-enactor and collector alike. The condition of the trousers is great and whilst they have clearly been issued, as the owners name has been added inside, they clearly saw extremely limited use. The nap of the cloth is excellent and not worn down or shaved, all the original buttons are present and the lining is clean. The only small flaw I can find with the trousers is a very small hole to the rear just to the left of the pocket which I have attached a photograph of. All in all a very good pair of original WW2 dated BD trousers in a good wearable size and excellent condition.
Original 1944 Dated British Army 1944 Pattern 'Shorts, Jungle' A scarce pair of original British made 'Shorts, Jungle' in stunning unissued condition and clearly dated 1944. Often referred to as 'Jungle Green Shorts', this pattern was worn by the British Army in the Far East during the Second World War. Part of what makes the shorts so rare is that they are British made. It soon became clear to those in charge of supplying the Far East with uniform that it would be easier to source their clothing from Indian or similar as the supply routes would be much shorter. This lead to only a limited production of Jungle Green items being made in Great Britain during the Second World War. Not only this but the shorts are also in stunning unworn condition and complete with their original paper label. Furthermore they are a hard to find larger size as can be seen by the measurements on the label. When laid flat the shorts measure - Waist - 17 1/4" Inside leg - 11 1/2" Rise - 17" Rear rise - 19 1/2" The shorts retain their original black metal waist buckles and all their original buttons although sadly one of the fly buttons is broken and one of the rear pockets has a cracked button. This type of green horn button are readily available however and should be easy to replace if the next owner so wishes to do so. These really are a fantastic pair of shorts which, if I'm honest, the pictures don't do justice to. The close up pictures probably give the truest representation of the condition. In the flesh they are much more fresh than they appear in the pictures and really would be hard to better. A true collectors piece which would make a fine addition to any collection.
Original 1944 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 2 A rare original late war British Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1944 and in new old stock un-issued condition. At first glance this jacket appears to be a standard wartime pattern Denim Battledress Blouse. However, the material is a noticeably different shade of green which is lighter and more vivid than usual wartime manufactured denims. The label also states it as 'Overall Blouse, Drill 4A' rather than the more common 'Overalls, Denim'. The jacket is made from the usual denim sanforized cotton and features a full matched set of revolving shank buttons which are all held on with the correct brass split rings. A wartime pattern steel waist buckle fastens the waist and is held on with chocolate brown buttons which are often associated with early manufactured items. Inside the original label is still present and is bright a legible. It states the size as No. 2 which will fit someone of 5'3" - 5'4" with a 35-37" chest and 31-32" waist. The War Department broad arrow marking is present as is the 1944 date and the manufacturers name 'F. W. Harmer & Co Ltd'. The jacket is in fantastic new old stock condition and looks as it would have done when it came out of the factory. It clearly hasn't been worn or issued making it a fantastic collectible piece today. A brilliant example of a piece of British military workwear with some interesting details and in stunning condition. This would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1944 Dated British Army General Service Beret by ‘J. Collett’ - Szie 7 3/8 An original 1944 dated large size 7 3/8 British Army General Service Cap, often referred to as a ‘beret’, made from barathea. This pattern of hat came into issue with the British Army in 1943 and replaced the Field Service Cap. It saw widespread issue with the British Army for the rest of the war and is now synonymous with the British Tommy in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1944-45. This particular example is unissued and is made from barathea which are now the more sought-after type. This material was used on earlier manufactured caps before switching to the same serge as used on the battledress. They are more desirable today as they look smarter than the serge examples and are rarer to find. The interior features the original makers markings as well as the War Department broad arrow issue stamp. These are still very bright and legible with the manufactures name clearly marked as ‘J. Collet Ltd’ and the date of 1944 being very clear. The size is marked and the War Department broad arrow is also present. A separate War Department broad arrow issue stamp is also present to the interior of the cap. The exterior of the cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. The khaki green barathea wool is without any issue that I can see and it displays very well. There is a small hole for a cap badge to be fitted. All in all a very good example of a wartime GS Beret in great condition, a large hard to find size and made from the early and desirable barathea material. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!
Original 1944 Dated British Army General Service Beret, Barathea - Size 7 5/8 An original 1944 dated large size 7 5/8 British Army General Service Cap, often referred to as a ‘beret’, made from barathea. This pattern of hat came into issue with the British Army in 1943 and replaced the Field Service Cap. It saw widespread issue with the British Army for the rest of the war and is now synonymous with the British Tommy in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1944-45. This particular example is unissued as it still has the white thread attached around the area to fit a cap badge. This was always removed on issue and makes the cap a collectable item in its own right. It is made from barathea which are now the more sought-after type. This material was used on earlier manufactured caps before switching to the same serge as used on the battledress. They are more desirable today as they look smarter than the serge examples and are rarer to find. The interior features the original makers markings as well as the War Department broad arrow issue stamp. These are only partly legible due storage marks but the letter ‘M’ can be seen above the WD issue stamp which denotes 1944 as the year of manufacture. The exterior of the cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. The khaki green barathea wool is without any issue that I can see and it displays very well. All in all a very good example of a wartime GS Beret in great condition, a large hard to find size and made from the early and desirable barathea material. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!
Original 1944 Dated British Army Leather Jerkin - Size No. 2 An original British Army Leather Jerkin, clearly dated 1944 and in a size No.2. This pattern of leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and stayed in service throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular example is dated September 1944 and is labelled as a camouflaged version. The body of the jerkin is made from a mid brown leather whist the interior is lined with a khaki green shirting material. The original buttons have been replaced with brass General Service examples as was popular during the Great War, and sometimes seen in WW2. The original label is still present inside the jerkin and states the manufactures name as 'M. Belmont & Co LTD'. The date of September 1944 is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. Above the label is the War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted but the letter 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue. The jerkin is in good condition for it's age with only limited signs of wear and use. It displays well and still appear to be strong and wearable but does have a little damage to the bottom of the jacket as detailed in the pictures. Aside from this it is in nice condition but may have other small issues consummate with its age. A nice original Leather Jerkin with a good clear label and date. This would suit a re-enactor or collector well!
Original 1944 Dated British Army Webbing Sling An original 1944 dated British Army Webbing sling as used throughout the Second World War and a variety of weapons including the Lee Enfield SMLE and No.4 Rifles. Overall good condition with only limited signs of wear and no signs of being blanco'd previously. The metalwork is typical of mid to late war manufacture. The sling is clearly maker marked 'M.W. & S LTD' and is dated 1944. It also bares a War Department inspectors stamp made up of a broad arrow and the numerals '27'. All in all a nice original wartime dated piece of webbing, the like of which is becoming harder to find.
Original 1944 Dated British Army Webbing Sten Gun Magazine Bandolier An original British Army Webbing Sten Bandolier clearly dated 1944 and in superb condition. This rare piece of equipment was designed to hold seven Sten Gun magazines and saw use within the airborne division as well as other elite fighting units. This particular example is in stunning unissued condition and is clearly maker marked an dated. It was made by MECo, or Mill Equipment Company to give them their full title, who were the original and most prolific manufacturer of webbing for the British Army. The 1944 date is also clear and legible. The bandolier does not appear to have been issued with no signs of wear or previous use. The webbing is still the colour it would have been made it first came out of the factory and all the brass work is in excellent condition. All in all this is a fantastic example of a rare and sought-after piece of WW2 Special Forces equipment which would be extremely hard to better. A must have for the serious British Army collector!
Original 1944 Dated Indian Made British Army KD Trousers An original pair of 1944 Dated Indian made British Army khaki drill trousers in well used condition. These trousers are typical of Indian manufactured KD which was so prolific during the Second World War. The feature a first field dressing pocket to the front, brace buttons and a button fly. The button for the FFD pocket is missing but could easily be replaced. Inside the trousers bare numerous stamps which are again typical of Indian manufactured items. On stamp features ‘MC’ which is the manufactures name and 1944 which is the date. There are numerous other stamps including size stamps etc. The trousers measure at a 30” waist. I would describe the condition as well worn. Whilst the trousers still display well they have numerous repairs and areas of wear. I have endeavoured to photograph this as well as I can and have also taken it into consideration when pricing the trousers. Altogether though, still a nice pair of orignal wartime khaki drill trousers with a good wartime date.
Original 1944 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of British Khaki Drill Trousers made in India and clearly dated 1944. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army and RAF towards the end of the Second World War and feature the cross belt closure to the waist and slash pockets to the hips. As with a lot of wartime KD items, these trousers were made in India. Indian manufactured Khaki Drill items saw widespread issue with British troops throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italy amongst other places. This pattern was issued to the British Army and RAF. Inside the trousers retain their original makers stamps. The standard Indian circular stamp is present and features the number '44' which relates to the year of manufacture. A second larger stamp is also present which states the manufacture as .'B.K' and again the year as 1944. The trouser retain their original metal Indian pattern buttons to the waist adjusters and some to the fly. Those that are missing have been replaced with period stamped brass examples. Sadly the waist buckles aren't present with the trousers but these can be sourced. The trousers are a small size which are adjustable at the waist due to the cross belt design. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 13 1/2" Inside leg - 27" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 17 1/2" Cuff - 11" The trousers are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They display well and are still very wearable. There are a couple of small stains and some signs of wear as is to be expected with a vintage pre-owned item such as this. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a nice early example of the cross belt design with a very clear date. These would make an excellent addition to any collection!
Original 1944 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap size 7 1/8 A 1944 dated example of the RAF Ordinary Airmans Forage Cap made by J. Collett. The blue serge is still a bright blue colour as it would have been when it came out of the factory. It has clearly never been washed and has not seen heavy use. The cap features two brass kings crown RAF buttons to the front and an original brass kings crown example amp badge to one side which features and interesting securing pin which was fitted by its original owner. Inside the blue indigo sweatband lining is in good condition and bares the usual War Department broad arrow stamp and letter code. The black lining of the cap is also in good condition and the original white stamping is still clear. The date of 1944 is very clear as is the War Department broad arrow and the maker 'J.Collett'. All in all, a very nice original hat which would look great in any RAF collection.
Original 1944 Dated RAF OA Side Cap Size 7 1/8 - Cpl Bamford 683 SQD An original 1944 dated RAF OA side cap in a good size 7 1/8. This cap belonged to 1029310 Cpl Bamford who served with 683 who formed in 1943 at RAF Luqa on Malta, as a photo-reconnaissance squadron operating the Spitfire fighter in the photo-reconnaissance role before moving into Sicily and Italy. The cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the photographs. It is still a nice deep blue colour and not a worn washes out example. There is. I damage or mothing to the exterior and interestingly it features two bras RCAF buttons to the front as well as the standard RAF cap badge. The interior is also in good condition and all the stamps are present and still clearly legible. The makers name and size are stamped in white to one area and the 1944 date and War Department broad arrow to another. The cap is a 7 1/8 which is a good wearable size for re-enactment. Cpl Bamford’s other items are currently listed including his jacket, trousers and paperwork. A very nice example of a wartime RAF OA side cap on very nice condition with good clear markings and in a wearable size.
Original 1944 Dated RAF Officers Service Dress Tunic - Large Size! An original 1944 dated RAF Officers Service Dress Tunic named to 'R. Castle-Miller'. This original tunic is a rare larger size war dated example and features the standard cut used throughout the Second World War for Officers tunics. It features a full set of brass Kings crown RAF buttons, retains its original waist belt and brass buckle and bares Flight Lieutenant rank to the sleeve which is undoubtedly original to the jacket and has aged beautifully. Inside the jacket has a tailors label which states the maker as 'Austin Reed' and the original owner as 'R Castle-Miller'. The date is also present to the label and reads 27th of April 1944, confirming that this is an authentic wartime manufactured example. The tunic is a rare large size which should fit someone of around a 42" chest depending on desired fit. The arm is also long so it may suit a taller person. When laid flat the tunic measures - Chest - 22" Waist - 19 1/2" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 25 3/4" Length - 30" The condition of the tunic is reasonable for its age but it does have some flaws. There are some moth nips, mainly to the bottom of the left bellows pocket and a couple more to the inside face of the skirt (not seen when worn). There are also a number of stains. This can all be seen in the pictures so please study them carefully. Larger, wearable war dated examples scarcely come up on the market today so don't miss out!
Original 1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - Size 6 7/8 An original WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap in good condition dating to 1944 These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is typical of mid to late Second World War manufacture featuring two black plastic economy RAF buttons to the front and the black plastic cap badge. The manufactures stamps inside have sadly worn away leaving only some details legible. The size is marked as 6 7/8 and the War Department stamp is also still intact and is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1944 as the year of issue. The condition of the cap is good as can be seen in the pictures. It is still a nice deep RAF blue colour and not a washed out, worn example as often seen on the market .There is some light soiling to the interior but this could most likely be carefully clean out. Altogether a nice wartime cap with the sought-after economy buttons and badge combination which looks so wartime. Ideal for the collector or Re-enactor.
Original 1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - Size 7 An original 1944 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage cap in nice condition and a wearable size. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is typical of wartime manufacture. It features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two black economy Kings crown RAF buttons to the front. Inside the cap still retains its original markers stamp which state the year of manufacture as 1944 and the size as 7. The War Department broad arrow is still in evidence and the makers name 'L. Silberstein & Sons' is also visible. The condition of the cap is very nice as can be seen in the photographs. Whilst the cap has been worn it hasn't seen heavy use and still displays very well indeed. All in all a very nice original war dated RAF OA cap which would suit both the collector and the re-enactor.
Original 1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - Size 7 1/4 An original 1944 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage cap in nice condition and a larger wearable size. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is typical of wartime manufacture. It features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two brass Kings crown RAF buttons to the front. Inside the cap still retains its original markers stamp which state the year of manufacture as 1944 and the size as 7 1/4. The War Department broad arrow is still in evidence and the makers name 'A & J Gelfer, Glasgow' is also visible. The condition of the cap is very nice as can be seen in the photographs. Whilst the cap has been worn it hasn't seen heavy use and still displays very well indeed. Overall a nice wartime example of an RAF OA side cap in a harder to find large size.
Original 1944 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - Size 7 1/4 An original 1944 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage cap in nice condition and a larger wearable size. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is typical of wartime manufacture. It features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two black economy Kings crown RAF buttons to the front. Inside the cap still retains its original markers stamp which state the year of manufacture as 1944 and the size as 7 1/4. The War Department broad arrow is still in evidence and the makers name 'J Compton Sons & Webb LTD' is also visible. The condition of the cap is very nice as can be seen in the photographs. Whilst the cap has been worn it hasn't seen heavy use and still displays very well indeed. There is a couple of very small holes to the rear of the cap which are only noticeable on close inspection and a small amount of tarnishing to the cap badge. Overall a nice wartime example of an RAF OA side cap in a harder to find large size.
Original 1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1944 dated RAF War Service Dress Trousers as worn by aircrew's and Ground Crews from 1943 onwards. This pattern of trousers replaced the earlier 'Suits, Aircrew' which came into issue in late 1940 and was the standard working dress for all members of the RAF until 1947 when the 'New Pattern' uniforms was introduced. Inside the trousers the original label is still present and the 1944 date is clear an legible as is the manufactures name 'L. Silberston & Sons Ltd. The sizes are now hard to read except for the inside leg measurement which is clearly 29". The trousers are a smaller size with roughly a 30" waist. The overall condition of the trousers is good but there are numerous marks from wear and the occasional hole, although nothing particularly noticeable. The is a small pair to the crotch and some fraying to the bottom of the legs which can be seen in the main picture. The trousers have obviously been used as a working pair rather than a best pair and have wear consummate with this. The dress pocket for instance is creased and could be pressed back to look smarter. Personally I like the trousers as they are. Altogether a good original pair of clearly dated RAF Battledress trousers which display well an ooze authenticity!
Original 1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse with Pilot Insignia - Size 15 An original Second World War RAF War Service Dress Blouse with pilots insignia, clearly dated 1944 and in a large size No.15. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps, black horn buttons all round and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. The blouse comes complete with an original set of flat type kings crown pilots wings of WW2 vintage. As well as this Flying Officers rank has been added to each epaulet making a nice authentic wartime aircrew battledress. Inside the jacket retains its original makers label which bares the 1944 date, War Department broad arrow marking and the maker 'Justman Ltd'. The size is stated as No.15 which is a larger size and will fit up to a 42" chest, 6' tall and a 38" waist making it ideal for a re-enactor. The condition of the blouse is good as can be seen in the pictures. It is a vintage pre-owned item however and may have issues consummate with this. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether this is a very nice original battledress blouse with original aircrew insignia. This would be ideal for a re-enactor due to its large size which are becoming very hard to find today!
Original 1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse with Sgt Air Gunner Insignia An original 1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse in a hard to find larger size and featuring Sgt Air Gunner Insignia. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. Standard RAF Black horn buttons are fitted to the jacket. The jacket comes complete with a full set of insignia to a Sgt Air Gunner Wireless Operator with just one Sergeants stripe to the right arm as is often seen in pictures. All the insignia appear to be nice original parts and it certainly gives the jacket a great look. The original manufacturers label is still present inside the jacket and is bright and legible. It states the jacket as being a size 11 which will fit a 38-39" chest and a 34" waist. The manufacturers name is 'City Uniform Mnfg. Co.'' and the 1944 date is below this. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present. The original owners name has been added to the issue label but is hard to read. The number 402 is also present. This may refer to the RCAF 402 Squadron who flew Hurricanes and later on in the War Spitfires, although this does't tally with the insignia. The jacket also features the War Department inspection stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' denoting 1945 as the year of issue. The jacket is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has signs of wear and use but nothing more than is to be expected of a vintage, pre-owned jacket such as this. All in all a nice example of a wartime RAF BD with nice badges and in a wearable size. This would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor!
Original 1944 Dated RAF War Service Dress With Engineers Brevet A fantastic example of a wartime RAF War Service Dress blouse dated 1944 with original insignia to an Flight Engineer officer. This original wartime blouse features a lovely original 'E' brevet denoting Flight Engineer as well as a single rank tape to each epaulette denoting the rank. Inside the blouse retains its original label which states the blouse to be a size No.7 which will fit up to a 36" chest. It also has the manufacture Montague Burton and the date 1944 printed on it. The blouse is in very good condition for its age and displays very well. The serge is in good condition as is the cotton drill lining. All the buttons are intact as is the wire waist buckle. All in all, a smashing original Bomber Command War Service Dress blouse which would compliment any wartime RAF collection.
Original 1944 Dated RAF Warrant Officers Service Dress Jacket and Trousers An original matched set of Royal Air Force Warrant Officers Service Dress, both dated 1944. Genuine issue Warrant Officers uniform is much more scarce than the Ordinary Airman's uniform and standard officers uniform. At first glance it could easily pass as a standard RAF officers SD but is in fact an issue item, complete with labels. The jacket features a four button closure as was the pattern used during the Second World War before being replaced with the three button version immediately post-war. It has a matching waist belt with brass buckle and a full set of brass Kings crown RAF buttons. Each sleeve bears the Warrant Officer insignia which also features a kings crown whilst the interior is fully lined, the same as the officers version. The trousers are typical of the period and again are extremely similar to standard RAF officers trousers. They feature the high waist and wide leg which was fashionable in the 1940s and a double pleated front. The fly fastens with buttons whilst more buttons are fitted around the inside edge of the waist and designed to support braces. Slash pockets can be found at the hips whilst the rear of the trousers features a single buttoning pocket. Both items retain their original issue labels and state 'Jacket Blue-Grey W.O' and 'Trousers Blue-grey W.O' respectively. Both labels are worn but the 1944 date can just been seen as can the War Department broad arrow marking. Both pieces were made by 'G. Glenfield & Son Ltd' and are designed to fit someone of around 5'8" - 5'10" tall with a 37-38" chest and a 32-33" waist. The sizes are a good match as well as the makers which would suggest that this set has always been together. It is also worth noting that the inside leg measures at 31" and the trouser waist at 16 1/2". The suit is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are however a number of small areas of damage, namely near the crotch and to the shoulder. These are only noticeable on close inspection and appear to have period repairs. Overall the suit displays well but it is a pre-worn vintage item which has been issued and therefore may have other small issues consummate with age. A rare example of a matched wartime RAF Warrant Officers set which would be ideal for a collector or re-enactor.
Original 1944 Dated RAOC 21st Army Group Staff Sergeants Battledress Blouse An original Second World War 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress blouse to a Staff Sergeant of the Royal Army Ordnance Corps, clearly dated 1944. This is an incredibly original blouse with beautiful original insignia which consist of printed RAOC shoulder tittles, embroidered HQ 21st Army Group insignia below this followed by a printed crown above a standard pair of sergeant stripes. This mix of printed and embroidered insignia is what really makes the jacket authentic with the selection being typical of the period. The printed crown above the stripes is my particular favourite feature. The jacket has also been very nicely tailored which again ties in with the period of the jacket and also the rank. The collar has been tailored to be worn 'open-faced' as became popular towards the end of the war when shirts and ties came into issue. The work on the collar is stunning and it was clearly done by a skilled professional. As well as being faced, a small tab made from serge (almost certainly left over from the collar conversion) has been added to the waist which fastens to a button on the corresponding side and is yet another typical period feature to find on an original tailored battledress. A set of medal ribbons have been very neatly added to the chest and I suspect they may have been done at the same time that the jacket was tailored. They show that the original owner had a long wartime career serving in the Western Desert, Italy and France and Germany. This long service ties in well with the rank and is another nice detail which ties the jacket together. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the size as No.13 and the maker as 'S. Angel' which is an uncommon one to find. It also bares the 1944 date. The condition of the jacket is extremely good and it displays very nicely indeed. There are no signs of undue wear or damage and no serious faults anywhere as far as I can see. The serge material still retains a good amount of its 'nap' and the lining materials are clean for their age. Altogether this is a stunning original battledress which would make an excellent addition to any WW2 British Army collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original 1944 Dated Scots Guards Tunic Worn By Rex Harrison in 'I Live In Grosvenor Square' An original Scots Guards Officers tunic named to the actor ‘Rex Harrison’ which he wore in the 1945 British wartime film ‘I Live In Grosvenor Square’. Rex Harrison did not serve in the Scots Guards during the Second World War but instead the Royal Air Force which he joined in 1942. He left in 1945 having returned to acting with the film ‘I live in Grosvenor Square’ being one of his first returns the silver screen. In the film he plays British paratrooper Major David Bruce and can clearly be seen wearing this very tunic. Whilst the film was released in 1945 it was made in late 1944 and into early 1945 which ties in perfectly with the date on the tailors label. It wasn’t uncommon at this time for costumiers to have lead actors fitted for tailor made uniforms such as this by military tailors. It meant that the fit was guaranteed to be good and it would look correct on screen. This tunic was tailored by ‘Lesley & Roberts’ of Hanover Square London, and were well know for making clothes for the stars in the 1940s. The date of August 1944 can be seen added to the label in ink as can the name ‘Rex Harrison Esq’. Sadly the badges that can be seen on the tunic in the film have since been removed. The costume company who had the tunic made for Harrison most likely kept it for future productions and therefore removed the badges. Clear evidence of where the medal ribbons once were can be seen above the left breast pocket and match up with pictures from the film. The tunic features the usual Scots Guards buttoning and brass Scots Guards buttons to both the front of the jacket and the cuff. It also has the correct Scots Guards rank stars to the epaulettes. The condition of the tunic is very good as can be seen in the pictures. It doesn’t show signs of excessive wear and displays well. It is a vintage item however and may have issues consummate with this so please study the pictures before purchasing. A really amazing piece of Second World War British film history. This would undoubtedly make an excellent addition to any WW2 or film collection! Please note that the Sam Browne belt is for display purpose only. I do however most likely have some in stock if you require one.
Original 1944 Dated US Army Boots, Field, Leather, Legging Top An original pair of US Army 'Boots, Field, Leather, Legging Top, clearly dated 1944 and marked size 6 1/2. This pattern of boot was introduced into the US Military to replace the earlier M-1931 leather field boot which was fully lacing. They were originally intended to be used by the Cavalry and feature rubber heels marked 'Light- Tread. They saw use with Armoured units during the conflict with this style being worn again my Brad Pitt in the film 'Fury'. The interior of the boots is beautifully marked with the manufactures name 'INTERNATIONAL SHOE CO.' as well as the date of 'NOV 13 1944' and the size which is 6 1/2A. The size is also stamped to the sole of the boot. The boots are in very nice condition and display extremely well. The leather is in good condition on the soles show only a very limited amount of wear. They have what appears to the be the original laces. The reverse of the leather straps has some flaking but this is not visible as it is on the rear side. Aside from this there are only limited signs of age and wear as can be seen in the pictures. All in all a very good example of this pattern of boots which would be pretty hard to better. They would make a fantastic addition to any WW2 collection as they display so nicely.
Original 1944 Dated US Army Enlisted Men's Trousers An original pair of 'Trousers, Field, Wool, Serge 18oz, SPECIAL dated December 2nd 1944 and in a larger size. These trousers were the standard trousers issued to Enlisted Men in the US Army as well as the USAAF during the Second World War. They are made from a khaki serge and feature two slash pockets, one to each hip; two rear pockets, belt loops and a small fob pocket in the waist. Inside the trousers still retain their original manufacturers label. They were made by 'Smith Bros MFG. Co' in late 1944 and are marked as a size 33x29. They have however been let out in the waist and now measure 36" at the waist and still have a 29" inside leg. The overall condition of the trousers is good and they display well. There are a couple of small holes as shown in the photographs but generally speaking are in reasonably good condition. A nice original pair of wartime American trousers in a large wearable size.
Original 1944 Dated US Army Ike Jacket - Size 38 R An original 1944 dated US Army Eisenhower Jacket in a size 38 Regular and complete with a set of insignia. The jacket features an Engineers Special brigade patch to the top left sleeve, brass badges to the collar, Master Sergeant stripes to each arm and service stripes to the lover left sleeve. The jacket still retains its original inner label which states the manufacture date as the 5th of June 1944 and the size as 38 Regular. The overall condition of the blouse is good as can be seen in the photographs and it displays well. Ideal for the US collector or re-enactor.
Original 1944 Dated US Army Officers Raincoat - Size 40S An original 'Overcoats, Field, Officers, O.D. No. 7' dated January 12th 1944 and complete with its matching blanket liner. This coat is offered to the market for the first time since being bought in an estate sale some 25+ years ago. It belonged to a captain who served with the 8th Air Force in England before transferring to the 35th Infantry Division. This pattern of coat was popular in the Second World War with officers of the USAAF and the US Army. The design is very similar to macintoshes of the period sold to civilians with a double breasted button front, waist belt and epaulettes. The exterior is made from a waterproof gaberdine and the front fastens with standard US Army buttons. The coat features a removable lining. making it ideally suited to longer period in adverse weather conditions. It is labelled as the same size as the coat (40S) and is undoubtedly original to the coat. The best features on the coat are the storm flap to the right shoulder and the fold up neck flap which buttons onto the collar as illustrated in the pictures. The original label is present inside the coat and is still bright and legible. The size tags are present to both the lining and the coat and state the size as 40S. Due to its loose cut design, it is possible the coat will fit slightly larger. The coat is in great condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has some signs of wear and use, particularly around the collar; but nothing more than would be usually found on a worn vintage item. All the original buttons are present safe for one of the buttons under the collar which fastens the neck flap. The coat is still very wearable and displays nicely. A very nice original WW2 coat which is clearly dated and very complete.
Original 1944 Dated US Navy N-3 HBT Cap An original 1944 Dated US Navy Type N-3 HBT cap in a size 7 1/8. Introduced as part of the HBT uniform in 1943 these caps saw issue during the Second World War with shore parties, construction battalions, amphibious units, combat, and security units amongst others. It closely resembles the AAF A-3 Cap but has doesn’t have the external AAF logo and has a reinforced peak which was flexible and meant it could be worn up or down. Inside the cap still retains its original markings which are still clear and bright. The 1944 date can be found at the very top whilst the USN NXSX contract number can be found below this. The size is marked as 7 1/8. The condition of the cap is very good as can be seen in the photographs. It doesn’t appear to have seen much use but does have a mark to the top of the peak as well as a white mark to the underside of the peak. Aside from this it displays very well indeed. All in all a very nice example of an N-3 Cap with very nice clear markings and a good wartime date.
Original 1944 Dated USAAF Officers Macintosh - 448th Bomb Group An original US Army Officers Regulation raincoat named to Leroy Engdale who was a pilot/navigator in the 448th Bomb Group. This original coat is a real piece of 8th Air Force history. The original owner has not only written his name in ink inside the coat but also his Squadron, bomb group, trade and even the date ‘May 11th 1944’. The 448th flew B-24 Liberators out of Seething in Norfolk so this is most likely where he was based. The coat is a typical example of a US Officers regulation coat featuring a red lining, buttons to attach a liner to the interior, tab cuffs and waistbelt. The raincoat is a good tall size and is labeled up as a 38 extra long. The inside arm measures at 21” and the chest measures at 20” so I would say the label is accurate. The condition of the coat is very good for its age although it isn’t perfect. The cost was clearly worn during the war but looked after and probably didn’t see much use post war. There are some marks and various small holes although nothing that really detracts from what is, in my opinion, a very nice raincoat. A nice original WW2 USAAF raincoat in a good long size with some brilliant history. This is a must have for the 8th Air Force collector!
Original 1945 Dated 'Coat, British Warm' An original 1945 dated British Army Officers Overcoat, often referred to as an ‘Officers Warm’. This style of officers coat started to be seen around the turn of the century and was reasonably popular in the First World War as well as the Second World War. It is made from a heavy khaki wool serge and features a contrasting blanket lining making it a very warm coat. The coat features a double breasted closure to the front which fastens with leather football buttons as are commonly found on this style of coat. A particularly nice detail is the button storm cuff which is inside each sleeve and illustrated in the photographs. Even though this is an issue coat, such details as this show that a high standard was still maintained in the design and manufacture of clothing. Inside the coat retains its original issue label which reads ‘Coat, British Warm, Size No.6’. The makers name is also present and reads ‘ John Fairdale LTD’ as it the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The coat is designed to fit someone with between a 40” and 42” chest so a generous size for the period and ideal today. The overall condition of the coat is very nice as can be seen in the pictures. There are sadly a couple of moth nips to the collar as illustrated and a couple more to the righthand sleeve. This does not overly detract from the coat which otherwise displays very well. Please study the pictures and take into consideration that this is a pre-worn vintage item and may have small issues consummate with its age. All in all a fantastic coat with only a couple of minor issues. This coat is a larger wearable size and has some great details as well as a wartime date. It would make a great addition to a collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1945 Dated 1940 Pattern (Austerity) British Army Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1945 and in good condition. This pattern of trousers came into issue in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which don't feature belt loops, covered pockets or tabs to the bottom of the legs as the earlier patterns did. This particular example no longer retains its original factory label but does still bare the War Department WD stamp to the interior. This features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue. An interesting manufacturers quirk is the use of butterscotch coloured buttons rather than the usual chocolate brown or green examples. It certainly sets the trousers aside from the usual late war BD trousers! The trousers are a smaller size measuring at 15” across the waist and 30 1/2” on the inside leg. The condition of the trousers is average with some signs of wear and use. There is some light moth grazing as detailed in the pictures and a mark to the left cuff. There are no serious issues and they display well but please study the pictures as these form part of the description. Altogether a good original pair of war dated trousers in wearable condition. These would male a good addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1945 Dated Boots by 'Crockett & Jones' - Size 9 An original Pair of 1945 Dated Black boots by ‘Crockett & Jones’ in a size 9. These boots are British made and appear to be a black version of the Jungle Boot. Jungle boots are usually brown making this pair an interesting piece. They feature the smooth leather outer and the same soles as the jungle boots as well as the loop to the rear of the boot. Inside the boots are maker marked ‘Crockett & Jones’ in an arch which surmounted the 1945 date. Below this is the size which is ‘9S’. This can all be seen in the picture supplied, albeit not the worlds greatest photo! The condition of the boots is fantastic. I would have said that they have not been worn or issued as there are no signs of wear the I can see. The soles seem unworn as do the metal toe plates which are affixed to the boots with the correct slotted shoes as used in WW2. The soles also bare the size marking again which is above the War Department broad arrow stamp. All in all a nice original pair of wartime dated boots in very good condition. These would make a great addition to any WW2 collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1945 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse An original 1945 dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Blouse in well worn condition. What is fantastic about this particular BD jacket is that it really looks like it has ‘been there’. Whilst collectors and re-enactors often have a tendancy to search for the most pristine examples of uniform they can find, this is what a battledress blouse worn in combat would have looked like during the Second World War. This example is a re-issued jacket which has gone back to a repair centre before being issued a second time. The first big giveaway of this is that the issue label is situated in the waistband - a typical feature of this type of BD. The inside pocket onto which the label would have originally been affixed has, in fact, been removed. Other notable features included a repair to the khaki cotton backing of the waist belt (which always wear badly with excessive use). The blouse features the chocolate brown buttons often associated with early manufactured austerity blouses and has faint traces of the original War Department WD stamp. There are two different army serial numbers written inside the jacket due to the jacket having been re-issued after repairs. The name ‘Woods’ appears to be the second man the jacket was issued to. ‘B Squadron’ is also marked inside in the same hand which would suggest Armoured, Cavalry, Reece or similar history. The blouse is marked as a size 10 which will fit someone of around 5’ 10”, 36-37” chest and a 31-32” waist. The condition of the blouse is well worn as already described above. It has various marks and signs of wear, one cuff button is missing and this is a small hole to the rear of one of the sleeves. As well as this one of the collar hooks which fastens the collar closed is missing although this is common to find. Please study the pictures to asses the condition for yourself. Whilst not the finest example of a battledress blouse to have ever been offered on the market, its is certainly one of the most genuine and would make an excellent addition to any WW2 British collection.
Original 1945 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1945 and in good condition. This pattern of trousers came into issue in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which don't feature belt loops, covered pockets or tabs to the bottom of the legs as the earlier patterns did. This particular example no longer retains its original factory label but does still bare the War Department WD stamp to the interior. This features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue. The lining also bares the original owners name 'Bellamy 8651’ written in ink. The trousers are a good size measuring at 16 3/4” across the waist and 29” on the inside leg. The condition of the trousers is average with signs of wear and use. They are an authentic and original pair and have various stains and wear to match this. There are no serious issues and they display well but please study the pictures as these form part of the description. Altogether a good original pair of war dated trousers in wearable condition. These would male a good addition to any WW2 collection.
Original 1945 Dated British Army Battledress Blouse by 'Laznicka' - Size 6 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1945 and in a size No.6. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features a full set of green coloured, flat revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a steel buckle is fitted and is held in place with two stamped steel buttons, usually associated with early manufacture British military clothing. Inside the jacket the original label is present and reads 'Overalls Blouses Denim'. It states the size as No.6 and the maker as 'Laznicka'. Below this the 1945 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The manufacturers name and the font on the label would suggest that this jacket was made in a factory in Europe. It was commonplace for the allies to turn manufacturing of functioning factories over to making their own items as they were liberated. The jacket is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well with only limited signs of washing. This is of course a 75 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues consummate with its age. There is some wear to the belt where it passes through the metal buckle. A nice, hard to find war dated example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket.
Original 1945 Dated British Army Beret An original British Army Ordinary Ranks Beret clearly dated 1945 and in a large size 7 1/2. This pattern of beret came into use with the British Army in 1943 replacing the earlier Field Service cap. It was the standard issue headwear for all ranks for the rest of the war and for a couple of years post-war before being replaced with the navy blue version. This particular example was made in Belgium in 1945 by 'L. Moyson' of Brusselss in a factory which had been liberated by the allies. It is common to find late war items made in Belgium as it meant shorter supply lines for troops fitting at the front. Other than the makers name however, there is nothing which would distinguish this hat from a British made example. The hat is marked as a 7 1/2 which is a larger hard to find size, making it ideal for a re-enactor. The beret features a Devonshire Regiment cap badge which is not original as it was fitted by the previous owner. It does however finish the beret nicely helping to make it look more as it would have done during the war. The condition of the beret is very good with little to no signs of wear. The internal markings are still clear and legible and there is no damage that I can see. The exterior is somewhat creased from storage but this could be steamed out by the next owner if they so wished. All in all a nice original war dated beret in a harder to find large size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1945 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 4 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1945 and in a size No.4. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features a full set of butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a steel buckle is fitted and is held in place with two green plastic buttons, the same sort as were used on later war battledress. The interior also features a selvedge section to the rear seam which is a nice additional detail. Inside the jacket the original label is present and reads 'Overalls Blouses Denim'. It states the size as No.4 and the maker as 'Johnston, Allen & Co Ltd. Kurgan'. Below this the 1945 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The jacket is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well. This is of course a 75 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues consummate with its age. A nice, hard to find war dated example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket.
Original 1945 Dated British Army General Service Beret - Size 7 3/8 An original 1944 dated large size 7 3/8 British Army General Service Cap, often referred to as a ‘beret’, made from serge. This pattern of hat came into issue with the British Army in 1943 and replaced the Field Service Cap. It saw widespread issue with the British Army for the rest of the war and is now synonymous with the British Tommy in Normandy, Belgium, Holland and Germany in 1944-45. This particular example is unissued and is made from the same serge as used on the battledress uniform and were a common issue item during 1944-45. The interior features the original makers markings as well as the War Department broad arrow issue stamp. These are still very bright and legible with the manufactures name clearly marked as ‘J. Compton Sons & Webb Ltd’ and the date of 1945 being very clear. The size is marked and the War Department broad arrow is also present. A separate War Department broad arrow issue stamp is also present to the interior of the cap. The exterior of the cap is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. The khaki green werge wool is without any issue that I can see and it displays very well. There is a small hole for a cap badge to be fitted which is ben carefully hand stitched in green thread. All in all a very good example of a wartime GS Beret in great condition in a large hard to find size. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!
Original 1945 Dated British Army Under Shirt by ‘Klynton Hsy Ltd’ An original British Army undershirt as issued during the second world was. Clearly dated 1945. These undershirts were part of the standard issue underwear worn by all arms of service throughout the Second World War. This example is made from a fine material and is not one of the heavy wool examples often see on the market, making it ideal for re-enactment. The label features the 1945 date as well as the War department broad arrow and size, which in this case is 3 which will fit up to a 38” chest. The shirt is in very good condition and shows no signs of wear. It does however have a number of storage marks as can be seen in the photographs. These may come out with careful cleaning but I would not like to say. All in all an excellent wartime example with a nice clear label and date.
Original 1945 Dated British Denim Battledress Blouse - Size No. 4 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse clearly dated 1945 and in a size No.4. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features a full set of green coloured revolving shank buttons which are all held in place with the correct brass split rings. At the waist a steel buckle is fitted and is held in place with two green plastic buttons, the same sort as were used on later war battledress. The interior also features a selvedge section to the rear seam which is a nice additional detail. Inside the jacket the original label is present and reads 'Overalls Blouses Denim'. It states the size as No.4 and the maker as 'Johnston, Allen & Co Ltd. Kurgan'. Below this the 1945 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The jacket is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of washing and use. It has clearly been issued but is still very wearable and displays well. This is of course a 75 year old pre owned piece of vintage workwear and therefore may have small issues consummate with its age. A nice, hard to find war dated example of a British Army Denim battledress jacket.
Original 1945 Dated British Denim Battledress Blouse by 'Laviolette' An original British Army 'Overalls Blouses Denim' dated 1945 and made by 'Laviolette' in the liberated zone of North West Europe in the later part of the Second World War. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1938 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. This particular blouse was made in a factory in North West Europe which had been liberated by the Allies, most likely in Belgium. The style of the War Department Broad arrow and the rectangular ink stamp found below the label inside the jacket are typical of the items manufactured in Belgium in the late part of WW2. The jacket features a set of butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which could be removed for laundering purposes. A wartime chrome plated waist buckle is fitted at the waist and is held in place with two pressed steel buttons, the like of which are usually found on earlier Great War period items and less commonly on WW2 clothing. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and reasonably legible. The makers name 'Laviolette' can be read and the War Department broad arrow stamp is clearly present. The size is stated as No.9 which is a larger size and will fit up to a 40" chest and a 35" waist. The 1945 date is just visible being partially obscured by a purple stamp reading 'Made in England , 100% cotton'. The addition of this stamp is odd as the jacket is clearly a late war liberation zone made item! When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 23" Waist - 18 1/2" Inside arm - 19 1/2" Outside arm - 26 1/4" Shoulders - 18 1/4" The jacket is in very good condition with no real signs of wear or use. It is quite possible that the jacket has never been issued or worn and it displays very well. There are no serious faults or issues I can find but please study the pictures as they form part of the description. A very nice original wartime example of a Denim Blouse in great condition and a larger, wearable size. This would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector!
Original 1945 Dated British Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of British Khaki Drill Shorts clearly dated 1945. This pattern of BD shorts was worn by all arms of the British Forces during the Second World War including the British Army and Royal Air Force. They feature the classic double buckle closure to the front, a button fly, slash pockets and a first field dressing pocket to the rear. Inside the shorts still retain their original issue label which is rare to find with wartime KD items. It states 'Shorts Khaki Drill Size 9A' which will fit a 34-35" waist making them ideal for a re-enactor. The 1945 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The shorts have been shortened at some point in the life and when laid flat measure - Waist - 18" Inside Leg - 4 1/2" Rise - 14 1/2" Rear rise - 16 1/2" The condition of the shorts is good as can be seen in the pictures with only limited signs of age and wear. Altogether a nice original pair of wartime British made shorts which are much harder to find than their Indian made counterparts!
Original 1945 Dated British Made US Officers Map Case A nice original British Made US Army Officers Map Case clearly dated 1945. This original item was found amongst the possessions of a British Army Officer who served in the Far East during the Second World War. Both the interior of the case and the strap bare the makers name, 'C.P. LTD', and the 1945 date, as well as the words 'British Made'. The condition is good overall with various marks relating to age and use. All the metalwork is intact, showing some limited signs of rust and the 'lift the dot' fasteners work as they should. A nice original British Made item that would make a good addition to any collection.
Original 1945 Dated British Rubberised Rain Cape - Royal Marines An original British made rain cape named to a member of the Royal Marines Band and dated 1945. This is an interesting pattern of cape and quite different from the standard British Army issue examples. It is made from a rubber-backed material similar to those issued at the beginning of the war and is of a symmetrical design with 5 buttons closing the front. The interior features two arm loops to help keep the cape in position when the front is undone. The collar fastens with a single metal hook and eye and features an addition button on the underside of the collar so it can be fastened together. Another interesting detail of this cape. The original owner has marked their name and number inside the cape in ink which reads 'A. J. Taylor R.M.B. X1303'. The serial number is that of a member of the Royal Marines Band. Bandsmen served in many roles during the war including being deployed on Royal Navy ships serving in a logistical roles which meant they would be on deck, hence the issue of a cape such as this. The original makers stamp is still present and bares the makers name and the 1945 date. Below this the words 'size 3' is stamped denoting the size. The cape is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of wear and use. It appears to be sound and wearable and has a full compliment of buttons. Most of the cape is still soft and pliable with small areas which are somewhat brittle. There is a small hole to the front as detailed in the pictures but overall the cape displays nicely. Altogether a rare and interesting pattern of cape with a nice clear date and name which warrants further research.
Original 1945 Dated British String Vest An original War Department issue British String Vest clearly dated 1945. These vests were issued to a variety of units during the Second World War including the RAF and the British Airborne., now often being referred to as 'Airborne string vests'. Whilst the string vest is a classic piece of cold weather clothing and was used for this purpose (ideal on heavy bombers), they were also reputedly used as an escape and evasion tool. The idea is that these were made from one length of string which could be unraveled and plaited to form an escape rope. The original label is still present and states the manufacturers name as 'Lilywhites' who were a well know brand during this period. The 1945 date is in evidence as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The rear features washing instructions and the word 'size'. No clear number is present but there is possibly a 2 which would denote the size. This example is good condition for its age and does not appear to have been worn or issued. It has some marks etc from storage but overall displays well. A nice original WW2 dated item which would make a great addition to a collection!
Original 1945 Dated Indian Made Jungle Green Bush Jacket An original Indian made British Jungle Green Bush Jacket clearly dated 1945 and in fantastic un-issued condition. The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics and was popular with the British military during WW2. Like so much clothing supplied to the Far East, this shirt was manufactured in India. It features the typical Indian buttons, stitching and stamps found on wartime items. The Date is clearly marked inside the shirt as 1945 and a size stamp denotes the size as 5. The standard Indian circular stamp is also present although it is not legible. The shirt is a small size which will fit around a 34-36" chest depending on desired fit. The shirt is in fantastic un-issued condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are no signs of previous wear or laundering and all the original buttons are intact. All in all this is stunning example of this pattern of shirt complete with a nice clear date. A must have for the serious collector!
Original 1945 Dated Indian Made Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of Indian manufactured Khaki Drill Trousers clearly dated 1945. This pattern of trousers came into issue with British Forces from 1944 and saw widespread issue in the following years. They were replaced by the 1950 pattern trousers which retained the cross belt closure, which are now referred to as Gurkha Trousers. Clearly of Indian manufacture, as is the case with so much British KD, these trousers were issued to members of both the British Army and the Royal Air Force. The feature buttons and stitching typical of Indian made items from the Second World War. Of note is that all the original buttons are still present which is rare to find with KD items today. The trousers are fitted with a set of period buckles which fasten the straps. These are not the usual single prong type but a jaw type, similar to those used on the waist of a battledress jacket and they work well. Inside the trousers the original stamps are still present and are bright and legible. One is an oval shape and bares the 1945 date to the centre whilst the other is the standard circular stamp found on Indian made clothing. It has the date of September 1945. Due to the cross belt design the trousers are adjustable but will fit around a 30" waist. When laid flat they measure -44 Waist - 15 1/4" Inside leg - 31" Rise - 15" Rear rise - 17 1/4" Cuff - 10 1/2" The trousers are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. There are only limited signs of wear and use as shown in the pictures. The leg appear to have been let out and there is still 2-3" extra material to let out! The marks from this are again shown in the pictures. All in all a nice original pair of wartime period Khaki Drill Trousers which are clearly dated and in a taller size.
Original 1945 Dated Overall Blouse Drill No.4 A rare original late war British Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1945 and in new old stock un-issued condition. At first glance this jacket appears to be a standard wartime pattern Denim Battledress Blouse. However, the material is a noticeably different shade of green which is lighter and more vivid than usual wartime manufactured denims. The label also states it as 'Overall Blouse Drill No.4' rather than the more common 'Overalls, Denim'. The jacket is made from the usual denim sanforized cotton and features a full matched set of revolving shank buttons which are all held on with the correct brass split rings. A wartime pattern steel waist buckle fastens the waist and is held on with green horn buttons as was standard for late war manufacture. Inside the original label is still present. Interestingly it is type written and the word 'Trousers' can be seen printed on the rear which would suggest it is a repurposed label. The size is stated as No.2 which will fit someone of 5'3" - 5'4", chest 35-37" and waist 31-32". The manufacturers name of 'Robert & John Ltd' is also present as is the 1945 date. The jacket is in fantastic new old stock condition and looks as it would have done when it came out of the factory. It clearly hasn't been worn or issued making it a fantastic collectible piece today. A fantastic example of a piece of British military workwear with some interesting details and in stunning condition. This would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1945 Dated RAF Aertex Bush Jacket - Size No.6 An original 1945 dated RAF 'Shirt, Bush, Cellular R.A.F N.P' as worn during the Second World War. Aertex bush jackets such as this were a popular alternative to the heavier cotton drill tunics also issued. Made from cellular cotton, these jackets were lighter and much better suited to the warm climates encountered by those serving with the RAF in the Far East, Middle East and Italy amongst other locations. The jacket features an original pair of wartime printed eagle badges to the top of each sleeve and theatre made (most likely Indian made) Leading Aircraftman rank badges below this. The jacket is fitted with a full compliment of brass kings crown buttons and a brass two pronged buckle to the waist. The waist belt features the same four numbers marked in ink which appear to match those written inside the tunic meaning that the belt is original to the tunic. The original label is present inside the jacket and still bright and legible. It states the size as No. 6 which will fit up to a 40" chest and up to a 35" waist. The manufacturers name of 'Albion Ltd Belfast' is present as is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been worn and has signs of service wear but still displays very well. All in all a nice wartime dated RAF tunic in a harder to find wearable size. This could be ideal for a re-enactor but also would make a good addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1945 Dated RAF Bush Jacket with Original Wartime Insignia An original 1945 dated 'Shirts Bush Cellular RAF N.P.' in a size 7 and featuring its original wartime applied insignia. This original airtex bush jacket is typical of those worn throughout the Second World War in the Middle East, Far East and Italian campaigns amongst others. This example is particularly nice as it still retains its original wartime insignia consisting of printed tropical eagle badges to the top of each sleeve and original tropical Corporal chevrons below these. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is still bright and legible. The 1945 date is nice and clear as is the War Department broad arrow mark and the size, which in this case is 7. Going by the label the jacket will fit someone of a 36-38" chest and a 31-33" waist. The overall condition of the tunic is good as can be seen in the pictures and it displays very well. The top button is missing although this is not to much of an issue as this style of jacket was never worn fastened at the collar. There is also no belt included with the jacket but again these were worn without a belt more often than not. Altogether a very nice and very original bush jacket with all of its original insignia.
Original 1945 Dated RAF OA Tunic - Size 16 An original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a large wearable size No.16. This original tunic was the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons as well as its original matching belt. The jacket has been fitted with post-war eagle badges to the top of each arm as well as a single RAF sergeants stripe. It would of course be possible to change the badges and I have wartime examples in stock. The tunic retains its original issue label to the interior which is very bright and clearly legible. It states the manufacturer as 'The Rego Clothiers Ltd' and bares the War Department broad arrow marking as well as the 1945 date. The tunic is a good tall size No.16 which will fit somebody of up to 6' 2", 38" chest and up to a 34" waist. The condition of the tunic is very good indeed as can be seen in the pictures. The tunic doesn't appear to have seen any real use in its life and is still the deep blue colour it would have been when first issued. Altogether a very clean example of a wartime tunic in a harder to find large size.
Original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - size 7 1/8 An original 1945 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage cap in nice condition and a wearable size. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is typical of wartime manufacture. It features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two brass kings crown buttons to the front. The interior of the cap retains its original yellow manufacturers stamp which is typical of late war caps. It has somewhat faded with time and use but the 1945 date can just be made out as can the number 7 1/8 which refers to size. The cap bares the original owners number in ink to the cotton sweatband as well as a hair pin to the interior of the crown which is a fantastic period touch. Many stories have been told over the years about airmen using their wife's or girlfriend's hair pins in their hats and here is an example of just that! The condition of the cap is good for its age as can be seen in the pictures. It has plenty of signs of wear and use as is to be expected of an issued pre-owned hat. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a nice original wartime RAF OA cap in a good wearable size.
Original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage Cap - size 7 1/8 An original 1945 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Forage cap in nice condition and a wearable size. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example is typical of late wartime manufacture. It features a black plastic Kings crown cap badge and two black economy Kings crown RAF buttons to the front. Inside the cap still retains its original markers stamp which state the year of manufacture as 1945 and the size as 7 1/8. The War Department broad arrow is still in evidence and the makers name 'L. Silberstein & Sons' is also visible. The condition of the cap is good as can be seen in the photographs. Whilst the cap has been worn it hasn't seen heavy use and still displays very well with limited signs of age and use. All in all a very nice original war dated RAF OA cap which would suit both the collector and the re-enactor.
Original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size 14 An original 1945 dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s four pocket tunic complete with its original insignia. This original tunic was the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons but is sadly missing its waist belt. It also has a matched pair of wartime printed eagle badges to the top of each sleeve. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and bares the 1945 date and War Department broad arrow marking. Above this is the manufacture name 'B. Bloom Ltd. The jacket is labelled as a large size 14 which will fit up to a 40" chest, 36" waist and 6' tall. There is also a faint War Department ink stamp to the lining which is surmounted by the letter 'Z' which is the correct letter code for 1945. The overall condition of the tunic is good but there are some areas of moth damage which I have included photographs of. This damage could easily be repaired and has been reflected in the price. All in all a nice original wartime tunic in a large harder to find size.
Original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size 8 An original 1945 dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s four pocket tunic complete with its original insignia and waist belt. This original tunic was the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons, wartime semi-embroidered eagle badges to the top of each sleeve, printed wartime Leading Aircraftsman badges below this and a single good conduct stripe to the bottom of the left sleeve. Inside the tunic the original label is still present. It states the size as No. 8 and the maker as 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb Ltd' who are an often see manufacture of wartime items. The jacket will fit someone of around 5' 8" tall, 37-38" chest and a 34" waist. The War Department broad arrow stamp and 1945 date are also both present on the label. The condition of the tunic is very good and it displays nicely as can be seen in the photographs. All the buttons and insignia are present and it is clean overall. The only flaw I can find is one small hole to the right sleeve as shown in the pictures. It would not be difficult to repair this if you so wished. Altogether a nice original wartime RAF tunic with all of its original badges. This is an authentic unmolested example which would make a fine addition to any collection.
Original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Tunic With Sergeant Pilot Insignia An original 1945 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Tunic complete with its original belt and wartime insignia. This tunic is the standard pattern worn by RAF Airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant throughout the war. This particular example comes with a full set of original insignia including a beautiful set of original flat type pilots wings, printed eagle badges to the top of each sleeve and a lovely set of original sergeant stripes. Inside the tunic retains its original manufactures label which states the size as No.6 which will fit someone of 5’6” tall, 38-39” chest and a 35” waist. It also features the War Department broad arrow and the 1945 Dated. The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. There are signs of age and dirt as the jacket clearly saw use at the time. As well as this there is one small moth hole to the rear but aside from that the jacket displays nicely. Overall a nice original wartime jacket with a beautiful set of orignal wartime insignia which would compliment any RAF collection without a doubt.
Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse An original WW2 RAF War Service Dress Blouse Dated 1945 in distressed condition. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps, black horn buttons all round and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. The jacket shows traces of where Sergeant stripes were previously attached as well as a wireless operators badge. One albatross shoulder badge is still present whilst the other has been removed. The rank and trade badge suggest the possibility that this was an aircrew jacket originally. Inside the jacket retains its original makers label which bares the 1945 date, War Department broad arrow marking and the maker 'J Compton, Sons & Webb, Ltd'. The size is stated as No.9 which is a larger size and will fit up to a 40" chest and a 35" waist. The jacket is in well worn condition with various damage, particularly to the cuff. Please study the pictures as I have been careful to detail all the issues to a good level. Whilst not the finest example of a wartime RAF BD jacket, it is war dated and complete with its original label. The condition has been reflected in the price and it could still form part of a display or perhaps be carefully restored with time and care.
Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - 2 TAF A very original 1945 dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse which belonged to an unknown Leading Aircraftman who served in the Second Tactical Air Force. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. What is particularly nice about this blouse is the addition of brass RAF buttons to the epaulettes. Interestingly one of them features a hook from a chain hidden out of sight which suggests something was attached to it originally. The jacket has also been tailored with darts added from the collar across the chest which is common to find on original tunics such as this. Another small alteration comes in the way of an extra button added to the bottom of the two which close the front of the jacket. it fastens through a hole cut into the lining of the belt which has been crudely handstitched to form a button hole which is again typical of personal alterations and helps add another layer of authenticity to the jacket. The jacket is fitted with wartime economy printed eagle badges to the top of each sleeve with LAC badges of the same construction found lower down the sleeve. The bottom of the left sleeve features a good conduct stripe whilst the chest bears two medal ribbons; namely the 39-45 Star and the France and Germany Star. The addition of the France and Germany Star means the original owner almost certainly served in the Second Tactical Air Force. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is clear and legible. It states the size as No.7 and the maker as 'Montague Burton LTD Leeds'. The 1945 date is present below this as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The blouse is in good condition and displays well. It has plenty of honest service wear and was clearly worn for sometime before the medal ribbons were fitted at the end of the war. This is a very original blouse which was clearly worn during the last years of the war and has not seen the light of day since the end of hostilities. It would make an excellent addition to any RAF collection without a doubt.
Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Size 11 An original Royal Air Force War Service Dress Blouse dated 1945 and in a good wearable size 11. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. Interestingly, the blouse is fitted with butterscotch coloured horn buttons in place of the usual black type. Whether this is a manufactures quirk or they have been changed I do not know. The original manufacturers label is still present inside the jacket and is bright and legible. It states the jacket as being a size 11 which will fit a 38-39" chest and a 34" waist. The manufacturers name is 'The West Auckland Clothing Co Ltd' and the 1945 date is below this. There is also a purple issue stamp added later which reads '9 Jan 1946. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present to the bottom of the label. The blouse is in reasonable condition for its age with various signs of use and age. It appears to have previously been fitted with Warrant Officer rank insignia, Nationality shoulder titles and an aircrew wing, possibly a pilots wing. There is a number stamped inside the waistband which may make the jacket traceable. Whilst overall the jacket displays well there are a coupe of holes to the left breast pocket and a few more smaller ones dotted around. One of collar eyelets is also missing but this could be replaced. The price reflects the condition. All in all a reasonable example of a WSD Blouse in a good wearable size which could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Size 3 An original Royal Air Force War Service Dress Blouse clearly dated 1945 and in a size No.3. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. Standard RAF Black horn buttons are fitted to the jacket. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as no.3 and the manufacturers name as 'C.W.S' better know as the Co-op today. The War department broad arrow is present as is the 1945 date. The jacket is in reasonable condition for its age but does have some flaws which are reflected in the price. There is what appears to be some glue above the left breast pocket which may come out with careful cleaning. The collar has had badges fitted at some point leaving a couple of small holes to each side whilst the sleeves as bear some similar holes. To the rear there is also some staining which is again detailed in the pictures. Whilst not the finest example of a WSD Blouse, the jacket does feature a nice clear label and would still make a good addition to an RAF collection.
Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse - Size 5 An original 1945 Dated Royal Air Force War Service Dress Blouse in fine condition and in a size No.5. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. Standard RAF Black horn buttons are fitted to the jacket. The jacket comes complete with a set of wartime economy printed eagle badges fitted to the top of each sleeve. They have been added with a machine rather than hand sewn. Inside the jacket the original label is present and is still bright and legible. Its states the size of the jacket as 5 which will fit someone of around a 36" chest and a 32" waist. The manufacturers name is 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb, Ltd' below which is the 1945 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. As well as this the War Department acceptance stamp is also present and is surmounted by the letter 'L'. Next to this is another ink stamp of the number 5 which relates to size. The jacket is in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. It does not actually look as if it has been issued or worn and is still the deep blue colour it would have been when new. It is a vintage jacket that is 75 years old however so may have very small issues consummate with age. A very fine example of a wartime RAF WSD Blouse which displays exceptionally well. This would make a fine addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1945 Dated RAF War Service Dress Trousers An original pair of 1945 dated Royal Air Force War Service Dress Trousers in good condition. This pattern of trousers replaced the earlier 'Suits, Aircrew' which came into issue in late 1940 and was the standard working dress for all members of the RAF until 1947 when the 'New Pattern' uniforms was introduced. The trousers are made from wool serge and feature one rear buttoning pocket, a slash pocket to each hip and a first field dress pocket to the front left of the trousers. They also feature a button fly and have buttons around the inside of the waistband which are used to secure the braces, all of which are the standard black horn type using on this pattern of RAF clothing. Inside the trousers retain their original label which is still bright and legible and states the size as No.6. There is an ink side stamp the the right of the label which confirms this. The label states the manufacturer as 'Justman Ltd' below which is the 1944 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The trousers are in good condition and display well. They show no signs of undue wear or use and are still very wearable. They appear to have been altered with the dress pocket and the label both being tacked back on, presumably after the alteration. At the same time belt loops have been added which is a nice period feature. This alteration has been reflected in the price. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 15 1/2" Inside leg - 28 1/2" It is also worth noting that there is a 3" turn up inside the bottom of the leg so these could be let out. Altogether a reasonable pair of War Service Dress trousers which display well and are still very wearable.
Original 1945 Dated US 'Jacket, Field, Wool, O.D - Size 34 An original 1945 dated US Army ‘Jacket, Field , Wool, O.D’, often referred to as an Eisenhower Jacket or Ike Jacket. This particular jacket features corporal stripes to each sleeve and has clearly had two patches removed from the top of the left sleeve which could have been airborne patches judging by the collar of the stitching. Two service chevrons can also be found towards the bottom of the left sleeve. The tunic still retains all of its original labels including its size label in the back of the neck which reads 34R. The fitting label is also present in this area and the manufacture label can be found in the usual place. It again states the size as 34 Regular and the date of manufacture as the 6th of March 1945. The overall condition of the jacket is very good as can be seen in the photographs and makes it ideal for both the collector and reenactor alike. A nice original wartime American jacket.
Original 1945 Dated USAAF A-14 Oxygen Mask and Microphone An Original United States Army Air Force A-14 oxygen mask dated 1945 complete with its original microphone. This pattern of oxygen mask came into use with the USAAF in 1943 and was the standard issue for fighter pilots and bomber crews until the end of the Second World War. The mask was made by Ohio Chemical & Manufacturing company in January 1945 and is complete with its original microphone, rubber harness, quick release clip and corrugated rubber hose. The overall condition of the mask is good and it displays well as can be seen in the pictures. Sadly the rubber harness has broken at some point though and this would need to be repaired if it was to be mounted on a flying helmet, although it can hang from one side of a helmet in its current state. Overall a reasonably good wartime example of this pattern of oxygen mask complete with its original microphone which displays nicely.
Original 1945 Dated Women’s Land Army Breeches A pair of original Breeches, Corduroy Woman’s Land Army made by ‘Astin Bros Ltd’ and dated 1945. The breeches are one of the most iconic parts of the WLA uniform and this particular pair have a great worn in ‘been there’ patina. The breeches feature a side buttoning closure as was standard on womenswear of the period. Three chocolate brown horn buttons are in place to fasten them closed and are clearly the original examples. The breeches close around the calf with laces which also appear to be original. The original issue label is still present inside the waistband of the breeches and is still bright and legible. It states the size as No.0 and bares the War Department broad arrow stamp as well as the 1945 date. The breeches are in reasonable condition but have clearly seen a fair bit of use. They are far from a mint un-issued pair but do have a great look to them none the less. Overall a nice original pair of wartime WLA breeches which would make a good addition to any home front collection.
Original 1945 Denim Battledress Blouse A scarce original war dated example of a British Army Denim Battledress Blouse in good used condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket is made from a khaki green denim which is noticeably different in shade to the more common post-war version. It comes complete with a full set of original buttons and chromium plated waist buckle. Inside the jacket still retains its original issue label which is bright and legible. This is uncommon to find with original denim items as they are usually washed out. The label states 'Overalls, Blouses Denim' and the size as No.4 which will fit someone with a chest between 37-39", 33-34" waist and around 5'5"-5'10" tall. The 1945 date is also present on the label as is the War Department broad arrow marking. The jacket is in good condition and displays very well. It has clearly been used and washed so has a good authentic look to it. There is a period repair to the rear which has been done using a matching piece of denim material, a couple of other small holes and an ink stain to one of the breast pockets. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. A hard to find war dated example in good usable condition. This would make a great addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original 1946 Dated British Army 1940 Pattern Trousers An original pair of 1940 Pattern (Austerity) Battledress trousers dated 1946 and in great condition. This pattern of trousers came into issue in 1942 replacing the earlier 1940 pattern. These are an austerity pattern which don't feature belt loops, covered pockets or tabs to the bottom of the legs as the earlier patterns did. They are fitted with chocolate brown buttons which are often associated with early manufacture items and give the trousers an earlier look. This particular example no longer retains its original factory label but does still bare the War Department WD stamp to the interior. This features the War Department broad arrow marking which is surmounted by the letter 'E' which denotes 1946 as the year of issue. The number '10' is also stamped inside the trousers which denotes the size. When laid flat they measure at 16" across the waist and have a 31" inside leg. The trousers are in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. They show little to no sign of use or wear with the nap of the serge still being fluffy, as they would have been when new. The only flaw is some dark spots to the seat of the trousers as detailed in the photos. Aside from this they display extremely well. Altogether a very nice pair of WW2 period austerity pattern trousers which would make an excellent addition to any collection or could suit a re-enactor.
Original 1946 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers - Size 5 An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1946 and in a size No.5. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. This particular pair still retain their original manufactures label the exterior of the seat. It states the size as No. 5 which is designed to fit someone with a 31-33" waist and 31" inside leg. It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 17 1/2" Rise - 15 1/5" Rear rise - 18" Inside leg - 28 1/2" Cuff - 9" The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining, mainly to the front of the legs as well as a small hole to the knee of the right leg and another small hole to the seat. These are detailed in the pictures so please take time to study them and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of 1940s work trousers which may have other small issues consummate with their vintage. A nice original pair of immediate post-war dated trousers in a good size and with a nice clear label.
Original 1946 Dated New Old Stock British Army Denin Battledress Blouse - Size 6 An original British Army Denim Blouse in new old stock condition and dated 1946. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. Being just post-war dated the jacket is identical to wartime manufactured examples. It features revolving shank buttons which are attached with brass split rings and a steel waist buckle. Inside the jacket still retains its original issue label which is bright and legible. This is uncommon to find with original denim items as they are usually washed out. The label states 'Overalls Denim Blouse, Size No.6' as well as the 1946 date and the War department broad arrow marking. The jacket is in extremely good condition and appears to be un-issued. It shows no signs of previous wear or use and displays extremely well. A very nice example which would be hard to better. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!
Original 1946 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers A good original pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers issued in 1946 and identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is sadly no longer present inside the trousers although the War Department acceptance stamp is. It is surmounted by the letter 'E' which denotes 1946 as the year of issue. There is a possibility that the trousers were made earlier than this although usually the acceptance stamp matches the year of manufacture. The trousers will suit someone of around a 30" waist and when laid flat measure - Waist - 15 3/4" Inside leg - 29" The trousers are in good condition and are still very wearable. There is a stain to the bottom of the right leg and a couple of very small holes which are only noticeable on close inspection. One fly button is missing and the bottom-most button is broken but these are easily replaced. All in all a good pair of RAF OA trousers dating from just after the Second World War. They would fill a gap in a collection or could be use for re-enactment.
Original 1946 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse with LAC Insignia An original RAF War Service Dress battledress blouse jacket with original wartime insignia dated 1946. This pattern of jacket came into service in late 1940 listed as 'Suits, Aircrew' before being re-designated 'War Service Dress' in 1943, remaining virtually unchanged. The blouse features the wire style waist buckle usually associated with early manufacture 'Suits, Aircrew' blouses, RAF style scalloped pocket flaps, black horn buttons all round and a pair of hook and eyes to close the neck. Whilst the jacket is dated 1946 it is identical to those made an issued in the war and could easily pass as an early example due to the wire buckle. The blouse features original WW2 period printed RAF Albatross badges to the top of each sleeve and printed leading aircraftsman badges below this. The badges have clearly always been on the jacket making it a nice collectors item. Inside the jacket the original label is intact and very fresh still with all the details being clearly legible. The jacket is a size 9 which will fit up to a 40" chest and a 35" waist, so a good size for re-enactment. The War Department ink stamp can also be found inside the jacket and is surmounted with the letter 'L' which is correct for items made in 1946. The condition of the blouse is very good. It is still a nice deep blue colour and not a heavily worn faded out grey like many offered on the market. The blue indigo lining is still a deep colour also with only some slight signs of wear and washing. The hook and eye in the neck still retain all their original black paint and have clearly never been used. There is one moth hole to one of the sleeves as pictured and another very small one near to the epaulette on one side, but these could be easily repaired if you so wished. Overall, a very nice original RAF WSD blouse in lovely condition with nice original wartime insignia which displays very well indeed!
Original 1946 Dated RAF War Service Dress Trousers A nice pair of original World War Two period RAF War Service Dress Trousers dated 1946 in a good wearable size 12. This pattern of trousers replaced the earlier 'Suits, Aircrew' which came into issue in late 1940 and was the standard working dress for all members of the RAF until 1947 when the 'New Pattern' uniforms was introduced. The trousers are made from wool serge and feature one rear buttoning pocket, a slash pocket to each hip and a first field dress pocket to the front left of the trousers. They also feature a button fly and have buttons around the inside of the waistband which are used to secure the braces, all of which are the standard black horn type using on this pattern of RAF clothing. Inside the trousers retain their original label which states the size as 12 which will fit someone of around 5'10 tall, up to a 36" waist and have a 31 1/2" inside leg. A very wearable size! The original owners name is also inside the trousers in a number of places including on a piece of white tape which has been stitched in above the manufactures label. It bares his number 574666 as well as his rank and number - Sgt. Ward. Sgt. Ward could have been aircrew judging by his rank although this would be hard to prove. The overall condition of the trousers is good as can be seen in the pictures. There is one small L-shaped repair to the rear of the left leg, a small piece of serge has worn through in the bottom of the fly (not visible when worn or displayed) and there is one button missing from the fly and another from the rear pocket. Aside from this they display well and are certainly still very wearable. Overall a nice pair of original wartime pattern trousers which are a very good size. Ideal for the re-enactor and collector alike!
Original 1946 Dated RASC Warrant Officers Battledress Blouse and A.B. 64 Paybook A fantastic original uniform grouping to a Royal Army Service Corps Warrant Officer who served as part of Persia and Iraq Command during the Second World War. These items belonged to Arthur John Morgan S/217183. Born in Southwark in 1911, Morgan joined the British Army in August 1940 before being shipped overseas in January 1941. He served in the Middle East for the entirety of the war as can be seen from the 'Python Date' marked in his A.B. 64. Python was the code name used for giving leave to those who had been serving overseas for 4 or more years without home leave. Morgan served as part of Persia and Iraq command, or PAIFORCE as it was know. This word appears a number of times in his pay book and ties in directly with the insignia on the blouse. The jacket itself is a typical 1940 Pattern (Austerity) example which was made in 1946 by 'Milford Clothing Co. Ltd' of Belfast. It retains its original insignia including economy printed R.A.S.C shoulder titles, a printed Persia and India Command formation flash and yellow and blue RASC arm of service stripes. These have been fitted in a tight, high-up style as was popular during this period. Brass warrant officer badges are fitted towards the bottom of each sleeve and ideal ribbons are found above the left breast pocket and include the 39-45 Star, Africa Star and the Defence Medal. Inside the blouse the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the size as No. 3 whilst the date is marked as 1946. The War Department broad arrowing marking is also present to the bottom of the label. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter L. The jacket is in nice condition and displays very well. It was clearly issued to Morgan around the time of his leave and was clearly a 'best' jacket which only saw limited wear and use. It does however have a few small moth nips to the rear although these are only really noticeable on close inspection and a hole to the rear of the left sleeve around the elbow. The pay book is a very worn example, as original used ones tend to be. It is also a replacement as the original was lost in 1942. It features a plethora of interesting information relating to Morgan's career and definitely could be used for further research. A unique and very original battledress grouping to a rare formation, undoubtedly missing from many collections. Whilst now perhaps a rather forgotten part of the Second World War, it is certainly a fascinating one which has had far reaching consequences to this day.
Original 1946 Pattern Battledress Trousers Dated 1947 An original pair of British Army 1946 Pattern Battledress trousers in excellent condition. These trousers came into issue in 1946 to replace the 1940 (austerity) pattern trousers, although the pattern was hardly changed. The only real difference is that inside the waist band there are twice as many brace buttons as in the 1940 pattern! The trousers look the same as wartime austerity pattern trousers from the outside featuring a large map pocket, FFD pocket and rear pocket with exposed buttons. The two buttons on the rear which attach the blouse to the trousers have been changed for revolving shank examples which is a nice personal touch. Inside the trousers the original label is still present, however the original owner has written over it making it hard to read today. It appears to state the size as being a 29" waist and a 29" inside leg. The trousers are in great condition as can be seen from the photographs and display really well. There are some marks to the legs but aside from this they are very smart indeed. These trousers came with the 1946 pattern battledress blouse listed above and bare the same owners regimental number. These trousers are ideal to fill a gap in a ww2 collection or for a re-enactor as they are identical to wartime pattern trousers from the outside.
Original 1947 Dated RAF OA Forage Cap - Size 7 3/8 An original World War Two pattern RAF Ordinary Airman's forage cap dating from 1947 and in a good large size 7 3/8. This pattern of side cap came into use with the RAF in the late 1930s and saw use throughout the whole of the Second World War. They stayed in Service for a couple of years after the war ended and were still being made in 1947 which was the year this example came out of the factory. The interior of the cap is marked 'L Silberstein & Sons' who were a prolific manufacturer of headwear for the British forces during the Second World War. As well as this the 1947 date is present, the size and the War Department broad arrow marking. The size marking is now quite hard to read but is evident in the right light. The exterior features and original brass kings crown RAF cap badge as well as two brass kings crown RAF buttons to the front. The condition of the cap is good for its age although it does show some signs of use, particularly to the interior. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a nice cap which is identical to wartime manufacture. Due to its large size this would suit a re-enactor or would make a good addition to an RAF collection.
Original 1947 Dated RAF OA Trousers - Size 31 A good example of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers dated 1947 but identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and nice and clear. It states 'Trousers, O.A. Size 31'. The 1947 date is in evidence as is the War Department broad arrow marking and manufactures name which in this instance is 'R.O.F Chorley'. The trousers are designed to fit up to a 38" waist and have a 32 1/2" inside leg according to the label. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 18 3/4" Inside leg - 31 1/2" The overall condition of the trousers is good with only limited signs of wear and age. There is a small amount of staining but nothing that is no to be expected with a pair of vintage military issue trousers. A good pair of trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 re-enactor or for a mannequin due to their larger size.
Original 1947 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Tunic - Size 7 An original 1947 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic complete with wartime printed shoulder eagles. This original tunic was the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons and wartime printed economy shoulder eagles to the top of each sleeve making it ideal for a WW2 impression. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and reads 'Jackets O.A. Size 7' which will fit up to a 36" chest and a 32" waist. It also bears the War Department broad arrow marking and the 1947 date. The tunic is in good condition and displays very well as can be seen in the pictures. It is still a nice deep RAF blue colour and not a worn, washed out example. It is a pre-worn, vintage jacket so may have small issues consummate with this. Altogether a good example which would make a good stand-in for a wartime dated jacket as it is identical.
Original 1948 Dated British Army / RAF Khaki Drill shorts An original pair of Second World War Pattern British Khaki Drill shorts dated 1948 and in good wearable condition. These shorts are one of the patterns which was introduced during the war and feature a First Field Dressing pocket to the rear and twin buckles and straps to the front to secure them. These shorts come complete with their original waist buckles which are so often missing from shorts that are offer for sale today. This pattern of shorts was used by both the British Army, RAF and Royal Navy during WW2. This particular pair came with a war dated RAF bush jacket which I will be offering for sale on my website soon. Inside the short retain their original label which states 'Shorts, Khaki Drill, Size No.5' which will fit up to a 30" waist. The makers name 'CWS Ltd', or the Co-op as we now call it, is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marker and 1948 date. Above the stamp is an ink number 5 which denotes the size stated on the label and to the left of this is the War Department issue stamp which is surmounted by an 'R' which is the correct letter for 1948. The condition of the shorts is very good as can be seen in the pictures and they still have plenty of life left in them. There are some marks etc which are to be expected from a vintage item such as this which has been made in a light coloured fabric and worn. Overall however they display very well and are certainly still wearable. Altogether a very nice and complete pair of British made short. Whilst not war dated the pattern is perfect for WW2 and would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector looking to fill a gap.
Original 1948 Dated RAF Khaki Drill Bush Jacket - Size 2 An original 'Shirts Bush Cellular R.A.F.N.P' made by 'John Gordon & Co' and dating from 1948. This pattern of tunic came into issue with the RAF in the immediate post-war years but is very similar to wartime KD jackets and could easily pas as one. It features two chest pockets with RAF style scalloped pocket flaps and lower pockets which appear to have had the flaps removed by the original owner. A full set of original revolving shank buttons are fitted to the tunic and held in place with the correct metal split rings used during this period. These could be changed for bras RAF buttons, as these were also used on KD tunics. Inside the tunic the original label is still present and very bright and legible. It states the size, makers name, date and bares the War Department broad arrow marking. The tunic is in reasonable condition for its age but does show various signs of use and wear which I have attempted to detail in the pictures. The main flaw is a period repair about 1" square around the waist which has been done with a mismatched piece of material. It is still structurally sound however and displays well. Altogether not a bad example of a 1940s RAF bush jacket with plenty of character!
Original 1948 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Black Ankle Boots - Size 7 An original pair of Royal Air Force Ordinary Airman's black leather ankle boots made in 1948. These boots belonged to a Sergeant who served in the RAF in the immediate post-war years. They are the pattern worn by all men under the rank of Warrant Officer including those who worked in aircrew and ground crew roles. The boots themselves are a simple design which feature a plain toe and 7 eyelets. As well as this they have a leather sole and rubber heels, typical of RAF boots of the 1940s. The sole is marked with the size of 7 and also bears the War Department broad arrow marking. Inside the boots feature a clear makers stamp which states the manufacturer as 'Empire Hanham' of Bristol. The 1948 date is also present. The boots are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. The display very well and come complete with their original laces. A nice original pair of RAF boots dating from the immediate post-war period!
Original 1948 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Black Ankle Boots - Size 8 An original pair of Royal Air Force Ordinary Airman's black leather ankle boots made in 1948. These boots are the pattern worn by all men under the rank of Warrant Officer including those who worked in aircrew and ground crew roles. The boots themselves are a simple design which feature a plain toe and 7 eyelets. As well as this they have a leather sole and rubber heels which are marked 'Dunlop', typical of RAF boots of the 1940s. Inside the boots feature a clear makers stamp which states the manufacturer as 'Adams Bros Ltd'. The 1948 date is also present, as is the size marking of 8. The boots are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures and they display very well. . A nice original pair of RAF boots dating from the immediate post-war period!
Original 1948 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Black Shoes - Size 9 A scarce original pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's Shoes as worn during the Second World War and post-war period. These shoes were worn by all Airmen in the RAF up to rank of Flight Sergeant in place of the ankle boots. They look very similar to the boots and when worn with trousers it would be hard to tell the difference. They are made of the same leather, feature the same toe profile and importantly do not feature a toe cap. The shoes feature 5 eyelets and a set of laces. The soles and heels of the shoes are leather as is common to find in this period. The heels feature some metalwork designed to prevent undue wear. The interior is leather lined and and the insole is marked with the maker 'T & H B Ltd', the 1948 and the size of 9. The shoes are in well worn condition as can be seen in the pictures. They clearly saw plenty of use from their original owner but still display reasonably well. Altogether a very rare RAF OA item which would be a great addition to any collection.
Original 1948 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat A good original wartime era RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat in nice condition. This pattern of greatcoat came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and saw use throughout the Second World War before being replaced by the 'New Pattern' greatcoat in the immediate post-war years. This greatcoat features the correct number of brass Kings crown RAF buttons and a matched pair of wartime printed RAF albatross badges are sewn to the top of each sleeve. The coat also features the white blanket lining often associated with early production RAF greatcoats. The original owners service number has been added in black to the top of this which is a nice period feature. Inside the coat still retains its original issue label which is clear and legible. It states the coat as being a size No. 2 which will fit someone of up to 5' 4" tall, 35-37" chest and 32-24" waist. It was made by 'John Hammond & Co' and bares the War Department broad arrow. The date is also present but isn't particularly clear. I think it is 1948 but, as is often the case, it could be 1943. Either way the pattern of the coat is correct for wartime with the new pattern replacing this one in 1948. The condition of the coat is very good overall as can be seen in the pictures. There are no serious areas of wear or damage that I can see and on the whole the coat displays very nicely indeed. Altogether a nice original wartime period greatcoat in good condition.
Original 1948 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic An original 1948 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a size No.10 and complete with its original waist belt. Whilst this tunic is dated 1948 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working dress and a walking out uniform. This particular example features brass Kings crown RAF buttons and early WW2 period embroidered eagle badges to the top of each sleeve. Below these are wartime economy pattern Leading Aircraftman badges Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which states the size as No.10 which will fit someone of around a 36-37" chest and 33" waist. The manufacturers name is stated as 'H. Edgard & Sons, Ltd' below which is the 1948 date and the War Department broad arrow. The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures with only limited signs of wear and use. This is a vintage item however and may have small issues consummate with age. The tunic comes complete with its original waist belt which fastens with the correct pattern of brass buckle. All in all a nice original tunic complete with original wartime insignia. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1948 Dated RAF War Service Dress Blouse, New Pattern A rare original Post Second World War RAF New Pattern Battledress Blouse dated 1948. This pattern of blouse is arguably the rarest of RAF Battledress blouses as it was only made for a few short years. It came into service with the RAF in 1947 and was replaced shortly after by the much more common New Pattern blouse which has a notched collar. This particular example features black plastic Kings crown RAF buttons to the pockets and epaulettes. Early pattern embroidered shoulder eagles are fitted to the top of each sleeve and are complimented by economy pattern printed Leading Aircraftsman rank patches further down. Inside the jacket retains its original manufactures label which is still bright and legible. It states the maker as 'C.W.S.', better know today as the Co-op, and the size as No. 10. The 1948 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow stamp. The lining also features two other ink stamps. The first is the numeral '10' which relates to the size whilst the second is the War Department stamp. This is surmounted by the letter 'R' which is the correct letter for the year of issue. The overall condition of the jacket is good and it displays well. It has been issued and worn and has some wear consummate with this and there are a couple of very small moth nips which I have included photographs of. All in all a nice and very original example of this rare pattern of jacket which would make a great addition to any RAF or Battledress collection.
Original 1949 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 6 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1949 and in a size No.6. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a chromium buckle which is held onto the jacket with chocolate brown buttons as often found on wartime battledress. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'C.W.S Ltd', better known today in the UK as Co-op. The 1949 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and various details relating to sizes. The jacket is designed to fit a 38-40" chest and a 34-35" waist. The jacket is in very nice condition as can be seen in the pictures. It looks to have only had very limited wear and use with no major faults that I can find. Overall it is a very wearable jacket and displays very well. A nice original late 1940s example of a Denim Blouse in great condition.
Original 1949 Dated RAF OA Trousers - Size No. 27 An excellent example of RAF OA trousers dated 1949 but identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and states 'Trousers O.A. Size 27' as well as a faint date of 1949. Sadly the rest of the label is to worn to read. The trousers are in good condition showing no signs of wear or moth damage except for two small holes to the left leg. These trousers came with the tunic listed above and would make a nice matching set if purcahsed together. Overall a fantastic pair of trousers which display very well and would suit the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1949 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers - Size No 21 A good example of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers dated 1949 but identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and nice and clear. It states 'Trousers, O.A. Size 21'. The 1949 date is in evidence as is the War Department broad arrow marking and manufactures name; which in this instance is 'J. Compton Sons & Webb Ltd'. The trousers are designed to fit up to a 33" waist and a height of 5' 10" according to the label. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 16" Inside leg - 31" The overall condition of the trousers is good although there are some holes around the crotch as shown in the pictures. These could be invisibly mended and do not detract from what generally speaking is a good pair of trousers. All in all a reasonable pair of wartime pattern trousers which would suit both a collector or re-enactor well.
Original 1949 Dated RAF War Service Dress, Blouse, New Pattern A rare original Post Second World War RAF New Pattern Battledress Blouse dated 1949. This pattern of blouse is arguably the rarest of RAF Battledress blouses as it was only made for a few short years. It came into service with the RAF in 1947 and was replaced shortly after by the much more common New Pattern blouse which has a notched collar unlike this example. This particular example features black plastic Kings crown RAF buttons to the pockets and epaulettes. As well as this the epaulettes also feature Flight Lieutenant rank stripes which appear to have had Volunteer Reserve brass titles fitted to them at some point. Inside the jacket retains its original manufactures label which is still bright and legible. It states the maker as 'Durgio Manf Co' and the size as No.5. The 1949 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow stamp. The lining also features two other ink stamps. The first is the numeral '5' which relates to the size whilst the second is the War Department stamp. This is surmounted by the letter 'A' which is the correct letter for the year of issue. The overall condition of the jacket is good and it displays well. It has been issued and worn and has some wear consummate with this. There are a couple of moth nips which I have included photographs of. All in all a nice and very original example of this rare pattern of jacket which would make a great addition to any RAF or Battledress collection.
Original 1949 Pattern Battledress Trousers - Heavily Tailored An original pair of British Army 1949 pattern trousers which have been heavily tailored and originally belonged to a rather tall Warrant Officer. The trousers started life as an issue pair of 1949 pattern trousers but the original owner had them heavily tailored. The flapped pockets have all been changed for 1937 pattern style pockets with a covered button which gives the trousers a very smart look. The waistband appears to have been altered and the waist adjuster look like they have been moved. Overall the trousers have been heavily tailored for the smartest fit. The trousers are a very tall size with a 34" waist and a 35" inside leg making them ideal for a re-enactor. The overall condition of the trousers is very good indeed but there are a couple of small flaws. There is a very small moth hole to the front of the trousers and the cuff of each leg is fraying. Both of these are pictured so please study the pictures before purchasing. A very nice pair of original post-war battledress trousers unlike any other! They would compliment any collection certainly or could be used by a tall re-enactor.
Original 1950 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Trousers - Size No. 11 A good original pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers made in 1950 and identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and is bright and legible. It states the size as No.11 which will fit a 32-33" waist and a 29 1/2" leg. The manufacturers name is marked as 'J. Markus Ltd'. Below this is the 1950 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. To the right of the label the War Department acceptance stamp is visible in yellow and is surmounted by the letter 'B' denoting 1950 as the year of issue. The trousers will suit someone of around a 30" waist and when laid flat measure - Waist - 15 1/2" Inside leg - 28" The trousers are in good condition with some small areas of staining and a couple of very small moth nips. Overall they are a very wearable pair of trousers but do have a couple of small issues consummate with age. All in all a good pair of RAF OA trousers dating from just after the Second World War. They would fill a gap in a collection or could be use for re-enactment.
Original 1950 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic An original 1950 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic complete with early Second World War shoulder eagles. This original tunic was the standard pattern worn by all men in the RAF under the rank of sergeant throughout the Second World War. It features a complete set of original brass Kings crown buttons and Battle of Britain period embroidered shoulder eagles to the top of each sleeve. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and reads 'Jackets O.A. Size 7' which will fit up to a 36" chest and a 32" waist. It also bears the War Department broad arrow marking and the 1950 date. The tunic is in good condition for its age and displays well and has no major issues. There is however a hole the front and a couple of smaller ones to the rear, all of which are detailed in the pictures and could be repaired. Aside from this the tunic is a good clean example. Altogether a good example which would make a good stand-in for a wartime dated jacket as it is identical.
Original 1950 Dated RAF Physical Training Shorts An original pair of RAF Shorts Gymnastic Blue, often referred to as P.T Shorts. This pattern of shorts was used for many years in both the British Army and Royal Air Force and could easily pass as a WW2 pair. Made from a deep blue cotton, the short feature and elasticated waist and a short button fly which fastens with black horn buttons - the same style as found on War Service Dress. Inside the shorts retain their original label which states the shorts as a size 3 which will fit around a 34" waist. The manufacturer is 'W.M McMullan & Sons, LTD' and the War Department Broad arrowing marking is also there as is the 1950 date. Due to their elasticated waist the shorts will fit a number of waist sizes. When laid flat they measure 15" across the waist and when stretched to their full extent 20". The shorts are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. They are still very wearable and display well. All in all a nice pair of period shorts.
Original 1950 Dated RAF Physical Training Shorts An original pair of RAF Shorts Gymnastic Blue, often referred to as P.T Shorts. This pattern of shorts was used for many years in both the British Army and Royal Air Force and could easily pass as a WW2 pair. Made from a deep blue cotton, the short feature and elasticated waist and a short button fly which fastens with black horn buttons - the same style as found on War Service Dress. Inside the shorts retain their original label which states the shorts as a size 3 which will fit around a 34" waist. The manufacturer is 'W.M McMullan & Sons, LTD' and the War Department Broad arrowing marking is also there as is the 1950 date. Due to their elasticated waist the shorts will fit a number of waist sizes. When laid flat they measure 15" across the waist and when stretched to their full extent 20". The shorts are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. They are still very wearable and display well. All in all, a nice pair of period shorts.
Original 1950 Patten Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of British Military 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill shorts in good condition. This pattern of shorts actually came into issue with the Royal Air Force at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'. The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. Inside the shorts the original size stamp of '3' is still present but the label has been removed. There is a clear outline of where the label was previously however which can be seen to the right of the size stamp. Due to the style of waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. When fastened they measure - Waist - 15 1/2" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 15 1/2" The shorts are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly been washed an laundered but don't show any real signs of undue wear. They have had a piece of material let into the waist to make them larger which appears to be an original period alteration. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a nice pair of original 1950 pattern shorts which would make a great addition to any summer wardrobe.
Original 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts - Size 7 An original pair of British Military 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill shorts in good condition. This pattern of shorts actually came into issue with the Royal Air Force at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'. The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. Inside the shorts retain their original makers label which is weak washed out. Some details are still visible however including the size which is marked as No.7. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is another smaller who reads 'Fully Shrunk'. Due to the style of waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. When fastened they measure - Waist - 15" Rise - 15" Rear rise - 18" The shorts are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly been washed an laundered but don't show any real signs of undue wear. There is a small area of wear to the front which can be seen in the pictures. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a nice pair of original 1950 pattern shorts which would make a great addition to any summer wardrobe.
Original 1950 Pattern RAF Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of 'Trousers Khaki Drill (Airman) which have been cut down and turned into shorts. This pattern of shorts actually came into issue with the Royal Air Force at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'. The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. Inside the shorts the original issue label is still present and states the size as 9 and the manufacturer as 'Moore, Taggart & Co Ltd'. Due to the style of waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. When fastened they measure - Waist - 15 3/4" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 15" The shorts are in excellent condition with little to no signs of wear and display nicely. They certainly have plenty of wear left in them but bear in mind that these are a vintage pair of pre-owned shorts and may have issues consummate with this. A very nice example of this pattern of shorts which would make a good addition to any collection!
Original 1950s British Army Officers Collarless Shirt by 'Banner' An original British Army Officers green poplin shirt made by 'Banner' in the 1950s. This shirt is typical of those made in the 1940s and 1950s for officers in the British Army. It is made from a light green poplin cotton and features a neckband collar which would be worn with a matching detachable collar and double cuffs which would be worn with cufflinks. The shirt is a half front or 'tunic front' design as was popular before the Second World War before slowing being replaced by full front shirts in the post-war years. Due to its design this would be ideal for a WW2 display or re-enactor. Inside the shirt the original label is present and is typical of shirts from the post-war period. The manufacturers name of 'Banner Regd' is present as are the words 'Made in GT. Britain'. Above the label the collar size is stamped to the collar band and reads '16 1/2". The shirt is a larger size but it is important to remember that tunic front shirts are cut very generously in the chest and shoulders as they have to be pulled on over the head. Also the arm measurements are taken with the double cuff folded out to will come up shorter than stated. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 24 3/4" Inside arm - 24 1/2" Outside arm - 27 1/2" Length - 33" Shoulders - 19" The shirt is in very good condition and does not appear to have seen much wear. It displays very well but does have some light staining and a pin prick hole to the right sleeve. All the flaws are included in the attached pictures so please take time to study them. A nice original mid century shirt which could easily pass as early then 1950s.
Original 1950s British Army Parachute Qualification Badge An original British Army Parachute Qualification Badge dating from the 1950s. This badge is still attached to a piece of Khaki Drill cellular cotton which would original have been a shirt or bush jacket sleeve. A nice original wing which would made a good addition to any badge collection. Free UK P+P
Original 1950s British Jungle Green Aertex Shirt (1) An original post Second World War British Army Jungle Green Shirt in good condition. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics ad was popular with the British military during WW2 and the post-war period. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and long sleeves. Inside the shirt the original label is still present but has faded with washing making it hard to read today. The shirt is a large size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 26" Inside arm - 22 1/2" Outside arm - 25" Collar - 17 1/2" Shoulders - 20" The shirt is in good condition with no signs of serious wear or damage. There is a mark to the rear of the left sleeve as pictured although this may come out with laundering. All in all a nice example of a post-war aertex shirt in a hard to find large size!
Original 1950s British Jungle Green Aertex Shirt (2) An original post Second World War British Army Jungle Green Shirt in good condition. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics ad was popular with the British military during WW2 and the post-war period. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and long sleeves. Inside the shirt the original label is still present but has faded with washing making it hard to read today. The shirt is a large size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 26" Inside arm - 22" Outside arm - 25" Collar - 17" Shoulders - 20" The shirt is in good condition with no signs of serious wear or damage. There may be small issues consummate with age but overall the shirt displays very well. All in all a nice example of a post-war aertex shirt in a hard to find large size!
Original 1950s British Khaki Cotton Work Shirt An original British made khaki coloured cotton work shirt dating from the 1950s. This shirt is typical of those made in the 1940 and 1950s for Labourers in the UK. It is made from a hard wearing cotton drill and features a half front, or 'tunic' front as was popular before the war. Shirt were still made in this style into the 1950s but were slowly being phased out by full button front shirts. The shirt features a stand and fall collar which has an understated spearpoint shape to it, typical of the period. The front fastens with small green coloured plastic buttons and a single patch pocket is fixed to the breast. The shirt is a rare extra large size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 27" Length - 33" Shoulders - 22" Collar - 18" The shirt is in good condition and does not appear to have seen much wear or use. It displays very well and is still very wearable but does have some marks as can be seen in the pictures. All in all a nice mid century work shirt in a hard to find large size.
Original 1950s British Made Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of British made Khaki Drill shorts dating from the 1950s and in good condition. The construction of these shorts is typical of those dating from the 1940s and 1950s being made of a khaki coloured cotton drill and featuring a button fly and belt loops. As well as this they feature straight slash pocket to each hip but no label, although this pattern dates from after the Second World War. Whilst many KD items offered on the market today are theatre made, this pair are clearly British made. The cotton drill and machine stitched button holes are typical of British manufacture as are the green horn buttons. These same buttons were used on British Battledress from 1943 onwards. The shorts will fit someone of around a 28" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat they measure - Waist - 14 3/4" Rise - 16" Rear rise - 18" Inside leg - 6 1/2" Cuff - 13" The shorts are in good condition for their age with only limited signs of wear and use. They are still very wearable and display well but please bear in mind that they are a pair of pre-owned vintage shorts which may have small issues consummate with their age. A nice pair of post war British Army shorts in good condition.
Original 1950s Brown British Made Ankle Boots An original pair of 1950s men's Brown ankle boots, most likely made in Northampton in the 1950s. This style of ankle boot was popular in the first half of the 20th Century and were worn by officers of the British Army and by civilians alike. This particular pair most likely date from the 1950s but could potentially pass as earlier. The boots are made from a Brown leather and feature six eyelets which are fitted with new old stock period style laces. The soles and heels are also leather and are fitted with triple cleat studs as were often used on walking boots or officers field boots. Inside the boots there are some markings to the insole which suggest they were made in Northampton which was the heart of British boot making during first half of the 20th Century. The uppermost stamp reads 'T227' which most likely relates to the style of boot. Below this is the size stamp which reads 6. The boots are in reasonable condition for their age and display well. They show signs of age and use and may well be wearable although no guarantee of this is given. All in all a nice pair of period boots!
Original 1950s French Army Crew Neck Green Wool Jumper An original French Army khaki wool jumper dating from the 1950s. This pattern of jumper closely follows the pattern used by the French Army during the Second World War. It is cut short in the body to suit being worn with high waisted trousers. This makes it ideal for someone who wears this style or a re-enactor interested in WW2. The jumper still has its original label which reads 'Malet 5'. The number 5 most likely refers to the size. When laid flat the jumper measures 16 1/2" pit to pit, 17" across the shoulders, 17 1/2" along the inside arm and is 21 1/2" from collar to hem. As it is made from wool and will stretch easily I would suggest a fit of a 34" chest. The condition of the jumper is very good indeed. It does not look to have ever been worn. Altogether a nice mid-century crew neck jumper.An original French Army khaki wool jumper dating from the 1950s. This pattern of jumper closely follows the pattern used by the French Army during the Second World War. It is cut short in the body to suit being worn with high waisted trousers. This makes it ideal for someone who wears this style or a re-enactor interested in WW2. The jumper still has its original label which reads 'Malet 5'. The number 5 most likely refers to the size. When laid flat the jumper measures 16 1/2" pit to pit, 17" across the shoulders, 17 1/2" along the inside arm and is 21 1/2" from collar to hem. As it is made from wool and will stretch easily I would suggest a fit of a 34" chest. The condition of the jumper is very good indeed. It does not look to have ever been worn. Altogether a nice mid-century crew neck jumper.
Original 1950s Men's Brown Leather Ankle Boots by 'BEVA' - Size 10 A nice original pair of men's ankle boots by 'BEVA', dating from the 1950s. These boots are typical of those made in the mid-century period. They are made from a mid brown pebbled leather and feature a leather sole, a stitched toe cap and are unlined. The feature 8 eyelets giving them a nice tall shape and plenty of ankle support. The boots feature a pull strap to the top of each boot which is embroidered with the graphic of a beaver and bears the makers name of 'BEVA'. It also states 'The upper of this boot is made from Mohun's'. The simple embroidered design is typical of the 1940s and 1950s. The boots are a generous, hard to find large size 10. This is marked to the sole, as is usual with footwear such as this. The sole of the boots has had a recent rubber sole protector added which makes them much more wearable today. This could easily be removed to expose the original leather sole underneath. The boots are also fitted with rubber heels as were becoming popular during the period they were made. The boots are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. There is some scuffing to the leather finish and some signs of wear to the soles and heels but overall they are still a very sound, wearable pair of vintage boots. All in all a very nice pair of vintage boots which are still very wearable. Not only that they are in a sought-after larger size!
Original 1950s Queens Crown RAF Pilots Wings A fantastic original pair of 1950s Royal Air Force pilots wings in excellent uniform removed condition. This beautiful pair of padded wings are feature off-white silk embroidery and a hessian back. They are very similar in construction to many Second World War period wings I have had so are without a doubt 1950s. There are a few loose threads from where the wing has been removed from a uniform but aside from that it is in excellent condition. A truly stunning wing for the early Jet Age period which would compliment any RAF collection or display. Free UK Shipping.
Original 1950s Queens Crown Warrant Officer Cloth Insignia A fantastic matched pair of Queens crown Warrant Officer sleeve badges which have been removed from a uniform. The badges come complete with their padded backings which give them a great shape when sewn onto a uniform. Free UK postage.
Original 1950s RAF MK2 Flying Suit An original RAF MK2 Flying Suit dating from the late 1950s and named to Squadron Leader Bernard 'Bob' Culpin DSO DFC who flew 75 missions with Bomber Command during the Second World War. According to his obituary Bob flew for a period with a Pathfinder Squadron which corresponds positively with the number of missions he flew. As well as this he was awarded the DSO and DFC with the London Gazette entry for the 29th of August stating he was a member of the 405 (RCAF) 'Vancouver' Squadron at the time. Clearly he stayed in the RAF for a number of years post-war and had quite a colourful career! This is the period this suit dates from. Sadly Bob passed away earlier in the year. This original flying suit was officially designated 'Suits Flying MK2 and 2a' and features two labels to the interior. The uppermost is the smaller of the two and states the Stores Reference 22c/1911 and the size as 8 which I believe is the largest size made. The War Department broad arrow marking is present and the original owner has added their name in ink below this. The larger of the two labels also bares the owners name as well as the numerals '143' which may refer to the squadron he was flying with at the time. Other than this the label bares various statements relating to use. The suit features a waist belt and metal buckle as seen on this period of flight suits as well as the Ventile Smocks. 'Flash' brand zippers are found in various locations and are again typical of the era. A number of button pockets are found towards the bottom of the suit whilst the left sleeve features a pen pocket. The overall condition of the suit is good and it displays well. It has marks and wear which are to be expected from an issued item that has been used for flying. These are detailed in the photographs so please study them. Altogether a nice example of an early jet-age flying suit with some fantastic history which is worthy of more research. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF collection!
Original 1950s RAF MK2 Flying Suit with Engineer Brevet An original RAF MK2 Flying Suit dating from the late 1950s complete with Engineers Brevet. This original flying suit was officially designated 'Suits Flying MK2 and 2a' as stated on the interior label. The smaller label usually found above this has been removed for some reason. The suit is fitted with a period Engineers brevet and bears the name 'F/L Wickson' in ink to the interior. I have found a Wickson in the 1960 London Gazette who is described as 'Master Engineer' and could certainly be the original owner of the suit. Flight Lieutenant rank insignia is fitted to the epaulettes. The suit features a waist belt and metal buckle as seen on this period of flight suits. A blue painted 'Aero' brand zip fastens the front of the suit whilst 'Swift' brand zippers are fitted to the pockets, all of which are typical of the period. A number of button pockets are found towards the bottom of the suit whilst the left sleeve features a pen pocket. The overall condition of the suit is good and it displays well. It has marks and wear which are to be expected from an issued item that has been used for flying. These are detailed in the photographs so please take the time to study them. Altogether a nice example of a jet-age flying suit with scope for further research. This would make an excellent addition to any RAF collection!
Original 1950s RAF Officers Cap Badge A nice original post 1953 RAF Officers cap badge as worn on the peaked cap. This example features a nice pronounced point to the crown giving it an early look and certainly dates to the 1950s making it ideal for the early jet age collector. The badge is in good condition but there is some wear to the red velvet on the crown and a small section of the Black felt is missing from the bottom right hand corner of the badge. Overall a very nice early post war badge which would make an excellent addition to a period cap or badge display. Free UK P+P
Original 1950s RAF Spectacles MK 14 + Case An original pair of RAF issue MK 14 sunglasses as worn in the 1950s and 60s by RAF aircrew, complete with their original case. This pattern of sun glasses closely resemble the pattern worn during the Second World War with their grey/green tinted lenses and plated steel frames. However they have an extra strengthening bar between across the bridge which is the main noticeable difference. The glasses are stamped inside the metal frames with the makers name 'Algha' as well as 'MARK 14' and the RAF stores code '22C/2432'. The condition of the sunglasses is good but there is some corrosion to the frames as is to be excepted of a used pair of glasses of this age. They still display very well despite this. The lenses are scratched meaning they aren't particularly wearable and would be more suitable as a display item. This has been reflected in the price. The glasses come complete with their original hard case which states the 22C contract number, the size (medium) and bears the War Department broad arrow marking. It is in good condition and displays well. Whilst not the most usable pair of sunglasses they still display well and would make a good addition to a Jet-age collection.
Original 1950s Royal Navy Officers Trousers An original pair of Royal Navy Officers trousers dating from the 1950s and in a larger wearable size. These trousers were made in the post-war period which is evident from the metal zip fly and the style of waist adjusters. Aside from these small details however they could easily pass for wartime examples when worn or displayed with the officers jacket. The trousers are cut from the standard black wool cloth used on RN officers uniforms and feature a slash pocket on each hip, buttons for wearing braces, a ‘Lightening’ zipper to the fly and a single rear pocket. There are three settings on the waist adjusters meaning that the waist adjusts between the size of 34 to 39” waist. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 17 1/2” to 19 1/2” Inside leg - 30” Rise - 16” Seat - 19” Cuff - 9 1/2” The trousers appear to be in good condition for their age but may have wear etc consummate with age. Please study the pictures. Altogether a nice early post-war pair of Royal Navy trousers which could easily pas as wartime.
Original 1950s Theatre Made British Army Officers Jungle Green Trousers An original pair of British Army officers jungle green trousers in nice condition and dating from the 1950s. These trousers are typical of those worn by British Army officers during the 1950s. They are clearly theatre made as is commonplace with tropical uniforms, most likely in India or the Far East. The lightweight cotton used for the pocket bags as well as the hand stitch button holes are typical of theatre made items such as this. The trousers feature a button fly and side adjusters to the hips. Slash pockets can be found in the side seam along with a single rear pocket which fastens with a button that matches those of the fly and are typical of the 1950s. The trousers are a rare larger size with a generous inside leg and should fit someone of around a 35-36" waist and 32 1/2" inside leg, depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 18 1/2" Rise - 14 1/2" Rear rise - 17 " Inside leg - 32 1/2" Cuff - 8 1/2" The trousers are in good condition and whilst they have clearly been worn they have been well looked after. There are no signs of undue wear or laundering with the only visible flaw being a small repair to the seat which I have detailed in the photographs. They still have plenty of wear left in them but please remember that they are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers and may have small issues consummate with their age. A nice original pair of 1950s trousers in a hard to find larger wearable size.
Original 1950s Theatre Made Jungle Green Bush Jacket An original theatre made British military Jungle Green Bush Jacket in very nice condition and dating from the 1950s. This jacket is typical of those made for British Army officers during the 1940s and 1950s. It features pleated chest pockets with scalloped flaps, lower bellows pockets which are again flapped, long sleeves with a buttoning cuff. The epaulettes feature hand stitched holes which look to be for a shoulder title and a single rank star, suggesting that the original owner was a Second Lieutenant. Pop studs can be found on each sleeve which would have attached insignia to the jacket originally. It was commonplace to have removable insignia for laundering purposes. The jacket also features belt loops but no belt. I may have a belt in stock which would fit the tunic however. The jacket will fit around a 38” chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21 1/2” Inside arm - 20” Outside arm - 25” Length - 34” Waist - 18” The jacket is in very nice condition with only limited signs of age and wear. It has clearly been worn and laundered but has plenty of life left in it. It may however have small issues consummate with its age so please take time to study the pictures. All in all a nice example of a British Army Officers Jungle Green Bush Jacket in nice wearable condition.
Original 1950s Theatre Made Jungle Green Shorts (1) An original pair of British military jungle green shorts dating from the 1950s and in good wearable condition. These shorts are typical of those worn by mens serving in the British Army and RAF during the 1950s. They are clearly theatre made as is commonplace with tropical uniforms, most likely in India or the Far East. The lightweight cotton used for the pocket bags as well as the hand stitch button holes are typical of theatre made items such as this. The shorts feature a button fly and belt loops. Slash pockets can be found in the side seam along with a single rear pocket which fastens with a button that matches those of the fly and are typical of the 1950s. The shorts are a larger size and should fit someone of around a 36" waist, depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 18 3/4" Rise - 14 1/2" Rear rise - 17 1/2 " The shorts are in good condition and whilst they have clearly been worn they have been well looked after. There are signs of laundering but no serious wear. They still have plenty of wear left in them but please remember that they are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers and may have small issues consummate with their age. A nice pair of original 1950s Jungle Green shorts in a hard to find larger size.
Original 1950s Theatre Made Jungle Green Shorts (2) An original pair of theatre made jungle green shorts dating from the 1950s and in good condition. These shorts are typical of those worn by mens serving in the British Army and RAF during the 1950s. They are clearly theatre made as is commonplace with tropical uniforms, most likely in India or the Far East. The lightweight cotton used for the pocket bags as well as the hand stitch button holes are typical of theatre made items such as this. The shorts feature a button fly, belt loops and waist adjusters. Slash pockets can be found in the side seams and the front fastens with a double button tab. The shorts should fit someone of around a 31" waist, depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 16 1/4" Rise - 14 3/4" Rear rise - 18" The shorts are in good condition and whilst they have clearly been worn and laundered they display well. They still have plenty of wear left in them but please remember that they are a pre-worn pair of vintage trousers and may have small issues consummate with their age. A nice pair of original 1950s Jungle Green shorts in a hard to find larger size.
Original 1950s US Navy Chambray Shirt An original 1940s - 1950s period United States Navy blue Chambray shirt named to ‘Buckingham’. These shirts were standard issue during the Second World War and Korea and are made from a beautiful light weight blue chambray. They feature a full button front and two open top chest pockets. The sleeve bares an iron-on rank patch which denotes the rank of Petty Officer Third Class. Above the left chest pocket to the front of the shirt the original owners name has been added which reads ‘Buckingham’. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 23” Shoulders 18 1/2” Inside Arm - 20 1/2” Collar 16 1/2” The overall condition of the shirt appears to be very good. Please study the pictures provided to assess this yourself. Whilst the shirt has been worn it has clearly been well looked after and it displays well. All the original buttons are present. All in all a very good example of this USN shirt in a large wearable size.
Original 1951 Dated 'Trousers F.S' An original pair of ‘Trousers F.S. 104A’ Dated 1951 in good condition. This pattern of trousers closely resembles earlier wartime trousers being made from a heavy serge wool and featuring a singular rear pocket and belt loops which mimic the battledress trousers of the Second World War. Serge was used for battledress as well as workwear for many years in the UK due to its hard wearing nature and warmth. The interior of the trousers feature a cotton drill lining around the waist with a lower salt and pepper section of shirting material. Attached to this is the original issue label which states the trousers as being 'Trousers F.S. 104A' which denotes Fire Service as there intended use originally. They were made by 'Manclark & Son' and feature the War Department broad arrow marking as well as the 1951 date. The sizes are stated on the label but when laid flat they measure - Waist - 18 1./4" Inside leg - 29 1/2" Rise - 16 1/2" Rear rise - 19" The trousers are in excellent condition for their age and appear to be unworn. There are no signs of previous wear or use and look to be dead stock. They are however a vintage pre-owned pair of trousers so may have small issues consummate with age. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a very nice pair of original early 1950s trousers in great condition which would be suitable for a number of WW2 Home Front re-enactment impressions.
Original 1951 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 6 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1951 and in a size No.6. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features green coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a steel buckle which is held onto the jacket with green/brown plastic buttons. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'W. A. PHELPS (London) LTD'. The 1951 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and various details relating to sizes. The jacket is designed to fit a 38-40" chest and a 34-35" waist. The War Department broad arrow acceptance stamp is also present and is surmounted but the letter 'C' which denotes 1951 as the year of issue. The jacket is in very nice condition as can be seen in the pictures. It looks to be un-issued and never worn or washed with no major faults that I can find. Overall it is a very wearable jacket and displays very well. A nice original example of a Denim Blouse in great, un-issued condition.
Original 1951 Dated Jungle Green Bush Jacket - Size 6 An original British Army 1950 Pattern Jungle Green Bush Jacket Dated 1951. This pattern of jacket closely follows the design of those used during the Second World War. It is made from cellular cotton, or ‘Airtex’ as it is often referred to which is dyed green for use in the jungle. The jacket features two upper breast pockets and two lower flapped pockets, long sleeves which feature a button cuff. The original label is still present inside the jacket and states the size as No.6 which will fit someone of around 5’8” with a 38-40” chest and a 33-35” waist. The manufacturers name is stated as ‘CEMAN’ as it the 1951 date. Below these details is the War Department broad arrow marking which was applied to all British military issue clothing. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 21” Inside arm - 15 1/2” Outside arm - 21 1/2” Length - 29” The jacket is in well worn condition with a period repair to the top of the right sleeve as well as a few holes to the right shoulder. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. A reasonable example with an early date for this pattern and a great label.
Original 1951 Dated RAF Ammunition Boots - Size 8M An original pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's boots dated 1951 and in a size 8 Medium. This pattern of boot is usually associated with the British Army and called the ammunition boot or 'ammo' boot. They came into service with the British Army in 1936 and saw widespread issue throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular pair however came as part of an RAF Ordinary Airman's kit and are without a doubt the boots he was issued with and wore whilst serving in the RAF during the early 1950s. They feature the correct toe and heel plates with the toe plates be attached with slotted head screws as per WW2 issue. They also feature a nice stud pattern which is seen on pre-war and early war boots as well as post-war boots - essentially not an economy pattern. The insole of both boots is marked 'HFST 1951 8M' which denotes the manufacturer, year of manufacture and the size. The size is also marked to the sole of each boot. The boots are in good condition and display well. They are of course a pair of vintage boots that are almost 70 years old and this needs to be taken into account. A nice pair of period boots which are clearly dated and a reasonable size.
Original 1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic An original 1951 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic complete with early insignia. Whilst this tunic is dated 1951 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example features early pattern albatross insignia to the top of each sleeve as worn in the Battle of Britain making this an ideal display or re-enactment piece for the early war period. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states 'Jackets OA, Size No.7' which will fit a 36" chest and a 32" waist well. Overall, a nice original jacket which would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector interested in the Battle of Britain.
Original 1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size 13 An original 1951 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a good size No.13. Whilst this tunic is dated 1951 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example features later 'staybrite' buttons and buckle as well as post WW2 insignia to the sleeve. This could all be changed to make the tunic identical to a wartime example. Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which states the size as No.13 which will fit someone of 6' tall with a 37-38" chest and a 34" waist. The 1951 date is also present as is the War Department Broad Arrow marking. The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures with only limited signs of wear and use. This is a vintage item however and may have small issues consummate with age. All in all a nice original tunic in a good size which would make a perfect stand-in for a WW2 example with a little work.
Original 1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Trousers - Size 17 A good original pair of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers made in 1951 and identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and is mainly legible. It states the size as No.17 which will fit a 33-34" waist and a 30 1/2" leg. The manufacturers name is marked as 'J. Compton, Sons & Webb Ltd'. Below this is the 1951 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The trousers will suit someone of around a 31" waist and when laid flat measure - Waist - 16" Inside leg -30 1/2" The trousers are in good condition and display well. They are a vintage pair of pre-owned trousers however so may have small issues consummate with age. All in all a good pair of RAF OA trousers dating from just after the Second World War. They would fill a gap in a collection or could be use for re-enactment.
Original 1951 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Tunic An original 1951 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a good size No.11. Whilst this tunic is dated 1951 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example features brass buttons and post WW2 insignia to the sleeve. This could all be changed to make the tunic identical to a wartime example. Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which states the size as No.11 which will fit someone of around a 38-39" chest and 35" waist. The War Department broad arrow is present as is the 1951 date. The tunic is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures with only limited signs of wear and use. This is a vintage item however and may have small issues consummate with age. All in all a nice original tunic in a good size which would make a perfect stand-in for a WW2 example with a little work.
Original 1951 Dated Women's Issue Shoes by 'B. Toone & Co Ltd' - Size 4 An original pair of women's military issue shoes clearly dated 1951 and in a size 4. These shoes are original new old stock and came to me still wrapped in their original packaging which they have been in for the last 69 years! The shoes are completely original and untouched and come with an original set of laces. The design of the shoe makes them an ideal stand-in to wartime dated shoes. They feature a plain toe and low heel and are a very period construction and would be much more suitable than any modern day shoes for a mannequin or re-enactment. These would be suitable as a finishing touch to a whole host of uniforms including WAAF, WREN, Civil Defence, NFS, Red Cross, Nurses and many others. Inside the shoes bare numerous markings including the makers name of 'B. Toone & Co' and the 1951 date. As well as this they have the War Department broad arrow stamp confirming that they are indeed military issue shoes. The shoes are in good condition and have never been worn. There is a small amount of damage to the insole as shown in the pictures but otherwise the shoes display very well. Altogether an excellent pair of shoes in amazing new old stock condition. They would be ideal for re-enactment or to complete a mannequin and are much cheaper than scarce war dated examples!
Original 1952 Dated British Army 1950 Pattern Bush Jacket - Size 2 An original 1950 pattern British Army Bush Jacket clearly dated 1952 and with British Airborne history. This pattern of jacket closely follows the design of those used during the Second World War. It is made from cellular cotton, or ‘Airtex’ as it is often referred to and features pleated chest pockets and lower flapped pockets. This particular jacket has previously had a parachute qualification wing stitched to it which has sadly been removed at some stage. The outline can be made out clearly on the sleeve along with a couple of other holes lower down which may also be related to badges. Inside the jacket retains its original issue label which states the size as 2, the manufacturer as 'Windsmoor (Macclesfield) LTD', bares the 1952 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 20" Shoulders - 16 3/4" Length - 27" The condition of the jacket is reasonable for its age and it displays reasonably well. It does have signs of wear and use which can be seen in the pictures along with the other odd mark here and there. Please study the pictures carefully as they form part of the description and remember that this is a pre-worn vintage item. A nice original post-war jacket with airborne ties. This would make a great addition to any collection!
Original 1952 Dated British Army Ammunition Boots - Size 10M An original pair of British Army Ammunition boots in a size 10M and clearly dated 1952. This pattern of boots came into issue with the British Army in 1936 and saw issue throughout the Second World War and well into the 1950s. This particular pair are the correct wartime pattern with 13 studs and slot head screws to the toe plate. One of the screws is missing from each toe plate in line with wartime economy measures and makes the boots an ideal stand-in for a more expensive pair of war dated boots. The boots come fitted with their original laces and don't appear to have been worn since the 1950s. They have been 'bulled' for walking out or parade use and overall display very nicely. Inside the boots the original makers name of 'B.B Ltd' is present as is the 1952 manufacture date and the size, 10M. The size is again marked to the sole, as is usual with this pattern of boots. The boots are in good condition and display well. The leather has harden a little after years of being in stored away so could potentially benefit from being treated with some leather product. A nice pair of early 1950s boots which could easily pass for wartime examples and would make a great stand-in.
Original 1952 Dated British Army Demob Waistcoat An original 1952 dated British Army demob waistcoat complete with its original paper label. From 1942 onwards Great Britain began making suits for demobilized service men, that is those men who had served in the Armed Forces but had now left. They continued making these suits well into the 1950s with the style more-or-less unchanged. This example dates from 1952 but the material is identical to those made during the 1940s and the lack of a rear belt and buckle is typical of the economy measures undertaken on men's clothing in this period. This particular example comes complete with its original paper issue label making it a collectable in its own right. The label is interesting because it tells us that this waistcoat would have original been part of a single breasted three piece suit. The sizes on the label refer to the whole suit stating the chest as a 37" chest, the waist at 33" and the leg at 31". The leg has the letters 'P.T.U' after it which I can only assume means 'Pre-Turn Up'. The waistcoat is made from a blue pinstripe cloth which is typical of the 1940s and demob suits. It is brighter than it shows up in the pictures. The lining is also the striped kind often found in this era. The overall condition of the waistcoat is good as can be seen in the pictures. It is very unlikely that this has ever been worn as the label would have either been removed or would have worn of very quickly, as they are only lightly tacked on. Altogether a nice original waistcoat which still has its original label. Wear it or keep it as a collector piece!
Original 1952 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size No.6 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1952 and in a size No.6. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a steel buckle. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'John Peck & Co Ltd'. The 1952 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking and various details relating to sizes. The jacket is designed to fit a 38-40" chest and a 34-35" waist. The jacket is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has signs of wear and use and has clearly been laundered. There is a small hole above the waist belt as can be seen in the pictures. Overall it is a very wearable jacket and displays very well but is a vintage pre-worn item so may have small issues consummate with its age. A nice original example of a Denim Blouse in good wearable condition.
Original 1952 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers - Size No. 4 An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1952 and in a size No. 4. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. This particular pair still retain their original manufactures label the exterior of the seat. It states the size as No. 4 which is designed to fit someone with a 33-34" waist and 30" inside leg. It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 17 3/4" Rise - 16 1/4" Rear rise - 19" Inside leg - 29 1/2" Cuff - 9" The label also bears the manufacturers name ''KNEVERNE LTD', the 1952 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some limited staining, mainly to the front of the legs and a few holes near the cuff of each leg. These are detailed in the pictures so please take time to study them and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of 1950s work trousers which may have other small issues consummate with their vintage. A nice original pair of post-war dated trousers in a good size and with a nice clear label.
Original 1952 Dated British Army Denim Blouse - Size No.4 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1952. This pattern of Battledress blouse came into issue with the British Army during the Second World with this example being identical to mid-later war manufactured examples. It features of complete set of revolving shank buttons which are held in place with original brass rings. It also has an original chromium plated waist buckle which is again removable and the same as WW2 pattern. Inside the jacket retains its original manufactures label which states the size as size No. 4 which will fit up to a 39" chest and bares the 1952 date. All in all a a good condition early post-war jacket which is identical to the wartime pattern.
Original 1952 Dated British Army Enamel Mug An original British Army Brown Enamel mug of the same pattern used in the Second World War but dated 1952. The enamel mug is synonymous with the British Army during the Second World War and this type in brown was introduced sometime in the mid-war period, staying in issue well into the 1950s. This particular example is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use in the way of a few chips. It is a clean usable example but please study the pictures for a better idea of overall condition. This would be ideal for someone collecting Korean War British items or as a stand in for a war dated example.
Original 1952 Dated British Army Rain Cape Groundsheet An original 1952 dated example of the British Army Rain Cape Groundsheet in good used condition. This pattern of rain cape came into issue with the British Army in 1917 and was designated MKVII. It remained in use with various changes for the next 30-40 years, with the main shape and outline being unchanged. Late in the Second World War manufactures changed the colour of these capes from khaki to green and this production carried on well into the 1950s. The cape bares the original makers marking in one corner which reads 'G Strauss & Sons Ltd' 1952. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present. The condition of the cape is good as can be seen in the pictures. There are no rips or tears or any others signs of damage. There are signs of use and it may benefit from a clean. Overall a nice original late war pattern cape in good usable order.
Original 1952 Dated British Army Undershirt An original British Army wool undershirt made by 'A.H.M LTD' and dated 1952. This shirt is the same pattern used during the Second World War featuring a crew neck and short sleeves and could easily pass as a wartime example. The label features the War Department arrow as well as the size which in this instance is 3. The measures at 19 1/2" pit to pit so should fit a 38" chest comfortably. The overall condition is good and there are no real signs of wear. There are various storage marks though which can be seen in the photographs. Overall, a good period item which could easily pass for WW2.
Original 1952 Dated British Physical Training Shorts An original pair of RAF 'Shorts, Gymnastic, Blue', often referred to as P.T Shorts. This pattern of shorts was used for many years in both the British Army and Royal Air Force and could easily pass as a WW2 pair. Made from a deep blue cotton, the short feature and elasticated waist and a short button fly which fastens with black plastic buttons - the same style as found on War Service Dress. Inside the shorts retain their original label which states the shorts as a size 3 which will fit around a 34" waist. The manufacturer is 'H. Anderton & Co. Ltd', the War Department Broad arrowing marking is present, as is the 1952 date. Another smaller label has been added by the original owner below this which reads 'S.A. Cooper'. Due to their elasticated waist the shorts will fit a number of waist sizes. When laid flat they measure 12 1/2" across the waist and when stretched to their full extent 19". The shorts are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. They are still very wearable and display well with a good washed-out, used look. All in all, a nice pair of period shorts.
Original 1952 Dated RAF Beret - Size 6 7/8 An original RAF beret made by 'Supak Manufacturing Co. Ltd' and dated 1952. Berets came into issue with the RAF in the later part of the Second World War and became standard headwear for many years after. This particular example dates from the immediate post-war period and features a good set of markings to the interior. The overall condition is good as can be seen in the pictures. A nice original beret ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike.
Original 1952 Dated RAF OA Trousers - Size 27 A good example of RAF Ordinary Airman's trousers dated 1952 but identical to wartime pattern. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF during the 1930s and stayed in service well into the 1950s. The trousers feature a fishtail back, a slash pocket to each hip and black horn brace buttons around the outside of the trousers. The original label is still present inside the trousers and nice and clear. It states 'Trousers, Service Dress O.A. Size 27'. The 1952 date is in evidence as is the War Department broad arrow marking and manufactures name. The trousers are designed to fit up to a 34" waist and have a 32 1/2" inside leg so are a good taller size which would suit a re-enactor. The overall condition of the trousers is good with only limited signs of wear and age. There is a small hole to the lower right leg as shown in the pictures but generally speaking the condition is reasonable for their age. A good pair of trousers which would be ideal for a WW2 re-enactor or for a mannequin due to their larger size.
Original 1952 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - SIze 8 An original 1952 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Four Pocket tunic. This pattern of tunic came into use with the RAF during 1936 and saw use throughout the whole of the Second World War and for many years after with all men under then rank of Flight Sergeant. This example still retains its original label which states Montague Burton as the manufacturer and the year of manufacture as 1952. The label is bare the size which in this case is No.8 which will fit someone of height 5'7" - 5'8" and a 37-38" chest. The tunic is missing its buttons and isn't in perfect condition generally but this has been reflected in the price. Altogether a reasonable post-war tunic which would make a good stand-in for a wartime example.
Original 1952 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Tunic An original 1952 dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic in a size 4. Whilst this tunic is dated 1952 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example comes complete with its original insignia which is the post-war blue backed variety. This could be changed for wartime insignia without much trouble. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states 'Service Dress Jackets, OA, Size No.4' which will fit up to a 35" chest and a 32" waist. Overall, a nice original jacket which would be ideal for a re-enactor or collector who wants a jacket which is identical to wartime but on a budget.
Original 1952 Dated RAF Ordinary Ranks Jumper - Size 2 A rare original 1952 dated example of an RAF jumper in poor condition. This pattern of jumper was used during the Second World War and remained unchanged in the post-war years meaning this would be an acceptable stand in for a war dated example. They were issued to Ordinary Airman but were also used by officers and seen commonly worn by aircrew. The jumper retains its original issue label which states the manufacturer as 'L.G. & Co Ltd' and the size as '2'. The 1952 date is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. To the left of this label is another which has been added by the original owner and bares his serial number in ink. The jumper is a smaller size measuring 21" pit to pit meaning it would suit someone of around a 38" chest depending on desired fit. Sadly, the jumper is in poor condition with a plethora of holes. This has been reflected in the price and could be repaired with careful darning and then worn, or displayed as is. A rare opportunity to acquire this pattern of jumper.
Original 1952 Dated Royal Army Ordnance Corps Beret with Bullion Badge An original 1952 Dated British Army Officers Beret with a bullion Royal Army Ordnance Corps badge. This original beret is the deep navy blue colour used by the British Army after the Second World War. Due to its early date it is still the large crown style which was popular in the Second World War rather than the later smaller crown pattern which came into issue a few years later. The outside of the beret features an original Queens crown bullion embroidered Royal Army Ordnance Corps Officers cap badge which is in good condition and makes the beret more interesting than your usual run-of-the-mill beret of this period. The interior shows signs of wear but some of the original markings are still visible. The makers name, 'Kangol' is still legible as is the War Department broad arrow marking and 1952 date. The condition of the beret is good and it displays well. All in all a nice original beret from the immediate post war period with an interesting officers cap badge.
Original 1952 Dated Royal Ordnance Factory Workers Black Leather Boots An original pair of 1952 dated Royal Ordnance Factory Workers Black leather boots in un-issued condition. This pattern of boots was used during the Second World War in munitions factories across Great Britain and were specifically designed to have no metal anywhere in their construction. They feature a leather sole and leather uppers but no metal eyelets, cleats or similar. The heels are held on with pegs which can be seen in the pictures. This particular pair were made by ‘Longbuck’ in 1952 but are identical to wartime manufacture and come with a set of original leather laces already fitted. The 1952 date and makers stamp is inside the boot stamped onto the insole whilst the sole of the shoe bares the size which in the case is 5M. The War Department broad arrow is also present to the insole as is standard on British military items such as this. The boots are in fantastic new old stock condition and have clearly never been worn. There is no wear to the soles and they have clearly been stored for their entire life. They display very well indeed but it is important to remember that this is a pair of vintage shoes which may have issues consummate with age. All in all a nice pair of original WW2 pattern boots in great condition.
Original 1952 Dated Women's Issue Shoes by 'John Cave' - Size 4 An original pair of women's military issue shoes clearly dated 1952 and in a size 4. These shoes are original new old stock and came to me still wrapped in their original packaging which they have been in for the last 68 years! The shoes are completely original and untouched and come with an original set of laces. The design of the shoe makes them an ideal stand-in to wartime dated shoes. They feature a plain toe and low heel and are a very period construction and would be much more suitable than any modern day shoes for a mannequin or re-enactment. These would be suitable as a finishing touch to a whole host of uniforms including WAAF, WREN, Civil Defence, NFS, Red Cross, Nurses and many others. Inside the shoes bare numerous markings including the makers name 'John Cave', the size '4' and the 1952 date. As well as this they have the War Department broad arrow stamp confirming that they are indeed military issue shoes. Altogether an excellent pair of shoes in amazing new old stock condition. They would be ideal for re-enactment or to complete a mannequin and are much cheaper than scarce war dated examples!
Original 1953 Dated 'Jackets, Khaki Drill, OA, 1949 Pattern An original RAF OA Khaki Drill Tunic dating from 1953 but the same pattern as worn during the Second World War. This pattern of tunic is designated as 1949 pattern as was made in 1950 but would pass for a WW2 example for either reenactment or a mannequin. Wartime examples are now getting hard to find so this would make a good stand in. The jacket features a four button front with two RAF style scalloped chest pockets and two lower flapped pockets, a waist belt and brass buckle and long sleeves. It is essentially the same as the blue serge RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic but made from a khaki cotton drill material. All the buttons are brass kings crown examples as used during the Second World War. The sleeves feature WW2 style KD albatross badges which feature a red eagle embroidered onto a khaki background. Further down the sleeve is evidence of where Leading Aircraftsman insignias have previously been fitted. This could be re-fitted or even covered over with Sergeant stripes if the next owner felt so inclined. Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the tunic as being a size No.15 which will fit up to 6' tall, a 38" chest and a 34" waist. It also states the manufacturer as 'H. Lotery & Co LTD' and the date as 1953. The War Department broad arrow is also present towards the bottom of the label. The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been issued and seem some use but doesn't have any signs of undue wear or damage. There are some marks etc so please study the pictures and remember that this is a vintage pre-worn item. All in all a nice original RAF tunic which would make a good stand-in for a wartime example.
Original 1953 Dated 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill Bush Jacket An original 1950 Pattern British Khaki Drill Bush Jacket dated 1950 in good condition. This pattern of tunic came int service during the immediate post-war years and bares many similarities with its wartime predecessor. It is made from a cellular cotton, often referred to as ‘Airtex’, and is cut in a classic bush jacket style. The jacket features epaulettes, pleated chest pockets and a buttoning cuff. All the buttons are green horn examples which are correct for the period. Inside the jacket still retains its original issue label which states the manufacturer as ‘World’s Wear Ltd’, the manufacture year as 1953 and the size as No.5 which will fit someone of around 5’ 8” with a 35-37” chest and a 30-32” waist. The label also bares the War Department broad arrow marking. As well as the original label the jacket also bares the War Department ink stamp which is surmounted by the letter ‘M’. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 20 1/2” Inside Arm - 15“ Outside Arm - 20“ Waist - 18” Length - 27” Shoulders - 16” The condition of the jacket is good for its age and displays well. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a nice original British Bush Jacket in good usable condition.
Original 1953 Dated 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill Shorts - Size 4 An original pair of 1950 Pattern British Khaki Drill Shorts clearly dated 1953. This pattern of shorts actually came into issue with the Royal Air Force at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'. The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. Inside the shorts the original issue label is still present and states the size as No.4 and the manufacturer as 'J. G. Greenway & Co Ltd'. The War Department broad arrow is also in evidence to the bottom of the label. The shorts appear to be smaller than the size stated on the label and when laid flat measure - Waist - 13 3/4" Rise - 14 1/4" Rear rise - 14 1/4" The shorts are in good wearable condition with no major signs of undue wear. They do have signs of age including some staining. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that these are a pre-worn pair of vintage shorts. All in all a nice pair of original early 1950s Khaki Drill Shorts!
Original 1953 Dated British Army 'Jumpers, Heavy' - Size 3. An scarce original 1952 pattern 'Jumpers, Heavy' clearly dated 1953 and marked as a size 3. This pattern of Jumper came into issue in 1952 but was quickly replaced by the 1954 pattern which had additional cotton drill patches to the shoulders. Due to its short service life it is now arguably the rarest pattern of what are often referred to as 'Commando Sweaters'. The jumper features khaki cotton drill trim to each cuff and re-enforcing around the neck in the same material. There is clear evidence on the elbows where the cotton drill reinforcing was originally but has since been removed. These are the correct features for the 1952 pattern jumper. There are two holes in the front of the boat-shaped neck opening through which a cord would have originally been fitted to tighten the neck. This has clearly been removed or lost by the original owner. Inside the jumper the original label is still present and reads 'Size 3, L.B. Ltd, 1953' and is followed by the War Department broad arrow marking. The jumper will fit around a 36-38" chest as they are designed to stretch out and cling to the body at the same time. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 17 1/2" (19" when pulled) Inside arm - 23 1/2" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 18" Length - 25 1/2" The condition of the jumper is good for its age and it displays well. It does have a number of holes as detailed in the pictures and wear around the neck. It is still a good wearable item none-the-less. Altogether a good example of this scarce pattern of Korean War period knitwear.
Original 1953 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse A original 1953 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse by 'W. A. Phelps (London) Ltd. This pattern of Battledress blouse came into issue with the British Army during the Second World with this example being identical to mid-later war manufactured examples. It features of complete set of revolving shank buttons which are held in place with original brass rings. It also has an original chromium plated waist buckle which is again removable and the same as WW2 pattern. Inside the jacket retains its original manufactures label which states the size as size No. 7 which will fit someone of around 5' 9", 36-38" chest and a 32-34" waist. There is also a War Department ink stamp inside the jacket which bares the broad arrow and is surmounted by the letter 'L' which is correct for the year of manufacture. The overall condition of the jacket is very good as can be seen in the pictures. It does not appear to have seen much use and displays nicely. The only flaw I can find is a small hole where a corporals stripe has been removed so I have included a picture of this. All in all a nice wartime pattern Battledress blouse in nice condition.
Original 1953 Dated Civil Defence Overalls An original pair of Civil Defence Overalls dated 1953 and in good condition. This pattern of overalls closely follows that used by a variety of people during the Second World War making them an ideal stand in for an original wartime dated example. This pattern is close to that used by the RAF and the WAAF as well as by as those serving on the Home Front. Made from a deep indigo coloured sanforized cotton, the overalls are a simple design as was favoured from the Great War through to the Second World War. They feature a buttoning front and a stand collar, typical of earlier overalls. The have long sleeves and a buttoning cuff, single chest pocket and slash pockets to the hips. Epaulettes are present to the shoulders and fasten with black revolving shank buttons, as commonly found on workwear, whilst the rear features a cinch-back belt and buckle - Another typical early feature. The original manufacturers label is still present to the rear of the overalls and is both bright and legible. It states the size as No.4 which will fit someone of 5'6" to 5'8", a 34-36" chest and a 30-32" waist. When laid flat they measure - Chest - 18 3/4" Waist - 17" Inside arm - 17 1/4" Outside arm - 22" Inside leg - 29 1/2" Cuff - 9" The overalls are in good condition with no signs of serious wear or use. They have clearly been laundered on a couple of occasions but overall display well and have plenty of year wear left in them. All in all a nice pair of early overalls with some great details. These could suit a re-enactor or would make a good stand-in for a wartime set in a collection.
Original 1953 Dated Civil Defence Overalls - Size 3 An original pair of Civil Defence Overalls dated 1953 and in new old stock, unworn condition. These overalls were originally labeled as 'Overalls, Training, Firemen's F.S.12' but have been redesigned Dungaree Combination Blue C.D.1'. This pattern of overalls closely follows that used by a variety of people during the Second World War making them an ideal stand in for an original wartime dated example. This pattern is close to that used by the RAF and the WAAF as well as by as those serving on the Home Front. Made from a deep indigo coloured sanforized cotton, the overalls are a simple design as was favoured from the Great War through to the Second World War. They feature a buttoning front and a stand collar, typical of earlier overalls. They have long sleeves and a buttoning cuff, single chest pocket and slash pockets to the hips. Epaulettes are present to the shoulders and fasten with black revolving shank buttons, as commonly found on workwear, whilst the rear features a cinch-back belt and buckle - Another typical early feature. The original manufacturers label is still present to the rear of the overalls and is both bright and legible. The manufacturers name is stated as ' George Davis & Co., (M/c) Ltd.' of Manchester and the date of 1952 is present which has then be altered to 1953. Below this information is the War Department broad arrow marking. The overalls are a size 3 which are intended to fit someone of 5'3" - 5'5" with a 37-39" chest and a 33-35" waist. There is also a War Department inspection stamp in white ink inside the overalls which is surmounted by the letter 'L'. In the same white ink is a large number 3 which refers to size. The overalls are in dead stock, unworn condition and have clearly been in storage since they came out of the factory. Whilst they are in almost perfect order they are creased and have some odour from storage. A fantastic set of original coveralls in virtually brand new old stock condition. Vintage items in this unworn condition are becoming hard and harder to find!
Original 1953 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Khaki Drill Tunic - Size 10 An original RAF OA Khaki Drill Tunic dating from 1953 but the same pattern as worn during the Second World War. This pattern of tunic is officially designated as 'Jackets, Khaki Drill, O.A. 1949 Pattern' but would pass for a WW2 example for either re-enactment or a mannequin. Wartime examples are now getting hard to find so this would make a good stand in. The jacket features a four button front with two RAF style scalloped chest pockets and two lower flapped pockets, a waist belt and brass buckle and long sleeves. It is essentially the same as the blue serge RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic but made from a khaki cotton drill material. All the buttons are brass kings crown examples as used during the Second World War. The sleeves feature nice WW2 period KD insignia including semi embroidered albatross badges. Below this is clear evidence of where Sergeant stripes were previously affixed. Inside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the tunic as being a size No.10 which will fit a 37-38" chest and a 34" waist. The manufacture is marked as 'H. Lottery & Co Ltd' below which is the 1953 manufacture date. The War Department broad arrow marking is present below this. A second label is found inside and reads 'FULLY SHRUNK'. These are regularly found on British Made KD items. The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been issued and worn but does not exhibit signs of undue wear or use. A good example overall which would make a fair stand-in for a wartime dated example.
Original 1953 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Khaki Drill Tunic - Size 3 An original RAF OA Khaki Drill Tunic dating from 1953 but the same pattern as worn during the Second World War. This pattern of tunic is officially designated as 'Jackets Khaki Drill O.A. 1949 Pattern' but would pass for a WW2 example for either reenactment or a mannequin. Wartime examples are now getting hard to find so this would make a good stand in. The jacket features a four button front with two RAF style scalloped chest pockets and two lower flapped pockets, a waist belt and brass buckle and long sleeves. It is essentially the same as the blue serge RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic but made from a khaki cotton drill material. All the buttons are brass kings crown examples as used during the Second World War. The sleeves feature nice WW2 period KD insignia including semi embroidered albatross badges and economy printed Leading Aircraftman rank badges. nside the tunic the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the tunic as being a size No.3 which will fit a 32-33" chest and a 30" waist. The manufacture is marked as 'Guise (Leeds) Ltd' below which is the 1953 manufacture date. The War Department broad arrow marking is present below this. A second label is found inside and reads 'FULLY SHRUNK'. These are regularly found on British Made KD items. The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been issued and worn but does not exhibit signs of undue wear or use. It does however have some rust marks; namely to the belt and to the rear shoulder area. These are detailed in the pictures and reflected in the price. A good example overall which would make a fair stand-in for a wartime dated example.
Original 1953 Dated RAF Pilot Officers Uniform with Navigator Brevet An original Royal Air Force Officers Service Dress Uniform to a Pilot Officer Navigator. This pattern of officers service dress was introduced shortly after the Second World War. It is almost identical to its wartime counterpart but features a three button closure to the jacket jacket rather than four seen on earlier examples. The chest bears a nice, oversized padded Navigators brevet whilst the cuff features the narrow single rank band of a pilot officer. As well as this the suit comes with a matching cloth cover which fastens over the breast and obscures the brevet. The suit was tailored by the prestigious London tailors 'Gieves' in 1953 for a C. O. Jones according to the label found in the inside pocket. It is a finely made suit as to be expected from such a house. The trousers are cut in keeping with the fashion of the 1940s and 1950s featuring a high rise waist and fishtail back. They feature a button as well as buttons to attach braces to around the inside edge of the waistband. The set is a smaller size and will fit someone of around a 36" Chest and 30" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Jacket Chest - 19 1/2" Waist - 16" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 17 1/4" Length - 30" Trousers Waist - 15 3/4" Inside leg - 30 1/2" Both the jacket and trousers are in good condition and display well. There is a small moth nip under the Navigators brevet and a stain to the bottom of the trousers, although this looks like it will come out with careful washing. There may be other small issues consummate with its age but overall it makes for a nice piece. A good example of an early post-war RAF Officers SD with some nice details and very well made. This would make a nice addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1954 Dated 'Suits, S.B. 2 Piece Air Travel' An original British military issue lightweight grey flannel suit dating from 1954. The exact origin of these suits is still somewhat of a mystery. Clearly an issue item as both jacket and trousers feature standard War Department labels; who these were actually issued to is not know. Clearly it was for men who needed to travel in plain clothes when going abroad as made clear by the 'air travel' part of the label and the lightweight half lined construction of the jacket. The suit is made from a lightweight grey flannel material typical of the era. The cut of the jacket is very traditional and would certainly pass for 1940s if not slightly earlier. It features a three button front and a lapel which is typical of the 1930-40s. The interior of the jacket is half lined with rayon and features the War Department issue label inside the pocket. The trousers are made from the same material and have a button fly, waist adjusters, slash pockets, a ticket pocket and belt loops. All these features are typical of those which one would expect to find on a suit of this period. Again the original issue label is present to the interior and a purple ink stamp, similar to those found on demob suits, can be seen on the rear of one of the pocket bags. This stamp is also present in the sleeve lining of the jacket. The sizes of the suit are clearly stated on the labels but the trousers have been taken in. This has been done well and they could easily be let back out to their original size if you so wished. When laid flat the suit measures - Jacket Chest - 20" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 26" Shoulders - 16 1/2" Length at back - 31" Trousers Waist - 15 3/4" Inside Leg - 30 1/2" Rise - 14 1/2" Rear Rise - 18" Cuff width - 9" The condition of the suit is good for its age but it does have a couple of flaw, namely towards the bottom of the trouser legs as shown in the photographs. There is also a small period repair to the seat of the trousers although this is hardly noticeable. The jacket is very good with just one small moth nip to the upper right sleeve. The sleeve lining has also come away slightly inside the jacket as is common with vintage suits. It just needs a couple of tacks to put it back to where it was originally. Overall this is a very nice period suit which displays very well. The military labelling makes it a collectable in its own right an certainly this would make an interesting addition to any collection and would always be an interesting talking point. More photographs are available upon request.
Original 1954 Dated 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Macintosh An original 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Rubberized Macintosh Raincoat dated 1954. The style of this raincoat is totally unchanged from those of the 1930s and 1940s and it could easily pass as one if it wasn't for the label. The War Department approved this pattern of raincoat in the early 1950s and called it the 1952 pattern although it is essentially just a civilian 1930-40s raincoat. It also looks the same as those worn by British Officers during the Second World War. The coat is made from a heavy rubberised material designed to keep the rain off and is half lined with a very period plaid cotton. The coat features a belt made from matching material and a leather covered buckle which is in good condition. An inside pocket can be found below which is a small belt with metal painted eyelets which fits into a corresponding buckle on either side of the coat to keep it done up and in shape from the inside. Two triangular vent sections featuring brass eyelets can also be found under each armpit. Inside the coat there are two labels. One in the neck which relates to the care of the garment, and another in the skirt which is the original issue label. The label states the coats size as 16 which will fit up to a 37" chest. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' and the usual purple colour. The overall condition of the coat is good as can be seen in the photographs. There are marks and stains however as this is a vintage and pre-worn item, so please study the photographs. These are particularly in evidence on the right sleeve. The edges of some of the stitching is also come away where the glue has dried out as illustrated in the pictures. It is still a very wearable item but please bear in mind that it has plenty of signs of wear and age as well. All in all, a nice original Macintosh raincoat in a good size and complete with its original belt. This would be an ideal addition to a period suit or British Army Officers impression.
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse An original British Army Denim Blouse in new old stock condition and dated 1946. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. Whilst the jacket is a post-war dated example it is identical to the wartime pattern. It features revolving shank buttons which are attached with brass split rings and a chromium plated waist buckle. Inside the jacket still retains its original issue label which is bright and legible. This is uncommon to find with original denim items as they are usually washed out. The label states the size as No.10 which is one of the largest sizes of denim battledress made and will fit up to a 43" chest. The label also bares the 1954 date as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 24 1/4" Waist - 20" Inside arm - 19 1/4" Outside arm - 25 1/2" Shoulders - 18" The jacket is in extremely good condition. It has clearly never been issued or worn and looks as it would have done when out of he factory. It displays very well and would certainly be hard to better. All in all a very nice original Denim Battledress Blouse in a hard to find large size.
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 4 An original British Army Denim Battledress Jacket dated 1954 and in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. Whilst the jacket is a post-war dated example it is identical to the wartime pattern. It features revolving shank buttons which are attached with brass split rings and a chromium plated waist buckle. The right sleeve appears to have had an NCO rank stripe attached at some stage and interestingly the breast pockets have been fitted with green plastic general service buttons which is a nice feature. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is still clear and legible. It states the size as No.4 which will fit someone with a 37 - 39" chest and 33 - 34" waist. The manufacturers name of 'James Smith & Co (Derby) Ltd and the 1954 date is present below that. The jacket is in good wearable condition with plenty of life left in it. It is however a vintage, pre-worn item and may have small issues consummate with age so please study the pictures. A nice original post-war battledress blouse i good wearable condition.
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 5 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dated 1954 and in a size No. 5. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features green coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period brass split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a steel buckle which is held onto the jacket with green/brown plastic buttons. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'John Peck & Co Ltd'. The size is marked as 5 which is designed to fit a 35-37" chest and a 31-33" waist. The 1954 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1954 as the year of issue. The jacket is in good wearable condition and displays well. It only shows limited signs of wear and use but is missing one of its brass collar fasteners. As well as this there is a small hole to the rear of the sleeve as detailed in the pictures. Altogether a good example of a Denim Battledress Blouse!
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 5 An original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse made by Raencrest Ltd in 1954 and in a size No. 5. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period brass split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a chromium plated buckle which is held onto the jacket with green plastic buttons. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'RAENCREST LTD'. The size is marked as 5 which is designed to fit a 35-37" chest and a 31-33" waist. The 1954 date is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. As well as this there is a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'M' which denotes 1954 as the year of issue. The jacket is in good wearable condition and displays well. It only shows limited signs of wear and use but may have small issues consummate with age. Altogether a good example of a Denim Battledress Blouse!
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers An original pair of 'Overalls Denim Trousers' clearly dated 1954 and in good condition. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. This particular pair retain their original issue label which is often missing or washed out on example found today. It states the size as No.11, the manufacturer as 'Manclark & Son Ltd' and bears the 1954 date. The War Department broad arrow is also present to the bottom of the label as is usual. Whilst the label states the waist as being 34-36", the trousers have been altered and will suit someone of around a 30-32" waist depending on desired fit. These overalls are designed to be worn over a uniform so should be worn oversize for an authentic look. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 16 1/4" Inside leg - 30 1/2" Rise - 15 1/4" Rear rise - 17 1/2" Cuff - 9 1/4" The trousers are in good condition but have plenty of signs of wear, as is to be expected of a vintage work piece. They bear various stains which add to their character and the only real flaw that I can find is a 2" long hole to the seat seam which needs taking back together. Please study the pictures and remember that these are a pair of vintage pre-worn work trousers and may have small issues consummate with age. Altogether a nice pair of original 1950s British military fatigues in good wearable condition.
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Trousers - Size 8 An original pair of 'Overalls Denim Trousers' in unissued condition and clearly dated 1954. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. This particular pair are in new old stock, unissued condition and still retain their dark green colour they would have had from the factory. These are straight from stores so in unworn condition but do have some creases and a bit of storage smell. The trousers are a good large size which will fit up to a 36" waist and a 32" inside leg, making them ideal for a re-enactor. A fantastic pair of wartime pattern trousers in a larger, wearable size and unused condition. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor!
Original 1954 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Aertex Shirt An original British Khaki Drill Shirt as worn by the British Army and RAF and dated 1954. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. It belonged to a Sergeant who served in the RAF in the post-war period. The shirt features a full button front and short sleeves which were must likely cut down from long sleeves. They feature a nice turn-back detail which would have been added at the same time. The shirt is fitted with green rubber buttons as usually found on British made KD from this period. Two pleated chest pockets are also in evidence and feature scalloped pocket flaps. The epaulettes are still present to the shoulders. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'N.C.S.Co.Ltd' of Belfast who are a less common maker. The size is stated as 15 which refers to the collar and the 1954 date is visible. The RAF contract number of 22E/883 is also present. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 21" Shoulders - 17 1/2" Length - 34" Collar - 15" The shirt is in good condition with some signs of wear and use in keeping with its age. There are some watermarks but these will most likely come out with careful laundering. It is a sound, wearable item but may have small issues consummate with its vintage. Please study the pictures for a better idea of condition. A nice original post-war shirt with some good original features and a nice label.
Original 1954 Dated British Army Tank Suit An original 1954 Dated 'Oversuit, Tank Crews, Withoit Hood' as worn by various armoured units in the later part of the Second World War and during the post-War period. These suits were issued to British Troops in the winter of 1944-45 to a variety of armoured units and feature heavily in photographs of the period. They were often referred to as 'Zoot Suits' at the time and in the post-war years as the 'Pixie Suit'. They also saw issue pos-war and manufacture carried on at intervals, this suit being an example. The pattern did not change after the Second World War and this later example is almost identical to wartime manufacture. The suit is typical of tank suits and features the original manufactures label in the right hand sleeve. It states the size as ‘Size 2’ which will fit up to a 36” chest and a 32” waist. The suit features ‘Swift’ brand zippers to the front and a ‘Flash’ branded zipper to close the fly. All the zips appear to function well. The condition of the overall is good as can be see in the pictures. It displays nicely and could certainly still be worn but it does have number of rips and tears as they almost always do. Due to their bulky nature they usually have a few rips and I have done my best to highlight these in the photographs. There is also some fraying to one of the main zips which again is included in the pictures. This doesn’t affect the working of the zip which runs straight past it. All in all a nice orignal suit with a great patina. This would look great if worn by a reenactor or could be displayed as part of a collection.
Original 1954 Dated British Army Tank Suit - Size 3 An original 1954 Dated 'Oversuit, Tank Crews, Without Hood' in a size 3 and complete with matching hood. This pattern of tank suit was worn by various armoured units in the later part of the Second World War and during the post-War period. These suits were issued to British Troops in the winter of 1944-45 to a variety of armoured units and feature heavily in photographs of the period. They were often referred to as 'Zoot Suits' at the time and in the post-war years as the 'Pixie Suit'. They also saw issue post-war and manufacture carried on at intervals; with this suit being an example. The pattern did not change after the Second World War and this later example is almost identical to wartime manufacture. The suit is typical of tank suits and features the original manufacturers label in the right hand sleeve. It states the size as ‘Size 3’ which will fit up to a 38” chest and a 34” waist. The label features the manufacturers name 'WINDSOR (Macclesfield) LTD', the 1954 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. To the right of the label is the original War Department acceptance stamp is still present and is bright and legible. It is surmounted but the letter 'O'. The suit features ‘Swift’ brand zippers to the front and a ‘Flash’ branded zipper to close the fly, all of which appear to function well. The waist belt fastens with a steel buckle of the same design used on wartime battledress jackets. The suit comes complete with its matching hood which bears the number '3' in ink which relates to size. This means the hood is the correct size for the suit. The suit is in excellent condition and has clearly never been issued or worn. All the metalwork is still bright and all the painted parts still retain all of their green paint. The exterior is still the colour it would have been when new with no staining from wear. There are however some marks, particularly to the sleeves which are from storage. These marks are commonly found on this pattern of suit but don't overly detract. All in all a very nice original suit in great condition. It would make a great addition to a collection without a doubt!
Original 1954 Dated RAF H-Type Oxygen Mask - Size Medium An original H Type Oxygen Mask dated April 1954 complete with a type 54 microphone in a size medium This pattern of oxygen mask came into issue with the RAF in late 1944 and saw Issue well into the post war years. This particular example dates from the mid 1950s but is fitted with the large wartime pattern mic so would be usable for a late war scenario. It would also be ideal for an early Jet-Age period collection The mask is in good condition for its age as can be seen in the photographs but does have some signs of cracking to the rubber. The rubber face piece shows signs of use and handling and is typical of what a mask would have looked like on active service. The interior features the chamois lining and all the metalwork is in good condition. All in all a nice example of an H-Type oxygen mask which would make a good addition to any aviation collection.
Original 1954 Dated USAF 20th Air Force Observers Summer Tunic A nice original United States Air Force Officers Summer Tunic dated 1954 complete with all of its original insignia. The tunic features a good original 20th Air Force patch to the right hand sleeve which appears to have been on the jacket for a very long time. Above the right hand breast pocket is a nice original pin back Observer badge which again could well be original to the tunic. Captains bars can be found on each epaulette also. Inside the tunic retains its original manufactures labels. The tunic was made by 'I. Goldberg' in Philadelphia and features a second label stating that the tunic is made to US military specification. Inside the inner pocket is another label which has the original owners name, James Ewing as well as the date of manufacture dating from 1954. The overall condition of the tunic is fair and it displays nicely but there are however various signs of age and wear. There are some small holes to certain parts of the tunics as well as stains but nothing that detracts too much from the overall look of the tunic. All in all a very original USAF tunic from the Korean War period which would make a nice addition to any aviation collection.
Original 1955 Dated 'Trousers, Drill Green' 1950 Pattern An original pair of 1950 Pattern 'Trousers, Drill Green' often referred to as jungle trousers. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army shortly after the Second World War and feature the cross belt closure to the waist, two slash pockets (one to each hip) and a map pocket to the side of the left leg. This particular pair of trousers come complete with their original chromium plated buckles which fasten the two belts at the waist. As well as this the trousers still retain their original issue label inside the waistband. The label states the trousers as being a size 12 which will fit someone of 6' to 6' 2" tall with a 37 - 39" waist. The waist is adjustable due to the cross belt design. The label also states the inside leg as being 34" so will fit someone tall. The overall condition of the trousers is very good as can be seen in the photographs. They have been worn but do not show signs of excessive wear and there is no visible damage. All in all a nice original pair of 1950 pattern trousers in a rare large size and in nice condition.
Original 1955 Dated 1950 Pattern Bush Jacket An original 'Jackets Bush Khaki, 1950 Pattern' dated 1955 and in worn condition. Often referred to as the 'Khaki Drill Bush Jacket' this pattern of jacket has to be one of the most classic military jackets of the 20th Century. Cut in a typical 'Safari' style, the jacket features two buttoning chest pockets with scalloped flaps, two lower flapped pockets, long sleeves and an integral waist belt with brass buckle. Inside the tunic the original label is still present and states the size as No.7 which fits up to 5'10". 38" chest and a 33" waist. It also bares the manufactures name, 'Faulat, Belfast', the 1955 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 21 3/4" Inside arm - 17 1/2" Outside arm - 23 1/4" Shoulders - 17 3/4" Length - 31 1/2" The condition of the jacket is reasonable for its age and it displays reasonably well. It does have signs of wear and use which can be seen in the pictures along with the other odd mark here and there. Please study the pictures carefully as they form part of the description and remember that this is a pre-worn vintage item. All in all a good example of this pattern of bush jacket with a nice clear date and complete with its original belt and buckle.
Original 1955 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dated 1955 and in a size No.6. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. Inside the trousers the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the manufacturers name as James Smith & Co (Derby) and the war of manufacture as 1955. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as are the various details pertaining to size. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 19 1/2" Rise - 17" Rear rise - 18" Inside leg - 26 1/2" Cuff - 10" The trousers are in good condition with only limited signs of wear and minor staining. Please study the pictures to ascertain the best idea of condition. A nice original pair of 1950s fatigues in good condition.
Original 1955 Dated British Army Water Bottle and Webbing Cradle An original Second World War pattern British Army water bottle in its 1937 pattern webbing cradle which is dated 1955. This pattern of water bottle came into issue with the British Army in the early part of the Second World War and saw extensive issue throughout the conflict. The pattern stayed in use for a number of years post-war due to its good design. There is no visible date on the water bottle itself so it could be an earlier example and is certainly the correct pattern for WW2. The webbing sling is marked with the 1955 manufacture date as well as the makers name and the CN number. The cradle features brass fittings as per early Second World War examples and is unblanco'd. Both parts are in good condition with only limited signs of wear or use. The cork is still present and attached with a piece of string. There is a small hole to the bottom of the serge cover which is detailed in the pictures. All in all a good example of this pattern of water bottle and cradle which would be ideal for both the collector and re-enactor alike.
Original 1955 Dated RAF New Pattern Battledress Trousers An original pair of 1955 Dated RAF Battledress Trousers n good condition. This pattern of trousers came into use with the RAF immediately after the Second World War and stayed in issue for many years. The trousers feature a button fly a single rear pocket and belt loop as well as a narrower leg then WW2 era trousers. Inside the trousers the original issue label is still present and reads 'Trousers No.2 Home Dress N.P.'. They are marked as a size 10 which will fit a 32" waist and feature the 1955 date as well as the War Department broad arrow marking. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 16 1/2" Inside leg - 31" Rise - 16" Rear rise - 19" The trousers are in good used conditon with signs of wear and some staining. There are two small holes near the knee as shown in the pictures. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description and remember that this are a vintage pre-owned pair of trousers and may have issues consummate with this. All in all a good pair of 1950s issue RAF trousers.
Original 1955 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic - Size 10 An original Royal Air Force Ordinary Airman's Tunic dated 1955 and complete with it's original belt. Whilst this tunic is dated 1956 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example comes complete with its original insignia which is the post-war blue backed variety. This could be changed for wartime insignia without much trouble. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states 'Service Dress Jackets, OA, Size No.10' which will fit up to a 37" chest and a 32" waist. The label also bares the 1955 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The jacket comes complete with its original matching belt. Overall, a nice original jacket which would suit both the collector and re-enactor well.
Original 1955 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Socks An original pair of Royal Air Force Blue wool socks by different makers. These came along with the pair listed below and were clearly worn as a pair, even though the labels don't match. They are same size and it would not have been uncommon for them to be worn like this. One sock was manufactured by 'A. B. Ltd' in 1958 whilst the other was made by 'Broxa Redg' in 1955. Both labels bare the War Department broad arrow marking and the size - 11 1/2. The socks are in well used condition with original period darns and some holes. Please study the pictures and remember that these are a pair of pre-owned worn socks! A good addition to an RAF collection, for the serious collector.
Original 1955 Dated Royal Tank Regiment Battledress Blouse An original 1949 pattern battledress tunic dated 1955 and complete with a full set of Royal Tank Regiment 3rd Division insignia. This pattern of battledress came into issue with the British Army in the post-war period and became the standard pattern issued for many years. This example dates from the mid 1950s and features all original Royal Tank regiment insignia including coloured battalion slip on shoulder titles, mother tank and 3rd division patches. Inside the jacket still retains its original issue label which is still bright and legible. It states the maker as ‘WM Templeton & Sons’ and the size as No.4. The 1955 date and War Department broad arrow marking are also in evidence towards the bottom of the label. As well as this the War Department ink stamp can be found stamped onto the interior pocket next to the label and is surmounted by the letter ‘O’. The jacket is in very good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It shows only limited signs of use and age and generally speaking displays extremely well. Originally badged post-war battledress such as this is starting to become more and more collectable. This would make an excellent addition to any battledress collection without a doubt!
Original 1956 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Shirt An Original British Army Khaki Drill shirt by 'Faulat, Belfast' clearly dated 1956. This pattern of shirt came into service with the British Army in the immediate post-war years and closely follows the wartime pattern. It features two breast pockets with scalloped flaps, a spearpoint attached collar and long sleeves with a button cuff. The material is also identical and is often referred to as 'Airtex' which is in fact a cellular cotton. This was popular at the time for tropical clothing due to its lightweight, breathable nature. The shirt does differ though from the wartime pattern in a couple of ways. This pattern features a full button front rather than the earlier half button design, although this is not really seen if it is worn tucked in. The epaulets are fixed on this pattern too, rather than the earlier design where they were removable. Overall however they look pretty similar. This example retains its original issue label inside the neck which states the manufactures name, the date and the size which is '14' in this case. The shirt should be a good fit on someone of around a 38" chest in my opinion. When laid flat it measures - Chest 20" Shoulders 16" Inside arm 20" The shirt also has its original War Department broad arrow stamp to the tail of the shirt which is surmounted with the letter 'T'. Another nice period addition. The overall condition of the shirt is very good for its age and it certainly still has plenty of life left in it. There is a button missing from the front and a small area of damage as shown in the photographs. This has been reflected in the price. Altogether a nice post-war Airtex shirt.
Original 1956 Dated British Khaki Drill Shirt - Size 14 An original British Khaki Drill Shirt as worn by the British Army and RAF and dated 1956 This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. The shirt features a full button front and long sleeves with all the original buttons still being intact. Two pleated chest pockets are also in evidence and feature scalloped pocket flaps. The epaulettes are still present to the shoulders and an original tropical pattern corporal stripe has been added to the right sleeve. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'Fault' of Belfast who were a prolific manufacturer of shirts for the British Forces. The size is stated as 14 which refers to the collar and the 1956 date is visible. As well as this the War Department broad arrow is in evidence. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 19 1/4" Outside arm - 22 1/2" Shoulders - 16 1/2" The shirt also features the War Department broad arrow marking to the tail which is surmounted by the letter 'T'. The shirt is in good condition with some signs of wear and use in keeping with its age. It is still a sound, wearable item but does have small issues consummate with its vintage. Please study the pictures for a better idea of condition. All in all a nice original post-war shirt with some good original features and a nice label.
Original 1956 Dated RAF N.P. Battledress Blouse - Size 12 An original Post Second World War RAF 'Blouse Home Dress NP', sometimes also called 'War Service Dress, New Pattern'. This blouse dates from 1956 and features Leading Aircraftsman insignia to each sleeve as well as black kings crown buttons to the pockets. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states the size as number 12 which is designed to fit a 40-41" chest. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 22 1/2" Inside arm - 20" Outside arm - 26" Length - 22" The jacket is in average condition for its age with signs of wear and use as well as some staining. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a reasonable example of this pattern of jacket in a good size.
Original 1956 Dated RAF Ordianry Airman's Tunic - Size 15 A scarce large size RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic in large size 15. Whilst this tunic is dated 1956 it is identical to those worn throughout the Second World War by all RAF airmen up to the rank of Flight Sergeant as both a working uniform and a walking out uniform. This particular example comes complete with its original insignia which is the post-war blue backed variety. This could be changed for wartime insignia without much trouble. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and states 'Service Dress Jackets, OA, Size No.15' which will fit up to a 42" chest and a 38" waist. The jacket comes complete with its original matching belt. Overall, a nice original jacket which would be ideal for a re-enactor due to its larger size.
Original 1957 Dated 1950 Pattern Jungle Shorts (2) An original pair of 1950 Pattern Jungle Shorts in good condition and dated 1957. These shorts feature the cross belt fastening as well as two slash pockets (on to each hip) and two rear patch pockets with buttoning flaps. Inside the shorts still retain their original issue label which states the size as 12. This is a large size which will fit someone who is 6' to 6' 2" tall and has a waist of between 37" and 39". Due to the waist belt design the waist has a few inches of adjustment. No buckles are included with these shorts so you will have to source your own. The condition of the shorts is very good as can be seen in the photographs. They shorts have been laundered and starched at some point meaning they are currently quite stiff. This could of course be changed by washing them and they will return to a soft cotton feel. Altogether a nice pair of original 1950s military shorts with the sought-after cross belt design and in a large wearable size!
Original 1957 Dated RAF Ordinary Airman’s Socks An original pair of Royal Air Force Ordinary Airman's blue wool socks by 'Broxa Regd'. These socks are the standard issue pattern and both come complete with their original issue labels which bare the War Department broad arrow marking as well as the size which is 11 1/2. The socks are in good condition but are a vintage pre-owned item so may have small defects consummate with this. A good addition to any RAF collection.
Original 1957 Dated Smock Combat Sateen - Size 8 An original British Army 'Smock Combat Sateen' clearly dated 1957 and in a good size 8. Whilst at first glance this jacket could almost pass for a 1960 pattern combat jacket, it is in fact its much rarer predecessor. This pattern replaced the gaberdine smock in approximately 1952 and was made throughout the 1950s seeing widespread issue during this period as well as in the 1960s. This particular example dates from 1957 and was issued to a member of the RAF. It features the stitched collar associated with these 1950s and early 1960s smocks as well as a period 'Aero' branded zipper which is concealed by a button fly. Flapped patch pockets are situated to the front of the jacket which fasten with the same buttons as used for the fly front. The lefthand upper breast pocket has a stitched divide inside it for holding a pen. Two drawstrings also form part of the design with one at the waist and on along the bottom seam. The sleeves feature a buttoning cuff with two button positions and the arms have a reinforced panel around the elbow area. The collar features a button a tab to fasten it around the wearers neck. The interior of the jacket features two open topped patch pockets as well as a large poachers pocket to the rear. This fastens with a single button which is sadly missing. The original labels are also present to the interior with the uppermost featuring care instructions whilst the lower is the usual style of manufacturers label which bears details pertaining to size. It states the jacket as a size 8 which will fit up to a 42" chest and 6' 2" tall. The manufactures name of 'L. Silberston & Sons Ltd' is present as is the 1957 date and the War Department broad arrow marking. The smock is in nice condition and is still very wearable. It has signs of wear and use with some staining but there are no serious signs of damage or wear that I can find. Please remember however that this is a vintage jacket which is over 60 years old so may have small issues consummate with its age. All in all a nice example of this rare pattern of smock complete with its original label and in a good wearable size.
Original 1959 Dated RAF MK 2 Flying Suit - Size 5 A rare original RAF MK 2 flying suit in a good large size 5 complete with an original Navigators brevet and Flight Lieutenant rank. The MK 2 Flying suit came into use with the RAF during the 1950s replacing the earlier MK 1 variant but retained a number of similarities with it and also the Ventile smock, such as the waist buckle and zips. The suit retains its original labels inside which bare the 1959 date, 22c stores reference number and the War Department broad arrow mark. As well as this it also states that it will fit someone up to the height of 72". The flying suit also comes with its original insignia which include a worn Navigators brevet and flight Lieutenant insignia to the epaulettes. As well as this it has an early knife pouch which dates from just after the second world war and would suggest that the original owner was a career man. All in all, a lovely original flying suit with some nice details which clearly belonged to a flyer of some long standing. This would undoubtedly compliment any Jet Age RAF collection!
Original 1959 Dated RAF MK4 Flying Suit An original 1959 dated RAF Flying Suit in good condition. This flying suit is typical of the Jet-Age period. The blue-grey overall features bell shaped 'Lightening' zippers to the pockets and a larger zipper of the same maker to the front. The lower legs feature a variety of button pockets, pull tab adjusters can be found in the waist and a D-ring is on the chest for the oxygen mask. Inside the suit both the original labels are still present. The top label states the RAF stores reference as 22c/1962 and the size as 5. The 1959 date is present a is the War Department broad arrow marking. The larger lower label states 'Suits Flying MK4 and 4a' to the top with various instructions below this, as was common on suits of this period. The condition of the suit is good as can be seen in the pictures but it does have some signs of wear and use as is to be expected with a vintage item which has been issued and worn. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a very nice 1950s RAF flight suit which would make a good addition to any collection or display!
Original 1960s British Army Jungle Green Aertex Shirt An original British Jungle Green shirt dating from the 1960s and in good condition. The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics and was popular with the British military during WW2 as well as in the post-war years. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and short sleeves. Sadly the original label has been removed but there is evidence of where it was original attached. The shirt is a smaller size that will suit someone of around a 36-38" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Shoulders - 17" The shirt is in very good condition as can be seen from the pictures. It has been washed and possibly seen some light use but displays very well overall with no issue or flaws that I can find. All in all a nice post-war aertex shirt which would make a good addition to any collection.
Original 1960s British Army Parachute Qualification Wing An original British Army Parachute Qualification badge dating form the 1960s. The spread of the wing and the construction date this badge to the 1960s and it has clearly been removed from a uniform. The badge is in good condition for its age and displays nicely. A nice original jump wing which would make a good addition to a collection. Free UK P+P
Original 1960s British Jungle Green Aertex Shirt An original British Jungle Green shirt dating from the 1960s and in good condition. The shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics and was popular with the British military during WW2 as well as in the post-war years. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and long sleeves. The original label is present to the inside of the neck but has sadly been washed out. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 23" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 23 1/2" Shoulders - 17 1/2" The shirt is in very good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. Please note however that this is pre-worn vintage item and may have small issues consummate with this. A nice original 1960s shirt made in that great cellular cotton material!
Original 1960s British Khaki Drill Aertex Shirt An original British Khaki Drill Shirt as worn by the British Army and RAF and dating from the 1960s. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. This example dates from the 1960s as is evident from the cut-away collar shape. If features a full button front and long sleeves with all the original buttons still being intact. Two pleated chest pockets are also in evidence and feature scalloped pocket flaps. It appears to have had epaulettes previously which have been removed. The shirt is a small to medium size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 16 1/2" Collar - 14 1/2" The shirt is in nice condition and displays well. There is one small repair to the rear which appears to be a period example and is detailed in the pictures. All in all a nice original cellular cotton shirt with an interesting collar.
Original 1960s French Army Lizard Camo 'Bigeard' Cap An original French Army Lizard Camouflage Bigeard Cap in a assize 55. This pattern of hat was used by the French Army in the 1960s and 1970s and is named after the French General Marcel Bigeard who invented this style. This particular cap is a second pattern example and bares the manufacturers stamp to the interior which states the size as 55. The original owner has also added a name tag to the inside of the hat which reads 'Bernard Casisson' in red on a white field. The hat is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. It has clearly been issued but does not show signs of heavy wear or use and overall displays very nicely indeed. A nice example of the pattern of cap which would make a great addition to a collection!
Original 1960s Grey RAF Mk9 Flying Suit - Size 8 An original 'Suits Flying MK. 9' in grey and dating from the 1960s. This pattern of suit is extremely similar to the MK7 Fling Suit with most of the same details. The suit dates from the 1960s as it is the sought-after grey colour, rather than the later green shade. It features all of its original zips, some of which are marked 'NZ'. The interior of the suit retains both of the original labels. The smaller of the two bares the stores code of 22C/2763 as well as the War Department broad arrow and the size. The suit is a large size number 8 which will fit between the sizes stated on the label. The second label bares the title 'Suits Flying MK. 9.' as well as a variety of instructions. The suit is in well used condition with a variety of patches and repairs which I have done my utmost to detail in the pictures so please take the time to study them. All in all a good example of this pattern of flight suit which would make a nice addition to any Jet Age collection.
Original 1960s RAF Officers Shirt by 'Hawkins of Preston' - Size 15 An original RAF Officers collarless shirt made by Hawkins of Preston in the early 1960s. This shirt is identical to those used during the Second World War by officers in the RAF making it ideal for a WW2 display or re-enactment. The shirt is a half front, or tunic front, style as was popular in the first half of the 20th Century in Great Britain. By the 1950s this style was seen less and less with full buttoning, more fitted shirts becoming the norm. The shirt is made from blue end on end cotton which was the regulation material used for making RAF officers shirts. It features a neckband collar to which a separate collar can be attached and has french cuffs which fasten with cuff links. Inside the neck of the shirt the original label is still present and is typical of the late 1950s and early 1960s in design. It states the makers name as well as that the shirt is made from Poplin which was a popular type of cotton used for shirting in the mid century period. Above the label the neck size is stamped as 15 and a second stamp reads 'Park Lane 17' which may refer to the style. The shirt is in new old stock condition and has clearly never been worn. One cuff still a cardboard imitation cufflink with the brands logo on which it would have had when in the original packaging. It does however have some marks from storage which are detailed in the pictures. All in all a nice original shirt which could easily pass as a WW2 example aside from the later label. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original 1963 Dated British Army Aertex Khaki Drill Shirt An original British Army Khaki Drill Aertex shirt made in 1963. This shirt belonged to a Sergeant in the RAF who served in the post-war years. It is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. The shirt features a full button front and short sleeves which were must likely cut down from long sleeves. They feature a nice turn-back detail which would have been added at the same time. The shirt is fitted with green rubber buttons as usually found on British made KD from this period. Two pleated chest pockets are also in evidence and feature scalloped pocket flaps. The epaulettes are still present to the shoulders and it features a particularly nice collar shape which has been pressed open. Sergeant stripes are fitted to the sleeve and are the white tape style often employed on shirts and jumpers. On close inspection there is evidence of where corporal stripes were fitted before the original owner was promoted which is a nice detail. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'Bencola' who are a less common maker. The size is stated as 15 which refers to the collar and the 1963 date is visible. The RAF contract number of 22E/883 is also present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. A smaller label is fitted above this and reads 'FULLY SHRUNK' and is typical of those found on shirts of this period. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Shoulders - 16 1/2" Length - 34" Collar - 15" The shirt is in good condition with some signs of wear and use in keeping with its age. There are some watermarks but these will most likely come out with careful laundering. There is a small hole to the rear of the left sleeve and another below the vent of the right sleeve to the rear of the shirt. It is a sound, wearable item but may have small issues consummate with its vintage. Please study the pictures for a better idea of condition. A nice original post-war shirt with some good original features and a nice label.
Original 1964 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Trousers An original pair of 1964 dated British Army Khaki Drill trousers. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army and RAF towards the end of the Second World War and feature the cross belt closure to the waist and slash pockets to the hips. This particular pair of trousers are a later example being dated 1964. They are however made from the same cotton drill material as the earlier examples and feature all the same details such as hand stitched button holes and chromium plated waist buckles. The original label is still present inside the trousers and states them as 'Trousers Drill Khaki' and were made by 'F. Fryer & Co Ltd; in 1964. The War Department broad arrow is present as is the size which is stated as 4 and has various details as to the fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 14 1/2" Inside leg - 28" Rise - 13 1/2" Rear Rise - 17" Cuff - 10" The trousers are in extremely good condition for their age with little to no signs of wear. The only flaw I can find is a small stain to the right leg as detailed in the pictures. It is quite possible that this will come out with careful cleaning. Overall they are in nice condition. A nice original pair of Khaki Drill trousers complete with their original issue label.
Original 1964 Dated British Khaki Drill Shirt - Size 15 An original British Khaki Drill Shirt as worn by the British Army and RAF and dated 1964. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric which was popular during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years for tropical clothing. The shirt features a full button front and long sleeves with all the original buttons still being intact. Two pleated chest pockets are also in evidence and feature scalloped pocket flaps. The epaulettes are still present to the shoulders. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and states the manufacturer as 'N.C.S.Co.Ltd' of Belfast who are a less common maker. The size is stated as 15 which refers to the collar and the 1964 date is visible. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 20" Outside arm - 23" Shoulders - 17 1/2" The shirt is in good condition with some signs of wear and use in keeping with its age. There are some marks to the front and one of the cuff buttons has cracked although it is currently still functioning. It is still a sound, wearable item but does have small issues consummate with its vintage. Please study the pictures for a better idea of condition. A nice original post-war shirt with some good original features and a nice label.
Original 1965 Dated Jungle Green Aertex Shirt - Size 13 An original post Second World War British Army Jungle Green Shirt in dead stock unissued condition. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics ad was popular with the British military during WW2 and the post-war period. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and long sleeves. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the maker as 'Ladybird N.I.' who were a prolific manufacturer of shirts for the British Forces during this period. As well as this the 1965 date is present, as is the size of 13 and the War Department broad arrow marking. The shirt is in fantastic condition and has clearly never been issued or worn. It displays very well and would certainly be hard to better although it may have small issues consummate with age or storage so please study the pictures. All in all a stunning original example which would make a great addition to any collection!
Original 1965 Dated Khaki Drill Shorts - Size 5 An original pair of British Military 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill shorts in good condition. This pattern of shorts actually came into issue with the Royal Air Force at the end of the Second World War but the official pattern came into issue a couple of years later. They saw service for a number of years with the British Army and RAF. This style with the cross belt fastening is now often referred to as 'Gurkha Shorts'. The shorts feature the cross belt closure and come complete with their original chrome plate buckles. These are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts and trousers offered on the market today. Inside the shorts retain their original makers label which is weak washed out. Some details are still visible however including the size which is marked as No. 5. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present as is the 1965 date and various details relating to the size. Due to the style of waistband the shorts are slightly adjustable. When fastened they measure - Waist - 14 1/2" Rise - 14" The shorts are in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly been washed an laundered but don't show any real signs of undue wear. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. All in all a nice pair of original 1950 pattern shorts which would make a great addition to any summer wardrobe.
Original 1965 Dated US Navy Blue Utility Cap - Sie 7 1/4 An original 1960s US Navy blue cotton utility cap dated 1965 in a good wearable size 7 1/4. This pattern of hat came into issue during the 1950s and saw action in Korea and Vietnam. They are rare to find today and this authentic example was issued to a sailor named 'Buckingham' around the time of the Vietnam War. Made from a navy blue cotton fabric which is still a nice deep colour. The hat does not appear to have been worn much, if at all and doesn't show signs of sun bleaching or fading from washing. Inside the cap all the original markings appear to be present and are still clearly legible. The size is marked at 7 1/4 and the DSA contract number has 65 in it which relates to the year of manufacture - 1965. The original owner has also marked his name into the headband which reads 'Buckingham'. Altogether a nice, hard to find original cap in a good wearable size.
Original 1965 Dated USMC M65 Field jacket An original United States Marine Corps issue M65 field jacket dating from the Vietnam War. Officially designated 'Coat, Man's, Field With Hood, Nylon Cotton Sateen, OG 107' - this has to be one of the most iconic military jackets of all time. Seen in countless films such as Taxi Driver, Terminator, True Romance and First Blood just to name a few; it has become the most classic of all military jackets and is instantly recognisable. This example is a genuine US Military issue jacket and not a later civillian copy. This is obvious from the original label which is still present and bares the DSA number, which appears to show 1965 as the year of manufacture. It also states the size as 'Medium Short' with a chest of 37-41" and height up to 67". When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 23" Inside arm - 17 1/2" Length - 31 1/2" The jacket features the correct period 'Scovill' to the front which functions well. The collar also features a smaller 'Scovill' zipper which opens and closes the hood pocket. The front left breast pocket bares the USMC marking making this particular jacket more interesting than your average run-of-the-mill example. The jacket is in good condition for its age and still has plenty of wear left in it. There are some marks etc which can be seen in the photographs. Please remember that this is a vintage item and will have wear etc consummate with its age. All in all a nice, original and authentic Vietnam era combat jacket with USMC history.
Original 1966 Dated British Army Jungle Green Shirt - Size 17 An original post Second World War British Army Jungle Green Shirt in dead stock unissued condition and dated 1966. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics ad was popular with the British military during WW2 and the post-war period. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and long sleeves. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and is bright and legible. It states the maker as 'N.C.S. Co. (Derry) Ltd.' and bares the 1966 date, the size of 17 and the War Department broad arrow marking. When laid flat the shirt measures - Chest - 25 1/2" Inside arm - 22 1/2" Outside arm - 25" The shirt is in fantastic condition and has clearly never been issued or worn. It displays very well and would certainly be hard to better although it may have small issues consummate with age or storage so please study the pictures. All in all a stunning original example which would make a great addition to any collection!
Original 1966 Dated RAF G Type Flying Helmet - Large Size 4 + Battle of Britain History This original large size No.4 G-Type Flying Gelemt belonged to John Humphrey Charlesworth Sykes who was a Fleet Air Arm pilot attached officially to the RAF on 29th June 1940. On the 8th of July he joined No.64 Squadron where he flew Spitfires from RAF Kenley. Sykes was the posted to 807 (FAA) Squadron which was posted to Dekheila in Egypt in November 1940 and flew on operations in the Western Desert. He was later with 806 Squadron in Ceylon and took part in the Madagascar landings in HMS Indomitable. He served as Air Gunnery Officer in Coimbatore, India in 1944, at RNAS Nowra in 1948, at the RAN Carrier School at HMS Albatross in 1949, at Yeovilton in 1952 and finally at HMS Centaur. He retired on 29th July 1958 as a Lieutenant Commander and it would have been this later stage of his career when he used this particular flying helmet. This helmet comes complete with all of its original wiring, headphone receivers, ear donuts and oxygen mask clip The flying helmet still retains its original label to the interior which states the helmet as being made in 1955 and a size 4 - the largest size produced. The label also has the original owners name marked on it in ink. He has also written his name in both ears of the flying helmet. This large size helmet is in good condition for its age but has clearly been worn showing sweat staining around the upper section of the helmet. It has clearly been well looked after however and displays very well indeed. The last picture is of the original owner of the helmet himself, John Sykes, around the time of the Battle of Britain. All in all, a lovely and very complete example of a G-type flying helmet with Battle of Britain related history. This would undoubtedly compliment and RAF collection!
Original 1966 Dated RAF G-Type Cloth Flying Helmet - Size 3 An original 1966 dated RAF G Type cloth flying helmet in a large wearable size 3. This helmet comes without earphones or wiring as they were originally issued. These parts can be sourced and fitted if the new owner so wishes. The cloth helmet itself is in good shape, all the poppers are intact and work, the chin strap is good and the label is still intact. A good example of a jet age RAF G-type flying helmet in a good size 3.
Original 1970 Dated RAF G Type Flying Helmet- Size 3 An original RAF G Type Flying Helmet dated 1970 and in a larger size 3. This pattern of helmet came into issue with the RAF in the early post-war period with the earlier example being made in grey. In the late 1960s this was changed to green as per this example although the material and design remained the same. This example comes complete with its original inner ear cushions as well as its receivers and wiring . The original label is present inside the helmet and states the size as No.3 and bares the 1970 date at the end of the contact number. The War Department broad arrow marking is also present on the label as is the RAF 22C flying clothing stores number. The original owner has added their name in ink to inside of one of the ear cushions which reads ‘Group Captain Jenkins’ which could well warrant further research. The helmet is in good condition overall and displays very well. On of the rear goggle straps has a broken pop stud as can be seen in the pictures, but other than this appears to be in good shape. All in all a nice Cold War period flying helmet which offers the chance of further research.
Original 1970 Dated RAF MK 7A Flying Suit (Jungle Green) and Original Box An original RAF MK 7A Suits Flying (Jungle Green) dated 1970 in a big size 8 complete with patches, whistle and its original cardboard stores box. The flying suit was made by Howard Flint Ltd and packed in January 1968 according to the information on the original cardboard box. The suit itself has an ink issue stamp for 1970, but issue stamps are usually later than the manufacture date. The suit is a very large size 8 which will someone between 6' and 6'3" tall. The original owner appears to have been an RAF parachute instructor judging by the badges on the suit which appear to be original. To the left sleeve is a large printed No.1 Parachute Training School patch and inside the right thigh pocket are instructions on parachute training. On the left sleeve is a U.S. Air Force patch which was most likely given to the original owner whilst working with the USAF and below this is another patch which I have yet to identify. The suit features a white plastic ACME whistle on a nylon cord which is stored in the top right zipped breast pocket. On the left sleeve is a pen holder with an original period metal pen clip still attached. The suit features chrome plated 'NZ' zips all round which work well. The original box is also included in the sale and has clearly always been kept with the suit. The box is in good condition for its age and displays well. All in all, a very original flying suit with some interesting history in a very generous size. The addition of the original cardboard box makes this a true collectors piece and would it would certainly compliment and RAF collection.
Original 1970s British Army Shirt with Parachute Qualification Wing An original 1970s British Army green wool shirt complete with an original parachute qualification wing. This pattern of shirt came into issue with the British Army during the early 1970s and is made from a soft green coloured wool. It features chest pockets and a full button front along with short sleeves and epaulettes. The epaulettes have had shoulder titles fitted at some stage as can be seen by the wholes in the epaulettes. An original period parachute qualification wing has ben stitched to the shirt and is certainly original to it. The original label is still present inside the shirt and although it is somewhat washed-out some details can still be made out. The size is stated as 3 and when laid flat it measures - Chest - 21" Shoulders - 18 1/2" Length -34 1/2" The shirt is in very good condition as can be seen from the photographs. It displays very well with no signs of serious wear or damage that I can find. All in all a nice shirt with original period insignia.
Original 1971 Dated RAF H Type Oxygen Mask - Size Large An original RAF H Type Oxygen mask dated 1971 and in a size large. This pattern of oxygen mask came into issue with the RAF in late 1944 and saw Issue well into the post war years. This particular example dates from 1971 and features the harness used in conjunction with the ‘Bone Dome’ flying helmet. It features an Amplivox 13100 microphone as was standard during this period. The mask is date stamped in the usual place and reads ‘1 71’ denoting January 1970 as the month and year of manufacture. The underside of the mask is also marked with ‘large’, which refers to size, and the War Department broad arrow marking The mask is in good condition for its age with only limited signs of wear and use. It displays well but please study the pictures for a better idea of condition. Altogether a nice Cold War period oxygen mask that would make a nice addition to a collection.
Original AFS Patch Auxiliary Fire Service Insignia A good original example of the AFS patch as worn throughout the war. This patch is in good condition and was removed from a uniform
Original Auxiliary Territorial Service / Royal Horse Artillery Father Daughter Grouping A lovely original grouping to the Dodge family consisting of items from both World Wars. The main body of this group is attributed to W/90557 Kathleen Hilda Dodge who joined the ATS October of 1941 and served throughout the Second World War. There are also a number of items which belonged to her Father 620103 E Dodge who served in overseas with the Royal Horse Artillery between 1915 and 1918. Included with the items attributed to Kathleen is her original AB64 pay book and period pay book case. Inside the book are some pieces of period paperwork pertaining to her time in the ATS as well as her original insignia which include a matched pair of wartime economy printed shoulder titles and a matched pair of Anti Aircraft Command formation patches. Perhaps the nicest part of the group relating directly to Kathleen's service however is her autograph book. It features entries from many people she met during in the war, mostly also serving in the ATS. Some of the entries are quite racy and it offers a very interesting insight into young people of the period. A lot of the entries are dated to the war years with only a couple dating to later. Interestingly she has entered a few of her own pieces of information about her own life which including her engagement to a man named David in 1944 and her engagement and marriage to a different man named Les Duke after the war. What happened to David? As well as a number of ATS related items there are a set of identity discs named to her father, a Great War period signal semaphore leaflet and a large number of postcards, mainly dating from the Great War. There are some particularly nice examples depicting soldiers of the French and British Armies amongst other and all date from between 1915 and 1918, many bearing the army censorship stamp. Altogether a nice original grouping with plenty of scope for further research!
Original Battle of Britain Era MK IVB Flying Goggles + Flip Shield An original pair of RAF MK IVB Flying goggles complete with their original flip shield sun visor. These goggles are indicative of the Battle of Britain and saw widespread issue with aircrews throughout 1940 and 1941. Coming into issue alongside the MK VI and the MKVIA in June 1940, these goggles feature the rare posed spring to the bottom of the anti glare shield. Two large sprung loops which are designed to fit over the head phone receiver donuts of the B-Type Helmet are held together at the rear with a leather and enclosed spring strap. The loops still retain their moveable pop studs which were worn in conjunction with the corresponding guide plates retrofitted to flying helmets using these goggles. The rear leather strap still bear the air ministry markings including the correct stores code 22C/167. The manufactures name of 'W. S & S. Ltd is present as is the Air Ministry marking and the MARK IVB designation. One of the best attributes of the goggles is the original flip shield sun visor, or 'Screen, Anti-Glare (22c/113)' as it is correctly termed. Not only is it in good shape with only minor scuffing and warping but it features the rare exposed spring mechanism. The goggles are in good condition with the frames retaining the vast majority of the painted finish. The ear loops are very good as is the rear strap. The stitching at the end of the leather has been undone, possibly so that the goggles can be released from the helmet quickly. This may be a period adjustment and does not affect they way they display. As is often the case with this pattern of goggles the rear rubber face cushions have deteriorated and the lenses show some signs of delamination. Overall however they display extremely well and would look excellent atop a B-type helmet! This particular pair belonged to a pilot named Birch according to the elderly lady who was the previous custodian. Incredibly there was a Flying Officer Colin Norman Birch who served with No. 1 Squadron flying Hurricanes during the same period as this pattern of goggles were in issue. Sadly I have no hard evidence of provenance but I still felt it was worth including in the description. These goggles are not to be confused with other examples on the market which feature various reproduction parts. These are an authentic untouched example which would make a fine addition to any aviation collection.
Original Battle of Britiain Atributed 1936 Pattern Flying Boots With great pleasure, Blighty Militaria are very please to offer these original Air Ministry marked 1936 Pattern Flying Boots which were worn by a pilot during the Battle of Britain. These boots belonged to 516055 Sergeant Ronald James Sharp who flew Bristol Blenheims with 236 throughout 1940 as part of both Fighter Command and Costal Command. R. J. Sharp was born in Dover in 1914 and joined the RAF in 1933 as an aircrafthand. He retrained in 1939 as a pilot and joined his first squadron in November of the same year. HE flew with 236 Squadron through the Battle for France and Battle of Britain before joining 272 Squadron in November 1940. 236 Squadron saw plenty of action in 1940 and were stationed in a number of different places. From late 1939 they were flying from RAF Stradishall near Bury st Edmunds in Sufflok before being moved to Bircham Newton in North Norfolk in February of 1940 where it was part of Costal Command. 236 then rejoined Fighter Command and was sent to Speke before being moved down RAF Flinton near Bristol. From here they flew defensive patrols over the channel throughout May and June covering the Dunkirk Evacuation. In July they again transferred to Costal Command and were station at Thorney Island and carried on with much the same duties. As for Ronald Sharp, he served with the squadron as a Sergeant Pilot throughout this period. He was made Warrant Officer in mid 1942 and finished the war a Flight Lieutenant. He died in 1995 and is listed on the Battle of Britain Memorial which can be found online. The boots themselves are Air Ministry issue examples and are dated 1938. The fact that these are issue boots and not private purchase examples fits well with the original owner being a Sergeant. The boots bear the Air Ministry AM and crown marking to the reverse side of one of the pullers inside each boot. They also feature the size, in this case 8, and the contract number of 972751.38 which denotes 1938 as the year of the manufacture. The other puller features the original owners name and number marked in ink. It reads 'R. J . Sharp 516055' and crucially is his airmans number, not his later serial number he changed to once commissioned. There is also an A.I.D stamp as often found on flying clothing. It is important to note that the AM markings, AID stamp and owners name and serial are to be found in both boots and all match, thus making them a guaranteed matched pair. The boots are in good condition for their age, especially when you consider how much action these potentially saw. Not only would they have been used throughout the long hot summer of 1940, it is quite possible that Sgt Sharp carried on wearing them when the squadron was re-equipped with Beaufighters and potentially for the rest of the war. Overall the boots display very nicely. There is crazing to the black chromed leather, mainly around the vamp. The sheepskin lining is very good with only limited signs of age wear. The straps and buckles which fasten around the top of the boots are both present although one belt has been shortened, possibly from where it has broken. The soles and heels are both original which is another nice feature of the boots and suggests that they were not worn post-war. The last picture attached to the listing is of R. J. Sharp himself. It was clearly taken at the end of the war as he is wearing his officers uniform which bears campaign ribbons. This is a rare opportunity for this serious collector to add to their collection a piece of original flying clothing that was owned by a pilot who flew with both Fighter Command and Costal Command throughout the Battle of Britain. Without a shadow of a doubt these boots would make a wonderful addition to any collection.
Original British 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill Bush Jacket An original British 1950 Pattern Khaki Drill Bush Jacket dating from the 1950s. This pattern of jacket closely follows the design of those used during the Second World War. It is made from cellular cotton, or ‘Airtex’ as it is often referred to and features pleated chest pockets and lower flapped pockets. The jacket is fitted with revolving shank buttons which fasten the front, the epaulettes and the chest pockets. All are held in place with the correct brass split rings. The cuff fastens with chocolate brown buttons which are stitched directly to the tunic. The epaulettes feature holes where officers rank stars have previously been fitted. There is no label inside the tunic although there is a clear outline of where one was original stitched. The original owner has also marked his name to the interior in ink which reads 'R. C. Pike'. When laid flat the tunic measures - Chest - 23" Inside arm - 20" Outside arm - 25" Shoulders - 18 1/2" Length - 32" The jacket is in good condition for its age but It does have signs of wear and use which can be seen in the pictures along with the other odd mark here and there. Please study the pictures carefully as they form part of the description and remember that this is a pre-worn vintage item. A nice original 1950s cellular cotton jacket which would make a good addition to a collection.
Original British Army 1903 Pattern Leather Belt- Large Size! An original 1903 Pattern British Army leather belt as won during both World Wars and in a large size. This belt was originally part of the 1903 pattern leather equipment which came into issue before the Great War. Aside from a short period of six years from 1917 to 1923 this belt stayed in service well into the post Second World War Period. It is often seen worn as a trousers belt in both World Wars but is also seen worn over the Service Dress tunic by mounted troops, Military Police and more. The Home Guard also used this belt during the Second World War and it formed part of the Home Guard webbing set. This particular example has no date stamps or similar as far as I can see, and due to their long service life are impossible to date accurately when not marked. Both the leather and brass have good age to them though and it certainly wouldn't look out of place with either First or Second World War items. The belt is a rare large size measuring 46" from the tip to the centre of the belt meaning it should fit a 40" waist comfortably. It could also be adjusted to be larger by moving the buckle further down and could gain another inch or two this way. The condition of the belt is good as can be seen in the pictures. It shows only limited signs of age and use and displays well. Altogether a rare, hard to find large size example of a 1903 belt. It would suit a re-enactor or collector very well.
Original British Army 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt - Size L An original 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt as used by the British Army during the First and Second World War. This pattern of belt was introduced into service with the British Army shortly before the Great War and saw widespread use throughout the conflict. It stayed in Service throughout the inter-war period before being replaced by the 1937 pattern belt in 1938. The 1908 pattern was still issued during the first years of the Second World War with many being used in the BEF and the Western Desert. This particular example was made by the Mills Equipment Company as can be seen by the MECo stamp. Following this is a date which is hard to read but looks to be 1919 or similar. The size is marked as 'L' for large and the belt has been blanco'd at some stage. The belt is in reasonable condition overall and but has signs of wear and age. There is a section of frayed material where the belt has been fastened many times which lets it down and is reflected in the price. If worn or displayed fasten as shown in the pictures but on a tunic it would not be visible. A reasonable example of a Great War period webbing belt which could suit both the collector or re-enactor well.
Original British Army 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt - Size M An original 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt as used by the British Army during the First and Second World War. This pattern of belt was introduced into service with the British Army shortly before the Great War and saw widespread use throughout the conflict. It stayed in Service throughout the inter-war period before being replaced by the 1937 pattern belt in 1938. The 1908 pattern was still issued during the first years of the Second World War with many being used in the BEF and the Western Desert. This particular example was made by the Mills Equipment Company as can be seen by the MECo stamp. Following this is a date which is hard to read but looks to be 1918. Two previous owners have marked their names around the same area as the stamps and the belt has been blanco'd at some stage. The belt is in good condition overall and displays well. It shows signs of wear and age but there is no serious damage. A good example of a Great War period webbing belt which would suit both the collector and re-enactor well.
Original British Army 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt - Size S An original 1908 Pattern Webbing Belt as used by the British Army during the First and Second World War. This pattern of belt was introduced into service with the British Army shortly before the Great War and saw widespread use throughout the conflict. It stayed in Service throughout the inter-war period before being replaced by the 1937 pattern belt in 1938. The 1908 pattern was still issued during the first years of the Second World War with many being used in the BEF and the Western Desert. This particular example was made by the Mills Equipment Company as can be seen by the MECo stamp. Following this is a date which is hard to read but most is either 1918 or 1919. Below this the letter 'S' is stamped which denotes the size as small and the War Department broad arrow. The belt is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. It has clearly been blancoed at some stage with a light green shade, typical of those used in the inter-war period and in the BEF. All in all a nice original belt in good condition.
Original British Army 1940 Pattern (Dismounted) Greatcoat - Size 1 An original 1940 Pattern (Dismounted) Greatcoat as used by the British Army during the Second World War. This example is typical of mid war manufacture featuring a full set of green plastic economy general service buttons. As well as this it features printed economy corporal stripes to each sleeve. The overall effect created is that of a very authentic 1943-44 period greatcoat. The coat retains its original issue label to the interior which bares the War Department broad arrow mark as well as the 1943 manufacture date and the 1943 issue date in ink below that. The coat was made by 'The Roscoe Clothing Company' and is a size No. 1. Both the rare manufacture and uncommon small size make this a more collectable greatcoat than many others offered on the market. The overall condition of the greatcoat is very good indeed and this can be seen in the photographs. There are no signs of undue wear or damage and it displays very well. The only flaw I can see is a small hole to the collar. Other than this it is a very clean example. Altogether this is a very nice greatcoat with excellent wartime economy features which would make a great addition to a serious British Army collection.
Original British Army Ammunition Boots - Size 9s Brand new, fresh out of the box 1954 Dated British Army Ammunition boots, or 'Ammo' boots, in a good wearable size 9. These boots came into issue with the British Army in the 1930s and saw extensive use throughout the Second World War and remained standard issue for a number of years after. These boots were taken out of a sealed crate where they have been stored for the past 50 odd years and have remained in remarkable condition. These boots are 'brand new old stock' having never been worn like most boots offered on the market. The soles are clean and new with no studs and all the metalwork is bright and clean. The boots come complete with an original pair of laces which are still bound together in a pair as they were from the factory! Inside the boots are clearly dated 1954 and stamped as a size 9s. Whilst the date is post-war these boots are identical to those use during the Second World War. These would compliment any British Army collection without a doubt and make an ideal stand-in for a war dated pair of boots. These really would be hard to better!
Original British Army Ammunition Boots With SV Commando Sole - Size 13 An original pair of 1963 dated British Army Ammunition Boots with an Isthide 'Commando' Sole in a large size 13. These boots are post-war dated but an extremely good stand-in for a wartime example as they are virtually identical. This pattern of boots was used by the SAS and the Commandos amongst other unit during the Second World War with the pattern still being used well into the 1960s unchanged. The boots feature the standard leather uppers seen on all ammo boots with a toe cap and 6 eyelets. The Isthide soles are screwed in place with the correct flat head screws as used during WW2. The condition of the boots is good with some scuffing to the uppers, particularly at the back. The soles are in good condition also and don't show many signs of wear. The laces included are the original pair which came with the boots and whilst they display well enough they most likely wouldn't be usable if the boots were worn. Inside the boots are stamped with the number 13 which denotes the size as well as the date 1963 and the makers name. If the boots were to be worn they will need some cleaning on the inside. Overall, a cracking pair of boots which would be ideal for a collector interested in SAS or Commando items or a re-enactor with large feet!
Original British Army Denim Battledress Blouse An original British Army Denim Battledress Jacket dated 1954 and in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods., the design closely followed the serge Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This is a second pattern or 'austerity' version which does not feature the pleated pockets of the first pattern jacket. The original label is no longer present inside the jacket meaning it is impossible to date accurately. This pattern ran from approximately 1942 until the late 1950s and will therefore date from this period. The jacket features butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are held on with period split rings to the reverse. The waist fastens with a wartime period steel buckle. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 23" Waist - 17" Inside arm - 16 3/4" Outside arm - 22 1/2" Shoulders - 17 1/2" The jacket is in very nice condition with no real signs of wear or use. It displays very well and has plenty of wear and life left in it.
Original British Army Denim Battledress Trousers An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress trousers as worn during the Second World War and well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. The original label is no longer present so it is impossible to date the accurately. This pattern came into issue during 1942 and stayed in service well into the 1950s. They most likely date from the immediate post-war period. The trousers are a hard to find larger size and will fit a taller man. The waist measures at 19 1/2" so should fit up to 1 36-37" waist. For an authentic fit it is always better to wear denims a size up as they are designed to be worn over the battledress. Tight fitting denims can look wrong. The inside leg measures at 33" ,making them ideal for someone taller. The condition of the trousers is good and they are still very wearable. They have had numerous repairs to them as is common to find with vintage workwear pieces. These can be seen in the pictures and certainly add some character! All in all a nice original pair of trousers which would suit both a collector and re-enactor due to their larger size.
Original British Army Denim Battledress Trousers An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers in excellent condition. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. This particular pair no longer have their manufacturers label although there is clear evidence of where it was previously attached. The War Department broad arrow marking is still present however and is surmounted by the letter 'O' which dates the trousers to either 1942 or possibly 1955. The trousers are a large, wearable size, and when laid flat measure - Waist - 19 1/2" Inside leg - 32" Rise - 17" It is worth noting that for an authentic fit these should be worn oversize as they are designed to be worn over a uniform. With this in mind I would suggest they would be a good fit on a 34-36" waist depending on desired fit. The trousers are in excellent condition as can be seen in the pictures. They have clearly only seen very limited wear with no signs of damage or similar. They have clearly been laundered which has softened the denim. Most of the brace buttons have been removed for around the inside of the waistband but these could easily be replaced if required. Overall they are a very nice example which display very well. A very nice pair of original Denim Battledress Trousers in a large, wearable size and excellent condition!
Original British Army Denim Battledress Trousers An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dating from approximately the 1940s and in a size No. 6. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men’s clothes during this period. This particular pair still retain their original manufactures label to the interior which has sadly had a repair through the middle of the date! The style of label and the internal positioning of it leads me to believe that these are 1940s rather than 1950s. It states the size as No. 6 which is designed to fit someone with a 34-35” waist and 31” inside leg. It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 18” Rise - 16” Rear rise - 18 1/2” Inside leg - 28” Cuff - 9 1/2” The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining, mainly to the front of the legs and there is a repair to the front of the waistband as shown in the picture. Overall they are in good conditon for a pair of 1940s work trousers but please bear in mind that they may have small issues consummate with their age. A nice original pair of trousers in a good size.
Original British Army Denim Battledress Trousers - Size 7 An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers in unworn condition and a size 7. This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period. This particular pair still retain their original manufactures label the exterior of the seat. It states the size as No. 7 which is designed to fit someone with a 32-34" waist and 33" inside leg. It is important to remember that these are designed to fit over the wool battledress trousers so need to be worn oversize for an authentic fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 19" Rise - 18 1/2" Rear rise - 21" Inside leg - 34" Cuff - 10" The label also bears the manufacturers name ''James Smith & Co. (Derby) Ltd' and the War Department broad arrow marking. The date has been obliterated but the trousers will almost certainly date from the early 1950s. The trousers are in excellent condition for their age and appear to have never been issued or worn. The denim material is still bright and stiff with no signs of washing and overall they are in new old stock condition. A very nice original pair denim trousers in a good, larger size and fantastic condition.
Original British Army Denim Tank Suit A scarce original set of British Denim Tank overalls as used during the Second World War. This pattern of tank suit came into use with the British Army during 1942-43 and was designed to be worn over the Battledress uniform in the same way the two piece denim uniform. These saw extensive issue in Normandy and were well liked due to their lightweight, versatile nature. They were also popular overalls during the post-war period with civilians as they were hard-wearing and ideally suited for use in workshops, garages and other places besides. Due to this they have became very rare to find today and have become a sought-after item by collector. The overalls are made from the same green sanforized cotton denim material as the two piece set and feature green horn buttons as were standard on British uniform from 1944 onwards. Unlike the two piece set the overalls feature two map pockets, one to the front of each leg. Another feature specific to this model is the additional pen holding section on the front of the left breast pocket. The bottom of each leg features tabs like he early pattern denim which is just another interesting feature of these rare overalls. The original label is still present inside the overalls. Sadly it has washed out with the details not being clear enough for me to read but is the original issue label, none-the-less. The overalls are a good size but should be worn oversize for an authentic fit. The measurements below should take this into account, as well as the fact that they are cut very wide in the chest. When laid flat they measure - Chest - 23” Waist - 17 1/2” Inside arm - 20” Outside arm - 24 1/2” Inside leg - 31” The condition of the overalls is very good considering that they are a vintage workwear piece. They have various signs of wear and stains as is to be expected. I have attempted to show these in the photographs so please take time to study them. The original waist belt is no longer present although the belt loops are still intact. The internal harness straps have also been removed as was common practice at the time. There is a hole to the rear as well as a period repair to a rip which can be seen close together in the same photograph. Altogether these are a good example of these rare overalls in usable condition. They would make a great addition to any collection with a doubt!
Original British Army Issue Anti Gas Respirator Spectacles An original pair of British Army Anti Gas Respirator glasses as issued throughout the Second World War. This pattern of spectacles was specifically designed to work in conjunction with British Army respirator and featured flat sided arms to help fit under the face piece. This particular pair are in good condition and feature their original case. There is no owners named inside the case so perhaps they weren't issued. The case features the standard printed instructions to the inner base. The overall condition of the glasses is good with no serious issues aside from a small amount of tarnishing to the metal frames. They currently have the original owners prescription lenses fitted but these could be changed for re-enactment purposes. Overall a nice pair of original glasses which would be ideal for a re-enactor who wants to wear period authentic glasses or for somebody who wants the full collection of British Anti-Gas equipment.
Original British Army MT Goggles - Orange Lense A good original pair of British Army MT goggles and box as worn by drivers, tank crews, dispatch riders and more, throughout the Second World War. The condition of the goggles is good; the strap retains a good amount of its original elasticity and the leather work is in good condition. The frames are good and the tinted lenses only show limited signs of delamination, as is often the case with these goggles. Overall, a good pair of goggles which display well and would suit either a reenactor or collector very well.
Original British Army MT Goggles and Tin - Round An original pair of British Army MT goggles with yellow tinted lenses as used throughout the Second World War by tank crews, Dispatch Riders, Jeep Drivers and many more. The goggles are the round shape as issued during WW2 rather than the round teardrop shape also seen in contemporary pictures. They feature yellow tinted lenses, grey leather work, oatmeal coloured fur around the edges of the grey dyed stockinet eye pieces and a grey elasticated strap. The goggles come complete in their original metal tin. Later on these metal tins were replaced with leatherette or cardboard cases due to economy measures making this a nice early example. The condition of the goggles is good and they don’t seem to have seen any use. The lenses are reasonably clear showing only limited signs of delamination and the strap still retains a good amount of elasticity. The do however have some rust spots and slight corrosion to the metal adjusters on the strap. The box also has signs of age and corrosion as can be seen in the picture. Overall a good pair of original early Second World War goggles compete with their original case.
Original British Army MT Goggles with Yellow Lenses An original pair of British Army MT goggles with yellow tinted lenses as used throughout the Second World War by tank crews, Dispatch Riders, Jeep Drivers and many more. The goggles are the teardrop shape as issued during WW2 rather than the round shape also seen in contemporary pictures. They feature yellow tinted lenses, grey leather work, oatmeal coloured fur around the edges of the grey dyed stockinet eye pieces and a grey elasticated strap. This is the first pair of teardrop shaped goggles I have come across with yellow lenses rather than the more common orange lenses making them an interesting piece. The goggles come complete in their original metal tin. Later on these metal tins were replaced with leatherette or cardboard cases due to economy measures making this a nice early example. The condition of the goggles is good and they don’t seem to have seen any use. The lenses are nice and clear and are not showing any signs of delamination and the strap still retains a good amount of elasticity. The do however show signs of age with some rust spots and slight corrosion to the metal adjusters on the strap. The box also has signs of age and corrosion as can be seen in the picture. Overall a good pair of original early second willed war goggles compete with their original case.
Original British Army Officers Bespoke Brown Leather Ankle Boots and Shoe Trees A beautiful original pair of British Army Officers bespoke made brown leather ankle boots dating from around the time of the Second World War and in a size 8. These stunning boots are clearly bespoke made and would have been very expensive when new. As they are private purchase they do not carry any date stamps or similar, making it impossible to date them to a specific year. They are however typical of those used in both the Great War and the Second World War by British Officers. The fine construction and small stitching is typical of earlier boots meaning that these could date from the Great War up until the late 30s. The original wooden shoe trees come with the boots and are in good condition. The boots have what appear to be their original laces too which is another nice feature. The boots are not marked with a size that I can see but I am quite confident that they are a size 8. The condition of the boots is very good for their age and they display very well. The soles show signs of wear and age as is common with boots of this period and I can't guarantee how much wear they have in them, as it is not possible to tell with vintage boots. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. Altogether a stunning pair of early Bespoke made boots which would make an excellent addition to any collection.
Original British Army Officers Boots by Lotus - Size 9 1/2 An original pair of brown leather British Army Officers boots made by 'Lotus' and in a good wearable size 9 1/2. These boots are typical of those worn By British Army Officers in the Great War and though to the early part of the Second World War. They are made from a brown pebbled leather, feature a toe cap and a leather sole. The straight seem across the side of the boot is typical of early boots as are the large toe plates typically found on First World War boots. Inside the boots are marked ' 9 1/2, D 363 Lotus'. Lotus were one of the most prolific manufacturers of footwear in the early 20th Century with many officers purchasing their field boots from them. The size is stated as 9 1/2 and the fit is 'D'. 363 most likely refers to the style of boot. The boots are in good condition and display well. The leather uppers have a nice patina to them and what appears to be the original laces are present. The soles appear to be OK for their age but they do show signs of use and age. The cloth loops to help pull the boot on also show signs of wear. Please study the pictures supplied as they form part of the description. Altogether a nice pair of early field boots in a harder to find larger size. Ideal for Great War and early WW2 collectors.
Original British Army Officers Brown Shoes by 'Church' An original pair of British Army Officers brown brogues made by 'Church' and in a size 9. This pair of shoes came to me with a pair of brown Officers boots and both clearly date from around the time of the Second World War. Whilst there is no makers stamp visible in the shoes as they have worn away, they are undoubtedly made by 'Church' as they have all the usual hallmarks. They also match a pair in my collection to the point of being almost identical. All officers in the British Army would have owned a pair of shoes like this as an option to their boots. They were worn with the Service Dress uniform for walking out and sometimes seen with other uniforms such as Khaki Drill. The shoes have retained some detail stamps which clearly state the size as '9' and I would therefore expect them to fit this size. The soles appear in reasonable condition with some signs of wear. They are marked 'made in England' and are possibly a later re-sole. Overall a good original pair of British Army Officers shoes in a harder to find wearable size. Ideal for both the collector and re-enactor.
Original British Army Officers Collarless Shirt An original British Army Officers Collarless Shirt in good condition and a wearable size. This shirt is made from a light green poplin cotton material which was popular with British Army officers during the Second World War and in the subsequent post-war years. It features a full button front which was starting to be worn during the War and became standard in the post-war years, replacing the earlier half front style shirts. It features a neckband collar to which removable collars can be attached with collar studs. The original label is still present inside the neck of the shirt but is somewhat washed out. The makers name is hard to read but could well be C.W.S, often better know as the co-operative. The size appears to be 5 and the neck size is 16" which is a hard to find wearable size. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 25" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 24" Length - 36" Shoulders - 20" The shirt is in good condition with only limited signs of wear and use. It is still very wearable today and displays well but please remember that this is a pre-worn vintage item which may have small issues consummate with age. A good original officers shirt in a hard to find larger size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original British Army Officers Shirt by 'Alkit' An original poplin collar British Army officers shirt made by 'Alkit'. These lightweight poplin shirts became popular with officer in the British Army during the Second World War and stayed in service for many years after the conflicted ended. This example was made by 'Alkit' who were a prolific manufacturer of officers kit during the war as well as in the 1950s. This example most likely dates from the post-war period as it features a fitted shape and full button front, much more in keeping with American officers shirts of WW2. It features a lovely spearpoint collar which is conservative yet has style. There are also loops, one to each shoulder, most likely to fit epaulettes. The tail of the shirt has the number '15' stamped onto it which refers to the size of the collar. Inside the shirt the original label is still present and reads 'Alkit Cambridge Circus, W.C. 2. And in the provinces'. The graphics are typical of the period and the logo is the same as used by Alkit during the war. The shirt is a smaller size which will fit around a 36" chest and a 15' collar. when laid flat it measures - Chest - 21" Inside arm - 21 1/4" Outside arm - 23 1/2" Shoulders - 16 3/4" Collar - 15" Length - 34" The shirt is in excellent condition and does not show any serious signs of wear and use. Whilst it has most likely be worn and laundered it still displays very well and is totally wearable. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. A very nice original shirt in a great fabric and with some nice period details.
Original British Army Parachute Qualification badge An original British Army Parachute Qualification Badge in nice condition. This badge is potentially an Indian made example. A nice original wing which would made a good addition to any badge collection. Free UK P+P
Original British Jungle Green Bush Jacket - Allied Land Forces South East Asia An original British Jungle Green Bush jacket with Allied Land Forces South East Asia insignia. On November 12, 1944, Eleventh Army Group was redesignated Allied Land Forces South East Asia (ALFSEA) meaning that this jacket dates from some time after this period. Being a theatre made item it is impossible to date exactly but is typical of those worn during the 1940s and 1950s by men serving with the British Army and RAF in the Far East. The jacket is an ordinary ranks example rather than the more common officers examples. It features long sleeves, epaulettes and a pockets to the front. The original waist belt is still intact and is fitted with a brass buckle. The jacket bears traces of where insignia has been previously with just the one ALFSEA patch left. There are clear marks of where a shoulder title was affixed previously with what appears to be glue. The surfing patch is a nice theatre made printed example, typical of the era. There are no labels or stamps inside the jacket as is common with theatre made jungle green items. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 19 1/2" Waist - 16" Inside arm - 19 1/4" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 16" Length - 31" The jacket is in well worn condition and clearly saw plenty of action in its day! It still appears to be strong and wearable but has a variety of signs of age and wear. The most noticeable is above the left breast pocket where it looks to have had a badge fitted and therefore has a couple of holes. Please study the pictures and bear in mind that this is a pre-worn vintage item. All in all a reasonable example of a British JG bush jacket.
Original British Khaki Drill Service Dress Trousers An original pair of British Army Khaki Drill Service Dress Trousers dating from the later part of the Great War to the inter-war period. This pattern of trousers closely follows the standard serge Service Dress Trousers which were used throughout 1920s and 1930s and well into the Second World War. The feature a narrow leg, high rise waist with fishtail back and slash pockets to each side seam which are all features of their serge counterparts. They differ however in that they have had a rear cinch-back removed at some stage which would suggest that these are earlier and possibly of Royal Marines origin. The trousers are fitted with stamped brass buttons as are usually found on this period of British Army Ordinary Ranks clothing. A number of period replacement buttons have been fitted which is quite common to find on original period worn items. They include examples from 'Lewis's' and 'W. H. Bell, Douglas' and help to give the trousers an extra piece of history. The trousers will fit around a 30" waist and a 33" inside leg but the leg has been let all the way out (as shown in the pictures) meaning that they could be shortened back to original. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 15 1/2" Inside leg - 33" Rise - 14 1/2" Cuff - 8" The trousers are in good condition for their age with some signs of wear and use. There is some staining to the seat as is usual with KD trousers and shorts and there are some marks to the lower leg. There is also a small tear to the left pocket bag but this could easily be repaired and there is a fade mark across the back of the leg. Overall they display well and are still very wearable but please bear in mind that these are a pre-worn vintage item and may have other small issues consummate with their age. Altogether these are a great pair of early KD trousers with some great details.
Original British Khaki Drill Shorts An original pair of British made Khaki Drill shorts dating from the 1940s. These shorts are typical of those worn during the 1940s and 1950s by both military personal and civilians. This type of shorts were popular with men in the summer but could also be a private purchase pair bought by an Officer for use in the Army, Air Force or Navy serving overseas. The shorts feature a pleated front and slash pockets as well as waist adjusters to the sides - a typical period feature and complete with their original buckles. The rear of the shorts sports a single patch pocket. Only one very small label is present inside which is white with the number 32 embroidered on it in red. This type of size label was commonly used in during this period and is an indicator as to the size of the shorts. The waist adjusters mean they can be pulled in to a smaller size of course but when laid flat they measure - Waist - 15 3/4" Rise - 12" Rear rise - 14 1/2" The shorts are in good condition for their age and still very wearable. There are some signs of wear and age as is to be expected from a vintage pre-owned item as well as some soiling to the rear. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. Altogether a good original pair of shorts in wearable condition!
Original British Khaki Drill Shorts - Size 30" An original pair Khaki Drill Shorts made in the UK and dating from the 1950s. These shorts are typical of those worn during the 1940s and 1950s by both military personal and civilians. This type of shorts were popular with men in the summer but could also be a private purchase pair bought by an Officer for use in the Army, Air Force or Navy serving overseas. The shorts feature a pleated front and slash pockets as well as waist adjusters to the sides - a typical period feature and complete with their original buckles. The rear of the shorts sports a single pocket which fastens with a button which matches those used for the fly. The waist adjusters mean they can be pulled in to a smaller size of course but when laid flat they measure - Waist - 15 3/4" Rise - 11 1/2" Rear rise - 14 1/2" The shorts are in very good condition for their age showing little to no sign of wear. The only flaw I can find is a small loss of stitching to the crotch as shown in the pictures. This is not visible when worn and would be easy to repair. All in all a very good pair of mid-century KD shorts.
Original British Officer Atributed US Enlisted Men’s Shirt An original US Army Enlisted Men’s Shirt which was used by a British Army Officer who served in the Far East during the Second World War. This shirt started life as a standard issue US EM shirt but has been modified by a British Army Officer. It was common at the time for British officers to acquire American made items such as this and tailor them to their own needs. This particular example is interesting as it appears to have been shortened and had some work done to the rear. Inside the original size stamp is still visible and reads ‘14 1/2 a 32’. The condition of the shirt is reasonable and it displays well. There are a few small flaws which I have highlighted in the photographs. All in all a nice orignal shirt that was worn during the Second World War without a doubt.
Original British Officers Khaki Drill Tunic An original World War Two period British Officer tunic as worn by the British Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy during the conflict and after. This pattern of jacket is very versatile and could be used for a number of different roles. It has on the shoulders straps to attach epaulettes to meaning it can be badged up to any branch of service. The scolloped pocket shape lends itself to RAF but it could be used for Royal Navy or Army also. The tunic has been well laundered before being put away in storage for many years and shows signs of this now. The condition is far from perfect but this is reflected in the price. The tunic is a small size measuring at 18" pit to pit. This would be a good fit for someone of around a 34-36" chest at the most. An original wartime period tunic that could be used for a number of different impressions by the re-enactor.
Original British Officers Sam browne Pistol Holster - Converted An original British Army Officers Sam Browne Pistol Holster which has been converted to be worn from the sword hangers of the Sam Browne Belt. The original fittings have been removed from the rear of the holster and replaced with two straps with brass buckles which allows it to be worn hanging from the sword buckle on the bottom left-hand side of a standard Officers Sam Browne Belt. This beautiful item is in fantastic condition as can be seen in the photographs. The leather is in superb condition with only a small amount of creasing in certain areas. All the brass work is also in great condition. Sadly there is no date present as it would have been stamped onto the piece of leather which was removed from the rear when it was converted. It is however a guaranteed period item which would be suitable for both Great War and Second World War.
Original C - Type Flying Helmet, H - Type Oxygen Mask + MK VIII Goggles Named to I R KENDALL A complete RAF flying helmet set consisting of an original RAF C-Type Flying Helmet, H-Type Mask and MK VIII Goggles. This set is typical of those worn towards the end of the Second World War and in the immediate post-war years by RAF Aircrew. The C Type helmet is a particularly nice example which is a size 3 and only shows small signs of wear. It features an original set of receivers and a very nice original wiring loom which is very clean and even still retains its stores reference tag. The jacket plug is complete and not damaged and the original owners name 'I. R. Kendall' has been added in ink inside the ear donut. The oxygen mask is also named to Kendal in the same ink which was used in the helmet. It has been added to the harness in a visible place which can be seen when it is displayed. Where the date is usually present to the side of the microphone there is instead a word so it is impossible to date it exactly. It does however feature the early large type 57 microphone which was used in the Second World War. The condition of the mask is not the best. The rubber has hardened and cracked in a number of places and the harness shows signs of age. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. The MK VIII goggles are clean examples retaining the vast amount of their original blue paint finish. The leather eye pads and shaming backing are also in nice clean condition whilst the chin strap still retains its elasticity and is the correct RAF grey colour with metal fits and leather pull tabs. There is a small amount of corrosion to the metal work of the strap and a small area of the leather finish is missing where the elastic is stitched to the metal tongue which clips in the frame of the goggles, but other than that they display very nicely. Altogether a nice original set which displays well and would make a good addition to an RAF collection or similar. The name may well ne traceable and it would certainly be worth further research.
Original c.1920s British Army Officers No.1 Breeches by 'Bartels & Co' An original pair of men’s military No.1 Dress breeches dating from approximately the 1920s. This pattern of breeches was worn with the No.1 tunic for many years. Cut from the same very dark navy blue material as the tunic the breeches feature dark brown suede patches to the inner leg and a button opening to the bottom. The waistband has a small ticket pocket as is standard with this pattern and the fly fastens with buttons, all of which are marked 'Bartels & Co, London & Sandhurst'. The materials used to make the breeches are typical of the Edwardian period through to the 1920s. It is possible that these are indeed of Great War vintage, however the style and making did not change in the 1920s. The breeches are cut with a voluminous 'Elephant ear' shape to the leg and feature a very high rise, typical of the era. ~ When laid flat the breeches measure - Waist - 19 1/2" Inside leg - 26" Rise - 16 3/4" Rear rise - 22" Calf (narrowest point) - 7" The condition of the garment is very good and they display well. There are a couple of small nicks to the fabric but these are only noticeable on very close inspection. Overall the breeches display very well. A nice pair of early breeches that would make a good addition to any collection .
Original Diluter Demand Oxygen Regulator and Hose An original 'Diluter Demand Oxygen Regulator' complete with its original hose and Oxygen Cylinder Pressure gauge. This type of regulator has been fitted to various aircraft including the B-17 Flying Fortress and the T28 amongst many others. It is screwed onto a mount which looks like it would fit into an aircraft and features a valve to the underneath which changes the oxygen level from 'Normal Oxygen' to 100% Oxygen'. There is also an orange coloured emergency valve which features a brass bezelled pressure gauge. This original part also comes with the correct green hose which was made by 'Dunlop' and features the companys name at one end of the tube aswell as the UK Patent number. The metal connector below this is also marked bearing the War Department broad arrow and the part number '6D/606'. The condition of this set is pretty good with some signs of wear to the metal work etc. The hose seems in good shape but there is some perishing to the rubber areas, as can be seen in the photographs. An interesting Aviation collectable with some nice period features and markings.
Original Early 1950s RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat An Original RAF Ordinary Airman's Greatcoat dating from the early 1950s. This pattern of Greatcoat was introduced in the immediate post-war years and closely resembles the wartime version. This example features brass Kings crown RAF buttons and Leading Aircraftsman insignia to the sleeves. Inside the coat the original label is still intact with parts of it still being legible. It states the coat will fit a 40-41" chest and a height of 6' 1" - 6' 2". The original owner has marked his serial number onto the label in ink which has obscured some information but the coat dates from the early 1950s without a doubt. The coat is in good condition with the usual signs of age and wear. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. All in all a good post-war greatcoat in a wearable size.
Original Early 1950s Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Officers No.1 Dress Peaked Cap An original Royal Artillery Officers No. 1 Dress Peaked Cap dating from the early 1950s. This cap bears kings crown Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers buttons and the markings inside refer to the King, meaning this cap was made before 1953. It has had a later Queens Crown REME cap badge which would suggest that the hat was worn in the 1950s. The hat was made by 'Herbert Johnson' of New Bond Street London and the original makers markings are visible to the interior of the cap. The cap is in good condition overall and displays well as can be seen in the pictures. A nice original peaked cap from a good maker. This would make a nice addition to any military hat collection!
Original Early Battle of Britain Period RAF Albatross Insignia An early matched pair of RAF Albatross sleeve badges as worn by all members of the RAF of the rank of Flight Sergeant and under. This particular badges are the early embroidered examples which were used during the 1930's before being replaced in 1941 by the semi-embroidered design. These badges are the correct badges for a Battle of Britain period uniform and would have be worn by Sergeant pilots during the battle. Free UK Postage.
Original Early Battle of Britain Period RAF Albatross Insignia An early matched pair of RAF Albatross sleeve badges as worn by all members of the RAF of the rank of Flight Sergeant and under. This particular badges are the early embroidered examples which were used during the 1930's before being replaced in 1941 by the semi-embroidered design. These badges are the correct badges for a Battle of Britain period uniform and would have be worn by Sergeant pilots during the battle. Free UK Postage.
Original Early Battle of Britain RAF Albatross Insignia An early matched pair of RAF Albatross sleeve badges as worn by all members of the RAF of the rank of Flight Sergeant and under. This particular badges are the early embroidered examples which were used during the 1930's before being replaced in 1941 by the semi-embroidered design. These badges are the correct badges for a Battle of Britain period uniform and would have be worn by Sergeant pilots during the battle. In good, uniform removed condition. Free UK Postage.
Original Early Battle of Britan Period RAF Officers Cap Badge An early original example of the RAF officers cap badge as worn on the front of the peaked cap. This badge is a instantly recognisable as an early example by its shape. Rather than the standard pattern seen throughout the Second World War which is straight cut above the brass eagle, this early example features a constant curve. The badge is in good condition with a small amount of wear to the bullion as can be expected from a badge of this age. Overall it displays well. A nice early badge which would be ideal for the Battle of Britain collector! Free UK Postage.
Original Early British Army Entrenching Tool An original British Army Entrenching tool as used during both World Wars. This entrenching tool is made up of the standard cast iron head and wooden helve. The head has a service number stamped onto it which leads me to believe it is an early example dating from the Great War or possibly the inter-war period. The condition of the tool is good as can be seen in the pictures with the usual signs of wear and age that are to be expected with something of this age. This would make a good addition to any British Army collection without a doubt!
Original Early Great War Rubber Goggles - RFC MK 1 A rare pair of early First World War rubber goggles, often referred to as MK 1 Royal Flying Corps goggles. These goggles certainly saw extensive issue with the RFC in the early part of the Great War, particularly for those flyers who couldn't afford expensive private purchase articles. They were replaced in 1915 with the RFC MK 1 Goggle Mask making them a very early war item. They also saw use with dispatch riders of the same period and saw use in the trenches as gas goggles before the introduction of the P and PH Hoods. There are a variety of period pictures showing them being used as such in conjunction with early cotton wool mouth pieces and other homemade mouth coverings. Attached as the last image is a picture of three men from the 2nd Battalion Argyle & Sutherland Highlanders on the Ypres Salient in approximately May 1915. The goggles are made from a salmon coloured rubber and feature a simple elastic strap with a hook and eye fastener. The one piece rubber frame is fitted with two pieces of laminated clear glass. The goggles are in very good condition considering they are well over 100 years old. They show signs of use and wear but display extremely well overall. The only small flaw is a small section of rubber missing from the right-most part of the frame as detailed in the pictures. A very rare pair of early Great War goggles which are no doubt missing from many collections. Not only are they ideal for the RFC collector but they are a must have for anyone seriously interested in gas warfare during the Great War.
Original Early RAF Bullion Pilots Wing An amazing original early Royal Air Force bullion pilots wing in great condition. This beautiful wing is a nice early shape typical of early RAF examples. The backing is also typical of the period. All in all a lovely early RAF wing which would compliment any badge collection! Free UK Postage.
Original Early War / Pre War British Army Ordinary Ranks Mounted Breeches A scarce pair of original British Army Ordinary Ranks mounted breeches dating from the late 1930s and in fine condition. This pattern of breeches was used by mounted troops of the British Army during 1930s in the tropics. The construction dates them to no later than 1940 when this pattern became more or less obsolete. The lining in the waist band, War department stamp without letter code and two piece brass buttons are all typical of immediate pre-war and very early war manufactured items. When the rear of the breeches is studied, clear evidence can be seen of where there was once an issue label fixed to the exterior. A picture is included of this. The bottom of the leg of the breeches is secured with two brass buttons to ensure a tight fit around the calf. When laid flat the breeches measures - Waist - 16” Inside leg - 26” Calf - 6 1/4” Rise - 15” Rear rise - 19” The condition of the breeches is very good indeed as can be seen in the pictures. They look to have had little to no use and display very well indeed. Please study the pictures for a clearer idea of condition. All in all a very nice pair of scarce early breeches which would make an excellent addition to any British Army collection!
Original Early WW2 British Army Battledress Serge Blouse An original British Army 'Battle Dress Blouse Serge' dating from the early part of the Second World War and in good condition. This pattern of battledress jacket, sometime referred to as the first pattern, came into issue with the British Army in late 1938. It is this pattern which was used during the early part of the War by the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1939 and 1940. It was replaced by the 1940 pattern following the evacuation of Dunkirk and are a rare jacket today. The jacket features a tailored collar typical of those worn by Officers. It has a downward point to it which is often referred to as 'Polish collar' and has been made using the original collar and an extra, slightly mismatched piece to face it. The rest of the blouse is standard and is typical of early manufacture. The serge is a coarse, tight weave as is usually encountered on early made serge items and all the original brass buttons are still present. The epaulettes are secured by brown revolving shank buttons and feature a single hole which most likely featured an officers rank star originally. Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is again in keeping with early manufactured examples. It is paper and devoid of any date and the font and designation 'Battle Dress Blouse Serge' are typical of early jackets. The manufacturers name is present and reads 'Town Tailors Ltd' and the War Department broad arrow marking is also visible. The size is stated as 13 although it looks to me to have been tailored in on the waist as it measures at 16 1/2". The jacket is in good condition for its age and considering that it is an early example. It has various signs of age and wear with a few small moth nips to the front and collar which have been detailed in the pictures. Altogether however it displays very well. A nice original early Second World War BD jacket with an original period collar conversion. The label is still present and legible making this ideal for a collector or re-enactor.
Original Early WW2 British Army Collarless Shirt by 'L. B. & S.' An original early Second World War British Army Ordinary Ranks collarless shirt by 'L. B. & S.' in good condition. This rare early shirt belonged to sgnm J.H Wells who served with the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War. He was discharged from the army on the 14th of May 1944 meaning that all his surviving items were used or worn by him prior to this date. The shirt itself is typical of those issued during the Second World War. It came into issue in the interwar period replacing. The earlier ‘grey back’ shirt used in the Great War. Made from a khaki green wool shirting material, it features a half button, or tunic, front which fastens with three buttons. The collar is made of khaki drill whilst the buttons are the white metal type used in the early stages of the Second World War and the same as those used in shirts in the first war. Inside the collar the original ink stamps have survived. These are often missing from shirts offered on the market today as they have worn off or been washed out. The collar is marked ‘L. B. & S’ who were the manufacturer. A war department broad arrow stamp is also present alongside a couple of other unidentified stamps. There are also two small laundry labels tacked to the collar. When laid flat the shirt measures at 20 1/2” pit to pit meaning it should be a good fit for a 36-38” chest. The collar measures at 15 1/2” when fastened and the inside sleeve is 21 1/2”. The condition of the shirt is very good as can be seen in the pictures. This is a very rare early war shirt with wartime provenance. It would be ideal for someone interested in the British Expeditionary Force as much as Normandy. Undoubtedly this would make an excellent addition to any WW2 collection.
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Bloue (2) An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress blouse in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods. It closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The biggest giveaway of a first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. This example also has the correct early wire buckle as used in the first part of the Second World War. The jacket no longer has its original issue label but there is evidence of where it once was. This can clearly be seen inside the jacket as a rectangle and the fact that it is missing is very common on original denim items as they were heavily laundered. The jacket is a small to medium size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Waist - 17" Inside arm - 18" Outside arm - 23 1/2" Shoulders - 17" Length at back - 21 1/2" The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. Whilst it shows some signs of wear and was clearly issued it is still in very good condition overall. The only slight flaws I can find are a couple of nicks to the right sleeve where a rank chevron has most likely been removed and one of the brass hooks that fasten the collar has been removed, although this is not uncommon to find. The tab which holds the waist buckle on has also lost some of its stitched as illustrated in the pictures. It still functions fine currently and could easily be shored up with a couple of stitches. Altogether a nice early battledress jacket which is of guaranteed wartime manufacture.
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress blouse in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods. It closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The biggest giveaway of a first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The jacket no longer has its original issue label but there is evidence of where it once was. This can clearly be seen inside the jacket as a rectangle and the fact that it is missing is very common on original denim items as they were heavily laundered. The jacket is a small to medium size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Waist - 16" Inside arm - 18" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 17 1/2" The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. Whilst it shows some signs of wear and was clearly issued it is still in very good condition overall. The only slight flaws I can find are some small holes to the collar, a small ink stain to one of the epaulettes and s small hole to the sleeve. There is also another stain to the left sleeve which looks like it would come out with careful washing. All of these are shown in the pictures so please make sure to study them. Altogether a nice early battledress jacket which is of guaranteed wartime manufacture.
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the early part of the Second World War. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The jacket is fitted with the correct early type wire waist buckle which is held in place with two stamped brass buttons. As well as this it is fitted with the correct flat pattern revolving shank buttons which are all held onto the jacket with brass split rings. Also of note is the selvedge which can be seen along the rear seam inside the jacket. The jacket is a smaller size and when laid flat it measures - Chest - 21" Waist - 16 1/2" Inside arm - 17 1/2" Outside arm - 24" Shoulders - 17" Length - 22" The jacket is in well worn condition and has incredible fade to it which is almost certainly a mixture of washing and sun bleaching. It has given the jacket a fantastic and consistent worn look which is only achieved from genuine wear and use. There are a number of stains including some rust marks to the front of the jacket as well as a few small period darns and repairs. There is also some fraying around the cuffs but overall the jacket displays well and is still very wearable. A fantastic looking first pattern example dating from the first two years of the war.
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the early part of the Second World War. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The jacket is fitted with early war pattern wire waist buckle which is held onto the jacket with two stamped brass buttons, as usually found on early British made items. Butterscotch revolving shank buttons are fitted throughout and all held in place with the correct style of split rings. Inside the jacket the original label is still present but sadly has been washed out beyond legibility. None-the-less this pattern was only made up until 1942 so the date isn't to important. There are also a couple of names written to the interior including 'S. Baxter'. When laid flat the jacket measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Waist - 17" Inside arm - 17 1/2" Outside arm - 23 1/2" Length - 23" The overall condition of the jacket is good and it displays well. The collar has worn through however around the back of the neck as is clearly evident in the pictures. One of the hooks that fastens the neck is also missing but it can still be fastened with the one remaining hook. There is also wear to the rest of the collar and the interior of the waistband. This damage has been taken into account with the price. Whilst not the finest example of a first pattern denim blouse, this jacket still displays well and has plenty of character!
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Large size 12! An original early war British Army Denim Battledress Blouse in a rare large size 12 - The largest size denim made during the Second World War! Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The material is also a different hue to post-war manufactured items. The jacket features a chrome plated waist buckle which is held on by two stamped brass buttons, as was common with early manufacture denim jackets such as this. As well as this, a full set of butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons are fitted to the jacket and held on with the correct metal rings. Inside the jacket still retains its original label which is somewhat washed out. The size can be made out though as No.12 which was the largest size manufactured. It is the equivalent of a size 17 or 18 battledress serge jacket and is designed to fit someone of up to a 44" chest and 6' 2" tall. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 25" Waist - 19 1/2" Inside arm - 20" Outside arm - 26 1/2" Shoulders - 17 1/2" The condition of the blouse is very good as can be seen in the pictures. Whilst the jacket has clearly been laundered on numerous occasions and therefore worn, it still displays very nicely indeed. There are no major issues or flaws with the jacket which overall is a fine example. A rare opportunity to acquire an early war jacket in the largest size made. They don't get any bigger!
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 1 An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the early part of the Second World War and in an extra small size. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The jacket is fitted with a wartime chromium plated waist buckle which is held in place with two stamped steel buttons. Green / brown revolving shank buttons are fitted and held in place with the correct brass split rings to the rear. The colour of the jacket is a typical brown hue only seen on wartime examples and very different to the lighter green jackets made in the post-war years. Inside the jacket the original label is still present but is sadly washed out beyond legibility. This is a common thing to find with used wartime battledress but lucky as this is a first pattern example we know it is of early manufacture. The jacket is an extra small size and matches exactly to a labelled size 1 I currently have in stock. Size No. 1 is designed to fit a 32-24" chest and a 29-30" waist. The jacket is in good wearable condition and displays well. It has had one hole punctured to each side of the collar, most likely to fit a pair of badges. There are some black marks to the front as detailed in the picture and other signs of service wear but overall it is a very nice jacket. Please however bear in mind that this is a pre worn work item which is over 75 years old so may have other small issues consummate with its age. A very nice original early war denim battledress blouse with nice fading and genuine signs of wear.
Original Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 6 An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress Blouse dating from the early part of the Second World War. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The material is also a different hue to post-war manufactured items. The jacket features the correct early wire waist buckle which is held on with two stamped brass buttons. As well as this the jacket is fitted with a full set of butterscotch coloured revolving shank buttons which are all held in places with the correct brass split rings. Unlike most example offer onto the market, this jacket still retains its original issue label to the inside pocket. It is well washed out but some details are still legible including the size, 6, and the War Department broad arrow marking. Size 6 is designed to fit a 38-40" chest and a 34-35" waist. The jacket has been tailored in at the waist however measuring at 16" across when laid flat. The original owner has marked his name to the interior of the jacket which reads 'A. Miller'. As well as this there is a small laundry tag to the neck. The jacket is in reasonable condition for its age with some signs of wear and use. There are a couple of small holes to the righthand epaulette as we all another thin area above the waist buckle. Both of these faults are detailed in the pictures and please bear in mind that this is a pre-worn, vintage work item which may have issues consummate with its age. All in all a nice original early WW2 battledress jacket in a wearable size. Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!
Original Early WW2 British Army MT Goggles - Yellow Lenses An original pair of early Second World War British Army MT goggles and box as worn by drivers, tank crews, dispatch riders and more. This pattern of goggles features grey stockinette sides as well as grey fur which denotes them as an early manufactured item, with the leather type more commonly seen coming into use later in the war. The goggles are in good condition for their age. The nickel plated frames are good as are the stockinette signs which have one small rust mark. The strap is firm but only retains a very limited amount of elasticity. The lenses have some delamination as is common with the type of goggles. All in all a good pair of early war goggles which would make a good addition to a collection.
Original Early WW2 British Army Ordinary Ranks Shirt An original early Second World War British Army Ordinary Ranks collarless shirt in good condition. This rare early shirt belonged to sgnm J.H Wells who served with the Royal Corps of Signals during the Second World War. He was discharged from the army on the 14th of May 1944 meaning that all his surviving items were used or worn by him prior to this date. The shirt itself is typical of those issued during the Second World War. It came into issue in the interwar period replacing. The earlier ‘grey back’ shirt used in the Great War. Made from a khaki green wool shirting material, it features a half button, or tunic, front which fastens with three buttons. The collar is made of khaki drill whilst the buttons are the white metal type used in the early stages of the Second World War and the same as those used in shirts in the first war. When laid flat the shirt measures at 22” pit to pit meaning it should be a good fit for a 38-40” chest. The collar measures at 15” when fastened and the shoulders measure at 17”. The condition of the shirt is very good as can be seen in the pictures. There is one small hole to the tail of the shirt as shown in the photograph and there is also some wear around the collar. The shirt was used and worn during WW2 and has some stains and signs of wear which reflect this. This is a very rare early war shirt with wartime provenance. It would be ideal for someone interested in the British Expeditionary Force as much as Normandy. Undoubtedly this would make an excellent addition to any WW2 collection.
Original Early WW2 Embroidered RAF Albatross Sleeve Insgnia An original matched pair of early war RAF albatross sleeve insignia as worn on the RAF OA tunic, great coat and subsequently on the battledress uniform later in the war. Uniform removed and in well worn condition, these early badges would suit a working uniform or similar. Free UK P+P
Original Early WW2 Era 'British Air Forces' Book A beautiful early Second World War large format book about the RAF and other air forces complete with illustrations. This book came to me with a uniform grouping which belonged to an RAF airman. The book almost certainly dates from the early war period as it only features photographs of early mark aircraft and the section on rank and badges does not include any of the trades which were created later in the war. The book is beautifully illustrated and a very large format and was possibly aimed originally at boys. The section on badges and rank is particularly interesting, and there are many other pages with details of particular aircraft and so on. All in all, a lovely original wartime piece which would be a great addition to any RAF collection.
Original Early WW2 First Pattern ATS Service Dress Tunic A scarce early Second World War Auxiliary Territorial Service Tunic with 21st Army Group Insignia. This pattern of tunic was the first to be worn by the ATS and was introduced in 1938. It was superseded by the 1941 pattern a couple of years later making this the only acceptable pattern for an early war impression. The tunic is made from a fine khaki green serge, far superior to that used for men's uniform at the time. It is fully lined and features a full set of Kings crown brass General Service buttons. The key features which make this a first pattern jacket are the pleated breast pockets and the full belt which give the jacket a distinctive look, far removed from the later economy pattern. The jacket features 21st Army Group divisional patches as well as a Dispatch Riders Trade Badge to the lower left sleeve. Above the left breast pocket is a brass Royal Army Service Corps collar badge whilst the usual ATS shoulder titles are fitted to the epaulettes. The tunic is also fitted with an original ATS coloured lanyard The original label is sadly no longer inside the tunic and the only markings I can find appear to relate to a theatrical costumers, suggesting it was used post-war for stage or film. When laid flat the tunic measures - Bust - 17 3/4" Waist - 15 3/4" Inside arm - 17 1/4" Outside arm - 23 1/2" Shoulders - 14 1/2" The tunic is in good condition and it displays well as can be seen in the pictures. It does however have a few small issues which I have detailed in the photographs. The sleeve has been let down as far as it can be and tacked there. This could be shortened again back to its original position without to much trouble. There are also some holes as shown in the pictures as well as a couple of other very small holes. Please study the pictures to attain a better idea of these flaws. Overall this is a nice example of this rare early war pattern of tunic. Whilst it does have a few small issues it still displays nicely and would make an excellent condition to any collection!
Original Early WW2 First Pattern Denim Battledress Blouse A fine original example of an early Second World War Denim Battledress Blouse in a large size. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods, it closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The most obvious feature of the first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. The material is also a different hue to post-war manufactured items. The jacket features the correct early wire waist buckle which is held on with two piece brass buttons as are often found on early manufactured items. As well as this the jacket is fitted with a set of the correct early war flat type revolving shank buttons. Sadly the original label is no longer present although there is clear evidence of where it was original attached. The jacket is certainly one of the largest sizes produced during the war and when laid flat measures - Chest - 24" Waist - 19" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 26" Shoulders - 18 1/2" The jacket is in excellent condition with no real signs of wear or use. It is still a deep colour as it would have been original and not a washed-out example. The only small flaw I can find is a mark to the rear of the right hand sleeve as pictured. This may come out but I have not attempted to do anything with it. All in all a great example of this early war pattern of blouse with all the right features and fittings. Not only that but it is a good wearable size meaning it would suit both a re-enactor or collector!
Original Early WW2 Indian Made Battledress Blouse A scarce original early Indian made Battledress blouse made by 'S.A Tailors' in a good wearable size 13. This blouse is the early pattern which features an unlined collar the same as early production British made examples. The date on the label isn't completely clear but I believe it to be 1941 as blouses made later than this had lined collars. The jacket has many typical Indian features. The buttons are of the stamped metal variety which are often found on Indian items whilst the epaulette buttons are an interesting pattern I haven't seen before but do appear to be original to the blouse. At the waist is a stamped metal buckle which is rather crude as is the norm with Indian made items. The lining materials are typical of Indian items and under each arm are three stitched vent holes. There are also some hand stitched holes higher up the sleeve which I assume are for attaching insignia too. The original label is present inside the jacket and states it as being a size 13 which will fit up to a 40" chest and a height of 5' 11". The jacket actually measures as at 44" across the chest. The condition of the blouse is very good indeed as can be seen in the photographs. The nap of the serge wool is still very good and there is no major damage. There are however a few small moth holes around one of the cuffs. All in all, a nice early commonwealth made jacket that would compliment any battledress collection.
Original Early WW2 RAF Officers Peaked Cap - Battle of Britain era A lovely early war RAF officers peaked cap in nice condition which would be ideal for a Battle of Britain enthusiast. This cap has many of the traits consider to be typical of early manufactured hats by collectors. The green underside of the peak of this cap is one of the main attributes which indicates an early production cap as well as the deep leather internal sweatband and padded interior which are again associated with early British headwear. This original cap also features nice light coloured stitching throughout which sets the cap off nicely and is often sought-after by collectors. To the front of the cap is an original padded Kings Crown RAF Officers cap badge which is in good condition and appears to be original to the cap. Below this is a chinstrap which is again original and of the correct pattern for the era and not a later addition. The overall condition of the hat is very good as can been seen from the photographs. The cap has clearly been worn and the interior shows many signs of wear. It still displays very well though as the exterior is in very nice shape. On the smaller side, this cap will fit a head of 6 7/8 at the largest and will fit on most modern display heads.
Original Early WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman’s Side Cap An original RAF Ordinary Airman's Side Cap dating from the early part of the Second World War. These caps came into issue with the RAF shortly before the Second World War and were worn by all airman of the rank of Flight Sergeant and below. It is now an iconic piece of wartime RAF clothing synonymous with both Sergeant Aircrew and ground crew alike. This particular example features a brass Kings crown cap badge and two brass Kings crown buttons to the front as was standard at the beginning of WW2 and make it ideal for someone looking for an early example. Inside the cap the original manufacturers label is still present and is the early white tape style only seen before 1941 and indicates that the cap is of early manufacture. Sadly the original markings have worn off but the airman's service number is still legible. The size is no longer present inside the hat and it is a small example. I would estimate between a 6 1/2 and a 6 7/8. The cap is in well worn condition and certainly has a 'been there' look about it. The nap of the serge on the exterior has completely worn down and there are plenty of stains and marks. The interior is covered in sweat and brylcreem. Overall it makes a nice display piece. A good early example of a wartime RAF OA cap which would make a good addition to an RAF collection. This is how they would have looked!
Original Edwardian / Great War Period Ankle Boots by 'Grenson' The company Grenson was started by a Mr William Green in Northamptonshire in 1866. He died in 1901 and his son took over changing the name to Grenson in 1913. When war broke out a year later his factory was turned over to the production of boots for the British Army for the next four years. At the beginning of the war there was a desperate need within the British Army for boots. Hundreds of thousands of men were joining up and each man needed a pair of boots leading the power that be to turn over all current production of boots they could to the British Army. This meant that in the first years of the war a large variety of footwear can be seen and this particular boots are typical of such a pair. The shape of these boots is typical of the Edwardian period and the laces appear to be original, if not very old examples. Each boot features a cotton puller to the rear which is embroidered 'REG GS Quality' on one side and 'The Grenson Shoe' on the other, which again is typical of the era. The overall condition of the boots is very good considering they are over 100 years old and they have taken on an amazing patina. They are scuffed in places and the there are some sections missing from the heel as can be seen in the pictures, but this is to be expected of boots of this era. The boots have been resoled but are now not recommended for wear as they are too delicate. They would be ideal for a mannequin, reference piece or part of a kit display. Original Great War period boots are now very scarce and expensive when they do come up on the open market. This pair would make a great addition to a collection or display for a fraction of the price.
Original First Pattern British Denim Battledress Blouse An original first pattern British Army Denim Battledress blouse in good condition. Introduced at the beginning of the Second World War as a replacement for the earlier fatigues issued in the Great War and inter-war periods. It closely followed the design of the Battledress introduced in 1940 but was made from denim and had removable buttons. This jacket is an early issue example which was only made prior to 1942 when it was superseded by the austerity pattern. The biggest giveaway of a first pattern jacket is the pleated chest pockets. This example also has the correct early wire buckle as used in the first part of the Second World War. This particular example has had the epaulettes removed which was often done by armoured crews during the Second World War as to avoid them snagging inside the vehicle. The blouse comes complete with a full set of original revolving shank buttons which are fastened to the jacket with the correct original brass fittings. A wartime steel buckle is attached at the waist and is held on with two brass buttons which is correct for an early example such as this. Inside the jacket the original label is still present but very worn an far from legible. The blouse is a smaller example and when laid flat it measures - Chest - 20 1/2" Waist - 16" Inside arm- 16 1/2" Outside arm - 21" Shoulders - 16 1/2" The condition of the jacket is good as can be seen in the pictures. There is however a hole to the left of the left breast pocket and some wear to the left sleeve seam. Both these faults are detailed in the pictures so please take time to study them. Altogether a nice early war denim blouse which is guaranteed to be wartime manufacture.
Original First Pattern Early WW2 British Army Denim Battledress Trousers An original pair of British Army Denim Battledress Trousers dating from the early part of the Second World War. This pattern of trousers was introduced at the very beginning of World War Two replacing the earlier fatigues used in the Great War and inter-war period. They were in turn superseded by an austerity pattern in 1942 making them a rare find today. These particular examples have had the first field dressing pocket, map pocket and ankle tabs removed at some stage, most likely to make the more usable as a work trouser. The belt loops have been left though and fasten with stamped brass buttons, with the same being found to the fly. There is a clear outline of where the original issue label was previously stitched to the rear of the trousers. The trousers will suit someone of around a 32" waist as these are designed to be worn oversize. They have a very short inside leg but due to the high rise waist they can be worn low. When laid flat the trousers measure - Waist - 17 1/4" Rise - 16 1/2" Rear rise - 19" Inside leg - 23 1/2" Cuff - 10" The trousers are in well used condition as can be seen in the pictures with the usual signs of wear and use associated with vintage work pieces such as this. Obviously the pockets have been removed, leaving a small tear to the right seam of the map pocket as shown in the pictures. Aside from this they look to be very wearable and have a great patina to them. Whilst not an item for the purist, personally I really like the workwear aesthetic of these trousers and think they would make a great addition to a collection!
Original First Pattern RAF C Type Flying Helmet An original early Second World War RAF First Pattern C - Type Flying helmet. This pattern of helmet was introduced during 1941 and replaced the B-type flying helmet, although some features, such as the 'Bennetts' buckle are common to both types. Features of the first pattern C-type also include forward goggle straps, not seen on the later models as well as a leather chin strap. Like the B-type flying helmet, this helmet was designed to be fitted with an external wiring loom. This particular example is in good condition and displays nicely. The leather is good an supple whilst the chamois lining found inside the helmet is reasonable. The rubber ear pieces are good but have had a small portion cut of at the rear, although this isn't really noticeable. One cup is also split to the bottom but this is again only noticeable on close inspection. The only other flaw is that the chin strap has been shortened, but this could well be a period modification. There are no makers labels or size stamps, however, there is an RAF A.I.D stamp which is a nice feature. The helmet fits well onto a display head so I would suggest it is a size No.2. Overall a nice helmet, which whilst not perfect, is a good solid early example which displays well.
Original First Pattern US HBT Jacket - Large Size An original early Second World War first pattern American HBT Jacket in a rare large size. This early pattern of US Herringbone Twill jacket was used throughout the Second World War by The US Army, The USAAF and more. It features the distinctive large buttoning chest pockets and double button to the waistband, indicative of the first pattern jacket. Interestingly, the pockets have been made from a slightly mismatched material which personally I really like. It certainly give the jacket extra character. The jacket is a large size measuring 22 1/2 pit to pit, meaning it should fit someone with a 42-43" well. The condition of the jacket is good overall and it displays well. It has had a repair with HBT material to the rear, one button replaced with what appears to be a period English example and there are two holes, one to each sleeve. All of this can be seen in the pictures and doesn't detract too much from what is altogether a nice jacket. This early jacket could be ideal for a re-enactor due to its large size but would also make a nice addition to any WW2 collection.
Original French Army M1947 Trousers (1) An original pair of French Army Model 1947 Trousers dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s. This pattern of trousers was introduced in the immediate post-war years and saw service in Indochina and the Algerian War amongst others. This particular pair are in new old stock unissued condition. They are made from a heavy weight, hard wearing cotton and feature Slash pockets to the hips, cargo pockets to the side of each leg, tabs at the bottom of the legs and two rear pockets. Chocolate brown buttons are fitted which are typical of the period and belt loops can be found at the waist. The trousers will fit someone of around a 34" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 17 3/4" Inside leg - 28 1/2" Rise - 15 1/4" Rear rise - 17" Cuff - 11" The trousers are in excellent condition and appear to be unworn. They display very well indeed and have no signs of age or damage that I can find. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. All in all a very nice pair of original French Army trousers in fantastic condition.
Original French Army M1947 Trousers (2) An original pair of French Army Model 1947 Trousers dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s. This pattern of trousers was introduced in the immediate post-war years and saw service in Indochina and the Algerian War amongst others. This particular pair are in new old stock unissued condition. They are made from a heavy weight, hard wearing cotton and feature Slash pockets to the hips, cargo pockets to the side of each leg, tabs at the bottom of the legs and two rear pockets. Chocolate brown buttons are fitted which are typical of the period and belt loops can be found at the waist. The trousers will fit someone of around a 34" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 17" Inside leg - 29" Rise - 15" Rear rise - 17" Cuff - 11" The trousers are in excellent condition and appear to be unworn. They display very well indeed and have no signs of age or damage that I can find. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. All in all a very nice pair of original French Army trousers in fantastic condition.
Original French Army M47 Trousers An original pair of French Army Model 1947 Trousers dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s. This pattern of trousers was introduced in the immediate post-war years and saw service in Indochina and the Algerian War amongst others. The trousers are made from a heavy weight, hard wearing cotton and feature slash pockets to the hips, cargo pockets to the side of each leg, tabs at the bottom of the legs and two rear pockets. Chocolate brown buttons are fitted which are typical of the period and belt loops can be found at the waist. The trousers will fit someone of around a 32" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure - Waist - 16 1/2" Rise - 13" Rear rise - 16" Inside leg - 28" Cuff - 9" The trousers are in good condition with signs of use and laundering. They are still very wearable and present nicely. They are however a vintage, pre-worn item and may have small issues consummate with their age. A nice pair of post-war French military trousers!
Original French Army M47 Trousers (2) An original pair of French Army Model 1947 Trousers dating from the late 1940s to early 1950s. This pattern of trousers was introduced in the immediate post-war years and saw service in Indochina and the Algerian War amongst others. The trousers are made from a heavy weight, hard wearing cotton and feature slash pockets to the hips, cargo pockets to the side of each leg, tabs at the bottom of the legs and two rear pockets. Chocolate brown buttons are fitted which are typical of the period and belt loops can be found at the waist. The trousers will fit someone of around a 32" waist depending on desired fit and when laid flat measure - Waist - 16 1/2" Rise - 13 1/2" Rear rise - 17 1/2" Inside leg - 30 1/2" Cuff - 9" The trousers are in good condition with signs of use and laundering. They are still very wearable and present nicely but do have a couple of holes as illustrated in the pictures. They are a vintage, pre-worn item and may have other small issues consummate with their age. A nice pair of post-war French military trousers!
Original French M26 Adrian Helmet A very original French M1926 'Adrian' Helmet with the 1915 Infantry Cavalry badge to the front. This pattern of helmet came into issue with the French Army during the interwar years replacing the earlier pattern used in the Great War. This pattern featured a large shell and was finished in green, tying in with the move to green uniforms. The helmet is a good early example with the aluminium top section and desirable black liner. The paint is the original finish and the chin strap also looks to be original to the helmet making it a very nice example. The original liner is a small size but fits a display head well. The condition of the helmet is good as can be seen from the pictures. Some of the original paint finish is missing due to use and the liner isn't perfect. Overall however it displays very nice. Altogether a very original French helmet with various desirable features. This is a genuine Second World War era helmet and not a later manufactured example.
Original German Occupation made ‘Euro Tanker’ Jacket A beautiful and rare 1940s German made tanker jacket, sometimes referred to as the 'Euro Tanker'. At the end of the Second World War and during the subsequent occupation of Germany items such as this jacket were made on a local level using what materials were available at the time. Inevitably this meant a lot of materials from the various fighting forces which were brought together to create really interesting versions of issue items, and this jacket is no exception! The design of the jacket closely follows that of the second pattern US Army tankers jacket featuring to slash pockets, knitted cuffs, collar and waistband and epaulettes. The outer is a green cotton like those made for the American Forces and the inner is made from a US Army OD Green blanket. It starts to get much more interesting though - the inside pocket is lined with German Army rayon lining material, the sleeves are lined with a German ticking material and all the zips are German 'Zipp' zippers. The inside has also had the letters 'JD' embroidered inside which is a nice period feature. The rear of the jacket features an 'action back' which is created by a pleat down each side and the lefthand sleeve features a small pocket, similar to those found on the B-15 flying jacket but positioned lower on the arm. Like all tanker jackets, this is losely cut and will fit a number of sizes from a 36-38 chest, and possibly more. The waist will fit around 1 30-32" and again posssibly more. The overall condition of the jacket is great as can be seen from the photographs. It doesn't appear to have seen to much wear as there are no visible signs of this. The zippers all work well but there is some fraying towards the bottom of the main zipper meaning that you need to take care when zipping the jacket up. This is a very rare jacket and would make an excellent addition to any vintage clothing collection without a shadow of a doubt. The immediate post-war period is very interesting and very few original items like this which are so authentic survive today.
Original Great War Active Service Overseas Chevrons An original Great War Active Service Overseas badge featuring two chevrons denoting two years active service overseas. In extremely good condition for its age, this badge would undoubtedly compliment any World War One collection. Free UK P+P
Original Great War British Army Armband An original British Army Armband Dating from the Great War. I have not been able to positively identify this item but it came with the Great War Royal Engineers kit bag and certainly looks to date from the same period. The kit bag was attributed to a man who served with the Inland Waterways and Docks meaning this armband most likely relates to his role also. Made from a piece of scarlet cloth and featuring a black embroidered ‘G’ to the centre, this armband is typical in construction of other surviving Great War examples. It features brass pop studs to close it around the arm and it has a khaki twill backing to the reverse. The condition of the piece is reasonable for its age but there are some areas of moth tracking etc. Please study the pictures. All in all, a nice WW1 period item worthy of further research! Free UK P+P.
Original Great War British Army Webbing Trousers Belt An original British Army webbing waist belt dating from the Great War. This pattern of belt was used around the waist of trousers during the Great War and can be seen in various period photographs. This particular example features metal work and webbing which is typical of Great War period items. The makers name and date is marked to the interior but has worn away with time making it hard to read today. The manufacturer is most likely ‘MW&S’ and the date looks to be 1918, although this is all very faint. All in all a nice original Great War period belt which would make a good addition to a collection.
Original Great War Devonshire Regiment Officers Service Dress Tunic and Breeches An original First World War British Officers Service Dress Tunic and Breeches to an Officer in the Devonshire Regiment. This uniform belonged to Alfred Edward Batten who served in the ranks with the 1/4 Devons as an acting Warrant Officer Second Class before being made up to a Second Lieutenant and transferring into the 1/4 Border Regiment. He transfer back into the Devonshire Regiment in the immediate post-war years being made Major in 1932. The details of Alfred Batten's Military career are included with his uniform and tie in very well the articles themselves. The Tunic is of typical First World War construction featuring an integral waist belt and featuring a long skirt. This was clearly the first, and I assume only, tunic which he had as it was clearly let out in the inter-war years, as can be seen by the panels let into the side seams of the jacket. This alteration has clearly been professionally done in the inter-war years and is more obvious to see on the interior where the 'new' lining material is mismatched. Sadly this alteration meant that the rear part of the integral belt was removed leaving a shadow to show where it was previously affixed. Of course, this would not have been much of an issue at the time as it would be covered by a Sam Brown belt. Another nice feature of the jacket which ties in well with the history can be found in the epaulettes. Whilst on first inspection they appear to be a good match, and therefore original to the tunic they are not. When the lapel is turned back to reveal the true original colour of the tunic, it is much darker meaning that the epaulettes are a later addition and were fitted when Batten was promoted to major. This was commonplace as the epaulettes would show holes of where the captains pips had previously been attached which looks untidy. The tunic features Officers quality bronzed Devonshire Regiment collar badges and matching buttons. The epaulettes feature bronzed Major's crowns as well as matching 'T' badges denoting a Territorial battalion. There is clear evidence of where medal ribbons were fitted although they have been removed at some stage. There is also a shadow following the line of the sam brown belt which shows how much this was worn in direct sunlight! There is another mark to the left sleeve. The buttons on the jacket are all held on with split rings with the shank of the button passing through a puncture hole which has been crudely hand stitched. This was a popular conversion for men in the Trenches during the Great War and is typical of a man who has been made up from the ranks. The breeches are a fantastic example. Not only are they in good condition but they have a beautifully clear date. Whilst the tunic clearly saw heavy use over a large number of years, the breeches appear to have seen only limited use and it is most likely that the original owner had another, more favourable pair or indeed wore trousers. The waist size of the breeches is much smaller than that of the re-tailored tunic so he obviously never wore them after he put on weight. The breeches are of typical Great War construction with a high rise waist, voluminous thighs and tight fitting around the calfs. They fasten with buttons at the front with more buttons for braces whilst the calf openings fasten with laces. They are cut from a lightweight khaki whipcord with this being the popular colour in the latter part of the War. The rear of the breeches features a chinch-back belt and buckle arrangement as was commonplace in the Edwardian period. To the reverse of the buckle side is a label which states the makers name as 'Harman & Co 16 Merchant Street Rangoon'. The original owners name has been marked in ink and reads 'Lt A. E. Batten' and the date of 31.10.17 is clearly visible. The buckle is typical of the time being a black painted brass example with the words 'Solide' and Paris' engraved into it. The breeches are in great condition with very little signs of wear or use. There is a hole to the seat and a limited amount of staining but overall the display very well. It is most likely that these two piece were made at the same time with the jacket seeing sustained used whilst the breeches were left to languish. The Jacket features hand stitched button holes and removable buttons which would both suggest to me that it is also theatre made. Altogether a nice original Great War uniform set with evidence of post-war use. This would be ideal for someone specifically interested int he Devonshire or Border Regiment and there is certainly room for further research! More pictures are available upon request.
Original Great War Double Brace Sam Browne Belt with Dee Rings An original First World War British Army Officers double-brace Sam Browne Belt in excellent condition and is complete with rare dee rings to the rear. This early piece of officers equipment is typical of those worn during the Great War by Infantry Officers. This design has it roots in the first official pattern of 1900 featuring the ‘double brace’ or ‘double strap’ configuration, which was designed to support the weight of extra equipment such as the revolver and sword when on the march. Not only is this example complete and original but it also has two ‘dee’ rings on the rear straps which is a trait of early belts. This addition also has its roots in the earlier period and can be found on Boar War officers kit of the period. These dee rings could be used to hang the officers valise from or attach a role greatcoat. On the inside of one of the straps the original owners name has been added in ink and reads ‘E Gilbert Richardson’ which may be possible to research. The condition of the belt is very good, especially when its age is taken into consideration. It has clearly always been together and is not a later mock-up or similar with the finish on all three parts being a consistent colour. All the brass work is bright and clean and all the stitching appears to be sound. The straps may look different lengths in the pictures but it is just an optical illusion. When displayed on a mannequin the fit well. The holes on the belt range from 33” to 39” so a large good size. Overall a fantastic early belt with rare details. This would look excellent displayed on a mannequin and would certainly be an asset to any Great War collection.
Original Great War Era British Officers Field Boots A stunning original pair of Great War period British Army Officers knee high brown leather riding boots in very good condition. This style of boots was extremely popular with British Officers during the Great War as well as with pilots of the Royal Flying Corps and can be seen in many contemporary pictures. This particular pair were made by 'Dunnet & Co' of Bombay, most likely for an Officer whilst stationed in India. Inside the boots are stuffed with 1931 dated newspaper which would have been done after they were last worn. It is impossible to exactly date private purchase items such as this but it is almost guaranteed the were made before this date, either in the First World War or the immediate post-war years. The construction of the boots is typical of those made during World War One with fine stitching and what appear to be the original laces. The condition of the boots is absolutely fantastic as can be seen in the photographs and are probably the best pair I have ever handled! The leather is still supple with no signs of cracking, brittleness, age or any other problems often encountered with antique footwear. The soles and heels are good showing only limited signs of wear. The boots will fit a UK size 9 well, so a good wearable size. All in all a truly fantastic pair of Great War era boots which would be very hard to better. They display very nicely and would make an excellent addition to any collection.
Original Great War French Army Horizon Blue Enlisted Men's Trousers A rare original pair of French Army enlisted men's horizon blue trousers in good condition. These scarce trousers are the mid to late war pattern used by the rank and file of the French army during WW1. They are cut from a coarse yet soft horizon blue wool which is typically French. They feature the re-enforced knees specific to the this pattern as well as ties to the bottom of each leg opening. The rear of the trousers features the correct cinch-back belt and buckle arrangement and slash pockets can be found on either hip. The trousers are lined in the waist and fly with linen. This material is typical of the era and fell out of use after the end of the Great War, which ties in nicely with the age of the trousers. The reverse of the cinch-back on the rear of the trousers is also lined with matching material. The trousers feature a button fly and brace buttons. These are all grey plastic example which match but may not be original to the trousers - I don't know. I think it is quite possible that these trousers have spent some time in a costume house which may explain this. The pocket bags have also been replaced with a more modern material which again ties in with this theory. Obviously this does not affect the way the trousers display but has been taken into account with the price. I have a couple more photographs which are available upon request. The trousers have also been taken in with the original material being folded over. This means they could easily be let out to a larger size and appear to have been changed in size once or twice. This again would suggest that they have been used for costume at some stage. The trousers are a good wearable size and would fit a mannequin well. They are cut short in the leg as they are worn with puttees some measure shorter than a normal trousers leg by quite a lot. When laid flat they measure - Waist - 16 3/4" Inside leg - 29" The condition of the trousers is good and they display well, as can be seen in the pictures. They have seen plenty of wear however and do have various stains. There is no serious damage and they appear to be structurally very sound. The main issues I have found with them is some ripping to the top of the opening of the pockets, A whole to the crotch (not visible when displayed) and a small area about an inch long where the stitching has come loose along the inside leg seam. This could easily be stitched back together and all the issue have been taken into account when pricing this scarce pair of First World War trousers. Whilst not the finest pair of Great War French trousers to ever be offered on the market, these are still without a doubt a rare pair of original trousers. They have a couple of issues which are all reflected in the price but all in all are a sound pair of trousers which actually display very well indeed! These would make an excellent addition to any Great War collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original Great War French Army Officers Horizon Blue Cap (3) An original Horizon Blue French Army Officers hat in good condition and made from serge. This pattern of cap came into use with the French Army in 1916 and saw issue throughout the rest of the Great War. The cap is made from a horizon blue serge and features dark blue piping which is machine stitched on with white thread. The interior of the cap feature a brown leather sweatband which is typical of the period. Aside from this there are no other markings that I can see. The cap is in good condition and displays well. There are no signs of serious damage or wear and only minor staining. Overall it displays well for a 100+ year old hat. Overall a very nice original Great War Officers hat which would make a nice addition to any collection!
Original Great War French Army Officers Horizon Blue Fur Felt Cap. An original Horizon Blue French Army Officers hat in good condition and made from fur felt. This pattern of cap came into use with the French Army in 1916 and saw issue throughout the rest of the Great War. The cap is made from a horizon blue fur felt and features dark blue piping which is machine stitched on with white thread. The interior of the cap feature a grey leather sweatband which is typical of the period. It has both 58 and 59 marked inside which indicate the size. The cap is in good condition and displays well. There are no signs of serious damage or wear although there are some darker areas which look like staining or similar. This may come out with careful cleaning but I do not know. Overall a very nice original Great War Officers hat which would make a nice addition to any collection!
Original Great War French Army Officers Horizon Blue Tunic An original French Army Officers Tunic dating from the First World War and in distressed condition. This tunic is the iconic Horizon Blue colour worn by the French Army during the Great War. It features a stand and fall collar, two slanted chest pockets, lower flapped bellows pockets, epaulettes, a french cuff and a half belt design to the rear. The tunic is cut with a narrow shoulder displacement, typical of the Edwardian era. The lining material is typical of the era and all the button holes are hand stitched. A full set of matching buttons are present and there is clear evidence of where the flaming orb insignia was previously affixed to the collar. The tunic is a small size of around a 36" chest. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 18" Waist - 16 3/4" Inside arm - 20 1/4" Outside arm - 25 1/2" Shoulders 15 1/2" The condition of the tunic is best described as 'distressed'. As can be seen in the pictures it has a plethora of stains as well as some moth damage. This is reflected in the price but please do take time to study the pictures. Whilst not the worlds finest example of a French Officers tunic, it is still an original WW1 example which could still make a good addition to a collection or display.
Original Great War French Army Officers Horizon Blue Tunic An original French Army Officers Tunic dating from the First World War and made from a horizon blue whipcord. This tunic is the iconic Horizon Blue colour worn by the French Army during the Great War. It features a stand and fall collar with three clips, two slanted chest pockets, lower flapped bellows pockets, epaulettes, a French cuff and a full belt design to the waist. The tunic is cut with a narrow shoulder displacement which, along with the full waist belt, is typical of the Edwardian era. The lining material is again typical of the era. A full set of matching buttons are present, save the ones on the epaulets which are missing and there is clear evidence of where the collar insignia was previously attached. The sleeve bares original rank insignia which is a nice feature. There also appear to be evidence of where medal ribbons or similar have been fixed above the left chest pocket at some stage in the past. The interior also shows signs of where a tailors label was once present in the neck. This is where labels on Great War officers items are typically found but there also appears to be other traces of another label to one of the interior pockets so it may well have had two. This would not be uncommon to find. The tunic is a reasonable size measuring at 20 1/4" pit to pit and 16 3/4" in the waist. The condition of the jacket is reasonable considering it is over 100 year olds. It is not however perfect by any means with various areas of light damage which I have attempted to detail in the pictures. It is by no means in poor condition but it has plenty of signs of wear and age consummate with its vintage. Overall however it displays well and the condition has been reflected in the price. This tunic would make a great addition to any WW1 collection without a doubt!
Original Great War French Army Officers Horrison Blue Cap An original Horizon Blue French Army Officers hat in good condition. This pattern of cap came into use with the French Army in 1916 and saw issue throughout the rest of the Great War. The cap is made from a horizon blue serge and features dark blue piping which is matching stitched on. A hand stitched hole is found to the front left-hand side of the cap which may be for a cap badge or similar. The interior of the cap feature a white cotton drill sweatband, typical of the Great War era. Onto this is a circular ink stamp as often found on French military items. There is a further ink stamp above this to the main body of the cap which appears to be two numbers. The cap is in good condition and displays well. There are no signs of serious damage or wear although there are some darker areas which look like staining or similar. This may come out with careful cleaning but I do not know. Overall a very nice original Great War Officers hat which would make a nice addition to any collection!
Original Great War French Artillery Officers Horizon Blue Cap An original Horizon Blue French Army Artillery Officers hat in good condition. This pattern of cap came into use with the French Army in 1917 and saw issue throughout the rest of the Great War. The cap is made from a light blue soft wool and features a full cotton drill sweatband to the interior. The sweatband bears various markings including what appears to be a name and size. The hat features red piping which denotes artillery as the branch of service the officer who originally owned the hat would have served in. The hat is in good condition for its age with some signs of wear and use etc which are to be expected from an item of approximately 100 years old. It is far from a perfect example but it certainly displays well none-the-less. Altogether a good original Great War French item which would make a nice addition to a collection.
Original Great War French Officers Horizon Blue Cap An original Horizon Blue French Army Officers hat in good condition. This pattern of cap came into use with the French Army in 1917 and saw issue throughout the rest of the Great War. The cap is made from a light blue soft wool and features a full cotton lining to the interior. The interior features two markings. The first is printed and is possibly a manufactures name which reads 'TRAONOUEZ' whilst the second is written in ink and appears to be a name which reads 'Sives'. The hat is in reasonable condition for its age but does have various staining and some moth damage, all of which is reflected in the price. Altogether a good original Great War French item which would make a nice addition to a collection.
Original Great War Good Conduct Stripe An original First World War era Good conduct stripe as worn on the lower left-hand sleeve of Service Dress tunics to denote 5 years of service without any infractions. Made from typical Great War materials, this would look excellent as part of a WW1 badge display or attached to a period uniform. Free UK P+P
Original Great War Indian Made Leather Jerkin by 'A.G.A' A scarce Great War British Army Indian made leather jerkin by 'A.G.A' in great condition for its age. Leather jerkins saw widespread use during the Great War with the British Army from 1915 onwards. During both World Wars many items were made in India for use with the British Army as well as Commonwealth forces which went on to be issued in a variety of theatres. The jerkin is made from Buffalo leather which gives it a different look and feel to British made examples. There are two main features which make this item of Great War vintage with the first being the coarse weave blanket lining, regularly encountered on WW1 jerkins. The buttons are also correct for the Great War and are an oversized faux leather football button design with a brass backing. They are attached to the jerkin with metal split rings which is another feature of Great War jerkins and a good indicator to the vintage of this item. The cut of the jerkin is also typical of First World War jerkins with a wide cut shoulder and straighter, looser body than later examples. The original label is still present inside the jerkin and is a simple white piece of fabric with the words 'Jerkins Leather, Size: 2, A.G.A. The condition of the jacket is good for its age, especially when it's age is taken into consideration. The leather outer is good with various signs of wear and use whilst the lining has similar wear and some discolouration in places. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description. Altogether a great example of this early jerkin. It has all the 'right' features which are associated with Great War Leather Jerkins and it displays very nicely. This would make a nice addition to any collection without a doubt!
Original Great War Officers Khaki Drill Trousers by 'Hawkes & Co'. A scarce original pair of British Officers Khaki Drill Trousers dating from the Great War and in good condition. The trousers were made by 'Hawkes & Co' of Savile Row as is stated on both the buttons and the label. The label has a number of clues in it which help date the trousers manufacture date to between approximately 1912 and 1917. The address on the label is No.1 Savile Row which the company moved into in 1912 meaning they have to date from after this. The address also states merely 'W', predating the addition of the 1 numeral which was added in 1917 when all areas became numbered. Due to this these are almost certainly a wartime made pair of trousers. The trousers are cut in the same style as the 'overall' trousers worn by Officers in this period. They were the preferred style of many cavalry regiments and feature a high rise with a small ticket pocket let into the top seam, a narrow leg with just a 7" cuff and a button in strap which fits around the wears boot. The trousers are made from the standard khaki coloured cotton drill material used for British KD and retain all of the original buttons. These are all marked with the makers name. The trousers will fit someone of around a 30" waist and 31" leg and when laid flat measure - Waist - 30 1/2" Rise - 14" Rear rise - 19" Inside leg - 31 1/2" Cuff - 7" The trousers are in very good condition considering they are over 100 years old. They show only limited signs of wear and use and still appear to be very strong and wearable. They are of course a pre-owned pair of vintage trousers so may have small issues consummate with their vintage. A rare pair of early Khaki Drill trousers in good condition and dating from the Great War. They would no doubt make a fine addition to any WW1 collection!
Original Great War Period British Officers Khaki Drill Trousers Without a doubt, these are the earliest pair of KD trousers I have ever come across. The cut of them is clearly Edwardian and means they date from around the time of the First World War. This early pair of KD trousers were made in Singapore which was a British outpost during the 19th Century and throughout the first part of the 20th Century. One of the more famous incidents to happen here was the Mutiny of 1915. These trousers date from this era. The trousers are typical of those made in the Edwardian era and clearly different to those made in the inter-war and Second War periods. They feature a much more narrow leg than their later counterparts, a flat front and high rise and a cinch belt to the rear. As well as this the cut to the top of the trousers is indicative of early menswear. Metal buttons are present, some of which are stamped 'Season Singapore'; whilst others say 'Our Own Make' - a common stamp to find in this period. Belt loops are also present to the outside of the trousers. The trousers measure at a 32" waist and a 29 1/2" inside leg. The condition of the trousers is good as can be seen in the pictures. They have been worn and laundered but there are no major defects that I can see. The trousers have been starched as was common at this time for smartness and means they have a rigidness to them. This can be washed out to return them to a soft cotton finish if you so wish. All in all a stunning pair of early men's trousers and easily the earliest pair I have ever come across. This would be ideal for a Great War collector or somebody interested in early 20th Century men's fashion.
Original Great War Period Full Lacing Field Boots - Size 9 A rare original pair of Great War period brown leather field boots in a size 9. This style of boot was popular with British Army officers during the Second World War as well as officers of the Royal Flying Corps. They were also worn in the inter-war years by members of the British Army Motorcycle display team and can be seen in period photographs of the Spanish Civil War being worn by Officers of the British International Brigade. They are a private purchase boot, hence why this style saw use in so many theatres of conflict as well as by civilians. They feature an apron front toe as well as a triple sole - typical of Great War field boots. Also typical of this is the heel plate and set of 4 plain studs used on the toe. The interior of the boots feature only one marking which is in gold and reads 'For Motorcycling' which is written in a typical font for the era. The boots also retain what appear to be their original laces which are still usable. The sole of the boots is stamped with the numeral '9' which denotes the size. The same stamp has been used in the insole and confirms their size. The boots are in reasonable condition for their age but I would not recommend wearing them and am selling them as a display item. Whilst they do display well, there leather is flaky and shedding in numerous places with parts of the finish missing. The worst affected area is the tongue but luckily this is not visible when displayed. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. The condition has been reflected in the price. All in all a reasonable example of this rare pattern of boots. They would make a great addition to any militaria collection or display without a doubt!
Original Great War Period Officers Field Boots by 'Lotus' A stunning original pair of Officers field boots made by 'Lotus' and dating from the Great War period. These boots are typical of those seen in period photographs of the First World War featuring a full lace front and norwegian toe. The full lace front style was very popular at the time but they are now much rarer boots than the more common buckle front or pull on examples often seen on the market. The soles of the boots are again typical of early boots and noticeably different to boots made in the Second World War and later. The stud pattern in particular and the type of studs are unlike those seen on later boots. The boots appear to have their original laces. They are the correct material and are the right length for the boots. The light colour contrasts beautifully with the boot. All the eyelets are intact on the boot and most of them still retain their original brown paint. Inside the boots is an original label which states the manufactures name 'Lotus' and 'Style 361' which is the pattern of the boot. There are also two striped pull tabs inside to help with getting the boot on. The overall condition of the boots is very good as can be seen in the pictures. All the leather is in nice condition an features a fantastic patina. All the stitching appears to be sound but if they were to be worn it must be remembered that they are around 100 years old! There is no size indicated anywhere on the boot but I would say they are about a size 7 having compared them to other period shoes. Altogether a stunning and scarce pair of boots which are iconic of the Great War officer. These would compliment any First World War collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original Great War Period Ordinary Ranks Long Puttees by 'Fox' An original pair of British Army Ordinary Ranks long Puttees made by Foxes and dating from around the time of the Great War. This pattern came into use in the early pattern of the 20th Century as part of the 1902 pattern uniform. They saw service throughout the Great War and into the inter-war period, disappearing by the Second World War in favour of shorter puttees or anklets. There is no date on the puttees as is normal. They are original and can only date from around the time of the Great War but that is as accurately as they can be dated. Made from a course khaki wool fabric, these are unmistakably OR issue. Officers examples are made from a much finer material and are often different shades to the standard shade of this pair. They are though, like their officer counterparts, made by 'Fox' who are the most prolific and famous of manufactures for this type of item. a little brass disk can be found in the corner of each puttee; one with L and one with R, denoting the side it is to be worn, and the name 'Fox'. The condition of the puttees is reasonably considering their age and they display well. There is some damage to both the left and right puttee which is clearly original period wear and features a few period repairs. If worn or displayed on a mannequin this shouldn't be visible and the price reflects this. Both puttees retain their original tapes which are a khaki colour. The ends of each tape are dirty from wear, as obviously only the last section would be on show when worn. Altogether a good original pair of Great War era OR puttees which would make a good addition to any WW1 collection.
Original Great War Period RAMC Officers Kit Bag by 'Lybro' An original khaki coloured British Army kit bag made by Lybro and dating from around the time of the Great War. This kit bag is the shorter pattern used from around the turn of the century and throughout the First World War. By the Second World War the shape had changed with the bags becoming longer and less stout. This example is made from a heavy khaki coloured canvas and features brass eyelets. The original owners name is stenciled to the front and reads 'Lt W. MacNaught R.A.M.C.' which may be researchable. The interior bears the original manufacturers stamp which reads 'Lybro Liverpool'. Lybro were a prolific manufacturer of workwear throughout the first half of the 20th Century. The bag is in nice condition and displays well with only limited signs of wear and use. Altogether a nice period item which would make a good addition to a collection.
Original Great War Period RFC Leather Flying Coat This rare original coat is of the same style as used by early aviators before the First World War as well as during. The cut and style of the coat is often referred to as an early Royal Flying Corps pattern and contemporary pictures show these coats being worn in the early part of the war. Sadly the coat has no provenance but did come direct from source and came with a pair of Great War period field boots, also listed on my website. These coats were also used for motoring in the early part of the 20th Century as well as by aviators and there is no guarantee that this is an RFC item. It is however a very fine original example of this pattern of coat which would be hard to better and would certainly compliment any RFC display or collection. The coat is made from a soft caramel coloured leather which is still very supple today and overall in very nice condition. It features a double breasted closure and slash pockets on the hips as well as a full belt which is in good condition. The belt buckle is the usual leather covered type found in this period and is a very good example. The coat features a heavy blanket lining designed to keep the wearer warm in open topped cars and open cockpits of the Edwardian period. The coat still retains its original separate neck tab which buttons across between the two collar points as shown in the pictures. When not worn like this it is stored inside the coat by attaching it to two buttons on the inner side of the opening. The sleeves of the coat are lined with a green/grey cotton and feature elasticated cuffs which are in excellent condition with little to no sign of wear. The original label is still present and can be found below the hanging loop which is also still intact. The label reads 'The London and Leicester Rubber Co LTD, Leicester, Bournemouth & Ipswich' an is typical of the period featuring light writing on a black field. As previously mentioned the coat is in nice condition for its age and is easily the best I have ever come across. It is of course a pre-owned, pre-worn item that is approximately 100 years old so will have some small issue and wear etc consummate with this. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description. This is truly an amazing vintage coat which would make a good addition to any collection. It is undoubtedly an investment piece of high quality, the like of which is rarely offered on the open market.
Original Great War Sergeant Stripes - Austerity Pattern A rare matched set of World War One austerity pattern sergeant stripes in excellent condition. These stripes were used by all arms of the British Army during the Great War including the Royal Flying Corps and would make an excellent addition to a Great War uniform or badge display. The stripes are in excellent condition and match very well. There is some fraying down the side of one of the stripes as can be seen in the photographs, but other than that they are in perfect in-issued condition. Free Postage within the UK.
Original Inter-War British Army Officers Khaki Whipcord Breeches An original pair of British Army officers khaki green breeches made from whipcord and most likely dating from the inter-war period. These Breeches are typical of those worn by British Officers during the Great War, through the inter-war period and into the beginning of the Second World War. The material used in the lining are typical of the Edwardian period as it he binding to the top edge of the breeches. These materials were still used up into the 1930s by some tailors so there is a good chance they were made in the inter-war years rather than the Great War. They would certainly pass as Great War though, and may well be. The cut is typical of the era and they wouldn't look out of place as part of a Great War officers kit any more than they would with the uniform dating from the early part of WW2. The breeches are a larger wearable size and should fit around a 36" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measures - Waist - 18 1/4" Inside leg - 19 1/4" Calf at narrowest point - 6 1/2" The condition of the garment is very good indeed overall and they display very well. There are however a couple of small holes near the crotch which I have detailed in the pictures. These do not detract from what is overall a nice item in my opinion. All in all a nice set of early officers breeches which would make a good addition to any Great War or early Second War collection.
Original Inter-war Period British Officers Khaki Drill Tunic An original British Officers Khaki Drill tunic as worn in both World Wars and into the post-war period. This particular tunic came with a very early pair of matching KD trousers which would suggest it is of Great War or early inter-war vintage. This pattern was used for many years however, and as is often the case is impossible to date accurately as it has no label, date stamps or similar. The matching trousers were made in Singapore so this was likely made in the there also. The tunic is the standard British pattern made from khaki drill material which has been started for smartness, as was common practice at the time. It is a long sleeved version, features scalloped breast pocket flaps, bellows lower pockets, epaulettes and hand stitched holes on the collar for collar badges to be fitted though. The tunic is a small size and will fit around a 38” chest. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 40” Waist - 17 1/2” Shoulders - 16 1/4” Inside arm - 18 1/2” Outside arm - 25” length - 31 1/2” The overall condition of the tunic is good as can be seen in the pictures. As previously mentioned it has been starched but this could be removed with washing if you wanted to return it a softer cotton feel. Obviously there are no buttons included as these are removable. Ideally specific regimental buttons of your choice would be added. All in all a good original tunic in a wearable size. Ideal for the collect and re-enactor alike.
Original Inter-War Royal Artillery Coloured Field Service Cap An original coloured Royal Artillery Field Service cap dating from the inter-war period and complete with its original brass Kings Crown cap badge. These caps were popular in the inter-war period and were worn with the No.1 blues uniform as well as with the standard Service Dress uniform on special occasions. They also saw limited use throughout the Second World War and made a nice alternative headdress when walking out or similar. This example looks to date from the pre-war period judging by the interior. The corse lining used for the sweatband is typical of early headwear but it could easily have seen later use in WW2. The headband also shows traces of having a regimental number stamped onto it which is again typical of earlier items. An original brass Kings crown cap badge is fitted to the cap and is held on by a safety pin concealed inside the hat. It is common to find such devices used to hold cap badges on and it is quite possibly the original badge to the hat. Two brass Royal Artillery buttons can be found affixed to the front of the cap. The cap is a good size of approximately 7 1/8 - 7 1/4. There is no size indicated inside however. The condition of the hat is reasonable although it does show various signs of age, particularly around the red section of the hat which has some discolouration to it. Light moth tracks are also visible to the outside of the hat. All in all, a good pre-war hat. The price reflects the condition but it would none-the-less make a nice addition to a WW2 collection or similar.
Original Jet Age Mk. 7 RAF Flying Suit - Grey An original Mk. 7 RAF flying suit in grey as used from the 1950s onwards by RAF aircrew in a good size 4. These grey suits are iconic of the early Jet Age and are seen in many period photos in use with the RAF. They are a lightweight coverall which is worn over the uniform to protect it when flying. This particular example retains its original labels. One is the issue label which states the RAF contract number 22c/2704 and also bares the War Department broad arrow. Underneath this label is a far larger one with instructions on which is standard on MK7 flying suits. The suit features all of its original zips which work perfectly. It also has Velcro at the cuffs and the waist to tighten them and has had small pop studs added to the lower portion of each leg, most likely to make them fit easily inside flying boots. The condition of the suit is great showing very little wear and no damage at all. There are a few marks here and there as is to be expected with a flying suit which has seen some use. All in all, a cracking flying suit which would compliment any Jet Age RAF collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original Kings Crown Army Dental Corps Cap Badge An original Kings crown Army Dental Corps cap badge in good original condition. Free UK Postage
Original Kings Own Scottish Borderers Officers Tunic An original Kings Own Scottish Borderers tunic, most likely dating from the Second World War but with some earlier attributes. This tunic is a cutaway pattern as was used by a variety of Scottish Regiments and features buttons of the Kings Own Scottish Borders. It is made from a khaki green whipcord material an is lined with grosgrain which is typically found in Great War era tunics. Another indicator to early manufacture is the evidence of the tailors label being in the neck. This is typically found on Great War and inter-war tunics so would suggest this is an early example. When laid flat the tunic measures - Chest - 19" Waist - 16 1/2" Inside arm - 19" Outside arm - 25" Shoulders - 16 3/4" The jacket is in good condition and displays well. It does however have a stain to the sleeve and a couple of small holes to the rear all of which are visible in the pictures. All in all a good original KOSB Officers tunic which would make a good addition to any collection.
Original Kings Royal Rifles Corps Battledress Jacket And Trousers Dated 1943 A nice set of American made War Aid battledress fully badged to a Universal carrier driver serving with the 4th Armoured Division. I bought this set from a collector who purchased it directly from a veteran who served on the 2nd Battalion Kings Royal Rifle Corps during the Second World War. I'm not sure if this is the battledress he has during the war or one he put together later. Either way, it is a very nice set! The blouse is the standard War Aid pattern with a fly front and exposed buttons to the chest pockets. The serge is much finer than that of British made battledress and has more of a green hue to it. The buttons are American style and the original labels are still present inside. The blouse is marked at a size 10. The overall condition of the jacket is extremely good but there are a couple of small moth holes on the front. This battledress blouse displays a full set of insignia including KRRC shoulder titles, 4th Armoured Divisonal patches and arm of service stripe. As well as this the blouse has a good conduct stripe, drivers qualification badge and marksman badge all in the correct black on red scheme specific to the Kings Royal Rifle Corps. All the buttons are also black horn rifle buttons. The trousers are a very good example of War Aid trousers and match the jacket very nicely. Again they have had the buttons replace with black horn rifle buttons as was the done thing in this regiment. It also has quite a narrow leg, assumably tailored by the original owner. All the correct labels and stamps are present inside the trousers A lovely example of a War Aid Battledress jacket and trousers that match well and feature a nice set of badges. This would complement any collection without a doubt.
Original Late 1940s British Army Officers Jungle Green Aertex Shirt An original Jungle Green shirt which belonged to an officer who served with the British Army in the late 1940s and early 1950s in good condition. This shirt is made from cellular cotton which is often referred to as 'Aertex'. It is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics ad was popular with the British military during WW2 and the post-war period. The shirt features a full button front, pleated chest pockets, epaulettes and short sleeves. A matched pair of printed Singapore District formation badges are attached to each sleeve. The shirt is a smaller size and when laid flat measures 21 1/2" pit to pit, meaning it would be a good fit on someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. The shirt is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures. There is some minor staining as well as a very small hole to the rear; all of which is documented in the photographs. All in all a nice original immediate post-war shirt which would make a good addition to any collection.
Original Late WW2 Bevo Embroidered 53 Welsh Division Formation Badge An original 53 Welsh Division formation badge dating from the latter part of the Second World War and in good condition. This badge is a bevo embroidered example and was most likely made in Holland or Germany in the late part of the Second World War or in the immediate post-war years. It is in very good condition and does not appear to have been worn. A nice late war badge which would make a good addition to a collection. Free UK Postage.
Original Late WW2 British Army Ordinary Ranks Collared Shirt An original British Army Ordinary Ranks shirt dating from the latter part of the Second World War. This shirt started life as a standard issue ordinary ranks collarless shirt but has been converted towards the end of the war with the addition of a collar. In late 1944 the regulations changed allowing ordinary ranks to wear a shirt and tie underneath their battledress blouse and shirt began to be produced for this purpose. Some soldiers took matters into their own hands and had detachable shirt collars stitched directly onto the collarless shirts they already had. This means this shirt was almost certainly converted and worn during the war before collared shirts were readily available. The shirt itself is made from the usual wool flannel material and features green plastic buttons which would indicate mid-war manufacture. The added collar is a slightly mismatched shade which appears to be an officers example with the number '4' stamped inside which denotes size. There is also a label which reads 'All wool' although it is somewhat faded. The shirt is a very small size and when laid flat measures - Chest - 20 1/2" Inside arm - 18" Outside arm - 21" Length - 32" Shoulders - 14 1/2" The shirt is in well used condition as can be seen in the pictures. The tail of the shirt has been altered and appears to have been crudely cut down and hemmed, most likely by the original owner. There are also repairs under the arms and some staining, particularly to the rear. It clearly saw plenty of action in its day! Whilst not a perfect example by any means, this shirt is a typical example of how British soldiers converted their shirts to be worn with ties in the latter part of the Second World War.
Original Late WW2 British Army Ordinary Ranks Collared Shirt by 'WLB' A stunning original British Army Ordinary Ranks collared shirt made the Water Lane Brand at the end of the Second World War. Dress regulations change in late 1944 in the British Army for Ordinary Ranks. Whilst previously they had been issued with collarless shirts to be worn underneath battledress blouses fastened to the top; the new regulations allowed for a collar and tie to be worn with the blouse collar open. Collared shirts went into production at this point whilst some soldiers had detachable collars stitched onto the collarless shirts they already own. This example was made with with an attached collar and therefore dates from late 1944 at the earliest. It is made from the khaki coloured flannel shirting usually found on issue shirts and features long sleeves with a barrel cuff and a large, typically 1940s spearpoint collar. Inside the neckband of the shirt some markings are still visible including the War Department broad arrow marking and the letters 'WLB' which denote the manufacturer as Water Lane Brand who were a prolific shirt maker during the period based in Yorkshire. A second stamp is also visible to the tail of the shirt as detailed in the attached pictures. These tunic front shirts are generously cut across the chest and shoulders but this example is still a small size. When laid flat it measures - Chest - 21 1/2" Inside arm - 21" Outside arm - 23 1/2" Length - 34" Shoulders - 16 3/4" The shirt is in stunning condition with only very limited signs of wear and use. Overall it displays very well and is still very fresh and bright. A very good example of a late war OR shirt which would be very hard to better!
Original Lieutenant General's Battledress Blouse An original Second World War Lieutenant General's Battledress blouse which I believe belonged to Richard McCreery. This is the last jacket to come out of a very old collection I was lucky to find earlier in the year which had some very nice original Battledress with it. This very original blouse features the insignia of a Lieutenant General of 21st Army Group who was originally in the Royal Armoured Corps. The only officer of this rank who was RAC in 21st Army Group was Richard McCreery who took over 21st Army from Montgomery. Previous to this he had taken over the command of British 8th Army in Italy, again from Monty. Made from barathea as was common for higher ranking officers, the jacket is fully lined and features shoulder pads inside. The construction is typical of WW2 tailored uniform items and even has an earlier, more 1930s feel to it. The original tailors label is still present and is an uncommon maker on Bishops Gate in the East End of London called 'C. I. Samuels'. Interestingly the Imperial War Museum have a 1907 pattern tunic with the same tailors name in their archive. The company was liquidated in 1952. All the insignia on the jacket has a nice consistent finish as one would expect to find. The brass and bullion have tarnished and some of the medal ribbons have faded, in some cases making them hard to decipher without some serious thinking. Overall though the uniformity of the wear and age is just right. The condition of the blouse is OK for its age but far from perfect. Whilst it displays nicely there are a number of moth holes to various parts of the tunic. Some of the waistband liner has been worn and repaired which all looks to be period work. I have more pictures of the tunic which can be supplied upon request. All in all an amazing tunic. It has the look of something that has 'been there' and would without a shadow of a doubt make a brilliant addition to anyone's collection.
Original Matched Pair of RAF Warrant Officers Sleeve Badges (1) A beautiful matched pair of RAF Warrant Officers rank badges as worn on both the four pocket Service Dress tunic and the Battledress tunic. There original ww2 era badges are in mint un-issued condition and would suit the colle