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Rare original 1941 Dated British Army Khaki Drill Shirt (2)

A rare original 1941 dated British Army Khaki Drill shirt in un-issued condition.

These original wartime shirts are becoming hard to find today, let alone in un-issued, new old stock condition and with clear markings. The markings usually wear away with light wear and washing so to find a shirt in such good condition today is really something.

This pattern or shirt was introduced at the beginning of the Second World War and was issued to all rank of the British Army and also saw use with the RAF. It is made from cellular cotton which is a lightweight, breathable fabric ideally suited to the tropics. It features long sleeves, two pleated breast pockets, a stand and fall collar and removable epaulettes. Rubber buttons fasten the front, the cuffs and the breast pockets - all of which are in perfect order.

Inside the collar of the shirt the original markings are still bright and legible. The makers name of 'C.W.S' is present and stands for the Co-operative Workers Society - better know as the Co-op today. Under this is the 1941 date and what appears to be a crude War Department broad arrow marking. There also appears to be the numeral '1' which would relate to size.

When laid flat the shirt measures -

Chest - 22"
Inside arm - 21"
Outside arm - 22 1/2"
Length - 34"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"

The shirt is in stunning unworn condition as can be seen in the pictures. It may have small issues such as marks from storage but overall it displays extremely well.

This would be very hard to better and is a must have for the serious collector.

Code: 51504Price: 160.00 GBP


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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!

Code: 51496Price:


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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.

Code: 51509Price: 110.00 GBP


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Rare Original WW2 Khaki Drill ATS Working Blouse

A scarce original Auxiliary Territorial Service Working Dress Blouse in very good condition.

This patten of blouse was worn throughout the war underneath the battledress uniform as well as in tropical climates. It is made from cellular cotton, or 'Aertex' as it is often referred to, and features green rubber buttons which are in excellent, pliable condition. The shirt has a three button opening and long sleeves which fasten with the same rubber buttons as the front.

Inside the shirt the original owners name is present and reads 'Bennett'. There are some other markings, although they are not particularly legible.

When laid flat the shirt measures -

Chest - 19"
Inside arm - 18
Outside arm - 19 1/2"
Length - 23"
Collar - 13 1/2"
Shoulders - 15 1/2"

The shirt is in good condition and doesn't show any signs of undue wear or use. There are a few stains but overall it displays very well and is still very wearable.

A rare original women's military shirt in good condition which would be ideal for a collector or could suit a re-enactor.

Code: 51501Price: 150.00 GBP


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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.

Code: 51510Price: 65.00 GBP


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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!

Code: 51508Price:


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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.

Code: 51506Price:


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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!

Code: 51497Price: 65.00 GBP


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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.

Code: 51507Price: 145.00 GBP


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Original WW2 British Military Khaki Drill Trousers

An original pair of British made Khaki Drill trousers dating from the Second World War.

These trousers are typical of those made in Great Britain during the early part of the Second World War. They feature a clear outline to the rear of where the original issue label was stitched and retain a few of their original brass buttons which are maker marked 'Firmin'. They feature a relatively narrow leg measuring 8 1/2" at the cuff giving them a Great War or interwar look. They also feature frog mouth pockets to the front instead of the more usual slash pockets found in the side seams which is an interesting detail.

Many of the buttons have been changed for horn buttons. This was either done as the original brass ones fell off or done for comfort. It is common to find brass buttons changed for horn buttons on this period of trousers, particularly on the fly, as they are much easier to use.

The trousers are a smaller size and will fit around a 30" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat they measure -

Waist - 15 1/2"
Rise - 14 1/2"
Rear rise - 18"
Inside leg - 30"
Cuff - 8 1/2"

The trousers are in good wearable condition with some signs of wear and use. There is some fading to the legs which is much more apparent in the pictures than in person. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description.

All in all a nice original pair of early Second World War KD trousers with some great details.

Code: 51505Price: 145.00 GBP

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