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Original US Army M65 Parka

An original US Army issue M 1965 'Fishtail' Parka as used in the Vietnam War and beyond.

The parka first saw real action in the Second World War with a number of patterns being issued throughout the conflict. Post-war the M-1951 parka came into use for the Korean War and was latter superseded by this, the M-1965.

As well as being issued to the military, the parka was also popular on civvy street as they were widely available from Army Surplus Stores during the 1950s-1980s. The parka became synonymous with the MOD scene in the UK and is now considered a style classic.

This particular example comes complete with its original liner and hood which features the internal wire and fur lined edge. The main zipper is the correct pattern brass example.

All three parts feature their original labels which are complete with the all important DSA numbers. The labels also state the manufacturer as 'Gibraltar Industries Inc' and the size as 'Medium' which will fit from a 37" to a 41" chest.

The parka is in good condition as can be seen in the pictures and doesn't appear to have any signs of undue wear or age. Please study the pictures as they form part of the description and bare in mind that this is a vintage, pre-owned item.

All in all a nice example of this, one of the most iconic coats of the 20th Century. It is in nice condition and is very complete and would make a great addition to any collection.

Code: 50987Price: 135.00 GBP

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Original RAF Socket Type 360

An original WW2 RAF Type 360 socket as used with various flying helmets during the Second World War, complete with its original box.

This socket fits onto the standard RAF bell plug used on all wartime wiring looms fitted to the B, C, D and E - type flying helmets.

It comes complete with its original cardboard box which is in good condition for its age. It has printed onto it 'Socket Type 360 Ref No. 10H/2208' and below this the Air Ministry mark with kings crown is present.

The overall condition of the item is good and it appears to be un-issued.

A nice wartime item which would make a good collection to any RAF collection.

Code: 50986Price: 50.00 GBP

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Original WW2 MK VII Water bottle and Webbing Cradle

An original Second World War British Army MK VII Water bottle complete with its 1937 pattern webbing cradle.

The MK VII water bottle came into use with the British Army in late 1939 and saw use with the BEF in 1940 and carried on in service throughout WW2 and into the 1950s. This example is complete with its webbing cradle, often referred to as ’skeleton’ pattern which has had a coat of early war ‘pea green’ blanch.

There are no dates or other markings that I can find anywhere on either the bottle or the cradle but it is the correct pattern for WW2 and later. The shade of blanco makes it ideal for someone interested in the early war period.

Ideal for the collector and re-enactor alike!

Code: 50978Price:

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Original WW2 1940 Pattern Battledress Blouse

An original British Army battledress blouse dating from 1941 in well worn condition.

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. This means it has to date from late 1940 or 1941.

There are no labels or markings that I can find to the interior of the jacket but it does feature the early wire belt buckle to the waist and standard revolving shank buttons to fix the epaulettes to the jacket.

When laid flat the jacket measures -

Chest - 21 1/4"
Waist - 16 1/2"
Inside arm - 17"
Outside arm -22 1/2"
Shoulders - 16 3/4"
Length - 22 1/2"

The condition of the jacket is not the best. It appears to have gone through one of the army repair shops as the breast pockets have been replaced with slightly mismatched new pockets and there are a number of period repairs. This all adds to the character of the jacket and is typical of what an early blouse such as this could have looked like in 1944-45. I have included photographs which detail the various effected areas so please study them.

Altogether a reasonable battledress blouse representative of what a wartime worn jacket would really look like. Whilst not the finest condition this has been reflected in the price and it would still make a nice addition to a collection.

Code: 50984Price: 110.00 GBP

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Original WW2 Royal Canadian Engineers Field Service Cap

An original Royal Canadian Engineers Field Service cap in nice condition.

This cap is typical of Canadian made examples featuring a black interior, ‘Canada’ buttons to the front and an original Royal Canadian Engineers kings crown cap badge to finish it off. The cap doesn’t appear to have been altered post-war and I think there is a high chance it is still as it was when worn during the Second World War.

The interior features a khaki sweatband which bares the manufactures details. Still legible are the words ‘Winnipeg, Man’. Next to this the original owner has marked his name ’Sgt Payer’ in ink. The black lining has the remnants of another circular white stamp which almost certainly would have had the date included in it originally. Sadly it is no longer legible but the cap would have been made before 1943 as these pattern was replaced with the GS beret in that year. Finally, the Canadian War Department broad arrow stamp can be found in white ink and surrounded by the letter ‘C’ as is correct for Canadian made items.

The condition of the cap is very good indeed. The cap badge has the remains of dry brasso on it and the two front buttons have tarnished to a degree. The body of the cap is excellent with no damage and the interior is also very clean only showing limited signs of wear.

There is no size indicated inside the cap but the opening measures 11 3/4” when laid flat so is roughly a size 7 3/8.

All in all a nice and very original Canadian item which would make a nice addition to any collection.

Code: 50981Price:

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Original RAF Officers Private Purcahse Tie by 'Duratye'

An original Royal Air Force private purchase officers black tie dating from around the Second World War.

This particular example features a nice period label which reads 'Duarte Redg Finest Neckwear' which is typical of the 1940s. The construction is also standard for the era being one piece.

Altogether a nice period example of a private purchase tie complete with a nice period label.

Code: 50968Price: 45.00 GBP

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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.

Code: 50980Price: 65.00 GBP

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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!

Code: 50983Price: 60.00 GBP

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Original WW2 Period RAF Woolen Gloves

An original pair of Royal Air Force blue machine knitted wooden gloves as used during the Second World War.

These gloves are devoid of any labels so are impossible to date exactly but are of the pattern used during the Second World War.

They are in good condition but have a number of small holes which may need attention if they were to be worn. Please study the pictures.

All in all a reasonable pair of issue gloves from the WW2 period.

Code: 50982Price: 24.00 GBP

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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 -
Chest - 20"
Inside arm - 19"
Outside arm - 26"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
Length at back - 31"

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.

Code: 50956Price: 225.00 GBP

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