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Original WW2 RAF Flight Sergeant Brass Rank Crowns

a nice matched pair of wartime era brass RAF Flight Sergeant rank crowns complete with their original backings a pins.

These crowns were worn on both the four pocket OA tunic and the Battledress blouse by aircrew and ground crew above the Sgt stripes on each arm.

It is rare today to find sets with their original backings making this particular set desirable.

A nice original set ideal for a badge collector or someone who wants to badge up a uniform with original badges.

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Original WW2 Era RAF Group Captains Greatcoat Shoulder Board

An original WW2 era RAF Group Captains Greatcoat shoulder board complete with gold bullion rank and albatross.

The albatross is surmounted by a Kings Crown which dates it to pre 1953 and could well be a wartime manufactured example.

The backing features the original split ring and lace which would attach it to the coat. An original Brass Kings Crown RAF button is also present.

All in all a nice WW2 period item.

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Code: 50827Price: 20.00 GBP


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Original WW2 Era British Jungle Green Shorts - Indian Made (2)

An original pair of Indian made Jungle Green Shorts dating from around the time of the Second World War.

Indian made items such as these shorts were typical of those issued to men of the British Army and RAF during the Second World War. Due to supply routes the vast majority of men serving in the far east were supplied with Indian made uniforms.

These particular shorts are typical of those made in India during the second world war. Both the material and construction are standard for the period and the stitching is clearly Indian. The shorts feature slash pockets to each hip, a button fly. no rear pocket and side adjusters - complete with the original metalwork. These metal adjusters were removable for washing and are no often missing from vintage items such as this.

The shorts are a good larger size making them ideal for somebody interested in Re-enacting. When laid flat they measure at 18 1/2" across the waist, so should be a good fit for someone with a 35-36" waist.

The condition of the shorts is good as can be seen in the photographs. They have been worn and laundered but generally speaking display well.

Altogether a nice original pair of WW2 era Jungle Green shorts which would be ideal for a British Army or RAF re-enactor or collector.

Code: 50825Price: 50.00 GBP


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Original WW2 Era British Jungle Green Shorts - Indian Made 34"

An original pair of Indian made Jungle Green Shorts dating from around the time of the Second World War.

Indian made items such as these shorts were typical of those issued to men of the British Army and RAF during the Second World War. Due to supply routes the vast majority of men serving in the far east were supplied with Indian made uniforms.

These particular shorts are typical of those made in India during the second world war. Both the material and construction are standard for the period and the stitching is clearly Indian. The shorts feature two slash pockets to each hip, a button fly and a single rear pocket. All the button holes are hand stitched as is usually the case with Indian made items.

The shorts are a good larger size making them ideal for somebody interested in Re-enacting. When laid flat they measure at 17" across the waist, so should be a good fit for someone with around a 34" waist.

The condition of the shorts is good as can be seen in the photographs. They have been worn and laundered but generally speaking display well. The only flaw I can find is that a couple of the buttons are broken or missing. Indian made buttons are often fragile and don't survive the course of time. This has however been reflected in the price.

Altogether a nice original pair of WW2 era Jungle Green shorts which would be ideal for a British Army or RAF re-enactor or collector.

Code: 50824Price: 45.00 GBP


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Original WW2 Era British Jungle Green Shorts - Indian Made

An original pair of Indian made Jungle Green Shorts dating from around the time of the Second World War.

Indian made items such as these shorts were typical of those issued to men of the British Army and RAF during the Second World War. Due to supply routes the vast majority of men serving in the far east were supplied with Indian made uniforms.

These particular shorts are typical of those made in India during the second world war. Both the material and construction are standard for the period and the stitching is clearly Indian. The shorts feature two slash pockets to each hip, a button fly and belt loops.

The shorts are a good larger size making them ideal for somebody interested in Re-enacting. When laid flat they measure at 18 1/2" across the waist, so should be a good fit for someone with a 35-36" waist.

The condition of the shorts is good as can be seen in the photographs. They have been worn and laundered but generally speaking display well.

Altogether a nice original pair of WW2 era Jungle Green shorts which would be ideal for a British Army or RAF re-enactor or collector.

Code: 50823Price: 50.00 GBP


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Original WW2 Era Indian Made British Jungle Green Shorts

An original pair of Indian made Jungle Green Shorts dating from around the Second World War.

Indian made items such as these shorts were typical of those issued to men of the British Army and RAF during the Second World War. Due to supply routes the vast majority of men serving in the far east were supplied with Indian made uniforms.

These particular shorts are typical of those made in India during the second world war. Both the material and construction are standard for the period and the stitching is clearly Indian. The shorts feature two slash pockets to each hip, a button fly and side adjusters with white metal buckles. The buckles are removable for washing purposes and are often missing from shorts offered on the market today.

The shorts are a good larger size making them ideal for somebody interested in Re-enacting. When laid flat they measure at 18 1/2" across the waist, so should be a good fit for someone with a 35-36" waist.

The condition of the shorts is good as can be seen in the photographs. They have been worn and laundered but generally speaking display well. The only flaw I can find is one very small hole which I have included a picture of.

Altogether a nice original pair of WW2 era Jungle Green shorts which would be ideal for a British Army or RAF re-enactor or collector.

Code: 50822Price: 50.00 GBP


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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.

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Original WW2 American Made War Aid British Army Battledress Trousers

An original pair of ‘War Aid’ British Army Battledress Trousers made in the United States as part of the lend-lease agreement during he Second World War.

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, trousers are much less common.

This particular pair of trousers bare all the usual features of the War Aid pattern. The serge has its only particular hue of green, the buttons are American style and the interior is lined with white cotton. They feature exposed buttons on the map pocket and rear pocket as well as the single pleat first field dressing pocket. This assortment of details was only used together on the War Aid pattern making them an interesting piece to own.

Inside the trousers still retain their original label although it is sadly quite washed out. No real details can be read but this pattern was only produced during the war so manufacture can be dated to between 1943 and 1945.

The trousers are a generous size measuring

The overall condition of the trousers is good as can be seen in the pictures. They have been worn and washed but there are no signs of any serious damage and they display well.

Altogether a nice original pair of hard to find wartime trousers in a good wearable size.

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Scarce 1940 Dated RAF Oridnary Airman's Tunic with French Cuff

An extremely scarce early example of the RAF Ordinary Airman's tunic with the rare French cuff, clearly dated 1940.

This tunic is the first pattern of tunic used by the RAF. It came into service in the pre-war years but was replaced with the 'simplified' pattern by 1941, making them very rare today. This tunic is the style that was worn by all ranks of Flight Sergeant and under during both the Battle for France and the Battle of Britain.

This particular tunic is a private purchase tailor made example rather than the standard issue tunic. It was made by 'Clayton Fryers' of London as can be seen by the label underneath the interior pocket. This label is typical of pre-war tailoring featuring white writing on a black field. The lining material is also typical of men's suiting of the period and the jacket features a full lining unlike issue examples.

Inside the interior pocket is another label which is white and bares a number of details, the most important of which is the 1940 date.

The exterior of the tunic looks very much like any other early issue example. It is made of the same RAF blue serge and features the all important French cuff, or 'Jam Jar' cuff as it is sometimes called. The top of the shoulder shows evidence of where the standard RAF albatross insignia has been stitched on (picture 4). The tunic comes complete with a full set of RAF brass kings crown buttons but is sadly devoid of its original belt. It would not be too difficult to acquire another matching belt.

The tunic is a small size. When laid flat the tunic measures 18 1/2" pit to pit and 16" at the waist. The inside arm measures 17 3/4".

The condition of the tunic is excellent as can be seen in the pictures. It shows little to know sign of use, wear or washing. It is still the deep blue colour it would have been when new rather than a washed out grey colour of a well worn example.

All in all a very rare early tunic in stunning condition. Not only does it have the all important 1940 date but it also a tailor made example making it an even more interesting collectable.

A must have for the discerning Early war and Battle of Britain collector!


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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.

Code: 50817Price: 80.00 GBP

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