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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!

Code: 51155Price: 100.00 GBP


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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.

Code: 51148Price: 65.00 GBP


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Original WW2 British Army Map Board

An original Second World War period British Army wooden map board complete with a map of Bournemouth.

This pattern of map board was used throughout the Second World War by a plethora of units. Sadly they were never dated so it is not possible to date them exactly but these were a common item during WW2. The board itself is wooden and features a canvas pencil holder to the top which fastens with brass ‘Newey’ pop studs. Two sprung metal and string bands hold the see-through plastic cover onto the board, all of which are original and the correct pattern.

The board is in good used condition and displays well. Please study the pictures for further details.

A nice original WW2 period map case which would make a good addition to a collection or re-enactment group.

Code: 51149Price: 38.00 GBP


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Original WW2 MT Goggles + Case - Tinted Lenses

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 with a small tear as pictured. The metal frames are good retaining a good amount of their original plated finish whilst the tinted lenses have some signs of delamination.

The goggles come complete with their original brown coloured hardboard box which is also in reasonable condition for its age.

Overall, a reasonably good pair of goggles which display well and could suit either a reenactor or collector well.

Code: 51153Price: 80.00 GBP


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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.

Code: 51150Price: 95.00 GBP


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Original WW2 RAF Ordinary Airman's Tunic Belt


A hard to find example of an RAF OA tunic belt in good condition complete with its original brass buckle.

The belt measures 36” long and has three sets of holes at 32”, 33” and 33” so should fit around a 31-32” waist potentially.

The overall condition is good for its age and there is no wear or damage that I can find.

A hard to find original piece of RAF uniform.

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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.

Code: 51152Price: 45.00 GBP


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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.

Code: 51151Price: 70.00 GBP


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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.

Code: 51141Price: 55.00 GBP


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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!

Code: 51147Price: 90.00 GBP

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