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Original WW US Army Officers Service Cap by 'Superior Uniform Cap Co'
An original US Army Officers Service cap made by 'Superior Uniform Cap Co' and dating from the Second World War.
The hat is a fur felt example as were commonly worn by officers in both the Army and the USAAF during WW2. It features an extra large cap badge, rear chin strap and double bill peak. The leather sweatband is marked 'E-Z Cushion' in a typical 1940s American graphic and there is a stiffener which sits inside the crown of the cap. This can be removed to give the hat a more 'crusher' style if so desired.
The interior also features a large logo which relates to the makers name and reads 'Created By Superior Uniform Cap Co, 230 Wells Street, Chicago, ILL.'. It is a typically 1940s graphic and fills most of the interior of the cap. There is also a size tag on the leather sweatband which reads '7 1/8'.
The condition of the cap is good as can be seen in the pictures. It displays well and generally has quite a fresh look to it. There is however one area of moth damage to the rear which is clearly shown in the pictures. Luckily this is to the rear of the cap and only noticeable on close inspection. There is also a couple of small grazes to the top of the hat which can again be seen in the pictures.
All in all a very nice hat which stands out from the crowd. The large badge and overall shape of the cap are certainly different from run-of-the-mill examples making it well suited to a USAAF impression.
Code: 51037Price: 130.00 GBP
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!
Code: 51038Price: 85.00 GBP
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!
Code: 51039Price: 85.00 GBP
Original WW2 Royal Engineers Officers Coloured Side Cap
An original Royal Engineers Officers coloured side cap complete with its original embroidered cap badge.
This private purchase cap was made by Moss Bros around the time of the Second World War. Whilst impossible to date to a specific year, as is often the case with private purchase items, the cap is certainly from the period. The construction and materials used are typical of the era as is the bullion cap badge. There is also a size sticker inside the cap which is again identical to those commonly found in hats from the 1930s and 1940s.
The size sticker inside the cap is stuck directly to the rayon lining and reads 6 7/8. There is a velvet sweatband around the inside edge and the makers label is in gold and bares the Royal coat of arms.
The condition of the cap is very good and it displays very nicely. There are next to know signs of wear or age but please study the pictures as these form part of the description.
Altogether a very nice original period hat which would make a good addition to any collection.
Code: 51036Price: 55.00 GBP
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!
Code: 51033Price: 145.00 GBP
Original Round British Army MT Goggles - 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 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 cardboard box which is in good condition for is age.
The condition of the goggles is good and they donít 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, particularly to the fur trim.
All in all a good original pair of WW2 British goggles that would make a good addition to a collection.
Code: 51035Price: 75.00 GBP
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.
Code: 51032Price: 130.00 GBP
Original WW2 RAF OA KD Tunic
An original RAF Ordinary Airman's Khaki Drill Tunic dating from the Second World War and complete with a set of theatre made insignia.
This Original RAF tunic came with the trousers listed below and both are named to '1008621 Walkden F' and have clearly always been together.
The tunic would appear to be an early example as it features a french cuff which later tunics did not have. As well as this it has a brass button to hold the waist buckle in place. This would be a green horn button on later tunics.
The tunic comes complete with a set of LAC insignia which looks to be Indian made and is clearly original to the jacket. Indian made badges like this were typically issued for use on KD during the Second World War and are clearly different to their British made counterparts being of much more crude construction. They set the tunic of very nicely.
The inside of the tunic retains its original issue label which would point to it being and British made example. Sadly it has washed out over time and is no longer legible. The original owner has also added his name in ink to the inside of the tunic.
The tunic also comes with a full set of brass RAF Kings crown buttons, a brass waist belt buckle and its original waist belt.
The tunic is a smaller size and will fit someone of around a 36" chest depending on desired fit. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 19"
Waist - 16 1/4"
Shoulders - 15 3/4"
Inside arm - 17 3/4"
Outside arm - 24"
Length - 27"
The overall condition of the tunic is reasonable for its age but it does show sins of age and service wear etc. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description.
All in all a nice original WW2 RAF OA KD tunic, the type of which is becoming increasingly hard to find.
Code: 51031Price: 85.00 GBP
Original WW2 British Khaki Drill Trousers
An original pair of British Khaki Drill Trousers dating from the Second World War.
These trousers came with the RAF tunic listed above are both named to '1008621 Walkden F' and have clearly always been together. Whilst there is no date on the trousers they are almost certainly a wartime issue pair with all the usual trade marks of this.
Made from the usual khaki coloured cotton drill, these trousers have been heavily tailored. A waistband has been added in the cross belt style which was popular with the RAF during the war. They have also had the wedges added to the bottom of the leg which was a short lived trend that was popular in 1945. Why I have never worked out however! None-the-less it makes for a cracking original feature.
To the rear of the trousers bares a clear ghosting of where an issue label was original affixed and suggests that these are British made rather than the more common Indian made examples often seen on the market.
The trousers are a smaller size and will fit around a 28" waist depending on desired fit. When laid flat the trousers measure -
Waist - 14 3/4"
Inside Leg - 29"
Rise - 13 1/2"
Rear rise - 16"
The trousers are in reasonable condition for their age with the usual signs of age and wear. Please study the pictures as these form part of the description.
All in all a nice original pair of wartime period KD trousers with some really interesting period modifications.
Code: 51030Price: 90.00 GBP
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!
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