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Scarce Original Brown Nuffield Pattern Escape Boots
A rare pair of original Second World War brown Nuffield Pattern Flying Boots in good condition and a large size 11.
This pattern of boot is essentially the forerunner to the more common 1943 Pattern Escape Boots and are now referred to as 'Nuffield Pattern'. The design was proposed by Clayton Hutton of MI9 but was not approved by the Air Ministry. Lord Nuffield, owner of Morris Motors, was very keen on the idea and financed the production of the first few hundred pairs of boots, hence their name. The first pattern of Nuffield boots featured a central zipper which was later offset to move it away front the laces. Only a limited number of them were produced before the Air Ministry relented and began producing their own version with suede uppers to keep costs down. They became know as the 1943 pattern escape boots.
The overall appearance of the boots is the same as the standard escape boots with the exception of the leather uppers and the colour. They feature brass zippers which are branded 'Lightning' and typical of those found on British and Australian made boots of the period. The uppers feature a chromed leather exterior which is sheepskin lined and the soles are also leather with rubber heels. The boots are devoid of any markings aside from the number 11 stamped to the rear of one of the pullers in each boot and denotes the size.
The boots are in good condition and display very well. They have plenty of signs of service wear and honest use as can be seen in the pictures. They are a very sound pair of boots overall with the only serious flaw being a few missing teeth to the top of the zipper on the left-hand boot. The zip is still usable and the boots can be put on without running the zip past this point meaning they could still be displayed on a mannequin. The original missing teeth are included with boots in the case they could be used for repair.
An extremely rare pair of boots which are a must have for the serious aviation collector. Not only are they the rarest brown version but they are a desirable large size. These would make a fantastic addition to any collection without a shadow of a doubt!
Original WW2 British Army Leather Jerkin - Large Size
An original British Army Leather Jerkin, most likely dating from the Second World War and in a large size.
This pattern of leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and stayed in service throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular example most likely dates from WW2 based on its construction.
The body of the jerkin is made from a light vegetable brown leather whist the interior is lined with a khaki green shirting material. All the original buttons are still present which are more often than not missing on jerkins offered on the market today.
The original label is no longer present inside the jerkin although a clear outline of stitching is visible where it was originally attached and confirms this as a British Army example.
The jerkin is a large size and would most likely have been labelled as a size 4. This size is hard to find today with most surviving examples being either size 1 or size 2. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 25"
Shoulders - 22"
Length - 33 1/2"
The jerkin is in reasonable condition for it's age with moderate signs of wear and use. It displays well and still appear to be strong and wearable but does have various stains and nicks to the leather outer. There is also a small tear to the leather on the rear left shoulder and the bottom right, both of which are detailed in the pictures. Aside from this it still a very wearable item but may have other small issues consummate with its age.
A nice original Leather Jerkin with in a hard to find extra large size. This would suit a re-enactor or collector well!
Code: 51301Price: 115.00 GBP
Original 1954 Dated 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Macintosh
An original 1952 Pattern British Army Officers Rubberized Macintosh Raincoat dated 1954.
The style of this raincoat is totally unchanged from those of the 1930s and 1940s and it could easily pass as one if it wasn't for the label. The War Department approved this pattern of raincoat in the early 1950s and called it the 1952 pattern although it is essentially just a civilian 1930-40s raincoat. It also looks the same as those worn by British Officers during the Second World War.
The coat is made from a heavy rubberised material designed to keep the rain off and is half lined with a very period plaid cotton. The coat features a belt made from matching material and a leather covered buckle which is in good condition. An inside pocket can be found below which is a small belt with metal painted eyelets which fits into a corresponding buckle on either side of the coat to keep it done up and in shape from the inside. Two triangular vent sections featuring brass eyelets can also be found under each armpit.
Inside the coat there are two labels. One in the neck which relates to the care of the garment, and another in the skirt which is the original issue label. The label states the coats size as 16 which will fit up to a 37" chest. There is also a War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted by the letter 'O' and the usual purple colour.
The overall condition of the coat is good as can be seen in the photographs. There are marks and stains however as this is a vintage and pre-worn item, so please study the photographs. These are particularly in evidence on the right sleeve. The edges of some of the stitching is also come away where the glue has dried out as illustrated in the pictures. It is still a very wearable item but please bear in mind that it has plenty of signs of wear and age as well.
All in all, a nice original Macintosh raincoat in a good size and complete with its original belt. This would be an ideal addition to a period suit or British Army Officers impression.
Code: 51303Price: 100.00 GBP
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Blouse - Size 4
An original British Army Denim Battledress Jacket dated 1954 and in good condition.
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.
Whilst the jacket is a post-war dated example it is identical to the wartime pattern. It features revolving shank buttons which are attached with brass split rings and a chromium plated waist buckle. The right sleeve appears to have had an NCO rank stripe attached at some stage and interestingly the breast pockets have been fitted with green plastic general service buttons which is a nice feature.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is still clear and legible. It states the size as No.4 which will fit someone with a 37 - 39" chest and 33 - 34" waist. The manufacturers name of 'James Smith & Co (Derby) Ltd and the 1954 date is present below that.
The jacket is in good wearable condition with plenty of life left in it. It is however a vintage, pre-worn item and may have small issues consummate with age so please study the pictures.
A nice original post-war battledress blouse i good wearable condition.
Code: 51304Price: 75.00 GBP
Original Early WW2 British Army Battledress Serge Blouse
An original British Army 'Battle Dress Blouse Serge' dating from the early part of the Second World War and in good condition.
This pattern of battledress jacket, sometime referred to as the first pattern, came into issue with the British Army in late 1938. It is this pattern which was used during the early part of the War by the British Expeditionary Force in France in 1939 and 1940. It was replaced by the 1940 pattern following the evacuation of Dunkirk and are a rare jacket today.
The jacket features a tailored collar typical of those worn by Officers. It has a downward point to it which is often referred to as 'Polish collar' and has been made using the original collar and an extra, slightly mismatched piece to face it. The rest of the blouse is standard and is typical of early manufacture. The serge is a coarse, tight weave as is usually encountered on early made serge items and all the original brass buttons are still present. The epaulettes are secured by brown revolving shank buttons and feature a single hole which most likely featured an officers rank star originally.
Inside the jacket the original label is still present and is again in keeping with early manufactured examples. It is paper and devoid of any date and the font and designation 'Battle Dress Blouse Serge' are typical of early jackets. The manufacturers name is present and reads 'Town Tailors Ltd' and the War Department broad arrow marking is also visible. The size is stated as 13 although it looks to me to have been tailored in on the waist as it measures at 16 1/2".
The jacket is in good condition for its age and considering that it is an early example. It has various signs of age and wear with a few small moth nips to the front and collar which have been detailed in the pictures. Altogether however it displays very well.
A nice original early Second World War BD jacket with an original period collar conversion. The label is still present and legible making this ideal for a collector or re-enactor.
Original 1953 Dated Civil Defence Overalls - Size 3
An original pair of Civil Defence Overalls dated 1953 and in new old stock, unworn condition.
These overalls were originally labeled as 'Overalls, Training, Firemen's F.S.12' but have been redesigned Dungaree Combination Blue C.D.1'.
This pattern of overalls closely follows that used by a variety of people during the Second World War making them an ideal stand in for an original wartime dated example. This pattern is close to that used by the RAF and the WAAF as well as by as those serving on the Home Front.
Made from a deep indigo coloured sanforized cotton, the overalls are a simple design as was favoured from the Great War through to the Second World War. They feature a buttoning front and a stand collar, typical of earlier overalls. They have long sleeves and a buttoning cuff, single chest pocket and slash pockets to the hips. Epaulettes are present to the shoulders and fasten with black revolving shank buttons, as commonly found on workwear, whilst the rear features a cinch-back belt and buckle - Another typical early feature.
The original manufacturers label is still present to the rear of the overalls and is both bright and legible. The manufacturers name is stated as ' George Davis & Co., (M/c) Ltd.' of Manchester and the date of 1952 is present which has then be altered to 1953. Below this information is the War Department broad arrow marking. The overalls are a size 3 which are intended to fit someone of 5'3" - 5'5" with a 37-39" chest and a 33-35" waist.
There is also a War Department inspection stamp in white ink inside the overalls which is surmounted by the letter 'L'. In the same white ink is a large number 3 which refers to size.
The overalls are in dead stock, unworn condition and have clearly been in storage since they came out of the factory. Whilst they are in almost perfect order they are creased and have some odour from storage.
A fantastic set of original coveralls in virtually brand new old stock condition. Vintage items in this unworn condition are becoming hard and harder to find!
Code: 51300Price: 85.00 GBP
Original WW2 British Army Officers Canvas Campaign Sink
An original British Army Officers canvas campaign sink dating from the Second World War.
This item formed part of the British officers campaign set is designed to be mounted on a set of wooden fold out legs. It is made from the pea green coloured canvas that wartime officers campaign items tend to be and features loops to support the wooden legs and a small soap pocket. The original owner has marked his initial in ink which read 'REW'.
The bowl is in good condition although it has plenty of signs of age. The metal rivets have signs of corrosion and there are plenty of stains.
A reasonable example of a WW2 officers campaign item as used by the British Army and the RAF.
Code: 51299Price: 25.00 GBP
Original WW2 RAF Officers Service Dress Jacket with Air Gunner Brevet
An original Royal Air Force Officers Service Dress Jacket dating from the Second World War and sporting an Air Gunner Brevet.
This pattern of tunic came into issue with the RAF in the inter-war years and saw service throughout WW2. It was replaced in the immediate post-war years with the three button design which means this is more than likely a wartime example.
The jacket features a padded Air Gunner brevet to the chest and two rings of rank braid to each sleeve denoting the original owners rank was Flight Lieutenant. Brass Volunteer Reserve badges are fitted to the collar, typical of airmen who served in the early part of the Second World War. The interior of the coat usefully lined and features two pockets as well as a first field dressing pocket.
The tunic is a small size which will someone of around a 34" chest. When laid flat it measures -
Chest - 18"
Waist - 15"
Inside arm - 17"
Outside arm - 23"
Shoulders - 16 1/2"
The tunic is in nice condition and display well. Overall it is a sound example but it does have a couple of nicks around the right hand lower bellows pocket and a small repair to the righthand upper sleeve. The lining also features some soiling, especially around the neck. All these issues are detailed in the pictures so please take the time to study them.
A very nice original tunic which would make a great addition to any collection!
Original 1944 Dated British Army Leather Jerkin - Size No. 2
An original British Army Leather Jerkin, clearly dated 1944 and in a size No.2.
This pattern of leather jerkin came into issue with the British Army during the Great War and stayed in service throughout the Second World War and well into the post-war years. This particular example is dated September 1944 and is labelled as a camouflaged version.
The body of the jerkin is made from a mid brown leather whist the interior is lined with a khaki green shirting material. The original buttons have been replaced with brass General Service examples as was popular during the Great War, and sometimes seen in WW2.
The original label is still present inside the jerkin and states the manufactures name as 'M. Belmont & Co LTD'. The date of September 1944 is present as is the War Department broad arrow marking. Above the label is the War Department acceptance stamp which is surmounted but the letter 'Z' which denotes 1945 as the year of issue.
The jerkin is in good condition for it's age with only limited signs of wear and use. It displays well and still appear to be strong and wearable but does have a little damage to the bottom of the jacket as detailed in the pictures. Aside from this it is in nice condition but may have other small issues consummate with its age.
A nice original Leather Jerkin with a good clear label and date. This would suit a re-enactor or collector well!
Code: 51297Price: 110.00 GBP
Original 1954 Dated British Army Denim Battledress Trousers
An original pair of 'Overalls Denim Trousers' clearly dated 1954 and in good condition.
This pattern of trousers came into issue with the British Army during the Second World War and remained standard issue well into the 1950s. These trousers were used for fatigues and are made from a green denim sanforised cotton, typical of that used for workwear in the mid century period. Based on the serge battledress design, these trousers feature a map pocket to the left leg, a first field dressing pocket to the right hip and slash pockets in the usual place in each side seam. They are cut with a high rise and wide leg as were all men's clothes during this period.
This particular pair retain their original issue label which is often missing or washed out on example found today. It states the size as No.11, the manufacturer as 'Manclark & Son Ltd' and bears the 1954 date. The War Department broad arrow is also present to the bottom of the label as is usual.
Whilst the label states the waist as being 34-36", the trousers have been altered and will suit someone of around a 30-32" waist depending on desired fit. These overalls are designed to be worn over a uniform so should be worn oversize for an authentic look. When laid flat they measure -
Waist - 16 1/4"
Inside leg - 30 1/2"
Rise - 15 1/4"
Rear rise - 17 1/2"
Cuff - 9 1/4"
The trousers are in good condition but have plenty of signs of wear, as is to be expected of a vintage work piece. They bear various stains which add to their character and the only real flaw that I can find is a 2" long hole to the seat seam which needs taking back together. Please study the pictures and remember that these are a pair of vintage pre-worn work trousers and may have small issues consummate with age.
Altogether a nice pair of original 1950s British military fatigues in good wearable condition.
Code: 51296Price: 120.00 GBP
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