These pages display a number of the rare items that I have had the pleasure of selling. To view more details and a larger photograph please click on the thumbnail picture.
Early British AFS Firemans Jacket.
In good condition with all AFS buttons present, the buttons are period applied as the right hand side buttons were applied before the lining was attached at the factory. The jacket material has no moth holes but there is tracking to the nap of the material. The cloth AFS front badge is hand sewn to the jacket, both neck fasterners are present. Inner lining is in nice condition with the remains of a paper label. Jacket has the unique clouser poppers around the cuff area and of course the jacket has rear belt loops.
1939 Air Ministry Marked Leather Jerkin.
In nice used condition with only one small hole to the leather, this does not go thru the inside cloth liner, the two cuts across the shoulders in my opinion are deliberate to make the jerking fold along the wearers shoulders, the cuts do no go into the interior lining. Clear AM mark and code to the inside. Size i would say is a medium. Nice to find a RAF jerkin and one with an early date.
Salty Combat Dog! Luftwaffe M35 Former Double Deca
Well its definetly a salty dog with some storage issues but as found last week in Germany. The helmet left the factory as a Luftwaffe double decal and recived at least another three coats of paint during its life, one being a white winter finish that was painted over by the last coat of dull green. Outside has , well lets say 50% of its finish remaining, the rest showing the usual rust but no pitting. Some of the tri colour decal can be seen thru the paint, the eagle is hidden under the layers of over paint. The inside has its complete, leather in supple condition but has come adrift from its frame, the aluminium frame has rotted from storage in certain areas. One of the early liner pins is missing, one is tight to the shell whilst the back has been pulled but still complete with its washer. The chinstrap has a makers mark and is in supple condition. Inside shell has most of its factory finish. The helmet peak has a slight kink, hope its shown in the photos, but i cannot find any area of damage from a serious knock needed to create this damage, perhaps done period time during its combat life and before the last coat of paint. Salty,original, untouched and never been in a collection before!
Named WW2 RAF Officers Visor Cap.
Condition is very good with some slight staining and a couple of moth nips to the material. The body has good shape and the top has no damage, the cloth peak is the type with material to the underside. The leather chinstrap with one button was found inside the cap, easy repair. The bullion insignia has been sewn to the top of the cap as sometimes found, its in nice complete condition with a certain amount of patina. The inside is again complete with the only damage being a rodent nip to one section of the leather and blue material to the edge, its loose in this section, inch perhaps. The inside plastic type material to protect the inside crown has some cracking, padded material iunderneath is very clean, no makers. The owner has added his name to the outside and inside of the leather sweatband, Murphy. As a note when i purchased this over the weekend there was his leather flight jacket, teo cloth pilots wings and a couple of escape maps, they had all been sold by the time i went round for the second time but the info i have might well help with research. Born in Ireland, shot down once been burt during the crash and then spending the rest of the war training other pilots. One of the wings found with the grouping was a fifties Rhodesian paramilitary type earned when he lived in South Africa again training the airforce. So with time this might well help in finding an ID of the former owner. Anyway what im selling is a nice WW2 example thats seen use and is named.
British Royal Engineers Slouch Hat.
A very nice slouch with nice intact body, minimal staining from age and storage, all vent grommets are intact, side press stud i have not tried to open, Newey marked to the inside. The intact puggree has a nice two RE colour banding behind, same colour as the machine stitched RE flash behind the badge. The inside condition matches the outside, nicley worn but complete, leather sweatband has a makers mark and a very faint date underneath, i can see the 194 i belive but the last number, well might be 3 then again it could be 5. Ive not cleaned or brushed this cap as its the way i like them but if wishing then it will clean up even nicer than it allready is.
British Dispatch Riders Steel Helmet, 1944.
Interesting DP helmet thats had a coat of white/tan and a red stripe along the bottom. White/tan, well sometimes i see a discoloured white than i see a light tan!! Anyway the condition is very good, used, with nearly all its painted finish intact, some knocks to the red edge. The inside leather liner is complete but used as seen by the sweat etc. The outer ear flap sections again complete but one area has a small split, clear 1944 date to the inside. Of note i did talk to a Dutch collector who a few years ago dug up some relic DP helmets in this colour scheme , perhaps used for traffic control!
Luftwaffe Flight EM/NCO Visor Cap. Unit Marked and
Cap is in good as found condition, this came to me with a couple of others that were brought back by a local veteran, it would appear he didnt take good care with storage as the cap had been folded for some time. The material has maybe one or two moth nips only, the front stiffener was removed giving it a nice look, eagle has gone and there was a cloth breast eagle once applied to the area. The cockade has one broken pin to the rear from the cap being folded! Chinstrap is complete and supple. The inside is in good order but the peak is loose at the corners again from having been folded over the years, sweatband is complete as is the lining, clear makers details to the top, inside the lining is the unit stamp a 1938 date and the added bonus of the owners name tag. The unit stamp relates KG 355 that later became KG55 Legion Condor. Ive had this cap for a couple of months sat on a glass head and the visor is getting its shape back, with a bit of TLC i belive this would be an easy restoration.
Luftwaffe LKpN101 Summer Flight Helmet. Netzkopfha
In nice used condition with good leather, good netting and throat mikes intact, inside has nice sheepskin to the ears and inner bakelite cups, clear cloth label. The rear loom has had the ''break coupling'' removed, all buttons present and fastening poppers in working order.
Cardiff City Fire Helmet.
Recently found in the local area is this nice WW2 Cardiff City Fire helmet. It appears to have been an army issue going by the olive drab factory finish to the inside, The outside has recived a brushed coat of pale blue then a hand rendered white ''Fire'' to the front and back, pencil marks can still be found around the lettering. To finish this off is a Cardiff civil defence decal. No markings can be found to the helmet due to the overpaint and the liner has no makers mark, the size being written in pencil to one arm. Chinstrap is missing one end buckle.