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Specialising in WW2 Home Front And Aviation Collectables. We have over 25 years experience in selling and collecting the above, we offer a wide range of items which includes uniforms, ephemera, insignia, ceramics etc to suit the novice or established collector.

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"The Home Front" - A Tuck Book. "The Home Front" By Hilde Marchant. Published by Raphael Tuck & Sons Ltd. Part of the wartime series with super colour illustrations. 30 page booklet in good condition for age with some rust bleed from staples. Stock no T1350
"Yank" The Army Weekly Magazine. October 6th 1944 (Vol 3 No16) edition of "Yank" the army weekly magazine. 24 pages in good sound condition with just some slight foxing and damage to pages certainly above average condition for its age. Good content and full page pin up girl. Stock no 5710
1936 RAF Hendon Air Display Programme. Programme for the RAF air display at Hendon on Saturday 27th June 1936. Approx 90 pages fully illustrated with details of the air display, articles and superb advertisements some in colour. In overall very good sound condition. Stock no 6491
1940 A.M Spanner Set. Small set of 3 spanners clearly A.M marked and dated 1940. Spanner size 2 - 4 - 6 B.A. In good condition with some surface rust. Stock no 6639
A.R.P - Damper - Enamel Sign. Small enamel sign 15 x 11 cm, Ministry of Works "Damper" Controlling Air Supply - A.R.P. In good / excellent condition with just some slight damage around the screw fixing holes. Stock no 6170.
A.R.P - What To Do In Emergency. Air Raid Precautions - What To Do In Emergency - A Comprehensive Guide In Graphic Narrative. A large size 64 page illustrated booklet in good sound used condition with rust to staples. A interesting well produced with excellent photographs. Stock no T1034
A.R.P Rescue Training Booklet. A.R.P Rescue Training booklet - September 1940. 20 page illustrated booklet dealing with all aspects of ARP rescue training. In good condition with some foxing. Stock no T1122
Air Publication 1182A - Parachutes and Parachute Harness. Air Publication 1182A - Volume II, Part 2 - Parachutes and Parachute Harness Inspection Schedules, issued November 1946. Chapters covers - Pilots C.II, Observer Type C, Type X and Back Type. In cover clean sound condition with some slight foxing.
Air Raid Incident Report Card - Worthing. Interesting Air Raid Incident card (approx. 20 x 12 cm) dated 20th November 1943 for the Worthing area and details - at 20.55 hours on the 20th November 1943 a German auxiliary petrol tank fell into a passage way at Worthing.no damage was caused. The tank was taken to the police station. In good clean condition. Stock no T1457
Air Raid Precautions Sealing Tape. Small tin (appox 6cm dia) of Butterfly Brand specially prepared air raid precaution sealing tape, still sealed with its original contents. Used for sealing cracks and openings around windows and doors etc. In good condition with some slight rust bleed to the paper label.
ARP & NFS News Monthly. October 1944 edition of the national civil defence journal ARP & NFS News Monthly, volume 7. No 5. 32 pages of news and articles plus adverts for equipment etc. In excellent condition with just some slight foxing. Stock no 6493
Careless Talk Costs Lives Poster. Careless Talk Costs Lives poster by Fougasse, "You Never Know Who's Listening". Card poster with original string for hanging, measures approx. 20 x 32 cm. In very good condition with just a couple of stain marks (see photo). Stock no 6494
Churchill Ashtray Made By De Havilland Workers. Rare large Churchill ashtray (approx. 18 cm dia and 14 cm high) these were produced by workers at the De Havilland aircraft company reputedly made using surplus aluminium from the Mosquito fighter. In good used condition with some light scratching possible from cleaning, a rare and desirable large item of Churchilliana, a super display piece. Stock no 5830
Early R.A.F Officiers Mess Serving Fork. Nice quality early R.A.F officers mess serving fork (salad / meat) approx. 22cm long. In good used condition with some slight distortion to fork ends see photo, heavy quality item with R.A.F lettering to handle. Stock no 6872
Early RAF Air Gunners "Winged Bullet" Badge A good original scarce R.A.F air gunners "Winged Bullet" badge, issued between 1923 to 1939 before being replace by the AG brevet. Brass with three lug fixings to rear complete with backing plate. A excellent original used example of this scarce badge. Stock no 6641.
Fighter Command Air Crew Europe Casualty Group. A rare casualty Fighter Command Air Crew Europe medal group to Mustang pilot Flying Officer Eric William Worswick Feldon of 268 Squadron who was killed on operations 7th March 1944 aged 20. The medals are in mint condition, and come with the original named box, award slip and condolence letter. At 13.35 hrs a pair of Mustangs took off from there base at RAF Sawbridgeworth comprising F/O Feldon in FD470 and F/O Ashford in FD486 on a photographic reconnaissance mission over France. They crossed the French Coast at Village du Nord at 2500ft. They noted and reported flooding around that area. Intense flak greeted them and the Mustang flown by Feldon was seen to be hit, and was last seen pulling up into the cloud and heading inland. He is buried in Bayeux War Cemetery. A rare fighter command group, comes with some research.
Group of Letters Air Raids / Blitz 1940 - 1944 A interesting collection of approx. 70 letter from Mrs E Braun, 58 Brewery Road, Caledonian, London N7 mainly to and from her son who was serving with Hospital Staff RAF Halton Bucks. They cover the period 1940 to 1944 the main batch being 1940. They make interesting reading giving a insight into the war years with many mentions of air raids. Stock no 6360.
Horlicks Tablets Emergency Ration Tin Horlicks Tablets - Emergency 24 Hour Ration Tin (no contents) as supplied to the Air Ministry. In good overall used condition with some slight surface rusting. Approx 11x8x3cm. Stock no 6625
Jaeger Knitting Pattern - Essentials For The Forces. Jaeger - Hand-Knit - Essentials For The Forces, No 44 in the series. 20 page magazine style knitting pattern booklet in good but used condition some damage to front cover and spine. Well illustrated and displays well. Stock no 5098.
John Woods P.O.W Cigarettes Box. Unusual cigarette box (no contents) issued by John Wood & Son ltd for H.M Forces and Prisoners Of War. Printed on the inside of the box - John Wood And Son Ltd will be pleased to forward these cigarettes duty free as follows 200 for 6/6 post free to British POW, 200 for 6/6 plus postage 9d to H.M Forces Overseas. Box is in very good clean sound condition. Rare item. Stock no 6464
Lancaster Flight Engineers Log Book and Medals. Flight engineers log book and medal group to LAC J.D Richards, covers the period May 1944 to November 1949. He commences training with 1654 H.C.U at Lindholme on Halifax being transferred to 1 Lancaster Finishing School at Hemswell joining his first squadron 625 based at Kelstern completing his first operational flight to Gelsenkirchen on 12th June 1944 he went on to complete a total of 30 operational sorties the last being on 17th September 1944 to Eikenhorst. After the war he served with No230 OCU Lindholme and 7 squadron RAF Upwood flying mainly Lancasters. The log is in well used but sound readable condition with some damage to the spine and has all correct signatures. His medals comprise 39/45 star, France / Germany star, Defence and War medal these are mounted as worn and are in un-cleaned condition. A good bomber command group in need of further research. Stock no 6754
Land At War - British Farming 1939 - 1944. "Land at War" The Official Story of British Farming 1939 - 1944. Prepared by the Ministry Of Information and published by H.M.S.O. 94 page illustrated booklet in good clean condition, the front cover is partial detached at staples otherwise good.
Leicester Blitz Souvenir - Booklet. Leicester Blitz Souvenir booklet with over 50 official photographs, 48 page fully illustrated hardcover book published circa 1946 in excellent clean condition.
Luftschutz (German ARP) Sandbag. Original WW2 German Luftschutz Air Protection (German ARP) heavy duty brown paper sandbag (approx. 30 x 43 cm). Full markings to front and in excellent unissued condition. Stock no T541
Luftwaffe Sidecap Eagle Badge A good original used Luftwaffe sidecap eagle insignia, shows signs of being remove from cap, some general wear due to use, not a mint example but a good used original example. Stock no 4317
Medal Group And Log Books To Sgt Wilkinson R.A.F. Medal group and log books to Sgt Wilkinson wireless operator / air gunner covers the period 1943 - 1950. Log book 1 - issued by the USAAF covers his training with 111 OTU Nassau Bahamas May 1943 to July 1943 flying B25s. (Temporary log but has correct signatures). Log book 2 - RAF pilots log book? - cover the period 1943 - 1948. Transferred to 200 Squadron October 1943 first entry aircraft delivery Dorval (Canada) to Yundum (West Africa) B24 Liberator. Log records various training flights until 22/6/44 when taking part in his 1st operations Convoy Escort. No further ops are listed until March 1945 now with 203 Squadron 3 ops are listed, log is certified 1st tour is completed and that 141 hours of ops have been completed this is in need of further research to find the missing ops. The remainder of the log details various training flights on Wellington and Lancasters up to 1948 while based at RAF Shawbury. Log book 3 - covers 1949 to 1950 flying as wireless operator on mainly Wellingtons and Lancasters from RAF Shawbury on various training and exercise flights. Wilkinson took part in operation Foil June 1949 the largest training exercise since WW2 and also took part in the Battle of Britain flypast September 1949. Interesting group in need of further research comes with his medals mounted as worn - 39/45 star, The Burma Star, Defence and War medal, named medal box with issue slip. Stock no 4419
Medal Group to Flight Lieutenant A.Scott, R.A.F.V.R. Group of six medals mounted as worn with corresponding miniatures to Flt. Lt. A.Scott R.A.F.V.R. consisting of his 1939-1945 Star, Africa Star, Italy Star, Defence Medal, War Medal and named Air Efficiency Adward, G.VI.R. All medal are in very good condition. Interesting group in need of further research. Stock no 6719.
Middlesex Home Guard Group. Small group of items to Percy Owen Murray who served between December 1941 and December 1944 with the 29th Middlesex Battalion Home Guard. His H.G service certificate, a large ( approx. 30x24cm some slight damage to edges) platoon photograph - No 9 Platoon "C" Company, 29th Middlesex Battalion Home Guard August 27th 1944, plus 2 postcard size group uniform photograph. Stock no 6762
Military Training Pamphlet No 45 - Bomb Reconnaissance. Military Training Pamphlet No 45, 1942 with amendments (no3) entitled Bomb Reconnaissance and Protection Against Unexploded Bombs. Small size 36 page booklet in good to excellent condition. Stock no 7036
N.F.S Button - Sealed Pattern. Small National Fire Service button sealed pattern, chief inspectorate of clothing card dated 6th November 1943 and described as Button N.F.S resin small vertical shank, wax seal to reverse. In good condition with small damage to edge of card. Stock no T456
National Fire Service Identity Disc. National Fire Service Identity Disc issued to 951131 E. Lawrenson for area 31 Brighton. Produced in the standard pressed fibre board with embossed personal details. Stock no T453
National Fire Service Shoulder Title. Single National Fire Service shoulder title, dark blue cloth with red embroidered lettering. In good used condition. Stock no T1822.
National Savings War Savings Record Card Interesting National Savings weekly record card issued to and completed by the Women's Guild Congregational Church, Beer, Dorset. Single leaflet (approx. 27x17cm) in good condition clearly written and completed for 1944. Stock no 6766 Stock no 6766
Navigator Log - 37 squadron - Tobruk Interesting operational navigators log sheet (Form 441) for a raid on Tobruk by Wellington DV 649 of B. Flight, 37 Squadron R.A.F on the 18th September 1942. Completed in pencil the log is in used condition with some damage to edges. Stock no 5457
Picture Post 1942. October 31st 1942 edition of "Picture Post" with Air Vice-Marshal Keith Rodney Park C.B, M.C, D.F.C front cover. In good sound condition with small patch of damage to front cover see photo. Stock no T261
R.A.A.F Pilots Wings. Super pair of wartime R.A.A.F padded pilots wings sewn to a metal backing plate, this would originally had a pin fixing which has come detached over the years. They are of excellent used quality and have slight discolouration from use. Stock no 6887
R.A.F 1936 Pattern Flying Boots. A good pair of size 8 RAF 1936 Pattern flying boots, leather is in good supple condition, fur lining is sound with only some slight moulting and wear mainly in the heel area. The boots have been re-heeled but soles would appear to be original. Clear A.M markings. These are a good sound used pair of these hard to find Battle of Britain pattern boots. Stock no 5739
R.A.F Aircrew Battledress Trousers. Large size R.A.F aircrew war service dress trousers, these blue/grey serge wool trousers are in good condition with only a couple of very small moth damage areas, good clear label - size no 13, height 5' 11" to 6' 0" - waist 34" - seat 39" to 40" - leg 32 1/2". Dated 1944. A good wearable pair of wartime trousers. Stock no 6410
R.A.F Officer Mess Sugar Shaker. Very nice good quality R.A.F officers mess sugar shaker in good used condition with RAF crest to body and maker marked to base Walker and Hall Sheffield. Nice display item. Stock no wyc
R.A.F Type A Pattern Flying Helmet. A very rare example of this inter war Type A ( 22C/13) flying helmet. Used mainly in the 1920s but remained on the RAF inventory until 1942. The helmet is cork based with a light khaki cloth covering. The interior retains its leather sweatband, the cloth chamois lined straps have fixings to take gosport tubes. The helmet is in sound well used uncleaned condition and retains a good shape. The helmet is a little grubby in as found condition may be able to clean if required. This very rare helmet although not in mint condition displays well. Stock no 6922
R.A.F Type H Flying Gloves. R.A.F Type H electrically heated flying gloves (Size small?). A good matched used pair, with leather in sound supple condition with heated rayon lining ( one has come detached slightly from the leather glove which could be easily repaired however does not detract from the overall appearance). Press studs are in working order, leather is discoloured and has some staining mainly to palms due to use. Overall a good sound pair of these hard to find gloves. Stock no - 5258
RAF 1941 Pattern Flying Gauntlets. Good used pair of R.A.F 1941 pattern flying gauntlets named and issued to 1605755 E. Maggs. Zips in good working order, leather still supple and sound,leather to palms show signs of being well used, may be improved by cleaning. Clear A.M stamps, size 9/10. A good pair of sound issued honest gloves. Stock no 6164.
RAF Mustard Spoon 1939. Unusual item of RAF tableware, small mustard spoon dated 1939 with AM mark and stores reference number 21c/541. In good used condition measures approx. 9cm. Stock no 6455.
RAF Pilot Log Book Grouping - 357 Special Ops Squadron. Two pilot log books covering the period September 1942 to February 1946, dog tags and medals to Flt Lt 55085 Derek Powell who served with 357 Special Ops Squadron, both logs have been professionally bound (Vol 1 has some damage to spine but does not effect the log) and are clearly written with all the correct signatures. His medals are all in excellent condition - 1939 - 1945 Star - The Burma Star - Defence and War medals. His original war time dog tags and crucifix and chain are all in good used condition. Flight Lieutenant Powell began training in England in 1942, then was sent to Canada under the Empire Training Plan. Upon his graduation he became a multi engine instructor and remained in Canada until late in the war. He was sent to 5 OTU in January 1945, converting to B-25 Mitchell bombers and eventually B-24 Liberators. He was assessed "high average" as a bomber pilot and joined 357 Squadron in June 1945. 357 Squadron in the Far East was the equivalent of 138 and 161 Squadrons in Europe, a special operations squadron which operated behind Japanese lines, dropping supplies and picking up / dropping agents etc. He flew mostly Liberators from July 1st until the end of the war and then after the Japanese surrender he flew supply / communications until November 1945 when the squadron was disbanded. I can supply if required 2 large folders of research which include copies of the ORB for ops Powell carried out these are free of charge but postage would be extra due to the weight. A excellent and interesting group. Stock no 6208
RAF Reconnaissance Photographs. Six R.A.F aerial reconnaissance photographs (approx. 17 x 21 cm) includes Hamburg, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Bordeaux and St Peters Port. Good clear detailed photographs all on A.M paper. Stock no wyc.
Reichsluftschutzbund (RLB) Armband. Excellent quality 2nd pattern Reichsluftschutzbund (Civil Defence - National Air Defence League) armband, sky blue material with embroidered 2nd pattern badge with large swastika to centre. In good condition with some slight staining, marked to reverse "Bevo - Wuppertal". Stock no T349
Royal Flying Corps - Technical Notes. Technical Notes - Royal Flying Corps published 1916 by HMSO. 42 page hardback manual with 38 foldout plates, contents include wireless, flight and stability, magneto and engines etc. In good used condition with some slight damage to plate edges, however still very sound and readable for its age. Stock no 5831
Royal Flying Corps Mk.V Aircraft Watch. Nice example of a Royal Flying Corps Mk V Aircraft Watch circa 1916. Nice clear British military markings to back case being the war department arrow and letter "A" (Aviation). The matt black watch dial is marked "30 Hour, Non Luminous, Mark V, and B.D 3478. These watches were mounted to the aircraft instrument panel by a variety of methods. The watch is in excellent clean working order and keeps good time. (no warranty implied) Stock no 6915
Royal Flying Corps Shoulder Title. A single original Royal Flying Corps embroidered shoulder title, in good used condition with some slight damage to edges shows signs of being removed from uniform, slight discolouring to oatmeal embroidered R.F.C retains most of its original backing, a good used original example. Stock no 5205
S.F.P - 137 Armband. Unusual Street Fire Party armband has the addition compared to the standard SFP armband of the number 137 which I presume was a area or sector identification. In good condition with only slight wear showing. Stock no T426
Salute The Soldier Week Plaque 1944. Salute The Soldier Week Plaque - War Savings Campaign 1944, presented by the war office to the local savings committee in appreciation of their success in salute the soldier week, this is the rarer small size version measures approx. 24 x 39 cm. The relief raised plastic plaque has maker mark to reverse and has wall mounting fixings is in excellent condition with just a couple of small marks which do not distract from this excellent example. Stock no 5210
Shelley A.T.S Ashtray. A scarce A.T.S ashtray made by "Shelley England" part of there wartime series, in good condition with no damage and retains good colour, maker marked to base.
Target Germany 8th USAAF first Year O ver Europe. "Target Germany" The U.S Army Air Forces official story of the VIII bomber commands first year over Europe. (British edition) published 1944 by the H.M.S.O. 120 page card cover booklet in good clean condition, front cover partly detached from the staples otherwise a good example. Stock No 4607
The 15th USAAF Over Italy. The 15th USAAF Over Italy - published 1947 by the AAF Publications Company. A pictorial history approx. 72 pages card cover in good condition for its age, some foxing and rust bleed from staples, Stock no 51317
The Champions Of Democracy Plate. The Champions Of Democracy Plate produced by Alfred Meakin circa 1941. Full colour transfer of Roosevelt and Churchill facing the Statue Of Liberty. This colourful plate which was unusual for the early war period is in good condition with no chips. A nice piece of wartime Churchilliana. Stock No 5507
The Complete First Aid Outfit Book and A.R.P The complete first aid outfit book and ARP published by Odhams Press Ltd London. 128 pages which details first aid and what to do in an air raid, unusually the first aid kit inside the front cover is original and complete, also comes with its original delivery box. In very good condition with some foxing to pages, however difficult to find in this complete condition. Stock no T282
The Croxley Services Wallet. Wartime services stationery set - "The Croxley Services Wallet, Specially Constructed For Active Service Condition" In overall good condition the writing pad and envelopes have some foxing. A nice wartime item of personal equipment and display item. Stock no 6768
The Midnight Watch Broadsheet. The Midnight Watch - Broadsheet of Britains fire guard and civil defence workers, February 1944 edition (no19). Large single double sided sheet in good sound condition with some browning of the paper. These do not usually survive in this good condition due to wartime paper quality restrictions. Stock no T1245
Three Aerial Dropped Propaganda Leaflets. Three wartime aerial dropped propaganda leaflets - L'Amerique en Guerre No54 dated 23rd June 1943 dropped by the USAAF - ref USF46. Revue de la Presse Libre No26 ref F102 and No 42 ref F156 these were dropped by the RAF. All in good condition for age. Stock no wyc
U.S Army Air Force Stationery Set. U.S Army Air Force Stationery Set, card folder measures approx. 20 x 28 cm containing 10 sheet of writing paper headed with a illustration of a P38 Lighting. Over the years we have had many types of stationery sets but this is the first time we have seen this nicely illustrated variety. In good sound used condition with some slight staining. Stock no 6197
USAAF Type A10 Oxygen Mask Instructions Handbook 16 page leaflet dated February 5th 1943 entitled Handbook Of Instructions With Parts Catalog for the USAAF type A-10 converted oxygen mask. In good used condition has been folded with just some rust bleed from staple in top left hand corner. Stock no 4696
W.V.S Civil Defence Car Badge. Rare W.V.S Civil Defence car badge, unusually made from a plastic material which has some slight distortion a scarce W.V.S item in good used condition.
Wartime "Glitto" Kitchen Cleaner. An unopened wartime packet of "Glitto" household cleaner, in excellent condition for its age with some very slight damage to cardboard carton and small amount of surface rust to metal base. Clearly marked at top - Save this canister for waste paper collection. Stock no 6550
Wartime "Save Your Pennies" Money Box. Wartime money box "Save Your Pennies" in excellent condition for its age, typical wartime two tone colour scheme used to save on raw materials. Approx 8cm in height and diameter. Stock no 6591
Wartime Milk Bottle Tops. Two wartime milk bottle tops in excellent unissued condition - 1. Let Milk Be Your Health Warden. 2. The Silent Service Delivered Fresh Each Morning. Stock no 5328
Womens Land Army Playing Cards A rare complete pack of The Womens Land Army Benevolent Fund playing cards, in good sound well used condition, the box has some damage (see photo).