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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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"Queens Review" - Willesden ARP Journal. "Queens Review" June 1941 edition - A monthly journal designed to interest and amuse the personnel and friends of ARP in the Queens district of Willesden published under the auspices of the Queens ARP Social Club. 32 page booklet in very good sound condition. Stock no T1006
"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
1923 R.A.F Officers Mess Fish Knife Good early example of an R.A.F Officers mess fish knife, with clear stamped RAF wings and marked on reverse Walker & Hall, 1923, 21C 808. In un cleaned condition with some slight dents to handle. Stock no 7220
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
1940 Air Raid Warnings Note Book. Interesting note book complied during the Battle of Britain by Eileen Smith of 20 Whitton Road, Twickenham, Middlesex of the times of air raid warnings with some interesting notes - 9th Sept - dog fight overhead 2 planes brought down in the afternoon, - 27th Sept dog fights all morning. Entries for August and September 1940. The note book is in well used condition with one loose page and is clearly written in ink. Stock no 4652
1943 A.R.P Diary. A rare 1943 "Letts" A.R.P (Civil Defence) Diary, in well used condition (no entries) but still sound, cover has some slight damage to edges and the gold lettering has worn off front cover (see photo). The diary includes 68 pages of hints for the ARP warden. Stock no T1148
1944 Dated Aircrew Thermos Flask. 1944 dated Thermos flask used by aircrew to carry hot drinks / food on operations etc. In good condition, some wear to "directions" transfer to front (see photo), clearly stamped to base 1944 and broad arrow, glass liner in undamaged condition and retains its original cork stopper. Stock no 6539
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 Badge - Nurses Overall Embroidered A.R.P badge for use on the ARP nursing overall. In good clean unused condition. Stock no T506.
A.R.P News - December 1939. A.R.P News - The National Journal Of Air Raid Precautions, Volume 2 - Number 7, December 1939. The magazine was published from June 1938, its purpose was to inform ARP wardens of methods of protection as well as news of the service. 30 page large format magazine style in good condition with some slight foxing. Stock no T1026
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
A.T.A Performance Chart for Stirling LJ875. Interesting and scarce January 1944 Air Transport Auxiliary aircraft performance chart during ferry flight for Stirling LJ845. Flight from Sydenham to Lynham on the 28th January 1944. Signed by pilot and flight engineer (F/eng payslip also listed). Stock no 7396
Adolf Galland Signed Letter. Letter dated 1983 on Adolf Galland personal headed note paper signed by him in ink "Capitanio" ( Galland would often sign personal letters Capitanio). Comes with colour photo from same period of Galland. Stock no 5768
Air Display Ticket - RAF Hendon - 1936 Admission ticket for the June 27th 1936 air display at R.A.F Hendon. Admits one member of the light aeroplane club. ticket is in good condition. Stock no 7393
Air Ministry Report On The Prototype Hawker F20/27 Secret Air Ministry interim report on the Hawker F20/27 prototype aircraft. The 13 page report dated February 1930 deals with all aspects of the aircraft includes specifications, performance and flying qualities. The F20/27 was the forerunner of the Hawker Fury. A rare and interesting report of the only prototype aircraft produced. In very good sound condition. Stock no 7223
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.
Allotment & Garden Guide Jan - Dec 1945. A complete set for 1945 (12 editions) January to December of the Ministry of Agriculture booklet "Allotment & Garden Guide. Each edition has approx. 8 pages with illustrations and all are in good sound but used condition. Stock no 5793
Armament Publications Booklet. 66 page booklet issued by the Air Ministry June 1942 - Air Publication 2264A entitled Armament Publications, issued as a training guide it gives an insight into the publications issued and amended. In good sound used condition a useful reference guide. Stock no 7222
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
Civil Defence Diploma - Driving. Civil Defence Diploma 1939 - 1945 issued by The Royal Society For The Prevention Of Accidents for the driver of a civil defence vehicle for having been free from accidents. Awarded to Stewart Goodwin who served with the National Fire Service No.30 Area "E" Division. Colourful A4 size certificate in good clean condition. Stock no T1231
De Havilland Sea Venom Control Column Grip. Control column grip from an De Havilland Sea Venom. In good used condition, with various part no / serial no stampings, switches in working order. A good example of a 50s jet grip. Stock no 7161
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.
East Kesteven Council Evacuation Armband. Rare East Kesteven Rural District Council "Evacuation" armband. Black printed lettering on white material armband. In good used condition has slight discoloration and stains. Stock no 7398
German Military Issue Town Maps Of England - North Midlands. 1941 / 1942 German military issue (For Service Use Only) map of towns in the North Midlands. A4 size folder containing 36 individual of maps of the following towns / cities Burnley, Halifax, Bradford, Leeds, Dewsbury, Wakefield, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Nottingham, Derby and Leicester, Lincoln and Grimsby appear to be missing. The maps are dated January 1942 and are in excellent condition, the folder printed Berlin 1941 is in sound condition with some wear / storage damage. A scarce and interesting item this is folder no 6 of 12 that would have been issued covering all of the UK. Stock no 6746
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.
Home Guard Notes - Road Blocks and Check Points. Notes for the Home Guard on Road Blocks and Check Points, small 12 page illustrated booklet issued 1941. In very well used condition with some damage to spine but still sound and readable of this scarce H.G notes. Stock no 6505
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
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
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.
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 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
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 Car Badge Royal Air Force car badge (Kings Crown) by J.R Gaunt of London. In good used condition, no damage to enamel with some wear to chrome finish. A good uncleaned example of these quality Gaunt car badges. Stock no 7387
R.A.F Emergency Flying Ration MkIII. Wartime R.A.F Emergency Flying Ration MkIII stores Ref No 27 P/19 issued with the Beadon flying suit, in good unused condition with just some small dents and is complete with contents. Printed instruction to top read - Immediately opened, transfer contents to waterproof bag, bury empty container in jungle or throw away in sea from dinghy. Stock no 7330
R.A.F General Service Medal - Malaya. R.A.F General Service Medal - Malaya to 2457385 LAC D.A Arnold. Medal is in good condition and is clearly named. Stock no 7394
R.A.F Lancaster I / III Handling Notes. Lancaster I / III Handling Drills notes issued April 1945. 26 page booklet listing checks to be carried out by the crew before take off and in the air, they include cockpit checks, starting up drill, take-off drill, two engine flying etc. Interesting and rare Lancaster booklet. In good used condition, has been folded. Stock no 7343
R.A.F Malcolm Clubs Side Cap. Rare R.A.F Malcolm Clubs side cap, similar in design and material to a RAF Officers side cap with a super quality bullion RAF Malcolm Clubs badge to one side. Cap has some very slight moth damage with Mayfair tailors label. Malcolm Clubs were opened in 1943 and were places were aircrew could relax they were located at many RAF Stations. Stock no 6916
R.A.F Medal Group - GSM & LSGC. R.A.F Medal pair to J3517817 CHF TECH F.DUTY R.A.F. General Service Medal with Radfan and South Arabia clasps and Long service and Good Conduct medal. Both are in good condition, clearly named and with original issue boxes. Stock no 7155
R.A.F Navigators "GEE" Plotting Map. A rare WW2 R.A.F bomber command "Gee" plotting map for St. Nazaire area of France, used for target plotting by navigators of RAF heavy bombers when using Gee radar. Dated February 1943 printed on Linen backed paper and measures approx 54 x 35cm. In good clean condition with some slight foxing to edges. Stock no 7338
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 Regiment Shoulder Titles. A excellent pair of mint unissued wartime printed R.A.F Regiment shoulder titles. Stock no 6888
R.A.F Regognition Model - Botha. Wartime R.A.F recognition model of the Blackburn Botha four seat reconnaissance and torpedo bomber which saw service between 1939 - 1944. The 1/72 scale model produced in bakelite is in very good condition with just a few chips to the wing edges which does not distract from the overall condition. A scarce model. Stock no 7224
R.A.F Sidecap Ashtray. An interesting and scarce 1940s glazed pottery ashtray in the shape of an R.A.F sidecap. In good condition with no damage approx 11 cm in length. Stock no 7389
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.F.C First Pattern Flying Goggles Royal Flying Corps first pattern flying goggles official issue in 1914 and replace by the goggle mask a year later. These official issue goggles were used mainly by other ranks as apposed to private purchase types. One piece rubber frame with clear lenses and simple elastic strap. In very good condition for age. Stock no 7252
R.F.C Pilots Photograph. An excellent portrait photograph of a un-named Royal Flying Corps pilot (approx. 15 x 20 cm photograph). The photograph shows excellent insignia detail. The period mounted portrait is in excellent condition for age. Stock no 6757.
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 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.
Raphael Tuck Humorous Post Card - RAF. Tucks post card "Oilette" series no9 "We must hand it to the R.A.F". 1943 dated in good used condition with some slight staining. Retains good colour. Stock no 6267
Reichsluftschutzbund (National Air-Defence League) Ausweis. A Reichsluftschutzbund (National Air Defence League) identity card issued to Hans Haupt. Dated 26th March 1941 this gives him official responsibility for a building in Koblenz. In good used condition with official stamps. Stock no T586
Royal Air Force - Flying Training Manual - Part 1 - Landplanes. R.A.F Flying Training Manual - Part 1 - Landplanes, Air Publication 129, April 1941. In good clean sound condition numerous pages and illustration including fold out sections. Stock no 7070
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 Medal Group. World War One War and Victory medal to 43173 - A.M. Arthur William Beadle R.A.F. comes with a good cased photograph of Beadle and his wife. He enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps on 12th August 1916 (transferred to R.A.F 1st April 1918) and served in France through out the war as part of the B.E.F as an aircraft fitter. Medals are in good condition and clearly named, the photograph is in good clear condition the case is sound but well worn (see photo). Stock no 7377
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 Postcard. Good quality WW1 postcard of Royal Flying Corps interest - "They Call Us The Eyes Of The Army" Good condition with embossed RFC wings. Stock no 7397
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
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 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
Upper Thames Patrol Cap Badge. Good original example of the scarce Upper Thames Patrol cap badge. The badge is in good used condition has some slight distortion and the slider has been shortened. Stock No 6631
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 Fire Prevention Poster. Wartime fire prevention poster entitled "Lost To Britain - money enough to build 2000 Fighter planes. In excellent condition retains good colour and measures approx. 37 x 24 cm. Stock no T1402
Wartime R.A.F Box Camera. Wartime RAF aircrew issue box camera. Card case with carrying strap and Air Ministry stamp to lid. Warwick No 2 camera, both items in good used condition. Stock no 7219
Wartime R.A.F Shirt Collar Stud Escape Compass. A good condition WW2 R.A.F aircrew shirt collar stud escape compass. A compass disguised within the collar stud which the glass would have been painted white to appear as a normal stud, worn on the neck fixing of a RAF aircrew collar less shirt. In good working order with some wear to stud plated finish. Stock no 6897
WW2 - Air Transport Auxiliary Pay Slip. Rare January 1945 Air Transport Auxiliary pay slip for Flight Engineer H.C Elliott. In good used condition. Stock no 7395