Flying/Personal Equipment


Pre WW1 Aviation Hat/Cap

This is very much a peculiarity that has so far defied definite identification.


It is a small size possibly child's hat from the pre war Edwardian period hat with a clear aviation connection. It has a beautiful embroidered representation of a Bleriot Monoplane. The type in which Louis Bleriot first flew the English Channel on 25th July 1909.

Research has taken me to the Victoria and Albert museum from where the illustration on Straw hat came from.


We would be very grateful for any further information.


This is undoubtedly an item of clothing that is an incredibly rare survivor from the earliest days of aviation.

Condition is very good although a little grubby internally. No moth damage.


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RFC or Inter war period flying helmet (no.2)  

WW1 RFC?  or early inter war period flying helmet?

A very well used and somewhat worn early flying helmet.
Externally the helmet’s leather has survived in very good condition, however the original much Rabbit’s fur has gone from the peak, chin strap and from some of the internal sides. 
Internally the lining is generally very good. 
Fitted with the original fitting for Gosport tubes.

There are no visible markings, I have stated that they are possibly RFC, they came the same source and were paired up with the RFC Goggles also on the site. 
However they are priced as being from the inter War period. 

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Civil Air Guard lapel badge

Chrome and enamel lapel badge for a member of the Civil Air Guard. The Civil Air Guard was a 1938 scheme in which the UK government subsidized training fees for members of flying clubs, in return for future military call-up commitments. Pin back fastener to the reverse, manufacturer marked ' W.O.Lewis, B'ham '. Good, overall condition with rubbing to finish.


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RAF 1941 Pattern Boots 22C/752 - size 9

A very nice pair of ’41 Pattern RAF boots stores ref 22c/752 size 9 boots.

Externally these boots are in superb condition, unfortunately one sole has split which would probably limit their use for wear.

However as a display piece they look fabulous.

Internally the fleece remains excellent with no shedding. one tongue has however detached, it could easily be re stitched if desired. Both tongues have very clear issue markings.

Both zips again are very good although a little stiff, being Lightning marked.

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