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1945 & postwar versions abound , this is a scarce 1944 dated example of the sleeveless green denim oversmock or Parachutists jacket as it is otherwise known. Worn over all other jump gear without the Denison or over the Denison in some cases.
With its working full length zipper & two elasticated ' Grenade pockets to the front the label is intact giving the details ' Jackets Parachutists Size No.6 ' with size details & broad arrow & date of 1944 . Made by the well known firm ' WAREINGS (N'ton) Ltd' .
With its brass Newey pop studded tail intact it is in good condition & very difficult to find with this D-Day & Arnhem date . There are some black storage marks to inside & also to a small area on the outside which I have not tried to remove.
A very good German gas mask set with matching number to snout of mask & neck of canister.
Gas mask is of the M38 black rubber facepiece model with 'bwz' maker code to underside of rubber. All of the green canvas straps are still present & undamaged & the date '42 appears to snout along with gas mask number '71' handpainted on by soldier. Filter is of the FE41 model with black ink stamped waffenamt marking & '43 date. The fluted green steel carrying canister is in very good condiiton with most of its factory green paint still present. The matching gas mask number '71' appears to neck & the embossed 'D' is on the bottom of the tin for 'Dicht' denoting air tight & seen on tins produced from October '41 onwards. The spare lense compartment is three letter coded & dated 'ets43' with a pair of spare lenses contained within. The sprung pull catch works perfectly is maker marked & dated ' frn43' . Both long & short gas mask straps are 100% wartime produced original , not postwar Bundeswehr as is often seen.
The scarce ' Bottle , Water , Aluminium ' which saw only limited use from 1939 until its withdrawal from service to aid the aluminium salvage drive in 1941.These never had a cover & were issued as you see it now. Very much in use by British troops of the BEF in the early war period they are very hard to find today.
This well used example comes still in its original khaki factory paint finish & with the markings on the bottom of the tin ' MMS 1939 /I ' . The soldier has scratched some details into the bottle such as what appears to be a name & number which may well be dechiperable upon closer inspection .The unblancoed webbing cradle is dated 1940 & it has a helmet strap from the large pack buckled on which is as it was found. Inside the bottle is a French cork which , with the aid of a torch , I can see has written on it 'MIS EN BOUTEILLE DANS NOS CAVES ' so it would appear this was being used until it found itself trapped within the bottle!
Scarce BEF period item !
A pair of '40 pattern battledress trousers with M coded War Department inspectors stamp for the year 1944.
Perfect for mannequin display they have all of their original buttons still intact to waistband , fly , field dressing & front & rear pockets. With only minor service wear they have the odd period stitch repair & two or three pin prick holes to cloth in places.
Waist is an approx 30in with inside leg measuring 33in.
A very good example of the British army raincape/ poncho dated 1941.
Maker marked to the firm Strauss & Sons with clear date it is without rips or tears has & just one of the buttons minus its bottom half ( See image ). There is a small storage splash of some sort (which I believe could be removed) as shown in picture.
An early war British army gas mask set with 1937 dated buff filter , 1937 dated facepiece , 1938 dated Mk V haversack , 1937 dated Outfit Anti Dimming & '42 Dated Eyeshields.
Stockinged facepiece & hosepipe are in very good order with no hardness or perishing to rubber & rear July '37 dated rubber yoke piece still soft. The haversack is the early Mk V model in very used but undamaged condition . String is intact.
A very nice sleepy shed found Home Front item being a 'Zuckerman' helmet as worn by female civil defence workers such as Fire Watchers etc.
Finished in the civilian grey paint one can see the immaculate condition of the inside of the helmet long protected by the cover. Upon the leather sweatband is stamped ' MM41-71/4' . The owners name is written onto the canvas & also to the inside of the helmet.
ARP Wardens whistle made by the firm J.Hudson & Co.
Sergeants belt of the Victorian period with the 1871 pattern brass locket system which was introduced as of this date.
In very good mid brown leather it was worn by those ranks armed with the sword & has mounts & hangers for fixing of the scabbard .
Good supple leather & a very nice crisp detail to locket.
WW1 Service Dress tunic to a Lieutenant of the KRRC with officer named & 1918 dated Aldershot tailor label.
This tunic presents well the regiment specific tunic cut of the KRRC with non mitred cuffs & shoulder rank with red backing to pips. This appearance is applicable for the entire war period as the KRRC never used cuff rank or collar insignia . All of the buttons are totally correct with the front fly buttons being of the round ball design representing musket balls for this rifle regiment. Evidence of overseas stripes having been removed to right sleeve.
The tailors label is for ' FLIGHT LTD of Winchester, Aldershot with officers name ' E.B.Turner ' & the date ' 14.8.18' . With much research that can be done he is already listed as a 2nd Lieutenant on 26 September 1917 .
A well used working field tunic there are equipment hooks to the rear for the Sam Browne belt equipment with cloth covering to the reverse interior lining to add comfort. There is a stitch repair to the front left breast pocket & a small area of loose stitching to the right armpit . There are a few very small matchstick head sized holes to the cloth of the tunic , not detracting from what is a good field officers jacket from a very popular British rifle regiment.
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