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Mons' :- Autumn 2017
Mons Military Antiques tries to add to its site sales pages a diverse range of 1914 - 1945 military antiques and collectables. All spend capabilities are catered for, allowing beginners as well as advanced collectors to enjoy listed items.
Not all stock items are detailed, with many items awaiting description, photography and subsequent listing.
All listed prices, unlike auction houses, are as stated and are with-out buyer premiums. Easy payment terms are also without surcharges making a purchase as easy as possible.
Mons' is always happy to receive the offer of surplus to collection items, either as part exchanges or direct purchase. (As long as a seller is happy / can comply with my buy in regime, see terms 'Buying In').
The 'house-keeping chores' I have started to carry out are on going, with some being a little more time consuming than I would have liked / expected; the organisation of new stock being the worst offender in this respect.
Site promotion via social media and attendance at militaria fairs is bringing to Mons' new site viewers, buyers alike.
Social media is also used to give a 'heads up' and prior warning on some future listings.
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Code: 106978Price: On Request
WW2 RAF ‘MAE WEST’ LIFE VEST TORCH by G.E.C.
An outstanding condition ‘Mae West’ life vest torch as manufactured by G.E.C.
An un-issued item still in its original box of issue.
The torch battery housing is as new with no corrosion, and carries its pictorial ‘instruction for use’ sticker to the body. Wooden float torch is in similar matching condition.
The wire flex connecting the two is with some age determination to the wire covering (see images).
The torch and housing is complete with its card box, which has had a very nice repair carried out to one edge of the boxes edge.
A lovely complete item, that would be hard to better for condition.
Code: 106977Price: 155.00 GBP
PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT OF Col. JAMES LETHBRIDGE BROOKE TEMPLER KRRC / RE
Col. Templer is considered to be the ‘father’ of British military aviation!....
In 1862 the British Army undertook minor trials with balloons.
In 1878 (the then) Captain Templer having an interest in ballooning formed with the ‘blessing’ of the War Office, the first British Army Balloon school at Woolwich.
During the second Boer war 1899 - 1902 he served with the Scientific and Departmental Corps working with steam power, primarily steam traction.
In 1902 now with the rank Colonel Templer decided that it was time to follow German developments in aviation and build a military airship. In 1905 the Balloon factory relocated to Farnborough with the construction of an airship shed.
Money shortages delayed the construction of the first British Army Dirigible No.1, named Nulli Secundus (Second to None), which was not completed until 1907, by which time Col. Templer was no longer managing the project.
Prior to this Templer had designed and built the 1st Army Balloon (named Pioneer).
Balloon and dirigible technology in the early 1900’s was taken over by the Royal Engineers (Col. Templer’s Corps) with the Balloon Factory re-designated the Army Aircraft Factory in 1911.
Thus it can be seen that their is a direct line that can be drawn from Captain Templer’s early aviation exploits to the formation of the Royal Engineers (Aviation Section) and the Royal Flying corps.
Photograph is in very good condition, and I assume at some time has been framed.
The photograph has an ink signature (some of which is faded / worn, I assume due to handling) ending “Templer”.
It has been period, crudely bordered, with brown paper.
A period photographic image and signature of some historic importance !
(This item has been previously listed on my site without me knowing who the officer was....I found his identity by chance....This image along with others in his earlier service, can be found on the inter-web).
Code: 106975Price: 175.00 GBP
WW2 BRITISH AIR CREW EUROPE STAR
A very nice, clean, unpolished example of the Air Crew Europe star.
Crisp sticking, with storage marking only.
Mounted on its correct original length of silk ribbon.
Sold with its miniature counterpart.
Becoming harder and harder to now find.
ZEPPELIN LZ 4 RELATED SOUVENIR TEA SPOON
A very nice tea spoon made from light weight ‘Duralumin’ Zeppelin air frame material commemorating the test / demonstration flight of 5th August 1908.
Very nice ornate handle to the obverse and reverse detailing the flight.
A rare item !
On the 5th August 1908 the LZ 4 (Zeppelin) flew from Lake Constance down the Rhine to Strasbourg.
It stopped for engine repairs and while moored at the Flugfeld Stuttgart-Echterdingen air field was caught in a storm.
It was ripped from its mooring, and while adrift caught fire.
LZ 4 was subsequently completely destroyed by fire and crash impact.
(The last two image shown are of LZ 4 in flight and its crash site).
Code: 106971Price: 75.00 GBP
ZEPPELIN RELATED / INTEREST
Such was the interest in the airship (more particularly the German successes with Zeppelin’s) in the early 20th century, that products were produced with the Zeppelin name added to the product or promoted by the addition of the Zeppelin name alone.
This is just such an example, German produced safety razor blades from the early 1930’s.
A small card box with the Zeppelin name and image to the box.
Two, very thin blades still present, wrapped in their wax paper.
Code: 106969Price: 15.00 GBP
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS ROOLD / WARREN PATTERN CRASH HELMET
A fine example of a British, WW1 used and manufactured light weight cork and leather crash helmet.
Helmet is in superb damage free condition, and is complete with all fixtures and fittings.
The leather exterior is with some wear, but is otherwise damage free as is the cork crown of the helmet. Interior quilted liner is with wear but is in matching damage free condition.
Chin strap in excellent condition also with the buckle assembly in good working order.
No maker details to the interior indicating that it is not a 'Warren' manufactured helmet.
Their is some fragility to a couple of small areas of the leather covering stitching.
A rare helmet.
Britains allies had similar manufactured helmets with the chin strap assembly being a tie cord. The Imperial German Air Force also had a very similar looking helmet with a small peak in use with their own air services.
The 'Warren", Curtis patent helmet was manufactured in the UK by Tautz & Co of New Bond Street London and as such carried their own maker details. It is because of this maker that this style of helmet is often, generally referred to as the 'Warren Pattern Crash Helmet'.
NOTE:- The last image accompanying this listing shows this helmet with the goggles listed below worn on the helmet. This listing is for the helmet only NOT both items.
Code: 106967Price: 975.00 GBP
WW1 BRITISH RFC / RNAS FLYING GOGGLES
An exceptionally fine condition air of early flying goggles as used by the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service.
Red vulcanised rubber frames with clear lenses, and elasticated fitting strap.
Their is a very faint maker mark to the goggles interior....now indistinct.
The rubber frame is for its age in supple condition and damage free.
Excellent damage free overall condition.
A rare accompanying item to the helmet listed above.
(As with all such items, gentle, considerate handling and storage is recommended to keep this item in the exceptional condition that its currently in).
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORP METAL PIN BACK PILOT BREVET
A fine, un-touched example of a metal pin back Royal Flying Corps pilot brevet.
Bronze finished brevet showing fine / delicate detail to the obverse with maker details
and heavy 'brooch pin' fitting to the reverse.
Excellent untouched, unpolished condition.
Becoming a hard brevet to find in this original format.
(This brevet type is featured in, and discussed in Cdr. Robert S. Pandis USNR (Ret.) book 'Flight Badges of the Allied Nations 1914 - 1918 Vol. II)
WW1 BRITISH ROYAL FLYING CORPS OFFICER SIDE CAP (2)
Another fine example of this iconic cap being of a lower profile (more typical of the period) than the previously listed item.
Khaki whip cord material with a heavy liner, complete with brown velvet head band.
Exterior is again with some moth holing and snagging due to wear.
Bronze OSD cap badge is held in position by two reverse fitting blades, and has also been stitched through the crown of the badge....never removed or replaced.
Side flaps held in the closed position by two small GS cap buttons.
Very good overall condition, not named !
Code: 106962Price: 375.00 GBP
A Concept500 Special