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Now Back From France

I will be listing new items at the end of the week including some of the items acquired during my trip through France.

Code: 50985


WW2 Enamel Sign - Air Raid Precautions Notice

This is a unique early war Air Raid Precautions Notice that would have been attached to a building. It measures 18.5 x 15.5" and is constructed of heavy gauge steel with the front of the signage being enamelled, it weighs approx 2 Kg. There is some rusting, predominantly to the bottom right hand corner as can be seen in the photographs. Note: the Interesting use of the word 'Syrens'. Worthy of further research. There was/is a Winnington School in Ruislip which obviously was home to nearby RAF Northolt & RAF Uxbridge.

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Code: 50589

320.00 GBP

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WW2 Home Front - Rare Double Sided Enamel Shelter Sign

The is one of the rarer early war Shelter signs being double sided and constructed of heavy gauge steel with enamel coating. It measures 12" x 24" and weighs just over 2 Kg. This would have been placed just outside one of the larger air raid shelters.

As the war progressed the use of metals in the construction of signs was prohibited due to shortages of materials with priority being given to war manufacturing i.e. weapons & munitions.

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Code: 50588

600.00 GBP

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WW2 Sign - Enamel Precautions AW Bombs Sign

AW (Albright & Wilson) was an engineering firm in Oldbury near Birmingham that mass produced the self-Igniting Phosphorus Grenade, which was an improved type of “Molotov bomb”. These signs were produced for display at ammo dumps etc. The sign measures approx 30 x 20 cm and weighs 660 g. This sign has the bottom right hand corner snapped off, probably during removal.

PRECAUTIONS A W Bombs fire instantly on breaking in air. Store bombs(preferably in cases) in cool place, under water if possible. Do not store near inflammable material. Stringent precautions must be take to avoid cracking bombs during handling. The caps must never be removed.

Code: 50590

65.00 GBP

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WW2 Home Front - Incendiary Bomb Instructions

Jackson - Senior Fire Guard letters as follows; 'Group 6 Report - 10-Apr-1942' and 'Fire Guard letter on dealing with fire bombs I.B.E.N.' The latter provides detailed guidance and instructions for dealing with incendiary bombs. I have only ever seen similar examples in books & museums.

Code: 50678

25.00 GBP

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WW2 Luftwaffe 1 Kg Incendiary Bomb

An early example of an inert Luftwaffe 1 Kg incendiary bomb. There are numerous markings stamped to the bottom and it is dated 1936. The fin is loose however this is the first time I have seen a fin with ink stamped numbers still visible. There are some small impact chips/dents to the head and it could do with a clean-up. Priced appropriately.

The 1 kg incendiary bomb consisted of a cylinder of magnesium alloy, with an incendiary filling of 'thermite'. These bombs did not explode but were set burning by a small percussion charge, fired upon impact. The Civil Defence code-name was I.B. and many Incendiary bombs could be dealt with by members of the public & Fire Guards, using a stirrup pump, bucket, & a special scoop.

Code: 50656


WW2 SD2 Anti-Personal Bomb - Relic

The SD2 Butterfly Bomb (or Sprengbombe Dickwandig 2 kg) was a German 2 kilogram anti-personnel submunition used by the Luftwaffe during the Second World War. It was so named because the thin cylindrical metal outer shell which hinged open when the bomblet deployed in flight gave it the superficial appearance of a large butterfly.
The design was very distinctive and easy to recognise. SD2 bomblets were not dropped individually, but were packed into containers holding between 6 and 108 sub-munitions. This is a rare excellent original example of the SD2 Butterfly Bomb. It all of it's original metalwork which has all of it's original metal work including it's sprung wings, fuse and empty explosive canister.

Code: 50594


WW2 The Daily Telegraph 14-09-1940 Buckingham Palace

Original Telegraph dated 14-Sep-1940 - interesting headlines the describe bombings of our Monarchy & Democratic Institution, articles include; "Raider drops one on the house of Lords", "Fire bombs fall in Downing Street" and "Buckingham Palace Attached Again"

Code: 50734

30.00 GBP

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WW2 Home Front - Large Size - Houses of Parliament Bell

This is a much larger brass hand bell than the usual APR hand bells that I am used to seeing. This was acquired as part of a home front 'Blitz' collection from a private seller in London. According to the vendor his grandfather told him it was used in the Houses of Parliament? The bell is stamped 12 WH along the top. It weighs 1.7Kg, stands just over 12" (inc handle) and measures 6" in diameter along the bottom. Great condition, no cracks, complete with clapper.

Code: 50631

110.00 GBP

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WW2 Home Front - ARP Brass Bell Marked ICI

This appears to be a typical brass hand bell as used by Air Raid Precaution Wardens throughout the war. This particular bell has ICI burnt into the wooden handle as well a being stamped several times around the top of the brass bell itself. A heavy item weighing just over 1.1Kg. Great condition, no cracks, complete with clapper.

*** Part of an ICI grouping being sold separately ***

Code: 50977

60.00 GBP

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