WWII Tropical Pith Helmet
Khaki covered sun helmet with a puggaree that runs around the bottom of the outside torso of the hat. It forms a type of bow at the back just above the protective neck peak. On the left side of the helmet a tri coloured patch of dark brown white and reddish brown, has been attached to the puggaree midway between the front and the back.
The interior bowl of the helmet is made up of one quarter inch thick layer of sola (Indian swamp growth) copper mesh and finally the fine straw-like mesh forming the inside liner of the helmet. A brown hand sewn leather sweat band encompasses the inner rim of the helmet. A small square paper label is affixed to it and reads, EXACT 7 1/8 59. A triangular paper label attached to the inner bowl of the helmet reads, Star Millinery, D-58, Municipal Market, CALCUTTA.
A Type C (22C/877-880, sizes 1-4) leather flight helmet with oxygen mask attachment. The first wired flying helmet introduced into the R.A.F./R.C.A.F. service in 1944 was an improved Type C with factory installed receivers and wiring which became standard for general purpose issue. The wired version was cut from the exact same pattern as the original, and differed little except for having the built-in wiring loom and plug connector on the left side of the chin for the oxygen mask microphone lead. The front goggle retaining straps were omitted and the leather chinstrap was replaced with one of grey elastic webbing.
White coveralls from the Cockshutt Aircraft Factory in Brantford. The coveralls have dark red buttons and the Cockshutt Aircraft logo in red embroidery on the back. Tags on collar say "Kitchen's Frontliners" and "Peabody Shrunk."
Air Ministry and M19 issued concealed button compass for aircrew. This half-inch diameter rotor compass was issued to RAF and RCAF aircrews. Early types had four holes in the rotating bezel, and the later ones had a star-shaped pointer. Used by aircrewmen in the event of a bail out or to escape or evade the enemy when in occupied territory. The button was made with either left or right hand thread after the first types were discovered by German captors. When unscrewed this button contains a small rotor compass. This type of escape compass was introduced as early as 1940 but ceased to be used after the introduction of the battledress later in 1941.
Spitfire Gun Camera Type G45 B 12 volts, Ref. No. 14A/1389 AM SERIAL NO.13166 Camera stored and protected in a painted grey wooden box with metal fasteners and a brown leather handle with a white stenciled printing on the lid which reads, CAMERA AIRCRAFT-G45B (STANDARD LENS) -12 VOLT REF.NO. 14A/1577 CASE STORAGE- REF.NO. 14A/1381 Short lens type G45 has a green band painted on the base of the lens REF NO.14A/1398, AM SERIAL NO. 4194 Magazine Type G45 REF. No. 14A/1393 SERIAL NO. 55234 WILLIAMSON MFG. CO.LTD., LONDON READING.
Leather Elizabeth Arden zippered Make Up kit in RAF/RCAF colours. One side has ¾" strap. Kit is lined in blue fabric and contains: 1) removable mirror (3 ½" x 2¼") 2) plastic pot of face powder (1⅝" diameter); white with blue and gold decoration 3) plastic pot of cleansing cream (1⅝" diameter); white with blue and gold decoration 4) plastic pot of all day foundation cream( 1⅛" diameter); cream with blue decoration 5) plastic pot of lipstick/gloss "Victory Red" (⅞" diameter); black with raised ridge decoration 6) attached blue leather pouch with snap closure and "Elizabeth Arden" signature on flap (3¾" x 2")
RAF 1943 PATTERN ESCAPE/FLYING BOOTS WITH HIDDEN PEN KNIFE. Black suede throat fastened by a vertical eight inch brass zipper stamped with the Broad Arrow. Above the zipper at the top of the throat is a single leather buckle strap which bears an identification stamp on the back and is attached to a plain metal buckle. A black leather civilian style shoe with ten painted black metal eyelets is sewn to the base of the suede boot throat. The black laces have metal lace ends which have since lost their magnetic qualities. It is not known whether these laces contain a hidden Gigli saw(special steel wire). The smooth stitched leather soles have one inch stacked leather heels which are attached by metal hob nails. Tucked into the wool lining of the right boot is a rectangular patch pocket where a small metal pen knife is hidden.