Good lord, Amen for Armitage Shanks!

Today in our lovely modern world I’m sure we forget how times have changed for even the simple things.  Here is a chamber pot, used in days gone by by the RAF.

Stamped with the RAF logo to the front this large ironstone China chamber pot was made by Ashworth Brothers.

Presumably used in RAF hospitals or barracks, it is in lovely condition with only minor crazing.



At last, its landed at mine.

Some months ago I purchased a type 1 airborne folding bicycle.  After many months waiting as it was stuck down in Brighton and I was in Belgium, it has arrived via a friendly courier.  Here’s some first pictures of it after opening the box it came in.  I’ll write some history about it in another post.


Time for tea sir.

Here is a little milk jug I picked up at auction.  Finely made from vine china with blue trim and gold gilt work this little hug would have once graced an RAF station officers mess.  Wonderful for that afternoon tea break.  Marked to the front with RAF and kings crown motif and produced by George Jones and sons. One tiny chip to the spout sadly. 


Air Ministry Napkin Rings

Here we have some Air Ministry marked napkin rings.  Unlike their RAF marked relatives these are cut straight, not curved and have a polished outer and brushed/matt inner.  A lovely and simple AM and crown motif is stamped into the front.  

Lovely little items that show just how far the ministry went in marking its property.


Edward VIII dial.

Here we have another White dial wall clock dial.  In unrestored condition as can be seen by the crazing on the paint and the attempted repairs to the dial feet where filler has been used but not repainted, this dial interestingly had the RAF and laurel motif with the crown of Edward VIII. This makes the dial pretty rare as Edward was only on the throne for a few months in 1937.  Dials bearing his crown were replaced after his abdication with only a few reappearing in 1941 when Elliot made its last batch of large mantel clocks from odds and sods.  Another interesting point is that on the reverse of the dial in light pencil  are the words ‘signal office’ – presumably indicating which room or building the clock may have been situated in.  I googled RAF signal office and found that the signals office was often located in an airfields watch tower.  A lovely dial that would look great back in a clock or simply gracing someone’s lavvy wall. 


RAF Napkin Rings

Now that the better half has decided on a suitably crazy vintage themed flower infested, candelabra strewn OTT table setting for our wedding I have been allowed to add a few of my own ideas to the job at hand.  Determined to find some RAF cutlery, cups and plates and utensils I stumbled upon these RAF napkin rings on the nightmare that is e bay.  Somehow I won them so to the wedding they go. Only 8 months to go and counting.  Anyway.  These Napkin rings, produced by Walker and Hall in electroplated nickel steel have the RAF and kings crown motif etched into their body and also a number on the rear.  I can’t say what this relates to for sure.  Perhaps from a numbered set.  They came in their own little boxes stamped with corresponding stores reference code.  A lovely pair of napkin rings and lovely items overall.


Tick Tock Tick Tock Brrrrrrrrring!

After struggling to find a genuine RAF fusee wall clock at a price that wasn’t well above the value I stumbled across this clock on an auctions website and thought I would take a punt.  The auctioneers – Victor Mee over in the Republic of Ireland – were more than helpful and sent me over a condition report and some pictures of the clock and the movement for me to study.  I used the bible of RAF clocks, Bob Gardners ‘History of clocks in the RAF’. And decided that this one was worth a go and that it was genuine.

The clock was being sold as an estate sale of a Right Reverand who had not long passed and had been his property for many many a decade.

On the day of the auction I received a telephone call to allow me to bid and after some frustratingly last second bidding by another chappy, I won.  Seventy notes for delivery from the Emerald Isle and bish bash bosh the clock landed at my door.

The clock is a type 1 single fusee 8 day clock produced by Elliot’s.  Dated 1941 and with the serial number 13789 which falls within the bracket for the 6000 white dial clocks produced by elliot in 1941. ( 13213-19670 ) .

The dial face is in unrestored condition.  The rivets holding the movement to the dial can be seen cracking the dials paint.  The hands have light surface rust and are the correct elliot straight type unlike the more shaped SM&CO style.  On the rear box the stamp for Elliot can be seen on the top left corner.  A very Faint A crown M logo can also be seen above the elliot signature.  The date stamp can also be seen with 19…. I can’t make out the rest sadly.  The RAF crest on the dial face is typical of Elliot’s clocks of 1941.

A lovely clock that in original condition is a real gem.

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Air Ministry/RAF folding chairs.

In my endeavours to collect folding chairs to start a chair rental business with the better half, I came across a couple of RAF folding chairs in amongst a group I bought. These two are in good sturdy condition. One has a clear Air Ministry crown and stores reference code of 21B/890 stamped in paint on its underside. The other quite interestingly has the stores reference code stamped into the frame. The same code has also been painted roughly alongside too. The stamping is faint but evident more so in good light. It nearly snook under the radar. Both are lovely examples of RAF folding chairs, used over the years no doubt in briefing rooms, offices, out in the field etc etc. covered in plenty of dinks and knocks all of which show their age and history off beautifully.

I am selling these to raise money for my wedding.  I have listed them on eBay on my username andybell1981 or feel free to drop me a message on here to enquire.