I am an anything Air Ministry enthusiast who seems to spend far far too long each day hunting down Air Ministry marked furniture.

If anyone has any items for sale then drop me a line.

Anyway, what was the Air Ministry?

The Air Ministry (AM) was a department of the British Government which had the job of managing the affairs of the RAF. The AM was in existence from 1918 to 1964 and was under the political authority of the Secretary of State for Air.  It was proposed by Lord Curzon at a meeting of the Joint War Air Committee on the 15th February 1916 that an Air Ministry be created to stomp out the squabbles between the army and navy sides and make things more effective.

Without boring everyone too much, after a few squabbles and Air Boards later, on 17th August 1917 a chap called General Smuts presented a report to the War Council on the future of Air Power. Due to the realisation of the potential massive  devastation an air power could cause he recommended the creation of a new and separate air service, not controlled by either the navy or army.  This new air service would receive direction from a new ministry.  And so the rest is history.  On 29 Nov 1917 the Air Force Bill received Royal Assent and the AM was formed 2 months later on 2nd Jan 1918.  Lord Rothermore was appointed the first Air Minister.  On 1st April 1918 the RAF was born.

The AM was first located at Hotel Cecil on the strand then moved in 1919 to Adastral house on Kingsway in London.

In 1964 the AM was merged with the Admiralty and the War Office to form the Ministry of Defence.

In the years it existed, the AM marked and stamped and marked and stamped in a repetitive and exceedingly thorough manner practically every item of equipment it purchased, produced and owned right down from the humblest of items such as the pencil to bells, to furniture, uniforms, and up to aircraft parts and pieces.

It is the items of mundane humanity and day to day existence that this blog is devoted to and the focus of my obscession.  Anyone who has any items as such, please feel free to contact me and share your discoveries.


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  1. I have 6 leather apolstered chairs with English oak frame brass tacks. The markings on the bottom of the wood frame A.M with a crown TC with a crown date 1938 and W.Birch , I can email pictures of the chairs . Any help finding out more details with the chairs I would really appreciate. Thank you

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  3. Hi. I have just come across your site. Great! I do some RAF reenacting (we are nearly all groundcrew!), so collect RAF kit and some smaller furniture, such as folding chairs – oh, and I have 12 toolboxes! A little while ago I bought an easel for our display but it was a bit too big for my car so I was about to saw 1ft. off the legs when I spotted the AM stamp. Needless to say I did not do it! https://www.facebook.com/rafreenactment/photos/g.766013720124369/703069243234171/?type=1&theater&ifg=1

    • Sounds amazing. I have some war service battledress trousers in a size 18 (huge) if you would be interested . I’ve just found an old outfitters that has many bits of original RAF uniform in . I’m clearing it all out for him if you are interested. The trousers are as new. Andy.

  4. Hello. I have a a small wind up clock with R A F sweet heart wings and unusual hands. Would like to send you a picture to see if you know anything about it. Probably a fake item but you never know. Many thanks Steve

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