FW Elliot bracket clock

Here we have a lovely bracket clock dated to 1938 and produced by FW Elliot. Just like my other bracket clock made by Stockall Marple and Co, this has been produced to the same Air Ministry Pattern and would have lived out its working life in an officers mess on an RAF station. Full of character and in excellent condition, these clocks were thrown out in their hundreds after the war and following changing pattern requirements by the Air Ministry in RAF. How things have changed with these clocks quite well sought after.

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Ring a ding ding.

Recently and quite by mistake I placed a bid on an AM hand bell I saw at auction via the-sale room.com. Completely forgetting about it much to my shock some weeks later it turned out I had won it. This bell has at some point been painted red, presumably used as a fire bell on a station. Stamped on the handle collar is a lovely AM and crown motif and also the contract number with 1940 date. The varnish has come away slightly on the handle but overall condition is excellent and boy what a noise it makes.

I am looking to sell this as I have one already. If anyone is interested please just mail me. I am looking for £100 for it.

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AM marked folding chair.

Here is a 1942 wooden folding chair with a lovely Air Ministry and crown stenciled logo. The staple of seating on many an airfield, military base, church hall and public building thoughout the war years. Due to disapproval by my lovely Fiancé this and much of my collection have found a new home in my grandparents garage. One day I will buy an old Nissen hut I am sure!

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Vintage Architects Bench and tall chair

Just a couple of hours ago I acquired this architects desk and tall chair. Made out of lovely wood and angled by a huge metal bracket at either side it certainly fills my living room. After some effort and a lot of struggling up 6 flights of stairs all on my lonesome I managed to shoe horn the chair into the flat. The chair interestingly has the GVIR monogram and crown symbol underneath. It also has a date stamp of 1940 and makers initials although in the fading light of Brussels I am struggling to make that out. It’s the better halts Birthday today. Waiting for her to come home from work and see the monster in the corner is somewhat nerve racking. Anyway, the pair are a lovely addition and keeping to the theme of government furniture, the tall and unusual chair tops it off.

Tomorrow I’m popping back to Blighty, and as a treat and all going well I’m picking up a captains chair with the air ministry symbol underneath! I’ll pop some pics up shortly of that. I’ve also just invested in an Elliot small mantel clock from 1939 so really looking forward to seeing that.

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Night Night Squadron Leader, time to catch 40 winks, what ho!

Here is a set of 1942 dated RAF issue Pyjamas. A jacked part and bottoms made of striped cotton I presume. The bottoms are tied with a drawstring and the top is buttoned up. Really nice feel to them and a smart striped pattern. The top has the usual WD and arrow emblem and letter O above denoting it was issued in 1942. Presumably these were never actuall given out as the large stamp next to it denotes a 1955 date too so possibly re issued. The bottoms also have the 1955 RAF stamp in red and to the left can be seen a lovely although faint AM and crown motif.

For anyone dating WD marked items with a letter prefix rather than a date, the following letters represent the following years.

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Q-1940
P-1941
O-1942
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RAF Malcom Club

Here I have a lovely China cup made by Rhenania of Duisdorf Germany. The cup was made for the Malcolm clubs which served the RAF. Malcolm clubs first appeared in Algiers in 1943. The Americans had taken over a large building in the middle of the city and turned it I to a welfare centre run by the Red Cross ladies. Both US and British troops used it but as it became more popular and space limited, it became an American only enterprise. Lord Tedder who was an officer in the RAF at the time was concerned that this would affect his men so he asked the senior command if the N.A.A.F.I could set something up in town. The request was declined. Then in stepped Eisenhower. He was concerned about the issue too so asked a lady working for him to look into it. That lady later married and became Mrs Tedder. Soon after, the first Malcolm club was established. They became a home from home for airmen and the likes.

The very names of the countries through which the clubs passed is an outline of the history of the Air Force during the war: North Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Palestine, Iraq, Ceylon, Burma, Malaya and Japan. Then through Italy, up the East coast into Austria, up to Vienna, to a little club there at Schwechat, where there was a handful of men working an aerodrome isolated in the middle of the Russian 728 Zone. We kept that club going for over two years. Then, in Normandy, there was the first British club on the Continent on D plus 51 at Crevilly; and then to Belgium, Holland, Germany, and up to Gatow, in Berlin. At one time in Germany there were twenty-two clubs.

The clubs closed in the 1950s due to funding issues after Germany incresed 4 fold it’s labour bills. A great history of the clubs can be found at

http://hansard.millbanksystems.com/lords/1959/jan/22/proposed-closure-of-malcolm-clubs

This cup came courtesy of David Farnsworth at the Historic Flying Clothing Company. Check out his website at http://www.historicflyingclothing.com

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On your bike Mr airman!!!

Here is an old Armstrong bicycle complete with ‘RAF’ and serial number stamped into its frame at the headset. Underneath the shabby black paint can be seen a tinge of blue paint.
I am hoping to restore this bicycle with some tender loving care.

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Time to put my feet up.

Here is a chair I purchased from a sale at RAF Lyneham after it’s closure a couple of years ago or so. I have 3 stickback chairs. These are made by e gomme and were made in 1940 as can be seen by the stamp underneath. In the top right corner of the pic can be seen the AM logo stamp too. I love these chairs. Probably one of the nicest things in my collection. Who knows what bums might have sat on theses. Lyneham during ww2 was a maintenance unit and was home to flying units 511 and 246 squadrons with liberators and Albermables primarily used in a transport role.

Anyway time for a brew.

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