Tuesday Finds

A quieter day on the market today, but a few nice finds none the less.

Aircraft Starter Cartridge

Although it looks like an artillery shell, this little dumpy casing is actually a blank cartridge for starting an aircraft engine. Before modern electrical starters, it was quite common for aircraft engines to be started by firing a blank cartridge. It is likely this example was for use in the first generation of jet fighters. The gasses from this cartridge turned a small turbine that in turn started a compressor of the main turbine, once it was up to speed the engine would sustain ignition.imageThis example is 7 inches high, dated 1953 and marked ‘ELEC. ENG. START. VAEL’ and ‘LOT 30’.imageClothes Brush

Amongst the small kit issued to every man was usually a clothes brush. Woolen uniforms collect fluff and hairs and a brush was the quickest and easiest way of cleaning them off. The forces must have produced and distributed millions of these throughout the war, and as they continued to be useful in civilian life, many have survived.imageThis particular example is marked as having been made by H.D. Don and Son in 1941 and has the WD arrow.imageOn the top is the original man’s name and number, 2055744 M. Keys, and the date he received it 2/42.image

Photograph of Soldiers in the Desert

Finally we have a simple little snapshot of two friends serving somewhere in the desert. From the 37 pattern belts and WD issue shorts they are wearing we can tell this was taken in or just after the Second World War.pic1006141On the reverse is the little note:pic1006142

“Here’s introducing a grand duo. Including a glorious hero. Who Although C.3. Chanced to land by me. And with throbbing leg unheard. Watch the Dicky Bird. Gordon”

One comment

  1. About the picture of two soldiers in the desert I have just a couple of comments. They seem to wear bush jackets (inside the shorts) instead of shirts. Infact I noticed the “rounded” flap of the breast pockets typical of late war period bush jackets and not the characteristic “three points” flaps (for regular shirts).

    I can observe also as the long socks are thinner and better suitable for Oxford type of shoes….. .
    Lt.Col. Alfonso Ludovici

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