This will be the last Tuesday Finds post for a few weeks as I am away in Cyprus with the Navy for a couple of weeks. Despite that, today has brought up some very nice finds…
Ointment Anti Gas Jar
This huge stoneware jar is clearly marked ‘OINTMENT ANT-GAS’. One of the problems faced in the First World War had been with gasses in their liquid state, especially mustard gas, which clung to skin and clothes and inflicted terrible chemical burns. To counter the effects of this, special ointments were created that could be applied to affected skin to neutralise the gas or dilute and wash it away.This jar is probably for civilian ARP use, and is impressed with a maker’s mark for Doulton and a date of 11/56:Magnetic Marching Compass Mk1
This bakelite compass was standard issue to officers throughout the Second World War. It has a hard shell to protect it:On the other side is a description and the broad arrow showing it is WD property:Inside there is a basic compass with which to take bearings and for map reading:Map reading and compass have been seen as essential military skills from the eighteenth century onwards and the increasing sophistication of maps over this period is directly attributable to the military mappers of the Ordnance Survey.
These glasses were issued to short-sighted troops and were specially designed to be used under gas masks. The springy steel holds the glasses tight to the face allowing a good seal:
This is a particularly common design of ‘trench art’ brooch. I am unsure if this is actually true trench art, or a commercial piece produced as a souvenir for the battlefields of France and Belgium in the 1920s.
These were used on woollen uniforms and on tropical uniforms and it is especially on the latter that you find the buttons missing as they were designed to be removable. I normally have a small supply in stock though to replace them and restore a uniform to its former glory.