D-Type Mask On Ebay

D-Type Mask On Ebay

Joined: December 26th, 2011, 5:00 pm

March 17th, 2012, 3:35 pm #1

Found this mask on Ebay and thought I would share the listing
http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-BRITISH-R- ... 43ae27d183
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Joined: September 8th, 2004, 10:02 pm

March 17th, 2012, 5:21 pm #2

The mask looks nice, but the tube is NOT for oxygen.
The seller also has an E carbon mic with later receivers attached, a pretty nice looking B helmet and
a very nice reproduction 32 patt green mae west. I haven't seen this particular reproduction since the 80s. There were only a few made. I have one of this production and it is perfect colour and shape. The only feature one can tell from an original is the whole thing has been made from rubberized cotton, whereas originals only had the bladder container in rubberized cotton.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290684639939?ss ... 500wt_1413
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290684649702?ss ... 500wt_1413
http://www.ebay.com/itm/290684657897?ss ... 500wt_1413

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Joined: July 21st, 2008, 7:16 pm

March 18th, 2012, 10:26 am #3

I'd love to know who made this Mae West. If it's the same chap, as he says, who made them for Hawkinge, then it's funny that most of the repros there are made from the correct (un-rubberised) material.

Some nice items. That E-carbon is a lovely mic. Although, against what the seller says, it doesn't have the fully rounded (early) loom.
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Joined: September 8th, 2004, 10:02 pm

March 20th, 2012, 4:42 am #4

Hi Ben. These repop 32 patts appeared around the time of the Piece of Cake TV series. I got stung with the one I bought. Compared to my original, it is superb. As I mentioned, the whole thing is rubberized cotton, which doesn't detract as it looks fine when worn.
I'm quite sure Stephen Silburn made them for P.o.C. purely as film props and then bad people got them and sold them as original afterward.
Here's a comparison photo with an original.

And here's one these repos with repo bladder and kapoks.

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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

March 20th, 2012, 9:04 am #5

Hi Neil,

The repro bladder looks smashing!! Can't wait for it to 'hit the shops'!
BTW: did you get my email regarding the Irvin parts?

Cheers, Toine
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Joined: September 8th, 2004, 10:02 pm

March 20th, 2012, 7:01 pm #6

Toine, I sent you an email about the Irvin buckles.

Ben, just to put the record straight if there is any confusion, the 32 patt vests were made from the same green cotton fabric as the 30 patt Sidcot suit.
These suits were rubberised.
For the 32 patt vest, only the horseshoe bladder container was rubberised, The waistcoat part of the vest was not rubberised.
Cheers
Neil
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Joined: July 21st, 2008, 7:16 pm

March 21st, 2012, 11:24 am #7

Yes, I remember having this conversation with you a while back Neil, and I had similar talks with Stephen Silburn when I came to purchase my repro 32 pattern.
The vest in question is a lovely reproduction. You'd be hard pressed to find better. I don't think they were made for PoC though. If you watch the series, they all have the other style of font for the 'FRONT' stamping (serif?).
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Joined: August 23rd, 2003, 10:11 pm

March 26th, 2012, 6:37 am #8

Found this mask on Ebay and thought I would share the listing
http://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-BRITISH-R- ... 43ae27d183
The D-mask fetched a fair amount (USD1600!) but the repro vest and original B-type went for way under their value if you ask me.

Together with a quiet forum, I wonder if the WW2 RAF hype is on the decline??

Cheers, Toine
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Joined: February 28th, 2004, 3:00 pm

March 26th, 2012, 7:25 am #9

I'd been thinking the same Toine. A couple of days ago a WAAF officers cap went for about £63.00, about half what I'd expect, with a pair of early Mk VII goggles with leather strap for a similar price. But considering a BD with O wing went for over £400.00 the other day, it must just be a blip!
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Joined: August 18th, 2009, 1:37 pm

March 26th, 2012, 10:44 am #10

Hi Alex & Tonie - I was able to purchase the 32 repro & the bootee socks. I was really chasing the tunic though, just missed out.
I think you are right in some way about prices. I have picked up some lovely tunics of late, all B of B period, DFM winner 75 Sqn, AFC winner all under 200GBP, all leather early pattern escape boots & RAE Heated boots all for under 100GBP.
Maybe it is the uncertinty of the economy??
Alex, I think that battledress went for a good price as it was DFC & Mosquito Nav
cheers
Jason
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