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R.A.F. \'Beadon Suit\' Survival Match Container/Ma


Stores Ref. 12D/460. Screw topped cylindrical aluminium container which houses a second aluminium tube into which large-headed long burning matches were placed. The inner-side of the outer container is coated with a \'striking-surface\'. The overall size is approx. 6.5cm x 3 cm diameter. Small remnants of the painted/transfer printed label remain. If it was all there it would read \'12D/460 Nestor Waterproof Match Container - Striker Surface Inside Outer Screw-Off Cover. Matches In Inner Pull-Off Cover\'. These were issued as part of the \'Lightweight Flying Overall\', better known as the Beadon flying suit, which was issued to replace the Sidcot suit towards the end of WW2. Quite good used condition with approx. 23 original matches remaining along with the rubber washer that acts as a padding. Quite a scarce item. Stock code S14529.