RAF 'Beadon' flying suit matchcase

RAF 'Beadon' flying suit matchcase

Code: S22193


L: 6.5cm (2.6")Di: 3cm (1.2")


Stores reference 12D/461.  By Nestor.  Approximately 6.5 x 3cm.  Screw topped cylindrical aluminium container housing a second aluminium tube into which large-headed, long burning matches were placed.  The inner side of the outer container is coated with a special 'striking-surface'.  Most of the original War Department broad arrow marked transfer printed label remains.  This reads '12D/461 NESTOR Waterproof Match Container - Striker Surface Inside Outer Screw Off Cover. Matches In Inner Pull-Off Cover'.  These matchcases were issued for the 'Lightweight Flying Overall', better known as the Beadon flying suit, introduced to replace the Sidcot suit towards the end of WW2.  Much of  the inner striking surface has worn off otherwise in very good used condition.  Empty.  Quite a scarce item.  Stock code S22193.