RAF 'Beadon' flying suit matchcase

RAF 'Beadon' flying suit matchcase

Code: S27658

RESERVED

Stores reference 12D/460.  By Nestor.  Approximately 6.5 x 3cm.  Screw topped cylindrical aluminium container housing a second aluminium tube in which large-headed, long burning matches were stored.  The inner side of the outer container is coated with a special 'striking-surface'.  Most of the original Air Ministry King's crown marked transfer printed label remains.  This reads '12D/460 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.  In very good used condition with approximately 17 original matches.  Quite a scarce item.  Stock code S27658.

N.B.  Matches will have to be removed if posting overseas.