RAF 1932 pattern Mae West stole (bladder), 1940

RAF 1932 pattern Mae West stole (bladder), 1940

Code: MWDFGF-321

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Temperate pattern.  This is the correct stole for the green 1932 pattern 'life-saving waistcoat' as used throughout the Battle of Britain.  Constructed from high quality 0.03" thick brick red sheet rubber made from first grade plantation quality rubber.  The joints are seamed with sealing strips and the inflation tube is constructed of thick solid rubber reinforced with cotton fabric so as to be non-kinkable.  It has an external diameter of 5/8" and is fitted with a nickel plated brass mouthpiece with screw valve.  The overall appearance is very good and the stole could be fitted into a Mae West but also displays well in its own right.  The rubber is lightly soiled but remains completely flexible and free of damage.  The inflation tube has a natural 'curve' in it but again, is very supple.  It retains the lower part of the valve but the upper section (screws into lower part) is absent.  The stole is clearly marked with Air Ministry, crown, 1939 contract details, A.I.D stamp, serial number, January and March 1940 dates.  A superb example, incredibly hard to find, extremely rare and very desirable.  Stock code MWDFGF-321.