RAF 1940 Pattern Flying Boot
By Manfield & Sons. Stores Ref. 22c/439. Size 9. The brown suede upper is in excellent overall condition with only very minor rubbing and soiling. The rubber “galosh” section is perishing/hardened with crystalization and loss. Excellent early style Air Ministry marked 'D-o-T' zip of the longer style that finishes slightly closer to the toe than the later 1940 pattern boots. Original 'Itshide' sole and heel is in excellent condition showing virtually no wear or use at all. Minor soiling of the dense fur lining which is otherwise in excellent condition. No insole. Air Ministry King's crown marked zip tongue (A.M. & Crown inked over but visible on the reverse side) has become partially unstitched at the top.
Please note that this sale is for the right boot only! One can only speculate as to what happened to the other. Still makes a good display piece. When pushed for space the use of one boot of each pattern makes an effective display. Alternatively use for spares. The early zip alone is valuable. A genuine early style 1940 pattern boot, not the more commonly found 1941 pattern with the ankle strap removed. A rare find these days. Stock code B13442.