RAF 1941 pattern Mae West stole (bladder)

RAF 1941 pattern Mae West stole (bladder)

Code: MW27543

SOLD

Stores reference 22c/72.  Grey rubberized cotton stole for the 1941 pattern Mae West.  The material is in good supple condition but has some staining, two small rubber puncture repair patches and three small slits around the edge seam (see photos).  The oral inflation tube is quite flexible and the valve opens/closes freely.  Comes without circlip, inflation lever or CO2 bottle.  These may be available to purchase separately.  Air Ministry King's crown marked with clear 12/44 manufacture date mark.  Unusually this also has War Department broad arrow markings on the reverse with later 1950s inspection dates.  This stole might inflate and hold air but we advise against doing so orally as this will introduce moisture which can lead to internal rotting of the fabric.  A reasonably good used example.  Stock code MW27543.