RAF Mae West heliograph - early pattern

RAF Mae West heliograph - early pattern

Code: MW26426

RESERVED

Stores reference 6E/271.  Circular signalling mirror approximately 10cm in diameter.  Black bakelite backing/frame with an adjustable leather hand strap and pronged brass buckle.  Engraved with King's crown Air Ministry markings.  The frame has minor wear and soiling and the mirrored glass is excellent.  The leather strap remains very strong and flexible.  Period photographs show these mirrors being used on both 1932 and 1941 pattern Mae Wests.  See photograph 7 showing pilots of 213 Squadron - the airman on the right has one fastened around the grab handles of his 1941 pattern Mae West.  A rare piece in excellent used condition.  Stock code MW26426.