RAF Mae West heliograph, early pattern

RAF Mae West heliograph, early pattern

Code: MW23325


Di: 10.3cm (4.1")


Stores reference 6E/271.  Circular signalling mirror approximately 10cm in diameter.  Black bakelite backing/frame.  Adjustable leather hand strap with pronged brass buckle.  Engraved with King's crown Air Ministry markings.  The frame has relatively minor wear and soiling and the mirrored glass has age related foxing.  Although the strap has surface wear and cracking it remains sound 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 chap on the right has one fastened around the grab handles of his 1941 pattern Mae West.  A rare piece in reasonable used condition.  Stock code MW23325.