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History of Sector Clocks

They were originally known as 'colour change clocks' when introduced by the RFC in 1917 to monitor the movements of German aircraft. They played a significant role in the B of B and continued to be used by the RAF & ROC.


The Clock had a 12 hour dial and an inner ring for the 24 hour time, widely used by the military and was marked with red, blue and yellow triangular segments. The position of the sighted aircraft was recorded, together with the colour of the triangle beneath the minute hand at the time of sighting. This data was then reported to sector headquarters such as Bentley Priory, where counters representing each air raid were placed on a large table, which had a map of the GB overlaid and squared off with a British Modified Grid. The colour of counter to use for a new sighting was determined by the time of the sighting, the proper colour being indicated by the minute hand of the clock. As the plots of the raiding aircraft moved, the counters were pushed across the map by magnetic "rakes". This system enabled "Fighter Controllers" to see very quickly where each formation was heading and allowing an estimate to be made of possible targets. The age of the information was readily apparent from the colour of the counter. Because of the simplicity of the system, decisions could be made quickly and easily

RAF Sector clock(pg2 misc)

Full scale 13inch diameter ,high quality recreation of a wartime RAF Sector clock, as used in fighter sector control rooms during the darkest hours of the Battle of Britain. The  clock face has been produced from a painstaking digital copy of an original sector clock. The face is mounted in a lovely dark wood case with a hinged brass bezel. The clock is powered by a quartz movement and a battery is included.

 The face hinges forward to give access to the wooden back box containing the movement

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RAF Sector clock Repro (pg2 misc)

Here we have Nice Copy of a wartime RAF Sector clock, as used in fighter sector control rooms during the darkest hours of the Battle of Britain.

This is not a Reproduction of the Original Clock

This Clock has a 22cm Diameter


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 Battle of Britain Pewter Tankard (Pg2 Misc))

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Here is a really nice piece a commemorative Pewter Pint tankard with a glass bottom. It has a RAF badge along with all the Battle of Britain Airfields and Winston Churchill's famous speech. I have no idea how old it is and there is no indication on the tankard itself. It is a high quality piece and a stunning addition to any collection. Please have a good look at the pictures which can all be enlarged by clicking on them.

Hurricane Pilots enjoying a Pint.

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Tool A/M 46.4213


Oil Heater A/M 5A/2048

220 Volt oil heater. It has a nice A/M crown. I can only assume this is for preheating oil in big aero engines. Looks serviceable.


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1938 players cigarette cards Royal Air force (pg2 misc)

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A collection of pre WWII players cigarette cards running to 17 pages in their original album.

There is one card missing but also included is a complete set of the same cards so you can replace the missing one in the album.

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Trench Art Brass Book ends (pg2 misc)

Brass book end trench art.



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You Can See the 1940 Date in Red Pen at the Bottom of the Page

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3 Unique 1940 Workshop Manuals  (pg2 misc)

Here we have three Original Wartime Notebooks for  use in Workshop and Laboratories

These were all written by LAC I.M French 1191223

 Three books containing hundreds of hand written notes covering practically everything from hydraulics , airframe repairs , fuel tank repairs , correct use of tools, types of tools, metal bending, how to tie down an aircraft and even what sort of knots to use.

This explains the bits the manuals don't. If you are building, restoring or maintaining a WW11 Warbird this is for you.

Not only is this a Great Reference Point but is a Brilliant Insight into what RAF Training was like.

Interestingly their is a hand written Poem Titled "Flight Mechanic" that we found in the middle of one of the books

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Type C Warning horn (pg2 misc)

Here we have a Type C warning horn for the undercarriage

 It was used on Spitfires, Wellington's as well as other RAF Aircraft

This Carries the Reference Number 5C/1961 and is in a Very Good Condition

This horn appears to the left of the pilots head, in a Wellington bomber during the film about 617 Sdr "The  Dambuster's". You can make it out to the right of the actor playing Barnes Wallis


Field Telephone Set "F" Mk.II (pg2 misc)

Here we have a Field Telephone  Set "F" Mk.II

The Telephone Set F was a portable instrument for army communication. It was not normally used forward of divisional headquarters. It provided the following facilities:

The telephone gave visual indication of a call to Switchboards UC (Universal Call) Pre war players cigarette cards national Flags (pg2 misc)tte cards national Flags (pg2 misc)y magneto generator. Visual indication of a call to Switchboards Central Battery Signalling (CBS) was given by removal of the handset from the cradle. Maximum range was 14-16 miles using D8 twisted cable or 8-10 miles using D3 cable. However, poor cable, or wet conditions tended to reduce the range, as did poor earth when using the set with an earth return. It was powered by two dry ‘X’ Cells or two wet ‘S’ Cells (both types being 1.5V cells).


George VI Type S.A.2 Fire Extinguisher (pg2 misc)

Here we have a Fire Extinguisher with the King George VI Royal Cypher

This is a Type S.A.2 manufactured by Mather and Platt

This is Unusual as Extinguisher is Written as Extincteur (Which is French for Extinguisher) however the rest of the Label is Written in English

This is a Nice Piece with a Brass Top and Dated 1942


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WW2 British Army Webbing Map Case (pg2 misc)

Here we have a Webbing Map Case used by Officers of the British Army

This is a  G.S No.2 Mk.1

This Case is a pocket, open at the top, a single piece of webbing comprising flap and back, with a turn-back to which a pair of male (spigot) halves of press fasteners are fixed.

To this is stitched a “picture frame” of webbing, with a piece of celluloid stitched into the frame. The sides and bottom are gusseted to accommodate several folded maps. The flap is fitted out for pencils and a protractor, exactly like the first issue.

Seen Below on a Army Mannequin


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