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  • Respirator, Anti-Gas, Civilian Duty (Queen Mary)

    Respirator, Anti-Gas, Civilian Duty (Queen Mary)

    part of "Respirator, Anti-Gas, Civilian Duty (Queen Mary)" (Equipment)

    EQU 3963.1

    Respirator mask, filter Face mask made of black rubber fitted with two glass eyepieces within metal frames. To the 'nose' is fitted an expanding rubber outlet valve with a black lacquered metal filter fitted to the snout (the filter features a...

  • powdered milk, Swift's

    powdered milk, Swift's

    (souvenirs and ephemera) Made by: SWIFT BROOKFIELD

    EPH 5757

    Circular silver tin containing Swift's Brookfield Powdered Whole Milk, there is a white paper label wrapped all around with red and green lettering and decoration

  • Steel Helmet, Civilian pattern: Supplementary Fire Party

    Steel Helmet, Civilian pattern: Supplementary Fire Party

    (uniforms and insignia) Made by: C C and S Limited 1941

    UNI 508

    The London Blitz of 1940 highlighted the inadequacies of the authorities to gain control. The ARP in all their forms were stretched to capacity, therefore when 1kg magnesium incendiary bombs crashed through roofs later to ignite undetected, the...

  • ARP satchel with first aid kit

    ARP satchel with first aid kit

    (Equipment)

    SUR 624

    Air Raid Warden's haversack with ARP lamp affixed to front to satchel, complete with contents : Warden's Report Forms and pencil, Eyeshields Anti-Gas Mk II, Chart of War Gases, typescript document listing first aid posts & fire stations etc...

  • Whitney rolling block rifle

    Whitney rolling block rifle

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Whitney Arms Co. New Haven, Ct.

    FIR 5289

    This rifle was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to aid...

  • Winchester M1894 sporting takedown rifle .30/30 Winchester

    Winchester M1894 sporting takedown rifle .30/30 Winchester

    (Weapons and ammunition) Made by: Winchester

    FIR 5292

    This rifle was one of a number of weapons provided for Home Guard use in 1940 by an American organization called the American Committee for the Defence of British Homes. They mounted a public appeal for firearms and binoculars which could be sent to aid...

  • cigarette case, engraved

    cigarette case, engraved

    (souvenirs and ephemera) 1940

    EPH 7407

    Slim rectangular cigarette case made from shiny silver-coloured metal, both sides are engraved with stylised women (1940's) reclining wearing lingerie and stilettos, one side bears an engraved inscription 'A.G.C. To J.B.', the inside of...

  • Respirator, anti-gas, C.3 Baby Protective Helmet

    Respirator, anti-gas, C.3 Baby Protective Helmet

    (Equipment)

    EQU 3965

    Respirator. A metal-framed step-in helmet covered in green rubberised fabric with a transparent window within a black rubber mask. There is a rubber bellows pump fitted to the left of the respirator (hand-operated) and the infant is secured into the...

  • Home Guard improvised short sword

    Home Guard improvised short sword

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 792

    Blade form: long single-edged parallel-sided blade of flattened oval section. Tip is fashioned into crudely formed angled spear point. The blade is improvised from a long heavy steel bar.

  • truncheon, Home Guard

    truncheon, Home Guard

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 2192

    This lead-weighted wooden truncheon was issued to 55th County of Lancaster Battalion Home Guard. It was evidently used while mounting guard at Manchester Collieries Ltd of Walkden. A shortage of firearms meant that many improvised weapons were employed...

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