The below Quick Action Visor recently sold on eBay for £671 (February 2022). There was a period some 18 months ago of a number of potentially faked visors hitting the market (several appeared in very quick succession on eBay which raised some concerns (plus a couple from well-know shysters).
An interesting style of area title for Bristol. Most are embroidered but this looks to be the shot silk style of embroidery and is somewhat rare to see. If you happen to know the exact method of manufacture, I'd be please to hear from you.
The stackable ARP stretchers were a ubiquitous item of equipment for the ARP / Civil Defence services. There are plenty of period photos showing them being used in training and at bomb incidents. They appear stacked on top of cars and also inside stores. The design was good enough for the stretchers to continue in use until the 1980s.
A number of the stretchers were also used as fences.
The colour appears to be a light green – something akin to Verdigris Green BS 280. The excellent original colour film Solihull in Wartime has a good shot of the stretcher (from about the 1 min 48 second mark).
There appear to have been a few makers of these stretchers but one particular maker was VONO. A reproduction of the maker’s label shown below.
The ARP Pattern 54 armband is the "rainbow" Civil Defence armband introduced in July 1940. This example, with the same designation, would appear to be an early, and unadopted, sample.
Images courtesy of Roger Miles.
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