May I introduce myself as a life-
It was whilst hunting for vintage wooden aeroplane propellers that I first became aware of them, they were never common but occasionally appeared at the sort of aviation related auctions that Sotheby’s and Christies used to have in the 1980 & early 1990’s. They always seemed expensive and in those days I never bought one, but what registered was that they never went unsold……
….and in any collection of aviation artifacts it was they that stood out impressively.
It was a few years back, that I actually made my first purchase, a good example of one dated 1940. This I thought would cure my need to have ‘just one’ but, very sadly this merely led me on a lengthy and pecunious quest to find others.
On the way I began to realise that the Royal Air Force as it existed from the mid-
My quest made me realized that they are not common, quite the opposite in fact, they are usually treasured souvenirs and they are hard to find in fact. Annually very few of these sorts of RAF bells come onto the open market.
Why, you might ask did I need more than one. All I can say in mitigation is that if you are a natural collector be warned, these bells are addictive! This website merely records and shares what little I’ve learnt along the way.
Some fellow collectors hang them from wall brackets, some from purpose made floor stands, some have a short row lined up and some stand them on polished round wooden bases. With the former the bell can be rung and with the latter they are static. Either way that ability to identify with an exact period of British aviation history is most appealing, any aviation enthusiast would love to own one of these bells.