An original Royal Air Force Parachute Bag dating from the Second World War which is in nice condition.
These bags were used throughout the Second World War and are now synonymous with Aircrew, particularly Bomber Command, during this period. This example features the Air Ministry AM and crown marking to each side which denotes it as a wartime example. The AM marking was replaced with the War Department broad arrow marking in 1944, making this a genuine wartime example.
The bag is made from a heavy khaki coloured canvas and features two reinforcing straps which run the entire circumference of the bag, becoming handles at the top. The bag fastens with a 'DOT' branded brass zipper as was commonly used on this pattern of bag. The bag features a flap system to the interior which fastens with press studs.
The bag is in good condition with some signs of wear and use which are to be expected with a bag of this vintage. The zipper works as it should and overall the bag displays very well and is totally usable. The only small flaw is a tear near the zip which is illustrated in picture5. Thankfully it is next to the zip so does not affect the functionality of the zip. It actually looks to have been purposefully added!
All in all a nice wartime RAF bag which displays well. These are becoming rare and sought after bags and it would make a good addition to any collection.