Even though i buy less & less at Beltring i love going there!! This year was no exception, the only thing i bought was a WWII USAF life jacket going towards my RNZAF Pacific theatre aircrew collection.
I met Alex down there on Wednesday, always on the lookout for BoB items, he walked away empty handed & dusty & i think anyone looking for BoB items will do the same, sorry guys...
What ever you collect happy hunting, keep a look out for aged repros & "straight from veteran" stories!! K
went on the first day. A few BoB items. Saw two pairs of MkII goggles both in the £400 to £450 range, a few B type helmets all over £500, two pairs of 39 pattern boots again £450 ish but both had seemed to have sold by the end of the day. So there are items there but not at knock out prices, but then I would not expect them at a show like this.
JB, how much'd you be prepared to pay for a C-carbon mic? Dave-F had one for £475 if interested. I don't need one because I have 2, but I just wondered if you were interested. It was a very nice, early mic and although the price is quite high I don't think they are going to get any lower.
Ben, if you are looking for any RAF gear, I'd basically say dont waste your money. I went yesterday and it was the worst show in the 8 years I've been going.
I found a mug (modern) and a belted set of everhot pouches. Absolutely no insignia, lots of foreign dealers, and most dealers with high prices, and the odd items I found were very average condition. Found two B Types, one at £480, the other at £525, neither spectacular. I'd say the percentage of RAF dealers with a bit of gear was about 3%.
Yes, I know, a real shame. The odd couple of things I did find were pretty pricey. I found one badge not priced up which I would have had, being sold by 'Regimentals'. The bloke took one look, saw no price tag and just shrugged his shoulders, telling me I'd have to look at his website. When I just looked at him, he said, 'Well I'm not going to sell it now!' With dealers like that, no wonder its crap. If I wanted to buy from his website I wouldn't have paid £14 to get in the show.
I saw that shop; some nice pieces but the prices were extreme. £345 for mark IIIa's, £730 for some Mark V's. Your friend had some great pieces, but again prices were too influenced by the odd extremes seen on eBay. At least he admitted as much though