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RAF 1941 Mae West Floatation Lamp - Early Pattern

A scarce Early Pattern, RAF 1941 Pattern, Mae West Floatation Lamp.

Two piece Floatation Lamp, both with impressed Air Ministry and King Crown markings and Ref No. 15A/2378.

Both parts are dated 1941.

The metal battery tube has a screw top.
This is linked, via two cables (these look to be later replacements) to the wood and metal constructed lamp.

This has a removable metal cap which protects the bulb and lens.
On the lamp side is a switch which slides forwards to activate the signal light.

The lamp base cap is made of lead and has GEC manufacturer markings.

The floatation light has many components, compared with the later modified version (see last image for a comparison of the two types) and it would be very awkward to switch on whilst trying to survive in the sea.

A rare lamp in a good condition.