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Thank you for your interest in this rare, early 20thC toy, one of our favourite finds.

Given the construction it is truly amazing that this circa 1919/1920 plywood based toy airfield hangar in original camouflage paint has lasted the normal tests of time and boyhood play.

Made by Line Bros Ltd of London ( toy makers dating back to the Victorian era, later better known as Triang Toys, after a spell being called Triangtois! ). This manufacturer had a long pedigree in quality wooden based toys including rocking horses, toy forts, dolls houses, etc. Through organic growth and various amalgamations with other toy companies the combined business went on to become one of the worlds largest toy producers.

This scale version hangar measures 55cm x 44cm x 30cm tall following the typical design employed prior to the Great War. This is a substantial size toy which makes it even more extraordinary that it has survived in such good condition.

The hangar includes glazed tin plate windows, vaulted ply roof, double folding hinged hangar doors with original securing latches at low level, platform base and original manufacturers badge.

To the rear outer can be found stencilled the text 33 - (S) BM relating to 33 squadron. Above the text a previous owner has fixed an antique Royal Flying Corps cap badge insignia, this suits the piece and helps us appreciate the span of aviation history.

A contemporary RAF ensign penant sits atop the flagpole.

Accompanying the hangar are two vintage trench-art style aircraft including a metal tri-plane and a wooden bi-plane. Both aircraft have a great look and capture the essence of early military flight quite well and reflect the transition of the Corps to RAF.

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) was formed in 1912. It consisted of a Military and Naval wing, and a Central Flying School that provided training for pilots of both wings. On 1 April 1918, the Royal Flying Corps and Royal Naval Air Service were amalgamated to become a new service: The Royal Air Force.

Condition report -

There are some localised signs of historic woodworm, as a precaution the overall hangar has received woodworm treatment ahead of sale. One window glass has a crack, this will be glued ahead of sale. Historic repairs to hinges, one door has historic repairs/paint.

Plywood structure remains in good condition, sturdy throughout, door retainers work as they should, original makers badge still present, tin plate windows are a wonderful feature and in tact.


Postage can be arranged at separate cost, we would be pleased to quote.

Checkout will mention delivery, this is not included within the price stated.


Circa 1920 Royal Flying Corps Toy Aircraft Hangar

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