A Second World War emergency ration pack complete with original contents including barley sugars and Horlicks tablets is among three rare items up for auction at JP Humberts Auctioneers.
The family of an RAF airman who flew Halifax Bombers on missions to Germany during the Second World War have asked the Towcester-based auction house to sell the items at its international militaria sale on Tuesday.
As well as the ration pack, there is also a War Department issue navigator’s pocket watch in working order and a rare pair of spot-light goggles with opaque fold-down visor and reduced aperture in original condition leather.
Auctioneer Jonathan Humbert said: “To find three items in such original order and having belonged to a serving RAF bomber navigator is wonderful. But the fact that the emergency ration tin is complete and unused is amazing and indeed a very rare find.
“The individual concerned was shot down and became a Prisoner of War so we are proud to offer these items on behalf of his family.”
The items will be sold collectively during the sale, which starts at 5pm, and Mr Humbert anticipates they will sell for between £50 and £80.
Entries for the International Militaria sale are still being invited by the auctioneers, and anyone wishing to sell items should contact JP Humbert as soon as possible on 01327 359595.