Repro Capri Bells

Discussion in 'Related Gear' started by Bombing IP, Nov 24, 2018.

  1. Bombing IP

    Bombing IP Active Member

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    These come out of China they look very well reproed and for less than $20 shipped to your door are a good alternative to an original .Which are now getting very expensive ,get your jeweller to silver plate them without the buffing and no one would be the wiser (repo jacket + repro Capri bell why not ) .

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/REPRO-WWII...VIATOR-JACKET-LUCKY-BELL-BRASS/273505603156?_

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    The set above is in ebay auction with 20+ hours left at the time of posting ,has a date of 1945 on opposite side of bell .

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/WWII-Pilot...d-Luck-Bell-Thunder-Acme-Whistle/323557913091



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  2. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    Thx for sharing
     
  3. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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    Nice find! I understand these would not be worn by 8th AF airmen, but those stationed in Italy?
     
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  4. Edward

    Edward Well-Known Member

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    the 15th and 12th guys would get these when on leave on the Isle of Capri
     
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  5. Cocker

    Cocker Well-Known Member

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    Hey, you could have stopped in Italy on the way back from a shuttle mission!
     
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  6. Edward

    Edward Well-Known Member

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    very true! I'm sure a few made their way to ATC crew or even on to other members in various air forces locations... maybe given to others along the way! I'm a big fan of "lucky charms" and various talisman items that crew used to get through their missions. I have three vintage Capri bells and I even keep a vintage four leaf clover in my own pocket because traffic is so bad I need all the luck I can get to complete my own weekly missions! :p
     
  7. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    Just ordered 2 - last email says I will receive them by Jan. 15th ...

    Will keep ya updated
     
  8. Greg Gale

    Greg Gale Well-Known Member

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    I'm really tempted to buy one of these ,then again, Capri sounds like a nice holiday destination too :D do you think they still sell these vintage versions there?
     
  9. Boyo

    Boyo Member

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    I took a chance on one as well.. I have one already but its of a different shape ( much longer)
     
  10. ties70

    ties70 Well-Known Member

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    I wish you had ordered a third one...maybe next time...

    Take care,

    Ties
     
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  11. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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  12. Otter

    Otter Active Member

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    Beat me to it Ken, I knew you used to do them and was running off to check. Have they got cheaper, £16 a few years back springs to mind.
     
  13. Thomas Koehle

    Thomas Koehle Well-Known Member

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    Done!

    Have 3 incoming: 1 for you - 2 for my wife and me ...
     
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  14. John Lever

    John Lever Moderator

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    My mum had a silver Capri bell that she bought on Capri in the 1960's. I greatly regret not keeping it when she passed.
     
  15. Ken at Aero Leather

    Ken at Aero Leather Well-Known Member

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    We've been doing these for the best part of 25 years. I know they were £8 at one time, not sure when of if they went down
    (I thought they were £20 at one time?) but when we find a cheaper source for something we generally pass the savings on to the customer rather than trousers the difference.
     

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