FS: WWII BOX KITE

FS: WWII BOX KITE

Post by Peter Swe » Thu, 19 Sep 1996 04:00:00


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World War II Box Kite

This kite was purchased by my father in the late forties at an ARMY/
NAVY store.

The kite measures 35.5 inches tall by 17 inches wide.  The fabric is
either silk or rayon and is orange in color.  There are no tears or
rips.  The fabric is stain free, but shows a very slight discoloring
(fading) in some areas upon very close inspection..

The frame is aluminum and is collapsible via spider hubs on both
ends.  I can find no bends or cracks in the frame.

The kite is packaged in a waxed tube.  This tube also shows no cracks
or tears and is in very good condition.  There is some wear were the cap
end meets the tube. There is discoloring, but it is consistent throughout
the tube.  There are two labels affixed onto the tube.  One label gives
complete assembly instructions along with a pictorial.  The other label
identifies the kite with typical military style documentation.

The label states:

        SIGNAL CORPS U.S. ARMY
             KITE M-357-A
         ORDER NO 5890-WF-43
               MADE BY
       BENDIX AVIATION. LIMITED
     NORTH HOLLYWOOD    CALIFORNIA

This kite was packaged with a rescue transmitter and was used for downed
aviators.  No doubt the transmitter was the classic ARC-5.  I do not have
transmitter.

I have found that box kites with metal frames average around $200.00.
I would think this kite would be more collectable and I am asking $300.00
firm.  For this price I will pay for shipping, C.O.D. and insurance through
a common carrier.  I am limiting this sale within the continental US.

E-MAIL back or call (508) 921-8071 M-F  5p-9p EST or S-S anytime.
You may call me at work 8-4p EST M-F.

Pete