WWII USAAF T-17B Aircraft Lollipop Microphone. B-17 B-24.
The T-17 Series of military communications microphone was designed by Shure Brothers, Inc. and became one of the most successful microphones used, especially in aircraft.
The T-17 series has letter suffixes that are for various changes in design. Suffixes A, B and C are two piece bodies with a separate mike element that can be replaced. Suffix D is a one-piece body and features a mike element that is integral to the mouth cup.
This particular example is an aircraft version as identified by the number of holes found in the mouth piece. The markings on the body confirm this is a T-17B version , produced following the placing of a contract in 1944 by the Philadelphia Army Depot .
The microphone is in very good condition and is fitted with s Shure SW-109 press/talk button and with a PL-68 jack plug.
The plastic lead shows signs of cracking at the point where it joins the jack plug and at the base where it enters the microphone body as shown in the photos. The lead however is over 4 foot long so I think it would be possible to shorten it slightly at each end to remove the cracks
Microphones such as these were used by aircrew in Aircraft such as the famous B-17 and B-24
A nice piece of original iconic USAAF pilots equipment