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6656 RAF Old Pattern Stable Belt - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Old Pattern Stable Belt - Like the Officers gloves we have listed today these came in from the same source and is believed to have been issued to the same gentleman. The stable belt originates from when cavalrymen would place the surcingle around the waist when cleaning the stables. In the 1950s their use spread to all branches of the British armed forces, adding a splash of colour and individuality to the drab khaki working uniforms. Initially they were resisted by many senior officers, who saw them as too individualistic, but they soon became accepted throughout the forces.

This example was manufactured prior to 2007, when a buckled version was introduced and in all probability dates back to the 1970's. It has been used but remains in remarkably good condition with just very minor service wear to the leather straps. No size or other makings are shown but it is adjustable and we would estimate it would adjust out to fit a waist size of 34 " or smaller(86cm).

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6655 RAF Officers Brown Leather Dress Gloves - Click for the bigger picture New Stock RAF Officers Brown Leather Dress Gloves - This fine pair of gloves and the RAF stable belt we are also listing today came in with a post war RAF visor cap and we believe all three items belonged to the same Officer. These gloves are made from very soft calf or doe leather and are sealed with a button closure. They are a matched pair and carry a label inside indicating a reference nos of 415-8012, marked size 9 and dated 1974. The label confirms they were made by the quality glove makers of Burfield, operating from a small factory in Martock, Somerset coincidentally just 5 miles from the Oldnautibits HQ!

Burfields & Co. were established back in 1944 and the company had a long, successful association with the British Ministry of Defence and the RAF in the supply of service gloves. Sadly they went into liquidation in March 2017 so all production has now ceased and these can never be repeated. So grab this one off opportunity to invest in a fine pair of quality gloves that must have cost the UK tax payer a fortune to manufacture. Ideal for re-enactment, The Goodwood revival or even for general wear. They appear virtually unworn and at this price must be a fraction of their original cost.

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570 Handley Page Hampden Trench-Art Model - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Handley Page Hampden Trench-Art Model - A twin engine medium bomber, the Hampden was often referred to by late Father as the "Flying Suitcase", which he flew for the final time with 144 Squadron on the night of 25/26 August 1941 from North Luffenham, on an 'Op' to Mannheim piloting AE265 Pl. Mission accomplished he ran out of fuel on the way home and forced landed at Ypenburg Airfield in Holland, then under Luftwaffe management and he and his crew went 'in the bag' for the duration. He always spoke fondly of the Hampden as a responsive aircraft to fly but he did not regard it highly as a weapon of war in 1941!

The Hampden was powered by Bristol Pegasus radial engines first flew in 1936 and entered RAF service in 1938. Like the Blenheim, the Hampden took heavy losses in the daylight role but performed adequately at night, bearing the brunt of the early bombing war over Europe and taking part in the first night raid on Berlin and the first 1,000-bomber raid on Cologne. It was retired from RAF Bomber Command service in late 1942 but served on with Coastal Command. Guy Gibson of course started on Hampdens' before progressing to great things!

Our fine model has been in my personal collection since 2002 but as part of a current thinning out process it is time to rehome it. A particularly detailed example, it is mounted on an oak and brass stand and never having had props fitted it gives a good impression of the aircraft in flight. The engine nacelles are particularly well detailed and the pencil thin rear fuselage is shown to good advantage. The wingspan is 8.75" (22 cm) and the model stands 6.5" high (16 cm), measured to the top of the fail fin. Like most trench-art that comes our way we sadly have no history with it but clearly period and probably made by a flight mechanic working on a Hampden Squadron at the time. Please also check out the fine Blenheim trench-art model we have also listed today, which would date to the same period.

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1337 Bristol Blenheim Mk.I Trench- Art Model - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Bristol Blenheim Mk.I Trench- Art Model - The iconic fighter bomber of the early years of WW11 and quite a scarce subject for a trench art model. Clearly period and hand made the brass has a lovely bronzy patina to it. We stand to be corrected by the Blenheim aficionados but we believe this to be an early Mk1 and features the classic stubby nose characteristic of the type. Built by Bristol Aeroplane Company as a light bomber and was used extensively in the first two years of WW11 including the battle of Britain, where it took heavy casualties.

The Type first flew in April 1935 and delivery to RAF squadrons commenced in1937. The Blenheim was one of the first British aircraft with an all-metal stressed-skin construction, retractable landing gear, flaps, a powered gun turret and variable-pitch propellers and The Mk I was faster than most fighters in the late 1930's. Development in fighters however lead to significant losses in the daylight role and it was decided that the Mk IF would be relegated to night fighter duties where it had better success. Our model is mounted on an unusually squat brass stand and it has never had propellers fitted and thus gives a convincing impression of the machine flying low and fast showing off the Bristol Mercury VIII radial piston engines to their best advantage. Wingspan measures 9" (22.5 cm) and it stands 2" high (5 cm) measured to the top of the tail fin

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6143 617 Squadron Honours Board 1943-1945 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock 617 Squadron Honours Board 1943-1945 - It seems only appropriate we should list this item today, exactly 75 years to the day after Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, on an operation code named 'Chastise' that took place on the night of 16-17 May 1943.

We have no idea who created this board or where it was displayed but we imagine it must have come from a redundant museum. It appears to be a one off and whilst the mount is melamine or similar the wood effect sets off perfectly the high quality etched aluminium data plaques and black and white photographs. The board effectively recounts the history of 617 from immediately after the Dams Raid to the end of WW11 in 1945. It was deemed by the powers that be after 'Chastise' Gibson should be taken off operational flying and on 2 August, Gibson made his last fight with 617 Squadron, with his regular crew and his successor, Wing Commander George Holden. The information plaques detail the Ops flown by the subsequent Commanders Wing Commander Leonard Cheshire VC, Wing Commander Willie Tait and Group Captain Fauquier, together with dates and their targets. It also features two line drawings of the Avro Lancaster B1 in standard and modified forms. The board also carries black and white photographs mounted behind Perspex of Gibson, 617 crews, the 12,000 lbs 'Earthquake' and 22,000 lbs 'Grand Slam', both created by the Dam's bouncing Bomb inventor Sir Barnes Wallace. Another plaque gives considerable detail on the sinking of the 'Tirpitz' as well as a photograph of the post mission upturned hull of the wreck.

This is another one off item that we had intended to display here on the office wall but lack of space has precluded this so it is time to re home the board, when hopefully it can be shown to better advantage. It would sit happily in a private collection but ideally it would be better to go back into an appropriate museum display. It measures 48" x 24" (122 cm x 61 cm) and is fitted with brass hanging plates to aid wall mounting. As with all our stock feel free to request a range of more detailed photographs to check out the work involved in creating this homage to the amazing Commanders and crews of 617 Squadron.

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Wing Commander Guy Gibson D.F.C. RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book No2 - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Wing Commander Guy Gibson D.F.C. RAF Pilot's Flying Log Book No2

It seems only appropriate we should list this item today, exactly 75 years to the day after Wing Commander Guy Gibson led 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on an audacious bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, on an operation codenamed 'Chastise' that took place on the night of 16-17 May 1943.

Clearly this example is a replica, with the original Flying Log Book held as a national archive item at the Public Records Office. Despite this these copies are now also incredibly rare and have become a sought after collector's item in its own right. This was published in a single run by 'After the Battle ' magazine in 1975 and sold out very quickly and is now only very occasionally available on the second hand market. I will certainly never be selling my own copy but we have now been fortunate enough to find a further example that is offered for sale here.

Guy Gibson's Log Book No. 2 was faithfully replicated from the original copy held in the Public Record Office, London. The first and last pages have been stuck together as in the original book. The photograph that had been inserted on the page following the entry for the Dams raid on May 16, 1943, is missing in the original and is missing here. The log book cover, which is now showing some age related foxing (which actually adds to the authenticity in our view) is marked 'Log Book No2' ;it is not known what happened to Guy Gibson's original log book covering the period up to November 15, 1940. The written entries end of September 15, 1944. Just Three days later, on September 19, Gibson piloted a Mosquito to Rheydt in Germany, acting as Master Bomber for a raid on communications. At 21.53 hours he turned for home but three-quarters of an hour later crashed in flames at Steenbergen, Holland. Mystery continues to surround his loss but the current theory is he was mistaken for a Luftwaffe aircraft and was sadly shot down and killed by 'friendly fire'.

Don't just take our word for it just how good this facsimile is and I quote from Amazon. com reviewer J. R. Perkins: "As an historic document, this item ranks up there with the best. Especially if you have an interest in aviation from the Second World War, as Guy Gibson is one of the best known pilots of the Royal Air Force and to have a reproduction of his Log Book is something really special. Some of his less known sorties are listed here, being his time as a night fighter pilot with 29 Squadron flying Blenheims and then Beaufighters defending the skies of England against German night bombers. Truly a very special book to own and treasure. Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC DSO DFC (12 August 1918 – 19 September 1944), was the first CO of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron, which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid (Operation Chastise) in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and died later in the war. He had completed over 170 operations at the age of 24."

As mentioned these copies, that were made in a one off limited edition, hardly ever come on the market these days although we have noticed one is currently listed on Amazon. com at £352.00 We are happy to list ours at a rather keener price so make your choice! This example does have age related wear to the cover as already mentioned but the binding remains strong. Inside the entries are all clear and remain bright and the pages are generally clean with again just minor foxing in places, that adds rather than detracts to the authentic look of this amazing replica. Grab it whilst you can on this 75th anniversary of the raid as it is almost certain prices for these will continue to rise. Please also check out the 617 Squadron 'Honours Board' we have also listed on the site today.

Pages: 104
Cover: Hard
Author: Wing Commander G.P.Gibson D.F.C.

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OC441 Pitch Pine Folding Yacht Table - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Pitch Pine Folding Yacht Table - Like the mahogany ships table we have also listed for sale today we have owned and used this table ourselves for close on 30 years but a new design scheme forces us to reluctantly offer for rehome. Whilst its origins are unknown it was purchased by us in the port town of Falmouth, Cornwall back in c.1990. It probably originally served on a yacht or launch where space below decks was at a premium. Our picture shows the top in the extended position and this gives a surface area of 32" x23.5" (82 cm x 60 cm); when the top leaves are closed the top dimensions reduce to a modest 32" x 11.75" (82 cm x 30 cm). It stands 24.75" high (60 cm) in the opened position.

Manufactured from a varnished pitch pine in sound condition but with marks and scuffs commensurate with use and the nautical origins are endorsed by six solid brass hinges. Sometimes on these table the legs also fold in to aid storage when not in use; this clearly was the case with this one but the legs were in the locked position when we purchased and we have left it as such although the original hinge mechanism is still in place but now non-functioning. We have found it a fine and practical piece of nautical furniture to own and whilst for sale a collectable we see no reason, if you should require a table for use on your classic boat, why it should not again go back to sea.

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OC440 Vintage Mahogany Folding Yacht Table - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Vintage Mahogany Folding Yacht Table - We have owned and used this little table ourselves for close on 20 years but a new design scheme forces us to reluctantly offer for rehomeing. Whilst its origins are unknown it probably originally served on a yacht or launch where space below decks was at a premium. Our picture shows the top in the extended position and this gives a surface area of 29" x22.75" (74 cm x 58 cm); when the top leaves are closed the top dimensions reduce to a modest 29" x 11.5" (74 cm x 29 cm).In the folded position the top also has lips on either side to prevent items stored on top falling off during passage. It stands 25" high (64 cm) in the opened position.

Finished in a lightly waxed mahogany, the nautical origins are maintained by solid brass butterfly hinges and below the table is a useful storage compartment that would have been entirely practical at sea, when space is always at a premium. The base of the legs have holes drilled where the table would originally have been bolted to the saloon floor. Sometimes on these table the legs also fold in to aid storage when not in use; this is not the case with this one and the legs are fixed in position, which makes it eminently suitable for continued use ashore. We have found it a fine and practical piece of nautical furniture to own and whilst for sale a collectable we see no reason, if you should require a table for use on your classic boat, why it should not again go back to sea.

Please also check out the pitch pine ships table we are also listing today.

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375 Original Cunard/White Star Line steamer Chair - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Original Cunard/White Star Line steamer Chair - Now these do not turn up very often! On offer is a genuine 'Cunard' embossed vintage steamer chair which we believed dates from the 1930's. The Cunard Line, one of the most famous names in shipping was established 1839 Samuel Cunard, a Halifax shipowner. For most of the next 30 years, Cunard held the Blue Riband for the fastest Atlantic voyage. By the late 1920s Cunard faced new competition from the Germans, Italians and French so in 1934 the British Government offered Cunard loans to finish Queen Mary and to build a second ship, Queen Elizabeth, on the condition that Cunard merged with the then ailing White Star line to form Cunard-White Star Ltd. The Cunard fleet has welcomed the most illustrious members of society on board, and has a guest book which includes everyone from Queen Elizabeth II to Liz Taylor and we can only speculate who may have enjoyed this chair on the sundeck of those Queens of the seas although sadly the provenance of this chair has been lost down the years.

Our steamer in very original condition having been taken back to its original natural wood finish although it has received some light restoration to restore it to display condition. As well as the all-important Cunard branding on the seat back it also carries a brass plaque which would originally have held a name card confirming the passengers entitlement to enjoy it- so no need for any towels to reserve this sun bed from fellow passengers! We believe it is made from oak and is still sound but after all these years but it is for sale, like all our stock, as an historical collectable rather than to be used for its intended purpose. A similar but slightly earlier chair, one of the only ones recover from the Titanic disaster, was sold at auction recently for £85,000!! The last 'Cunard' branded chair we saw sold on UK e Bay back in 2012 made £200. Our Cunard/White Star Line example is rather more modestly priced so grab yourself a bargain whilst you can!

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3896 Fine 8 Spokel Ships Wheel - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Fine 8 Spokel Ships Wheel - An original, decorative and very impressive example that makes a real statement. Sadly the history of the vessel it served on is now lost but she must have been quite a size. This wheel has a wooden hub that is indicative of an early example and we would estimate it dates from the late 19th century. We can't be entirely sure but the wood used on the barrel could well be lignum vitae, timber that is virtually unique in delivering an extraordinary combination of strength, toughness, and density. The wheel carries riveted brass banding front and back with the font polished to a high shine. The barrel also has brass bands fitted front and rear.

Condition is really excellent and the joints all remain firm and no damage or rot to the timber. A nice original touch is two areas of wear to the rim where the wheel has been roped in position to lock the rudder whilst on passage or at anchor. We have simply hand waxed the timber since it came in and is now in fine display condition. It would certainly make a real statement in a nautically themed room or in a pub or seafood restaurant where a modern replica from 'Nauticalia' would simply not cut the mustard! This wheel is an impressive size at 53" diameter or 135 cm diameter and is extremely heavy so we would prefer collection only for this one but depending on your location we might be able to arrange personal delivery by negotiation but it is really too valuable in risking a courier -even if we could persuade on to collect it!

As with all our stock if you have possible interest just drop us a mail requesting a range of more detailed pictures.

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256 Ex Trawler 5 Spoke Brass Ships Wheel - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Ex Trawler 5 Spoke Brass Ships Wheel - This one is an absolute beauty! It was recovered from a redundant trawler when she was broken up in Devon, South West England in the late 20th century. Sadly the name of the vessel was not recorded so we know nothing of her history but she certainly had a very fine helm, typical of the type used on a working boat.

When it came in it was nearly black but with some careful polishing it now glows, with a great patina that has an almost orange tint and could actually be bronze rather than brass, but we will leave that for the experts to decide. It is also heavy weighing in at 6 kilos, so please check delivery costs with us before ordering. It would look stunning in an appropriate nautical collection or as a focal point in a marine themed room. And whilst like all our stock it is for sale as a collectable we see no reason why it could not go back to sea, were you to own the appropriate classic little ship! The design is typical of wheels used on working boots and made without separate spokes but instead features a steering wheel rim and a 'lazy handle' to enable the helmsman to turn the wheel quickly when manoeuvring and without fear of the wheel spinning and the spokes catching and causing injury.

This wheel measures a modest 15.75" diameter (40 cm) so it is a very useful size for display and it will not dominate its surroundings and so much nicer than the mass of modern replica wheels now flooding the market. This one has been there and earned a hard living over the years but it is not finished yet!

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OC170 Pair of Original Ships 'Onion' Lamps - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Pair of Original Ships 'Onion' Lamps - A matched pair in totally original condition. Generally referred to as 'onion lamps' for the very obvious similarity with the shape of the vegetable, these were used for a variety of functions on board ship. Those with clear glass were used below decks for cabin lighting or above deck as anchor lamps whilst examples with coloured glass, as here, were used as navigation lamps strung from the rigging. The wire cage surrounding the globes provided a useful function of protecting the glass from damage by sails of flapping cordage.

Whist the history of this pair is now lost we believe they are probably of European and perhaps French or German origin. We surmise this as the original oil burners are still fitted; one is marked 'Reform-Rund Brenner' which was a German manufacturer base in Berlin whilst the other burner is stamped 'Unis, Paris, France'. Interestingly both the globes have been etched with code numbers 'R*49654' and 'R*49655' which may have identified them to the vessel they served on. The lamps are made from galvanised metal finished in gold paint and come complete with suspension loops. It is nice to find a set of original lamps that have the burners with them but it would be a simple job to wire them up for electricity and without the need to damage them by drilling, which sadly has happend on many of the lamps we see.

Interestingly one lamp is stamped into the metal 'T49654' whist the other is marked 'T49655' so no doubt they came out of the factory at the same time and have always remained together and as a result we prefer to sell as a near matched pair rather than selling individually. They are an impressive size standing c. 22" tall including the extended handle (56 cm) and the diameter measured around the cage is about 13" (33cm). Fine examples of the type on offer at a remarkably modest price!

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2286 HMS Devonshire and HMS Isis Original Watercolour Paintings - Click for the bigger picture New Stock HMS Devonshire and HMS Isis Original Watercolour Paintings - The pair, mounted and framed and both signed M.Wolverson. We have been unable to trace any information on the artist but if any visitors to the site can add anything please get in touch and we will add to this listing. Whilst neither painting is dated we believe them to be period works. HMS Devonshire was the lead ship of her class of six armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy and was launched in 1904. She served throughout WW1 but was paid off and sold for scrapping in 1923. Her four funnels and distinctive bow shape are shown off to good advantage in our painting.

HMS Isis was an Eclipse-class protected cruiser built for the Royal Navy and launched in 1896. She served until 1902, when she was put in the Reserve Fleet, but in August 1914 with the outbreak of war Isis was brought out of the reserve and deployed to the 11th Cruiser Squadron based at Queenstown, Ireland. She survived the War to be scrapped in 1920.

Both paintings show the ships at anchor with a lighter alongside each, with the shoreline depicted behind at unknown locations. The paintings are still bright but minor signs of age and as ever a few 'thunder flies have gained access to the card mounts. The pictures may benefit from being opened and cleaned but we will leave this decision to the new owners. The frames are identical in size at 12 1/2" x 9 1/2" (31.5 cm x 24 cm) whilst the paintings themselves measure 8 1/4" x 4 1/2" (20.5 cm x 11.5 cm). These represent quite scarce subjects depicting two Royal Naval ships at the turn of the 19th century.

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2652 'The Handy' Man O'War Garden Chair made by H.Castle & Sons - Click for the bigger picture New Stock 'The Handy' Man O'War Garden Chair made by H.Castle & Sons - Manufactured from teak, this is a campaign style folding garden chair with an oval brass plaque riveted to the back confirming : "THE HANDY (REG) A PORTABLE FOLDING CHAIR MADE FROM TEAK WOOD FROM OLD NAVY SHIPS BROKEN UP H.CASTLE & SONS MILLBANK SW". Shipbreakers Castle & Sons, who were the largest shipbreakers in England in the Victorian period, are still in business today. They started their shipbreaking business at the Baltic Wharf, Millbank on the Thames in 1838. The firm specialized in the breaking up of wooden warships there; Turner's famous painting entitled “The Fighting Téméraire" shows that ship being towed to Castle's yard on her final journey. It was found by Castle's that reclaimed seasoned timbers from decommissioned wooden warship and especially the oak and teak made an source of material for garden furniture. In 1887 the company furnished the grounds of Buckingham Palace for the garden party held in honour of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. In addition Castle's supplied the timber that was reused for other purposes including within the store 'Liberties of London' in 1922 when material recovered from the old training ships 'Impregnable' and ' Hindostan' which were been broken up by them on the Thames was 'repurposed'!

Our chair has clearly been painted at least twice during its life and traces of blue and white can be seen giving it the classic shabby chic look so popular today. The chair folds flat for storage purposes and whilst like all out stock is offered for sale as a collectable it remains in remarkably sound condition despite its age and we estimate it probably dates from c. 1910-1920. With some Castle furniture the plaque also confirmed the Naval ship from which the timbers were recovered but in this instance this is sadly not the case but Castle's records indicate a list of the famous ships from which the Men O’War teak built seats were made was extensive and included famous names such as the 'Colossus', 'Galatea', 'Albion', 'Alexandra ', 'Ajax ' 'Apollo' and 'Arethus'. We can only guess at the origins of our ships timber chair but I remains a fine early example of what we would term 'recycling' but today's trendies refer to as 'up cycling'! The chair is of modest proportions measuring 29" to top of back rest (74 cm) and a 16" (41 cm) seat height. Grab this small but beautifully formed piece of Royal Navy history whilst you can!

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54 French 'Les Cofres De Marins' - Click for the bigger picture New Stock French 'Les Cofres De Marins' - Literally translate a 'Mariners Chest' and this one is an absolute time capsule. Whilst purchased here in Somerset, South West England it clearly originates from over the channel. Carved into the domed lid is the name of the original owner 'Duval Jean '. In addition on the front of the chest a further carving names an 'L.Duval'; it is quite possible this was a family piece handed down perhaps from Father to son? The owners name is followed by the name 'Plevenon'. We speculated this was the name of his ship but thanks to assistance of a French visitor here this week we now understand this is the village of Plévenon, situated in the Côtes-d'Armor department of Brittany, North Western France thus confirming for sure the boxes' French origins. How it came to be rehomed in England we will never know but it is always fun to speculate and perhaps it was captured from the French in one of the many wars we have had with our neighbours over the years gone by!

The chest is of a very significant size, measuring 56" x 22" x 20" (142 cm x 56 cm x 51 cm) so rather larger than the normal seaman's boxes that occasionally turn up. This is again pure speculation on our part but we feel it could have belonged to an Officer of even the ship's Captain. It features the sloping sides typical of the design with original rope 'becket' handles fixed to either end. This is a heavy piece of furniture and it would certainly have needed them and more so when full of the owners worldly processions whilst at sea! We describe it as a time capsule as unlike many it has never been stripped and still carries the original rust red paint which with the timber below showing through gives the classic 'shabby chic' look so popular today. The original lock is fitted but the key is long gone. In addition heavy iron strap hinges are bolted within the domed lid. The timber shows wear and tear commensurate with use at sea but overall it is in remarkably sound condition ; at a guess we would date it to the 19th century. If any current residents of Plévenon should spot this listing who might have further information on the Duval family we would love to hear from them and we will then add any provenance associated with this piece to our description. Better still if any relations of the Duval's are still about it would be lovely to think this piece of history could be repatriated with the family!

This time capsule of French Marine history really deserves to be displayed in a specialist museum, but would be equally functional in an appropriate private collection. We have owned this personally for the last 17 years but space is now required for a new display so the time has come to find new custodians for it. As with all our kit if you have interest drop us an e mail to request more detailed pictures. This is certainly a one off and unlikely to be repeated. In view of its size and weight we would prefer for the buyer to arrange collection, but it is possible we can arrange delivery by separate negotiation.

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OC430 Royal Navy Napkin Rings - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Royal Navy Napkin Rings - A set of 7 matching napkin or serviette rings, manufactured by George Walker of Sheffield, a business established in Sheffield in 1845. He was joined by Henry Hall and in 1853 to form Walker & Hall. In 1963 they amalgamated into The British Silverware Ltd. together with Mappin & Webb and Elkington & Co. Our rings carry the company logo of W & H set into a pennant and in addition they are all marked KF18008 and are are dated either 1956 or 1957 together with a broad arrow military property mark. George Walker also manufactured napkin rings for the RAF but in this instance with the decorative naval design to the rims we feel almost certainly these were destined for their Lords at the Admiralty 60 odd years ago. Another desirable feature is four of the seven rings carry additional marks '26', '3', 'K5', K69' which we presume would have identified the original owner. The other three are 'Plain Janes' -or is that another expression in our PC world we are no longer supposed to use? I use it anyway, with apologies to any 'Jane's' reading this listing and I hope you know where we are coming from!

These are quality rings and the plating is all absolutely sound and whilst they would sit happily in a nautical or Royal Naval collection we see no reason why they should not continue to serve in their intended role for those special Mess Nights you may hold either ashore or afloat! Each measures 1.75" internal diameter (4.5 cm)

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OC115 Navigator's Parallel Rule by Bliss of New York - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Navigator's Parallel Rule by Bliss of New York - John Bliss (1795-1857) was born in Norwich Connecticut, trained as a silversmith and clock maker in Vermont, and began in business as a jeweller in New York around 1830. In 1834, now trading as Bliss & Creighton, he made and marketed a range of nautical instruments. The business subsequently became John Bliss & Son in 1855 and John Bliss & Co. in 1857. It remained in business until 1957 when it was acquired by West Marine.

Our parallel rules are clearly marked ' Bliss New York' and 'Nautical Instruments' so no doubts on their origin. It appears from our limited research Bliss used to make a range of instruments supplied to a variety of customers including the US Navy. Our parallel rule is a substantial size measuring 24.25" x 3.25" in the closed position (61.2 cm x 8.1 cm) and manufactured from brass with a silvered finish and with solid brass fittings. They are very solidly built weighing in at 0.8 Kilos or 1.6 Lbs. We are advised these probably date from the late 19th or early 20th century. They are in good used condition with just some minor wear to the silvering, as to be expected from an instrument that has been worked hard at sea over many years; the reverse side is again in good shape with just age related staining. Sadly we have no provenance with the instrument other than it was obtained from a source in Falmouth, Cornwall, South West England, the first major port of call after crossing the Atlantic. Instruments by this maker turn up very infrequently (this side of the pond at least). The last set we saw sold here was on E bay this spring and made £175.00. Ours represent rather better value!

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OC443 Original Canoe Paddle - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Original Canoe Paddle - A small but beautifully formed canoe paddle made from varnished pine and finished with a light wax polish. Seeing its diminutive size of just 36" (92 cm) this would make ideal wall decoration in a nautically themed room, beach hut or similar. It has a repaired crack in the paddle blade so for sale for ornamental purposes only but is the perfect designer piece, at a modest price £5.00
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870 Genuine Coir Rope Boat Fender - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Genuine Coir Rope Boat Fender - On offer is a traditional style coir rope boat fender with a loop for attaching to the ships gunnel rail. These fenders are hand made using natural coir fibre rope and are often seen as the preferred option for narrow boats and boats using inland waterways. Rope fenders are handmade, being coiled and knotted to produce a thick, protective bumper, which is attached to the outside of a boat to prevent damage from impact and protect both the boats and the moorings from unnecessary knocks. Fender ropes must be strong, thick and tough and of course resistant to both fresh and saltwater damage, as boat fenders may be exposed for many years. Coir meets this requirement admirably and is often the fender of choice for classic boat owners.

Genuine coir fenders also make a super decorators item and ideal for dressing your beach hut or nautically themed room. We have just four here remaining from a project ; these are priced individually at £28 each or if anyone would like to purchase the set we would offer at £80.00 plus delivery. We have no more remaining here and our source has shut up shop so when they are gone they are gone. Each fender measuredn 16" (41 cm) from bottom to top of attachment loop and is c.3.5" (9 cm) diameter.

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OC339 Brass Head Boat hook - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Brass Head Boat hook - An attractive original example, we estimate dating to the mid 20th centuary, with a cast double hook tip. The metal has a most attractive patina and we can't decide if this is brass or bronze. This is held in place on the hardwood pole by a heavy bolt. Whilst for sale as a collectable, like all out stock, it is a very solid heavily made item and we see no reason why it should not be used for its original purpose, if you are fortunate enough to own an appropriate classic boat. The pole and hook measure 62" (158cm) and the width of the hook is 4.25" (11cm). £32.00
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5352 Royal Navy Rum Pump - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Royal Navy Rum Pump - Made from copper and brass with a hardwood handle. These were in use with the British Royal Navy from the 19th century onwards to draw the daily rum ration from the keg for distribution to all hands. This tradition was finally abandoned with the last tot being issued to the fleet being issued on 31st July, 1970 - a tradition started in 1667. These pumps were specified against Royal Navy stores reference number 53598 although normally they carried neither identification marks or dates to give us any clues to age or origins. This example is however the exception and above the spout is clearly stamped into the bowl '53598'. We have sold numerous examples over the last 15 years but this is the only one we have ever had that exhibits the stores reference number. In discussing this with a top Royal Navy rum related collector he has confirmed he has only ever seen one similar and the 5 digit number is known as a ' vocab number' and appeared from early fifties until the navy changed over to NATO coding in the early 1960's.

This pump is in generally good issued condition but it has the odd knock and dent in the bowl, commensurate with service use with the Royal Navy. The syphon mechanism is still in place and appears complete but like all our stock is for sale as a collectable/display item only as we cannot guarantee it's original function! The underside of the handle shows wear on the hardwood consistent with significant use where the handle has rubbed against the bowl of the pump.

A museum quality item and a piece of Royal Naval history and with no more ever to be manufactured an increasingly scarce item. So grab this one while you have the opportunity! The last one of these we saw sold on UK E Bay went for £275.00 but we can offers our scarcer variant at a rather keener price. Feel free to request, with no commitment, more detailed photographs that are available here on request. Measures 41" (104 cm).

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OC444 Model 396 LB British Extension Telephone - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Model 396 LB British Extension Telephone - Not really our area of expertise but this telephone was previously displayed at an aviation museum that closed some time ago. A little research on line indicated this is a model supplied by Ericsson against number N8440-N8446. It was specifically designed for use as 'a local battery table telephone for use in C.B.S. Nos 1,2,3 magneto areas, private circuits without transmission feeds and in mobile vans'. The handset is marked 164 46/1 which we assume dates the instrument to 1946. Originally the handset was designated as a 'Hand Microtelephone', and it started the Bakelite revolution for the Post Office. Originally associated with the Telephone No 162 it saw service from the late 1920s through to the end of the 1950s and beyond. These telephones provided economically the facility for various extension schemes without the use of separate switches or switchboards.

Sadly we have no provenance with it although coming from an aviation museum it may have RAF associations but without proof we are listing in our general section on the website. All we do know, as endorsed by the card in the centre of the instrument, is it appears to have come from the Newton Abbot exchange area of Devon, south west England. It has a more modern BT cord connected at the rear but as it is untested we are offering as a display item only, but would look perfect in a period setting or an ideal stage or film prop, at a very modest price.

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OC442 Dunkirk Veterans Association Plaque - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Dunkirk Veterans Association Plaque - The 1940 Dunkirk Veterans' Association was an association of British service veterans "who served at Dunkirk and other ports of evacuation between 10 May and June 1940" – that is in the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940, including those who were taken prisoner. Associate membership was available to those "otherwise not qualified, but who had assisted at the ports of evacuation". It was formed in Leeds in 1953, and reached a peak membership of over 20,000 but was disbanded on 30 June 2000, after the association's 60th anniversary commemoration. Two of the 'Vets' attended the very last reunion William Stone, 99, and Joe Barnes, 74, who were joined by around 50 other members at the Imperial War Museum in south London. The last ever parade of Dunkirk veterans was held in in France the following month. My late Godfather, Douglas Hannah, was part of the BEF and one of the many who qualified for membership and was forever grateful for the arrival of those 'Little Ships', an episode in WW11 history so inadequately told in the recent film of the same name.

Our plaque was previously displayed at a Devon Air Museum, that is now defunct and is named on the scroll below the coat of arms to the 'Torbay and District Branch'. The coat of arms is mounted on a hardwood shield with provision for wall hanging to the reverse. It is generally in good condition with odd marks commensurate with age and use. It measures 7" x 6" (18 cm x15 cm). Seeing the Association has been disbanded these last 18 years grab the opportunity to add this example to your collection, at a modest price, whilst the opportunity exists. When it is gone it is gone.

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1422 Vintage Lator 17 Jewel Chronograph Watch - Click for the bigger picture New Stock Vintage Lator 17 Jewel Chronograph Watch - Whilst I don't profess to be an expert in vintage watches I have always had an interest in them and more so for those of military style or origin. I am currently thinning out my own collection and have decided to let this classic Lator go to a new home. I purchased it at auction back in 2003 and other than having the chronograph function repaired it has not been touched since and has never been worn whilst in my ownership.

The overall condition reflects the lack of use and believe our picture tells the full story. The steel body, bezel and crystal are all in remarkably good shape, as is the stunning black dial. All the chrono functions work correctly with the top button starting the sweep second hand with the right hand subsidiary dual recording the elapsed time from 0 to 45 minutes. The bottom button stops the sweep second hand and elapsed time, whilst a further press zeros the second hand and the cumulative minute counter back to zero. The left hand subsidiary dial records seconds and continues to run independently of the chrono function. The central control is for standard manual winding.

I have personally never removed the screw watch back but when purchased I had a colleague who specialised in clocks and watches check it out. He advised the movement fitted is a very high quality Landeron 248 example. A little research via on line chat rooms indicated the following and I quote, with thanks to blogger Michael Stockton :- ' I’ve featured a couple Landeron pieces before and it’s clear that this is the redheaded stepchild of vintage chronograph movements. Well, it shouldn’t be, unless durable, easily repaired and accurate movements are ripe for disdain. You will get a legitimate vintage chronograph that boasts a movement so fool proof that it made chronographs available to the masses. Think of a Landeron 248 much like you would a Ford Model T and you’re on the right track'. Certainly a great endorsement from one who knows!

The one oddity on this watch is the back plate is Broad Arrow marked and below 6B/551 and 2296/67. This would appear to indicate the watch had RAF associations but my limited research has failed to confirm this. I have again found online a chat room advising of a Lator chronograph carrying similar makings to ours with debate, concerning its origins, but again no final decision was reached. So in view of this (and unlike some E bay sellers we could name!) we are offering as 'a military style chronograph' probably dating from the 1960's that sits well both on the wrist or in a specialist collection. Whilst it appears to be in good working order it has not been serviced in at least 15 years but we will leave that decision to the new owner. It is fitted with an appropriate mint and unused grey nylon NATO strap by CWC and as with all our stock please ask if you require further detailed photographs.

Pricing on this model remains a mystery. Currently one is for sale on the net at £1,495.00 and another at £635.00 The last one we saw actually sold made £310.00 on E bay in March 2018 and believe this is closer to the mark so we are pricing ours in the same ballpark and is for sale as seen.

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2569 'Dubois' 1945 Carved Trench Art Wooden Plaque - Click for the bigger picture New Stock 'Dubois' 1945 Carved Trench Art Wooden Plaque - This one is a bit of a mystery! It appears to be hand carved and features in the centre, in relief, what appears to be a native American Indian ; above is the name 'Dubois' and below the date 1945. The seller had no information in regard to its origins but we assumed it perhaps referred to a North American vessel of the same name. Research on line has so far yielded no further information but what we have found are several references to the US town of Dubois, in whose streets Butch Cassidy was known to have walked and it in turn is located adjacent to the Wind River Indian Reservation. Distinctive petroglyphs, or rock art, pecked and carved on rocks in the Dinwoody and Torrey basins near Dubois are thought to have been the work of ancestors of the modern-day Shoshone Indian tribes.

So that is as far as we have got but if any visitors to the site can add any background to this object we would be happy to update our listing. The plaque measures 5 3/4" diameter (14.5 cm) and carries a loop on the reverse for wall hanging. We assume it was crafted in 1945 and we speculate this fine piece of trench art was carved by a US serviceman whilst serving in the European theatre in late WW 11 and has clearly been very skilfully worked. How this fine object of probably North American origins turned up in South West England remains another mystery but it could well have been produced in theatre and given as a present to a girl over here before the serviceman was shipped back Stateside. This is pure speculation but we feel that after 73 years it is perhaps time it was repatriated!

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