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1122 Royal Navy Ditty Box and WW11 Medal Group - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Royal Navy Ditty Box and WW11 Medal Group - We always try and buy good Royal Navy Ditty boxes when they turn up but in the main their provenance has been lost down the years. If we are lucky it may have a brass name plate fitted and occasionally they come with some of their original contents ; this example is one of those.

This Ditty Box is to standard form and size and made from pine which has been lightly waxed. Inside the pen tray remains in place but the letter bars in the lid were missing so we have replaced these and it would be hard to tell these were not the issue items. To the front panel evidence exists to show where an original name plaque was mounted, just below the key hole. It would seem this was replaced by a custom made silvered example mounted in a recessed slot in the front top of the lid ; this is named to A.L.Clarke. The key was missing when purchased, as are the lock clasp locating lugs on the inside lid. We suspect this was removed when the key was lost and the lugs cut to gain access, as often seems to have happened with these items. The brass lock is still fitted although in a locked position. We have added a period key which fits the lock but does not operate it but is fine for display purposes.

Inside the box is lightly stained and shows signs of use with minor repairs to the rear of the lid. What lifts this example well above the norm is that the box contains the original owners World War 11 medal grouping. These are mounted as worn with pin attachment to the medal bar and are made up of the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star which was awarded to all Royal Navy and Merchant Navy Personnel for 6 months service afloat between 1939-45 in Atlantic, Russian or home waters. The Rosette indicates the recipient was subsequently awarded the France and Germany Star for service in these areas between 6 June 1944 and 8 May 1945. This is also accompanied by the 1939-45 War Medal. These are all as usual unnamed and as issued.

What brings the grouping to life is A.L.Clarke clearly also served in the Special Constabulary and was awarded the Special Constabulary Long Service Medal. This was awarded to all ranks who served at least 50 duties in wartime or 9 years service in peacetime. This medal is engraved to Arthur L. Clarke so ties in nicely with the ditty box plaque and confirms the two items belong together and we believe this is how they should remain. We don't have any other history on Clarke other than the grouping was purchased near Bristol in South West England and we speculate the family may have had West Country origins. It may well be possible with the little information that is known the trace the service history of Mr Clarke but we will leave this pleasure to a future owner although if any armchair detectives can add anything here we would be delighted to add additional details to our listing. We understand Ditty Boxes were technically withdrawn as an issue item in 1938 and replaced by a small brown suitcase so it could be Clarke joined up before WW 11 seeing had a prewar Ditty Box despite being technically withdrawn he continued to use it during his wartime service. Box measures 12" x 8"x 6" (30.5cm x 20.5cm x 15cm) Like all items listed on our site a full range of detailed photographs are available on request.

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1036 United States Navy Silveware Mess Tray and Fruit Bowl - Click for the bigger picture In Stock United States Navy Silveware Mess Tray and Fruit Bowl - On offer is a silver soldered U.S.Navy embossed flat tray with an accompanying rope edged fruit bowl. The contents of this as shown in our photograph are for display purposes only and are not included in the sale!

When purchased we were told by the previous owner the provenance of the pieces is that they were given by an Officer serving with the US Merchant Marine to a crew member of MTB 85. Sadly the person who presented them was subsequently killed in action, after hitting a mine off Anzio beach in early 1944. Whilst we have no way of checking the authenticity of the story we have researched MTB 85 which was built by Vospers of Portchester and entered service in August 1942. Having served through WW11 she was scuttled in the Mediterranean in March 1946 so the dates all hang together. If true it means these items served with both the U.S. and Royal Navies in WW11!

The flat Mess Tray is finely engraved to the centre with a fouled anchor and U.S.N. below. The edge of the tray carries a rope design. The reverse in stamped with the makers name ‘R.Wallace’, numbered ‘0679', ‘Silver Soldered’ and ‘12 IN’ and ‘B’. It is made of very solid metal and the plating is really very good but with the odd scratch and ding, which on the basis of its probable service use described above is understandable! The fruit bowl is of a matching design and quality with the same rope edge finish to the top lip and base but it does not carry the U.S.N. property mark. The underside of the base is engraved with a ‘V’, which we have been told is a manufacturing date code for 1942,the makers ‘Reed & Barton’, ‘Silver Soldered’ and is numbered ‘3000' with an ‘8’ below. Condition is generally very good. As is shown in our photograph as well as being interesting collectables they are also entirely functional and are ready to serve again- be it ashore or at sea! The flat Mess Plate measures 11.75” x 8.25” (30 cm x 21 cm) and the Fruit Bowl is 8.25” diameter (21 cm) and it stands 2.5” (7 cm) high. These would make an unusual yet functional present for a USN or RN collector in your life!

Although it would be nice to keep the pair together we are happy to split and if sold individually either item is available at £45.00 plus delivery.

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OC326 Decorative Brass Ships Inclinometer - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Decorative Brass Ships Inclinometer - These instrument would originally have been mounted in the wheelhouse or bridge of the ship and would indicate to the Master or helmsman the degree of list to port or starboard and so provide a simple but effective method of keeping the ship level when loading cargo or ships stores. The same type of instrument is also used on sailing vessels to enable the skipper to control the list of the yacht to get maximum power, with minimum discomfort, from the sails. Whilst this one clearly has some age, confirmed by the wear to the hardwood display mount, it is a quality reproduction of an original instrument but still makes a very decorative item in a marine themed room or collection. Display mount measures 11.5” top to bottom (29cm) and is 12” wide (30cm.) £25.00
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5414 Kriegsmarine Protractor - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Kriegsmarine Protractor - A very large instrument manufactured by Dennert & Pape of Hamburg-Altona and also stamped with a waffenampt and the code M 1V/1. Constructed from hardwood (possibly beach) with a scale from zero to 180 degrees on the curved section and 0-50 cm along the base. In generally very good issued condition with minor expansion in the timber at the joints. We would assume the instrument would have been used either at H.Q. for training purposes in the classroom or possibly for a crew briefing prior to an operation. The only other example we have seen can be found on the excellent Atlantik- Pirat website that can be found at www. atlantik-pirat. com and would represent an unusual addition to the specialist Kriegsmarine, Nautical or instrument collection. Please also check out the complementary Compass which we purchased for the same source and which we have also listed today 19.75” x20.5” x10.75” (50 cm x 27cm) £195.00
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5413 Kriegsmarine Blackboard Compass - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Kriegsmarine Blackboard Compass - A very large instrument manufactured by Dennert & Pape of Hamburg-Altona. The compass also carries a waffenampt property mark, an M and code 1V/1. Constructed from hardwood (possibly beach) with metal fittings and adjustment clamp with a scale from zero to 90 degrees. The bottom left leg of the compass carries a spike and the right arm a locking mechanism for a chalk to be attached. We would assume the instrument would have been used blackboard use either at H.Q. for training purposes in the classroom or possibly for a crew briefing prior to an operation. This is the first example we have seen and would represent an unusual addition to the specialist Kriegsmarine, Nautical or instrument collection. Please also check out the complementary Protractor which we purchased from the same source and which was are listing today. Measures 20.5 “ (52 cm) £250.00
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2794 Alldays & Onion Bellows Fog Horn - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Alldays & Onion Bellows Fog Horn - A superb example used as a mobile fog horn on vessels at sea from the late 1800's. The firm of Alldays & Onion of Birmingham was formed in 1889 and subsequently went on to work in the motor industry. A scarce and decorative marine antique, they were amazingly used by the Royal Navy up until WWII. Whilst Bargain Hunt was filming on our stand at a fair, host David Dickinson told us he had never encountered one before and proceeded to film a similar example for the show. The instrument is made from elm and leather whilst the trumpet is brass. Interestingly, the elm carries Welsh script which we will endeavour to have translated and will add to our description. While for sale as a decorative item, it still has a good voice despite dating from the 19th century! £325.00
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2198 Original Boot Hook with Brass Tip - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Original Boot Hook with Brass Tip - This particularly attractive example features a double hook end and the casting details the name 'Lugline' which we assume was either the maker or the brand name. The pole, which is made from oak, is c. 78” end to end (198 cm) A fine display item or an ideal accessory for the classic boat in your life! £48.00
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3624 Kreigsmarine Engineer's Bevel - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Kreigsmarine Engineer's Bevel - This instrument which is the first example we have ever seen, is extremely heavily built and while for sale as a collector's item, would undoubtedly provide many years of use as originally intended. Timber was used to affect temporary battle damage repairs to both allied and axis vessels in WWII and we would surmise this fine bevel would have been an essential part of the ship's carpenter's tool box. It is stamped Angulus which in Latin means a corner and is also the manufacturer's name, having been established at Remscheild in 1898. The bevel also carries a Waffen Ampt stamp. This is a large and heavy item, so please check postage before ordering. Folded length 23.5" (60 cm). £80.00
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101 Admiralty Standard Thread Bundle dated 1897 - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Admiralty Standard Thread Bundle dated 1897 - This unique item is a sealed sample to confirm the thread specification to be used on Royal Naval contracts. The label, showing some age wear, is still readable and carries a wax admiralty seal with fouled anchor to both sides, as well as an instruction quotation "this label is not be removed nor the pattern damaged" and below CP 7365 and clearly dated 1897. A manufacturer's ticket is slipped through the thread W J Knox Kilbirnie N.B. The firm of W J Knox established their business in 1778 and are still operating from their factory in Ayrshire, making camouflage nets and marine signal equipment and are still supplying the Royal Navy 118 years after this sample was sealed. This has been in our personal collection for some years but is now offered for sale for the first time. 7" (17 cm) £45.00
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4208 Schmermuly Interntional Line Throwing Appratus - Click for the bigger picture Sold Schmermuly Interntional Line Throwing Appratus - William Schermuly was a mariner and inventor born in 1857 of Dutch origin, his parents having emigrated from Holland to England in the mid 1600's. Schermuly was one of the fathers of modern rocketry and whilst William started the family business, it was his 3rd son Alfred James Schermuly who invented and put into production the firms patented Line Launch gun. This pattern was first produced in the 1920's manufactured in a factory in Dorking Surrey, it was the first of its kind to use a rocket instead of gun powder to launch a rope to or from a boat in distress at sea. The firms business really took off after the passing of the Merchant Shipping Act of 1929 when every British registered ship of over 500 tons had to carry a line launcher. The Schermully invention proved highly successful in this task and over the years the system saved many lives at sea. This fine example is in superb issued issued condition. The firing mechanism is bronze with a varnished walnut grip. The device is clearly marked “Schermuly's Pat No 50332”. We have checked this patent and it was taken out by Schermuly and granted on September 3rd, 1937 covering Class 119, a pistol or other gun for discharging line throwing rockets or projectiles. The opposite side is stamped with serial number 1883 whilst the breach is marked with a crown over V, crossed swords and other stamps. Different laws apply to owning these instruments in different countries but we can confirm this example has been recently deactivated and it comes with it’s certificate and it is fully legal to own for display purposes by any UK collector. The breach still opens and the firing mechanism is fully operative but it will never launch another rocket in its retirement! Measures 23” (58 cm) A Recent Sale
1920 Passenger Vessel Mechanical Counter - Click for the bigger picture Sold Passenger Vessel Mechanical Counter - When purchased we were told this box was used to count passengers on and off vessels to make sure the ship sailed with a full complement and with nobody left behind. Whilst purchased in Manchester we were told it originated from the seaport of Liverpool.

The box is made from mahogany and of jointed construction and has a circular aperture cut in the front with a brass dial located behind a glass panel. The top of the instrument features a press down brass knob reminiscent of counter bells used to attract sales staff in shops in the 1950's. When depressed firmly the counter moves forward by one and a bell rings on each occasion. The maximum passenger count is a theoretical 9999. The brass counting mechanism is stamped 'Williamson' and 'Ashton-U-Lyne'. We researched this company and see they also made ticket printers for 'tramways, omnibuses, railways and steamboats'. The box originally had a lock fitted, accessed via the lid, but the lock is now missing. The internal mechanism can be removed and on the reverse are two knobs for zeroing the counter dials for future use.

Whilst for sale as a marine collectable it is in full working order and we see no reason why it could not be used as originally intended although today modern electronic versions do the same job but without the style of ours. We would guesstimate this dates from the early 20th century. The case measures 6 3/4"x 3 3/4" (17cm x 9.50cm)

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5244 Kaiserliche Und Königliche Kriegsmarine Aneroid Barometer - Click for the bigger picture Sold Kaiserliche Und Königliche Kriegsmarine Aneroid Barometer - The Austro-Hungarian Navy was the naval force of Austria-Hungary and its official name in German was" Kaiserliche Und Königliche Kriegsmarine" translated to "Imperial and Royal War Navy" but normally abbreviated to “K.u. K. Kriegsmarine". The K.u. K. was created after the formation of the Dual Monarchy in 1867 and by 1915 a total of 33,735 naval personnel were serving in the Kriegsmarine. Ships of the K.u. K. Kriegsmarine were designated SMS, for Seiner Majestät Schiff or His Majesty's Ship. After the First World War, both Austria and Hungary were deprived of their coasts, and their Navies were abolished by the victorious Allied powers. Their former ports on the Adriatic Sea, such as Trieste, Pola, Fiume, and Ragusa, became parts of Italy and Yugoslavia.

Our aneroid barometer is a rare survivor from this little know Navy and whilst not dated we would estimate it was manufactured in the late 19th or early 20th century. The silvered dial is engraved 'Holosteric Barometer''. ‘Holosteric' is defined as:- 'wholly constructed of solids, without any liquid'. The dial is numbered 446 and below further engraved 'K.u. K Kriegsmarine'. The bottom of the dial features a Celsius Thermometer with a scale from 10C-50C. The reverse of the brass case is further engraved K.u. K. K.M. and below PHNB enclosed within a circle, a device repeated on the dial. This is the manufacturers mark, made up of the initials of the founders Pertuis, Hulot, Naudet and are regarded as one of the world's premier barometer makers, established in Paris in 1860and still in business today.

The instrument is in very good original condition and the only issue is at some stage it looks as though the silvered dial has been rather too enthusiastically cleaned resulting in some surface scratching to the silvering, but when wall hung this is hardly noticeable. The case profile is exaggeratedly dished and the barometer carries a brass hanging loop to the top, which locates on a brass hook mounted on a custom made mahogany mount which sets the instrument off perfectly when displayed. The barometric pressure and tell-tale hands function as intended as does the thermometer. A rare and desirable K.u. k. Kriegsmarine barometer by one of the very best makers which would make a fine yet functional addition to a specialist K.u. K Kriegsmarine or barometer collection.

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PC211 Marine Range Finder by Kelvin Hughes - Click for the bigger picture Sold Marine Range Finder by Kelvin Hughes - In steam driven days (using the original meaning of the expression) and long before radar, a manual method of calculating distance at sea was essential for safe passage. This intriguing little hand held optical instrument fitted the bill perfectly. It was operated on the same principle as early cameras where a split image rangefinder was built in and when a distant object lined up against both prisms the distance could be calculated from an attached scale and an accurate focus could be obtained.

In operation this instrument would be set by aligning the height of the ships mast against the left edge of the transverse height scale from 0 to 200 feet. This need not necessarily be mast head to waterline measurement as the note pad on the reverse side has provision for noting also the distance from the mast head to the “lower top” and “Upper speed to stern lt.” The distant vessel is then viewed through the telescope, where a split field view is seen. The image of the head of the mast in one half is brought alongside the image of the waterline in the other half by rotating the knurled knob on the right of the instrument and when aligned the distance in cables (a cable is one tenth of a nautical mile) can be read against the index on the distance scale.

The instrument is in excellent condition and whilst we can no longer guarantee its accuracy it all seems to function as intended. It carries a makers label to 'Kelvin Hughes A Division of Smiths Industries Ltd'. Kelvin & Hughes Ltd was formed in 1947 by the merger of the scientific instrument manufacturing firms of Henry Hughes & Son Ltd, London, England, and Kelvin Bottomley & Baird Ltd, Glasgow, Scotland. Kelvin & Hughes Ltd were essentially a part of Smith's Industries Ltd founded in 1944 as the successors of S. Smith & Son Ltd. Kelvin & Hughes Ltd was liquidated in 1966 but the name was continued as 'Kelvin Hughes, a division of Smiths Group plc'. We therefore deduce this instrument was manufactured around 1966 or later but the basic pattern was used much earlier by the Royal Navy. Whilst an obsolete instrument today it makes a fine talking point and would sit happily in a marine or scientific instrument collection and represents excellent value at a modest price. Instrument measures 5 1/4" x 3 1/4" (13cm x 8cm).

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5681 Royal Navy Rum Pump - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy Rum Pump - Made from copper and brass with a hardwood handle. These were in Royal Navy use from the 19th century and were used to draw the daily rum ration from the keg for distribution to all hands. This tradition was finally abandoned with the last tot 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 in decent used condition but it has the odd knock and dent in the bowl, commensurate with service use. The syphon mechanism is still in place. We recently had this actual pump checked out by a BBC Antiques Roadshow ‘expert’. He placed a retail value on it of £450! Whilst an example recently sold at a major London auction house at £360 plus extras and we live in the real world and ours is priced rather more competitively! A museum quality item, so grab this one while you have the opportunity. Measures 41" (104 cm) A Recent Sale
5428 Royal Navy/Fleet Air Arm Torpedo Rudder Adjusting Gauge - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy/Fleet Air Arm Torpedo Rudder Adjusting Gauge - This comes in its original battleship grey transit box stamped Gauge St No T 528. The instrument was used in WWII for adjusting the horizontal rudders on Royal Navy 18" and 21" Duplex Impact-only exploder torpedoes. We understand the 18 inch torpedoes were launched from aircraft and the 21 inch were fired from ships and submarines. Clearly dated 1944 and in excellent issued condition. Box measures 10" (25.5cm) A Recent Sale
1040 Pacific Steam Navigation Company Pastry or Fruit Fork - Click for the bigger picture Sold Pacific Steam Navigation Company Pastry or Fruit Fork - Founded by William Wheelwright in London in 1838 P.S.N.Co began operations in 1840 with two steam ships. In 1852 they were contracted by the British Government to carry mail to South America. In 1905 Pacific Steam sold its London – Sydney route to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, who bought the entire company in 1910. They operated throughout both world wars and beyond but in 1965 P.S.N.C and Royal Mail were bought by Furness Withy.

Our fork carries a kings Crown and the company initials P.S.N.Co. with a stylised leaf below. On the reverse is further ornate decoration showing a native headdress and Pacific Island motif. We also noted very small letting M & W indicating this item was made by the quality Sheffield based firm of Mappin & Webb. In very good original condition with just minor service wear commensurate with age and use. Measures 6.25”(16cm)


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5218 Kriegsmarine Electrical Resistance Meter - Click for the bigger picture Sold Kriegsmarine Electrical Resistance Meter - Manufactured by Siemens, this is the first example of this type we have had here. The instrument looks to be in perfect condition although we are selling as a collectable and can’t guarantee it is still in working order. The case is made of Bakelite and carries a good clear Kiegsmarine Waffenamt property mark with ‘M’ and the code 1V/1. The instrument scale is enclosed behind a glass viewing panel reading from 5000 to zero. The needle is in the 5000 position so we assume in use the instrument measures resistance down from 5000 rather than up from zero. The dial also features the Omega sign, the Greek symbol for resistance. The lower front panel can be released via a screw at the back of the case revealing what we believe to be a dry cell battery compartment. The inside of the access door is embossed 7411-3 and Ms Idr. 216 Tz.3 The top of the meter carries two connector terminals. Like all German instruments of the period this example features super build quality, a tradition that has continued to this day! Measures 7"x 3”x 1.5” (18cm x 7.5cm x 3.5cm) A Recent Sale
4594 Signal Corps Semaphore Flag Kit - Click for the bigger picture Sold Signal Corps Semaphore Flag Kit - An excellent pair of flags, complete with their original aluminium issue canister which is broad arrow marked with the code SF49458809. The flags are cotton with wooden handles and are in good display condition. Similar examples are displayed on our web site by the oldnautibits sales assistant! A Recent Sale
24 Diver's Helmet & Boots Storage Stand - Click for the bigger picture Sold Diver's Helmet & Boots Storage Stand - Made of mahogany with a curved top which is contoured to take the breast plate of a hard hat diver's helmet. Below is storage space for the diver's weighted boots. The mahogany is in excellent condition with a varnish finish. The stand does not have any identification marks but we estimate it probably dates from the 1970's or 1980's. Perfect for displaying a diver's helmet and associated equipment. Measures 19" x 15.6" x 25.6" (48cm x 39cm x65cm) A Recent Sale
553 Original Boat Hook with Brass Tip - Click for the bigger picture Sold Original Boat Hook with Brass Tip - The shaft is made from a hard wood and all is in excellent condition. Would suit a classic boat or would make an equally good display item in a nautical collection. Measures 75" (171cm) A Recent Sale
3314 Steam Ship's Engine Room Salinity Jug - Click for the bigger picture Sold Steam Ship's Engine Room Salinity Jug - In tapered form and made from brass and fitted with a hardwood handle to provide insulation when in use. These were used to draw off water from steam ship boilers, so that the salinity of the water could be tested by use of a hydrometer. Unusual and decorative marine item from a bygone age with a definite art nouveau feel. Some service wear, but good original condition and now getting hard to find. Probably dating from the early 20th century Height 29 cm (11.5”). A Recent Sale
OC283 Royal Navy Bosun's Whistle - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy Bosun's Whistle - A genuine example in good issued condition with minor marks commensurate with. service use. Nicely marked with the military broad arrow property mark on both sides of the bowl so almost certainly Royal Navy issue. It carries no makers details but we would estimate this instrument dates from WW11 or early post war. Lacking suspension ring and rope. Measures 4.5” (12 cm) A Recent Sale
1252 Pair of Ship's Engine Room Brass Jugs - Click for the bigger picture Sold Pair of Ship's Engine Room Brass Jugs - fitted with hardwood handles. These were used to draw off water from steam ship boilers, so that the salinity could be tested. One handle is marked with red paint and the other green, we speculate one was used for the port boiler and the other starboard! Unusual and decorative marine items from a bygone age. Some service wear, but good original condition. Height 30cm (12”). A Recent Sale
5499 Sestrel Hand Bearing Compass by Henry Browne & Sons Ltd - Click for the bigger picture Sold Sestrel Hand Bearing Compass by Henry Browne & Sons Ltd - A fine example that comes complete with its original fitted deck box for safe storage aboard whilst not in use. Henry Browne and Son Ltd was founded in the nineteenth century and were based at Station Works, Wakering Road, Barking, Essex. They were respected British instrument makers who made fine quality compasses, ships clocks, barometers, inclinometers, sextants and chandlery items for over 140 years; ‘Sestrel’ was the company Trade Mark. Henry Browne Ltd was sold to John Lilley & Gillie Ltd and SIRS Navigation, both UK companies, in 1993. This firmly established these companies as the leading UK manufacturer of nautical instruments. Our compass is built to the highest specification and being finished in battleship grey we speculate it may have once served with the Royal Navy. We believe the bowl and handle to be made of bronze although we stand to be corrected on this. It is engraved ‘Henry Browne & Son Ltd. Barking & London No. 4340, Trade Mark Sestrel and made in England’ along the top edge. It is fitted with a wet card compass with cardinal points and sighting prism. This is fitted with a celluloid panel for writing down compass bearings taken. The handle is also made from highest quality brass with a wooden grip over. The screw base when opened reveals a void for dry cell batteries to provide back light to the compass card when used at night. The compass bowl is marked ‘Fill Only with water alcohol mixture.930 SP.GR.’ This pattern of compass often has the bowl stripped and polished but like all scientific instruments we prefer to leave in service condition which also is preferable from a value point of view. The compass card swings freely and the sighting prism is in perfect condition. Whilst this item is for sale as a collectable subject to testing and a minor top up of the compass oil we see no reason why it should not go back to sea and would look perfect mounted in the cabin of a classic yacht. The fitted teak case shows some age wear to the varnish but is otherwise in perfect condition. It is fitted with a fold down polished brass handle to the top. The front Perspex also carries a celluloid plaque attached to door panel reading "Sestrel" Henry Browne & Son Ltd. The instrument height is 10” (25 cm) It is interesting to note SIRS Navigation still offer virtually the same model in their current range marketed under the name Radiant and is made to a NATO specification for both the military and private sectors and we were advised these retail for £895.00. Our earlier model is significantly cheaper! A Recent Sale
4469 Royal Navy Rum Pump - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy Rum Pump - Made from copper and brass with a hardwood handle. These were in Royal Navy use from the 19th century and were used to draw the daily rum ration from the keg for distribution to all hands. This tradition was finally abandoned with the last tot to the fleet being issued on 31st July, 1970 - a tradition started in 1667. These pumps were never dated but this example is in very clean condition and is complete with the syphon mechanism with even the leather washer in place. The last example we sold was used on HMS Victorious as recently as WWII. Sadly we have no history with this one but no doubt it would have a story to tell. A museum quality item, so grab this one while you have the opportunity. Measures 41" (104 cm) A Recent Sale
4595 Naval Semaphore Flags - Click for the bigger picture Sold Naval Semaphore Flags - The semaphore flag signalling system was designed by the Chappe brothers in France in the late 18th century. It was soon adopted by other European countries and despite modern technology the system is still used today. Here we have a mint and original set of flags which measure 12” x 14” (30cm x 36cm) with each flag is made from cotton and is divided diagonally into a red and a yellow section with the red in the uppermost triangle. The handles are varnished hardwood and whilst we don’t know their provenance appear to be in unissued condition. A Recent Sale
4697 10th Submarine Flotilla Model Anvil with interesting provenance - Click for the bigger picture Sold 10th Submarine Flotilla Model Anvil with interesting provenance - A fine presentation example fully engraved to front ‘Xmas 1941 Major Fitzroy Fyers C.V.O. from the E.R.A’s of the 10th Submarine Flotilla.’ The CVO represents the Royal Victorian Order instigated by Queen Victoria and was awarded for ‘extraordinary, important or personal services to the sovereign of the Royal Family’ and Fyer was awarded Commander rank. The 10th submarine Flotilla was known as “The Fighting Tenth" after its tenacious fighting spirit and the heavy losses it suffered. The Flotilla operated from Malta from 1941-43, and despite ceaseless and furiously mounted air bombardment, constantly attacked the Axis convoys all the way from the Italian mainland to North Africa. Clearly this model anvil was presented by the Engine Room Artificers who were essentially Royal Navy fitters, turners or boilermakers, workings on the boats engines and boilers, and trained in the maintenance and operation and uses of all parts of marine engines. Major Fitzroy Fyers pre war was equerry to the Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria, and Governor General of Canada. He attended the 1936 Nazi Party Nuremburg Rally and then a Captain Fyers was one of only two foreign speakers and he delivered his speech in German. In his closing address, the president of the Reichskriegerbund made particularly friendly references to Great Britain! How times subsequently changed! We have no specific provenance as to why Fyers was presented with this unusual gift in December 1941 but assume it must have been during a visit to Malta. The base is we believe made from scrap engine room material (possibly Bakelite) and the model anvil is beautifully crafted. Interestingly the top plate shows evidence of of it being used –perhaps a little extra touched added by the ERA’s who fabricated it 73 years ago! Anvil stands 4” high and is 5” wide (9.5 cm x 12 cm.) Certainly a unique item with a wonderful provenance and worthy of further research. A Recent Sale
2323 Marine Caulking Mallet - Click for the bigger picture Sold Marine Caulking Mallet - This example appears to have never been used and is as crisp as when it was made. Constructed in hardwood with metal bands. These mallets were used to hammer oakum into the seams of wooden ships to make the hulls watertight. 41cm. A Recent Sale
OC44 Royal Navy Rum Pump - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy Rum Pump - in copper & brass. Late 19th century, used for drawing daily rum ration from the keg. 101cm. A Recent Sale
6239 Special Forces Canoe Compass Pattern 9628 - Click for the bigger picture Sold Special Forces Canoe Compass Pattern 9628 - Whilst we have had a great variety of naval compasses over the years this is the first dedicated canoe example we have ever seen! This comes complete with its Royal Navy issue deck box marked to the lid ‘Delicate Instrument Handle with Great Care’, whilst to the front is stencilled ‘Canoe Compass Patt 9628’. Inside the box the compass is attached to a cushioned base board and it would appear to have been intended to have been used within the box, which makes sense seeing the very limited space available within a military canoe for instrumentation! The compass, which is finished in matt black paint, is marked ‘Serial nos 6916/BHS/214’ as well as ‘Compass Patt 9228’ and a further plaque simply marked TP.The bezel is marked N, E, S, W as well as degrees from 0-360. The bezel can be freed by a locking lever fitted at the 2 o’clock position and can be rotated to indicate a set course and re locked. The compass card swings freely and whilst for sale as a collectable seems to be in good working order. Seeing we have no previous experience of this pattern we can only assume it was intended to be used by SAS and SBS Special Forces canoe sections. The instrument is undated but we feel it is of post WW11 issue but we stand to be corrected! Case measures 9” x 9” (23 cm x 23 cm) whilst the compass has a diameter of 5” (13 cm) A Recent Sale
6095 Royal Navy Decca Navigator Mk12 - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy Decca Navigator Mk12 - This superb item of equipment appears to be in factory fresh condition and when we opened the transit case we found a label issued by the Naval Weapons Production Overseer, signed and dated November 1967, when we were all enjoying the swinging 60’s and the Bee Gees had their first No1 chart hit with 'Massachusetts'! The Decca system of navigation used low frequency radio signals which allowed both aircraft and ships to locate their positions accurately. It was first tested and employed in WW11 and was employed in preparations for the D Day landings. Post war it was used commercially (mainly by fishing vessels) and by the Royal Navy, where this units comes from. The system made huge profits for Decca who insisted the equipment and support system could only be rented annually. Decca finally ceased operation in UK waters in March 2000 and the same job is now carried out by the GPS system. While this unit looks to be in working order it is for sales a collectible and an example of mid 20th century cutting edge technology. Ideal for the specialist Royal Navy or marine collector, or simply as an impressive designer piece with lots of dials and switches to play with and impress your friends! This instrument must have cost the British tax payer a fortune to produce but is on sale here for a small fraction of the original cost. Grab it while you can as a never to be repeated opportunity to own and historic Decca Navigator. 17” x 11.5" x 10.5" (43cm x 27cm x 29cm) A Recent Sale
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