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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.

£110.00
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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.

£245.00
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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!

£175.00
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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.

£525.00
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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!

£145.00
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1925 Original Library Key from 'RMS Pendennis Castle' - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Original Library Key from 'RMS Pendennis Castle' - One of the most famous passenger vessels of the Union Castle Line, she was built by Harland and Wolff as a replacement for the ageing "Arundel Castle". The ship's keel was laid on 8 November 1955 but the following year Union-Castle merged with Clan Line Steamers Ltd. to form British & Commonwealth Shipping Company. The new management decided to enlarge Pendennis Castle whilst under construction and her length was increased by 18ft. "Pendennis Castle" was launched on n 24 December 1957.

"Pendennis Castle", named after the castle of the same name looking over Falmouth bay, served 1959-1976 on a regular route between Southampton to Las Palmas, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Durban on what was called "the Cape Mail service". On 23 April 1976 "Pendennis Castle" sailed from Southampton on her final voyage to South Africa. On arrival back in her home port on 14 June 1976 she was withdrawn from service and sold to the Panama registered Ocean Queen Navigation Company and was renamed "Ocean Queen" with the intention to operate her as a cruise ship but this never happened. She was re named Sinbad, then Sinbad I, but she never returned to commercial service and was broken up in Taiwan in 1980.

On offer is an original key with a "Union -Castle" Line paper label attached marked "Pendennis Castle" with information confirming the bookcase to which is related in the ships Tourist Library. We have a total of 8 sets available and all with a Union Castle label attached, which show some ageing. The keys about 2 1/4" long (6cm) and show a little rust as you would expect.

These keys would provide a unique addition to an "RMS Pendennis Castle"or a "Union-Castle Line" collection or as a souvenir to passengers or crew who sailed on her. The key and label illustrated here is the one you will receive.

£6.00
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6576 Board of Trade Life Jacket - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Board of Trade Life Jacket - An original ships life vest stamped ' Standard',' Front' and for 'Persons of 70 Lb. or More.' It appears to be kapok lined and the outer is finished in a dayglo orange material, which has some stains and minor paint splashes commensurate with age, but is generally in very good condition. It comes complete with various straps and a Mk11 Perry emergency whistle which is attached to a lanyard, for attracting attention at night. This item is sold as a collectable only and would add an authentic touch to a nautical themed room and would of course be ideal if you should be attending a 'Titanic' or 'What you were wearing when the ship went down' themed party! The jacket is surprisingly not dated but the British Board of Trade was merged with the Ministry of Technology in 1970 to form the Department of Trade and Industry so we estimate this probably dates from the 1960's. The jacket weighs in at over 2 kilos unpacked so please check delivery charges before ordering. It measures 34" x 20" (86 cm x 51 cm). £28.00
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6457 'Britannia' Yacht Pennant - Click for the bigger picture In Stock 'Britannia' Yacht Pennant - A very fine and imposing example mounted on an aluminium mast. The yellow Britannia image is sewn onto the navy blue cotton background and not simply printed as on many examples we see. Sadly we have been unable to identify the club to which it was associated and the closest we can find is the British Kiel Yacht Club although their design is not the same as ours. If any visitors can help us with an identification please get in touch and we can add it to our description. The pennant measures 18” x 11” and the flag staff is 48 1/2” long (124 cm) so would have been used on something rather lager than a Mirror dinghy! It would sit very proudly atop the mast of the classic 1930’s ocean-racing yacht Bloodhound, which was owned by Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip in the 1960s and aboard which Prince Charles and Princess Anne learned to sail and is operated today by The Royal Yacht Britannia Trust. £32.00
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OC348 Ship's Mast with Stainless Steel Fitting Kit and Accessories - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Ship's Mast with Stainless Steel Fitting Kit and Accessories - Here we have a unique opportunity to appeal to architects, interior designers, or those contemplating their own "Grand Design" project! We have been fortunate in purchasing a strictly limited quantity of ship's masts that were intended for use in an overseas retail interior design scheme that reflected the nautical look. To this end, the company who won the contract to make these items was a genuine ship's mast manufacturer - the laminated design used is identical to that employed on traditional sailing ship's masts. The round timber section is made from best quality Redwood and is laminated from 8 sections with a hollow interior. The base plate is made from 8mm stainless steel and is complemented by two stainless facia panels made from polished stainless steel to again reflect the nautical theme. When used in store, a Redwood cross beam (100mm x 45mm) was mounted on the stainless steel 16 gauge wall bracket (which is included with this set), which in turn was fitted through the slot cut in the top section of the mast and was then locked in position by a beautifully engineered stainless wedge. We do not have any cross beams remaining, but these are an off-the-shelf item although it is likely the new owners of these masts may wish to adapt them to their own use and spaces. Whilst these were manufactured back in the late 1990’s, they are brand new and have never been used and became surplus when the design scheme was replaced. Some of the timber has minor storage issues resulting in the odd scratch to the mast's finish, but this would be very easy to tidy up where required. We even have the stainless fixing bolts for the base plates, although the locking adhesive that is included is now date expired. We would imagine this kit would sit equally well in a marine themed environment, a wine bar, restaurant, club house, or in a loft space. The applications are as wide as your imagination! We do not exaggerate to say the original purchase price of a single set back in the late 1990’s was close to £1000 a time! We are offering each set 14 years later at a fraction of the manufacturer's costs and we can only speculate what it would cost to produce this quality and specification today. Quite clearly this is a one off opportunity and when they are gone they are gone. Each mast stands 2030mm (80”) to the base of the slot and the total height including the base to the top of the mast is 2500mm (98.5”). In view of their size, these are offered at an ex-warehouse price with the buyer being responsible for collection and delivery. Clearly final use is up to the end user, but these kits were designed for interior use and we believe this would remain the most appropriate application for them. Further detailed pictures of the sets can be provided on request. If you require a bulk quantity for your project please get in touch and we can look at a discounted trade price dependent on number of units required. £65.00
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5192 Ship's Bell named to T.S.M/Y Corgi - Click for the bigger picture Reduced Ship's Bell named to T.S.M/Y Corgi - A nice original example finished in chrome on brass with clapper, bell rope and bulkhead mount. We understand the engraving indicates the vessel "Corgi" was a Twin Screw motor yacht although we don't have any information on her. The bell has minor wear to the chrome plate but it is a good honest example that would serve equally well ashore as it has done afloat. It would also suit a palace setting if any Royal enthusiasts should be reading this listing! Measures 6" high (without mount) and 7" across the mouth (16cm x 18cm) £95.00
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636 HMS Worcester Transom Board Seat Back - Click for the bigger picture Reduced HMS Worcester Transom Board Seat Back - A unique item of treen with interesting provenance. Built as a first rate screw ship in 1860 called "Frederick William", she was subsequently renamed "Worcester" and became a training ship for merchant navy cadets and was moored on the Thames at Greenhithe. She foundered on her moorings 30.08.48 with the hulk being raised for breakup in 1953. This seat back, which we believe to be from one of the ship's boats (possibly the Admiral's barge), was recovered from the Thames foreshore shortly after the sinking 62 years ago. Made from polished hardwood with marquetry inserts to centre. Measures 50" x 19" (127cm x 48cm) £85.00
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4405 Yacht Pennant - Click for the bigger picture In Stock Yacht Pennant - This is an original item made from cotton overlaid with a red motif showing 2 separate rampant lions attached to the top left corner. It has its original line and toggle attachment. We believe this to be a yacht club pennant and if any collectors can identify it, we can add further details to the description. Measures 30" x 8" (33 cm x 21 cm) £15.00
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4461 8 Spoke Ships Wheel - Click for the bigger picture Sold 8 Spoke Ships Wheel - This is a very sound original example. We believe it to be made from oak and is very solid. It is fitted with a chrome ‘lazy handle’ so we guess is it may have came from a working boat. The central boss is solid brass (or might even be bronze) and is stamped 15 and on opposite side 1064. A nice touch is the brass acorn on the 12 o’clock spoke used by the helmsman as a guide for straight ahead. This wheel has riveted brass banding front and back although as normal on a working wheel the brass has only been polished on the visible side. The diameter from spoke end to spoke end is 27”(69cm) so an excellent wall display size. Like all the items offered this is for sale a collectable and we can’t guarantee it for its original purpose although it certainly looks strong enough to go back to sea, subject to the necessary checks. The wheel does not carry any makers marks so we have no idea of its origins but estimate it probably dates from the middle of the 20th century. For anyone who has seen the rather nasty replica wheels now flooding the market we can assure you this beauty is in a different league! A Recent Sale
5149 HMS Berwick Screen Badge - Click for the bigger picture Sold HMS Berwick Screen Badge - Made of cast alloy and features a fine crest in traditional Chatham pattern. Nine Royal Navy ships have carried the name HMS Berwick. The first from 1679 and the most recent the frigate launched in 1959 and sunk in the North Atlantic as a target in 1986. Our badge is cast in relief and finely painted. Berwick is also cast into the reverse of the badge. Measures an impressive 20.5" (52cm) high. A Recent Sale
5150 HMS Boadicea Boat Badge - Click for the bigger picture Sold HMS Boadicea Boat Badge - Made from cast alloy with image cast in relief and painted. Five Royal Naval vessels have been named Boadicea dating back to 1875 and the most recent a destroyer launched in 1930 and sunk by air attack off Portland, Dorset on 13th June, 1944. Our badge measures an impressive 15" high (38cm) and the ship's name is cast into the reverse. A Recent Sale
279 Ship's Triton Portable Foghorn - Click for the bigger picture Sold Ship's Triton Portable Foghorn - in elm, brass & leather. Manufactured by Alldays & Onion, Birmingham c. 1880. This item to be featured on a forthcoming edition of Bargain Hunt! A Recent Sale
OC289 6 Spoke Launch Wheel - Click for the bigger picture Sold 6 Spoke Launch Wheel - On offer is modest 14.25” diameter (36 cm) small ships wheel manufactured from brass with teak spokes. We have here an original Simpson Laurence marine equipment catalogue dating from October 1965 and have found a near identical example listed that was priced at seven pounds and ten shillings which was a significant price 51 years ago!

Our wheel does not have any makers marks so we do not know its origins but would estimate it dates to a similar period or perhaps a little earlier. The metal work has been lightly polished and glows almost like bronze in the late October sunlight. The teak spokes show signs of wear commensurate with age and use; each is secured by a large brass head locking screw. Seeing the small size this would make a perfect display item in a nautically themed room or if you have a suitable classic launch we see no reason why it could not be used as originally intended. A modest yet decorative wheel on offer at a keener price than in 1965, having taken inflation into account!
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6012 Heavy Duty Rope Ladder - Click for the bigger picture Sold Heavy Duty Rope Ladder - Whilst we have no history with this one looking at the manufacturing quality we believe it to be ex marine issue and possibly Royal Navy. Whilst we say 'issued' the ladder is so good we wonder if it actually ever left the stores? The coir rope looks to be in really good condition and is made up of 20 hardwood steps; we believe the wood to be ash but stand to be corrected. The 20 rungs are mounted with each rung 1 foot apart(30 cm) and the extended length of the ladder is 21 feet (6.4 meters).It is 12" wide (30cm)and at the top end it has two metal fittings designed to bolt the ladder on to a suitable secure attachment point. It is very decorative item and is a real designers piece or perfect for theatrical or film use. This item, like all stock offered on our site, is sold for collectable purposes only. It could well be it is strong enough to be used for its original intended purpose but we can’t guarantee this so if this is your intention re strongly recommended you get it checked out by a suitably qualified person first. More detailed pictures can be supplied on request. A Recent Sale
6254 Royal Navy Commissioning Pennant - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy Commissioning Pennant - In the Royal Navy the 'commissioning pennant' (which is also called a commissioning pendant) is exactly what it says, and indicates no more nor less than the ship flying it is a warship 'in commission' and not one which is 'in reserve'. It also has the extra benefit of telling an interested observer that the ship flying it is a "private ship" and does not have a Commodore or Admiral on board. This example we were advised came from the ‘O’ class submarine HMS Osiris pennant number S18, which was commissioned in 1962 and sold to Canada in 1992. It is in excellent issued condition and marked beside the wooden toggle 5419971 and on reverse 3 YD BK. Extended it measures 108” (274 cm) which we feel may be a trifle long for submarine use. A Recent Sale
2081 Red Ensign and Flagstaff - Click for the bigger picture Sold Red Ensign and Flagstaff - A genuine ship's ensign in good flown condition but with some minor staining. This comes complete with an original varnished hardwood flagstaff fitted with a securing cleat. This would make an impressive display item in a nautical themed room but likewise is ready to go back to sea! The staff measures 42" (107 cm) whilst the ensign is 36"x 18" (91 cm x 46 cm) A Recent Sale
5124a Ships 'In/Out' Cabin Sign Board - Click for the bigger picture Sold Ships 'In/Out' Cabin Sign Board - Tom Ferrers–Walker served in the Royal Navy in WW11 and when he left the service he decided to collect a range of Royal Navy artefacts and he dedicated the reminder of his life in assembling one of the most comprehensive private collections in the UK. He put in a tremendous amount of hard work (and cash!) into the collection and was able to purchase items that included ships helms, tread plates and screen badges, tompions, plaques and much else besides. These were initially acquired directly by Mr Ferrers-Walker when the ships were sold out of service and broken up in the period after World War 11 but he continued his hobby right up until the 1990’s when he sourced items from public auctions and private collectors. This Officers In/Out sign board is one of the more modest items from the collection but interesting none the less. Sadly we don’t know what ship it came from but no doubt was originally mounted on an Officers cabin door and it is nice to speculate perhaps that of the Captain? It has clearly been made up on board by the ships carpenter and is made from mahogany with a sliding panel to indicate if the officer is ‘In’ or ‘Out’.This would serve equally well today either ashore or afloat, perhaps on the door of the smallest room in the house? Measures 8.5” x 5.5” (22 cm x 14 cm) A Recent Sale
829 Yacht or Launch Boarding Ladder - Click for the bigger picture Sold Yacht or Launch Boarding Ladder - Probably made by Davy & Company, London. Manufactured from mahogany and finished in varnish with chrome plated brass fittings. Can be stored folded when not in use and by releasing the hook, can be extended to double its length. While for sale as a collector's item, we believe these steps could be used for their intended purpose although we own a similar set of steps which make a very fine book case in a nautically themed cloakroom! Measures 30.6" x 6" (folded) (77cm x 16cm) and 54" (137cm) extended. A Recent Sale
451 Yacht or Launch Steps by Simpson Lawrence & Co, Ltd. - Click for the bigger picture Sold Yacht or Launch Steps by Simpson Lawrence & Co, Ltd. - This is a small set, probably used to assist crew entering or exiting the cockpit area. The entire unit folds flat when not in use. Fitted with a Simpson Lawrence makers brass plaque with other chrome on brass fittings. Some wear to the original varnish but in generally sound condition. We use a similar example as a book case in a nautically themed cloakroom. Measures 16" x 8.25" (41cm x 21cm) A Recent Sale
47 Ship's Deck Filler Cap - Click for the bigger picture Sold Ship's Deck Filler Cap - No, this is not a giant's bath plug hole! It is, however, a filler cap and mount, made from solid brass with screw fitted removable cover which is attached with a safety chain to avoid loss whilst at sea. This would probably have been flush fitted to the ship's deck to give access to either diesel or water tanks. The item's diameter is 7.5" (19cm) and is 3.5" (8cm) deep. Great for a classic boat restoration project or possibly shore based applications! A Recent Sale
2128 Brass Tiller Yoke with Fitted Pulley Blocks - Click for the bigger picture Sold Brass Tiller Yoke with Fitted Pulley Blocks - Superbly cast from solid brass, this would have been fitted to the top of the rudder on a rowing skiff, Admiral's barge or similar. We are unsure as to its date but possibly late 1800's. It makes a decorative nautical artefact in its own right but would also look amazing on an appropriate classic small craft - just the job for Henley! Measures 17" (43cm) A Recent Sale
4470 Royal Navy White Ensign and Flagstaff - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy White Ensign and Flagstaff - We purchased this item from the same Naval family as the Red Ensign which was have also listed today. This is a genuine Naval ‘White Duster’ which is complete with original coir rope. The flagstaff is made from oak with a varnish finish and would appear to have been reduced in length at some stage. Sadly we have no history with it so are unable to say on what ship it originally came from but judging by its size we suspect a smaller vessel such as an Admiral’s barge. The ensign, which is in good clean issued condition, is an ideal display size measuring 35” x 18” (89 cm x 46 cm). The flagstaff is 48” (122cm) A Recent Sale
OC327 6 Spoke Teak Bulkhead Ships Wheel and Mount - Click for the bigger picture Sold 6 Spoke Teak Bulkhead Ships Wheel and Mount - This one looks exactly as it did when it came out of service! The wheel is made from teak with chromed brass banding and central hub and still fixed to its back plate, drum, wheel mount, spindle and gipsy. This example does not have any makers details but is of a similar design to those made by quality manufacturer Simpson Lawrence. Whilst for sale as a marine collectable the wheel looks to be 100% sound and subject to a full inspection we see no reason why it should not go back to sea. For display purposes in a marine themed room or collection the back board mount can easily be removed. The wheel diameter is 20 ” (51 cm.) A Recent Sale
PC200 HMS Anson George V Class Battleship Wheel - Click for the bigger picture Sold HMS Anson George V Class Battleship Wheel - HMS Anson was a King George V class battleship of the Royal Navy, named after Admiral George Anson. Designed to counter the perceived threat from Nazi Germany, five ships of this class were commissioned: HMS King George V, HMS Prince of Wales, HMS Duke of York, HMS Howe and HMS Anson. When her keel was laid down at Swan Hunter, Tyne & Wear in 1937 she was to be called HMS Jellicoe but when launched in 1940 the name was changed to Anson. She displaced 42, 600 tons, was 745 feet long and had a beam of 130 feet. She had a top speed in excess of 27 knots and her main armament was 10 x 14 inch Mk V11 guns. HMS Anson was commissioned in 1942 and won Battle Honours in one of the toughest marine environments of WW11, serving in the Arctic 1942-43. Post war, she was the flagship for the 1st Battle Squadron of the British Pacific Fleet and was finally scrapped at Faslane with the surviving ships of her class in 1957/8. This classic six spoke solid teak wheel is engraved on the central brass hub Brown Brothers & Co Ltd Rosebank Edinburgh and is numbered on the reverse 2437. It carries riveted brass banding front and back which has been hand engraved HMS Anson and below the vessel launch date 1940, as well as her Battle Honours Arctic 1942-43. The king post is fitted with a brass thimble to provide a visual indication for the helmsman. The provenance of this wheel is that it was acquired by marine collector extraordinaire Tom Ferrers Walker when Anson was scrapped and was displayed in his collection until his death. It was subsequently purchased directly from his estate and has never been offered on the open market before. Genuine battleship memorabilia hardly every turn up and we are privileged in having acquired this piece of Royal Navy history. Measures 36" diameter (93cm) A Recent Sale
5118 Name Box from Italian Cruiser Luigi Cadorna - Click for the bigger picture Sold Name Box from Italian Cruiser Luigi Cadorna - An Italian Condottieri-class light cruiser, which was launched on 30 September 1931 with a crew numbering 507. The ship was named after Italian Field Marshal Luigi Cadorna who was commander in Chief of the Italian Army during World War I. She served with the Regia Marina during Spanish Civil War and in April 1939 she participated in the occupation of Albania. When World War II broke out she was a part of the 4th Cruiser division and saw action in various theatres. On 9th September 1943 she sailed to Malta to surrender to the allies. For the remainder of the war she was used as a transport ship by the Allies and for the repatriation of Italian troops. In 1947 she was one of the few ships to remain in the Italian Navy where she was used as a training ship. After a long and varied career she was finally scrapped in 1951. We have no idea if our box was used on board or the brass plaque was recovered from the cruiser when she was scrapped and made up as a piece of trench art by a crew member. The ships name Cadorna is very finely cut into the brass in a deco style. The box is nicely made in oak and has an opening rear door and measures 12” X 5.5” x 4.5” (31cm x13.5cm x11cm). A most unusual, decorative and scarce souvenir from a capital ship of the Regina Marina. A Recent Sale
5441 Royal Navy White Ensign - Click for the bigger picture Sold Royal Navy White Ensign - A small but beautifully formed example of the Navy’s famous ‘White Duster'. This is made from applied stitched sections of cotton as opposed to the printed version and comes complete with wood toggle tie and flying line. In excellent issued condition. Measures 35” x 17” (89 cm x 43 cm) so an ideal display size for a nautical collection or themed room. A Recent Sale
5284 HMS Boxer Name Board - Click for the bigger picture Sold HMS Boxer Name Board - Boxer was the very first of the Batch 2 Type 22 frigates of the Royal Navy of the ‘Boxer’ class. She was built at Yarrow and launched in 1981 and commissioned in December 1983 with pennant number F 92 and at an estimated build cost was £147, 000, 000. Her nickname in service was 'The Billy B' or 'Pinocchio', due to her extended bows. She was decommissioned on 4 August 1999 and expended as a target in the Western Approaches August 2004 after a comparatively short service career. Fortunately her name boards were removed first! This example is one of a pair which would have been mounted on either side of the vessel aft of the bridge. The board is exactly as it was when the ship came out of service and is made from varnished hardwood with a solid brass back plate and heavy hanging points to mount on the ship. The Boxer lettering is in brass and stand proud in relief, picked out in red paint. The board shows the odd sign of service use but is an excellent unrestored example. It measures 37” x 9.5” (92cm x 23cm).It also weighs in at a hefty 14.3 kilos so please check delivery costs with us before ordering! A one off chance to own one of the most desirable souvenirs from this fine ship! A Recent Sale
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