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6624 Siebe Gorman London Submarine Emergency Escape Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldSiebe Gorman London Submarine Emergency Escape Goggles - These formed an integral part of the Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus, an early type of oxygen rebreather invented in 1910 by Sir Robert Davis, head of Siebe Gorman and Co. Ltd. They were primarily intended as an emergency escape apparatus for submarine crews.

The DSEA rig comprised a rubber re breather bag, an air cylinder containing 56 litres, with the breathing bag connected to a mouthpiece by a flexible corrugated tube for breathing via the mouthpiece, with the nose being closed by a clip. Our goggles, that are in close to mint and we suspect unissued condition, were provided as a standard part of the system. The Davis Submerged Escape Apparatus is believed to be the first re breather to be made in quantity and was adopted by the Royal Navy in 1929 and was used in live situations to assist crew members to escape from several sunken submarines, including HMS Poseidon in 1931, HMS Thetis in 1939 and HMS Perseus in 1941. A smaller version of the DSEA, the Amphibious Tank Escape Apparatus (ATEA) was use by the crews of amphibious DD tanks such as those used during the Normandy landings, many of which foundered before getting to the beaches. Also in WWII the set was notably used by the Underwater Working Party at Gibraltar led by Lt. Lionel "Buster" Crabb, and worn by frogmen piloting 'Sleeping Beauty' Motorised Submersible Canoes.

This set are clearly embossed on the central nose bridge 'Siebe Gorman & Co Ltd Makers London. Where the back strap is attached is marked TR3095 and a B below. In addition inside the right eyepiece the rubber is embossed VOCAB 25366. The orange rubber is in excellent pliable condition with no perishing and the elastic and leather back strap is pristine. The glass lenses are again close to mint with no damage or fogging. This is the first set of these we have had in for 9 years and these are in significantly better condition and impossible to upgrade. Aviation collectors amongst you may well notice the similarity of these to early rubber RFC first pattern flying issue. Grab them whilst you can as when they have gone they are gone!

5244 Kaiserliche Und Königliche Kriegsmarine Aneroid Barometer - Click for the bigger picture SoldKaiserliche 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.

2470 HMS Norfolk Trench Art Spill Holder - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Norfolk Trench Art Spill Holder - HMS Norfolk was a County-class heavy cruiser of the Royal Navy and she served with distinction throughout WW11. She was commissioned on 30 April 1930 and served until 1939 when she returned for a refit. At the outbreak of war Norfolk was deployed with the 18th Cruiser Squadron of the Home Fleet, and was involved in the chase for the German small battleships Gneisenau and Scharnhorst, along with the pocket battleship Admiral Scheer.

In the hunt for the Bismark in 1941 Norfolk was the second ship to sight the German battleship. She and her near sister ship Suffolk continued to trail her whilst the cruisers later joined the battleships Rodney and King George V as part of the force that finally sank Bismarck.

Later that year Norfolk was tasked on Arctic Convoys. in 1943 she was in action against the Scharnhorst and scored three hits on the German ship, and received several 11-in shell hits (all passing through the thin-skinned ship without exploding) in return. Scharnhorst was later caught and sunk by the battleship Duke of York and her escorting cruisers and destroyers.

Her luck held and she survived the war and 1949 was placed in Reserve and finally sold for scrapping in 1950. She proudly served for 22 years, in which time she won Battle Honours for ATLANTIC 1941, BISMARCK 1941, NORTH AFRICA 1942, ARCTIC 1943, NORTH CAPE 1943 and NORWAY 1943.

This piece of trench art is nicely worked and fashioned from a brass shell case and whilst the history has been lost it seems likely this was crafted by a crew member and the donor shell was fired from Norfolk. Our research indicates 'Norfolk' was armed with 8 × BL 8 inch Mk VIII guns in twin mounts, 8 × QF 4 inch Mk XVI guns in twin mounts & 16 × QF 2 pdr Mk VIII guns in octuple mounts. Of these the QF 2 pounder seems to align as the bore of our shell case is 40 mil diameter / 1.6”.

The item carries an applied HMS Norfolk badge to the front and it sits on a turned hardwood base. The top lip has been attractively fluted and it makes a decorative souvenir from a great ship. It measures 5" tall (13 cm)

1920 Passenger Vessel Mechanical Counter - Click for the bigger picture SoldPassenger 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)

PC211 Marine Range Finder by Kelvin Hughes - Click for the bigger picture SoldMarine 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).

1040 Pacific Steam Navigation Company Pastry or Fruit Fork - Click for the bigger picture SoldPacific 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)


OC289 6 Spoke Launch Wheel - Click for the bigger picture Sold6 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!
OC400 Royal Navy Tin Case named to W.A.Smith Esq R.N. - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Tin Case named to W.A.Smith Esq R.N. - We are pleased to offer another interesting case this time made of tin and of Royal Navay origins. It is of the type issued by the Admiralty to store and transport items of clothing and equipment in. Sometimes the shape gives a clue to the original contents, as with say a bicorn hat. In this instance we can only guess at what was stored within as the contents are now missing. The metal case measures 24” x 12” x 5” (61cm x 31cm x 13cm) and in finished in original black paint. It is in generally good original condition with the odd mark to the finish commensurate with age and use.

To the front is a solid cast brass carrying handle that looks as though it too would have originally been painted black but much of the paint has been worn clean through use. The case has the facility to be secured by a padlock and it also appears to have had two additional sliding fasteners to the lid which are now missing. The case also features two smaller metal carry handles at either end. A particularly nice touch is a silvered plaque to the lid that is finely engraved to the original owner ‘W.A.Smith Esq R.N.’ Sadly the details of his service career have been lost down the years. The lid also carries two copper riveted strengthening bars.

Inside the interior metal has been painted in Royal Naval grey ; this again is flaking in places but is clearly the original finish as issued. The item does not carry a date but we would estimate it originates from the late 19th to early 20th century. A modest and utilitarian example of Royal Navy memorabilia but it remains an interesting and decorative example that will appeal to a wide spectrum of collectors.
2678 White Star Line Related Suitcase - Click for the bigger picture SoldWhite Star Line Related Suitcase - Perhaps the most famous (or infamous) name in shipping the White Star Line (WSL) conjures up images of travel at its most opulent and tragedy at its most dire. The full name of the company was Oceanic Steam Navigation Company or White Star Line of Boston Packets, but was more commonly simply known simply as ‘The White Star Line’. Founded here in the UK in 1845, WSL operated a fleet of clipper ships that sailed between Britain and Australia. The White Star Line was bought by Thomas Ismay in 1868. and his son Bruce took over as company director in 1899 after the death of his father. White Star was one of the first shipping lines to offer third Class accommodation, in addition to First and Second Class.

Rather than compete with the smaller and faster liners belonging to its main rival Cunard, White Star concentrated more on comfort and reliability, rather than just speed. This was demonstrated by the innovative Olympic-class liners, Olympic, Britannic and the ill-fated Titanic, all built by the Belfast shipyard of Harland & Wolff. In 1934, White Star merged with its chief rival, Cunard Line and was operated as Cunard-White Star Line until 1950. Subsequently the Cunard Line operated as a separate entity, but since 2005 has become part of part of Carnival Group.

Our modest suitcase is little more than a large hat box and certainly fits the description of ‘shabby chic’ and judging from the wear shown it is much travelled. Despite this it is however lifted by a number of original and rather special shipping labels. To the handle is attached a fine White Star Line Cabin Class example for the Liverpool Service and further indicating a ‘State Room’ has been reserved in ‘Cabin Class’ and the luggage is ‘Wanted on the Voyage’. The reverse side has sections for the passengers and steamers name, the room number and the port where the luggage is to be landed as well as the foreign address. If this was ever completed the details have now faded. This label was printed in the USA by Dennison. Beside it is a further WSL sticky label, again printed in the USA, which we believe to date from around 1910 and again confirming the case is wanted on the voyage. This one is named to ‘Williams’ and the room number appears to be 6B.Sadly the other details we can no longer decipher. This label is pasted over another but we have no clues to its origins.

On the case end is further adhesive ‘White Star line Wanted on Voyage’ label and again we believe dating to the early 20th century, and pasted over an earlier one below. This has been typed and is named to a ‘Derek Williams’. His cabin number on this occasion was 52 and the voyage was booked to Liverpool and his overseas address is shown as 8, John Street, London, W.C.2. Our research indicates its centrepiece was the Royal Terrace, but was subsequently demolished and John Street and Duke Street now form present day John Adam street. In addition to the initials embossed to the top of the case ‘A.M.’ we have a final label on the handle indicating the case and perhaps its contents was put into store at Bentalls Furniture Depository at Kingston-on Thames on 3rd October 1938. The name on the label is ‘Badcock’ so a further mystery! Bentalls Department Store and Depository opened in 1932 but the site has now been redeveloped and is the location of 'The Bentalls Centre'.

So you will see despite its shabby appearance this small case is of historical interest, dating back it seems to the early 20th century and clearly has a long and interesting story to tell. It appears appears to be made from a leatherette material which shows significant wear and some staining. The brass lock is still working but the key is missing. The interior is lined with green baize and shows age related wear. Elastic luggage retaining straps are still in place. It measures 17” x 14” x 11” (43 cm x 36 cm x 28 cm). The interest in this item is of course in its shipping labels. It may be possible with further research to establish which WSL ocean liners it sailed on but we will leave that to the next custodian. In the mean time it is nice to find a totally original example that has been put away and untouched for close on the last 80 years - as we say in the trade a genuine ‘sleeper’! As with all items on offer feel free to ask for further detailed pictures of the case and its labels.

4767 H.M.S. Hastings Presentation Model Pewter Figurehead - Click for the bigger picture SoldH.M.S. Hastings Presentation Model Pewter Figurehead - The original figurehead, on which this model is based, is now preserved at Merseyside Maritime Museum. HMS Hastings was built in 1818 as an East Indiaman but was bought by the Royal Navy the following year. A 3rd rater of 74 guns, sailors and marines from Hastings fought Chinese pirates at the Battle of Tonkin River in 1849.

In 1855 she was fitted with screw propulsion and joined the fleet in the Baltic. In 1857 the ship was deployed to Liverpool on coastal defence duties before being transferred to the Royal Naval Reserve to be used as a training ship. She was finally broken up in 1886. Her figurehead depicts Francis Rawden-Hastings, 1st Marquis of Hastings (1754-26) in army uniform and the original was acquired and displayed by C.W.Kellock in their Liverpool offices.

C.W. Kellock & Co. was one of the leading merchant ship brokers and owners in Liverpool in the mid-nineteenth century. The company was established in Liverpool in 1820. In 1864 C.W. Kellock greatly expanded his business and opened an office in London under the management of Charles’ brother W.B. Kellock. Charles W. Kellock retired from the company and died in 1897 but the business continued to operate under the partnership of his two sons. The Liverpool office was closed in 1972, but the London office is still active today.

Our model has survived remarkably well seeing its 96 years and is cast in pewter and mounted on an ebonized wood base, which shows minor wear commensurate with the items age. It was comissionedd to commemorate the centenary of C.W. Kellock & Co, in 1920. It is assumed these models were presented as a corporate gift to customers and associates of the business. The brass plates on the base reads on the front : 'MODEL OF FIGUREHEAD OF H.M.S. HASTINGS. THE LAST OF THE WOODEN WALLS OF OLD ENGLAND. THE ORIGINAL BEING IN THE LIVERPOOL SHIPPING SALEROOM OF C.W. KELLOCK & CO', The plaque on the revere side is etched :'1820 KELLOCKS CENTENARY 1920' sand 'WITH THE COMPLIMENTS OF C.W. KELLOCK & CO. LONDON & LIVERPOOL.' The model stands 7” high (18cm) and the ebonised base is 3 1/2” (9 cm) in diameter and is felt covered.

3347 Item 3347 Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Copper Water Jug - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 3347 Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Copper Water Jug - A fine example clearly embossed to front R.M.S.P. The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was a British shipping company founded in London in 1839 by a Scot, James MacQueen. The line's motto was ‘Per Mare Ubique’ meaning ‘Everywhere By Sea’. The company had mixed fortunes but by 1927 it became the largest shipping group in the world when it took over the White Star Line (WSL). It was subsequently liquidated and its assets absorbed by the newly formed Royal Mail Lines (RML) in 1932. The companies operations were continued after liquidated by the reformed as the Royal Mail Lines Ltd (RML) and took over the ships of RMSPC and other companies of the former group.

On this basis our jug appears to date from before 1932 with the base stamped with the makers details Henry Wilson and Co Ltd Liverpool. This company were makers of Wilson oil heat boilers and burners, as well as cooking and sterilizing equipment. This firm fitted out major Atlantic ocean-going liners built in the United Kingdom for steam ship companies such as White Star, Cunard, Blue Funnel and Furness Withy. In 1932 they had won the contract to supply the on-board equipment for the "Queen Mary." In February of 1932 the contract for the "Queen Mary" was suspended for a long while and the firm almost closed as a result of the delayed contract and many men lost their jobs.

We bought a pair of these jugs at auction and this is the remaining example, the other already being sold. Sadly the specific provenance of the item has been lost down the years but it would certainly have a story to tell. Condition is excellent but with signs off its life at sea with a small ding in handle but nothing to worry about from a display point of view. Measures 81/2” high (22 cm) and it is 5 3/4” diameter on the base (15 cm)

PC208 Admiralty Pattern Lamp with Bakelite Shade - Click for the bigger picture SoldAdmiralty Pattern Lamp with Bakelite Shade - This lamp is built to typical high quality Royal Navy specification in solid brass and is fitted with the original Bakelite shade. In service it would have been bulkhead mounted, but to make it more suited to life ashore, we have had a brass base added to the original switch box. It has been professionally rewired using appropriate modern wiring and is fitted with a fused 13 amp plug. The lamp has a ball and socket base to the stem to allow the lamp to be adjusted to suit and it can then be locked in the desired position by tightening the knurled ring. The switch box is marked with the makers name ‘Harcourts’ who operated out of Birmingham carrying out business as brass founders. Whist not marked, we believe the Admiralty Pattern designation number is AP7992. The original Bakelite shade has minor hairline cracks that have been repaired but these really do not detract when in use. This unique desk lamp reflects the current trend in industrial lighting design and would sit happily in a marine or Bakelite collection whilst still being entirely practical. It is very solidly built and as such weighs in at an impressive 2.7 kilos (5.8 lbs) so please check for a delivered price before ordering. Measures 18” high (45 cm)
6082 Royal Navy Ditty Box and Associated Items - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Ditty Box and Associated Items - We have had a number of Naval ‘Ditty Boxes’ over the years but in most instances the provenance has been lost. This gorgeous grouping is very much the exception! The ditty box which is of standard pattern and is named to the original owner not once but twice with a brass plaque to front and lid. The set belonged to a Royal Navy Stoker Reginald James Thomas Potter; our research indicates Potter’s official number was K. 65508 and he was a West Country man and was born in Bristol in 1905 and got his final posting in 1994 ages 89 years. He served on HMS Exeter, the Cruiser launched in 1929 and he was clearly serving on her during her world cruise 1933-1936 and as part of the group we have his ‘crossing the line certificate’. Whilst some aspects are a little faded it is very decorative and indicates Potter crossed the Equator for the first time on 24th December 1933. The certificate measures 17 3/4” x 12” (45cm x 30cm) and would perhaps benefit from remounting in a period style frame.

The grouping is completed by a plaque featuring a plated image of the ship, which was contained within the ditty box when purchased. This is inscribed ‘South America 1933-1936’ together with a scroll below detailing the places visited on Exeter’s South American tour. The plaque has a brass desk support to rear and measures 5 3/4” x 3 3/4” (14.5cm x 9.5cm)

Exeter was a very famous ship in the RN and is remembered for taking part in the Battle of the River Plate. She was finally lost in the Battle of the Java Sea on 1st March 1942 in action against the Japanese. We have no idea if Potter was still serving on her then but whatever happened he survived the war and lived into old age. The ditty box is in excellent original condition and the pine has been lightly waxed and polished. Everything inside is as you would expect. The box is of standard form and has the original hinges fitted. It measures 12” x 7 1/4” x 6” (30.5cm x 20cm x 15cm). The lock is still in place although as is normally the case the key is missing but we can supply a suitable non functioning period key for display purposes. An exceptional set which served on an historic WW11 Cruiser with battle honours to match!
5096 W.R.N.S.WW11 Hand Carved Oak Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldW.R.N.S.WW11 Hand Carved Oak Plaque - We have an old friend in the antiques trade who would often describe a special items of stock as ‘a belter’! This hand carve Women's Royal Naval Service oak plaque we feel would fall into this category. This is clearly a one off lovingly carved from a single lump of English oak with the fouled anchor, naval crown and W.R.N.S logo cut in relief. The image is set off by a fine depiction of a little wren sitting astride the anchor ring. What makes this shield even more special is on the back the original owner has cut into the wood the establishments she has served on so we have her complete WW11 postings. Firstly she served on HMS Wasp between August 1942 to November 1944. HMS Wasp was a Coastal Forces shore establishment at Dover during World War II. Then in November ’44 she transferred to HMS Midge where she served until May 1945. Midge was another Coastal Forces base at Great Yarmouth with responsibility for M.T.B’s, Motor gun boats and Mine Layers. Next she served on HMS Westcliffe from May to September 1945. Westcliffe was a Combined Operations Training Establishments in WW2 at Burnham on Crouch mainly holding landing craft which were primarily concerned with preparing allied forces for the amphibious invasion of North Africa and mainland Europe. Her final posting was to HMS Rosneath in September 1945. Rosneath was a secret base in Scotland and was covertly used by the USN even before America joined the war. The base was handed back to the Royal Navy in June ’45 and finally closed in 1948. Our anonymous Wren never engraved when she left what appears to have been her final posting. and sadly as the plaque is not named and the history of the owner has now been lost. It may be possible however with the very specific dates detailed in may just be possible to identify her. She certainly made a very full contribution the Second World War. To conclude as we started the plaque is ‘a belter’ and this unique piece of WW11 history would sit very happily in any WRENS or Royal Navla related collection. Measures 7.5” x 5.75” (19cm x 15 cm.) Please check out the other WRNS brass plaque relating to HMS Ganges we have also just listed on line.
4493 W.R.N.S. H.M.S. Ganges Brass Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldW.R.N.S. H.M.S. Ganges Brass Plaque - Dating back to 1866 HMS Ganges became the boys' training ship anchored in Falmouth harbour where she remained until August 1899. In November 1899 HMS Ganges was transferred to Harwich harbour where she remained as a boys' training ship. In 1905 the boys moved ashore for their training, and HMS Ganges became a ‘stone frigate.’ On 6th June 1876 HMS Ganges finally closed with training training transferred to to HMS Raleigh, at Torpoint, Cornwall where it continues to this day. Our research indicates the first contingent of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) arrived at Ganges during WW1. Sadly we have no provenance with our plaque but it is definitely a one off. Mounted on an oak shield the brass face plate is hand worked with a Royal Naval crown to the top followed by W.R.N.S. and below H.M.S.Ganges in ornate script. Around the outside is a rope device and the brass shield is attached by three screws. The reverse of the shield looks at though it has been wall mounted at some stage. It would be a simple job to fit a wall hook for display purposes. This plaque would be a fine souvenir for anyone collecting WRNS related items or for that matter all those with associations with or memories of with HMS Ganges. Measures 6.75” x 5.5” (18 cm x 14 cm)
OC383 Telescopic Brass Standard Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldTelescopic Brass Standard Lamp - Another lamp from our own collection that is now surplus to current requirements. It was purchased from a specialist marine lamp dealer back in 1992. We are unsure of its origins but we were told at the time it had come from a cruise liner. We would estimate it dates from the early 20th century but it carries no makers details or patent numbers to help us to identify age more closely. It weighs in at a hefty 8.4 kilos so I would think with such a heavy base the story could well be true and its classic lines have always been much admired in the 23 years we have owned it. It is in very good original condition with the odd very small knock and bump commensurate with age. The weighted base is cast iron but otherwise brass throughout. We have always found it very versatile in domestic use in that the stem is telescopic and the knurled brass connector is a locking device when the required height requirement has been established. The fully retracted height to top of bulb fitting is 51 1/2” (131 cm). Extended from base to same point it is a massive 73 1/2” (186 cm). The brass base is 13” diameter(34 cm). It has 3 knob feet with can be screwed in or out to compensate for uneven floors. The brass is not lacquered and we polish up occasionally which brings it back to a really good shine. The lamp holder has a standard bayonet fitting and is switched. The lamp had been rewired when we bought it with new period style braided wire fitted with a fused 12 amp plug. The lamp shade shown in our pictures is for display purposes only and is not included in the sale but if any purchaser would like it we are happy to include on a complementary basis but this may need to be despatched in a separate box to avoid transit damage. In view of the weight of this item please check shipping costs to your destination before ordering and more detailed photographs are available on request
4562 The Ocean Accident & Guarantee Corporation Advertising Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldThe Ocean Accident & Guarantee Corporation Advertising Plaque - This item is a little outside our normal area of interest but we could not resist grabbing it for our inventory. It features a marine scene with a dominant lighthouse shown in relief, built on a reef with sea gulls circling overhead with a seascape below. The company name is boldly shown to the bottom left corner of the frame as well as the head office address in London E.C.2. The image is signed in the bottom left corner with the initials J.N. who was the artist John Midderigh. The company was established in 1876 as a sister company to the Ocean, Railway and General Accident Assurance Company Ltd. On November 13 1890, Ocean and General and Ocean, Railway and General merged to form to the Ocean Accident & Guarantee Corporation. A year later, Ocean Accident was offering accident, accident liability and fidelity guarantee insurance and, by 1894, had extended its business to burglary and housebreaking, employers' liability, insurance during sickness, mortgage insurance and indemnity insurance. The company continued to grow and in 1910 became part of Commercial Union but was finally dissolved in 2005. The back of the plaque carries an original label stating ‘Untarnishable Hand Wrought Silver Pewter by John Midderigh.’ It seems this artist specialised in this type of relief pewter designs and he was clearly a very accomplished artist. We are unsure of the exact date but would estimate it is late 19th or early 20th century. In fine original condition with minor marks commensurate with age. Measures 11” x 8” (28cm x 20.5cm)
5099 WW1 RN Submariners Ditty Box with Original Contents - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW1 RN Submariners Ditty Box with Original Contents - Over the years we have purchased a number of ditty boxes but almost always they are empty and more often than not their history has been lost over the years. Here we have the exception that exudes period charm and the full history of the WW1 owner at every turn! It was issued to Able Seaman H.E.Russen who served in WW1 in Submarine service, which in itself makes it a very scarce item indeed. The box is in pitch pine of standard form with a brass plaque to the front stating H.E. Russen as original owner. He was obviously taking no chances as he has written and carved his name/ initials all over the box! It still has the lock fitted but as we often find the lugs have been cut..perhaps when he or others lost the key. The pen compartment and letter bars are in pace and inside is in good issued condition. The contents we found inside are something else! These include a family photographs, his ID disc confirming he enlisted in the R.N.V.R in Bristol and his service number was Z/6664. We also have his service record which shows he served on Victory, Dolphin, and HMS Crescent. His Conduct Sheet indicates he was transferred to submarine K 10. Submariners were 'Volunteers Only' and the class being designated 'K' it was known by her crews as 'K for for Kalamity' or 'K for Killer' and Russen seems lucky to have survived the war! Interestingly his service certificate shows he had a final share of a naval prize fund paid in 1922 & 23. To conclude we also have his birth certificate, named WW1 War and Victory medals, postcards and even an ink stamp engraved H.E.Russen. To conclude the grouping we also have a framed photograph of an Able Seaman with cap band reading H.M.Submarine and on the back an inscription reading:’Ruby’s Dad-Henry Russen'. The is best named ditty box collection we have ever had or are ever likely to have and clearly worthy of further research. A full set of photographs of the box and contents can be supplied on request. The box was purchased in Bristol and we assume consigned by descendants of Able Seaman Russen but what a shame such an archive was not kept and treasured by the family. Box measures 12”x 8”x 6”(30 cm x 20 cm x 15 cm)
OC380 Ships Saloon Candle Lantern - Click for the bigger picture SoldShips Saloon Candle Lantern - This one has been in our personal collection for many years and has proved both functional and attractive beside our inglenook fireplace. A new decoration scheme implemented by ‘the Boss’ necessitates offering it for sale for the first time in a while. This is a small but decorative lantern in circular form with a hanging hook to the top exiting through a fluted funnel. The lantern has a small opening door to the side and carries four curved glass windows. It does not have any makers marks but it has a good age to it and we would estimate it dates from the late 19th or early 20th Century. Shows some wear, commensurate with age and use, but an attractive small lantern and very much a one off! Measures 7” x 5 “ (18 cm x 13 cm)
5681 Royal Navy Rum Pump - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal 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)
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