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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)
OC375 Royal Navy Cadelabra Wardroom Electric Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Cadelabra Wardroom Electric Lamp - We purchased this fine lamp back in 2001, together with the single stem version we have also listed today. It has been a part of our own collection and in daily use these last 14 years but a change of design scheme in our home now dictates, with some regret, it is time to find a new custodian for this as well. This pattern is in our view one of the most decorative and imposing of Royal Navy lamps and these are often seen mounted down the middle of the wardroom table and wired in series. We have a photograph here of an identical version of this lamp being used in the wardroom of the Royal Yacht Britannia but hers are silver plated whilst ours is finished in polished brass. The fluted Corinthian stem adds to the style and the column is surmounted by a Royal Navy fouled anchor on either side. The lamp features double cast arms with non switched BC holders fitted. The braided wiring was replaced when we purchased the lamp and meets modern safety requirements, whilst maintaining the vintage look. The lamp works perfectly, although as with all antique lighting it would be worth having this checked over by a qualified electrician before using. A fused 13 amp plug is fitted to comply with UK requirements but it may need to be rewired for overseas use. These lamps are not gimballed but to avoid them moving on a rolling ship the lamp is extremely heavy with pig iron mounted in the base and weighs in at 3.6 kilos so we recommend you check delivery costs with us before ordering. The base is covered in baize to avoid scratching the wardroom table. These lamps are getting increasingly hard to find now so grab a chance to own this fine example! The lamp shades shown here are the ones used by us and included in our picture to illustrate how the lamp looks in use. Whilst these are not included in the sale if the new owner would like to take them at no extra charge please mention when ordering! Height to top of lamp holder 13” (33cm).Diameter of base 6” (15 cm)
7 Royal Navy Wardroom Electric Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Wardroom Electric Lamp - We purchased this fine lamp back in 2001 and it has been a part of our own collection and in daily use these last 14 years. A change of interior design scheme in our home now dictates, with some regret, it is time to find a new custodian for it. This pattern is in our view one of the most decorative and imposing of Royal Navy lamps and these are often seen mounted down the middle of the wardroom table and wired in series. We have a photograph here of the double stem version of this lamp being used in the wardroom of the Royal Yacht Britannia. The lamp is silver plated over solid brass ; the plate is in good original condition with very minor age wear. The stem is in the form of a Corinthian column and is surmounted by a Royal Navy fouled anchor on either side. The BC lamp holder and switchgear was replaced when we purchased the lamp and it works perfectly, although as with all antique lighting it would be worth having this checked over by a qualified electrician before using. The braided wiring was also replaced at the same time so again meets modern safety requirements whilst maintaining the vintage look. A fused 13 amp plug is fitted to comply with UK requirements but it may need to be rewired for overseas use. These lamps are not gimballed but to avoid them moving on a rolling ship the lamp is extremely heavy, with pig iron mounted in the base and weighs in at 2.8 kilos so we recommend you check delivery costs with us before ordering. The base is covered in original baize to avoid scratching the wardroom table. These lamps are getting increasingly hard to find now so grab a chance to own this fine example! The lamp shade is the one used by us and is included in our picture to illustrate how the lamp looks in use. Whilst this is not included in the sale if the new owner would like to take it at no extra charge just ask! Height to top of lamp holder 11.5” (29 cm).Diameter of base 6” (15cm)
OC283 Royal Navy Bosun's Whistle - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal 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)
3314 Steam Ship's Engine Room Salinity Jug - Click for the bigger picture SoldSteam 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”).
3837 WW1 Royal Navy Trench Art Unofficial Honours Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldWW1 Royal Navy Trench Art Unofficial Honours Board - We just love this item! It features a WW1 Royal Navy submarine travelling on the surface. The detailed artwork is hammered out on a copper plate and with the boat shown in significant detail even down to the two crew members on the conning tower and the White Ensign flying proudly above. The conning tower is marked with the number 26. Prior to Winston Churchill taking an interest all early British submarines carried a number rather than a name. By a process of deduction we have ruled out this being from an A, B, D or E class sub and the closest match we can get is the boat C -26. To the top left of the board is a brass plaque inserted behind the copper. This is headed up in Latin ‘DE PROFUNDUS VICTORES’. My Latin at school was never good but our understanding this translates to mean: ‘Out Of The Depth Victorious’ which seems appropriate here! Below is engraved the theatres of war in which the boat served starting with Straits of Gibraltar in 1914, the Aegean Sea, Dardenelles and Tripoli in 1915 and finally the Adriatic in 1916. If we are correct in stating this relates to C -26 she was part of the Baltic operations in the latter part of the war but was scuttled along with C-27, and C-35 off Helsinki in 1918 to prevent them falling into German hands. The copper artwork is screwed to a hardwood mount of an irregular shape and we speculate this may have been to fit inside the submarine on a wardroom wall. It measures 10” x 9” (25cm x 23cm) and is fitted with a brass hanging plate. A scarce and original piece of WW1 Royal Navy submarine memorabilia.
4208 Schmermuly Interntional Line Throwing Appratus - Click for the bigger picture SoldSchmermuly 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)
5499 Sestrel Hand Bearing Compass by Henry Browne & Sons Ltd - Click for the bigger picture SoldSestrel 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!
OC292 Ships Port and Starboard Electric Navigation Lamps - Click for the bigger picture SoldShips Port and Starboard Electric Navigation Lamps - A matched pair in polished brass and fitted with red and blue glass lenses. These lamps show evidence of minor service wear but generally in very good original condition. They do not have any makers marks but we would guess of English manufacture and probably circa 1950’s. Each lamp has a riveted mounting bracket to the back plate and a rear hinged door which opens to reveal the interior which has a lamp reflector in place as well as a slide out bayonet lamp fitting. The lamps are currently fitted with what we believe to be the original 12 volt 21 watt bulbs. We have not had these tested but if the new owners wished to use either on a boat or in a domestic situation we would recommend having them rewired and checked over by a qualified electrician. Each lamp measures 4 1/2 “ high and 5” wide (11 cm x 12 cm.)
601 Teak Planter Barrel from Timbers of HMS Warspsite - Click for the bigger picture SoldTeak Planter Barrel from Timbers of HMS Warspsite - Over the years we have had numerous items of treen made from timbers salvaged from Royal Navy ships but this planter is one of the more impressive. It carries a brass plaque to the rim reading ‘From the Teak of H.M.S.Warspite.’ Warspite was Queen Elizabeth-class battleships launched in 1913 and she served with distinction with Battle Honours for Jutland in WW1 and in WW11 for the Atlantic 1939, Narvik 1940, Norway 1940, Calabria 1940, Mediterranean 1940-41-43, Malta Convoys 1941, Matapan 1941, Crete 1941, Sicily 1943, Salerno 1943, English Channel 1944, Normandy 1944, Biscay 1944 and Walcheren 1944! She thus earned, in a 30 year career, the most battle honours ever awarded to an individual ship in the Royal Navy and the most awarded for actions during the Second World War. For this and other reasons Warspite gained the nickname the "Grand Old Lady. " Warspite’s motto was ‘Belli Dura Despicio’ meaning "I Despise the Hard Knocks of War" and she certainly lived up to this! She was struck off charge in 1947 and 19 April 1947, Warspite departed Portsmouth for scrapping at Faslane. On the way, she encountered storm force conditions. In desperation she dropped one of her anchors in Mount's Bay, Cornwall, which did not hold, and the storm drove her onto Mount Mopus Ledge near Cudden Point and she went hard aground a few yards away in Prussia Cove. Her skeleton crew of seven were all saved by the Penlee Lifeboat. There were several attempts to re float her but the hull was badly damaged and she was eventually broken up at that spot. Our planter is made from teak planks from the wreck (possibly decking) and are held in place by brass bands. Inside is fitted a galvanised plant holder which shows some age wear. This item is from our own collection and we have used with a pot plant inside and at Christmas looks brilliant displayed with a Poinsettia. A superb historical item that will become a real talking point in any home! Measures 10 1/2” high x 12” diameter (28 cm x 31 cm.)
4697 10th Submarine Flotilla Model Anvil with interesting provenance - Click for the bigger picture Sold10th 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.
1817 Shipping Company Brass Astray - Click for the bigger picture SoldShipping Company Brass Astray - A good solid brass example which carries a shipping pennant motif to the centre. This is made from brass and enamel and features a fouled anchor set against a white background with blue segments either side. The ashtray does not carry any identifying marks and we have been unable to identify its origins so if any visitors to the site can enlighten us please get in touch and we will add to our description. Measures 5.5" diameter (13.5 cm)
1169 S.S. Oronsay Ashtray - Click for the bigger picture SoldS.S. Oronsay Ashtray - Built for the Orient Steam Navigation Company and her maiden voyage in 1925 was from London to Australia. In WW11 she was requisitioned as a troopship, and she played a full and active part in the war until 9 October 1942, Oronsay was sailing in the Atlantic en route from Cape Town to the UK via Freetown when she was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine 'Archimede'. Fortunately only 5 on board were lost. Our ashtray carries the Orient Line house flag picked out in brass and enamel and the ships name in standard form above with surmounted by a Kings Crown above. The reverse is stamped Angus & Coote, Sydney. Measures 4.75" x4.75" (12 cm x 12 cm)
1041 Pacific & Oriental Ships Ladle - Click for the bigger picture SoldPacific & Oriental Ships Ladle - The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which is usually known as P&O, is a British shipping and logistics company which dates from 1832. In 1837, the business the company won a contract from the British Admiralty to deliver mail to the Iberian Peninsula and in 1840 they acquired a contract to deliver mail to Alexandria in Egypt In 1847 P&O entered the (then legitimate!) opium trade. Mail contracts were the basis of P&O's prosperity until the Second World War, but the company also became a major commercial shipping line and passenger liner operator. Our ladle carries the classic Rising Sun company logo with a very ornate intertwined P & O initials below. Interestingly the ladle bowl has a very skilled brazed repair dating from a time when we did not live in a throw away society and in our view only adds to the interest. The back is stamped ZA and Elkington Plate. The ladle has age wear commensurate with its age but all in all a super piece for any P & O collector. Measures 7.25” (18 cm)
1167 Item 1167 Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd plates by North Staffordshire Pottery - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 1167 Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd plates by North Staffordshire Pottery - The Canadian Pacific Steamship Company was established in 1891 and became one of the many shipping companies operating in and out of Liverpool. The company expanded as people emigrating from Europe to North America provided a larger number of passengers and the company also started holiday cruise business. The company is now called CP Ships and is owned by a German conglomerate. Our two plates are finished in white glaze and the reverse clearly marked with the CPS name and the makers are shown as North Staffordshire Pottery Co Ltd of Cobridge, Stoke –on- Trent who operated from 1940-52 on the Globe Pottery site. 1948 they became part of the Lawley Group but were taken over in 1952 Ridgway Potteries. Both plates are in good original condition and measure 6.5” diameter (15.5 cm)
OC336 P & O Ceramic Bowl by Bakewell Brothers Pottery - Click for the bigger picture SoldP & O Ceramic Bowl by Bakewell Brothers Pottery - The Peninsular and Oriental Steam Navigation Company, which is usually known as P&O, is a British shipping and logistics company which dates from 1832. In 1837, the company won a contract from the British Admiralty to deliver mail to the Iberian Peninsula and in 1840 they acquired a further tender to handle mail to Alexandria, Egypt. In 1847 P&O entered the (then legitimate!) opium trade. Mail contracts were the basis of P&O's prosperity until the Second World War, but the company also became a major commercial shipping line and passenger liner operator. Our bowl, finished in white glaze carries an ochre, blue and green pattern and the base has a good clear transfer confirming its origins being the Peninsular & Oriental Steam navigation Company. The bowl was made by Bakewell Brothers England who operated from the Britannic Works, Hanley, Stoke- on- Trent from 1927-1943. The bowl is in good used condition with a few age related marks. Measures 9.75” diameter (24cm)
1009 SS Atlantis English Pewter Tankard - Click for the bigger picture SoldSS Atlantis English Pewter Tankard - Atlantis was built by Harland & Wolff and launched in 1913 as Andes for the Royal Mail Line..She operated on the route between Southampton and the River Plate in South America. In WW1 she served as an armed merchant cruiser. Post war she resumed service on the South American route but in 1930 she was converted and re named S.S. ATLANTIS with accommodation for 450 passengers. In WW11 she was converted and served as hospital ship No.33 and took part evacuating the wounded from the Normandy Beaches as part of Operation Overlord in 1944. Post war she was chartered for 4 years by the New Zealand Government to carry emigrants from the UK to New Zealand until she was finally scrapped at Faslane, Scotland in 1952 after a very full and varied career! Our tankard is a pint capacity and is stamped English Peter as well as carrying the ships name to the front. The tankard is in generally good used condition with some age staining to the metal. We also purchased from same source a further tankard engraved RMS Andes (already sold) and wonder if both were obtained by a long serving crew member ? A fine original souvenir from a fine ship. Measures 4.75” high (12 cm)
3960 HMS Rodney Napkin Ring - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Rodney Napkin Ring - A Nelson-class battleships and named after Admiral Lord Rodney. The Nelsons were the only British battleship with 16 inch guns, and the only ones to carry all the main armament forward of the superstructure. Commissioned in 1927, Rodney served extensively in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean during World War II. She played a major role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941. Like HMS Emerald, Rodney took part in the Normandy landings, including several coastal bombardments. In poor condition from heavy use and lack of refits, she was scrapped in 1948. Our napkin ring carries a fine enamel crest and is named HMS Rodney. The ring is marked EPNS. The silver plate is showing some age wear to the reverse but looks fine when viewed from the front on display. Measures 2 “ (5.5 cm)
3961 HMS Rodney Tea Spoon - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Rodney Tea Spoon - A Nelson-class battleships and named after Admiral Lord Rodney. The Nelsons were the only British battleship to have 16 inch guns, and the only ones to carry all the main armament forward of the superstructure. Commissioned in 1927, Rodney served extensively in the Mediterranean and Atlantic Ocean during World War II. She played a major role in the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck in May 1941. Like HMS Emerald, Rodney took part in the Normandy landings, including carrying out several coastal bombardments. In poor condition from heavy use and lack of refits, she was scrapped in 1948. We presume our spoon was for a tea caddy or possibly sugar. The top of the stem carries the ships name and crest whilst the reverse is marked EPNS. The spoon shows minor age wear but overall is in excellent condition. Measures 4.5” (10.5 cm)
988 HMS Emerald Napkin ring - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Emerald Napkin ring - Was an Emerald-class light cruiser of the Royal Navy. She was built by Armstrong at Newcastle-on-Tyne, 1918. She was launched in 1920 and commissioned 1926. She was paid off to the reserve fleet in 1937 but recommissioned and served throughout WW11 and had Battle honours for the Atlantic and Normandy in 1944 when she was part of Force K supporting landings on Gold Beach. She was broken up in Scotland in 1948. Our napkin ring carries the ships crest and name as well as the Irish shamrock logo. The back is marked EPNS. The silver plate shows minor age wear but is generally in nice clean condition. Measures 2” (5cm)
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