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5118 Name Box from Italian Cruiser Luigi Cadorna - Click for the bigger picture SoldName 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.
PC200 HMS Anson George V Class Battleship Wheel - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS 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)
3163 Massive Royal Navy White Ensign - Click for the bigger picture SoldMassive Royal Navy White Ensign - Unlike the other flags and pennants we have listed today this one is a monster! We are advised it was issued to the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and was removed as a ‘souvenir’ after winning Battle Honours at Al Faw as part of ‘Operation Iraqi Freedom’ in 2003. The Ark was sadly decommissioned in 2011 and is currently being broken up for scrap near Izmir, Turkey. Looking at the size this story seems entirely likely with the ensign measuring 12’ x 6’ (366 cm x 183 cm).It was made by Zephyr Flags and Banners, Midland Road, Thrapston, Northants and looks to be dated 1999. The flag is fitted with ingfield clips and brass attachment points. It has minor storage marks on the cotton but overall in excellent and possibly unflown condition. Space did not allow us to photograph unfolded for the site but please contact us for further pictures showing it in all its glory!
5441 Royal Navy White Ensign - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal 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.
6254 Royal Navy Commissioning Pennant - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal 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.
4470 Royal Navy White Ensign and Flagstaff - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal 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)
2081 Red Ensign and Flagstaff - Click for the bigger picture SoldRed 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)
5413 Kriegsmarine Blackboard Compass - Click for the bigger picture SoldKriegsmarine Blackboard Compass - A very large instrument manufactured by Dennert & Pape of Hamburg-Altona. The compass also carries a waffenampt property mark, an M and code 1V/1. Constructed from hardwood (possibly beach) with metal fittings and adjustment clamp with a scale from zero to 90 degrees. The bottom left leg of the compass carries a spike and the right arm a locking mechanism for a chalk to be attached. We would assume the instrument would have been used blackboard use either at H.Q. for training purposes in the classroom or possibly for a crew briefing prior to an operation. This is the first example we have seen and would represent an unusual addition to the specialist Kriegsmarine, Nautical or instrument collection. Please also check out the complementary Protractor which we purchased from the same source and which was are listing today. Measures 20.5 “ (52 cm)
5218 Kriegsmarine Electrical Resistance Meter - Click for the bigger picture SoldKriegsmarine Electrical Resistance Meter - Manufactured by Siemens, this is the first example of this type we have had here. The instrument looks to be in perfect condition although we are selling as a collectable and can’t guarantee it is still in working order. The case is made of Bakelite and carries a good clear Kiegsmarine Waffenamt property mark with ‘M’ and the code 1V/1. The instrument scale is enclosed behind a glass viewing panel reading from 5000 to zero. The needle is in the 5000 position so we assume in use the instrument measures resistance down from 5000 rather than up from zero. The dial also features the Omega sign, the Greek symbol for resistance. The lower front panel can be released via a screw at the back of the case revealing what we believe to be a dry cell battery compartment. The inside of the access door is embossed 7411-3 and Ms Idr. 216 Tz.3 The top of the meter carries two connector terminals. Like all German instruments of the period this example features super build quality, a tradition that has continued to this day! Measures 7"x 3”x 1.5” (18cm x 7.5cm x 3.5cm)
5284 HMS Boxer Name Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS 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!
6239 Special Forces Canoe Compass Pattern 9628 - Click for the bigger picture SoldSpecial Forces Canoe Compass Pattern 9628 - Whilst we have had a great variety of naval compasses over the years this is the first dedicated canoe example we have ever seen! This comes complete with its Royal Navy issue deck box marked to the lid ‘Delicate Instrument Handle with Great Care’, whilst to the front is stencilled ‘Canoe Compass Patt 9628’. Inside the box the compass is attached to a cushioned base board and it would appear to have been intended to have been used within the box, which makes sense seeing the very limited space available within a military canoe for instrumentation! The compass, which is finished in matt black paint, is marked ‘Serial nos 6916/BHS/214’ as well as ‘Compass Patt 9228’ and a further plaque simply marked TP.The bezel is marked N, E, S, W as well as degrees from 0-360. The bezel can be freed by a locking lever fitted at the 2 o’clock position and can be rotated to indicate a set course and re locked. The compass card swings freely and whilst for sale as a collectable seems to be in good working order. Seeing we have no previous experience of this pattern we can only assume it was intended to be used by SAS and SBS Special Forces canoe sections. The instrument is undated but we feel it is of post WW11 issue but we stand to be corrected! Case measures 9” x 9” (23 cm x 23 cm) whilst the compass has a diameter of 5” (13 cm)
6148 Royal Navy Model Torpedo on Stand - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Model Torpedo on Stand - this example is beautifully made in solid metal, sitting on a mahogany fitted base with the Royal navy Submarine Service logo in front. I have no history with this one but speculate it represents on of the Navy’s more modern torpedo's..perhaps Tigerfish ? If any visitors to the site with more knowledge than us please drop us a line and we can update the description. Suffice to say this is a beautifully executed model and would sit very happy on an Old Salt’s Desk of book shelf! Torpedo measures 8” (20 cm)
4469 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 never dated but this example is in very clean condition and is complete with the syphon mechanism with even the leather washer in place. The last example we sold was used on HMS Victorious as recently as WWII. Sadly we have no history with this one but no doubt it would have a story to tell. A museum quality item, so grab this one while you have the opportunity. Measures 41" (104 cm)
6098 Trench Art Field Cannon Model - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Field Cannon Model - This superbly engineered example is not really our area of expertise but we could not resist it! It appears to be scratch built in brass and steel and it even features an opening breach mechanism just like the original. We are not sure if this is a model of a specific type but from our limited research, has similarities with the British 12 Pounder Armstrong cannon introduced in 1863 and which subsequently served with the British Army and Navy. The brass barrel and frame have a wonderful aged patina which we have not touched and it could of course be polished to a high shine but this will be the new owner's decision. A real one off. Length 11" (28cm)
6086 HMS Alert Vice Admiral's Gong - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Alert Vice Admiral's Gong - This superb brass gong was probably made up to commemorate Alert entering service in October 1946. She was originally laid down as Loch Scamdale, then the name was changed to Dundrum Bay but finally named HMS Alert, pennant number K 647. She was a Bay Class frigate and was referred to as an Admiralty Yacht for command and gunboat diplomacy duties in the Mediterranean and Far Eastern stations. In service she was always referred to as ‘The C in C’s Yacht! She spent much of her service life in the Far East and won Battle Honours in the Korean War in 1951 as well as taking part in ‘Operation Grapple’, the first UK nuclear weapons test at Christmas Island in 1957. She was finally laid up in Plymouth in 1964 and scrapped in 1971. Our gong is finely worked in brass and as well as the ship's name, is engraved with the date 3rd October, 1946 and below a Vice Admiral's Ensign picked out in coloured paint. The gong was acquired through an ex Royal Navy family although we don’t have any direct provenance with it but we assume would have been used in the Officers' Mess on board. The gong has a superb deep tone and would serve again today just as it clearly did throughout its service life. This is an absolutely unique piece of Royal Navy memorabilia - a real one off! Diameter of the gong is 17” (43cm) and is 2” deep (5cm) it weighs in at 8 kilos so please check shipping costs to your destination before ordering!
6095 Royal Navy Decca Navigator Mk12 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Decca Navigator Mk12 - This superb item of equipment appears to be in factory fresh condition and when we opened the transit case we found a label issued by the Naval Weapons Production Overseer, signed and dated November 1967, when we were all enjoying the swinging 60’s and the Bee Gees had their first No1 chart hit with 'Massachusetts'! The Decca system of navigation used low frequency radio signals which allowed both aircraft and ships to locate their positions accurately. It was first tested and employed in WW11 and was employed in preparations for the D Day landings. Post war it was used commercially (mainly by fishing vessels) and by the Royal Navy, where this units comes from. The system made huge profits for Decca who insisted the equipment and support system could only be rented annually. Decca finally ceased operation in UK waters in March 2000 and the same job is now carried out by the GPS system. While this unit looks to be in working order it is for sales a collectible and an example of mid 20th century cutting edge technology. Ideal for the specialist Royal Navy or marine collector, or simply as an impressive designer piece with lots of dials and switches to play with and impress your friends! This instrument must have cost the British tax payer a fortune to produce but is on sale here for a small fraction of the original cost. Grab it while you can as a never to be repeated opportunity to own and historic Decca Navigator. 17” x 11.5" x 10.5" (43cm x 27cm x 29cm)
4791 Junghans Radio Room Warship Clock - Click for the bigger picture SoldJunghans Radio Room Warship Clock - A fine original example of a design issued and used by the Kriegsmarine in WW11 although we believe this clock to date from the post war period. The case is finished in chrome and is of the classic bevelled pattern used on German ships clocks of the period, including the U boat clock. The case is fitted with a hacking device to allow the minute and second hands to be synchronised accurately. The clock carries the Junghans star logo and carries a 24 hour dial with 4 second coloured segments to the perimeter. The bezel has a locking screw. The rear case of the clock has three bulkhead mounting brackets, one of which appears to have been re soldered at some stage. Whilst the clock seems to be in good running order we have not had it serviced and have no idea when this was last carried out, so may benefit from a clean and oil but we will leave this to the new owner. The back of the instrument measures 8" (20 cm) and it is 3.25" deep (8 cm). It comes complete with a winding key.
462 1930's Yacht Rudder and Tiller - Click for the bigger picture Sold1930's Yacht Rudder and Tiller - This large example is finished in waxed and polished hardwood with iron fitting and is complete with an oak tiller. It was originally fitted to a clinker built Bermudan rigged sailing yacht dating for the 1920's or 30's. Sadly while on her moorings the lines parted in a storm of the south coast of England the the vessel fetched up on a reef and was wrecked becoming a total loss. The rudder and tiller was the only item the owner was able to recover. Its sailing days are now over but it would make a fine display item in a seaside pub, seafood restaurant or even in a nautically themed room. The rudder measures 78" x 26" (198 cm x 66 cm) and in view of its size we are restricting this sale to UK based customers.
5114 HMS Undine Royal Navy Life Ring - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Undine Royal Navy Life Ring - An original example from the U Class Destroyer launched in 1943 and adopted by the town of Windermere. She won battle honours in the Mediterranean, the Adriatic, the Normandy Landings and Okinawa. She was finally broken up in 1965 when the ring was recovered and formed part of the famous Ferrers Walker Collection. The condition could be described as "shabby chic" with some wear to the transfers, although the ship's crest featuring a mermaid diving into the sea is still clearly visible. Measures 31" (79cm)
5113 HMS Ajax Royal Navy Life Ring - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ajax Royal Navy Life Ring - An original example from the Leander class light cruiser launched in 1934 and was famously involved in the Battle of the River Plate where she was badly damaged by the Graf Spee. Her Battle Honours also include the Mediterranean, Patapan, Greece, Crete, Malta convoys, Agean, the D Day Landings and South France. Ajax was finally broken up in 1949 at which time this ring was recovered and previously formed part of the Ferrers Walker Collection. Measures 31" (79cm)
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