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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)
735 Wills' Ships' Crest Cigarette Cards - Click for the bigger picture SoldWills' Ships' Crest Cigarette Cards - Here we have a full set made up of 50 original cigarette cards issued by W. D. & H. O. Wills of Bristol and London in 1925. The set, which would have been collected individually from 50 packets of cigarettes, are all different with the crest printed in full colour and the motto detailed below. On the reverse of the cards is some background information on the individual ship including name, class, tonnage, armour and date of launch. Many famouse vessels of the Royal Navy are detailed including HMS Hood, Argus, Vindictive and Repulse. The set comes in a display folder but would benefit from being framed and glazed.
2198 Original Boot Hook with Brass Tip - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal Boot Hook with Brass Tip - This particularly attractive example features a double hook end and the casting details the name 'Lugline' which we assume was either the maker or the brand name. The pole, which is made from oak, is c. 78” end to end (198 cm) A fine display item or an ideal accessory for the classic boat in your life!
553 Original Boat Hook with Brass Tip - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal Boat Hook with Brass Tip - The shaft is made from a hard wood and all is in excellent condition. Would suit a classic boat or would make an equally good display item in a nautical collection. Measures 75" (171cm)
913 Ship's Bookcase in Mahagony and Marine Ply - Click for the bigger picture SoldShip's Bookcase in Mahagony and Marine Ply - When purchased we were advised this bookcase was originally fitted to an RAF Air Sea Rescue Launch and recovered when the vessel was scrapped; painted on the back is the number 1491. In good original condition but could possible benefit from sanding and revarnishing. Measures 22.5" x 15.5" (58cm x 39cm)
451 Yacht or Launch Steps by Simpson Lawrence & Co, Ltd. - Click for the bigger picture SoldYacht 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)
24 Diver's Helmet & Boots Storage Stand - Click for the bigger picture SoldDiver's Helmet & Boots Storage Stand - Made of mahogany with a curved top which is contoured to take the breast plate of a hard hat diver's helmet. Below is storage space for the diver's weighted boots. The mahogany is in excellent condition with a varnish finish. The stand does not have any identification marks but we estimate it probably dates from the 1970's or 1980's. Perfect for displaying a diver's helmet and associated equipment. Measures 19" x 15.6" x 25.6" (48cm x 39cm x65cm)
829 Yacht or Launch Boarding Ladder - Click for the bigger picture SoldYacht 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.
6003a C.E. Heinke 3 bolt 4 light Lightweight Harbour Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldC.E. Heinke 3 bolt 4 light Lightweight Harbour Helmet - This scarce Heinke is a real 'sleeper' having been with the previous owner since he acquired it while living in Bahrain in the 1960's. It served with a Diving Services company in the island who were laying cables at the time. The brass makers plaque to the corselet reads C.E.Heinke Established 1820, 87, Grange Rd, London S.E.1. The plaque, despite somewhat over zealous polishing of the helmet, still exhibits some of its original blue paint. The faceplate is hinged and the spitcock is located on the left side of the hat to allow operation by the divers right hand. The helmet has access points for two coms connectors although it is lacking the the communication system. It has one exhaust valve fitted to the rear. The inside shows exactly the patina and age wear you would expect of the real deal and we are happy to issue a 100% guarantee on the originality of this item and it is definitely not one of the convincing replicas currently being surfacing on the market. Grab yourself a piece of diving history while you can;this one won't be with us long!
322 Ship's Copper & Brass Drip Tray - Click for the bigger picture SoldShip's Copper & Brass Drip Tray - These are often mis-identified but were designed to hang below a ship's skuttle (porthole) to catch water that has condensed on the inside of the glass. We have seen them described as spill holders or holy water receptacles but now you know better! It has clearly seen some use but still in good issued condition with brass hanging clips intact. Measures 8" (19cm)
5558 HMS Ark Royal Brass Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ark Royal Brass Plaque - We believe this item to be from the Ark launched in 1950 and withdrawn from service and broken up in 1980. The plate is nicely engraved with the ship's name and was removed from the foreway electrical link box and marked no. 53131, 220 volts and features a wiring diagram listing millivolt drop values. The detail is engraved into the brass which is of a very solid built quality. Any item which served on the Ark is hugely desirable to collectors and moreso seeing our government has chosen to scrap the current Ark despite having no replacement for her in the foreseeable future - but we are antique dealers and what do we know about defence and politics? Grab yourself a piece of naval history whilst you can! Measures 7.5" x 8.5" (19cm x 21cm)
5178 HMS Ajax Wreck Artifacts - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ajax Wreck Artifacts - Mounted within a glazed collector's display board and featuring 12 items recovered from the wreck. HMS Ajax was a ship of the line launched in 1798 and took part in the battles of Cape Finisterre and Trafalgar in 1805 before being lost to a disastrous fire in 1807 during the Dardenelles operation. The fire started accidentally in the bread-room and blew up off the island of Tenedos with the loss of 250 men, many of whom had fought at Trafalgar. The relics displayed included 2 broad arrow marked nails and assorted items of copper, one assumes from the ship's hull which survived the fire. A possibly unique set with a direct connection to the most famous battle in British history. Frame measurements 12.5" x 8.5" (31cm x 21cm)
PC171 Superb Antique Sideboard/Dresser from a Gentleman's Yacht - Click for the bigger picture SoldSuperb Antique Sideboard/Dresser from a Gentleman's Yacht - Please note we have just reduced the price of this gorgeous item of furniture by a massive 35% as the owner needs the space, so grab a bargain while you can! It is both practical and decorative and while probably not unique, we suspect you would be hard pressed to find another to match it. This is a family item which we are marketing on behalf of the owners. It was purchased many years ago in the port of Falmouth, Cornwall. Sadly we have no specific history with it but the current owner was told it was removed from a gentleman's yacht. It is made from solid mahogany with 9 drawers, 2 of which are deep cellarette, both drawers with room to store up to 18 bottle of the captain's favourite grog! It also features a central cellarette cupboard with 3 shelves. A row of 3 top drawers surmount 6 smaller drawers which have brass handles and dove tailed joints. The base features 3 trap door style compartments which we are told would have given access to the bilges. The top of the dresser features a brass fiddle rail to prevent the loss of plates and glasses in a rolling sea. A wonderful hidden feature of this stunning item is the rear mirror which operates in the fashion of a sash window and glides down on a weight and pulley system to provide access to a serving hatch that separated the saloon from the galley when in service. This item is currently in Cornwall and ideally we would prefer collection by the purchaser but UK delivery may be possible by separate negotiation. It is extremely heavy, as you would expect for a piece of this quality but it will disassemble for transit. You certainly won't find one of these in Ikea! Width 54" (137cm), depth 26" (67cm), height to work surface 39" (99cm), height to top of mirror 75" (190cm)
5147 HMS Courageous Fire Screen - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Courageous Fire Screen - Made of varnished timber, the front of the screen is dated 1936-39 and carries an image of the ship's crest and motto "Courageux Et Fougueux". HMS Courageous (pennant no. 50) was built as a cruiser in WWI but was decommissioned post war and rebuilt as an aircraft carrier launched in 1928. She was torpedoed and sunk by U-29 off the coast of Ireland on 17th September, 1939 with the sad loss of her captain and 518 of her crew. We had no provenance with the screen but assume it was made by a member of her crew who served on her between 1936 and 1939 and can only hope he was not one of the hands lost when she sank. Measures 25" x 18" (64cm x 46cm)
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