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Heavy Duty Rope Ladder - Click for the bigger picture SoldHeavy Duty Rope Ladder - Whilst we have no history with this one looking at the manufacturing quality we believe it to be ex marine issue and possibly Royal Navy. Whilst we say 'issued' the ladder is so good we wonder if it actually ever left the stores? The coir rope looks to be in really good condition and is made up of 20 hardwood steps; we believe the wood to be ash but stand to be corrected. The 20 rungs are mounted with each rung 1 foot apart(30 cm) and the extended length of the ladder is 21 feet (6.4 meters).It is 12" wide (30cm)and at the top end it has two metal fittings designed to bolt the ladder on to a suitable secure attachment point. It is very decorative item and is a real designers piece or perfect for theatrical or film use. This item, like all stock offered on our site, is sold for collectable purposes only. It could well be it is strong enough to be used for its original intended purpose but we can’t guarantee this so if this is your intention re strongly recommended you get it checked out by a suitably qualified person first. More detailed pictures can be supplied on request.
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.
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)
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.
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)
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)
Pacific Steam Navigation Comany Pasty Cutters - Click for the bigger picture SoldPacific Steam Navigation Comany Pasty Cutters - The Pacific Steam Navigation Company was established in 1838 carrying mail and passengers and operated in the Pacific coast of South America, and was the first to use steam ships for commercial traffic in the Pacific Ocean. The company was finally incorporated into Royal Mail Lines in 1938. These two rings, which are made from plated metal, are nicely embossed with the company crest featuring Pacific Steam Navigation around the edge and a crown in the centre. We are not 100% sure of their purpose. One ring is a fraction smaller than the other and it has been suggested they were pastry cutters as they have a rounded ring on the top and a bevelled sharper edge on the bottom although we stand to be corrected on this! The larger ring measures 4” diameter (11.5 cm) and the smaller is 3.75” (9.5cm). Our price is for the pair but happy to sell individually at £15.00 each.
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)
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)
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”).
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)
Pair of Ship's Engine Room Brass Jugs - Click for the bigger picture SoldPair of Ship's Engine Room Brass Jugs - fitted with hardwood handles. These were used to draw off water from steam ship boilers, so that the salinity could be tested. One handle is marked with red paint and the other green, we speculate one was used for the port boiler and the other starboard! Unusual and decorative marine items from a bygone age. Some service wear, but good original condition. Height 30cm (12”).
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.)
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!
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)
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.)
Ships 'In/Out' Cabin Sign Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldShips 'In/Out' Cabin Sign Board - Tom Ferrers–Walker served in the Royal Navy in WW11 and when he left the service he decided to collect a range of Royal Navy artefacts and he dedicated the reminder of his life in assembling one of the most comprehensive private collections in the UK. He put in a tremendous amount of hard work (and cash!) into the collection and was able to purchase items that included ships helms, tread plates and screen badges, tompions, plaques and much else besides. These were initially acquired directly by Mr Ferrers-Walker when the ships were sold out of service and broken up in the period after World War 11 but he continued his hobby right up until the 1990’s when he sourced items from public auctions and private collectors. This Officers In/Out sign board is one of the more modest items from the collection but interesting none the less. Sadly we don’t know what ship it came from but no doubt was originally mounted on an Officers cabin door and it is nice to speculate perhaps that of the Captain? It has clearly been made up on board by the ships carpenter and is made from mahogany with a sliding panel to indicate if the officer is ‘In’ or ‘Out’.This would serve equally well today either ashore or afloat, perhaps on the door of the smallest room in the house? Measures 8.5” x 5.5” (22 cm x 14 cm)
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)
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)
Naval Semaphore Flags - Click for the bigger picture SoldNaval Semaphore Flags - The semaphore flag signalling system was designed by the Chappe brothers in France in the late 18th century. It was soon adopted by other European countries and despite modern technology the system is still used today. Here we have a mint and original set of flags which measure 12” x 14” (30cm x 36cm) with each flag is made from cotton and is divided diagonally into a red and a yellow section with the red in the uppermost triangle. The handles are varnished hardwood and whilst we don’t know their provenance appear to be in unissued condition.
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