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These are some of the SOLD items that have been listed on our website

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Trinity House Totland Bay Pilot Station Sign Board - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrinity House Totland Bay Pilot Station Sign Board - Manufactured from hardwood (probably teak) with a varnished finish and recessed lettering picked out in red paint. Totland Bay pier, situation on the Isle of Wight off Southern England was built in 1881 and acted as a landing stage for steamers. In WWI it became a military look out station and in WWII was sectioned for fear of a German invasion. In 1971 it was purchased by Trinity House for £10, 000 for use as a base for TH pilot boats. In 1978 the pier was damaged by fire and closed. Our sign is a unique souvenir that will appeal to Trinity House collectors or to those with associations with Totland Bay. Measures: 29" x 15" (78cm x 38cm)
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!
Gimballed Wardroom Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldGimballed Wardroom Lamp - Admiralty pattern, wall or desk mounting, heavy brass construction.
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)
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)
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)
Ship's Electric Gimbal Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldShip's Electric Gimbal Lamp - A solid brass example with an attractive weighted gimbal and marked AP9009. This lamp could be used on a table or mounted on a bulkhead or wall in a horizontal position. While not dated this pattern was in service with the Royal Navy in WW11. The lamp has been recently rewired and is complete with a 13 amp plug. This example would date to the early 20th century. Height 13.5" (34cm)
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)
'Mariner' Ship's Life Ring - Click for the bigger picture Sold'Mariner' Ship's Life Ring - A good genuine example with an applied transfer indicating the ship's name with the number 65 painted below. The life ring features a stitched canvas cover and coir rope surround which is a little flakey with one bound repair but fine for display purposes. Measures 31" diameter (79cm)
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!
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)
Bofors Gun Speaking Tube & Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldBofors Gun Speaking Tube & Plaque - A most unusual grouping comprising firstly, a copper and brass speaking tube with a section of the original communication pipe. This carries a plaque reading Bofors Guns and Wheelhouse. This is accompanied by a heavy brass plaque which we imagine was fixed to the Bofors Gun and is marked Branch Breaker EWI-13. Both items are in extremely good condition, but sadly we do not know what ship they came from. Speaking tube measures 19.5" (50cm), and the plaque 6" (15cm)
Brass & Copper Drip Tray - Click for the bigger picture SoldBrass & Copper Drip Tray - Originally this would have been attached to the port frame of a ship's scuttle (porthole)and was designed to catch condensation which formed on the inside glass. In good original condition. These items are often misidentified as spill holders or holy water trays! 7" (17 cm)
Royal Navy Cigarette Case - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Cigarette Case - An early 20th century hallmarked silver cigarette case with Royal Navy connections. The front carries a family coat of arms and initials below. These show some wear and while the initals are not entirely clear, they may be CFH. The reverse is engraved with 20 Royal Navy ships' names and beside each a corresponding date, which appears to indicate the time served on each vessel. The first entry is for HMS Britannia from January 1905 and the final posting is for HMS Vernon in November 1921. Throughout WWI he served on HMS Blenheim (Feb 1914-August 1918). Some of the early engravings are a little worn, but it is possible to decipher HMS Isis, Eclipse, Africa, Greenwich, Excellent, Stranner, Monarch, Irresistible, Erin, Caledon, Curacoa. The case is hallmarked Birmingham 1907 with maker's mark A&JZ. It measures 3.5" x 3" (9 cm x 8 cm). Generally good condition with minor service wear.
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.
Ship's Life Vest by Victory Young - Click for the bigger picture SoldShip's Life Vest by Victory Young - This one would be just the job for a Titanic themed fancy dress party! The white canvas, while in generally excellent condition, shows some stains and general grubbiness. This would also be [perfect as a decorator's item in a nautical themed room or for a film or stage prop. Marked "Front" on front and makers details on reverse and with original cordage. Sold only as a collector's item!
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)
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.
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)
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.
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