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2182 Royal Naval Cap, HMS Suffolk Book & Medal Grouping - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Naval Cap, HMS Suffolk Book & Medal Grouping - This lot came in together and while we have no history on the original owner, we assume he served on HMS Suffolk and continued in the Royal Navy post war. The book has embossed on the cover HMS Suffolk and "Nous Maintiendrons" and covers her third commission on the China station. Lavishly illustrated with original photographs, cartoons and diagrams, it covers the period from 1933 to 1935 and is a great reference as it also lists the entire ship's company by name during that period. The white top visor cap carries a bullion naval badge, surmounted by a Queen's Crown and is stamped inside size 6 7/8, Army & Navy Hat & Cap Company, Ltd. The grouping is completed by a set of miniature medals mounted as worn, made up of the Defence medal, the 1939-45 medal and the Army Emergency Reserve medal. In addition, there is a pin back medal ribbon bar indicating the award of the Naval General Service medal, the 1939-45 Star, the Atlantic Star, the Defence medal and the Naval General Service Award from 1915-62.
2086 Speed, Time & Distance Slide Rule - Click for the bigger picture SoldSpeed, Time & Distance Slide Rule - A Naval slide rule pattern 1448 and marked with a broad arrow. Used by navigating officers to find the time required to run a given distance or to find the speed made good from the time taken to run a known distance. An essential tool in the days before satellite navigation, complete with original operating instructions and card case. It appears to be in good working condition and a great souvenir of times gone by. It measures 12.5" (32cm)
3433 Chadburns' Whistle Control System - Click for the bigger picture SoldChadburns' Whistle Control System - A fine solid brass example mounted on a turned pine base. Marked Willett-Bruce Trademark and below Whistle Control System. James Willett-Bruce was a maker of electric whistle control apparatus as used on White Star liners Titanic and Olympic and he was also the Superintendent Engineer of the White Star Line and had the final say on equipment used on the WSL fleet. The switch is manufactured by the famous marine maker Chadburns of Liverpool and features a sprung loaded operating lever which flicks back to the off position when not held down. We assume this is a safety device to prevent the whistle being left on inadvertently! A most attractive and unusual item of marine memorabilia. Diameter is 7" (18cm)
2628 Royal Naval Trench Art Box - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Naval Trench Art Box - A fine example dating to WWI and far superior to most examples we have seen. Beautifully constructed from polished mahogany, it is in the form of a heart with hinged lid and a finely carved Naval crest, surmounted by a king's Crown. Inserted within the lifebelt motif is a black and white period photograph of an unnamed naval officer. We assume the item was presented by him to his wife or girlfriend and was subsequently used to store cosmetics as the aroma still lingers within! It measures 9" (23cm)
3333 HMS Ark Royal Plaque and Key - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Ark Royal Plaque and Key - A pair of souvenirs from the aircraft carrier comprising firstly, a brass plaque measuring 3.5" x 2.75" (9cm x 7 cm) removed from a DC starter, clearly embossed HMS Ark Royal and dated May 1969. The second item is a key with an unusual attached plaque indicating it fitted the lock in the Inflammable Store (I)5F. The key measures 6.25" (16cm). The Ark weighed 36, 800 tons, was launched in 1950 and was broken up in 1980 after a distinguished career. No doubt these souvenirs were acquired at that time perhaps by a crew member. Original Ark Royal items do not stay with us long, so grab them while you can.
PC47 USS John F. Kennedy Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldUSS John F. Kennedy Plaque - Mounted on a pine shield and engraved below "Presented to Commodore J.P.L. Van Dyke and party." The plaque itself is a most attractive example and is cast from brass with a rope border, complete with the ship's number CVA-67. The John F. Kennedy was the last conventionally powered aircraft carrier built by the U.S. Navy. She was launched in 1967, carried 78 aircraft and the ship's company numbered 3117. We understand as of March 2007 she is headed for Mayport, Florida to be decomissioned and layed up at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Grab this little bit of USN history while you can! Plaque diameter 8" (20cm), shield width 11" (28cm)
2204 Kreigsmarine Spannungsmesser by Hartmann & Braun AG - Click for the bigger picture SoldKreigsmarine Spannungsmesser by Hartmann & Braun AG - Manufactured in 1942, this electrical voltage meter comes complete in its original fitted box which is marked with the H&B logo and S.V.K. 9361. It is in excellent original condition and embossed with the same number, the KM eagle and swastika and the code Zb. While it is being sold as a collector's item, it does appear to be in working order and is complete with the original testing cables. Included is a test certificate issued by the company in Frankfurt/Main and dated 9.3.42.
2925 HMS Savage Oil Tank Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Savage Oil Tank Plaque - An original brass plaque removed from the engine room of HMS Savage. She was a Destroyer, 1710 tons, built in 1942 and broken up in 1962. The plaque shows the full capacity of the number two diesel oil tank to be 3, 517 gallons or 13.22 tons and gives numerous dip stick measurements to check the fuel remaining. Stamped with the ship's name, 1942 and G20. We are only glad we don't have to pay to fill her up! Measures 12" (31cm)
2771 Kreigsmarine WWII Peildiopter - Click for the bigger picture SoldKreigsmarine WWII Peildiopter - A rare example, complete with the original fitted deck box and sighting rods to lid. These instruments were used for taking bearings on targets in conjunction with a compass. Built to typical high Germanic standards in solid brass with original Kreigsmarine paint, it carries a data plate marked Gerat No. 617-14, Werk No. 1802, Anforderz pv14. It also has a fine Kreigsmarine issue plaque with eagle swastika and number 3604. Complete with prism, mirror and filters. Box measurements 9" x 5.5" x 5.5" (23cm x 14cm x 14cm)
2578 Kreigsmarine Hygrometer/Thermometer - Click for the bigger picture SoldKreigsmarine Hygrometer/Thermometer - Used on U-Boats in WWII to test the salinity of sea water. Glass instrument with a thermometer and weighted base. The thermometer card is marked Grade Des Hundertteiligen thermometers. The exterior of the glass is faintly marked with a Kreigsmarine eagle with M below and is complete in the original card case. In near mint condition, one wonders how many of these delicate instruments have survived. Measures 13" (33cm)
2410 SS Otranto Presentation Cup - Click for the bigger picture SoldSS Otranto Presentation Cup - The SS Otranto was built by Vickers in 1925, weighed 20, 000 tons and carried 1686 passengers. She was subsequently used as a troop ship and survived WWII. This cup carries the ship's crest in relief and below a presentation engraving dated April 11th, 1927. It is named to Lieut. F. J. Boswell RN, who was the winner of the ship's sports on that date with no less than four firsts and one second! The cup appears to be EPNS and is in very good condition. Measures 4.5" (11cm)
2232 Shipwright's Scribe - Click for the bigger picture SoldShipwright's Scribe - This instrument is made from hardwood and we believe it would have been used in a shipyard to assist with marking timber during the boat building process. Unusually, it is embossed with a King's Crown and a George VI cypher. In addition, it has been stamped with the names of 37 people on each of the four sides of the instrument. We can only speculate, but perhaps this was done by shipwright colleagues who presented the instrument as a leaving memento to a retiring worker. Central stem 8" (20cm)
3294 RMSP Copper Jug - Click for the bigger picture SoldRMSP Copper Jug - An original copper jug engraved to the front RMSP (Royal Mail Steam Packet Company) and possibly used on one of the ships of this line for water in a cabin. The base is stamped Best NE and the letter B. It is in extremely good condition and is a very decorative item from this famous line. It is also an excellent size to display at 8.5" (22cm)
OC214 HMS Benbow Trench Art - Click for the bigger picture SoldHMS Benbow Trench Art - A solid brass tray, probably fashioned from a shell casing with ornate scalloped edges and a fine engraved image of a part women/part bird with the legend HMS Benbow 1924. Benbow was a 25, 000 Battle Ship built for the Royal Navy in 1913 and she served throughout WW1 including the battle of Jutland where she escaped any damage. She was paid off and broken up in 1931. This item was no doubt crafted by a crew member in 1924 when she was serving in the Mediterranean as a unique gift for his wife, girlfriend or family member. Measures 5.5" (34cm)
2399 WRNS Plaque - Click for the bigger picture SoldWRNS Plaque - A painted shield featuring the Women's Royal Navy Service fouled anchor, crown and surmounted by a wren, mounted on hardwood oak. We do not know the date of manufacture, but could well be from WWII. Measures 6" (15cm)
2807 Waffen WWII Pressure Gauge - Click for the bigger picture SoldWaffen WWII Pressure Gauge - This example was brought back from WWII as a souvenir. The dial is stamped HFSC and dated 1942 and carries a scale from 0 to 160 Kg/Cm. The brass threaded connector is clearly stamped with an eagle and swastika and below WaA300. We have no other information with this item, but it would appear to be a wartime pressure gauge of some description. Original paint showing some wear. Measures 5" (13cm)
2402 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)
PC43 Ship's Electric Gimbal Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldShip's Electric Gimbal Lamp - Constructed in solid brass and could be used on a table or it has the facility to be wall mounted. This pattern was used on Royal Navy ships in WW1 & WWII. A similar design was also used on White Star vessels an example has recently been recovered from the wreck of the Titanic. An extremely attractive and heavily constructed lamp which has been recently rewired. Height 11" (28cm)
PC42 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)
PC41 Ship's Gimbal Electric Lamp - Click for the bigger picture SoldShip's Gimbal Electric Lamp - An original example which was probably used in the cabin of a passenger liner with ornate fluted stem. It can be mounted in the vertical position on a desk or table or could have been fixed to a bulkhead in the horizontal position. The lamp is manufactured from brass with a chrome finish and while showing some wear, this adds to the vintage character of the lamp. It has been recently rewired with period replica wiring. Height 13" (32cm)
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