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5681
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 specified against Royal Navy stores reference number 53598 although normally they carried neither identification marks or dates to give us any clues to age or origins. This example is in decent used condition but it has the odd knock and dent in the bowl, commensurate with service use. The syphon mechanism is still in place. We recently had this actual pump checked out by a BBC Antiques Roadshow 'expert'. He placed a retail value on it of £450! Whilst an example recently sold at a major London auction house at £360 plus extras and we live in the real world and ours is priced rather more competitively! A museum quality item, so grab this one while you have the opportunity. Measures 41" (104 cm)
OC289
6 Spoke Launch Wheel - Click for the bigger picture Sold6 Spoke Launch Wheel - On offer is modest 14.25" diameter (36 cm) small ships wheel manufactured from brass with teak spokes. We have here an original Simpson Laurence marine equipment catalogue dating from October 1965 and have found a near identical example listed that was priced at seven pounds and ten shillings which was a significant price 51 years ago!

Our wheel does not have any makers marks so we do not know its origins but would estimate it dates to a similar period or perhaps a little earlier. The metal work has been lightly polished and glows almost like bronze in the late October sunlight. The teak spokes show signs of wear commensurate with age and use; each is secured by a large brass head locking screw. Seeing the small size this would make a perfect display item in a nautically themed room or if you have a suitable classic launch we see no reason why it could not be used as originally intended. A modest yet decorative wheel on offer at a keener price than in 1965, having taken inflation into account!
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Royal Navy/Fleet Air Arm Torpedo Rudder Adjusting Gauge - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy/Fleet Air Arm Torpedo Rudder Adjusting Gauge - This comes in its original battleship grey transit box stamped Gauge St No T 528. The instrument was used in WWII for adjusting the horizontal rudders on Royal Navy 18" and 21" Duplex Impact-only exploder torpedoes. We understand the 18 inch torpedoes were launched from aircraft and the 21 inch were fired from ships and submarines. Clearly dated 1944 and in excellent issued condition. Box measures 10" (25.5 cm)
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Pacific Steam Navigation Company Pastry or Fruit Fork - Click for the bigger picture SoldPacific Steam Navigation Company Pastry or Fruit Fork - Founded by William Wheelwright in London in 1838 P.S.N.Co began operations in 1840 with two steam ships. In 1852 they were contracted by the British Government to carry mail to South America. In 1905 Pacific Steam sold its London – Sydney route to the Royal Mail Steam Packet Company, who bought the entire company in 1910. They operated throughout both world wars and beyond but in 1965 P.S.N.C and Royal Mail were bought by Furness Withy.

Our fork carries a kings Crown and the company initials P.S.N.Co. with a stylised leaf below. On the reverse is further ornate decoration showing a native headdress and Pacific Island motif. We also noted very small letting M & W indicating this item was made by the quality Sheffield based firm of Mappin & Webb. In very good original condition with just minor service wear commensurate with age and use. Measures 6.25" (16 cm)

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Royal Navy Ditty Box and Associated Items - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Navy Ditty Box and Associated Items - We have had a number of Naval 'Ditty Boxes' over the years but in most instances the provenance has been lost. This gorgeous grouping is very much the exception! The ditty box which is of standard pattern and is named to the original owner not once but twice with a brass plaque to front and lid. The set belonged to a Royal Navy Stoker Reginald James Thomas Potter; our research indicates Potter's official number was K. 65508 and he was a West Country man and was born in Bristol in 1905 and got his final posting in 1994 ages 89 years. He served on HMS Exeter, the Cruiser launched in 1929 and he was clearly serving on her during her world cruise 1933-1936 and as part of the group we have his 'crossing the line certificate'. Whilst some aspects are a little faded it is very decorative and indicates Potter crossed the Equator for the first time on 24th December 1933. The certificate measures 17.75" x 12" (45 cm x 30 cm) and would perhaps benefit from remounting in a period style frame.

The grouping is completed by a plaque featuring a plated image of the ship, which was contained within the ditty box when purchased. This is inscribed 'South America 1933-1936' together with a scroll below detailing the places visited on Exeter's South American tour. The plaque has a brass desk support to rear and measures 5.75" x 3.75" (14.5 cm x 9.5 cm)

Exeter was a very famous ship in the RN and is remembered for taking part in the Battle of the River Plate. She was finally lost in the Battle of the Java Sea on 1st March 1942 in action against the Japanese. We have no idea if Potter was still serving on her then but whatever happened he survived the war and lived into old age. The ditty box is in excellent original condition and the pine has been lightly waxed and polished. Everything inside is as you would expect. The box is of standard form and has the original hinges fitted. It measures 12" x 7.25" x 6" (30.5 cm x 20 cm x 15 cm). The lock is still in place although as is normally the case the key is missing but we can supply a suitable non functioning period key for display purposes. An exceptional set which served on an historic WWII Cruiser with battle honours to match!
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White Star Line Related Suitcase - Click for the bigger picture SoldWhite Star Line Related Suitcase - Perhaps the most famous (or infamous) name in shipping the White Star Line (WSL) conjures up images of travel at its most opulent and tragedy at its most dire. The full name of the company was Oceanic Steam Navigation Company or White Star Line of Boston Packets, but was more commonly simply known simply as 'The White Star Line'. Founded here in the UK in 1845, WSL operated a fleet of clipper ships that sailed between Britain and Australia. The White Star Line was bought by Thomas Ismay in 1868. and his son Bruce took over as company director in 1899 after the death of his father. White Star was one of the first shipping lines to offer third Class accommodation, in addition to First and Second Class.

Rather than compete with the smaller and faster liners belonging to its main rival Cunard, White Star concentrated more on comfort and reliability, rather than just speed. This was demonstrated by the innovative Olympic-class liners, Olympic, Britannic and the ill-fated Titanic, all built by the Belfast shipyard of Harland & Wolff. In 1934, White Star merged with its chief rival, Cunard Line and was operated as Cunard-White Star Line until 1950. Subsequently the Cunard Line operated as a separate entity, but since 2005 has become part of part of Carnival Group.

Our modest suitcase is little more than a large hat box and certainly fits the description of 'shabby chic' and judging from the wear shown it is much travelled. Despite this it is however lifted by a number of original and rather special shipping labels. To the handle is attached a fine White Star Line Cabin Class example for the Liverpool Service and further indicating a 'State Room' has been reserved in 'Cabin Class' and the luggage is 'Wanted on the Voyage'. The reverse side has sections for the passengers and steamers name, the room number and the port where the luggage is to be landed as well as the foreign address. If this was ever completed the details have now faded. This label was printed in the USA by Dennison. Beside it is a further WSL sticky label, again printed in the USA, which we believe to date from around 1910 and again confirming the case is wanted on the voyage. This one is named to 'Williams' and the room number appears to be 6B.Sadly the other details we can no longer decipher. This label is pasted over another but we have no clues to its origins.

On the case end is further adhesive 'White Star line Wanted on Voyage' label and again we believe dating to the early 20th century, and pasted over an earlier one below. This has been typed and is named to a 'Derek Williams'. His cabin number on this occasion was 52 and the voyage was booked to Liverpool and his overseas address is shown as 8, John Street, London, W.C.2. Our research indicates its centrepiece was the Royal Terrace, but was subsequently demolished and John Street and Duke Street now form present day John Adam street. In addition to the initials embossed to the top of the case 'A.M.' we have a final label on the handle indicating the case and perhaps its contents was put into store at Bentalls Furniture Depository at Kingston-on Thames on 3rd October 1938. The name on the label is 'Badcock' so a further mystery! Bentalls Department Store and Depository opened in 1932 but the site has now been redeveloped and is the location of 'The Bentalls Centre'.

So you will see despite its shabby appearance this small case is of historical interest, dating back it seems to the early 20th century and clearly has a long and interesting story to tell. It appears appears to be made from a leatherette material which shows significant wear and some staining. The brass lock is still working but the key is missing. The interior is lined with green baize and shows age related wear. Elastic luggage retaining straps are still in place. It measures 17" x 14" x 11" (43 cm x 36 cm x 28 cm). The interest in this item is of course in its shipping labels. It may be possible with further research to establish which WSL ocean liners it sailed on but we will leave that to the next custodian. In the mean time it is nice to find a totally original example that has been put away and untouched for close on the last 80 years - as we say in the trade a genuine 'sleeper'! As with all items on offer feel free to ask for further detailed pictures of the case and its labels.

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H.M.T.B. 27 Presentation Item - Click for the bigger picture SoldH.M.T.B. 27 Presentation Item - An attractive EPNS preserve set complete with two glass dishes. To the front of the base is finely engraved HMTB 27, presented to Mr. & Mrs. Enever from Mess Mates, November 1917. While we have no direct provenance, we can only assume Mr. Enever was a crew member of Torpedo Boat 27 in WWI and this was perhaps presented by his crew mates on the occasion of his wedding? The base is stamped EPNS, a maker's mark and the number 5778. The chrome finish shows minor age wear, but overall in extremely nice condition. Torpedo Boat 27 was 127 feet long, weighed 60 tons and built by Thornycroft in 1880. She was sold out of service 2.10.19.
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Item 3347 Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Copper Water Jug - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 3347 Royal Mail Steam Packet Company Copper Water Jug - A fine example clearly embossed to front R.M.S.P. The Royal Mail Steam Packet Company was a British shipping company founded in London in 1839 by a Scot, James MacQueen. The line's motto was 'Per Mare Ubique' meaning 'Everywhere By Sea'. The company had mixed fortunes but by 1927 it became the largest shipping group in the world when it took over the White Star Line (WSL). It was subsequently liquidated and its assets absorbed by the newly formed Royal Mail Lines (RML) in 1932. The companies operations were continued after liquidated by the reformed as the Royal Mail Lines Ltd (RML) and took over the ships of RMSPC and other companies of the former group.

On this basis our jug appears to date from before 1932 with the base stamped with the makers details Henry Wilson and Co Ltd Liverpool. This company were makers of Wilson oil heat boilers and burners, as well as cooking and sterilizing equipment. This firm fitted out major Atlantic ocean-going liners built in the United Kingdom for steam ship companies such as White Star, Cunard, Blue Funnel and Furness Withy. In 1932 they had won the contract to supply the on-board equipment for the "Queen Mary." In February of 1932 the contract for the "Queen Mary" was suspended for a long while and the firm almost closed as a result of the delayed contract and many men lost their jobs.

We bought a pair of these jugs at auction and this is the remaining example, the other already being sold. Sadly the specific provenance of the item has been lost down the years but it would certainly have a story to tell. Condition is excellent but with signs off its life at sea with a small ding in handle but nothing to worry about from a display point of view. Measures 81/2" high (22 cm) and it is 5.75" diameter on the base (15 cm)

PC208
Admiralty Pattern Lamp with Bakelite Shade - Click for the bigger picture SoldAdmiralty Pattern Lamp with Bakelite Shade - This lamp is built to typical high quality Royal Navy specification in solid brass and is fitted with the original Bakelite shade. In service it would have been bulkhead mounted, but to make it more suited to life ashore, we have had a brass base added to the original switch box. It has been professionally rewired using appropriate modern wiring and is fitted with a fused 13 amp plug. The lamp has a ball and socket base to the stem to allow the lamp to be adjusted to suit and it can then be locked in the desired position by tightening the knurled ring. The switch box is marked with the makers name 'Harcourts' who operated out of Birmingham carrying out business as brass founders. Whist not marked, we believe the Admiralty Pattern designation number is AP7992. The original Bakelite shade has minor hairline cracks that have been repaired but these really do not detract when in use. This unique desk lamp reflects the current trend in industrial lighting design and would sit happily in a marine or Bakelite collection whilst still being entirely practical. It is very solidly built and as such weighs in at an impressive 2.7 kilos (5.8 lbs) so please check for a delivered price before ordering. Measures 18" high (45 cm)
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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" (22 cm)
OC336
P & O Ceramic Bowl by Bakewell Brothers Pottery - Click for the bigger picture SoldP & O Ceramic Bowl by Bakewell Brothers Pottery - 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 company won a contract from the British Admiralty to deliver mail to the Iberian Peninsula and in 1840 they acquired a further tender to handle mail to Alexandria, 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 bowl, finished in white glaze carries an ochre, blue and green pattern and the base has a good clear transfer confirming its origins being the Peninsular & Oriental Steam navigation Company. The bowl was made by Bakewell Brothers England who operated from the Britannic Works, Hanley, Stoke- on- Trent from 1927-1943. The bowl is in good used condition with a few age related marks. Measures 9.75" diameter (24 cm)
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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" (18 cm x 7.5 cm x 3.5 cm)
OC65
Naval Ship's Plaques - Click for the bigger picture SoldNaval Ship's Plaques - All these plaques have now been sold. We do however have other examples just in. Please apply for further details and prices.
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Signal Corps Semaphore Flag Kit - Click for the bigger picture SoldSignal Corps Semaphore Flag Kit - An excellent pair of flags, complete with their original aluminium issue canister which is broad arrow marked with the code SF49458809. The flags are cotton with wooden handles and are in good display condition. Similar examples are displayed on our web site by the oldnautibits sales assistant!
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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" (48 cm x 39 cm x65 cm)
OC99
Set of Royal Navy Ships plaques - Click for the bigger picture SoldSet of Royal Navy Ships plaques - We purchased this set of four shields directly from the family of the Royal Navy Officer who served on the ships HMS Dampier, Scott, Owen and Flamingo during his service career. Dampier was originally named Herne Bay, a bay Class frigate but renamed in 1944 and served as a survey ship. Scott was another survey ship launched 1939. Owen started life as Thurso Bay but renamed Owen in 1944. Finally HMS Flamingo was a sloop launched in 1939 and sold to West Germany in 1959 where she was interestingly renamed Graf Spee! We have displayed these plaques in our own collection since 1999 (in the smallest room in this house! but after redecoration a new look has been ordered so it is time to re home them. They display so well together so we prefer to leave as a set. Each shield is in oak and measures 7" top to bottom (17 cm) On the back they have a hanging point and all were originally supplied by Horns & Miller Ltd, who were based in Devenport, Plymouth. In good original condition with minor age related wear.
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WWI RN Submariners Ditty Box with Original Contents - Click for the bigger picture SoldWWI RN Submariners Ditty Box with Original Contents - Over the years we have purchased a number of ditty boxes but almost always they are empty and more often than not their history has been lost over the years. Here we have the exception that exudes period charm and the full history of the WWI owner at every turn! It was issued to Able Seaman H.E.Russen who served in WWI in Submarine service, which in itself makes it a very scarce item indeed. The box is in pitch pine of standard form with a brass plaque to the front stating H.E. Russen as original owner. He was obviously taking no chances as he has written and carved his name/ initials all over the box! It still has the lock fitted but as we often find the lugs have been cut..perhaps when he or others lost the key. The pen compartment and letter bars are in pace and inside is in good issued condition. The contents we found inside are something else! These include a family photographs, his ID disc confirming he enlisted in the R.N.V.R in Bristol and his service number was Z/6664. We also have his service record which shows he served on Victory, Dolphin, and HMS Crescent. His Conduct Sheet indicates he was transferred to submarine K 10. Submariners were 'Volunteers Only' and the class being designated 'K' it was known by her crews as 'K for for Kalamity' or 'K for Killer' and Russen seems lucky to have survived the war! Interestingly his service certificate shows he had a final share of a naval prize fund paid in 1922 & 23. To conclude we also have his birth certificate, named WWI War and Victory medals, postcards and even an ink stamp engraved H.E.Russen. To conclude the grouping we also have a framed photograph of an Able Seaman with cap band reading HMSubmarine and on the back an inscription reading:'Ruby's Dad-Henry Russen'. The is best named ditty box collection we have ever had or are ever likely to have and clearly worthy of further research. A full set of photographs of the box and contents can be supplied on request. The box was purchased in Bristol and we assume consigned by descendants of Able Seaman Russen but what a shame such an archive was not kept and treasured by the family. Box measures 12"x 8"x 6" (30 cm x 20 cm x 15 cm)
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Item 1167 Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd plates by North Staffordshire Pottery - Click for the bigger picture SoldItem 1167 Canadian Pacific Steamships Ltd plates by North Staffordshire Pottery - The Canadian Pacific Steamship Company was established in 1891 and became one of the many shipping companies operating in and out of Liverpool. The company expanded as people emigrating from Europe to North America provided a larger number of passengers and the company also started holiday cruise business. The company is now called CP Ships and is owned by a German conglomerate. Our two plates are finished in white glaze and the reverse clearly marked with the CPS name and the makers are shown as North Staffordshire Pottery Co Ltd of Cobridge, Stoke –on- Trent who operated from 1940-52 on the Globe Pottery site. 1948 they became part of the Lawley Group but were taken over in 1952 Ridgway Potteries. Both plates are in good original condition and measure 6.5" diameter (15.5 cm)
OC380
Ships Saloon Candle Lantern - Click for the bigger picture SoldShips Saloon Candle Lantern - This one has been in our personal collection for many years and has proved both functional and attractive beside our inglenook fireplace. A new decoration scheme implemented by 'the Boss' necessitates offering it for sale for the first time in a while. This is a small but decorative lantern in circular form with a hanging hook to the top exiting through a fluted funnel. The lantern has a small opening door to the side and carries four curved glass windows. It does not have any makers marks but it has a good age to it and we would estimate it dates from the late 19th or early 20th Century. Shows some wear, commensurate with age and use, but an attractive small lantern and very much a one off! Measures 7" x 5" (18 cm x 13 cm)
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Trench Art Ashtray named to Sea Swallow - Click for the bigger picture SoldTrench Art Ashtray named to Sea Swallow - Made from brass, copper and white metal, this is a most attractive example and it features a marine motif to the ashtray section and the ship's name below. We have so far not researched the Sea Swallow, but suspect she was probably a WWII vintage Merchant Navy vessel.
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