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Recovered WW1 Royal Naval Block Ship at Scapa Flow, SS Thames Brass Porthole Mounted With CLock. Sn 13483 - 13483
Recovered, WW1 Royal Naval, SS Thames brass porthole. Historically, the main British naval bases were located near the English Channel to better face Britain's old enemies, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. In 1904, in response to the build-up of the German Kaiserliche Marine's High Seas Fleet, it was decided that a northern base was needed to control the entrances to the North Sea, as part of a revised policy of 'distant' rather than 'close' blockade. John Rushworth Jellicoe, admiral of the Grand Fleet, was perpetually nervous about the possibility of submarine or destroyer attacks on Scapa Flow. Whilst the fleet spent almost the first year of the war patrolling the west coast of the British Isles, their base at Scapa was defensively reinforced, beginning with over sixty block-ships sunk in the many entrance channels between the southern islands to facilitate the use of submarine nets and booms. These blocked approaches were backed by minefields, artillery, and concrete barriers. The SS Thames was one of these block ships. The SS Thames was scuttled by the Royal Navy in 1914 in Kirk Sound, (No 1 Barrier, Scapa Flow) it was a single screw steamer built in Glasgow in 1887, registered at Grangemouth and weighing 1327 Tons. The porthole was recovered by a diver Bill Smith from Scapa Flow in 1985. The porthole is solid brass and as such is very heavy. The porthole lock operates smoothly as it should. The porthole retains a small portion of the original thick glass. It is mounted on a mahogany board and it has two brass plates screwed to it, the first is inscribed with "SS Thames Steel Single Screw Steamer Built 1887 Registered Grangemouth Tonnage 1327 Sunk 1914 in Kirk Sound (No 1 Barrier, Scapa Flow)" and the second plate is etched with "Bill Smith Scapa Flow 1985". The porthole has a line of white rope round the circumference as does the mahogany plinth. The port hole measures 14 3/4" in diameter and the plinth 19 1/2" square. The clock is a Quartz clock by Monarch. Also with this item is a signed paper authenticating the recovery of the porthole signed by Bill Smith. This is a very nice display item. Please note this is a heavy item weighing just over 18kgs. The price includes UK delivery/. Sn 13483
£595.00

Excellent Victorian Copy of a heavy duty close combat Medieval Fighting Shield In Steel and Brass. Sn 13485 - 13485
An excellent faithfully and professionally made Victorian copy of a heavy duty Medieval defensive fighting shield. The shield is all metal construction and is lined on the inside in coarse linen. It has a spiked centre boss on the front. The shield also has seven decorative brass stars inlaid on the front as well as a raised symmetrical pattern in the centre. It features a coned shaped spike centre boss. The centre boss is riveted to the shield. The shield has a half round brass edge riveted to the edge. On the inside it has an arm brace and hand grip, both solid and made from metal. The inside is very neatly lined in linen and stitched. The shield measures 20" across. This is a very nicely constructed medieval fighting shield. It weighs 7.8KGs. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13485
£475.00

WW2 Era Kings Crown Marked British Royal Navy Bosun’s Brass Loud Hailer / Horn To HMS Hotspur (Sank An Enemy Italian Submarine By Ramming During WW2) By J.W Ray & Co Liverpool. Sn 13531 - 13531
HMS Hotspur was an H-class destroyer built for the British Royal Navy during the 1930s. During the Spanish Civil War of 1936–1939 the ship spent considerable time in Spanish waters, enforcing the arms blockade imposed by Britain and France on both sides of the conflict. During the Norwegian Campaign of the Second World War, she fought in the First Battle of Narvik in April 1940 where she was badly damaged. After her repairs were completed, Hotspur was transferred to Gibraltar where she participated in the Battle of Dakar in September. A month later the ship was badly damaged when she rammed and sank an Italian submarine. She received permanent repairs in Malta and was transferred to the Mediterranean Fleet when they were finished in early 1941. Hotspur participated in the Battle of Cape Matapan in March and evacuated British and Australian troops from both Greece and Crete in April–May. In June the ship participated in the Syria-Lebanon Campaign and was escorting convoys and the larger ships of the Mediterranean Fleet until she was transferred to the Eastern Fleet in March 1942. She was converted to an escort destroyer beginning in March 1943 in the United Kingdom and was assigned to escort convoys in the North Atlantic for most of the rest of the war ( a contemporary image of the Hotspur after refit is illustrated in image 3). After a lengthy refit in late 1944, Hotspur escorted convoys in the Irish Sea until the end of the Second World War in May 1945. After the war the ship was used both as a training ship and on active duty until she was placed in reserve in early 1948. She was sold to the Dominican Republic late that year and renamed Trujillo. After the death of Rafael Trujillo, who ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961, the ship was renamed Duarte in 1962, and finally was sold for scrap in 1972. This is an excellent original WW2 era brass Bosun’s Brass Loud Hailer / Horn To HMS Hotspur. It measures 16 ½” length and the large opening of the horn measures 8 ½” diameter. The body is fitted with a riveted brass handle. The body of the horn is also nicely engraved with King’s crown, crossed Union flag banners and ‘HMS Hotspur’. The rim of the horn is stamped by the manufacturer ‘J.W Ray & Co Liverpool’. The horn has just light dents consistent with age & service use and functions as it should with resonance calculated to give optimum clarity and range. The price for this Horn to a Battleship that saw much action during WW2 includes UK delivery. Sn 13531
£395.00

Impressive Silver Kings Dragoon Guards Charging Cavalry Statuette Presentation Mess Piece. Misc 856 - Misc 856
This is a very impressive silver plated Mess Piece, a charging Kings Dragoon Guard, on horse back with drawn sword in a full cavalry charge. The 1st King's Dragoon Guards was a cavalry regiment in the British Army. The regiment was raised by Sir John Lanier in 1685 as the 2nd Queen's Regiment of Horse, named in honour of Queen Mary, consort of King James II. It was renamed the 2nd King's Own Regiment of Horse in 1714 in honour of George I. The regiment attained the title 1st King's Dragoon Guards in 1751. The regiment served as horse cavalry until 1937 when it was mechanised with light tanks. The regiment became part of the Royal Armoured Corps in 1939. After service in the First World War and the Second World War, the regiment amalgamated with the 2nd Dragoon Guards (Queen's Bays) in 1959 to form the 1st The Queen's Dragoon Guards. The regiment, which had been was stationed at Lucknow in India at the start of the war, landed at Marseille as part of the 8th (Lucknow) Cavalry Brigade in the 1st Indian Cavalry Division in November 1914 for service on the Western Front. The regiment saw action at the Battle of Festubert in May 1915, the Second Battle of Ypres also in May 1915 and the Battle of Morval in September 1916 but returned to India in October 1917. This statuette can only be obtained if commissioned by a serving or retired member of the regiment. It is a very impressive mess piece and the mounted Kings Dragoon Guard is mounted on a large black plinth. The ground beneath the horse has fine grass detail and a sword and spilt bucket. This is a fine detailed piece in every way. It stands 12" high and is 12 3/4" long. The price includes UK delivery. Misc 856
£675.00

WW2 German Army Helios Swiss Heer Wristwatch & Leather Wrist strap. Misc. 855 - Misc 855
A WW2 Wehrmacht German Army Heer Swiss made "Helios" jewelled wristwatch. The German Army had special pocket and wristwatches for their Officers and special functions. (Deutsches Heer - German). The German Army. Letters DH designated the watches made in Switzerland under the military order for Germany during WW2. The watch face is black and is marked "Helios". The backside is marked "Stahlbowden (stainless) Wasserdicht (which means loosely translated watertight) D 20164 H". The D may mean "Dienstuhr" which means "Service Watch" and the H is Heer for Army, Service Watch Army. The watch has a clear glass and luminescent minute and hour hands. The watch has a second sub scale. The watch appears to work perfectly, but has not been serviced by us. The winder works as it should and alters the hour and minute hands as it should. The watch has a black leather strap. A very nice WW2 German Army service watch. The price includes UK delivery. Misc 855
£395.00

Scottish Military Sporran With Two Tassels and a Badge To The Camerons. Misc 852. - Misc 852
Sporran is the Gaelic word for purse, and it is a traditional part of Highland dress. The sporran is a bag worn on the front of a kilt to provide a pocket for carrying any number of objects, and it is revered in Scotland as much as the kilt itself. The design is meant for utility or decoration, depending on the occasion. This is a Scottish Sporran with two tassels and Cameron's badge to the front. The sporran is in very good condition. It is made of horse hair and has two matching horse hair tassels suspended from metal chains. The top is black leather and it has a metal cantle. Fixed to the black leather is a Camerons badge in gilt. On the reverse there are two brown leather belt loops and a flap covered pocket which is shaped. Under the flap there are two handwritten names "W.V. Hansen PTE Llewellyn 23959684". This is a nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Misc 852
£175.00

Victorian / Edwardian Game Keeper's, 12 Bore Blank Shotgun Cartridge, Trip Wire 'Alarm Gun'. MISC 851 - MISC 851
This complete Victorian / Edwardian Era Gamekeeper's alarm gun was used to warn Gamekeepers of the presence of Poachers on Estates or outbuildings. Several variants were available in the period. This alarm consists of a 33 ½” long, ¼” square iron bar which is mounted with the loading mechanism, hammer weight and release trigger / hook holed for trip wire. It has its original breech plate chain and breech plate with firing pin. The spike end of the bar would be inserted in the ground and a trip wire stretched from the release hook at the top of the bar to some immoveable object such as a tree stump or gate. The bottom mount would be preloaded with a 12 bore blank shotgun cartridge and the breech plate with pin placed on top providing a firing chamber. The release hook would hold the top weight in place until released by an intruder tripping over the wire. The weight would drop and strike the breech plate discharging the blank round. The alarm is painted red & has even patina consistent with age and no rust. There are no visible manufacturer or date marks on this alarm. Price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique alarm gun no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. MISC 851
£295.00

RESERVED RESERVED 1892 Working, Fine Quality, Waltham Vangaurd Railway Pocket Watch Serial 7002345. Sn 12983 - 12983
The American Waltham Watch Company had its beginnings in 1850 in Roxbury, Massachusetts. The company was founded by David Davis, Aaron Dennison, and Edward Howard. Their vision was to form a watch company that could produce high-quality watches at a lower cost using interchangeable parts. With financial backing from Samuel Curtis, of small-arms manufacturing fame, the watch production began in 1851, and the first small group of watches were finished in late 1852. The first watches produced went to officials of the company, and it was not until 1853 that the first watches were offered for sale to the public. This watch, serial number 7002345 was produced in 1892 out of a model run of 7002001-7002400 (399 made). It has a material grade of "P" which is described as 'usually 17-23 jewel watches adjusted to 5 or 6 positions. They almost always have a gold centre wheel and the highest grades have an entirely gold train. The balance wheel usually has gold balance screws, and often has two pair of gold mean-time screws. A "P"-grade balance staff may have two oil grooves and has the finest pivots. The wheel pivots are the finest used on the model'. This watch has 21 jewels, and a screw off back cover plate and screw off front case. The inside of the case has ""Fahys Monarch No 1 Pat April 221879" stamped on it along with serial number "627201" and "29493" etched below it. The mechanism has the serial number "Vanguard Waltham Mass 7002345" stamped and etched onto it. It is in good working condition. It has a white full face behind glass which is in good clear condition. It has a minute hand, hour hand and second hand inside a sub scale. It has "American Waltham Watch Company" in black on the face. The case is very ornately worked in fine scroll and on the reverse it has an image of an American Steam Locomotive in full steam (see one of the photographs). This is a very nice quality American Railway Pocket watch. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 12983
£0.00

WW2 Nazi German Panzer Grenadier’s ‘Meine Dienstzett’ (My War) Photograph Album With Original Photographs , Newspaper Cuttings, Theatre Tickets, Postage Stamps & Loose War Time Tourist Photos & Post Cards. Sn 12911 - 12911
This is an original WW2 bound Nazi German Photograph Album. The contents and subject matter of the contents indicate that the album belonged to a Panzer Grenadier. The Album measures 12 ½” x 9” x ½” when closed. It has a black leather cover. The cover of the album has an embossed silver coloured German helmet together with ‘Meine Dienstzett’ (My War) in silver. The album contains 18 double sided Pages. The pages are individually mounted with contemporary original photographs of Officers & Other Ranks both in training and in the field including drill, weapons, equipment, tanks and artillery . There are also individual and group portraits of individual Officers and Other Ranks no doubt including the owner of this album. The album also contains Newspaper Cuttings, Theatre Tickets, Postage Stamps & Loose War Time Tourist Photos & Post Cards with German script. The album and photographs are clean. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 12911
£395.00

WW1 1917 Dated Sterling Silver Bell Shaped British Officer’s Presentation Ink Well With Hinged Lid Engraved KBW. DKD From E-T By A & J Zimmerman Birmingham. MISC 846 - MISC 846
This is an excellent original WW1 dated English Sterling Silver Bell Shaped Presentation Ink Well most likely a British Officer’s desk piece. The ink well with hinged lid measures 3 ½” height with lid closed. The base of the bell is 3 ½” diameter. The ink well has do dents or damage and the front is crisply engraved ‘ KBW. DKD June 22nd 1917 From E-T’. The inside of the lid has Sterling Silver hallmarks (illustrated) and small faint number ‘338948’. The rim of the base has Sterling Silver hallmarks of A & J Zimmerman Birmingham (the Business was established in Birmingham in 1879 by Arthur S. Zimmerman and John Ulrich Zimmerman. The firm was converted into a limited liability company in 1902 as A. & J. Zimmerman Ltd). The inside of the ink well has remnants of dried black ink. The base of the ink well has a thin paper cover to prevent wear to desk tops. The bell weighs 215 Grams. Price for this excellent well marked WW1 dated piece includes UK delivery. MISC 846
£295.00
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