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Lot 163

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

A 19th Century brass coffee pot, copper lidded dish, a large Middle Eastern coffee pot and 19th Century decanter and a Black Forest type figure of a gentleman with stick CONDITION REPORTS Lidded dish is dented and mis-shapen and has wear and scuffs, finial is loose. The brass coffee pot has a lot of dents and mis-shaping throughout, some separating at joins, some soldered repairs and other repairs to joins, and repairs to join to body, some joins have come apart. Base is separating and is very dented around the rim. Some splits to spout. Height approx 27cm including lid and finial, diameter of base approx 13cm. The large coffee pot is very worn and dented and mis-shapen and has splits, including large split to body, various separating at joins, and various repairs. Various splits, denting and mis-shaping, various losses. Please see photos for examples. Size approx 48cm high including lid and finial, width of body approx 27cm at widest point, diameter of footrim approx 18cm, diameter of aperture to top of pot approx 14cm. the glass decanter has various chips and has no stopper. The wooden figure has various wear and scuffs and small chips, plus an inserted section across the base.

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Lot 17

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

An Indian or Persian wallhanging CONDITION REPORTS Overall the wall hanging in extremely deteriorated condition, with various splits, damage, losses, some stitched and patched repairs. It bears metallic thread embroidery. Appears to have been cut down as the border sizes differ and it also has some joins / seams. Base fabric very deteriorated and very faded and stringy, and quite a lot of losses to embroidery. It is backed with a modern calico type fabric. Size approx 204 x 130 cm.

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Lot 180

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

A British Cavalry sword, un-marked, one further cavalry officer's sword and a bayonet CONDITION REPORTS Sword without scabbard has quite a lot of wear, tarnish and some damage and losses, some cracks to the wood beneath the grip covering, etc. Various dents and mis-shaping to the knuckle guard. Blade appears to have quite a lot of wear, tarnish and rusting. Length of blade approx 81.5 cm. Tip may have had some alteration or to have been worn away. Bayonet blade approx 53 cm long. The end section to the blade has a lot of pitting and tarnish and seems to differ from the rest of the blade so it is possible it may have had some alterations. Blade generally with some chips, rusting and wear and some wear, rusting and chips to grip. The sword with scabbard - the scabbard has quite a lot of wear, bumps and rusting. The blade has quite a lot of tarnish and wear and again the end section of the blade has a slightly different appearance to the rest so may have had some alteration (please see photos). Length of blade approx 89.5 cm. There do not appear to be any inscriptions on the blade.

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Lot 181

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

A 19th Century Continental naval sword with brass handle CONDITION REPORTS Length of blade approx 56.5 cm. Blade has quite a lot of pitting, rusting and tarnish and tip area appears to have been worn away and may have a section missing to tip. Grip is of brass. One side is quite shiny and the other is quite matt. Knuckle guard with various dents and appears to have had some repair (please see photos). Inscribed "I" above a horizontal line with "4 I" (or possibly number 1) beneath the horizontal line. Some denting and mis-shaping to knuckle guard and repairs - joins visible.

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Lot 26

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

A box containing various linens, etc, to include Victorian and other undergarments, lace work, blouse, a Victorian printed handkerchief in support of the Boer War inscribed "The Absent Minded Beggar" music by Arthur Sullivan, "The Jubilee of Queen Victoria 1877" handkerchief and a silk handkerchief embroidered "A Present from Bloomfontein", etc CONDITION REPORTS The lace jacket and petticoat have quite a lot of staining and dirt and discolouration, and some wear, but overall appear in reasonably sound order. All other items with various wear, stains, some losses.

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Lot 28

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

Two boxes of textiles to include a farmer's smock, various handbags, scarves, hat, gloves, a pair of child's hobnail style boots, etc CONDITION REPORTS The smock is extremely stained and dirty and has various repairs and some damage and losses. It is approx 93 cm wide x 99 cm long (from shoulder to hem). The four babies cotton gowns have quite a lot of staining, discolouration, wear and damage. The children's clogs have various wear, rusting and repairs. Length of clogs approx 14 cm. Hats are in very worn and dented condition with various damage and losses.

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Lot 558

By Moore Allen & Innocent
Date: 15/05/2015

An oak gateleg side table on turned legs, an oak bar back chair, a mahogany rectangular coffee table, and a three part dressing table mirror CONDITION REPORTS The small gate-leg table is approx 66 cm x 31 cm max when closed, and 68 cm high. Overall it has wear and scuffs and a large break / area of damage to corner of the top centre section and a large break to one of the leaves. Other items in the lot with various damage, repairs, losses and wear.

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Lot 187

By Halls Fine Art Auctioneers
Date: 13/05/2015

Utagawa Yoshifusa, (active 1837-1860) Standing Courtesan holding a fan, mid 19th century, woodblock print on paper, oban tate-e: 36.3cm x 24.1, together with Utagawa Toyokuni or Kuniyoshi, (1797-1861) Two Geisha and an Oran viewing a river scene from a bridge, and Two Geisha entertaining a Daimyo, both mid 19th century, woodblock print on paper, oban tate-e: 36cm x 25cm and 36.3cm x 24.3cm (3 prints in the lot, all later framed and under glass)

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Lot 121A

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A RARE PRIZE AGENTS’ LOG AND ACCOUNT BOOK, MINORCA, CIRCA 1798-9, manuscript written in a neat hand on laid paper watermarked for ‘1797’, and kept by Robinson Kittoe but including details with joint agents Sykes, Tucker and Headlam, with listings for thirty-two prizes, detailing where captured, by whom, contents and value, monies paid etc. the latter half with accounts for his co-agents, and seven captains with autograph receipts, contents listing to front, the reverse with a lengthy Army prize agent transaction signed by Major Trant for Minorca, bound with original soft marbled boards -- 12½ x 8¼in. (31.5 x 21cm.), Sir John Duckworth (1748-1817) captured Minorca in October 1798, and took many prizes as a result - the Aurora (28) is mentioned several times in this log, amongst a host of well-known RN vessels such as the Leviathan. This log sheds interesting information on the manner of cargos captured (including one of rags!) and the monies paid and owed with the Agents becoming quasi bankers to the Captains and loaning substantial sums against what they expected to be captured. This lot is liable to 5% Import Tax on the hammer price.

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Lot 124

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

ADMIRAL BYNG: AN AUTOGRAPH RECEIPT FOR PRIZE MONEY, dated 10th July 1749 for the amount of £138.0.0, printed standard form on laid paper completed in a secretarial hand and signed ‘JByng’ lower right -- 13 x 8in. (33 x 20cm.), Admiral John Byng (1704-1757) was judged by of “not doing his utmost” in pursuing a superior French force at the Battle of Minorca. Sentenced to death in what has been described as “the worst legalistic crime in the nation’s annals”, he signalled his own firing squad to fire by dropping a handkerchief whilst kneeling on a cushion. Voltaire famously satirized this episode in Candide, quipping Dans ce pays-ci, il est bon de tuer de temps en temps un Amiral pour encourager les autres (“In this country, it is good to kill an Admiral from time to time, in order to encourage the others”). Provenance: Bonham’s Book Sale, 4/12/96, lot 557

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Lot 147

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

OPERATION ‘OVERLORD’ (D-DAY): A ‘BIGOT’ INTELLIGENCE BRIEF FOR LANDING CRAFT OPERATIVES, with green card cover printed ‘TOP-SECRET / BIGOT’, dated 21st April, 1944 and comprising 88 pages of detailed information, diagrams and images, together with numerous appendices including maps, recognition profiles of landing craft and German light warships, mine fields, tides, terrain, harbour approaches, etc, bound with three brass rings -- 13 x 8in. (33 x 20.3cm.); together with a small quantity of photographs of landing craft LC T969 and her commander Sub Lt D. Evans, RNVR, and some related paper ephemera connected to ‘Bigot’, (a lot), BIGOT was a World War II security classification at the highest level of security - above Top Secret.; BIGOT stood for the British Invasion of German Occupied Territory, was chosen by Churchill before America came into the War and remained the security classification even when Eisenhower took over the planning role. Everyone with knowledge of the D-Day planning work - Operation ‘Overlord’ - was security cleared and was listed on what was known as the ‘BIGOT list’. Those on this list had knowledge of one of history’s biggest secrets and the fact that ‘Overlord’ was successfully carried out is testimony to the work of the planning team and the fact that the secret was kept.

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Lot 16

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

JOHN RUSSELL, R.A. (BRITISH, 1745-1806), Portrait of Captain Matthews, R.N. bust-length, in full dress uniform, signed and dated in pencil ‘J. Russell RA pinxt./1800-’ (upper left), pastel and bodycolour, 23½ x 165?8in. (59.7 x 42.2cm.), Of the several “Matthews” listed for this period, only one attained the rank of the sitter. John Matthews was made a Captain on 13th September 1793 and was still serving in this rank when he died on 21st March 1798, indicating this is a posthumous commemorative image. Provenance: Christie’s, King Street British Watercolours 8th April 1997, lot 14 (£2,760)

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Lot 17

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

NAPOLEONIC PRISONER-OF-WAR SCHOOL (FRENCH, EARLY 19TH-CENTURY, A view of his Majesty’s Prison Ship St. Antony at Portsmouth in the Year 1813, Watercolour with title, Signed and inscribed ‘By Francis St. John of Dunkirk on board His Majesty’s Ship Canada at Chatham’ (lower right), 13¼ x 24¾in. (33.5 x 63cm.) Framed and glazed, A ‘74 built at Cartagena, Spain, in 1785 and launched as the San Antonio, she was ceded to France as Le Sainte Antoine in 1800 and captured by Saumarez off Gibraltar in July 1801. Laid up at Portsmouth from October that year, as the Napoleonic Wars ground on, a seemingly never-ending flow of prisoners swelled the established shore-based camps to such an extent that the Government was forced to introduce more prison ships. Between 1807-1814 the St. Antony (as she was now unofficially styled) was hulked and housed approximately five hundred prisoners. After the war she was converted to a powder magazine until finally sold for breaking in 1827. A previous painting by this prisoner-artist using his French name of ‘François St Jean de Dunkerque’ was sold in these rooms as lot 67 in sale CM011, 1st May 2013. Presumably a talented officer, it’s not clear how St Jean/St. John had authority to make such detailed studies of these hulks and their dispositions as they are of high enough quality to be considered intelligence. If he had personal sight of the St. Antony, one can only speculate that he was sent there on purpose to do so.

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Lot 174

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

AN E.P.N.S CHAMPAGNE BUCKET FROM THE S.S. NORMANDIE, CIRCA 1935, engraved to front with Compagnie Générale Transatlantique logo and S.S. FRANCE, the base impressed with maker’s marks for ‘Christofle’ -- 8¼in. (21cm.) high, After the disaster that overwhelmed Normandie in New York whilst being refitted for troop service in 1942, her fittings were not wasted. Her plateware was first issued to the S.S. Liberté (formerly the Norddeutsche Lloyd Europa surrendered as a War reparation), and when that was retired in 1962, the S.S. France, when the name was added to this lot.

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Lot 193

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A 3IN. BORE DUTCH COMPOSITE WRECK-RECOVERED GUN, CIRCA 1630, marine excavated, the 38in. four-stage barrel with moulded decoration and dolphin handles, now mounted on modern marine style wooden carriage with elevation blocks, side rings and metal tyres (restoration, replaced cascabel and trunnions). Overall measurements -- 27 x 50 x 22in. (68.5 x 127 x 56cm.), Understood to have been recovered from an unidentified wreck known as the “San Francisco” wreck. At least one example, without its trunnions and cascabel, has been noted. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road

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Lot 202

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

AN HISTORICALLY-INTERESTING BELL POSSIBLY FROM THE BRIG/FIRESHIP MARY, 1808, cast in bell metal with crown top and raised lettering to front inscribed BRIG MARY 1808, complete with clapper -- 12¾ x 12¾in. (32.5 x 32.5cm.), The distinctive crown top suggests this bell was probably for naval rather than mercantile use. A candidate which fits quite neatly was one of twenty vessels nominally ‘hired’ in 1809 to supplement Lord Cochrane’s fireship attack on the powerful French squadron anchored in the Basque Roads. Mary is recorded as a brig of 100 tons and, like all these craft, was expended in the action of 11th April 1809. How her bell was recovered is not known at present, but the Île-d’Aix (the island and fort guarding the Basque Roads and harbour) is in shallow water - in fact many fireships missed their mark and one even grounded. The attack at Basque Roads comprised eleven ships of the line, seven frigates, four brig-sloops, two bomb vessels, six brigs, one schooner, two cutters, forty transports or fireships and three Congreve rocket barges - but Gambier refused to press home the advantage and forced a furious Cochrane to withdraw. Whilst great damage had been inflicted, the threat was not eradicated and the remaining French squadron continued to harry allied shipping until the end of the war. Please see lot 118 for an associated lot regarding the Battle of Aix/Basque Roads

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Lot 223

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

AN EARLY 20TH-CENTURY THREE-CYLINDER SINGLE DIVERS’ PUMP, with painted iron frame, eccentric crank shaft to cylinders stamped ‘12’, ‘11’ and ‘10’, tool shelf with tools, typed instructions and spares, yellow pine case with covered pressure gauge to front signed Siebe, Gorman & Co. air outlet, iron carry handle brackets to both sides, wooden sheathed iron crank handles and cast iron fly wheel. The case -- 41¾ x 23 x 19in. (106 x 58.5 x 48cm.); together with two shaped carrying poles; and a quantity of air hose and telephone cable, (4), Provenance: With Divers Supplies (Tony Pardoe), circa 1986, This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road,

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Lot 232

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

JAMES FERGUSON (FL. 1755-1775): A FINE 3IN. POCKET GLOBE, signed A New GLOBE of the Earth by James Ferguson / J. Mynde Sc. twelve hand-coloured gores with details including Australia styled ‘New Holland’, Tasmania attached to mainland, tracks for Anson’s ‘Going Out’ and ‘Return’ and for Endeavour (1770), Africa labelled ‘Country of the Cafres’ and ‘Country of the Hotentots’, divided equator and eclipse lines and other details, finished in varnish and contained in fishskin-covered case of issue lined with hand-coloured celestial gores and secured with brass hooks -- 3¼in. (8cm.) diameter, Provenance: Philips, 14 May, 1974, lot 42, James Ferguson (1710-1776) took over from Mary Sennex (w. 1740-55) who had carried on the business developed by her late husband John Sennex (w. 1702-1740). Ferguson re-published updated versions of his plates and his work remains comparatively rare. In their Provisional Inventory of 1999, Richard Dunn and Helen Wallis list just two others of this dimension then known, and which do not include the lot here offered. On his death his workshop was taken over by Benjamin Martin (w. 1738-1777).

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Lot 242

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A MODERN BRASS PLANISPHERIC ASTROLABE, after Jean Fusoris (15th-Century) with single plate engraved for latitude of London, the reverse for Paris, rete for nineteen stars, the back engraved with shadow square, degree scale, zodiac calendar and unequal hour scale -- 8¼in. (21cm.) diameter, Made in 1985 using the reprinted treatise by Jean Fusoris found in E. Poules Un Constructeur d’Instruments Astronomiques au XV Siècle (1963) from the Science Museum London, and following his directions translated from medieval French, parts of this instrument were made using the gear cutting engine forming lot 234. An original example which is similar can be seen at the History of Science Museum, Oxford, Inv. 49636.

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Lot 312

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

Ø A 19TH-CENTURY MAGAZINE OF DRAWING INSTRUMENTS BY W.F. STANLEY & CO LTD OWNED BY THE TORPEDO DESIGNER ROBERT WHITEHEAD, a near-complete set with two trays for compasses and rules, compartment for protractors, set squares and shapes, and press-button release for lower drawer with paint set and pencils etc. all contained within an oak case with electrum gothic mounts and plush-lined lid with maker’s label -- 6¾ x 14¾ x 9in. (17 x 37.5 x 23cm.), Provenance: Unidentified catalogue cutting with set described as “Property of T.B. Whitehead, Esq.” (included with lot), Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) was a talented marine engineer. Whilst working for the Austrian Navy in 1864 he developed the first prototype torpedo as a by-product of a failed plan to re-design fireships. It rapidly gained acceptance and the “rights of construction” were bought by every main European, American and Pan-Asian government. This in turn lead to the development of the torpedo boat destroyer - the slickest and fastest craft of any navy and the use of which transformed naval tactics.

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Lot 334

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

AN 18TH-CENTURY PEDOMETER BY SPENCER & PERKINS, LONDON, the 2in. enamelled dial signed as per title and divided 1-100 steps around perimeter with subsidiary dials for single miles and twelve miles, blued-steel hands, gilt brass case with domed glass cover and original waistband hook mechanism drive -- 5¾in. (14.5cm.) high overall, Spencer & Perkins were makers of watches, pedometers and waywisers between 1765 and 1806 from 44 Snow Hill, London. Provenance: Phillips, London, 27 February 1980, lot 43.

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Lot 342

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A FINE 1:48 SCALE MODEL FOR AN 8-GUN ARMED YACHT, CIRCA 1840, the 27in. framed, planked and pinned hull with black topsides, bust-height female figurehead, metal anchors with boxwood anchor winch, bitts, belaying rails, companionways with sliding lids, carved and fitted boats swung out on davits, brass guns with tampion plugs rigged in stepped trucks, wood and brass helm on steering gear, raked masts fully rigged as in working practice with standing and running rigging of correct weight, white-painted blocks and other fine details, mounted on a cradle stand within glazed wooden case with top-hinged side panel. Cased measurements -- 29½ x 45 x 18in. (75 x 114 x 45.7cm.), Although presently unidentified, it was routine practice until around 1855 for members of the Royal Yacht Squadron to arm their yachts. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road,

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Lot 344

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A CONTEMPORARY MODEL OF A 20-GUN TWO-MASTED BRIG, CIRCA 1840, the hull carved from the solid with lead keel, carved polychrome figurehead, carved stern and quarter lights, headrails with boomkins and catheads, scored deck with fittings including bitts, deck rails, belaying rails and pins, hatches, carronades on sliders, capstan and other details, bound masts with standing and running riggings, blocks and tackle, mounted on a cradle stand on wooden display base, model measurements -- 33 x 41in. (84 x 104cm.); together with a period framed photograph of the model prior to conservation, (2), This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road.

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Lot 347

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

The following lot will be offered as a set, in the event of it not being placed the models will be offered separately thereafter. A SET OF SEVEN 1:96 SCALE WATERLINE MODELS REPRESENTING THE ROYAL NAVY BETWEEN 1805 AND 1946, modelled by H. Phillips in carved laminated wood and comprising Victory (1805); Orion (1854); Victoria (1887); Hermes (1898); Dreadnought (1906); Hood (1918) and Vanguard (1946), (7), This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road.

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Lot 357

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A FINELY DETAILED 1:48 SCALE MODEL OF THE ‘TOWN’ CLASS LIGHT CRUISER H.M.S. SHEFFIELD [1936], modelled by P. Oakley, the carved, plated and painted hull with lined paper decks, detailed fittings, superstructure and armament as appropriate mounted on wooden cradle stand within Plexiglas case. Cased measurements -- 21¾ x 77 x 9¾in. (55 x 195.5 x 24.5cm.), Built by Vickers Armstrong, launched in 1936 and completed a year later, Sheffield displaced over eleven thousand tons when fully loaded and was, appropriately, finished with stainless steel fittings rather than traditional brass; Whilst this was an effort to reduce the need for constant and time-consuming polishing by the crew (who nick-named her ‘Shiny Sheff’), the fact she was built with the financial support of her named-town and the home of stainless steel was highly appropriate. Involved in hostilities immediately on the outbreak of War in 1939, she assisted in three famous battleship actions - Bismarck; Scharnhorst and Tirpitz as well as several other significant actions, landings and campaigns. Her busy post-War life included a stint masquerading as Ajax in the film The Battle of the River Plate, before she went into reserve, finally being broken up in 1967. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road,

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Lot 374

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A BUILDER’S MODEL FOR THE BULK CARRIER M.V. PAYSANDU, BUILT BY MITSUBISHI HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD, NAGASAKI, 1977, the laminated and carved hull with painted decks and superstructure, gilt and painted fittings as appropriate and liveried funnel, mounted on two chromed columns on blue display base with model maker’s and builder’s plates, with metal-bound glazed cover. Overall measurements -- 19¼ x 54¼ x 15½in. (49 x 138 x 39.5cm.), Registered at just over 36,000 tons, this carrier changed name four times: Moleson (1983); Suvretta (1984); Chryssoula L. (1995); and Jasmine I (1999) before she was broken up by a Chinese yard in 2002. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road, Sold Without Reserve,

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Lot 376

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

THE BUILDER’S MODEL FOR THE S.S. ST. CERGUE BUILT BY WILLIAM GRAY & CO LTD, HARTLEPOOL FOR THE SUISSE-ATLANTIQUE SHIPPING CO, 1952, the laminated and carved hull re-finished and with white-lined decks and painted superstructure, painted and gilt fittings, stayed funnel with later emblem, mounted on four plain steel columns within later glazed display case with part ivorine plate (loose). Cased measurements -- 22½ x 18 x 63in. (57 x 45.7 x 160cm.); historical data, Built to replace an earlier vessel of the same name, but originally launched as Paysandu, this 4941 general purpose cargo ship was sold to the Bharat Line in 1960 becoming the Bharatjal, and was broken up in February 1973 in Bombay. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road,

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Lot 377

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

THE BUILDER’S MODEL FOR THE S.S. INDUSTRIA, BUILT BY WILLIAM GRAY & CO LTD WEST HARTLEPOOL, FOR THE METCALFE SHIPPING CO LTD, 1940, the laminated and carved hull with white lined decks and hatch covers, painted superstructure replete with gilt plated fittings as appropriate, mounted on two metal supports on raised moulded display base with ivorine builder’s plate, contained in original wooden glazed case. Cased measurements -- 20¼ x 63 x 14½in. (51.5 x 160 x 37cm.), A large ship of just under 5,000 tons when launched in March 1940, Industria survived the War, was sold and renamed Teresa (1957) and broken up at Hirao, Japan, in November 1968. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road,

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Lot 378

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A BUILDER’S MODEL FOR THE STEAM SHIPS RUCKINGE & OTTINGE, BUILT BY WILLIAM GRAY & CO LTD FOR CONSTANTS (SOUTH WALES) LTD, 1939, the laminated and carved hull with white lined decks and hatches, lacquered wood bridge superstructure and replete with a combination of gilt and painted fittings, mounted on four turned wooden columns on moulded display base within original glazed mahogany case with ivorine builder’s plate. Cased measurements -- 18¾ x 51½ x 13in. (47.7 x 131 x 33cm.), These general purpose cargo ships displaced 2869 tons when launched in November 1939. The Ruckinge didn’t last long and was carrying food and general cargo between Lisbon and Oban when torpedoed by U108 on 19th December 1941 with the loss of six crew; the Ottinge survived the War to have a relatively normal career - was renamed Sofia (1955) and then Dias (1965). On 12th March 1967 she was in transit between Bremen and Civitavecchia with steel products when she caught fire sixty miles off Cape St. Vincent, exploded and sank with no loss of life. This lot will be available for viewing at Imperial Road,

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Lot 379

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

A 1:64 SCALE BUILDER’S MODEL FOR THE FAMED ‘NORTH ATLANTIC GREYHOUND’ MAURETANIA, BUILT FOR CUNARD BY SWAN HUNTER & WIGHAM RICHARDSON, TYNE AND WEAR, 1906, carved from laminated wood, replete with gilt and painted fittings and superstructure and finished in Cunard service livery, mounted on seven turned balustrade supports on later display base within modern two-part case supported on three ebonised plinths. Model measurements -- 42 x 153½ x 17in. (106.5 x 390 x 43cm.); Cased measurements overall -- 79 x 173½ x 24in. (200.5 x 440 x 61cm.), Provenance: Loaned by Swan Hunter to the Science Museum, London 1938-2015, Ref No. 1938-507. This model is available for viewing from mid-March, 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chelsea, Imperial Road, Imperial Wharf, SW6 2GA - please see map inside back cover. Charles Miller Ltd is grateful for their kind assistance. It is thought that this model probably appeared in a pre-War exhibition about the famed ‘Blue Riband’ but was then dismantled for the duration of hostilities. After the War, the ageing 1864 museum buildings were largely rebuilt and the fine collection of both ship and engineering models it had inherited from the old South Kensington Museum (which in turn had inherited them from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects) returned in the 1963 installation of the Shipping Gallery. It seems likely that it was at this time that the models were removed from their original cases and placed on uniform plinths within more standard exhibition cases. The Shipping Gallery was closed in 2012, having lasted fully forty-nine years, and the models removed to various storage facilities in London and Wiltshire. The precise fate of the original ship model cases, bases and plates appears not to have been recorded and, sadly, the one which had housed this particular model has still not been located and must therefore be presumed destroyed. A companion model to this lot, which retains its original carved mahogany case, display base and builder’s plates, can be seen in the Discovery Museum, Newcastle to where it was likewise loaned by Swan Hunter in 1938. Of all the great liners that plied the North Atlantic, the first-named Mauretania was perhaps the most famous. Conceived with her sister Lusitania, the two ships were built as a British response to the increasing threat to Cunard’s domination of the transatlantic passenger trade posed by the White Star Line which, in 1901, had passed into American ownership. Mauretania, at 31,938 tons, was launched on 20th September 1906, and was ready for trials exactly a year later. Her builders, Swan Hunter, handed her over to Cunard on 7th November 1907, and she sailed from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to New York on 16 November. On the return passage, she established a new record for the eastward crossing with an average speed of 23.69 knots, amply justifying the faith that had been placed in her giant turbine engines. In May 1908 she broke the record for the westbound crossing, only losing it to her sister a few months later. In September 1909 her average speed on the westward passage reached 26.06 knots and this new record was to stand for twenty years until broken by the German liner Bremen. Both Lusitania and Mauretania were financed with Government loans and, when completed, Cunard received an annual subsidy for them in return for the promise to make the ships available to the Government in the event of a national emergency. When the Great War broke out, however, the authorities perceived at once that the two liners were far too large to be fitted-out as cruisers. At first Mauretania was laid up and then served as both a troop transport and a hospital ship. Lusitania continued the New York passenger service but fell victim to the German submarine U20, which torpedoed and sank her, with a huge loss of life, on 7 May 1915. After the Armistice in 1918, Mauretania was initially kept busy repatriating American troops until the following May, but on 27 June 1919, she cleared Southampton for New York and resumed the scheduled service with her new consort Aquitania. In July, 1921, Mauretania was severely damaged by fire in Southampton Docks and, during the subsequent repairs, her accommodation was remodelled and her coal furnaces were converted to oil. Returning to service in March, 1922, she once again justified the capital spent on her conversion by setting new speed records and regularly averaging 25.5 knots. Despite her advancing age, she was becoming an institution among the travelling public and became almost a living legend as the 1920s drew to a close. When she lost the ‘Blue Riband’ to the Bremen in July 1929, she took up the challenge to recover it immediately with her fastest-ever crossings over the measured distance. Her average speed on the homeward run of 27.2 knots just failed to catch the Bremen’s 27.9 but it was an astonishing achievement for the twenty-two year old veteran against the brand new German contender. The international economic climate sent her cruising to warmer waters after 1930, although she still did the occasional transatlantic crossing. She left New York for the last time on 26 September 1934, ironically the very same day that the Queen Mary was launched on Clydeside; Mauretania’s reign was drawing to an end. In April 1935 she was sold for scrapping and, following the auction of her interior fittings, she sailed for Rosyth and the breaker’s yard. The public mourned her as affectionately as they had honoured her in her prime. She had won for herself a place in maritime history such as no other steamship had ever done and it was not in the least surprising that even long after she had been broken up, she was still always known as ‘The Grand Old Lady of the Atlantic’. 

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Lot 52

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

KNIGHT. LUCIA DEL SOL AND DANIEL BRUCE MCNORTON: ‘THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF YACHT DESIGNERS’, New York and London 2006, copiously illustrated. Original blue cloth. Slip case. Signed by the authors. (lightly water stained); together with Meyer, Elizabeth: Concordia Yawls. Newport Rhode Island. Numerous illustrations. Original decorated cloth. (a few light stains). (2) Please note this lot also includes a twenty-six volume run of Super Yacht; a six volume run of Mega Yacht; and thirty-two others, making 67 volumes in total.          

Lot 61A

By Charles Miller
Date: 12/05/2015

The following lot of Lloyds Registers will be offered as a single run, in the event of it not being placed, it will be offered as the four runs comprising lots 62-65 and 71, LLOYD’S REGISTER OF YACHTING, sixty-eight volumes comprising 1878; 1881-1900; 1902-1908; 1914; 1921; 1924;1925; 1928-1937; 1939; 1946 (as a supplement to 1939)-1965; 1967; 1968; 1971-1975; 1977-1979, bound in usual green cloth boards embossed with various owner’s names including Camper & Nicholson; together with Annals of Lloyds Register for 1884 and 1934; Lloyds Rules of Construction for 1930; 1958 and 1966; Lloyds Register of Classed Yachts for 1982-1985; 1987-1989; 1995-6; Woods International Yacht Register for 1993; and the Register of Wooden Yachts for 1993-4, mixed bindings. (82)

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Lot 462

By Capes Dunn
Date: 12/05/2015

AN INTERESTING COLLECTION OF CONTENTS OF A LARGE BOX, noted of interest a COLLECTION MARITIME MAIL, a collection of Yugoslavia with full sheets. The 1980's Olympic Games are represented by a Special First Day Cover Collection in the box. Four binders of Isle of Man PRESENTATION PACKS are included, 1970's/80's, also present are useful collection of Great Britain in blue binder QV-GVI, mint and used. Three binders to include signed covers relating to the Armed Forces and Royal Air Force (including envelopes). To complete the lot are general collection to two albums

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