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Sale MA16: Maritime Sale

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Thursday, 16th June 2016

Okehampton Street, Exeter

Maritime Auction

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Our Specialist Maritime Sale that includes all manner of naval artefacts from models, paintings and ships fittings through to scrimshaw, maritime silver, navigation instruments and exploration-related items held at our Westcountry saleroom complex in Exeter.

This auction has 324 fine art lots.

Catalogue, Notices and Results

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Sale Notes

The Maritime Auction is always a keenly awaited event on the auction calendar as Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood are perhaps the only West country auctioneers to have a dedicated specialist department.

For both vendors and collectors, this specialist sale provides a venue at the Exeter saleroom complex from which to reach a global niche market.

Following on from the Anthony and Yvonne Pardoe Collection of Diving Helmets & Equipment on 15th June 2016, the Maritime Auction has a good selection of over 300 lots from which to choose.

Ocean liner memorabilia has always had a strong market particularly for those items associated with The White Star line. The coffee can and saucer (MA16/607) and the side dish (MA16/608) are nice examples of the sorts of services used in the 1920s and 1930s and show the difference in expected luxuries when compared to the plain designs of the Union Castle line (MA16/614) and even P&O (MA16/603).

One of the more unusual services is that of the Northern Light Houses (MA16/604). The example included in the sale retains its drainer and so should attract collectors to the pre-sale estimate of £350-£450. One can only image what it must have been like living in a light house and trying to serve a Sunday roast in a Force 10 gale!

Perhaps one of the most intriguing aspects of the auction is the history connected to so many of the lots included in the sale. Of course there is the small, but important section of HMS Victory presented by Rear Admiral Phelps (Godson of Sir Thomas Hardy - Nelson’s Flag Captain) (MA16/773) that should easily make above the pre-sale estimate of £80-£100, but take time to also look at the history of the 18ct gold watch presented by Captain Ridell of HMS Renown to JG Williams for saving his life after he fell overboard (MA16/794).

Some of the highlights of the sale include the ships bell of the Victorian built ‘Brenda’ (MA16/634), the 19th century Dutch Royal Coat of Arms (MA16/640) and the fine Admiralty pattern dockyard style model (MA16/807). However, with internet bidding increasing its presence during these specialist sales, any one of these pieces could reach beyond their expected pre-sale estimate - once again proving that Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood’s understanding of the changing auction markets in the 21st century is right on course.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100