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Sale MA18: Maritime Sale

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Wednesday, 13th June 2018

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 374 fine art lots.

Catalogue, Notices and Results

Sale Notes

Even before the the Royal Navy was created in 1660 following the Restoration of Charles II to the Throne, interest in the sea and its history had always been an attractive force and continues as to be so with Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Maritime auction of the 13th June 2018.

Once again, the sale offers a unique opportunity for collectors and buyers to have a good selection of 'niche' items in one place at the Exeter salerooms. We have written many times before that it is incredible to think that even after over 200 years have passed since the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Lord Nelson is as popular today as he was in the late 18th century.

If you ever needed proof then just watch the sale and interest that a Regency brass commemorative tompion (MA18/216) will generate, even with an estimate of £400-£500. Another piece from the early 19th century that should attract international collectors is the Victorian naval Dockyard truncheon (MA18/209), which retains much of its original colour and decoration. The condition of such a very decorative piece outstanding considering it may have been used on a few drunken sailors!

Having a dedicated specialist Maritime department enables Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood to offer the best opportunity for clients to place specialist or niche market items into auction. Many of the pieces on offer would look out of place in a regular sale catalogue, but when the room is set out one can begin to see the overall appeal.

The 19th century Meghribi brass Astrolabe (MA18/117) might have been overlooked elsewhere, but in the specialist Maritime auction, it's quality deserves a pre-sale estimate of £800-£1,000. Some of the more traditional pieces like the figurehead by Charles Moore (MA18/217) and the sailor's wool work (MA18/188) also benefit from being in a specialist sale, as having a good selection included with a sale often brings the buyers in person. In the modern age the Internet will no doubt be active in the run up to the sale and on the day with live internet bidding.

International buyers and collectors of diving helmets and equipment will be eager to add the Siebe Gorman12 bolt diving helmet to their collection (MA18/249) with its family history and provenance. Even two years after the success of the Pardoe collection of diving helmets (SS02), Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood is still the first port of call for sellers of diving helmets and antique diving equipment.

If you would like something a bit more glamorous then perhaps a Union-Castle Line 'South & East Africa' service poster after Odin Rosenvinge (1880-1957) (MA18/221) would be more to your liking or if you would like a piece of naval history with a local connection then the ship's stern letters from the Royal Navy Leander-class frigate HMS Scylla (F71) (MA18/59) would be for you. Launched in 1968 and commissioned in 1970, Scylla was decommissioned in 1993 and sunk as an artificial reef in 2004 and remains an active dive site.

Provenance and history are always interesting to have with any of the pieces within the sale and the pair of Third Reich period 7 x 50 Kriegsmarine binoculars by Ernst Leitz GmbH, Wetzlar recovered from U-3008 (MA18/134) will certainly attract a lot of interest.

Identifying new market areas and changes in market demands is something that we are also conscious of at Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, which is why there is a larger section of Scientific Instruments included in the sale. As well as barographs and medical instruments there is also a mechanical Curta Type I No 61574 calculator by Contina AG Mauren (MA18/179) estimated £200-£300. This is certainly an indication that the demand for pre-electronic and pre-digital technology is a market on the rise.

Contact for Sale

For any information about this sale, please contact:-

Brian Goodison-BlanksBrian Goodison-Blanks

Tel:+44 (01392) 413100