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This sale was held on 24/11/2020 at 10:00am

THOMAS BUSH HARDY (BRITISH, 1842–1897) Shipping by the Guidecca, Venice Signed 'T.B. Hardy' (lower right) and dated '1891' and indistinctly inscribed Watercolour 8½ x 27½in. x (21.5 x 70cm.)

Condition report: Fine overall condition


Hammer:
£1200

A WELL-PRESENTED SHIPWRIGHT'S MODEL OF A THREE-MASTED CLIPPER SHIP, LATE 19TH CENTURY the 10in. hull carved from contrasting woods, with pinhead portholes, scored decks with simple carved fittings and bowsprit and deck rails, mounted on launching blocks with prop supports and contained within a glazed wooden case -- 8 x 16 x 5in. (20 x 40.5 x 12.5cm.)

Condition report: Rudder replaced, ...


Hammer:
£320

'THE SAILOR’S SEA-BOOK, RUDIMENTARY TREATISE ON NAVIGATION IN TWO PARTS...' by James Greenwood, published by John Weale, London, 1850, title page further inscribed ...Rudimentary Treatise on Navigation in two parts,.. to which are added Directions for Great Circle Sailing; an Essay on the Law of Storms and Variable Winds; and Explanations of Terms used in Ship-Building, with several engravings and ...

Hammer:
£130

A DRY CARD BINNACLE COMPASS CIRCA 1860 the 6in. card signed Lilley & Son, LONDON and mounted in a white-lined gimbal-mounted bowl with removable faceplate, contained within a pine binnacle base with shaped skirting and removable glazed cover with securing hooks, overall measurements -- 16 x 15¼ x 15¼in. (40.5 x 38.5 x 38.5cm.)

Condition report: Wear commensurate with age, two glass panels ...


Hammer:
£400

THOMAS BUSH HARDY (BRITISH, 1842–1897) The Mouth of the Medway Signed and dated 'T.B. Hardy 1896' (lower left) Watercolour heightened with bodycolour 12½ x 23½in. (31.5 x 59.5cm.)

Hammer:
£380

JOSEPH HEARD (BRITISH, 1799-1859) The barque 'Isabelle' in two positions off the South Stack, Holyhead Signed and dated on buoy ‘J. Heard 1837’ (lower left) Oil on canvas 27¼ x 39¼in. (69 x 99.5cm.) Provenance: Parker Gallery

Footnote: The wooden barque Isabelle was built at Liverpool in 1836 and registered at 215 tons. Owned by Laidman of Liverpool, she began her career sailing out of ...


Hammer:
£4000

AN 18TH CENTURY PORT CHARGE BOOK FOR MADEIRA port charges and disbursements for 120 ships between 4 January 1767 -- 19 August 1780, in English (one in Portuguese), mostly attracting a commission (or in one case commiças) of 3½%, the great majority of entries for basic foodstuffs such as meat, fish, vegetables and fruit etc. but also including waiters aboard (passim), two pairs of silk garters, half ...

Hammer:
£600

ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN LYNN (BRITISH, ACT. 1826-1869) The Merchant Brig 'Madonna' Oil on canvas laid down on board 19½ x 27½in. (49.5 x 70cm.)

Condition report: Clean and ready to hang. Scattered retouching in the sky. Relined.


Hammer:
£3000

ROBERT MOORE (BRITISH, 1905-1963) Shipping off Portsmouth Signed ‘Robt. Moore’ (lower left) Oil on panel 9½ x 15¼in. (24 x 39cm.)

Hammer:
£420

A 1:36 SCALE BUILDER'S HALF-BLOCK MODEL FOR THE THREE-MASTED SHIP GRATITUDE, 1876 the 60in. hull carved from ½in. laminated yellow pine, ebonised topsides with stringing, three cutaway masts mounted on shaped display board with painted nameplate -- 21 x 74in. (53.5 x 188cm.)

Footnote: The wooden barque Gratitude was built and owned by J. & W.B. Harvey of Littlehampton, West Sussex, in 1876 ...


£800 - £1,200

A RELIC OF THE CUTTY SARK comprising a wooden 8in. deadeye in tarred steel wire shroud with white painted intersections -- 60in. (152.5cm.) long; together with a similar 8in. deadeye painted metal shackle with bolt; and a certificate of provenance from Cutty Sark no. 480 (3)

Hammer:
£300

A RELIC OF THE CUTTY SARK comprising a wooden 6½in. deadeye in tarred steel wire shroud with white painted intersections -- 54in. (137cm.) long; together with a similar 7in. deadeye painted metal shackle with bolt; and a certificate of provenance from Cutty Sark no. 481 (3)

Hammer:
£280

A 19TH CENTURY SAILOR'S SEA CHEST of typical tapering form with painted ropework handles in carved beckets, tarred canvas to lid edged with polished brass pins, painted to the inside with a British four-masted barque underway and dated 1913 in carved cartouche top right, painted interior with ditty box -- 17 x 36 x 19¼in. (43 x 91 x 49cm.)

Hammer:
£600

JOHN H. 'JOCK' WILSON (BRITISH, 1774–1855) Beached Fishing Boats Signed ‘J. Wilson’ (lower right) Oil on panel 7½ x 11in. (19 x 28cm.)

Hammer:
£800

A DRY CARD BINNACLE COMPASS FROM THE KETCH CLARA MAY OF BRAUNTON, CIRCA 1891 the 7in. card signed D. McGregor & Co., Liverpool, Glasgow & Greenock, gimbal-mounted within glass bowl with 'onion'-shaped brass cover, with side lamps and removable top plate stamped CLARA MAY loosely mounted on an associated wooden cask inscribed Clara May Braunton -- 29½ x 18in. (75 x 46cm.)

Condition report: ...


£500 - £800

PAUL GUNN (BRITISH, B. 1934) Chelsea Wharf Signed and dated ‘Paul Gunn ‘85’ (lower left) and inscribed to reverse Oil on panel 5½ x 11½in. (14 x 29cm.)

Hammer:
£850

THOMAS LUNY (BRITISH, 1759–1837) East of Teignmouth Signed 'Luny' (lower left), old label to verso with title and inscribed ‘bought from artist’ Oil on canvas 9½ x 13½in. (24 x 34cm.)

Condition report: Relined, gallery condition.


Hammer:
£2600

AN EIGHT-DAY SHIP'S CLOCK FROM THE BARQUE ABRAHAM RYDBERG, 1892 the 7in. enamelled dial signed Whyte Thomson & Co. Glasgow, black steel hands, slow/fast lever about XII and winding arbour to eight-day fuseé movement, contained within brass recessed bulkhead case, the hinged faceplate with bevelled glass, mounted on wooden display board with silvered plate inscribed Abraham Rydberg 2345 tons, barque ...

£400 - £600

ROBERT BAGGE-SCOTT (BRITISH, 1849-1925) Dutch Pinks Coming Ashore, Katwijk Signed ‘R Bagge Scott’ (lower left) Oil on panel 7¾ x 11in. (19.5 x 28cm.)

Hammer:
£480

A MERCHANTMAN'S FIGUREHEAD, PROBABLY AN AMERICAN SHIP OWNER'S SON, CIRCA 1830 carved from yellow pine and modelled as a bust-length young man fashionably attired in a blue coat with stock, his cloak and securing tassel off his shoulders, finished in old polychrome -- 29in. (74cm.) high

Condition report: Structurally good overall condition, some splitting to front through lapel, head through ...


£2,500 - £3,500

A RARE NAVIGATION LAMP BY CHANCE BROTHERS & CO. LTD, CIRCA 1900 constructed in polished copper and brass, bell top with chimney and substantial handle, hinged lamp compartment with Fresnel-type lenses in shaped guards, maker's label to reservoir and tubular suspension bracket, now converted to electricity -- 22in. (56cm.) high (not including handle)

Condition report: Good overall condition, ...


Hammer:
£750

A RARE AMERICAN DOUBLE SHELLWORK VALENTINE WITH SAILOR'S WATERCOLOUR INSERTS, CIRCA 1840 depicting an American 'tar' leaning on an anchor with US 'stars and stripes' shield by his feet, the US eagle holding a banner inscribed FREE TRADE AND SAILORS RIGHTS, tipping his hat to a lady in the opposite frame, she dressed in a 'stars and stripes' dress, also leaning on an anchor and holding a US shield, ...

Hammer:
£2200

A 19TH CENTURY DOUBLE SHELLWORK SAILOR'S VALENTINE with geometric shell patterns, to the left-hand side Think of Me, the right-hand side with heart motifs, with securing hook, each side -- 9in. (23cm.) wide

Hammer:
£3000

A 19TH CENTURY SAILOR'S SHELLWORK VALENTINE with central rose motif worked in shells and geometric patterns including a star and swags, in octagonal glazed case with suspension loop -- 13¾in. (35cm.) wide

Hammer:
£3800

A 19TH CENTURY SAILOR'S WOOLWORK PICTURE worked in colours and depicting the brigantine Gwen sailing on a calm blue sea and flying a red ensign -- 10 x 17in. (25.5 x 43cm.)

Condition report: Some minor losses to sea and edges.


Hammer:
£250

Ø A RARE AND UNUSUAL BALEEN SAILORWORK 'SEA SERPENT' STICK the shaped shaft terminating with an open jaw and red glass eyes -- 32in. (82cm.) long

£1,000 - £1,500

Ø A 19TH CENTURY MALACCA AND MARINE IVORY WALKING STICK COMMEMORATING THE WHALER CAMBRIAN plain tapering shaft with loop hole and turned handle scrimshaw decorated with profile of ship in full sail and inscribed CAMBRIAN over, terminating in a brass ferrule -- 36½in. (93cm.) long

£300 - £500

Ø A RARE SILVER-MOUNTED MARINE IVORY CAGEWORK WALKING STICK, CIRCA 1898 with barley twist hatchwork cage section and fluted knob, intersected with four silver cuffs, inscribed overall Renata Rubia / From Andrew Wales Esq. /To Henry Farr Wigan 1898 -- 35½in. (90cm.) high

£2,500 - £3,500

A FINELY CARVED COCONUT BUGBEAR FLASK, FIRST QUARTER 19TH CENTURY with finely worked depiction of the Légion d'Honneur medal and inscribed Honneur et Patrie and flanked by laurels, badges of military instruments to reverse, one end carved with face, glass eyes and brass stopper mouth -- 5in. (12.5cm.) high

Condition report: Fine overall condition, chain probably replaced.


Hammer:
£1300

A 19TH CENTURY CARVED COCONUT BUGBEAR carved in the round with ?conquistadores boar hunting, sporting couples, the face with glass eyes, mouth with metal spout with cork stopper -- 6in. (15cm.) high

Hammer:
£450

A 19TH CENTURY FRENCH CARVED COCONUT BUGBEAR carved in the round with military roundels including a Napoleonic hat and eagle and swags of arms, the end with gaping mouth and glass eyes set in metal plaques (lacking stopper and chain) -- 4½in. (11.5cm.) high

Hammer:
£650

A 19TH CENTURY CARVED COCONUT BUGBEAR carved in the round with five badges with designs for military arms, music, gardening, flowers, heavily eyebrowed glass eyes and gaping mouth with horn stopper on later chain -- 5in. (12.5cm.) high

Hammer:
£550

A 19TH CENTURY CARVED COCONUT BUGBEAR carved in the round with birds and rushes and a dog, the face probably depicting the Green Man, lacking glass eyes and stopper -- 4½in. (11.5cm.) high

£350 - £450

AN UNUSUAL 19TH CENTURY CARVED COCONUT BUGBEAR carved in the round with fantasy figures including winged warriors, birds, dogs, mermaid with scythe, etc., the 'face' with glass eyes and handlebar moustache, coin slot behind, with suspension string with tassel -- 4in. (10cm.) high

Hammer:
£320

AFTER THOMAS BASTON (BRITISH, Fl.1699-1730) The Greenland Whale Fishery Printed for Carington Bowles, circa 1765 Etching with later hand colouring 10½ x 15in. (27 x 38cm.); together with an American print entitled Whale Fishery; and an untitled 18thC print of a whaling scene, annotated in pencil and dated 1764 (3)

Hammer:
£420

A PAIR OF 19TH CENTURY SCRIMSHAW DECORATED BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN JAWS the upper jaw inscribed HARPOONER JOHN CURLY / SHIP HENRY 1864 the lower jaw worked on each side with whaling scenes -- 14½in. (37cm.) long

Hammer:
£550

A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED POLISHED HELMET SHELL probably a clench's helmet shell (cassis madagascariensis), inscribed with three anchors, a narwhal, a profile of a whaling ship inscribed Mary 1891 -- 10½in. (27cm.) wide

Hammer:
£190

A PAIR OF CARVED HELMET SHELLS BY CHARLES WOOD, CIRCA 1850
possibly filled horned helmet shells (cassis cornuta), inscribed Prince Alfred Born Aug 6th 1844; and Queen Victoria Born May 24th 1819, inscribed Wood Sculp lower left (Victoria) and Wood (Alfred), each 3¼in. (8cm.) high
(2, a pair)


Hammer:
£200

Ø A 19TH CENTURY COROMANDEL WOOD AND MARINE IVORY SWEETHEART OR DITTY BOX the lid with relief carving of a stylised fish, the sides inset with decorative roundels and initialled M.J. / J.M. to the front and back -- 5 x 12½ x 7½in. (12.5 x 32 x 18.5cm.)

Condition report: Section of ivory 'M' to reverse missing. Lamination crack to base and lid.


£600 - £800

Ø A GOOD SCRIMSHAW DECORATED SAILORWORK BALEEN PLAQUE, CIRCA 1860 finely worked and depicting two British whalers and their cutters in a busy whaling scene with dogtooth border, on large temple topped plaque -- 6½ x 16in. (16.5 x 40.5cm.)

£500 - £800

Ø A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH depicting a Fijian warrior chief in feathered costume and tattooed head, with relief-carved face lower left -- 7in. (18cm.); 520g

Hammer:
£1100

Ø A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH incised in the round with a depiction of veiled lady pricked out and finished in lamp black and red ink - 5in. (12.5cm.); 215g

£350 - £450

Ø A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH COMMEMORATING THE EMPRESS JOSEPHINE OF FRANCE worked on both sides and depicting a bust-length portrait of Josephine within a pearl border and wearing a diamond crown, the reverse with an Imperial French eagle -- 6¼in. (16cm.); 534g; mounted on associated brass crown base

£1,200 - £1,800

AN ATTRACTIVE JUG COMMEMORATING THE NEW BEDFORDSHIRE WHALING INDUSTRY, CIRCA 1907 decorated in the round with green transfer prints of the whaling ship Niger, a sperm whale being harpooned, coral and seaweed borders, the lip inscribed The Whaling City Souvenir of New Bedford Mass., with waterfront scene to rim and others -- 6½ (16.5cm) high; together with a Sunderland lustreware bowl of the ship Caroline ...

Hammer:
£380

Ø AN UNUSUAL SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH inscribed overall and depicting a whaler entitled 'Maria NB', a bucket of whaler's tools, a dancing lady named Excelsior and the American Eagle and flags with banner E Pluribus Unum with inset abalone lozenge below -- 6in. (15cm.) high; 352g; loosely mounted in associated wooden stand

£3,500 - £4,500

Ø A SAILOR'S SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH, CIRCA 1840 depicting a half-length front and rear view of a fashionable lady wearing a bonnet -- 5in. (12.5cm.) high; 227g; together with a horn beaker decorated with a profile of a ship named Emma, a whale and a harpoon, dated 1836; and two bone tongue depressors (4)

Hammer:
£300

Ø A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH incised overall and depicting a whaling scene within foliate border; the reverse with a sailor's sweetheart in a garden setting -- 6in. (15cm.); 339g

£1,200 - £1,500

Ø A SCRIMSHAW DECORATED WHALE'S TOOTH worked on one side and depicting a whale boat with six crew, one with a harpoon -- 6in. (15cm.); 220g

Hammer:
£200


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