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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Ltd

St Edmunds Court,
Okehampton Street,
EXETER,
Devon,
EX4 1DU

  01392 413100
 
  www.bhandl.co.uk

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Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood Ltd - Maritime
Sale commencing:   14 August 2019 10:00 AM

Lot 1

A letter from Harry Pennell to Frank Davies regarding the opportunity to go to the relief of Sir Ernest (Shackleton): and of the experiences of expedition member (Edward William) Nelson during WWI.

Estimated Value: £250 - £300

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Lot 2

A scale plan for a 'covered polar sledge design' by F E Davies dated '6th April 1920': on cartridge paper, 64cm. x 86cm.; together with two copies of a letter to Dr Atkinson in regard to the design of the covered sledge.

Estimated Value: £300 - £400

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Lot 3

An Antarctic Club invitation to a 'Coming-of-age re-union dinner, Holborn Restaurant, London, Friday 20th January 1950': on emblem headed card.

Estimated Value: £50 - £60

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Lot 4

A collection of service papers and related ephemera to F E C Davies:, including Royal Navy service certificate, RN discharge certificates, Merchant Navy discharge certificate, related papers and letters, also two letters from the Admiralty regarding the return of his Polar medal and status of his position in receipt of the Polar Medal bar and his WWII General Service medal entitlement, also a cased silver backed brush set, Birmingham 1923, and a WWII notification for the death of Frank Davies' son, Peter.

Estimated Value: £500 - £600

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Lot 5

Two early 20th century silver plated boson's whistles on chain, formerly the property of F E C Davies:.

Estimated Value: £150 - £200

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Lot 6

A collection of geometry sets, paint tin, French curves, pin hammer and other related items belonging to F E C Davies:.

Estimated Value: £100 - £150

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Lot 7

A large wooden seaman's trunk belonging to F E C Davies: with overwritten hand painted addresses, 45cm. x 97cm. x 46cm.

Estimated Value: £200 - £300

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Lot 8

A handwritten manuscript biography of Francis Davies circa 1950:, detailing his early apprenticeship with the Royal Navy and his service up to the end of the Russo-Japanese War in 1905, together with one other handwritten manuscript circa 1950 'Rue of the Antarctic, Voyage of the Amphipodean' by Rudette (pseudonym of B Davies, Francis Davies' daughter) together with eighteen hand drawn sketches of 'Snoope' and the Amphipodean (based upon the William Scoresby) for illustrating the text.

Estimated Value: £1000 - £1500

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Lot 9

An Edwardian silver vesta case, Birmingham 1900 (0.6oz) and a George V silver cigarette case (1.93oz) belonging to F E C Davies: (2).

Estimated Value: £200 - £300

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Lot 10

A late 19th/early 20th century Falklands Islands Flag (1876-1925 version):, the British blue ensign with Union Jack to canton and seal of the Falkland Islands to the fly, 43cm. x 91cm.

Estimated Value: £500 - £600

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Lot 11

'Wildlife in Australia' inscribed to end papers 'To the glorious memory of Commander Harry Lewis Lee Pennell RN who went down with his ship 'HMS Queen Mary' in the Battle of Jutland May 31st 1916 'A keepsake from his wife' also inscribed 'Francis E C Davies RN March 1917':.

Estimated Value: £70 - £90

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Lot 12

Antarctic Interest- a collection of 16 small black and white photographs of Antarctic views and penguins:; together with a larger photogravure print of penguins, circa 1950s.

Estimated Value: £100 - £150

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Lot 13

A photograph album documenting the Discovery II and William Scoresby Expeditions 1927 onwards:, containing views aboard ship with frozen decks, views of the William Scorseby with the Lockhead Vega float plane for the Wilkins Hearst Antarctic Expedition circa 1929 aboard, also topographical views, and others and negatives.

Estimated Value: £600 - £800

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Lot 14

A collection of five letters from the Colonial Office and RSS William Scoresby to F E C Davies: in regard to his commission and service as navigator aboard RSS William Scoresby and the Discovery II during the expeditions dated 1927-1931, together with two pieces of related ephemera and a souvenir postcard with hand painted ship portrait on leaf.

Estimated Value: £250 - £300

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Lot 15

A manuscript description and single sheet of readings on headed paper for the Humberdolt Current:; together with a blueprint chart (The Humberdolt Current or 'Peru' current is a low-salinity ocean current that flows North along the western coast of South America).

Estimated Value: £50 - £60

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Lot 16

Discovery II & William Scoresby- A group of eight letters on Colonial Office, Discovery II and RSS William Scoresby letterheads: in regard to the service of F E C Davies during the expeditions dated 1927-31, including a hand written affidavit by F E C Davies concerning a dispute and the concerns of the conduct of the master aboard Discovery II, together with a Discovery II signed menu, four Discovery II Christmas cards and related ephemera.

Estimated Value: £500 - £600

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Lot 17

RSS Discovery II- a letter to F E C Davies from Stevens?: on headed notepaper dated 28th October 1933 apologising for not sending etching and photograph sooner, same enclosed.

Estimated Value: £150 - £200

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Lot 18

A handwritten letter to F E C Davies from James A Cook (secretary) to Sir Ernest Shackleton acknowledging receipt of the request to be considered for any future expeditions:.

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 19

Bennett, A, G 'Whaling in the Antarctic':, signed by the author, 1931, with a pamphlet on whales including two letters signed by the author and a typescript of seals in the Antarctic.

Estimated Value: £60 - £80

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Lot 20

Antarctic Club- a collection of 10 Antarctic Club Christmas cards: (no date), two members lists 1949 & 1951 and a group of related ephemera.

Estimated Value: £120 - £140

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Lot 21

Manuscript lecture on Discovery Exhibition headed notepaper:, one entitled 'Early Antarctic Exploration', the other 'Particulars of slides', also a letter of condolences from the Officers Club circa 1932 in regard to the cancellation of a lecture.

Estimated Value: £100 - £150

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Lot 22

A WWI period photograph of FEC Davies and Officers aboard HMS Blanche:, inscribed to the reverse 'To Dad & Mum from Frank 17.1.15', together with a photograph of Davies and others in a lecture room 11x 15cm and a collection of other technical drawings and ephemera.

Estimated Value: £80 - £120

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Lot 23

George Murray Levick (1876-1956):, a two page manuscript letter addressed from the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, June 8th 1914 to Davies referring to sending copies of his photographs.

Estimated Value: £60 - £100

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Lot 24

Discovery II, a portrait print of the ship after the engraving by A W B Powell 1932:, with a two page manuscript letter on Discovery headed notepaper, 26th January 1940, by George Rayner to Davies.

Estimated Value: £100 - £150

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Lot 25

Discovery II. Five reprints of the geographical Journal, one of which is an author's presentation copy top FEC Davies:, together with a 1909 pamphlet 'Guide to whales...)

Estimated Value: £40 - £50

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Lot 26

Antarctic Penguins, a large unsigned photogravure of a group of penguins with Discovery II/William Scoresby in the background:, 37 x 30cm , together with two other photographs (3)

Estimated Value: £50 - £100

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Lot 27

An early 20th century 'Nansen' pattern arctic sledge:, unsigned, over painted in grey, ash bentwood frame with pallet deck raised on ash runners, constructed with rope and hide lashing, 220cm long. *Provenance - This sledge was purchased by the owner's father in the 1950s as he thought that it would make an ideal family toboggan. It is not known where he purchased it from. *Notes - In 1888 Fridjof Nansen undertook the crossing of Greenland for which he designed lightweight sledges. Rather than relying on the overly complex and heavy dependence of manpower that previous expeditions had used, Nansen designed the sledges and equipment from scratch so that a team of six men could carry everything they required.

Estimated Value: £200 - £400

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Lot 28

A Royal Doulton stoneware Lord Nelson Jug:, modelled as a replica of the original Doulton & Watts jug, stamped to base as per title, 20cm high.

Estimated Value: £200 - £300

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Lot 29

A 19th century engraved tumbler for the passenger steam ship 'Sarah Sands' of Liverpool:, one side engraved with a portrait of the ship, the other inscribed, 'Sally Mogs August 1852' over tied flowers, 11cm high, together with a Victorian glass rummer engraved with a unidentified steam ship and inscribed, 'E. Pilling 1865' (2) *Notes- Launched in Sep.1846 by James Hodgson & Co, Liverpool for Sands & Co and named after the wife of the local Mayor. She was intended for the UK - Australia service, she was instead chartered to the Red Cross Line of sailing packets for an experimental service between Liverpool and New York. Her maiden voyage started from Liverpool on 20th Jan.1847 and she arrived in New York 21 days later. On her third voyage starting on 15th June, she broke some of her valve gearing when 5 days out and returned to Cork under sail for repairs. Eventually sailing on 23rd June and arriving at New York after a voyage of 34 days from Liverpool. Her last Liverpool - New York voyage commenced 18th Oct.1849 and from there, she sailed for San Francisco via Cape Horn under charter to Empire City Line and was used on the San Francisco - Panama service. In late 1851 she sailed for Liverpool via Valparaiso and Rio de Janeiro and made two more Liverpool - New York voyages during 1852. On 18th Sep.1852 she sailed Liverpool - Cape Town - Sydney for the Melbourne Gold Mining Association and then returned to Plymouth. On 21st Jul.1853 she started sailings between Liverpool, Quebec and Montreal and between Liverpool and Portland for the Canadian Steam Navigation Company, making eight round voyages on these routes. Taken over as a Crimea War transport in 1855 and in 1857 was used to convey troops from Portsmouth to Calcutta for the Indian Mutiny. On 11th Nov.1857 she caught fire off Mauritius, the troops were transferred to another ship and she sailed home after temporary repairs. Reconditioned as a sailing ship, she was eventually wrecked on 7th Apr.1869 on the Laccadive Islands, Indian Ocean. [Reference: Bosnor, N, R, P 'North Atlantic Seaway', vol.1 by N.R.P. Bonsor]

Estimated Value: £100 - £120

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Lot 30

Moore Pottery (Sunderland) an early 19th century purple lustre bowl:, the exterior printed with 'The Agamemnon in a Storm', 'The sailors tossed..' verso and 'Sunderland Bridge', the interior with 'Mariners Compass' , 'The Gauntlet Clipper ship' and 'New Bridge over the water Sunderland', 22.6cm diameter.

Estimated Value: £80 - £120

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Lot 31

An early 19th century gambling glass engraved 'Success to The Renown' to one side:, a ship portrait to the other, faceted body with three porcelain dice sealed into the base, 7.3cm high, (chip to rim) *Notes- This is most probably the 74-gun third rate ship of the line HMS Renown, launched in 1798. She was laid up in Plymouth in 1811, hulked in 1814 and broken up in 1835.

Estimated Value: £50 - £80

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Lot 32

An 18th century wine bottle in salvaged condition circa 1740:, of onion form with raised neck, string rim and pronounced kick-up, encrusted with barnacles and shells, remains of cork intact, contents unknown. bottle size 17cm *Notes- This bottle was dredged up off the coast of Brixham by a local family owned trawler.

Estimated Value: £100 - £200

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Lot 33

A late 19th century cup for the Khedival Mail Line; with blue transfer rope and chain decoration over fleet emblem. *Notes- The Khedival Mail Line was a steam ship company that operated from Alexandria, Egypt in the late 19th century. In 1899 it was incorporated as a branch of the P&O Company operating until the early 1900s

Estimated Value: £60 - £100

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Lot 34

A Continental porcelain bust of Napoleon after Rodin, together with another smaller porcelain figure and a spelter figure of Napoleon (3).

Estimated Value: £40 - £50

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Lot 35

A White Star Line Lusol Ware vegetable dish:, with crest to centre, maker's marks Keeling & Co Ltd, Burslem and Stonier & Co Ltd Liverpool, Registration number 694018, 19cm wide..

Estimated Value: £80 - £120

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Lot 36

Two 19th century Elsinore bowls:, of traditional form and decoration, (both damaged), and an early 19th century Chinese porcelain bowl with hand painted decoration of ships (damaged with losses) (3)

Estimated Value: £40 - £50

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Lot 37

A late 18th century English creamware baluster teapot with portrait decoration of Admiral Rodney:, decorated in sprigged swags and coloured glazes, 10cm high (damaged); together with a late 18th century English creamware tankard 'May Reason be the Pilot' with transfer compass decoration, 16cm high, (damaged) (2)

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 38

The Cunard Steam Ship Company Ltd. A rare 'Maltese' pattern ironstone soup bowl by E F Bodley & Sons, Burslem:, transfer decorated with lion rampant within a circular rope cartouche surmounted by a crown with shell and coral decorated border, printed and impressed factory marks to base with registration lozenge for 22nd June 1877, 23 cm diameter. *Notes- This is believed to be the first pattern of china for Cunard to display the Cunard lion. * Notes -for a similar bowl see lot 192 Charles Miller, 1st May 2018.

Estimated Value: £500 - £700

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Lot 39

P&O Lines, a set of six British Indian Steam Navigation Company earthenware brown glaze jugs: of plain form each stamped 'P&O' and 'BISN' to base, 9cm high, also a set of six Union Castle Line side plates by Royal Doulton with polychrome floral transfer decoration, 16cm diameter (12)

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 40

Crawford & Co Lines, a set of six Ironstone plates by Dunn, Bennett & Co, Burslem:, each with blue house flag and blue border on a white ground, maker's mark as per title to reverse, 21cm diameter. *Notes- founded in 1896 the company was at one time known as 'Vale SS Co'.

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 41

P & O lines, a 19th century 'Caledonian ' pattern serving plate:, green transfer decoration with house emblem and motto to the centre surrounded by a patterned border, maker's mark to base circa 1847-67, 25cm wide.

Estimated Value: £100 - £150

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Lot 42

Livanos Maritime Co (London), a Bristol Pottery earthenware oval soup tureen and cover:, blue transfer decorated with house flag and Greek key border, green underglaze factory mark to base, 29cm long.

Estimated Value: £80 - £120

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Lot 43

Clan Line, an earthenware comport by Bakewell Brothers, Staffordshire:, decorated with house flag on a honey glaze base, factory mark to base, 24.5cm diameter.

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 44

Currie Line Ltd, a set of six earthenware soup bowls by Ridgeway Potteries Ltd:, with blue and orange house flag to border, factory marks to base, 25cm diameter.

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 45

Of Rowing Interest- two Victorian pewter lidded trophy tankards for St John's College:, 'Torpid Fours' 1891 and 1892, each engraved as per title and boat crew names, both 21cm high (2)

Estimated Value: £80 - £120

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Lot 46

A brass desk model of a cannon: on a Royal Navy style truck, 26cm long.

Estimated Value: £40 - £50

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Lot 47

George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney KB:, A late 18th century gilt fob seal with oval cornelian intaglio of a foul anchor inscribed 'Rodney 12th Apl 1782' within a laurel wreath surround and the motto 'Reliable Desperance', together with a brown label with an wax impression of the seal to one side and inscribed in ink to the other 'Probably belonged to Admiral Lord Rodney who won his greatest Battle 12th April 1782' (2) *Notes- Admiral Rodney (1718-1792) was considered by some as a controversial figure during his career being accused of an obsession with prize money and nepotism. He is best known for his command during the American War Of Independence and for his victory over the French in the Battle of the Saintes 1782 which lasted four days and prevented the French and Spanish fleet's planned invasion of Jamaica.

Estimated Value: £200 - £300

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Lot 48

A pair of Imperial Russian Navy 3.5lb shell case trench art vases:, with flared rim and plain body, date stamped to base 1904 and batch stamped 'No 5 0,312-3' and 'No 6 0,311-2' with maker's mark 'HB' over an anchor, 19.5cm high (some creasing to rims) (2)

Estimated Value: £40 - £60

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Lot 49

A pair of Edwardian silver plated knife rests of an army and navy tug o'war:, each with figures at either end of a taught rope, on an oval base, 9.5cm long.

Estimated Value: £50 - £80

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Lot 50

A silver bosun's whistle: with engraved vane and foul anchor decorated barrel, 10cm long.

Estimated Value: £30 - £40

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