Tue, 10th May 2016 12:00

Maritime and Scientific Models, Instruments & Art ('Courageous')

  Lot 38


ANTONIO DE SIMONE (ITALIAN, 1851-1907)<br/>H.M.S....

Sold for £620
Estimated at £400 - £600

(Please note the sold price includes buyer's premium at 24%)

H.M.S. 'Surprise' off Naples, 1895
Signed and dated 'De Simone/- 95 -' (lower right) and inscribed 'H.M.S. Surprise' (lower left)
10 x 17in. (26 x 43cm.)

A dispatch vessel built by Palmer's of Jarrow in 1885, Surprise (and her yard sister Alacrity) displaced 1650 tons, were 250 x 32ft, manned by 93 officers and crew and could develop nearly 18kts. Originally unarmed, they were given a gun so they could be used as fleet scouts in Wartime and were also given elaborate accommodation for diplomats and visiting high ranking officers. She was broken up in 1919.