Tue, 3rd Nov 2015 12:00

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

 
  Lot 85
 

85

A 1920s MODEL GUN TURRET FROM METAL OFF THE...

A 1920s MODEL GUN TURRET FROM METAL OFF THE SCUTTLED IMPERIAL GERMAN BATTLESHIP HELGOLAND
the well-made model fashioned as an inkstand in the form of a revolving gun turret, the inner lid marked "Cast from Metal ex-surrendered German Battleship Helgoland", Thos. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield, 1922, with two aluminium ink reservoirs, an attractive item, extreme width -- 7½ins. (19cms.)

Helgoland was the nameship of a small class of three battleships and one battle-cruiser ordered for the Imperial Navy during the celebrated Anglo-German 'Arms Race' of the early 20th century. Built at Kiel, Helgoland herself was 549 feet in length with a 94 foot beam and displaced 25,200 tons deep loaded. With a main armament of 12-12in. guns, she could cruise at 20 knots and must have been a hugely impressive sight at full speed. In action at Jutland, in Vice-Admiral Schmidt's 1st Squadron, she was interned at Scapa Flow when the High Sea's fleet surrendered after the November 1918 Armistice. Laid up idle for six months, Helgoland was scuttled along with the rest of the fleet on 21st June 1919, after which began the famous salvage operation which lasted throughout the 1920s.

Sold for £310
Estimated at £300 - £400

(inc. buyer's premium of 24%)


Condition Report
Fine overall condition.

We are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of this property. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Charles Miller Ltd is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD “AS IS” IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE.

 
A 1920s MODEL GUN TURRET FROM METAL OFF THE SCUTTLED IMPERIAL GERMAN BATTLESHIP HELGOLAND
the well-made model fashioned as an inkstand in the form of a revolving gun turret, the inner lid marked "Cast from Metal ex-surrendered German Battleship Helgoland", Thos. W. Ward Ltd., Sheffield, 1922, with two aluminium ink reservoirs, an attractive item, extreme width -- 7½ins. (19cms.)

Helgoland was the nameship of a small class of three battleships and one battle-cruiser ordered for the Imperial Navy during the celebrated Anglo-German 'Arms Race' of the early 20th century. Built at Kiel, Helgoland herself was 549 feet in length with a 94 foot beam and displaced 25,200 tons deep loaded. With a main armament of 12-12in. guns, she could cruise at 20 knots and must have been a hugely impressive sight at full speed. In action at Jutland, in Vice-Admiral Schmidt's 1st Squadron, she was interned at Scapa Flow when the High Sea's fleet surrendered after the November 1918 Armistice. Laid up idle for six months, Helgoland was scuttled along with the rest of the fleet on 21st June 1919, after which began the famous salvage operation which lasted throughout the 1920s.