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BITS AND PIECES : OTHER MILITARY ITEMS
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1871
Australia: A VERY RARE COLONIAL VICTORIA BRASS AND OAK COOPERED FIRE BUCKET FROM HMS NELSON. A well made item consisting of 15 sections of oak timber with 3 coopered brass bands. Large gilt wording to the front of the fire bucket. "HMS NELSON. 120 GUNS. KEEL LAID 1798. LAUNCHED 1814. OUT OF COMSN 1898." Timber and wording, now with a nice aged appearance. (Ex-Naval and Military Club Melbourne - Deutscher and Hacket Auction July 2009, lot 152 realized $6600 plus commission). HMS Nelson was a 126-gun first rate ship of the line of the Royal Navy, launched on 4 July 1814 at Woolwich, but then laid up incomplete at Portsmouth until 1854, when she began with a view to commissioning her for service in the Crimean War, but this ended before much work had been done, and the ship returned to reserve. She was converted into a crew ship in 1860, being cut down to a two decker and fitted with an engine of 2,102 indicated horsepower (1567 kW) for a speed of 10.5 knots. In 1865, Nelson was gifted to the colony of Victoria as a training ship, and she was finally outfitted and rigged for 42,000 and sailed for Australia in October 1867. Travelling via the Cape of Good Hope, she arrived in February 1868. She was the first ship to dock in the newly constructed Alfred Graving Dock. Her armament in 1874 was listed as two 7-in RML, twenty 64-lb guns, twenty 32-lb guns and six 12-lb howitzers. During 1879-82, Nelson was further cut down to a single deck and her rig reduced to the main mast only, the ship being reclassified as a frigate. Her old armament was partly replaced by modern breech-loaders. She was laid up at Williamstown in 1891, her boilers removed in 1893. On 28 April 1898 she was put up for auction and sold to Bernard Einerson of Sydney for £2400. In 1900, Nelson was cut down yet again to create a coal lighter that kept the name Nelson, the upper timbers being used to build a drogher named Oceanic. In 1908, "Nelson" was sold to the Union Steamship Co. of New Zealand and in July was towed from Sydney to Beauty Point on the Tamar River, Tasmania, for use as a coal storage hulk. She later foundered there with 1400 tons of coal on board and remained submerged for 40 days until finally refloated. In January 1915 she was towed to Hobart for further service as a coal hulk, until sold in August 1920 to Mr. H Gray for 500 and towed up river to Shag Bay for gradual breaking up, work continuing into the 1930s, although some of her timbers still survive. Grade II.
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1872
Australia/Great Britain: HOUSEWIFE HOLD ALL. Private purchase. Khaki canvas duck. No contents. Name on front. Grade II
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1873
Great Britain:WW2 SCOTTISH RED CROSS POW PARCEL BOX. A scarce example of the cardboard box dispatched to British POW's by the British Red Cross Society. Full details printed to the lid including a blue stamp "GLASGOW 24 MAY 1945". Box with slight damage to the lid. Grade II-
 SOLD at A$75
1874
Great Britain/Australia: PRE 1900 BRASS BED PLATE NAMED TO: Staff Sergt W Allen AH Corps. Attaching hole to each end. Grade II-
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1875
Great Britain: WWI RARE GREAT WAR SOLDIERS HOLDALL, PERSONAL EQUIPMENT. White calico canvas roll up holdall with broad arrow and war dept ink stamp. Named on inside in ink to RASC Sergeant C/W for display a 1912 war dept marked large spoon (marked to 2nd dragoon guards), period cut throat razor and patt 1917 brass button stick. Expected o/a soiling. Perfect for WWI Australian display. Seldom seen. Grade II
 SOLD at A$110
1876
Great Britain:WW1 "KITCHENER" SOUVENIR CHINA. White china and gilt glazed Artists Easel and Canvas bearing coloured Portrait of Lord Kitchener. 160 x 90mm. Grade III-
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1877
Great Britain:WW2 ESCAPE COMPASS RAF/RAAF, TWO BUTTON TYPE in blackened brass for blue uniform (fly buttons) on B/D. Grade II.
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1878
Great Britain:WW2 ESCAPE COMPASS RAF/ RAAF. Sliding Bar type as concealed in Tunic/ Shirt Collar or Lining. Grade II
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1879
Great Britain:1939-45 WAR. Patriotic porcelain statuette of an RAE sergeant numbered "1663".
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
1880
New Zealand: WWI A VERY RARE PERSONAL ITEM OF TRENCH EQUIPMENT. The "Combination Protector", (Privately purchased body armour). The combination heart and lung protector was made in New Zealand and privately marketed to soldiers leaving for the battlefields of the Western Front. Originally containing four steel armour plates, two small and two large for wear in the tunic pockets. Sadly this set only contains the two large one for use in the hip pockets. It could also be used worn on the left chest only with the addition of a shoulder sling. The black leather carry bag also conveniently could house the storage of personal documents, pay books, diaries, letter and the type. The leather still nice and supple. A most cleaver marketing item. A most interesting item of trench warfare. Refer to page 250 "New Zealand Personal Equipment" by O'Sullivan.
 SOLD at A$300
1881
USA: C/WW2 CAP ASHTRAY PLASTER CASE, Officers Army pattern, green painted, 13 x 10 x 5cm. Chipped to one side o/w Grade II- (P)
 NO LONGER AVAILABLE
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