Following the closure of Birmingham's Nautical Club earlier this year, Fellows yesterday helped members raise money for charity by auctioning club memorabilia. See hammer highlights below.
Following the closure of Birmingham's Nautical Club earlier this year, Fellows auctioned unclaimed club memorabilia, novelty items and medals on the 6th October.
The deactivated 4-inch deck gun which stood outside the nautical club for many years had become something of a local landmark. Previously fitted to an armed merchant ship or cargo vessel, the hammer price far surpassed the estimate of £500-800 to sell for an excellent £2,100 to a local buyer.
World War-era sea mines had also become a familiar sight at the Nautical Club, and sold for £420
Medal groups were also featured in this auction, with a group including a Distinguished Service Medal selling for £2,500 and this Naval General Service medal which has a Yangtze 1949 clasp sold for £1,600. Lot 1006 was awarded to S.W.A Walsingham ORD. SMN who served on the HMS London until he was killed on the 21st April 1949.
The Cartwright Memorial Trophy is an impressive silver plated figure, modelled as a sailor wearing a HMS Birmingham uniform, carrying rifle and cartridge belts. Sold for £680
This Penelope Douglas (1934- ) oil painting depicts the Royal Yacht Britannia and D86 HMS Birmingham. It sold for £480
The British Trawler Glance was sunk by enemy action in Torbay during WWII. Later the ships bell was impressed with Nautical Club 1973 selling for £150