£48k for the battleship Horatio's log-book



2015-06-26 11:42:50

48k for the battleship Horatio's log-book

The sale making headlines for its 384k Union Jack had some other Battle of Trafalgar highlights

Charles Miller's Maritime auction has been making headlines after selling the only surviving Union Jack from the 1805 Battle of Trafalgar.

The flag sold for nearly 40-times its estimate at the Wednesday, October 21 sale, bringing an incredible 384,000.

But the huge, bullet hole-ridden flag once flown from the HMS Spartiate wasn't the only impressive sale at the auction.

A beautiful log book of the ship Horatio's voyages from 1814-1816 - containing 33 full page watercolour pictures, including ones of icebergs and a volcano erupting -sold on target at 48,000, easily exceeding its lower estimate of 40,000.

Log book HMS Horatio Log book of the HMS Horatio

An incredibly detailed and fine-quality 1:48 builder's model of a 'Rocket' Class Destroyer HM Torpedo boat exceeded its 20,000 maximum estimate, bringing 21,600.

The beautiful encased model includes detailed anchors with studded cables, deck rails, gun platforms, ventilators, lamps and two torpedo tubes on turn tables, all lovingly carved and painted.

A fine wood and bone model of the ship Prince, which served at Trafalgar, did the same,selling for 600 over its top estimate of 15,000.

The Prince engaged Spanish and French ships, but then gallantly rescued French crewmen after their ship Achille caught fire.

Both lots were overshadowed, however, by two models: one named Cibelle, in reference to a captured French ship named Sybille, which was absorbed into the British navy, mainly made of wood; and the other made from bone.

The careful carving and protruding cannon of the models clearly caught bidders' imaginations, as both easily doubled their estimates. The former achieved 12,000 (in spite of a 3,000-5,000 estimate), and the latter trouncedits 7,000-9,000 valuation, selling for 18,000.

Overall, it was an excellent day for this Trafalgar Day auction.

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