Lord Louis Mountbatten's ship bell for sale in London



2015-06-26 11:55:50

Lord Louis Mountbatten's ship bell for sale in London

Bonhams' sale also includes important Nelson memorabilia, and Sir Malcolm Campbell's trophy

The bell from HMS Kelly, the ship commanded by Lord Louis Mountbatten from 1939 until it sank at the Battle of Crete in 1941, will go up for auction at Bonhams in London,this week.

The auction is as part of The Marine Sale, tomorrow (March 24).

Estimated at 2,500-3,500, the bell was saved when HMS Kelly was decommissioned for seven months in May 1940.

A variety of Nelson-related memorabilia also features in the sale - including a washstand that belonged to his friend and fellow Commander at the Battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood.

 The bell from HMS Kelly, estimated at 2,500-3,500

Attracting a pre-sale estimate of 6,000-8,000, it comes to auction 200 years after Collingwood's death.

An engraved presentation silver urn (estimated at 7,000-9,000) given by Nelson's bereaved mistress, Lady Emma Hamilton, to her chemist, Thomas Field Savory, is another important lot.

Also for sale is a George III gold and enamel mourning ring (estimate 12,000-15,000), one of 58 distributed at Nelson's funeral in 1805.

Elsewhere, as we previously reported, another highlight is the silver trophy presented to racing legend Sir Malcolm Campbell to commemorate his first world water speed record (126.33mph) on Lake Maggiore, September 1, 1937.

Campbell's trophy is estimated at 35,000-50,000.

Earlier this year, Paul Fraser Collectibles has the honour of selling a piece of ensign fromHMS Victory, originating from the larger, near complete flag that was carried byHMS Victory's sailors at Lord Nelson's funeral.

and Memorabilia

Image: Bonhams

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