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A painting of the destroyer HMS Somali by James Leech - presented to Arnold Nyburg DSO in 1974. Lt Cmdr Arnold Nyburg was in commanding officer of the 28th Flotilla of tank landing craft on June 6th 1944. During the assault on Gold beach his LCT received a direct hit on the bridge, disabling the ship and leaving Nyburg unconscious - for his part in the action he was awarded the DSC (one of the first to be earned during D-Day). Although we cannot find his name amongst the recorded crew members of the Somali he must surely have had a direct connection with this warship which had been sunk earlier in the war whilst escorting an arctic convoy - PQ14. The Tribal class destroyer Somali, launched in 1937, had a notable if short life on several counts. She was the first ship of the Royal Navy to capture an enemy vessel in WW2 - taking the German freighter Hannah Boge as a prize on September 3rd 1939. During 1940 whilst involved in the Norwegian campaign she was bombed and damaged. Later in the year she, along with destroyers Matabele and Punjabi, shelled and sank the German WBS Adolf Vinnen, which had been engaged in covert operations. In May 1941 she intercepted and boarded the German weather ship Munchen which was equipped with an Enigma coding machine. Although the crew threw the top secret machine overboard they neglected to dispose of the vital codebooks and their capture gave Bletchley Park's code breakers the vital information they had long sought and as a result German naval coded signals could henceforth be read. Whilst escorting Arctic convoy PQ14 the Somali was torpedoed and although taken in tow by sister ship the Ashanti, broke her back and sank in heavy weather five days later. The painting measures some 20 by 30 inches whilst overall dimension are about 2 by 3ft. Although the frame perhaps does not do the subject justice it is the original so we have left things as they are. Included in the sale are an original christmas card from Arnold Nyburg to his wife whilst serving on the Somali, photos of the painting being presented to him plus various copy documents of the ships service history.

Price £520    €600.13    $678.39

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HMS Somali painting - WW2 Enigma - Convoy PQ14
Large industrial butchers block on it correct original fabricated aluminium stand. Over 6 ft long.

Price £885    €1021.38    $1154.57

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A mahogany late 18th century Kneehole desk in need of TLC . 88cms x48cms x77cms

Price £550.00    €634.76    $717.53

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Royal Proclamation from the court of King Charles II concerning the restriction of imported earthenware. Printed in 1675.

Price £210    €242.36    $273.97

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A very elegant Aesthetic Movement Ash Dressing Table with ebonies black lines to accentuate the form. The piece is in very good condition throughout with original brass handles and castors and a clear, bright mirror. 48" wide x 65" high x 21" deep, 30" table height

Price £385.00    €444.33    $502.27

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Price £70    €80.79    $91.32

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La Mode Artistique c 1900 French fashion print
Georgian Mahogany Supper Table with dished tilt top made from a single piece of timber. Standing on a centre column and tripod base with pad feet, the whole having attractive detail. With the exception of an ancient, perhaps even added when the table was almost new, metal butterfly bridge to a shake in the very large section of Cuban mahogany. It is total original down to its brass snap catch - which operates smoothly and locks the table firmly and has a very pleasing patina. Measurements 28" High 30" Diameter Date C 1790

Price £465    €536.66    $606.64

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This sweet satin wood inlaid mahogany display cabinet has 2 shelves and pretty glazing to front with typical slender tapered spade legs. It stands 41.5 inches tall and 23 inches wide. It would be an asset in lounge, hall , dining room or even a bedroom.

Price £70.00    €80.79    $91.32

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Elegant Edwardian glazed display cabinet
Attractive bureau de dame, Bonheur de jour or ladies writing desk (call it what you will) in walnut from around 1890 - 1900. With its multiplicity of cupboards and drawers it offers much storage space for paperwork, pens, rulers etc or the paraphernalia of our computer age, including the space to use a laptop. There are nine drawers and three cupboards - the upper two having six cubby holes apiece. Please note - when all but two of the photos were taken it was awaiting a new leather skiver in maroon. Will it fit your space however?...It is just under 38 inches wide and 24 inches deep with an overall height of 47 inches and a working top height of about 29 inches. The upper section (which can be removed if necessary) is some 10 inches deep and has a shapely little gallery on three sides. It retains its original brass castors and, as you can see, its full compliment of handles also.

Price £585    €675.15    $763.19

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Bureau de Dame Small writing desk
This is a large and characterful dome top trunk and would look fabulous anywhere in the home and store all those extra things you treasure! It measures 50.5 inches wide, 28 inches tall and is 23 inches deep.

Price £165.00    €190.43    $215.26

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Mid vIctorian pine dome top trunk large
An eighteenth century six plank oak coffer/sword box. 119cms x 44cms x 62cms .It is possible. that the lid has been reversed at some time as there is evidence of a lock on the back which has been removed and patched and the hinges. are later strap hinges .

Price £395.00    €455.87    $515.32

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Price £220.00    €253.90    $287.01

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