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Lot 256

A bronze ship's bell from HMS Carnation, early 20th century, retaining its original clanger,...

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Lot 256

A bronze ship's bell from HMS Carnation, early 20th century, retaining its original clanger,...

Price Realised: £551

Estimate: £200 - £400

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (31.2% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 256


A bronze ship's bell from HMS Carnation, early 20th century, retaining its original clanger, inscribed H.M.S. "CARNATION", 26cm high, 25cm diameter; together with an associated black-painted wood wall mount and hook (2) 

Provenance: By repute, the property of William Fairchild, thence by descent. 

Note: William Fairchild (1918-2000) was an English author, playwright, actor, and director.  He was educated at the Royal Naval College at Dartmouth and served as a naval officer on HMS Warspite during the Second World War. The bell in the present lot may have been from the Azalea-class sloop HMS Carnation launched in 1915 (c.f. a similar bell from HMS Ark Royal sold at Gorringe's, 30 March 2021, lot 34, £1,600), in which case it may have been a gift to William's father who was active as a surgeon in the First World War. Alternatively, the bell may have been from the the flower-class corvette HMS Carnation commissioned on 16 October 1940, leased to the Royal Netherlands Navy from 26 March 1943 - 4 October 1944 when it was renamed Hr.Ms. Friso, and then decommissioned sometime before July 1945, in which case the bell may have been a gift to William from a representative of either the Royal Navy or the Royal Netherlands Navy. 

Buyer's Premium

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium thereon of 26% up to £20,000 (31.2% inclusive of VAT), 25% from £20,001 - £500,000 (30% inclusive of VAT), 20% from £500,001 thereafter (24% inclusive of VAT). The premium price is subject to VAT at the standard rate.

VAT is not charged on the hammer price unless it is stated that there is 'VAT applicable on the hammer price at the end of the description. Buyer's premium is subject to VAT.

Qualifying living artists and the descendants of artists deceased within the last 70 years are entitled to receive a re-sale royalty each time their work is bought through an auction house or art market professional.

It applies to lots with hammer value over €1,000 as follows:
0 to €50,000 - 4%, €50,000.01 to €200,000 - 3%
€200,000.01 to €350,000 - 1%,
€350,000.01 to €500,000 - 0.5%
Exceeding €500,000 - 0.25%
ARR is capped at €12,500

Please note ARR is calculated in euros. Auctioneers will apply current exchange rates.

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