Starting out as separate companies in the late 18th century, the partnership of Bass, Ratcliff and Gretton Ltd, quickly became one of the more prominent wine and spirit merchants in the early 19th century until 1967 when the company became Bass Charrington and still trades today as Bass Brewers.
This brewer's thermometer is signed '39115 Bass Ratcliff & Gretton Ltd N2 Filled B' and probably dates to the first half of the 20th century before 1961 when the name Bass, Mitchells & Butlers was formed.
The scale measures 30 -100 Fahrenheit, and aside from some minor rubbing of the lettering (see photos) the condition of the thermometer is in good condition with no chips to the glass and and an unbroken line.
The glass tube has a brass screw on fitting at the top end to secure into the brass tube case for protection, and also acts as an extension when in use.
Both the brass tube and thermometer measure approximately 120mm in length and together weigh just 17 grams.
This Indian Pattern clinometer was made by J H Steward, and is signed 'J. H. STEWARD Ltd, 406 Strand, London' with an issue number of "I.C. 503" on the underside
Named for its use to survey India in the late 19th century, it was used by surveyors to measure the elevation or declination of geographical and topographical features.
The back sight is levelled using the screw on the reverse, while the aperture in the foresight can be raised or lowered with the thumb wheel, until the cross wire coincides with the top of the feature being measured.
Retaining virtually all of its blackened finish, the clinometer is in very good condition, both sight vanes fold away firmly and the spirit level is clear and functional.
The bespoke leather case is also in very good condition with all stitching intact, including its carry strap, additionally a spool of fine wire is stored on the interior of the lid for replacing the sight wire when required.
Weighing just under 1.3kgs in its case, the clinometer measures 240mm in length and securely fits in the case when closed.
Contained in a vintage flagon style bottle with a finger loop handle, this hand crafted model ship was known as a Brigantine, a large multi-sailed vessel that roamed the Mediterranean seas in the 16th and 17th century and often used - aside from piracy - as escorts for merchant ships.
The bottle measures 250mm x 160mm x 155mm, is embossed "Reg No. 900986 (UK) 5627", "Reg no 2125 (IR)" on the base, and has a cork stopper bound with a string decoration.
An impressive display piece, it sits on a dark oak display stand measuring 240mm x 215mm x 128mm, giving a total height of 205mm.
A substantial item it weighs just over 2.2 kilos with its stand, hence the high international shipping charge as the packed weight will be over 3kgs.
All buyers please note: due to weight, delivery will be by courier and therefore it is very important that a contact telephone number be entered through the shopping cart at checkout stage.
Measuring an impressive 9" (225mm) in height and 6" (150mm) in diameter, this hourglass has a single piece glass vial housed in a circular polished hardwood stand with three turned pillars.
The sand flows quite freely and takes approximately 60 minutes to empty, give or take a minute or two.
A decorative item which not only displays well, but is also a functional piece with a stylish appearance.
In excellent cosmetic condition, it weighs 620 grams.
This is a stylish Hourglass which measures 8.5" (220mm) in height and just over 4.75" (120 mm) in diameter.
Housed in a circular dark hardwood stand with three turned pillars, the sand flows quite freely and it takes approximately 60 minutes to empty, give or take a few seconds.
Probably a mid 20th century example, it's not only very functional, but also a great display piece with a triple concentric circle design on both bases.
In excellent cosmetic condition it weighs just under 600 grams.
This unique and eye-catching hand crafted sand timer stands at 11½"(293mm) tall by 7"(178mm) at its widest point and is housed in a hexagonal wooden stand surrounded by six barley twist pillars.
A substantial item weighing just under 1.2kgs, the sand flows through a single piece glass vial, taking approximately 30 minutes to empty give or take a few seconds.
Made from what I believe is olive wood, there is a small split on the top and some minor gaps where a couple of the pillars meet the base, but is in otherwise very good condition.
Probably mid 20th century, a stylish decorative piece which displays very well.
This is a fine example of a celestial Star Globe made in 1975 by Kelvin & Hughes for the Admiralty.
Used for night time navigation by the Royal Navy, its not only functional, but a beautifully crafted display piece which would grace any nautical collection.
The globe itself was made by British globe makers George Philip & Sons and assembled in a mahogany case with its brass fittings by Kelvin & Hughes.
In very good condition overall, the 7" globe is mounted in a brass meridian circle on steel pins allowing it to spin on the polar axis, and although there is a small piece of paper covering missing, it's in a plain unprinted section so does not affect the use of the globe or its general appearance, (see photo).
There are printed instructions on the inside of the lid with two brass cursors on the back rail, and the mahogany case is carried by an inset brass handle.
The circular brass band around the globe aperture is stamped H.H. &. S.Ltd No 4343.
Measuring 11" high x 10.5"x 10.5" it weighs just over 5kgs unpacked and 7kgs packed, so overseas shipping will vary significantly, therefore please contact me to establish shipping costs to your country.
Probably made during the first half of the 20th century, this unusual design sandtimer measures just over 10¾ inches in height (270mm) and 5 inches wide (125mm).
The single piece glass vial is housed in a mahogany stand with four square pillars and the sand flows quite freely, taking approximately 60 minutes to empty give or take a few seconds.
It also includes a brass hanging ring, suggesting it might have been hung up for display, and the feet are covered with green felt.
In excellent cosmetic condition, a substantial piece weighing just over 900 grams.
A quite unusual item, this is a Daylight Factor Meter made by a company called Evans Electroselenium Ltd in the 1960's.
Architects & engineeers use daylight factors in building design to assess the internal natural lighting levels to determine whether it is sufficient for occupants to carry out normal activities.
A well made robust instrument, it has a base diameter of 80mm and stands just 75mm high, with a weight of just over 600 grams.
It fits in a purpose made leather box with a roof shaped lid and lined inside with a red velvet like material.
In full working order, it also has a manufacturers paper inspection tag for 1964, albeit with the serial number 33/1143, and not 33/1132 as is stamped on the baseplate.
This ship in a bottle is quite unique, having been made in an early J. Wray & Nephew rum bottle. Wray & Nephew are the famous Jamaican rum distillers first established in 1860 whose products are still very much in demand today, with some of their earlier vintages fetching many thousands of pounds at auction.
The decorative appeal of the earlier glass bottles have made them very collectable and this particular example which dates to the 1920's or 30's has the added interest of a ship cleverly constructed within.
The exterior of the bottle carries an embossed image of Britannia in a circle, and reads ‘THE CONTENTS OF THIS BOTTLE IS THE PRODUCT OF J. WRAY & NEPHEW LTD’ and the base reads ‘J. WRAY & NEPHEW LTD, KINGSTON, JAMAICA, B.W.I.’, there is also a turks head knot around the bottle stem.
Measuring 200mm long, 95mm wide & weighing just over 0.5kg, this is not only a rare item but a great display piece which will appeal to both bottle and nautical model collectors.
This is an Abney level & clinometer, made by Francis Barker & Son Ltd of Edenbridge.
Used by surveyors for measuring angles of incline, it has a vernier style scale and incorporates a spirit bubble level fixed to the moving scale pointer. There is also a moveable magnifying lens arm for reading the fine scale, and it comes with an instruction leaflet.
Viewing through the telescopic eyepiece shows a fine wire alongside the image of the moving spirit bubble which is central when the object being measured is correctly sighted.
In working order and good condition, it measures 7” long with the telescopic eyepiece extended, 2 1/4" wide and fits in its original fabric lined leather case which is also in good sound condition, no broken stitching.
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