The Collections

maxinthebox maritime

Created: 10.05.12

some enigmatic, vague and down right wonderful stuff

  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    Inglefield clip

    Inglefield clip

  • Manby, George William
    circa 1850
    line throwing frame

    Line throwing frame (see also mortar EQA0085.1). A wooden frame in two sections. The base section of rectangular shape, with canted corners, is fitted with a border of tapering wooden pegs on which the line for the throwing equipment is…

  • Unknown
    Masthead lamp

    Masthead lamp

  • Unknown

    Wooden step, specially made for Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Eton College on board the Windrush on 16th June 1953.

  • Unknown
    stencil, lifejacket

    Stencil for marking lifejacket.

  • Unknown

    Lifebelt belonging to 'Bokn', Stavanger.

  • Unknown
    Bolt; Screw

    Brass bolt with round head and a hole through it, to take a ring or stanchion wire or rail. Mounted on a wooden stand in the manner of a relic or trophy.

  • Unknown
    Davis Lifebelt

    Triangular wooden frame covered with red painted canvas, with strap and buckle on reverse. There is also with this object a cork block of the same style which has a fabric label. There are two fragments of straps which look…

  • Unknown
    circa 1805
    HMS Britannia boatswain's call

    Boatswain's call said to have been used at the Battle of Trafalgar. The call is made of white metal with some original gilding. The buoy has a foul anchor at each side. There is elaborate scrolling foliage on the keel.…

  • Unknown

    Wooden, possibly British oak, handle covered with green baize. Red baize cut in a zig-zag pattern covers the ends. Coarsely sewn with twine. Nine rope tails with a single knot at the end of each. A label is attached and…

  • Wood, C. H.
    circa 1845
    Nautilus shell

    Nautilus shell with an animal’s head engraved on the inner curl. It depicts a steam vessel ‘Great Britain’ with a paddle steamer and sailing vessel in the background. On a panel bordered by foliage is inscribed: ‘The Great Britain Iron…

  • Unknown

    A flask made from a coconut the surface engraved with a warship. She has a lion figurehead. On the reverse are two shields with the initials 'W.S.' and 'E.S. 1760'. The remainder of the surface is covered with an intricate…

  • Samuel Pemberton
    circa 1849
    Fob Accessories

    Collection of fob accessories which are said to have been worn by Horatia Nelson-Ward (1801-1881), daughter of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805) on her watch chain. The fob accessories consist of the following items: 1) a gold alloy, empty heart-shaped locket;…

  • Unknown
    circa 1806
    Model coffin

    Model coffin with a hinged lid. The coffin is lead lined and scratched on the inside 'Wood & lead of Nelson's coffin's'. The coffin is decorated with copper handles and silver studs. A silver plaque on the top of the…

  • Unknown
    circa 1824
    Silver arm badge of a Thames waterman

    Arm badge (brassard) of a Thames waterman. Circular numbered badge made of Sheffield plate (silver on copper) with a ferrous metal backing and four small holes around the rim for attachment to a coat. The central tablet is engraved with…

  • Unknown

    Leather suitcase belonging to Sir Eustace Henry William Tennyson D'Eyncourt (1868-1951) Director of Naval Construction. 'E.H. de E.' on the lid. The case has a leather handle and two metal locks. Luggage labels are stuck to the exterior inscribed: 'BLUE…

  • Sorensen, S. H.
    After 1896

    A wooden fid with a 5-lead, 4-bight Turk's head knot at the end. Below the head in ink is inscribed: 'S.H. Sørensen Varde 1882'. Other examples of Sørensen's work can be seen at the Maritime Museum at Helsingør, Denmark. He…

  • Chatterton, J.
    Ship model; bottle

    A bottle containing a model of the Finnish, four-masted barque 'Herzogin Cecilie' 1902-36 with a small tug in the neck of the bottle. The models are made of wood, the hull of the main ship painted white and with no…

  • Sheppard, Frederick
    Late 19th century
    Ship model

    A bottle containing a very inaccurate model of a ship-rigged vessel. It is mounted on a black wooden base. The sea is made of plaster and this has also been inserted into the base of the bottle to give a…

  • Unknown
    circa 1890-1900
    Hexagonal ship's biscuit

    A hexagonal ship's biscuit painted with a circular scene of a mountainous coast in the centre, surrounded with the inscription 'GIVE . US . THIS . DAY . OUR . DAILY . BREAD'. The biscuit is impressed with a broad…

  • Unknown
    Early 20th century
    Rectangular ship's biscuit

    A rectangular ship's biscuit painted in oils with a profile of HMS 'King Alfred' 1901 and inscribed 'A . MERRY . XMAS', 'H.M.S. KING . ALFRED'. The surface is varnished. 'King Alfred' was an armoured cruiser, built by Vickers in…

  • Unknown
    circa 1906
    Ship's biscuit

    An hexagonal ship's biscuit, painted with a picture of a warship within a lifebelt inscribed 'H.M.S. LANCASTER'. The surface is varnished and there are two suspension holes at the top. The donor's mother brought it back from Malta in 1906.…

  • Hellyer & Son
    HMS Bulldog

    Polychrome-painted (restored) figurehead of HMS 'Bulldog', a wooden paddle sloop of 1124 tons, built at Chatham Dockyard in 1844-45. The figurehead represents a full-length leaping bulldog with a shield on the underside bearing the Union flag. The words 'CAVE CANEM'…

  • Unknown
    circa 1800
    Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1758-1805

    Plaster life mask of Nelson, eyes open, hair parted in centre (the hair added by modelling); accompanied by the two-section matrix from which it was cast. This mask, one of three similar examples known, entered the Museum in 1939 as…

  • Unknown
    Ship's biscuit

    A ship's biscuit circular in shape and perforated with holes as an aid to baking. The biscuit is inscribed 'Betsy Dunnet, given to her by her true love, Thomas Hart, January 4th, in the year of 1842'. Thomas Hart was…

  • Unknown

    Specimens of seaweed between sheets of paper in a paper package. Inscribed: 'Specimens of moss and seaweed made by Capt. Crozier when surveying S. Australia 1839-42.' There are approximately 32 specimens collected at Cape Horn and in the Falkland Islands…

  • Unknown
    Lucky Toy Pig

    The musical pig belonged to Edith Rosenbaum (1879–1975), who boarded the TITANIC at Cherbourg. In August 1911, Edith had been seriously injured in a road traffic accident, which claimed the life of the driver, a German merchant named Mr Lewe;…

  • Unknown
    circa 1935
    Horseback deck game

    A horse and jockey on a metal stand. Part of a horse racing deck game from the Furness Withy Line comprising of eight horses and jockeys on metal stands with round or square bases.

  • Unknown
    circa 1914
    Metal ship model

    A small model of a ship that is made of metal. The ship conists of two funnels and a tall mast. There are three holes in the model, two at the bottom and the thrid on the left hand side…

  • Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company Ltd
    Box of submarine cable samples

    Submarine cable. Sixteen samples of submarine cables - eight short lengths and eight cross sections - stored in a glazed wooden box: 1) Atlantic Cable 1866 - core of seven copper wires coated with four layers of gutta percha alternating…

  • Brown, Son & Ferguson Ltd
    After 1908
    Pack of semaphore cards

    Pack of semaphore cards printed with the semaphore positions on one side and the explanations on the other side. Inside a paper case. Twenty-six cards showing the positions for A-Z, one card showing the 'ready' position and one card with…

  • Unknown
    19th century
    Cannon ball

    Cannon ball. HMS NANKIN was a 4th rate ship launched at Woolwich in 1850. She took part in the Second China War 1857-60. The death of the unamed boy is recorded in Laird Clowes's History of the Royal Navy Volume…

  • Unknown
    circa 1855
    Sea mine

    Russian Infernal Machine which is a type of early sea mine. It consists of an iron cone filled with gunpowder that was designed to explode when struck by a ship. This example is painted with the Russian Imperial Eagle and…

  • Unknown
    circa 1846
    Standard Admiralty pattern anchor (circa 1846)

    Scale: Unknown. Model of a standard Admiralty pattern anchor circa 1846. The anchor is made of wood and painted black overall. It is secured to a stand by two dowels which fit into two recessed holes in the shank. A…

  • Unknown
    Admiralty pattern

    A model of a Byers anchor made entirely in wood and stained a dark brown colour. There is a 'D'-shaped ring at the top of the shank. The shank swivels on the crown through an arc of about 90 degrees,…

  • Unknown
    Equipment model; Anchor model

    Scale: Unknown. A model of an Abbott's patent anchor made entirely in brass and patinated with a gunmetal finish (partly worn and tarnished). The shank is rounded-off and rectangular in section and at the top is a prominent 'D' ring…

  • Unknown
    Coryton anchor

    Scale: 1:12. Model of a Coryton anchor made entirely in iron. The model has patternated dark grey colour and has been made similar to the subject it depicts. There are two shackles attached to either end of the shank by…

  • Unknown
    Martin's anchor

    Scale: Unknown. A model of a Martin's Patent anchor, 1869, made entirely in brass which has been lacquered. The model shows the working parts of this type of anchor with swivelling flukes and shackles. The shank is square in section…

  • Unknown
    circa 1833
    Mitchell's mooring screw

    Scale: 1:4. Model of a mooring screw anchor (1833).

  • Unknown
    Equipment model; Anchor model

    Scale: Unknown. A model of a Spencer's proposed anchor (1820-1822). The model is made in wood with a painted lead ring (oxidised) and has been painted a uniform black. The shank is square in section and tapers out in a…

  • Unknown
    circa 1820
    Equipment model; Anchor model

    Scale: Unknown. Model of an anchor showing a proposal to strengthen the arms by means of links connecting the arms to the shank. It has been made in wood with metal links and a ring at the top of the…

  • Meriton, Thomas W.
    circa 1852
    Meriton's spring shank anchor

    Scale: Unknown. A model of a spring shank anchor as proposed by Thomas W. Meriton (1852). The model is made almost entirely of brass, but has steel for the spring and stock. The main body of the anchor consists of…

  • Unknown
    Dunn's No.2

    Scale: Unknown. A model of a Dunn's No.2 anchor sanctioned in 1910, and made entirely in aluminium alloy which is patinated or oxidised a dark grey colour. The shank is square in section, the top of which is an elongated…

  • Unknown
    Equipment model; Anchor model

    Scale: Unknown. Model of a Chinese junk anchor which is made entirely from iron. The shank is hexagonal in section and tapers out towards the crown end with a drilled circular hole through which passes a circular stock held in…

  • Unknown
    Equipment model; Anchor model

    Scale: Unknown. A model of a portable anchor (1857) made entirely from iron and painted a uniform black. The body and arms are made up from a series of flat sections, all of which are held together by three large…

  • Joseph Wright & Co. Ltd
    Perkins patent

    Scale: Unknown. A model of a Perkin's patent anchor, sanctioned in 1917, and made entirely in aluminium alloy. The shank is a rounded rectangle in section and on one broad face is inscribed in capital lettering "Joseph Wright & Co…

  • Unknown
    circa 1847
    Life preserver

    Skeleton model of a life preserver (circa 1847). Model is decked. "27/66" on deck and on four wheels.