An 1805- Pattern Stirrup hilt Naval Officer’s sword © Christie’s

with good 32½in. etched steel blade, gilt brass hilt, tassel and scabbard and a small quantity of belting and buckles; together with a copy of Regulations and Instructions relating to His Majesty’s Service at Sea, London, 1772 containing a wealth of detail for conduct and administration in all ranks.


Here we see the British Dido-class light cruiser HMS Hermione (Pennant 74) of the Royal Navy slicing through the Italian coastal submarine Tembien like butter on 2 August 1941, west of Malta. The (gouache on board) artwork is entitled, “A British cruiser ramming an Italian submarine” by Marc Stone. It is in the collection of the UK National Archives.