Lot 433 (Antiques, Furnishings & Collectors, 3rd March 2021)
Sold for £460
Exhibition quality working scale model of the Second World War 'Abdiel' class Royal Naval mine layer, 'HMS Welshman (M84)' (1941-43), launched 1939, built by Hawthorne Leslie of Hebburn, 2415 tonnes, 400.6ft long with a 40ft beam, drawing 11.3ft, powered by four Admiralty three drum water tube boilers with Parsons geared steam turbine on two shafts, saw service with first mine laying squadron in the early part of the war in Scotland and Bay of Biscay, Gibraltor and Dover, followed by refit and operations in the Mediterranean escorting convoys and transporting stores to Malta, sunk whilst transporting stores and personnel in February 1943, torpedoed by Submarine U Boat U617 with loss of life. Fitted with electric motor for radio control with two propellers. Overall length of model 132cm approx. On a display stand within a fitted wooden transporting box. (B.P. 21% + VAT)
Overall appearing in good condition. Rather dusty but no obvious damage.
Provenance: these models by Robert Gerald Iles (1940-2019), a former British Army Officer who had always been interested in model making but did not have enough spare time whilst serving, resident in Pembrokeshire and joined the Pembrokeshire Model Sailing Yacht club where he won numerous trophies at club and national level. He also started his own business 'The Top Rig' making sails for model yachts, he then started making model ships for his own enjoyment, primarily British war ships and he took his models to modelling exhibitions all around the UK. Particularly well known in Wales. Approximate length 136 cm.