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Men of the Birkenhead 1 week 21 hours ago #66724

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The next Kaplan auction contains the following items from the Birkenhead:

SALVAGE FROM THE BIRKENHEAD

ON THE NIGHT OF 26TH FEBRUARY 1852, THE TROOPSHIP BIRKENHEAD STRUCK A ROCK OFF DANGER POINT. THE OFFICERS KNEW THAT THERE WERE NOT ENOUGH LIFE BOATS SO THE ORDERS WERE GIVEN – WOMAN AND CHILDREN FIRST. THE MEN WERE ORDERED TO STANDFAST AS THERE WAS A FEAR THAT THE TROOPS WOULD SWAMP THE BOATS. THIS GAVE RISE TO THE BIRKENHEAD DRILL. THE TROOPS STOOD FAST ON THE DECK WHILST THE SHIP SANK. OF THE 638 PERSONS ON BOARD ONLY 184 WERE SAVED.

THE REGIMENTS ON BOARD WERE AS FOLLOWS: 6TH LANCERS; 2ND REGIMENT; 6TH REGIMENT; 12TH REGIMENT; 43RD REGIMENT; 45TH REGIMENT; 2/60 REGIMENT; 73RD REGIMENT; 74TH REGIMENT AND THE 91ST REGIMENT.

PROVENANCE OF THE VARIOUS BRASS BELT HOOKS, SLING HOOKS AND UNIFORM EQUIPMENT; BUCKLES AND FITTINGS FROM THE WRECK OF THE BIRKENHEAD
SOLD BY SOTHERBY’S IN JOHANNESBURG, 26TH JULY 1994 WITH A CERTIFICATE SIGNED BY STEPHAN WELTZ.

F958 BRASS ROSE FROM HELMET CHINSTRAP 30
F959 SMALL BRASS BUCKLE 30
F960 SMALL BRASS UNIFORM EQUPMENT KEEPER 30
F961 SMALL BRASS UIFORM EQUIPMENT KEEPER WITH HOOK 30
F962 SMALL BRASS UNIFORM EQUPMENT D RING 30
F963 SMALL BRASS UNIFORM BUCKLE WITH MOVEABLE HOOK 30
F964 BRASS FITTING FROM A SWORD SCABBARD WITH A RING 30
F965 SMALL BRASS D RING 30
F966 SMALL BRASS RECTANGULAR FITTING FROM WEBBING 30
F967 SMALL BRASS BUCKLE, SPIKE MISSING 30
F968 SMALL BRASS D RING 30
F969 SMALL BRASS FITTING FROM WEBBING 30
F970 SMALL BRASS BUCKLE WITH ADDITIONAL LOOP 30

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THEY ALL APPEAR TO BE PEWTER. THEY ARE ALL IN POOR CONDITION FORM THEIR iMMERSION IN THE SEA.

F971 THE 2ND REGIMENT 30
F972 THE 6TH REGIMENT 30
F973 THE 6TH REGIMENT VERY POOR 15
F974 THE 7TH REGIMENT – NO THEY WERE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE THERE 30
F975 THE 12TH REGIMENT 30
F976 THE 43RD REGIMENT 30
F977978 THE 43RD REGIMENT VERY POOR 15
F979 THE 73RD REGIMENT 30
F980 THE 91ST REGIMENT 30
Dr David Biggins

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