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Rare tin ingot smelted at St Erth

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 30, 2013

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Bennicks Auctions, Summercourt

A rare 19th-century tin ingot from the ill-fated SS Cheerful will feature in Bennick's Monday sale at midday.

The SS Cheerful was built in 1874 as a cargo ship. Eleven years later on July 20 she was in a fatal collision with HMS Hecla of the torpedo depot some 18 miles off St Ives.

Cheerful sank almost immediately, with the loss of 13 lives and a full cargo of 28 and 56 pound tin ingots.

On offer is a tin ingot which, according to its marks, was smelted at the Treloweth smelting works at St Erth.

The ingot is stamped with the lamb and flag, with a Louis Charles Daubuz seal. The lamb and flag was designed by Henry Davies in 1715 to represent his family crest but, given its deeply religious symbolism, was adopted by the smelting houses to outline the purity of their goods.

The item carries an estimate of £500-£700.

There are some good boxed die cast models. A boxed Dinky No 726 Messerschmitt B-F 109E is ready to fly at £40-£60. From Corgi there are examples that include a boxed No 409 Unimog tipper £25-£40.

From Siku comes a boxed No 3513 airport fire engine (£20-£30). Maybe the perfect Christmas gift could well be the Corgi Magic Roundabout set with a guide of £180-£200.

Bennicks Auctions, Summercourt, near Newquay. 07866 128167 / 01872 519034 bennicksauctions.co.uk

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