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c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge
  • c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge
  • c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge
  • c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge
  • c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge
  • c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge
  • c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge

c1910 HMS Hercules 12’’ Gun Barrel Cover Brass Tampion Badge

Price:

£400.00


Product Description

A very rare flatback brass figure of Hercules, that has come from one of the tampions of the 12 inch guns on HMS Hercules.

Tampions are barrel muzzle plugs or covers, that keep out the weather from the big guns on warships. They generally have the crest of the ship and are decorated and polished for show. Tampions are therefore sought after by collectors and the more important the ship, the more valuable they become.

The figure comes with a photograph of Vice Admiral Sir Doveton Sturdee (Flag Officer Commander of the 4th Battle Squadron at Jutland 31.05.1916), on the deck of HMS Hercules, with the 12 inch guns behind showing the tampions.

Originally this figure would have been mounted on a large brass disc, in turn affixed to a wooded plug, 12 inches in diameter. The plug is pushed down the barrel, leaving only the disc and emblem visible. On the reverse of the figure is evidence of where the 5 bolts would have fitted. The figure has now been mounted free standing upon a bakelite plinth.

HMS Hercules was a Colossus-class Dreadnought battleship built by Palmers, launched on 10 May 1910. She had an illustrious career and took part in the battle of Jutland, where she fought in the 6th Division along with HMS Marlborough, Revenge and Agincourt. She was the 23rd ship in line after deployment. She engaged enemy battlecruisers from 19.00-19.15 achieving hits with her fifth and sixth salvoes. She fired 98 rounds from her main armament during the whole engagement. She was straddled and hit by splinters, but sustained no damage or casualties. Turned to avoid several torpedoes, one of which was seen to pass right alongside. She was scrapped in 1921.

Size: 18 x 8.5 x 27.5 cm (7 x 3 3/8 x 10 ¾ inches)
Weight: 2047 g

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