Letter Opener made from the Timber of – H.M.S. CORNWALL - Launched in 1815
Here on offer is a genuine piece of teak wood from
made into a fine tapered letter opener that is in perfect condition, no splits or chips to the edges.
It has a metal plaque pinned to the front, which reads:
FROM THE TIMBER OF
LAUNCHED BOMBAY 1815
Some history relating to this great ship follows:
H.M.S. Cornwall was built in Bombay Dockyard in 1812. She was launched in 1815 as H.M.S. Wellesley, a 74-gun 3rd rate ship of the line. She captured Karachi for the British, and participated in the First Opium War, which resulted in Britain gaining control of Hong Kong. She saw active service in the Far East and was for a time the Flag Ship of Rear-Admiral Sir Frederick Lewis-Maitland. When she returned from this service, 27 cannon balls were found embedded in her sides. In 1868 she was rebuilt as H.M.S. Cornwall. Later she was fitted out as a training ship and moored off Purfleet. In 1928 she was moved to Denton, below Gravesend. She was still there at the outbreak of war in 1939. In 1940 she was severely damaged by bombs during a German air raid on London and sank; subsequently gaining the distinction of being the last British ship of the line to be sunk by enemy action, and the only one to be sunk during an air-raid. She was raised in 1944 and beached at Tilbury-Ness.
The letter opener measures 9.75” (24.7cm) long and weighs 20g.
A great piece of British Naval memorabilia that can still be used today.
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