A 19th century Naval Cadet's sea chest, used at Jutland. 42x25x26.5in(107x64x68cm)
Lot 13W
A 19th century Naval Cadet's sea chest, used at Jutland. 42x25x26.5in (107x64x68cm)
Sold for £2,160 (US$ 3,695) inc. premium
Auction Details
A 19th century Naval Cadet's sea chest, used at Jutland. 42x25x26.5in(107x64x68cm)
Lot Details
A 19th century Naval Cadet's sea chest, used at Jutland.
By Gieve, Matthews & Seagrove Ltd. Solid mahogany carcass, iron bound with iron handles, painted white and black with brass escutcheon. The lid with interior brass hooks and a fold-out dressing mirror, the interior fitted with lift-out closed and open mahogany trays, tin collar-box and toilet compartment containing soap dish and tooth mug. Compartmented linen space below. 42x25x26.5in (107x64x68cm)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Captain GWB Hext RN

    The Cadet's sea chest was posted at the foot of the bed in the College dormitory, and contained their entire possessions. They travelled wherever the Cadet was posted and remained with them until they achieved promotion to Sub-Lieutenant, when they were allocated their own cabin. After the War, this private pattern was replaced by a Admiralty standard issue.

    Captain Hext was a Cadet at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth, when war broke out in August 1914 and all Cadets were transferred to operational activities. Hext, and his chest, were posted to the Battleship HMS Collingwood. He served on board during the Battle of Jutland in 1916, posted to the crow's nest where he was responsible for noting the fall of shot.

    Hext's Sea Chest was retired in 1917, when he was promoted. He went on to train as an Engineer and rose to the rank of Lieutenant-Commander by the time he retired in 1928. Recalled to service in WW2, he finally retired as Captain (E) in 1945.
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