Ordered for the Royal Flying Corps in 1915, the FB5 was the world’s first operational fighter aircraft: a two-seat military biplane armed with a single .303 Lewis gun. This bespoke silver model was specifically commissioned by Vickers as a gift to Percy Maxwell Muller, the works manager of Vickers Brooklands.
The model is separately hallmarked in nine locations including the wheels and rotating propeller. Estimated at £3000-5000 in the November 23 sale held in South Cerney, Gloucestershire, it sold for £6000.
Clock from doomed paddle steamer
These sales of transport-related memorabilia often feature some fine antiques with stories to tell.
Sold online at £3800 (estimate £2000- 3000) was a large 3ft 1in (92cm) high Victorian giltwood wall clock carved as the crest of P&O.
Made by James Muirhead, Glasgow, the clock was formerly displayed on the P&O ship Euxine, a paddle steamer built by Caird and Co, Greenock, in 1847. Sir Edward Bates (1816-96) bought the ship in 1868 for £4275 and had her converted to a sailing vessel by Laird & Co, Birkenhead.
On August 5, 1874, the ship was destroyed by fire when on passage from North Shields to Aden with a cargo of coal.