German Navy M4 Enigma Machine

The World War II German Enigma encryption machine and the successful Allied effort to crack it are fascinating pieces of modern history. Surviving Enigma machines are a rarity and amongst the most rare is the Kriegsmarine (Reich's Navy) model M4 of 1942. In the Battle of the Atlantic and in the North Sea the German U-boats ...

Two Day Marine Chronometer

For those who are scratching their head as to what tasteful desk ornaments to acquire for the home "Gentleman's Room" a genuine ships two day chonometer might be just the thing. At the Bonhams Marine Sale which will be held on 15th April at Knightsbridge in London, UK there are two being offered. Our feature ...

A Humidor and a Contemplative Cuban

I was never into cigarette smoking, except for Indonesian "Kretek" clove cigarettes which I discovered and developed a taste for when I was travelling in Indonesia in the mid-seventies; and I may never have discovered cigars unless I had become a father. However, when my first son was born in 1979 the guys at the ...

A Gentleman’s Room

I used to have a "gun room". The sort of room that James May might call a "man lab" or a "man room". In it was a large old wooden desk, and a solid jarrah wood reloading bench fitted out for hours of focused fun creating loads, customizing rifles and guns. It was a retreat ...

A Watch With Character

I tend not to wear wrist watches, perhaps it's because I've demolished more than one inside the engine bay of whichever car or truck I was dealing with at the time. I prefer pocket watches but I like them to have some history or character. So I have a Coronation pocket watch from my grandfather ...

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