Ships ahoy for auctioneers after ‘unusual’ wartime find

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A wartime timekeeper could fetch up to £1,500 at auction after being discovered at a Kenilworth valuation day.

The unusual ship’s chronometer dating back to 1941 was discovered by Hansons valuers.

And the maritime timepiece, made by clock maker Hamilton, was described as an “excellent example” of Second World War engineering.

With its original metal canister with instruction sticker, the chronometer may have seen service in one of the American naval vessels during the war before coming to a Warwickshire family.

The team will return to St Francis of Assisi church hall on April 10 where expert Notty Hornblower will be on hand to value vintage textiles. From 10am to 4pm, all welcome.