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Predicate Object 25 Jan 2006 2006-01-25T00:00:00.000Z 2006-01-25T00:00:00.000Z 2006.6.1 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 2006.6.1 unknown 2005-12-15T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-21T08:52:20.785Z a 65,_New_Zealand souvenir/wars naval warfare/wars souvenir candlestick made from HMS New Zealand gunmetal with certificate of authenticity Following the scrapping of HMS New Zealand in the 1920s the Auckland firm, MacEwans Machinery Ltd acquired 1300 lbs of gunmetal [in the form of searchlights from HMS New Zealand] some of which was used to manufacture souvenir candlesticks. Three of these were purchased in 1927 by the donor's father, one for each of his three children. Text from candlestick certificate: 'Extract from the "Sun," Auckland, 2nd December , 1927. Historic Metal from H.M.S. New Zealand New Lamps for Old Searchlights in Auckland GUN-METAL stripped from H.M.S. New Zealand, which was presented to Britain just before the war, and scrapped just after it, is being converted into handsom candlesticks and souvenirs by an Auckland firm, MacEwans Machinery Ltd. Pictures elsewhere in ths issue show the searchlight control pedestal from which the metal is being secured. "For a long time, with another which is to go to the Auckland Museum, the pedestal lay at the Devonport naval dockyard and its origin is vouched for in the following official memorandum: "Issued from the ordnance workshops, Devonport, 1,300lb. of gun-metal stripped from obsolete searchlights of H.M.S. New Zealand. Carrying only a tiny flame, compared with the brilliant beam of the vanished warship's searchlights the candlesticks will nevertheless perpetuate a definite tradition and always about them will cling the memory of a gallant ship, steaming into action under the New Zealand flag as well as the White Ensign, and with a defiant Maori tiki on the conning-tower. This is to certify that all soiuvenirs manufactured by MacEwans Machinery ltd., from gun-metal off H.M.S. New Zealand bear our seal as shown in left-hand corner of this certificate. Signed O.G. Lindstrom Works Manager. R. Daniel Foundry Foreman." souvenir candlestick made from HMS New Zealand gunmetal with certificate of authenticity .1: candlestick: gunmetal with chromed surface; single stem with circular pedestal base .2: certificate: printed on paper candlestick
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