HMS Victory Stern Brasses

(c) Vin Callcut 2002-2017. Small extracts can be used with acknowledgements to 'Oldcopper.org' website.

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stern views

Brass badges depicting HMS Victory have been used on many domestic items and sold very well across the world. They mostly date from the 1930s but some were produced again during the 1950s onwards after austerity restrictions on the use of metals were relaxed. These are some showing the stern view. Others show the port or starboard broadside. The maker's name is very rarely evident and surviving catalogues are rarely seen except those from Pearson-Page Jewsbury (later Peerage) who took over many smaller Birmingham businesses and continued to use their patterns.

To help classify the use of individual casting designs on products, a descriptive code has been developed. It is not yet in general use.

For example:

Vsp HMS Victory stern view, port side.

Vss - HMS Victory stern view, starboard side.

Vss51 - Height from waterline to masthead is 51mm.

Vbs HMS Victory broadside view, starboard side

Twelve types of emblem that show the stern are described.  Broadside views are coved in the other page. . More: Brass broadside emblems.

Vsp51 Three-quarter rear port side view on the windward side so that the masts and rigging are shown in full in front of the sails.  Underneath is a triangular support decorated with an anchor and crossed cutlasses.  Casting detail not good.  Height waterline to masthead 51mm (2").  Total height including base and ring 101mm (4").

Shown in Pearson Page catalogues from the mid 1920s until late 1930s and again in the 1950s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vss100 Three-quarter rear starboard (right) side view of HMS Victory fully rigged and floating on a sea base.  The rigging shrouds are prominent and the stern is emphasised with a pronounced 'castle' effect.  The name 'HMS Victory' can be clearly seen inset across the stern.  The bow silhouette is sheer.  It is sometimes found with the maker's mark 'ELPEC' (for Lloyd Pascal & Co) and was used for outside door knockers, candlesticks and letter racks.  Later in the 1930s it appears in Pearson Page catalogues and again in the 1950s.  Height from waterline to masthead  100mm (4"). 

 

 

 

Vss71 As Vss69 but slightly larger, one example (left) on a gong hanger.  'Victory' is inscribed across the stern without 'HMS'

Vss71 Three-quarter rear starboard (right) side view of HMS Victory fully rigged and floating on a sea base, similar to Vss67 but with poorer detail showing. The stern is emphasised with a pronounced 'castle' effect. This item has the name 'HMS Victory' inset across it. Masthead pennants inconspicuous. Height from waterline to masthead 69mm (2½”). Found with 'Peerage' maker's name and in their catalogues.

Vss67 Three-quarter rear starboard (right) side view of HMS Victory fully rigged and floating on a sea base. The stern is emphasised with a pronounced 'castle' effect and the name 'HMS Victory' can be clearly seen raised across it. Height from waterline to masthead 67mm (2½”). Used on the handles of fire irons, toasting forks, crumb trays and ashtrays

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vss67r Three-quarter rear starboard (right) side view of HMS Victory fully rigged and floating on a choppy sea base. The stern is emphasised with a pronounced 'castle' effect and the name 'HMS Victory' can be clearly seen raised across it rather than inset. Height from waterline to masthead 67mm (2½”). Used on the handles of fire irons, toasting forks, crumb trays and ashtrays.

 

Vss67m As design Vss67f above but in this design, the sternpost is at a different angle, leading up to the 'M' of 'HMS Victory'.

 

 

 

 

 

Vss46 Three-quarter rear starboard (right) side view of HMS Victory fully rigged and floating on a sea base. The stern is emphasised with a pronounced 'castle' effect and the name 'HMS Victory' can be clearly seen raised across it. The back of the casting may be nicely smooth or roughly fettled. Height to masthead 46mm (2") but this emblem has been found only with a hanging loop giving a total height of 67mm (2½”). Width approx 36mm (1½"). Used on crumb brushes, toasting forks, hearth brushes and corkscrews.

Vss46n (above left) As for Vss46 but narrower and with better detail.  Height from waterline to masthead 46mm (2") but this emblem has been found only with a hanging loop giving a total height of 67mm (2½”). Maximum width is 33mm (1¼") Also used on crumb brushes, toasting forks, hearth brushes and corkscrews.

Broadside Views