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Hi all,

Just to let you know that I am the person that is selling by auction the fittings from the Olympic that were in the old Akzo Nobel Paint works in Haltwhistle.

I took the decision to sell after two years of trying to use the office block as a craft and visitor centre but after several feasibility studies the outcome was that it would not generate sufficient interest to make it a viable option.

I also have many photographs of the fittings during the strip out, most of which have never been seen since 1935. I will be posting some of these pictures shortly.

Please feel free to ask any questions and I will do my best to answer them.

Regards
Ray Cowell
 
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This is a picture of the first sight of Olympic's decking.

The decking was found under a cement screed on the first floor of the offices. Probably laid down in 1935. Carpet tiles were subsequently laid on top.

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Another picture

These tiles were found under chipboard covering the floor in one of the first floor offices

This tile was used on the Second Class Staircase and several other locations

This tile was also on the Titanic and the Britanic

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This picture shows the swags that fit around the coving in many areas of the ship, shown are a stripped set and a set with 69 years of paint on

There are two types I have found one is made of an alloy and the other is made of cast bronze

The bronze is copper plated then gilded some of the gilding is still visible

If anyone is interested you can visit my website and look under Olympic suite if you look at the bottom left picture you can see the coving
http://www.hadrianenterprisepark.co.uk/

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Wow, thanks for posting these photos. I have never seen a colour photograph of the Olympic's decking! That second-class tile is pretty amazing as well. Thanks for posting the photographs. You said you had photographs of the strip out? Just to clarify is that when the scrappers were taking interior fittings out of the
Olympic in 1935 or the factory in Haltwhistle?

All the Best,

Nigel
 
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Hi Nigel,

The photos I mention are from the strip out from Haltwhistle site for the auction in September

I am uploading another photo with this reply it is of a piece of Oak moulding that I have stripped of paint
When you think this is all hand carved in a repeat pattern the skills needed were amazing



Regards
Ray
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This is a bunk ladder made in mahogany found in the loft and used as an access to a water tank !!

There is also another but it has the brass hangers missing still it survived

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Floor tile with border

These tiles were found under chipboard flooring in the office constructed of the panelling and windows from the gymnasium


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Oak Parquet Flooring

Found under the carpet of the "Conference Room"
a smaller quantity was also found in another room

Sorry about the quality of the photo I am having the floor polished soon so it will be back to its former glory

This floor came from the Library of the Olympic

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These made my week Mr. Cowell! Where is Haltwhistle, and do you know how Nobel's came by these incredible pieces? What a difference with the woodworking stripped of paint- makes one wonder how anybody could have painted over that detailed carving. At last I know about the toilet cubicles-now to find out more about the Ashwell system! Seeing the original colors is a real treat. You have a captive audience here waiting for MORE!
 
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JUST BEAUTIFUL!!Thank you for sharing this wonderful find! I am a light NUT, and that large first class light just made my afternoon too! I am right with Shelly here. You have a captive audience... (IM)patiently waiting for MORE!
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Nigel Bryant

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Thanks alot for the extra photos.I'm guessing that oak parquet flooring, originally came from the starboard side D-deck reception room onboard Olympic. Dan K? are you out there..? I think the light is from one of Olympic's elevator areas or from one of the lower grand staircase foyers.

All the best,

Nigel
 

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WOW!!!

Thank You so much for posting these pictures Mr. Cowell. We much appreciate it. It's such a treat to see the fittings in color. These pictures are addicting and only make us want more!! :)

Thanks again
Sean
 
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The back of one of the panels in the "Conference Room" in the works

It reads 1st Class State Room S.S.400 and is signed in (T Chandler) I believe this would have been the carpenter

There are other markings but I will not be able to see them fully until they are stripped out totally as the Conference Room will be left intact for the auction

Regards

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