Three to thrill the hearts of Bentley connoisseurs.
(Main image, left) a unique Sterling silver Bentley ‘Winged B’ mascot, as used on the ‘Speed Six’ model (1926-1930), this example commissioned in 1994 by a renowned Bentley collector to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Bentley Motors in 1919. Hallmarked London, 1994 and mounted on an ebonised wooden plinth. Height: 5 inches (13 cm).
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(Centre and details): a finely rendered model of the 1928 Le Mans-winning Bentley, known by the nom de course ‘Mother Gun’. A notable commission by the Institute of the Motor Industry, honouring the term of office of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, President 1978-1998, and commemorating his record-breaking achievement behind the wheel of the vintage Special in 1992. Finished in parcel-gilt Sterling silver, mounted on an ebonised wooden base bearing two inscribed plaques with hallmarks for M L Winter, London and complete with fitted glass cover and bespoke leather carrying case. Length: 12 inches (30 cms). Exhibited: Supermodels, The Goldsmiths’ Company, London, 2001
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(Main image, right) a fine Sterling silver and British Racing Green enamel hip flask by Bentley Motors in the form of a 4½ litre Bentley radiator, with cork-lined ‘quick-release’ cap. Stamped with the Bentley wings to the base and bearing London hallmarks for 1995. Height: 6 inches (15 cm).
Price Code: SOLD
The Bentley marque is rich in heritage and history, and by 1928, the ‘Bentley Boys’ had come of age. Woolf Barnato, playboy, sportsman, financier and chairman of Bentley Motors, partnered by Bernard Rubin, drove the 4½-litre prototype to victory at Le Mans in the same year. ‘Mother Gun’, the name given to the works entry by ‘Babe’ Barnato, was successfully campaigned by Brooklands Outer Circuit exponent Richard Marker (who claimed his BARC 120 mph badge at the wheel) and Margaret Allan. ‘Mother Gun’ was later acquired by Brooklands tuning ace Robin Jackson, responsible for the wind-cheating, single seater configuration of the restyled Bentley-Jackson. The vintage Special, fully restored, is now owned and raced by Stanley Mann, forming with Prince Michael, Vaughan Davis and Phil Greenwood, the record-breaking 1992 quartet.
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