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He also worked on the 1984 film Mutiny on the Bounty starring Sir Anthony Hopkins as Captain Bligh, on which he advised on the construction of the $4m replica Bounty.

Based in the south Midlands, Walters’ first tranche of his thousands-strong collections of nautical and maritime pieces, built up over 50 years, sold as a single-owner sale at Bonhams Knightsbridge in 1989, with the second at JS Fine Art Auctioneers in Banbury 18 months ago.

The collector, who told ATG that the most treasured pieces in his collections are the remaining Bligh items, is now bringing some of his pieces to the biannual 40-dealer Antiques at the Holt fair at the Holt Hotel, Steeple Aston, near Oxford on Saturday and Sunday, March 17-18.

These include a 19th century brass speaking trumpet used to shout orders on deck up to ratings working in the rigging at £195. Priced at £1750 are a pair of 18th century carved oak columns used as gun deck supports from the French naval ship of the line, Duguay-Trouin that was captured by the British at the Battle of Trafalgar.

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