Treen model of ship’s hull – £1600 at Special Auction Services.

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It is a reference to Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood who assumed the role of command-in-chief after Nelson’s death at Trafalgar.

The much-admired 5½in (14cm) carving carried an estimate of £300-500 at Special Auction Services (17.5% buyer’s premium) in Newbury on November 5, ultimately selling at £1600.