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Brass model of a Vickers machine gun – £2600 at Martel Maides.

Made in great detail and measuring a massive 22in (53cm), it carries a series of inscriptions including one reading To the Officers and Men of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and the Doctors and Nurses of the Military Convalescent Hospitals Comrades All.

Below are the initials JMD and RPK (thought to be the makers of the piece) and the names of four Great War military hospitals in Calais, Alnwick, Whitehead and Belfast.

The model was acquired for a ‘world-renowned collection’ in 1957 and has since changed hands on at least one occasion.

Offered for sale by Martel Maides (17.5% buyer’s premium) in St Peter Port, Guernsey, on June 30, it sold within estimate for £2600.