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ART DECO MARITIME HAMBURG SOUTH AMERICAN LINES CAP ARCONA WALL BAROMETER (Edit)



For your consideration is an amazing Art Deco style 1920's vintage wall barometer featuring the queen of the Hamburg-South America steam ship line, the Cap Arcona. This luxurious liner was the jewel in the crown of the '20s Hamburg South America line, and met its fate in the closing days of WWII when it was bombed and sunk by elements of the Royal Air Force off of Neustadt in Northern Germany. The ship, like many of its contemporaries had been converted at the outbreak of WWII by the German navy into a transport. The real tragedy of the RAF attack was that the vast majority of the casualties suffered on the Cap Arcona were refugees / prisoners from various German KZ Lagern (camps). Many of the survivors were strafed and killed in the water also, resulting in the deaths of over 5,000 persons, being, from my understanding, the second largest maritime loss of life in recorded history. The barometer was manufactured for the German market, and features a very Deco influenced image of the Cap Arcona illuminated by the moonlight and slipping silently by a stand of tropical palms. The beveled glass & gilt obverse surface is in excellent condition w/ magnificent imagery, and this in turn is mounted on a wooden base. The barometer itself is set in a solid brass housing, which in turn is fitted into the base of the barometer. The original hanging hardware is intact to the reverse and the overall condition of this amazing maritime collectible is excellent throughout. It should be seen in person to be truly appreciated. Call me at 508 688 0847 to arrange a viewing!

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