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New York Antique Fair Offers Aviation Engineering as Breathtaking Art

Hatchwell Shows Polished Artifacts of Aviation History in Brilliant Display

Tech Beauties of a Bygone Age – For a Hefty Price

(Above) Rolls Royce Pegasus MK 105 Titanium Stator Ring Mirror Circa 1985 from a RAF Harrier ‘Jump’ Jet at Hatchwell Antiques

A profusion of richly ornate, colorfully decorative and highly polished items including magnificently carved clocks, rows of gorgeously sanguine flower paintings and landscapes, enormous photographs of Manhattan landscapes and society, and glittering jewelry filled the Armory last night in an invitational preview of the four day New York Art, Antiques and Jewelry Fall Show.

Not all of it was high art, perhaps, in fact, much of it veered dangerously close to kitsch, but there were many designs and works of lasting value amid this commercial flower garden of decoration. Prices ranged from four to six figures.

Hatchwell’s Shining Aviation Beauties

The most unexpected discovery at the show was an extraordinary display of polished steel artifacts at Hatchwell Antiques, where Allan Hatchwell and Richard Wait (US temporary Cell 561-635-8968 UK Cell 44 7768 862229 533 King’s Road 0207-351-2344 offered shining polished metal and wood antiques of a unique engineering kind from aviation history – huge propeller blades, soaring model planes, giant marine binoculars and a telescope on wheel adjustable stands, a double life size training Browning machine gun with cutaway moving parts, a Campbell-Stokesspehere sunshine recorder, an RAF Gloster Javelin ejection seat and a coffee table incorporating a Rolls Royce Titanium Turbine, all (except for the giant polished wood propellers) made entirely of steel buffed to dazzling brilliance, and including several circular wall mirrors made from jet engines.

Pair of Cold War era Czech Binoculars c 1955 (above) was part of Hatchwell’s London stock of large aperture binoculars from the golden era of binocular manufacturing from 1910 to 1960 by Zeiss, Nikon and Fuji, which like the other brilliant metal objects on display offered not only forms of engineering art but also perhaps a chance to touch the past and retrieve something of the time when complex creations of human invention were physical, tactile and intelligible to the ordinary citizen who experienced them, rather than the virtual, vanishingly abstract creations of the dot com era.

Against the background of the Rolls Royce Pegasus 105 Stage 1 Titanium Turbine c 1985 coffee table (above), the crystal ball-like glass sun focuser of the Campbell-Stokessphere sunshine recorder by Casella of London, mounted on a golden oak base, c 1930, above, stands ready to record the amount of sun shine throughout the day. As invented by John Francis Campbell in 1853 and modified by Sir George Gabriel Stokes in 1879, the sun burns a trace on the bowl, or with Stoke’s refinement of adding a card holder, burns through a card.

The idea, explained Richard Wait (above), is that it measures the time it takes for the sun to burn through the card. If the concept seems a little primitive, there is an undeniable beauty in the object.

Ejection seat (above): This beautiful machinery will save your life if you have to leave your Harrier jet in a hurry.

Also on hand was Allan Hatchwell, the son of the founder of his business which dealt in wooden antique furniture until he came up with this inspired idea. He explained how the ejection seat (above) worked, the rocket at its back lifting the pilot out with such force that his spine was compressed one inch as he cleared the plane’s tail. An oxygen canister is fitted to the side to ensure survival in high altitude ejections.

Another view of the ejection seat  shows the beautiful life saver in all its glory.  But will it serve as a living room seat to read one's early morning coffee?  Probably not, but does it matter?

Even if the ejection seat – above, in its full glory – doesn’t serve as a comfy nook to drink your early morning coffee, it will make any other seat you occupy seem even more comfortable and safe than usual. But in fact, the seat is very comfortable, as well as being good for the posture. Hatchwell sold a complete set of twelve as dining chairs to one customer.

Meanwhile, here’s a coffee table which will serve both you and a lady guest very nicely if you wish to impress:

Impress the lady of your choice by giving her coffee and cakes on this aluminum coffee table incorporating a Rolls Royce Pegasus 105 Stage 1 Titanium Turbine blade, c 1985 (above) especially when you reach your hand under the glass and spin it around for her.

There were several binoculars at Hatchwell that were also beautiful objects, especially the pair of large aperture Fuji Meibo 25X150 Marine Binoculars from Japan c 1975, mounted on a Perico rise and fall tripod.

Mount these on your balcony and enjoy the unmatchable purity of the huge glass lenses as you peer across the park at the apartment windows of Faye Dunaway opposite your Fifth Avenue perch.

Bringing antiques into the jet age: Allan Hatchwell caressing one of his beloved binoculars as art object, in this case an extremely rare pair of 119×40 large aperture beauties by BBT Krauss of Paris, c 1928, on a Carl Zeiss design tripod. This pair was set up on the Normandy coast of Trouville-sur-mer, near Deauville, to watch yachts and shipping at the mouth of the Seine, and in 1940 were hidden away from the Germans so they couldn’t be commandeered for coastal defense. ($90,000)

But did you notice the giant propeller?

A conversation at the show invitational preview on Wednesday evening – Where did you get that material? It works so well! – (below) shows the scale of the huge and beautiful laminated Sitka spruce supersonic wind tunnel propeller on show at Hatchwell Antiques, which can occupy your living room for $98,000 the pair.

The original 18 blade fan and 7×10 foot tunnel cost $2,052,000 and developed a wind speed of 675 mph. Built in 1945 at the NASA Langley research center in Virginia it tested aircraft, missiles and eventually the manned orbiter. It was closed in 1994.

A look through one of the Carl Zeiss periscope binoculars with 10x magnification shows how well the fist sized glass lens captures light from seventy yards away, illuminating the globe of apples at the show entrance and bathing the scene in a beautiful luminosity:

View of the entrance to the show seventy yards away (above) through the magnificent large glass lens of one of the Carl Zeiss 10x 50 Periscope Binoculars, c 1965, often fitted to Panzer tanks and used along the Berlin Wall during the Cold War.

This is the first time Hatchwell has exhibited its unique collection in New York, and it attracted considerable notice at the preview.

In touch with past reality

It was certainly enough to make any science and technology buff to plan a new room in the mansion to host one to five of these marvelous artifacts of a past generation, which allow the owner and his or her guests to enjoy touching and having around a beautiful example or set of shining engineering which bring back a past of great design feats in the physical realm, concrete beauties as opposed to the virtual reality in which we increasingly live today. They will be a comfort to all who are now forced to live in an age where half the advances in science and technology are completely opaque to the understanding of the average mortal.

They take one back via their beautiful elegance to an age where the function and purpose of all the tools of living from telephones to cars were intelligible to the average mortal, and the beauty of their design could be appreciated by the naked eye and the touch of a hand.

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