£220,000 for scuttle relics

Relics from German battleships sunk after the First World War were among a treasure trove that made over £220,000 at an auction yesterday.

A ship's telegraph, clock, searchlight and parts of a porcelain dinner service salvaged from Kaiser Wilhelm II's fleet were sold in Edinburgh.

They were among items from a huge collection of antiques housed on Orkney by Norris Wood and sold by Bonhams.

The total of 580 lots went for around £223,680 - more than double the estimated proceeds. Seventy-four German ships were scuttled at Scapa Flow in the Orkney Islands in June 1919.

Some salvaged items were stored by Mr Wood at his 17th- century home, Graemeshall House, overlooking Scapa Flow.

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