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Old 09-14-2018, 05:57 PM   #1
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Default Short S.8 Calcutta seaplane propeller??

I recently bought this mounted propeller blade because I love it as an object but of course immediately wanted to identify it. These are the markings:

DRG No 88.0.232/4

There is a "2 " stamped a bit further up the blade. Around the diameter of the 8 bolt holes is 28 259

The Calcutta seaplane used a similar 4 blade prop and a Bristol Jupiter engine so I'm guessing this is what it is unless anyone has a better suggestion.

I'm sort of curious what it might be worth. Apparently only 7 of these aircraft were made. I don't know is scarcity has a value!
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Old 09-14-2018, 08:37 PM   #2
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I think your assumptions are correct. I don't know about its value, but generally portions of propellers do not command a lot.
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Old 09-15-2018, 04:59 AM   #3
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Good Morning Master Caster,

Thank you for these interesting photographs. The exciting aspect of your Calcutta blade is that it might be the only surviving remnant of one of these seven flying boats made by the Short Brothers. It dates from the late 1920's.

It has a financial value of a few hundred GBP; perhaps up to double that if two collectors chased the price up at auction by bidding against each other.

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