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A Pair of George V Royal Navy Silver Sennet Hat Dishes, 1925 & 1929
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A Pair of George V Royal Navy Silver Sennet Hat Dishes, 1925 & 1929

Measurements: Diameter: 9cm (3.7in)

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Silver. The tallies inscribed H.M.S. Delhi and H.M.S. Vernon. Maker’s mark of Adie Brothers of Birmingham. Hallmarked Birmingham 1925 and 1930 respectively. Cased.

The light cruiser H.M.S. Delhi was launched in 1918 and in the early Twenties few the flag with the trans-global Special Service Squadron and later with H.M.A.S. Sydney during a goodwill tour of Ceylon, Australia and New Zealand. She had an eventful Second World War, serving in the Caribbean to eastern China until decommissioning in mid-1945 due to extensive battle damage. H.M.S. Vermon was the shore-based Royal Navy Torpedo School at Gunwharf, Portsmouth.

Sennet hats became part of the naval rating’s uniform in the mid 19th century but were in common usage as a part of the sailor’s irregular uniform as far back as the Napoleonic wars. They were removed from ratings’ kit lists in 1921 in favour of the tropical helmet.

 

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