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H.M.S. Dreadnought - A George V Silver Sennet Hat Dish, 1891
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H.M.S. Dreadnought - A George V Silver Sennet Hat Dish, 1891

Measurements: Diameter: 9.5cm (3.75in)

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Silver and enamel. The tally enamelled H.M.S. Dreadnought. The underside of the brim engraved ‘R.LH. from A.H.J.I.’  and dated ‘1891’. Maker’s mark of E. Finlay & H. Taylor. Hallmarked London 1891.

The ironclad H.M.S. Dreadnought was built for the Royal Navy in the 1870s. and commissioned in 1884 for service with the Mediterranean Fleet. The future King George V served in Dreadnought during 1886–88 in the Mediterranean.

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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