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Women’s Royal Navy Service - A Presentation Snuff Box, 1940
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Women’s Royal Navy Service - A Presentation Snuff Box, 1940

Measurements: Length 7.8cm (3in)

£675

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Silver snuff box of rectangular form, with engine-turned sides and base, the hinged lid engraved with a warship and fitted a foliate scroll thumb-piece, the gilt interior engraved with the anchor, naval crown and wren badge of the Women's Royal Navy Service and inscribed '14 Oct. 42’ / ‘Evelyn’. Maker’s mark of Asprey and Co., Old Bond Street, London. Hallmarked London 1940.

The Women's Royal Naval Service - Wrens - was first formed in 1917 to support the Royal Navy during the First World War. It was disbanded in 1919, then revived in 1939 at the beginning of the Second World War. Wartime Wrens served as cooks, clerks, wireless telegraphists, radar plotters, weapons analysts, range assessors, electricians and air mechanics, and pilots of transport aircraft. In 1944 the there were 75,000 Wrens, fulfilling the recruiting slogan of the day ‘Join the Wrens—free a man for the fleet.’
 

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