Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell
Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell

WILLIAM COMYNS & SONS LTD (RICHARD COMYNS) (worked from c.1922)

Antique George V Sterling Silver Unterseeboot / Military Submarine Inkwell

1916 London

Offered by AC Silver

£7,950 gbp
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This exceptional and unusual, antique George V English sterling silver inkwell has been realistically modelled in the form of a German military submarine*.

This antique submarine inkwell features hallmarked articulated parts including the bow plane and propeller shafts.

The conning tower of this impressive U-boat is embellished with a variety of protruding features, including a communications antenna, periscope and steering wheel.

The elongated surface of the submarine is encompassed with an impressive cable style rail.

The body of the vessel incorporates engraved torpedo tubes.

The hallmarked hinged cover opens to allow access to the original removable glass liner.

This German military ship sits to the original painted wood presentation plinth fitted with a shaped rectangular plaque to one side embellished with the inscription**:

'H. L. Marshall, Second Officer. Presented by the Eagle Oil Transport Co Ltd and The Anglo Mexican Petroleum Products Co Ltd. As a memento of the escape of the SS "San Melito" from a German Submarine after being shelled 40 minutes, August 21st 1915.'***

The plinth is fitted with a leatherette covering to the underside.

This exceptional inkwell was crafted by the renowned London silversmiths Charles & Richard Comyns.

* This style of submarine can be attributed to the German word "unterseeboot", otherwise known as u-boot/u-boat. It references a submarine used for military purposes, operated by Germany in the First and Second World Wars.

** This inscription could be erased upon request.

*** The SS San Melito was a 12,286 ton merchant navy ship/shell tanker which was owned by The Eagle Tanker Company Ltd and launched onto the River Tyne. During the stated World War I attack this ship progressed to a speed of 15 knots and was struck by one shell, remaining afloat and only slightly damaged. The officers aboard were all presented with a decorative submarine inkwell to commemorate the attack.

Dimensions
Length 34cm/13.4"
Width 11cm/4.3"
Height 12.5cm/4.9"

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This antique submarine inkwell is an exceptional gauge of silver, exceptional quality and in exceptional condition.
Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the inkwell recess, in addition to the part hallmarks to the interior of the cover and the articulating pieces are all very clear.
Date: 1916

Origin: London, England
Can be viewed at AC Silver’s Newcastle store, online at www.acsilver.co.uk. Please quote SALES CODE SKU A8634 when enquiring about the piece.
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Dimensions
Height 4.90 inch (12.45 cm)
Width 4.30 inch (10.92 cm)
Stock Code
A8634
Medium
A exceptional, fine and impressive antique George V sterling silver inkwell modelled in the form of a German military submarine / unterseeboot; an addition to our nautical related silverware collection
Signed/Inscribed
Full hallmarks struck to the surface of the inkwell recess, in addition to the part hallmarks to the interior of the cover and the articulating pieces are all very clear.
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