This magnificent and unusual, antique George V English sterling silver inkwell has been realistically modelled in the form of a German military submarine*.
This antique submarine features hallmarked articulated parts including the bow plane, properller shafts, propellers and a central rudder.
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**:
'W Morralee Chief Engineer. Presented by the Eagle Oil Transcport 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 green baize to the underside.
This magnificent inkwell was crafted by the renowned London silversmiths Charles & Richard Comyns.
* This style of submarine can be attritued 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 deorative submarine inkwell to commemorate the attack.