Wooden Commemorative Inkwell- Timber from HMS Queen Elizabeth Navy WW1

Tim Owen

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Wooden Commemorative Inkwell- Timber from HMS Queen Elizabeth Navy WW1

This woodenware commemorative inkwell was made using oak from the Flag Ship of the Royal Navy during WW1 the HMS Queen Elizabeth. The stamped brass plaque on the front states the ship was involved in the Dardanelles campaign of 1915. 

It was common for breakers and repairers of the famous ships to repurpose the damaged timbers and metalware into small souvenirs such as this. While some were made during the war the tradition carried on after, and since the HMS Queen Elizabeth went in for a major refit around 1920 this inkwell probably dates to that time.

It is offered as found and is lacking its internal glass bowl.

Dimensions: 8 x 15.3 x 11.3 cm or  3.2 x 6 x 4.4 inches.

Weight: 292 grams or 188 penny weight.