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A DIAMOND FLOWER SPRAY BROOCH
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A DIAMOND FLOWER SPRAY BROOCH

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A DIAMOND FLOWER SPRAY BROOCH
The stylised bouquet with triple tied stems and leaf detail, set throughout with old brilliant and rose-cut diamonds, circa 1940, original ivory case with presentation plaque inscribed "Presented to Mrs. Wallis by the Directors of Vickers-Armstrongs Limited at the Launch of H.M.S. Alderney 25th June 1945"
Provenance
Formerly in the possession of Lady Barnes Wallis (1904-1986), and thence by descent.

H.M.S. Alderney, an Amphion-class submarine was launched by Mrs Wallis, the wife of Barnes Neville Wallis, on 25th June 1945 and she was presented with the above brooch as a token of thanks by the Chairman and Directors of Vickers Armstongs Limited.
Barnes Wallis worked for Vickers and its successors for nearly sixty years as an aircraft designer and engineer. His most famous contribution to World War II was the development of the "Bouncing Bomb", immortalised in Paul Brickhill's 1951 book "The Dam Busters" and the 1954 film of the same name. Barnes Wallis saw this strategic bombing as a means of curtailing the war. He was knighted in 1968.
During his long career Barnes Wallis was constantly supported by his devoted wife Molly whom he met in 1922 and married in 1925. They were married for 54 years.

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