20 November 2009
A GEORGE VI SILVER TRAY
MARK OF THE GOLDSMITHS AND SILVERSMITHS CO. LTD., LONDON, 1937
SHAPED OBLONG AND ON FOUR SCROLL FEET, ENGRAVED WITH THE ROYAL ARMS WITH A LABEL FOR DIFFERENCE WITHIN THE GARTER MOTTO ACCOLé WITH THE ROYAL ARMS OF GREECE, WITHIN A GARTER ALL BELOW A ROYAL DUKE'S CORONET, FURTHER ENGRAVED WITH ANOTHER COAT-OF-ARMS AND AN INSCRIPTION, MARKED UNDERNEATH, FURTHER STAMPED 'THE GOLDSMITHS & SILVERSMITHS COMPANY LD. 112 REGENT STREET'
20 in. (51 cm.) wide
79 oz. (2,469 gr.)
The first arms are those of The Prince George, Duke of Kent (1902-1942) accolé with those of his wife Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1906-1968).
The second arms are those of the City of Perth, Western Australia, as granted in 1926 and used until 1948.
The inscription reads 'Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent from His Majesty's Government in the Commonwealth of Australia on the occasion of the naming of H.M.A.S. "Perth" 10th July 1939.'
Presented to Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent (1906-1968) on the renaming of H.M.S. Amphion as H.M.A.S Perth 1939.
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The Times of 11 July 1939 recorded the presentation of the tray. Present was the High Commissioner of Australia and Admiral Sir William James. The ship had been launched in 1934 by the Marchioness of Titchfield. She was purchased by the Australian government and commissioned into the Royal Australian Navy as H.M.A.S. Perth at Portsmouth on 29 June 1939. She took part in a number of actions during World War II until she was torpedoed by the Japanese as the Battle of Sunda Strait in 1942.
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