Lot 1063

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Good lot of three relics related to the battleship U.S.S. ARIZONA, destroyed at Pearl Harbor, includes: silver presentation cup, approx. 10 1/2" x 6", in the form of an amphora with base and two high-swept handles. The cup bears the inscription: "To Lieutenant and Mrs. F.H. Gilmer From The 5th Division U.S.S. Arizona". The base is hallmarked with a lion, anchor and monogram "G" indicating the maker Gorham, with the silver content "Sterling", the serial number "2659 A", and a further hallmark in the form of a bugle, dating the piece to 1919, three years after the Arizona's date of commission. While sparse records of Lt. F.H. Smith can be located, there is no indication that he ever served aboard the Arizona, and the significance of the "5th Division" in the inscription cannot be ascertained, as the Arizona was never assigned to the 5th Battleship Division. Shows scattered patches of minor tarnish, with a slight dent to the right handle, else very good. Includes a period carved wood base. WITH: U.S. Navy battery-powered battle lantern, approx. 10" x 8" x 4", painted regulation grey overall, and marked "9-S 5311 - L Type J-IS" on the top panel beneath the handle, and maker-marked "Delta Elect. Co. Marion Indiana made in U.S.A." on the wall hanging bracket on the rear. The handle and lens housing bear additional markings, and the bottom bears the black ink inscription "USS Arizona". These lamps were widely used prior to and throughout World War II, and although there is no serialization present confirming issue to the Arizona, the lamp accompanied the above presentation cup when purchased by our consignor. Shows minor scratches and spots of oxidation overall, with the bulb intact but untested, else very good. WITH: Unidentified instrument panel switch, 3 1/4" long, with a 1 1/4" dia. black composite knob marked with the incised and white-painted letter "B", broken off at the opposite end. An adhesive label inscribed "On 00 Pearl Harbor" is affixed to the knob, and it is believed that this piece was recovered from the harbor during salvage operations. This piece was also present with the above items when purchased. In relic condition. Also present are three post-war items: a 1 1/2" dia. silver alloy "challenge" coin commemorating the 25th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1966; a 3 1/2" square embroidered commemorative patch celebrating the 5oth anniversary of the attack in 1991; and a 3" x 3 1/4" cigarette case bearing an enameled Japanese sun symbol, otherwise unmarked. All very good. Six pieces overall.

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May 1, 2019 10:00 AM EDT
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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