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Asprey & Co. HM Submarine Unruffled Silver Box 1941
London assay marks for 1941

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  • Xupes Reference MT1803047
  • Age London assay marks for 1941
  • Condition In good condition but with some age wear and few minor dings 



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  • An important, fine and heavily made Art Deco Asprey & Co silver presentation cigarette box. The box has an inscription to the top reading PRESENTED BY OFFICERS & SHIPS COMPANY OF HM SUBMARINE UNRUFFLED, an important U-Boat class submarine which served in the Mediterranean during WWII and opens to reveal a wooden fitted interior with a brushed gilded finish to the inside of the hinged cover. The box has Asprey & Co makers marks along with London silver assay marks dating the box to 1941. Reference (Wikipedia): HMS Unruffled was a Royal Navy U-class submarine built by Vickers-Armstrong at Barrow-in-Furness. So far she has been the only ship of the Royal Navy to bear the name Unruffled. Unruffled spent most of her eventful wartime career in the Mediterranean, where she sank the Vichy-French merchant ship Liberia (the former Greek Cape Corso), the Italian auxiliary minesweeper N 10 / Aquila, the Italian merchant ships Leonardo Palomba, Una, Sant'Antioco, Citta di Catania, and Città di Spezia, the Italian tankers Castelverde and Teodolinda, the Italian sailing vessel Amabile Carolina, the Italian naval auxiliary Z 90 / Redentore, the German merchant ships Lisboa, Pommern and Baalbeck and the French tanker Henri Desprez. On 13 October 1942 Unruffled torpedoed and sank the Italian cargo ship Loreto in the Tyrrhenian Sea off the north coast of Sicily. Loreto was carrying prisoners of war, 130 of whom were killed. Unruffled launched unsuccessful attacks on the Italian submarine Antonio Sciesa and the small German minesweeper R 212. Her most important target was the Italian Capitani Romani-class cruiser Attilio Regolo, which she torpedoed on 7 November 1942. 60 feet (18 m) of bow were blown off, but Unruffled could not sink the cruiser, having by now run out of torpedoes. The damaged cruiser was towed to port by the tug Polifemo, escorted by the torpedo boats Cigno, Lince and Abba. Another attack by HMS United failed, but Attilio Regolo was out of action for the rest of the war. As well as these actions, Unruffled took part in operations Harpoon and Vigorous. She was also the recovery vessel for Operation Principal, a chariot attack on Palermo harbour on 3 January 1943. Unruffled survived the War and was scrapped at Troon in January 1946.

  • Xupes Reference MT1803047
  • Model Asprey & Co. HM Submarine Unruffled Silver Box 1941
  • Age London assay marks for 1941
  • Gender Unisex
  • Period 1940-1949
  • Origin United Kingdom
  • Width 17.5cm
  • Height 3.5cm
  • Depth 11.5cm

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