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Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11191
Period: George VI
Year: 1944
Silversmith: David-Andersen
Place: Oslo
Price: $ 1 500.00
Weight: 392 grams
Dimensions: 18.5 cm diameter
Condition: 5mm chip to enamel by fish mouth. Rest of enamel perfect, silver perfect.

Description: A beautiful sterling silver and blue enamel dish, with a stylised viking ship complete with vikings, spears, shields and a fish. The dish is sterling silver with engraved rim, which reads "AIR VICE MARSHAL L.O. BROWN, C.B., C.B.E., D.S.C., A.F.C. DEC. 1943 - NOV. 1944, FROM NORWEGIAN PERSONNEL OF No. 132 (N) WING". The enamelling is fabulous quality, different tones of blue with different, intricate patterns, the pattern is also raised. The base is clearly hallmarked "DAVID-ANDERSEN NORWAY STERLING". Air Vice Marshal Leslie Brown was a South African who served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in both World Wars, he was born in 1893 and died in 1978. He commanded 84 Group during the Allied advance across Noth West Europe. 132 Wing consisted of 2 Norwegian Squadrons (331 and 332) flying fighter spitfires, formed by exiled Norwegian pilots, they fought with distinction first with Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain and later with D-Day, the liberation of Holland and crossing the Rhine, as part of 84 Group under Leslie's command. Leslie was replaced in November 1944 by Air Vice Marshal Edmund "Teddy" Hudleston, an Australian, Hudleston also received a similar David Andersen dish presentation, with same inscription but for period Nov 1944-May 1945, and with different enamelled picture (horseman with sword, this dish sold at Bonhams as lot 68 of Home and Interiors, 15 Nov 2016, estimate GBP 800-1000, see (https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23472/lot/68/). The same dish can be seen on the Pushkin Antiques website, see https://www.pushkinantiques.com/sold-continental/antique-20thc-norwegian-solid-silver-enamel-presentation-dish-andersen-c1945, also with minor loss to the enamel, where it has been sold - Pushkin describes David-Andersen as "one of the best Norwegian gold and silversmiths of all time who is particularly famous for his enamel work". Note incorrect spelling of Hudleston in the inscription. According to Wikipedia, "Following the end of the war, the wing flew to Norway and on 21 September 1945, 331 Squadron was officially disbanded as an RAF unit, with control passed to the re-formed Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF). Between them during the war, 331 and 332 Squadrons scored 180 confirmed destroyed, 35 probables and more than 100 damaged. Combined losses were 131 aircraft lost with 71 pilots killed. In honour of the achievements of the Second World War squadrons, the RNoAF has maintained RAF squadron names, including a 331st Fighter Squadron, now flying F-16s and based at Bod Main Air Station."
Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
Air Vice Marshal Brown

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish david Andersen

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
Blue enamelled viking ship on sterling silver

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
David-Andersen Norway Sterling

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
David-Andersen Norway Sterling silver hallmarks

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
Chip to enamel fish mouth detail

Norwegian Sterling Silver and Enamelled Dish - World War II, David Andersen, Air Vice Marshal Brown
Air Vice Marshal Brown Norway 132 Wing

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