Rare Antique Vintage Carved Whitby Jet Zeppelin Air Ship Pendant Or Charm
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A Fabulous Rare And Unusual Novelty Commemorative Antique Vintage Carved Whitby Jet Zeppelin Air Ship Pendant Or Charm.
On 16th December 1914 there was an attack by the Imperial German Navy on the British ports of Scarborough, Hartlepool, West Hartlepool and Whitby.
At 09:30, two battlecruisers hit Scarborough and then moved on to nearby Whitby, where a coastguard station was shelled, incidentally hitting Whitby Abbey and other buildings in the town.
Initially, I thought this may have been carved to mark this dark day in Whitby. However, I noticed that there is a scratched carving to one side which reads “R101”, which refers to a pair of British rigid airships completed in 1929 as part of a British government programme to develop civil airships capable of service on long-distance routes within the British Empire. When built, it was the world’s largest flying craft.
On October 5, 1930, the British airship R. 101 crashed on a hill in Beauvais, France. The impact was gentle and survivable but the ship was inflated with hydrogen, and the resulting fire incinerated 46 of the passengers and crew. Two additional crew members died of their injuries soon after.
I suspect that this may have initially been made to remember the zeppelin raids on Whitby on 16th December 1914, however, the scratch work of “R101” was added later to remember the R101 disaster on 5th October 1930.
A rare super piece either as a piece of jewellery or for that avid zeppelin collector!
Condition is good, no chips or cracks. Structurally sound and polished nicely.
Measures 5cm x 1.3cm
Weighs 7.42 grams