A silver Napkin Ring: a Christmas present from the Steam Yacht Undine.
A silver Napkin Ring, with crossed enamel Flags, and the inscription: ‘From the Guests of the S.Y. Undine. Xmas 1924.’ By Deakin and Francis, Birmingham 1924. A number of gold and silver souvenirs from the Undine, made in the years 1920 to 1931, have been noted.
Although there have been a number of steam yachts named ‘Undine’, the following yacht, detailed on the website nationalhistoricships.org is almost certainly the yacht commemorated by this napking ring:
‘The auxiliary steam yacht MOLLY was built in 1897 by Camper & Nicholsons, as a gentleman’s yacht. She was sailed in the Solent area and also followed the J-class yacht regattas to other ports. Her hull is carvel construction of pitch pine on oak with teak topsides on oak. She was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1914 for harbour patrol duties and renamed UNDINE. After the war, she returned to use as a yacht (still named UNDINE) until being requisitioned again in the Second World War, when she was renamed WATERMAIDEN. In 1945, she returned to her owner, her wheelhouse was enlarged, and she reverted to the name UNDINE; in 1947, she was re-engined with an Atlantic diesel. In 1979 she became UNDINE OF SOLENT, a name she retained until 1990, when her accommodation was restored by Tough’s and she again became UNDINE. She retains the characteristics of a classic Victorian auxiliary yacht’. Source: Paul Brown, Historic Ships The Survivors (Amberley, 2010), updated Mar 2011.
Good with light surface marking and some wear to the hallmarks.
Height – 3.60 cm.; Diameter – 4.40 cm.; Weight – 71.80 gms.