This handsome sailor boy is busy at the helm, steering you to the right temperature which is about 78 degrees here. This hefty metal ashtray and/or paperweight is a 1940s World War II souvenir from MIAMI.
In the early 1940s, Miami became a huge training base for hundreds of thousands of members of the Armed Services. Dimouts and blackouts were the rule in the early part of the conflict due to the German submarines in nearby waters.
The United States Navy operated a submarine chaser school, also known as the "Donald Duck Navy," from the busy port of Miami. The headquarters for the Navy's Gulf Sea Frontier oversaw naval operations in the area. Sailors were everywhere and so were mementos to send home to loved ones.
The sailor thermometer / ashtray / paperweight measures 4 3/4 inches from stem to stern. He's 4 inches high.
This is bronze clad over cast metal. There's red felt at the bottom.
There's some normal wear to the center of ashtray which has copper tones showing through. The thermometer is in working condition. This wonderful old WW II Miami Navy souvenir is in...we have to say it...ship-shape condition.
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Item ID: RL1494
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