This is a RARE SOUVENIER SHELL FROM THE PRIDE OF ITALY SHIP THE CONTE DI SAVORIA.The bottom has a brass ring on it so you could make it into a lamp.Probably bought in the on board souvenier shop on the ship. In the late 1920s and early 1930s the main Italian operators on the "Sunny Southern Route" to North America from the Mediterranean to New York ordered their own giant ocean liners. Navigazione Generale Italiana (NGI) and Lloyd Sabaudo each ordered a single large express ships. However Mussolini ordered the merger of the major Italian shipping lines into Italia Flotte Riunite (later known as Italia Line). Thus the two intended rivals became fleetmates. The Lloyd Sabaudo contribution was the Conte di Savoia. She was an elegant and well proportioned liner. Sadly the Conte di Savoia was destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War. This is a rare and collectible shell.The size is 6 inches.
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