HMS King George V was the lead ship of the five British King George V-class battleships of the Royal Navy. Laid down in 1937 and commissioned in 1940, King George V operated during the Second World War as part of the British Home and Pacific Fleets. Along with HMS Rodney, King George V severely damaged the German battleship Bismarck which led to the German vessel sinking in May 1941. King George V took part in Operation Husky (the allied landings in Sicily) and bombarded the island of Levanzo and the port of Trapani. She also escorted part of the surrendered Italian Fleet, which included the battleships Andrea Doria and Caio Duilio, to Malta. In 1945 King George V took part in operations against the Japanese in the Pacific.
Following the war, King George V spent three years as the flagship of the British Home Fleet, was placed in reserve in 1949, and scrapped eight years later.
This is a wonderful vintage fur clip in the shape of the Battleship George 5th. It's not signed, but I suspect it might be Silson because of the detail and style.
The battleship is making headway through waves of pale blue enamel. The name is done in white enamel letters on a navy blue panel on the side. There is a red enamel light in the turret, and the guns look like they're ready to do battle.
Measuring 2" by 3", this is a wonderful memento of a war mostly forgotten by the youngest generation. But it was a time of heroes and miracles... and some atrocities. I hope we never forget.
Excellent condition, fur clip is tight.