This vintage ship charm is a rare little figural of the now-gone USS Saratoga - CVA-60. (See brief history below).
The charm is made of sterling silver with a gold vermeil wash over it. For its size, it shows a lot of detail including the carrier deck and the radar system. The detail will be greater if you choose to polish this...we leave the old patina for those who prefer that and so you can see that is has age.
Charm can be added to a charm bracelet or worn as a pendant on a chain. It measures 1 1/8 inches long by 1/2 inch high. It weighs 3.4 grams. The ring is marked DANECRAFT ST. (for sterling). The top of the deck is engraved CVA 60. Excellent vintage condition. Circa 1960s. And here's the proud (and sad) history of this grand Navy ship.
USS Saratoga (CV/CVA/CVB-60), was one of four Forrestal-class supercarriers built for the United States Navy in the 1950s. Saratoga was the sixth U.S. Navy ship and the second aircraft carrier to be named for the Battles of Saratoga in the American Revolutionary War.
Commissioned in 1956, she spent most of her career in the Mediterranean but also participated during the Vietnam War, receiving one battle star for her service. One of her last operational duties was to participate in Operation Desert Storm.
Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994 and had been stored at Naval Station Newport in Newport, Rhode Island. Multiple unsuccessful attempts were made to preserve her as a museum ship. The Navy paid ESCO Marine of Brownsville, Texas, one cent to take the ship for dismantling and recycling. On 15 September 2014, ex-Saratoga arrived in Brownsville, Texas to be scrapped.
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