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Vintage Silverplate Royal Air Force Serving Tongs

Vintage Silverplate Royal Air Force Serving Tongs

$225.00

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"Through Adversity to the Stars"

Founded in 1918, the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom is the oldest independent air force in the world. With the First World War coming to a close, the Royal Air Force was formed by the joining of the British Army's air division - the Royal Flying Corps, as well as the Royal Naval Air Service.  Combined, those air divisions became the largest independent air force at that time. 

Its mission statement  was simple: to provide "...An agile, adaptable and capable Air Force that, person for person, is second to none..."  That mission statement was put to the test during World War II in what is likely the longest and most complicated air campaign in history: the Battle of Britain.  Indeed, the Royal Air Force's steely determination is credited with stopping Hitler's plans for an invasion of the United Kingdom.  Although they were outnumbered against the German Luftwaffe, the Royal Air Force fearlessly defended the skies over Britain against a relentless onslaught for nearly 4 months, bringing about a crucial turning point in the war.

Describing the heroism of the Royal Air Force during that epic battle, Winston Churchill said "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."

Found at market in the north of England, we are so pleased to offer these handsome Vintage Silverplate Tongs produced for use in the officer's dining hall of the British Royal Air Force. Crested with the Royal Air Force's RAF monogram, these rare tongs were used for serving sandwiches, pastries and asparagus. They are certain to serve you proudly just as they did for the officers of the Royal Air Force.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. 7.75" in length. In very good original vintage condition. 

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