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Vintage French Navy Round Silverplate Tray

Vintage French Navy Round Silverplate Tray

$295.00

"Honneur, Patrie, Valeur, Discipline"
(Honor, Homeland, Valor, Discipline)
~French Navy Motto

With its roots dating back to 1624, the French Navy or Marine Nationale, is one of the oldest naval forces in the world.  

During the American Revolutionary War, the French Navy played a decisively supportive role in the United States' struggle against Great Britain.  In a very valiant effort, the French Navy managed to defeat a British fleet at the Battle of the Chesapeake in 1781.  That victory ensured the American ground forces would win the ongoing Battle of Yorktown.

Affectionately known as La Royale, the Navy played a key role in establishing the French colonial empire from the late 1800s to the mid 20th century.  The Navy's motto of "Honneur, Patrie, Valeur, Discipline" is found on the deck of every ship in its fleet.

Found at market in the Loire Valley, a Vintage Silverplate Tray produced for use in the officer's dining halls and wardrooms of the French Navy.  Made in France by the venerable Ercuis silversmiths, this handsome find is adorned with the classic fouled anchor crest of the Marine Nationale.


Strictly one-of-a-kind and subject to prior sale. In good original vintage condition. 13 3/4".

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