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Naive WW2 Silkwork Tribute


A gorgeous WW2 era naive silkwork on velvet tribute or dedication to HMS Bonaventure. In later glazed frame. We love the way the words have been squashed in - it gives the piece a real ‘folky’ character.

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H: 56cm W: 49cm D: 2.5cm

“Bonaventure served initially with the Home Fleet on completion, and escorted WS convoys. While on such duty with WS5a on 25 December 1940, the convoy was attacked by Admiral Hipper, although no damage was incurred or inflicted. Almost immediately afterwards the ship was ordered to the Mediterranean, when, as part of Force F during Operation Excess to Malta in January, she was attacked by the Italian torpedo boats Circe and Vega south of Pantelleria, but sank Vega on 10 January 1941. In March she escorted a convoy to Malta and was damaged by near misses while at Malta on 22 March. She then participated in the Greek campaign, but on 31 March, while escorting a convoy from Greece to Alexandria, she was torpedoed and sunk by the Italian submarine Ambra south of Crete, with the loss of 139 souls.” Taken from

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