SMS Emden Shell Case Umbrella Stand

Historical note: 

This case from a 10.5cm desk gun shell was carved with Chinese dragon motifs and turned into an umbrella or cane stand. It was souvenired from the wreck of the Emden by a sailor aboard HMAS Sydney and engraved with a shield bearing the date of action.

Materials: 
Brass
Category: 
Souvenirs and ephemera
Themes: 
Royal Australian Navy
Conflict: 
First World War
Location: 
Pacific
Story: 
The Defeat of SMS Emden

On this day

On this day
24 April

1918 — Second Battle of VILLERS-BRETONNEUX began. Australian and British troops fought to regain the town that had been captured just three weeks earlier. There were 1469 Australian casualties, many due to mustard gas

1918 — LT C. SADLIER won a Victoria Cross for his inspirational gallantry during the battle at Villers-Bretonneux