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.

Souvenirs and ephemera
Royal Australian Navy
First World War
The Defeat of SMS Emden

On this day

On this day
17 February

1900 — Troops of the New South Wales Mounted Rifles formed part of major attack at PAARDEBERG, South Africa. This attack led to the surrender of GEN. Piet Cronje and 4000 of his troops. This was the last major action of the BOER WAR

1970 — 8 RAR and 1st Armoured Regiment were engaged in the Battle of LONG HAI, Vietnam. 8 RAR was awarded a Meritorious Unit Citation including Cross of Valour with Palm Unit Citation by the South Vietnamese Government for this action.