H.M.S. Verity - Royal Navy Silver Sennet Hat Dish, 1936
Sennet hats became part of the naval rating’s uniform in the mid 19th century but were in common usage as a part of the sailor’s irregular uniform as far back as the Napoleonic wars. They were removed from ratings’ from kit lists in 1921 in favour of the tropical helmet.
The destroyer H.M.S. Verity was transferred from the Mediterranean Fleet to the Home Fleet in the late 1930s. She took part in the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk in 1940. She came under fire from shore batteries near Calais and was attacked by six Kriegsmarine trawlers and three E-boats. Two of the German ships were sunk in the resulting engagement. Verity took part in Operation Torch, the invasion of Axis controlled Africa in 1942. She also supported the landings at Oran, during which she helped rescue troops from a stricken SS Strathallan, which had been torpedoed by U-562.
Silver. Presentation dish in the form of a hot weather sennet hat, inscribed ‘H.M.S. VERITY’ and under the brim ‘FROM / CAPTAIN & OFFICERS / 9-4-38’. Maker’s mark of Adie Brothers of Birmingham. Hallmarked 1936. Diameter: 3.7in (9cm).