This Fine Relic Has Been Sold. Thank you!
FOR THE NAVY HISTORICAL
BUFF OR SUBMARINER
Presented is a set of nautical bookends that were made
as a special gift from the commander of the U.S. Submarine Forces, Atlantic to the commander in chief of the Royal Danish
Navy. They are a very rare piece of of Danish - American Naval history.
American Vice Admiral Elton W. Grenfell ( 1903-1980) presented these to the Danish
Vice Admiral Svend Erik Pontoppidan ( 1900-1987) as a token of his esteem. The bookends were made especially for The Danish
vice admiral and are one-of-a-kind!
As is traditional, the dolphin is used to signify the submarine service. The bookends
are made from Teak and have a bronze dolphin standing with its tail raised on each. Both have a brass plate with a dedication,
dated February 17, 1964, from Admiral Grenfell to Admiral Pontoppidan which was the year before they both retired.
DIMENSIONS: 7" H X 5" W x 4" D Weight:
CONDITION: Considering their age and use, these bookends are in excellent
condition. The dolphins have a dark patina of age with no imperfections. The brass plaques have their original lacquer some
of which is slightly hazy. There are a few scratches and one small dent in the wood.
Traditional Submarine Service Dolphins
Both admirals were highly awarded for their achievements during World War II and
both played a very important part in naval history. Read their biographies below:
Vice Admiral Elton W. Grenfell ( 1903-1980) American.
Born in Massachusetts in 1903,
and graduated from the Naval Academy in 1926. He attended Submarine School in 1928, and served in R-4 until 1933. He spent
two years in PICKEREL (SS-177) before his tour as Commanding Officer of GUDGEON (SS-211) in which he distinguished himself
by sinking the first Japanese submarine, I-173, west of Midway island, and two merchant ships. After being injured in a seaplane
accident in Pearl Harbor, he had command of two Submarine Divisions before the end of the War. He was the first officer to
serve as Commander Submarines Pacific and Atlantic, completing the latter tour in 1964. He retired in 1965 and died in 1980.
He was awarded the Navy Cross, Silver Star, and Presidential Unit Citation for his duty in GUDGEON, and a Distinguished Service
Medal and three Legions of Merit for post-war duty.
Vice Admiral Svend Erik Pontoppidan ( 1900-1987) Danish
Highly awarded Admiral of the Danish
navy. Received the Danish Medal of Honor for his bold decisions as an officer during the German Occupation of Denmark during
World War II. Pontoppidan served as liaison between the Danish navy and the German occupation forces during World War II and
thus saved most of the surviving ships from being destroyed by the use of diplomacy and persuasion. About 800 Danish sailors
and marines later fought on D-Day on the side of the Allies. After the War, Pontoppidan served as the liaison between the
British and Danish navy. Pontoppidan also served as Commander of the Submarine TRITON and The Frigate Holger Danske. Ponpottidan
retired in 1965 and died in 1987. Pontoppidan was knighted by the king of Denmark for his achievements and given the prestigious
Dannebro order 4 times during his career.
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this very special artifact of our Naval Submarine history Now! What a great find for that special person who can appreciate
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