Twin Brass Dolphin U.S. Navy Submariner’s Plaque

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Bronze Sugmariner’s Dolphin Plaque


Bronze Sugmariner's Dolphin Plaque - brass


Presented is a beautiful Plaque of the US Navy Submariners insignia.

20″ W x 6″ H x 1/2″ D
Weight 6 lbs. 13 oz.

On 13 June 1923, Captain Ernest J. King, Commander, Submarine Division Three (later Fleet Admiral and Commander in Chief, U.S. Fleet, suggested to the Secretary of the Navy (Bureau of Navigation) that a distinguishing device for qualified submariners be adopted.

He submitted a pen-and-ink sketch of his own showing a shield mounted on the beam ends of a submarine, with dolphins forward of, and abaft, the conning tower. The suggestion was strongly endorsed by Commander Submarine Division Atlantic.

Over the next several months the Bureau of Navigation solicited additional designs from several sources. Some combined a submarine with a shark motif. Others showed submarines and dolphins, and still, others used a shield design. A Philadelphia firm, which had done work for the Navy in the field of United States Naval Academy class rings, was approached by the Bureau of Navigation with the request that it design a suitable badge.

Two designs were submitted by the firm, but these were ultimately combined into a single design. It was a bow view of a submarine, proceeding on the surface, with bow planes rigged for diving, flanked by dolphins (in the form of artistically stylized heraldic dolphins), in a horizontal position with their heads resting on the upper edge of the bow planes.

Today a similar design is used: a dolphin flanking the bow and conning tower of a submarine. On 20 March 1924, the Chief of the Bureau of Navigation recommended to the Secretary of the Navy that the design be adopted. The recommendation was accepted by the Acting Secretary of the Navy.

Bronze Sugmariner's Dolphin Plaque - brass showing detail view
Close-up of head


There are no discernible casting defects or any other things to make note of. This is an outstanding commemorative plaque important to
all US Navy Submariners, and would be a greatly appreciated gift to any of those having served or serving in that service.


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