The Ship Sails On - Symbolic Earrings
These silver and cobalt blue enamel earrings were most likely made to commemorate the R.N. Roma, an Italian WWII ship that sank during a battle. A grand total of 1453 lives were lost with only 569 people surviving. The life preserver motif has “R.N. Roma * SPQR” on one side and the word “Intangible” with a rope and love knot on the other. SPQR is an abbreviation for the Latin phrase “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus” (The Senate and People of Rome) used to represent the people of Rome. The loss of this ship was doubly tragic as it was sunk by the Germans as Italy had just signed an armistice with the Allied forces. Poignant and touching, these symbolic earrings are a testament to how jewelry is so much more than mere adornment.
Date: Circa 1943-1944.
Measurements: 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in length including ear wire by 13/16 of an inch (2.1 cm) at the widest. Weight of 10.1 grams (6.5 dwt) for the pair.
Condition: Very good; three chips to enamel visible upon very close inspection or with magnification – these chips still read as blue so difficult to detect.
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