Who'd have had one of these?

wet_blobby

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#1
I've got a little Jack statue. He's a 3 badge flag waver but at some stage has lost his flags, made of solid bronze and appears to be mounted on an old style car radiator cap. I cant see your duty signaller cutting about with him strapped to the front of his bike so who'd have had such a thing, A sea lord, Mountbatten?
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#3
That's beautiful. I want one, definitely looks like its missing the flags though. It has got a finger tight thread pattern around it too and given the impressions on the lower rim and double lining I'd agree that its a petrol cap.

Did early aircraft carriers have separate air offices? like they do on the Nimitz class? might belong to a 1st or 2nd world war carrier.

You know what? I doubt there's anyone old enough on even this piss smelling forum who knows where that came from.
 
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From a seamans point of view, it looks like he is making up or about to throw a heaving line. As for being a flag wagger (being pendantic) the hand positions are wrong for holding flags.
 

Seaweed

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#8
Before WW2 Lord M indeed had a signalman on the bonnet of his Barker Cabriolet Rolls Royce in place of the usual flying lady, but it was solid silver. The car and mascot were a wedding present from his wife.

As to function, I would think yours is a radiator cap from the days when one had to keep topping the radiator up.

Right arm horizontal and left arm dipped is 'M'. 'L' has right arm up at 45 deg. and left arm dipped.
 

sgtpepperband

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#10
Hmm... reminds me of the same position I once saw a young Wren AB(R) in, when she was sat between the SPC and SPR in the Ops Room during the Middle. She said she was skiiing but I didn't believe her.. :shock:
 
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