Recently I was browsing a book about wooden tools when I came across a beautiful sponsor’s box from a ship with an intricately carved mallet inside. I was very impressed! Then Jeanne showed me the sponsor’s box we had in our collection and I was even more impressed. It is so satisfying to see such an awesome object and then realize we have one that’s even better! Hooray for our amazing collection!
This type of box was used to contain the mallet and chisel used to help launch a ship and was then presented to the sponsor of the ship. In the case of our box, which came from HMS Warspite, the sponsor was Ivy Muriel Chamberlain (née Dundas), wife of British politician Sir Austen Chamberlain. Pictures of her can be seen HERE.