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Royal Tank Regiment Trench Art Tray
The Tank Corps is the oldest tank unit in the world, being formed by the British Army in 1916. In 1923, it was officially given the title 'Royal' by King George V making it 'the Royal Tank Corps'. It was at this time that the motto, "Fear Naught", the black beret, and the unit badge was adopted. In April 1939, the Royal Tank Corps was renamed 'the Royal Tank Regiment' and became a wing of the newly created Royal Armoured Corps. Whilst we originally thought this trench art tray dated to WWI we now believe, as it is engraved with the motto 'Fear Naught' it has to be no earlier than 1923, but as it also carries the legend 'The Royal Tank Regiment' it must date from 1939 or later. Made from battlefield scrap brass the engraving is finely worked and carries a Kings Crown to top centre, the legend 'The Royal Tank Regiment' and below a finely detailed image of a WWI period Mk I tank and the motto 'Fear Naught' meaning 'Fear nothing'. The tray is made from heavy grade brass and a period hanging loop has been soldered to the back for wall mounting. All Tank Corps/Regiment related items are now extremely desirable and this tray would make a great addition to either a tank or trench art collection. Measures 8.75" diameter (22 cm). If your interest is trench art please check out the fine RAF example we have also added to our inventory today.