American R.N. Officer’s Souvenir & Signed Book


In appreciation from the American Consulate, Bremen 1946 a turned wood souvenir dedicated to Commander Cherry, 1 of 9 Naval Americans to serve in the British Royal Navy during WWII, accompanied by a signed copy of his self-authored and illustrated book, Yankee R.N.

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Commander Alex H. Cherry, O.B.E, R.N.V.R., a New Yorker and investment banker by profession, was one of a hand full of Americans to volunteer and serve as a commissioned officers in the British Royal Navy during WWII.

The turned wood souvenir plate is hand painted in the contemporary German style and reads “Commander Cherry, Bremen 1946” and includes the city’s coat of arms. The back is hand painted “In appreciation from the American Consulate” and “Hand-Malerei, Breitenbach, Bremen, Germany, 1946” so made during the early part of the Allied occupation of Germany. Has a small screw hook near the top for hanging.

The plate measures 5-7/8 inches in diameter, and is in fantastic shape with light wear, scuffing, and all the hand-painted details completely intact.

Paired with the souvenir is a signed copy of Commander Alex H. Cherry’s self-authored and illustrated book Yankee R.N. Published 1951, 1953 by JARROLDS Publishers of London, 536 pages, with 36 illustrations and endpaper maps. The inside cover page is signed, “To Mrs M. Helangie and Jerry Lee, wishing you a Merry Christmas, Alex.” See the the back cover which has a synopsis of his exploits in the Royal Navy during WWII.  
At one time I owned a large lot of uniforms, paper, and other items related to Cherry’s most interesting life.  Besides the many interesting story lines was the attempt to get movie producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli to make his book into a movie in the early fifties.  Broccoli a few years later began producing the James Bond movies based on the writings of Ian Fleming.
The book is a great read, and has a rare prospective of an American, perhaps singularly to command briefly a King’s ship in WWII.

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Weight 4 lbs