WWII Danish Silver Tankard Presented to RAF Fighter Pilot


A beautiful Danish Silver Lidded Peg Tankard that was presented to Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Arthur George Todd DFC.

The tankard is the traditional Scandinavian design, with a short body decorated with repousse foliage and standing on 3 lions with their paws on a globe. The theme is repeated on the finial of the lid. The lid has had the traditional silver coin mounted on it, in this case a Speciedaler, dating from around 1766. It has the Royal Cypher for Christian VII, who reigned between 1766 and 1808. The King at the time of WWII was Christian X, but the silversmith may not have had access to any large silver coins of that period. The base of the feet has the impressed marks for Danish 830 silver and the maker’s mark of Christian Michelsen, of Copenhagen. The mark dates the silver tankard to between 1931-1941. The tankard has an engraved inscription: SQN. LDR. A.G. TODD D.F.C. FROM FRIENDS IN THE ROYAL DANISH AIR FORCE. The inscription is surmounted with the Danish pilot brevet wings. Condition is extremely good. Nice historical piece.

The London Gazette confirms Sqn. Ldr. Todd’s entitlement to the Distinguished Flying Cross. He reputedly flew Spitfires during the war. We have not been able to find the link with the Danish Air Force, although several Free Danish pilots flew RAF fighters during WWII.

Size: 16 x 12 x 15 cm (6 ¼ x 4 ¾ x 5 7/8 inches)
Weight: 468g