MkV Monument Pewter Statuette
Handmade in the United Kingdom, these stunning 1/16th scale pewter statuettes accurately and realistically depict the details of 'JAKE' - The Mark V Monument at The Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Panama City Beach in Florida.
They are finished with an antique-look. The pentagonal base that displays the seals of the five US Military Services and has a rectangular plaque which reads:
"Presented to Naval Diving & Salvage Training Center to honor those graduates of US Navy Dive Schools past, present & future who go down in the sea to work".
Dimensions: 20cm (H) x 10cm (W) (7.5 x 3.75 inches)
Weight: Approx 1kg (2.2 lbs)
Divers Gifts & Collectables were the Principal Contractor for the design, build and delivery of the Monument (2007-2011). We produce these under an exclusive licence and a substantial donation is made to the Mark V Monument Scholarship fund for every statuette sold.
In 2006, 'The Mark V Monument Project Committee' was formed and they undertook the mission to obtain the necessary US Navy approval to fabricate and erect a ten foot tall bronze military diver at the entrance to the Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC) in Panama City, Florida. The monument known as 'JAKE', was privately funded from sales of limited edition statuettes and was designed to stand on a granite base with each side of the pentagonal shape displaying a bronze seal for each of the 5 x Services of the US Military.
During the period of 2007 to 2012 a total of 300 x Limited Edition Bronze Statuettes were produced at a foundry in California and were sold to respective collectors all over the world. The committee was deeply involved with the Prime Contractor, Divers Gifts & Collectables, during the aspect of the design; ensuring that the final product was technically accurate.
'JAKE' is believed to be the most visited monument in the State of Florida and is formally dedicated to all US Military diver graduates. It celebrates the traditions of divers around the world who have given their life’s work to underwater ships husbandry, underwater construction, salvage of ships lost at sea, combat, and clandestine missions.
The unveiling took place on 26th October 2012 and was followed by a flurry of global emails and telephone calls from private collectors; wishing they had been part of the investment.
In memory of Bob Barth & Dave Sullivan - RIP Brothers