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Can anybody identify this 1940 dated brass bowl?

Article about: Hey guys, I picked up this brass bowl recently and I have no clue as to its function or even if it is military. It is marked "M.M.S. ~ 1940", which means it was made by Midland Met

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    Amazing detective work Upspirits!! I'm very impressed!

    Now I'm prepared for my next dinner at the captain's table! Lol

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    Quote by Upspirits View Post
    Karkee - Have the answer to your mystery bowl. There is currently one for sale on Ebay, but a later model, 1950 something, but again MMS. In the early 1950's, the RN stamped 'Vocabulary Numbers' into most of their equipment - an early Stores ID number.
    The bowl currently for sale has a Vocab Number 52105.
    I have a copy of the 1951 Naval Victualling Manual - BR93.
    It lists Vocab Number 52105 as 'Bowl, Finger, Brass' - ( in true military style ).
    These were issued to officers messes only! ( Wardrooms ).

    The bowl you have, MMS1940, was a finger bowl in an RN wardroom during the war years!

    Maybe for cleaning their fingers after a breakfast of "Spithead Pheasant" or..........

    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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