Very interesting lot consisting of: Blueprint of the “Motoscafo Silurante Elia” in 1:50 scale and private letter envelope of Count Elia in coeval frame + volume: "Da Leonardo a Marconi" by Francesco Savorgnan di Brazzà, 1932, published by Directorate General for Italian Citizens Abroad, 233 pages.
Beautiful blueprint in several sections of a prototype of the “Motoscafo Silurante Elia” + privae letter envelope of Count Giovanni Emanuele Elia.
Dimensions: 31x21 cm, or 38.5x30 cm including frame
Count Giovanni Emanuele ELIA - Seaman, inventor, patron (1866 -1935). He devoted himself mainly to the study of underwater weapons, and invented, along with other devices, the blockade torpedo that allowed England and the Allies to victoriously face the German submarine campaign during the Great War. Decorated with the silver medal of navy valour and the gold medal of the Royal Italian navy for advances in naval sciences, Elia carried out Italian propaganda abroad before and after the war. The title of Count was bestowed on him in 1926 by the king.
The MAS, (torpedo-armed boats) are anti-submarine speedboats; introduced by the Italian navy during World War I, they were then adopted by all navies for coastal actions. Gabriele D'Annunzio dedicated his famous phrase to this very war device: Memento Audere Semper.
Unique and rare item, found along with Count Elia’s letter envelope inside a volume of the period (that probably belonged to the Count himself) dedicated to the most illustrious Italian minds.
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