A letter may be from the heart but when it's delivered it in a silver casket you know it's serious.
This ornamental casket commemorates the Zeebrugge and Ostend Raids, 22-23 April 1918. It was presented to Vice Admiral Keyes by the Borough of Dover on 12 December 1918, containing a sealed freedom scroll.
In his presentation speech the Mayor said: ‘Your name will always be associated with the town of Dover. It is right and fitting that the freedom of this town should be given to one who has done so much in bringing freedom to the world. I have to ask your acceptance of it in this casket from the citizens of the town, and trust that it will remind you for many years to come of their gratitude to you and your officers and men for the protection you have afforded us.’
The front is decorated with two silver panels engraved with portraits of HMS 'Vindictive' and HMS 'Warwick' with the coat of arms of Dover enamelled in the centre with motto 'VILLA ET PORTUS DOVOR'. The casket has dolphin feet and the lid is surmounted by a figure of St Martin, patron saint of the town, giving his cloak to a beggar.