7H109 The Flotilla
version of the Resolute. Although you
might go years and years without seeing one in anything but all-brass (as
above and below), they began and ended looking quite different. Initially,
the case was made of "oxidized metal" and I'm not even sure what that meant
or what they looked like. They might have been mistaken for heavily
corroded brass and passed over by collectors. In June, 1942, Flotillas
were sold with a bakelite case like the Annapolis
with a lot of steel parts to save brass. (See pics at bottom.)
rare 1942 version of the Flotilla with ivory case and lots of steel
parts inside. Note there no hole in the case to accept the
star ornament that decorates the Annapolis.
Presumably they had run out of brass stars and couldn't get the brass to
make more but they had plenty of those solid brass wheel spokes!
This piece also has a (painted) steel inner bezel, and some steel gears.