I recently acquired an original USS Nicholas (DD-311) life ring, which I've added to my US Navy collection. As I have not had one of these, and am fairly certain it is most likely the only one remaining, I would like some input on how to display/preserve it. The USS Nicholas was lost in 1923 (Commissioned 1920) and was lost in the Honda Point disaster. My preference would be to have it in a sealed display, which would also hold it securely. I look forward to your comments!
One section of the outer rope is broken where it goes under the strapping holding it to the life ring. The black tape at the bottom appears to have been an attempt to "repair" a crack (?) in the life ring itself. The tape will remain in place as I do not want to damage the life ring any further. Luckily, the tape runs between the "ones" of the "311" designator.