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1st Royal Dragoons - Silver Desktop Box
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1st Royal Dragoons - Silver Desktop Box

Measurements: 18cm (7in) x 8cm (3.75in) x 7.5cm (3in)



A regimentally specific 1st Royal Dragoons officer’s pouch flap by Joseph Jennens & Co., hallmarked Birmingham 1884, converted for use as a trinket box by London silversmiths Hamilton  & Inches and John Langman; the base bearing hallmarks for Edinburgh 1899.

Originally worn by cavalrymen as containers for carbine rifle ammunition, shoulder belt pouches assumed purely decorative usage in the mid 19th century. Later in the century the tradition of recycling the silver elements of an officer’s uniform for domestic use was developed with a number of prestigious silversmithing firms carrying out the work to order.