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5th Lancers Riding Crop, 1880
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5th Lancers Riding Crop, 1880

Measurements: Length 77cm (30in)

£165

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Fitted with an iron studded horn handle and silver band inscribed with the owner’s name ‘H.C. Morland / 5th Lancers’ and details of the Picadilly harness maker ‘Peat / Saddler / London’.

Captain Henry Courtenay Morland (1855-1934), 5th Lancers, was Aide-de-Camp to the General officer Commanding Ceylon in 1888 and an all round bounder according to one of his descendants - viz.: ‘What I’ve found out about HCM [Henry Courtenay Morland] so far has not made me warm to him, shall we say. I know that he was ‘beastly’ to his first wife Alice, and that she died young – aged 40. I know that he once threw a burning log from the fire at his second wife Bessie. The butler, it is said, always bought the cheapest crockery he could, as he knew it would end up being thrown at someone. He was a very charming and sociable man, who enjoyed big game hunting, and in the late 1890s went on a two-year tour of India and Africa, where he dined and danced at one embassy after another, and kept a tally of all the creatures he killed. We have in our dining room an elephant’s foot that has been ‘converted’ into a decanter holder, as a lasting reminder of his big game hunting. Both his sons bought farms in Kenya in their twenties, in order to escape from him.’

 

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