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A George VI Armament Supply Department Despatch Box
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A George VI Armament Supply Department Despatch Box

Circa 1939

Measurements: 41cm (16in) x 28cm (11in) x 13cm (5in)



Following the 1860‘s design of a ministerial despatch box the present example, is constructed of pine and covered canvas simulating leather and embossed to the centre of the hinged lid with the cypher of George VI, the number ‘24’ to the forward left corner and ‘For Circulation Within The Armament Supply Department’ on the forward chamfered edge. Fitted with a Chubb lock, key plate, and handle at one end to guarantee that the box is locked before being carried, the interior stamped with the maker’s details of ‘Barrow, Hepburn & Gale / Grange Mills, S.E.1’.

Armament Supply was a government department created within the Admiralty in 1918. Its responsibilities combined the procurement of newly developed torpedoes and naval mines alongside with other forms of naval ordnance.