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A Hertfordshire Yeomanry Officer’s Pouch Flap Box, 1899
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A Hertfordshire Yeomanry Officer’s Pouch Flap Box, 1899

Measurements: 7cm (3in) x 18cm (9in) x 6cm (2.5in)



Silver officer’s pouch flap applied with the Victorian gilt crowned HYC cypher of the Hertfordshire Yeomanry Cavalry, converted for use as a jewellery box. The flap hallmarked Birmingham 1899. Maker’s mark of Jennens & Co., Birmingham. The front of the base engraved E.B.S. / Herts Yeomanry / 1900-1921. base hallmarked London 1922. Maker’s mark of  Henry Vander & Arthur Vander, Drury Lane, London. The hinged lid with gilt interior; the base velvet lined and fitted with removable tray.

The present pouch flap was converted for use as a jewellery box by the widow of Major Edward Byas Sheppard (1866-1921), Hertfordshire Yeomanry, following his death in 1921. Major Sheppard joined the Hertfordshire Yeomanry in 1899 and served with it during the First World War in Egypt, on the Gallipoli Peninsula, and in the Mesopotamia campaign. His older brother who commanded the Hertfordshire Militia was killed in action at Gallipoli leading the advance of his regiment towards Scimitar Hill and West Hill which they were tasked with capturing. Major Sheppard’s war diaries are available at http://www.hertsmemories.org.uk/content/category/herts-history/diaries-and-letters/the_diary_of_e_b_sheppard_1914_-_1916