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A Victorian Private Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief Despatch Box, 1900
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A Victorian Private Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief Despatch Box, 1900

Measurements: 46cm (18in) x 30cm (12in) x 15cm (6in)

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Black leather over wood, with swing handle to the hinged lid to ensure the box is locked before carrying, the hinged lid embossed with the crowned V.R. cypher of Queen Victoria and the title Private Secretary to the Commander-in-Chief on the leading chamfered edge. The interior stamped with the maker’s name of H.M. Stationer, Wickwar & Co., 6 Poland Street. The lock stamped Bramah, London.

The Commander-in-Chief (C-in-C), British Army was the principal military adviser to the Secretary of State for War, and traditionally occupied an office above the arch at Horse Guards. In the late Victorian period to which the present box belongs there were three holders of the post. Field Marshal Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (1856-95); Field Marshal Viscount Wolseley (1895-1901) and Field Marshal Lord Roberts who held the post at death of Queen Victoria on 20 January 1901. The office was replaced in 1904 with the creation of the Army Council and the appointment of a Chief of the General Staff.

 

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