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A Victorian Scots Greys’ Officer’s Mounted Hoof Vesta Box , 1889
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A Victorian Scots Greys’ Officer’s Mounted Hoof Vesta Box , 1889

Measurements: Length: 13.5cm (6.5in)

£1850

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Silver mounted hoof of an officer’s charger adorned with silver shoe and chased mount with lidded match compartment and striker, the lid inscribed ‘Benvieca / Royal Scots Greys / J.C.M. to A.S.C. 1889’. Hallmarked Dublin, 1889. Maker’s mark of West & Sons.

Benvieca was named after the battle horse of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar (1043-1099), the Castillan nobleman and scourge of the Moors, aka El Cid.

Lieutenant-Colonel James Maberly, Royal Scots Greys, was born in 1847, joined the regiment as a cornet by purchase on 25 Sep 1867, became lieutenant on 22 June 1870, captain on 24 June 1876, major on 5 July 1882, and lieutenant-colonel on 5 July 1888. He retired to Hawkley Hurst near Southampton with his wife Norah, and died on 4 Jan 1901.

 

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