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Drummer, 2nd Foot (Coldstream) Guards, 1832
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Drummer, 2nd Foot (Coldstream) Guards, 1832

Measurements: Height: 28cm (11ins)

£1200

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Provenance: 
5th Earl Temple of Stowe, late Lieutenant, Coldstream Guards 
Walter Grenville Algernon Gore-Langton, 8th Earl Temple of Stowe (1924-2013)
 
Algernon William Stephen Temple-Gore-Langton, 5th Earl Temple of Stowe (1871–1940), eldest son of William Stephen, 4th Earl Temple of Stowe of Newton Park, near Bath. He was educated at Eton and Christ Church College, Oxford and was commissioned into Coldstream Guards. He was later Hon. Major 3rd Bn. Somerset Light Infantry. He was sometime Aide-de-Camp and Secretary to the Governor of Cyprus and an attache in the Diplomatic Service. During the First World War he served in the Ministries of Munitions and National Service.  He was succeeded by his nephew Chandos Langton.
 
Coldstream Guards Porcelain Figures produced by the Dresdner Porzellan were introduced to the Factory’s range in 1932 when the chief sculptor Reinhold Braunschmitt created a series representing the uniforms of the three senior regiments of British Foot Guards from 1660 to 1930. It has been suggested that these figures were the result of a collaboration between Major E.G. Christie-Miller (1880-1967) and Karl August Kuntzsch’s two sons who succeeded him in running the factory in 1920. Christie-Miller was a Coldstream Guards officer with a strong sense of regimental tradition. He was a prisoner of war from 1914 to 18 and upon his release was commissioned to tour Germany and report on conditions. His command of German allowed him to fully communicate his ideas to Braunschmitt and the Kuntzsch brothers. The results of their efforts were a fine range of Guards figures for the London retailers Thomas Goode of Mayfair and Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly. The pre-war examples of these models represent the high water mark of the factory’s military figure production.
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