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Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers Militia Cigar Box, 1908
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Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers Militia Cigar Box, 1908

Measurements: Length: 25.5cm (10in)



Silver. Double lidded regimental cigar box of rectangular form raised on a stepped base; fitted with bar handles to the sides and mounted with a silver gilt flaming grenade lighter complete with two ‘matches’; one of the two hinged cedar lined compartment lids applied with the badge of the Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers in gold, Royal Anglesey Royal Engineers Militia the other with Neave family crest - a golden lily out of a ducal coronet - and motto ‘Sola Proba Quae Honesta’  (The things alone are good which are honest) the front inscribed 'Presented To / Sir Thomas H. L. Neave, Bart. / On the / occasion of his marriage by some of his / Past and brother officers R.A.R.E.M. / Nov: 26th 1908'. Maker’s mark of T. Martin & Co., London Hallmarked 1908. 

Sir Thomas Lewis Hughes Neave was born on 26 June 1874, and succeeded as 5th Baronet of Dagnam Park, Essex when three years of age. He married Dorina Lockhart Clifton who spent her early life in Turkey. Lady Neave was regarded as an authority on Ottoman life through her books ‘Twenty-six Years on the Bosphorus’ (1933), ‘Remembering Kut’ (1937) and ‘Romance of the Bosphorus: Reminiscences of Life in Turkey’ (1949).  Sir Thomas, who was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, also lived at Llys Dulas Manor in Anglesey where he served as Deputy Lieutenant, and held the rank of Major in Royal Anglesey Militia. At the outbreak of the First World War he was commissioned into 6th Battalion Royal Welch Fusiliers and later became Hon. Lieutenant Colonel of the 1st Volunteer Battalion. Both Dagnam Park and Llys Dulas were requisitioned at the beginning of the Second World War. His Essex estate was later forcibly purchased by the London County Council in 1945, causing his widow to comment from Albany, Piccadilly, ‘Clifton Yali, my home on the Bosphorous, has been burnt down by the Germans, Dagnam Park our home in Essex, has been taken over from us by the Labour Government ...”.