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Royal Scots Greys - A Victorian Officer’s Silver Table Top Box, 1893
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Royal Scots Greys - A Victorian Officer’s Silver Table Top Box, 1893

Measurements: 16cm (6.25in) x 8cm (3.1in) x 6cm (2.5in)

£1400

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Silver pouch flap applied with the gilt brass Napoleonic eagle badge derived from the capture of Eagle of the 45e Regiment d’Infanterie de Ligne by Sergant Ewart, 2nd (North British Dragoons at the Battle of Waterloo, adapted as the hinged lid to a table top box applied with the pouch slings at each end of a unmarked silver plated base. The slings bearing the maker’s mark of CR. Hallmarked Sheffield 1893.  

Originally worn by cavalrymen as containers for carbine rifle ammunition, shoulder belt pouches assumed purely decorative usage in the mid 19th century. Late in the century the tradition of recycling the silver elements of an officer’s uniform for domestic use was developed.
 

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