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The 1st Life Guards Cufflinks
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The 1st Life Guards Cufflinks

Circa 1900



18 carat yellow gold oval panels, one side set with the regimental cypher in red enamel within the Garter in blue enamel over the battle honours Peninsula and Waterloo also in blue enamel, the whole surmounted by the Queen Victoria crown; the other side with the family crest of an arm in armour embowed holding a cabled anchor. Each with figure of eight link. Marked 18ct to the reverse. Cased.

Provenance: Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Napier Miles, C.B., M.V.O., (1854-1918) commanded the Household Cavalry Regiment (1st Life Guards, one squadron 2nd Life Guards, and one squadron Royal Horse Guards) in South Africa (November 1899-November 1900) during the Boer War .

C.N. Miles played for the Eton XI against Harrow, 1871-1872, was commissioned 1st Life Guards as Lieutenant 1875 and became Captain 1882; Major, 1895; Lieutenant-Colonel, 1st Life Guards, the same year. He served in Egyptian Campaign, 1882 (medal and clasp, Khedive’s bronze star) and commanded Household Cavalry Regiment in the South African War, 1900 (despatches, Queen’s medal, 3 clasps. Companion of the Bath).  He retired from the Army in 1906 and was High Steward for Malmesbury from 1892. He was also Lord of the manor and patron of the living of Burtonhill, Wiltshire, and a member of Arthur’s, Pratt’s, Carlton, and Orleans.