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The 9th (Queen’s Own) Lancers Table Top Box, 1890
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The 9th (Queen’s Own) Lancers Table Top Box, 1890

Measurements: 8.5cm (3.75in) x 20cm (8in) x 9cm (3.5in)

£875

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Gilt metal and mahoagany. The lift off lid applied with the fire-gilt regimental pattern officer’s pouch flap of the 9th Lancers, embossed with the crowned reversed and intertwined AR cypher of Adelaide Regina, Queen Consort of King William IV (reigned 1830-37), the borders cast with oak leaves. The lower half of corresponding ogee form. Cedar lined.

The 9th Lancers attracted the notice of William IV and Queen Adelaide in 1830 whilst serving at Kensington and were granted the title ‘Queen’s’. Shoulder belt pouches  were originally worn by cavalrymen as containers for carbine rifle ammunition. They assumed purely decorative usage in the mid 19th century when dress regulations began to include silver flaps for cavalry officers pouches. Uniquely among the British cavalry, the 9th Lancers retained their fire-gilt Queen Adelaide pouches. Later in the century when it became the custom of retired officers to recycle the decorative silver lace and silver elements of their full dress uniforms into objects for domestic use, such as cigar and cigarette boxes, the 9th Lancers evidently followed suit


 

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