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Waterloo Veteran’s French Silver Snuff Box
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Waterloo Veteran’s French Silver Snuff Box

Circa 1825

Measurements: 8.2cm (3.25in) x 4.7cm (1.8in) x 1.6cm (0.5in)



Silver snuff box with gilt interior, the hinged lid embellished with foliate scrollwork within a border containing cartouche inscribed with owner’s name ‘Lord John Somerset’.  Hallmarks for Paris 1819-1838.

Lord John Thomas Henry Somerset (1787-1846) was the brother to Lord Fitzroy Somerset (1st Lord Raglan) and the seventh son of the 5th Duke of Beaufort. He entered the Army as a  Cornet in the 7th Light Dragoons in 1804 and served in the Peninsula as a Captain in the 23rd Light Dragoons from June 1809 to June 1810. On 27-28 July 1809 he was present at the Battle of Talavera where the 23rd L.D. became famous for its charge against Ruffin’s Division which although disastrous to themselves, succeeded in preventing the French turning the Allied flank. Somerset married in 1814 Lady Catherine Annesley whom he accompanied to the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball in Brussels on the eve of the Battle of Quatre Bras. Gazetted Captain in the 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot in May 1815, he was present at Waterloo on 18 June as an Aide-de-Camp to the Prince of Orange. He became Colonel on 10 January 1837 and died at Weston-Super-Mare on 3rd October 1846, whilst holding the appointment of Inspecting Field Officer.