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A Victorian Dragoon Guards Officer’s Mounted Hoof Snuff Box , 1874

An usually large hoof of an officer’s charger adorned with silver plated shoe and mount with lidded compartment, the lid inscribed - ‘Fantos / First & last of the Fifty pounders / The property of Captain Percy H. Hewitt / the Carabiniers / From 1861 to 1874 he was never ill and / Always answered when called upon / in any capacity / He was only killed when old age & growing infirmities might have rendered his life a Burden.’
 

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