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A Royal Presentation Silver Spirit Flask, 1875

Silver. Of square form with convex front applied with the Prince of Wales’s encircled by the Garter and the collar of a Knight Grand Commander of the Order of the Star of India, between initials 'A' and 'E', and surmounted by the coronet of the Heir Apparent; the reverse engraved with presentation indcription 'Arthur Lyttelton Annesley / Lt Col 11th Hussars / from / Albert Edward, Prince of Wales / Sandringham 1881’. Maker’s mark of Thomas Johnson I. Retailer’s stamp to the base of Thornhill, 144 Bond Street. Hallmarked London 1875, Weight: 6.6ozt.

Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Lyttelton-Annesley, K.C.B., K.C.V.O., (1837-1926), eldest son of Arthur Lyttleton-Annesley of Arley Castle, was educated at Harrow School and was commissioned into the 11th (Prince Albert’s Own)  Hussars in July 1854. He joined his regiment in the Crimea following its famous participation in the Charge of the Light Brigade. He experienced the mud, cold and cholera, that took the life of his young cousin, Lieutenant The Hon. Robert J. Annesley, 11th Hussars, and that later marked the Siege of Sebastopol during the winter. Arthur was afterwards present at the Battle of the Chernaya in August 1855. In 1866 the 11th were posted to India and in 1873  he succeeded Sir Charles Fraser, V.C. to the command of the regiment. Assisted by a notably efficient adjutant, Annesley maintained the glowing inspection reports that praised 'the cordial good feeling which prevails throughout all ranks, and the almost total absence of crime’. During October 1875 to May 1876 he accompanied the Prince of Wales (later Edward VII) on his Indian Tour. In 1878 he returned home with the regiment comprising ‘18 officers, 349 non commissioned officers and men, 25 soldiers' wives and 69 soldiers’ of whom the Inspector-General of Cavalry wrote 'I have seen several regiments return from India, but yours is the best I have seen’. Annesley was next appointed Adjutant-General at the Horse Guards in 1878 and then Adjutant-General of the Bombay Army in 1883. In 1884 he took the additional name of Lyttleton by royal licence as representartive of George, 1st Lord Lyttleton. He went on to command the troops in the North British District in 1888 before retiring in 1893. In 1896 he was given the colonelcy of the 12th (Prince of Wales's Royal) Lancers, transferring in 1902 to be colonel of the 11th Hussars until his death in 1926. He was invested Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in the 1923 New Year Honours.

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