3rd The King's Own Hussars - George V Silver Kettledrum Box, 1933
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Height: 7cm (2.75in)
Silver. Regimental presentation model in the form of one of the kettledrums captured by the regiment at the Battle of Dettingen in 1743; The head engraved with the crest of the Howard, family viz - on a chapeau a lion statant guardant the tail extended or, ducally gorged crowned and charged with a mullet for difference. The present crest may relate to the Howard-Vyse family of which Lieutenant-General Edward Howard Vyse commanded the 3rd Hussars from 1864 to 1874 and was Colonel of the 3rd Hussars from 1891 to 1909. Maker’s mark of Carrington & Co, 130 Regent Street. Hallmarked London 1933.
By command of George II the silver kettle drums captured by at the Battle of Dettingen on 27 June 1743 were thereafter to be borne by a drum horse ridden by a Sergeant Kettledrummer of the regiment. The drums have subsequently carried at the head of the regiment on ceremonial parades and, uniquely amongst cavalry regiments, never covered by drum banners, the regiment’s Battle Honours being engraved directly onto the sides of the drums. In 1772 when Lord Southampton commanded the regiment, his wife presented a silver collar to be worn by the Kettledrummer, which is still worn today when parading in full dress with the Drums. In 1958 the regiment was amalgamated with the 7th Hussars in 1958 to become The Queen’s Own Hussars, and further amalgamated in 1993 with the The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars to become The Queen's Royal Hussars (The Queen's Own and Royal Irish) (QRH).