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Boer War Trench Art Brass Shell Converted to Napkin Ring Commemorating the Siege of Ladysmith 1899 - 1900, Initials of owner

Boer War Trench Art Brass Shell Converted to Napkin Ring Commemorating the Siege of Ladysmith 1899 - 1900, Initials of owner

A heavy piece of rifled artillery shell brass, neatly lead soldered into the shape of a napkin ring, with an attempt at scalloped decoration in two rows to the outside and engraved "Siege of Ladysmith 1899 - 1900" with the rather grand initials (presumably of the owner) " E. St. V.T." below. Worthy of further research, as most probably the property of an officer who served or senior civilian dignitary. Just under 4 cms in diameter and 2.5cms tall.

Any additional information welcome.

H6.2

Code: 63408

SOLD


Boer War Queen Victoria South Africa 1900 Chocolate Tin

Boer War Queen Victoria South Africa 1900 Chocolate Tin

An empty tin, in the typically worn condition mostly found these days, the hinges undamaged and it opens and closes without issue. Circa 15.2cm wide, 9.2cm tall and 2cm deep.

In 1899 Queen Victoria decided to send a gift of tin boxes of chocolate to her troops serving in South Africa. It was intended that every soldier and officer should receive a box with the inscription 'South Africa 1900' and in the Queen's handwriting 'I wish you a happy New Year'.

In order to carry out this project, the Queen commissioned the country's three principal chocolate manufacturers, J S Fry & Sons, Cadbury Brothers Limited and Rowntree and Company Limited, to undertake the order for what amounted, by the end of 1900, to 123,000 tins. As Quakers, all three manufacturers refused to accept payment for the order and, not wishing to profit from the War, they offered to donate the chocolate instead.

The manufacture of the tin boxes themselves was funded personally by the Queen. They were based on a design by Barclay and Fry Limited of Southwark, but since each of the chocolate manufacturers used different firms to supply the tins, there are variations in their dimensions, the shade of colouring and the printing of the portrait medallion of the Queen. The tins had rounded corners for ease of storage in a soldier's knapsack and each contained a half-pound of vanilla chocolate.

As a gift from the Queen, many soldiers preserved their tins with the chocolate intact, even posting them back home for safe-keeping. In exceptional cases the recipients did not even dare untie the ribbon round the packaging. The tins were so highly valued by their contemporaries that soldiers who were prepared to sell them could ask prices as high as £20. An Army Order issued from Bloemfontein in April 1900 decreed that the tins were to be forwarded to officers and men who had been invalided home before the Queen's gift arrived, and to next of kin of those who had died during the Boer War (1899-1902).

Comm BoHa (58)

Code: 63402

SOLD


South African Boer War Period IBC Indian Bearer Company Brass Shoulder Title

South African Boer War Period IBC Indian Bearer Company Brass Shoulder Title


A scarce Boer War Hand Made Shoulder Title, Indian Bearer Corps, Mahatma Gandhi's unit! Brass, with 2 folded over pierced tangs.

At the onset of the South African War, Gandhi argued that Indians must support the war effort in order to legitimize their claims to full citizenship, organizing a volunteer ambulance corps of 300 free Indians and 800 indentured labourers called the Indian Ambulance Corps, one of the few medical units to serve wounded black South Africans. He himself was a stretcher-bearer at the Battle of Spion Kop, and was decorated. At the conclusion of the war, however, the situation for the Indians did not improve, but continued to deteriorate. In 1906, the Transvaal government promulgated a new Act compelling registration of the colony's Indian population. At a mass protest meeting held in Johannesburg on September 11 that year, Gandhi adopted his methodology of satyagraha (devotion to the truth), or non-violent protest, for the first time, calling on his fellow Indians to defy the new law and suffer the punishments for doing so, rather than resist through violent means. This plan was adopted, leading to a seven-year struggle in which thousands of Indians were jailed (including Gandhi himself on many occasions), flogged, or even shot, for striking, refusing to register, burning their registration cards, or engaging in other forms of non-violent resistance.

A rare original item.

0wen No 2128 refers.

Comm BoHa (32)

Code: 63298

155.00 GBP


Boer War - Kitchener 's Horse Brass Slouch Hat Badge

Boer War - Kitchener 's Horse Brass Slouch Hat Badge

Boer War sheet brass slouch hat badge with two brass wire loops to the reverse, as worn by Kitchener's Horse. Circa 3.3cm tall and 3.8cm wide. In very good condition. Worn 1900 - 1902. Scarce.

B23.18

Code: 57462

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Boer War - WPMR -  Western Province Mounted Rifles Brass Shoulder Title

Boer War - WPMR - Western Province Mounted Rifles Brass Shoulder Title

Locally made brass shoulder title, cut sheet brass with 2 loops to reverse. 4.6ccm wide and 1.4cm tall. May also have been worn as a slouch hat badge. In good condition with some service wear.

B28.15

Code: 57461

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Lord Kitchener The Sirdar Boer War Square Stoneware Wall Plate

Lord Kitchener The Sirdar Boer War Square Stoneware Wall Plate

Part of a series of rectangular green glaze bordered wall plaques manufactured in 1899-1900 depicting famous British commanders and generals. With silk suspension ribbon. Transfer image colourful but with some wear to the transfer. Circa 20.5cm tall and 18.5cm wide. Suspended from yellow silk and with and the remains of an old paper label stuck to the reverse.

Please note we will only post this to a UK address on account of the nature of the item.

Code: 57345

40.00 GBP


Boer War Vintage Decorative Ceramic Plate depicting General Buller

Boer War Vintage Decorative Ceramic Plate depicting General Buller

One of a series of plates depicting Boer War generals with green glazed border and gilt decoration to this border. Minor crazing to central transfer, otherwise image in very good condition. Unmarked on reverse. No cracks, chips or repairs to plate. Circa 22.2cm in diameter.

Please note due to nature of the item will only post to a UK address.

Code: 57342

40.00 GBP


Three Boer War Patriotic Spoons, Kitchener, Roberts, Royal Naval Brigade

Three Boer War Patriotic Spoons, Kitchener, Roberts, Royal Naval Brigade

An attractive set of three spoons of 2nd Boer War vintage, one depicting Kitchener, one Roberts and the third a general army and navy design with a naval gun embossed in the bowel. In very good condition, slight wear to Roberts spoon on the underside, but an attractive item.

Coll.

Code: 56347

22.00 GBP


Boer War Souvenir 1st Battalion Essex Regiment - Large Silk Handkerchief

Boer War Souvenir 1st Battalion Essex Regiment - Large Silk Handkerchief

Foxed and very fragile, edges are fraying and a bit perished, but scarce item listing the battle honours for this famous regiment in the Boer War in the central panel.

Coll.

Code: 56346

45.00 GBP


Anglo Boer War The Handy Man Celluloid Letter Opener

Anglo Boer War The Handy Man Celluloid Letter Opener

A scarce item, circa 21.5cm long. No damage. The Royal Navy 's answer to the imagery of the Army's A Gentleman in Kharki. False ivorine in look, these celluloid plastic figures were the forerunner of all those Airfix soldiers we used to collect (and it also looks to be 1:32 scale)! They came mounted on a variety of useful household items such as a tot measure, bell, bottle cork, pin cushion and also this letter opener.

A125

Code: 56292

65.00 GBP