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Princess Mary Gift Box - Brigade of Guards Issue


tullybrone
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Hi,

Can anyone confirm if Princess Mary 1914 Xmas gift tins issued to Brigade of Guards were "engraved" with the recipients regiment, name, rank and number?

I have one engraved with my grandfathers details but have never seen a personally engraved version before.

Thanks.

Steve Y

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I haven't seen an engraved one

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Ian,

Thanks for the reply.

It is a genuine article.

My GF sent it to his sister in British Columbia, Canada and I was presented with it yesterday at a family reunion in Calgary, Alberta.

At Xmas 1914 my GF was in Camberley Mil Hosp recovering from wounds sustained at Reutel Woods, Ypres.

I will get a close up photograph when I get back to England.

It would appear that my GF had it engraved at his own expense?

Steve Y

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Hi Steve,

They were definitely not officially engraved - I agree it must have been done at the request of your grandfather. Indeed the logisitics of distributing any named boxes in the field would have been nightmarish.

Regards,

Dave

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nice its stayed in the family

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Hi Steve,

They were definitely not officially engraved - I agree it must have been done at the request of your grandfather. Indeed the logisitics of distributing any named boxes in the field would have been nightmarish.

Regards,

Dave

100% agree. Any engraving would have been post issue and by the family or the individual.

John

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