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Sterling Silver & Leather Despatch Box for an Officer, George V, 1913
This is an elegant belt-worn pouch of sterling silver and leather that would have been worn by an officer in ceremonial or full dress. On the front is a border of acanthus scrolling and the gilt crown and ‘GRV’ for George V, and the silver is marked for ‘B & P’, Birmingham, 1913. This item still includes its original marked sterling silver oval rings through which to pass the belt and there is a leather pouch at the back which opens once a strap is released from a silver button, and The inside and exterior of the leather pouch has two bands of gold bullion thread and the actual pouch is lined with deep green leather. This pouch would have been used for carrying small despatches or other correspondence. It is unlikely though that this would have been used in actual combat. The condition is excellent with just some fine small marks on the silver and the leather is very good for age. This would be a beautiful addition to your special collection of militaria or unusual silver items. Silver exterior 7.5 ins (19m) x 2.75 ins (7cm). Weight 324 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 206.
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