This fine piece of silver is a large fruit dish on a column entwined scroll and three kneeling figures and is enscribed 57th of Foot and engraved "The Captain Norman Memorial". This piece was presented to the officers of the 57th Regiment as a memorial to Captain George Herman Norman by his father George Warde Norman of Bromley, Kent.
The Dalhousie Tureen is an impressive, large silver soup tureen with cover and is inherited from the Queen's (Second) Royal Surrey Regiment. It is a rectangular shape with ‘reeded’ rim, engraved with Dalhousie and the Queen’s Regiment crest on the long side. It has ring handles within rams heads mounted on each end. The tureen sits on 4 large ball and claw feet. The cover is plain with a full model paschal lamb, the iconic emblem of the Royal Surrey Regiment, mounted atop.
August 2004: The battle Group based on 1st Battalion The Princess of Wales's Royal regiment took over responsibility for Maysan Province, Iraq, in April 2004. CIMIC House, the former residence of the Maysan Provincial Governor, is situated in the centre of Al Amaragh beside the River Tigris. The Coalition Provincial Authority (CPA) and Civil-Military Co-Operation (CIMIC) teams chose to use it as their base, and Y Company was deployed there to provide security.
Although lacking attachment to any direct action in the Peninsula War this piece is a tribute to a member of the Buffs who served, in a notable and trusted position, during this lengthy campaign; that being Paymaster Berry. The Douro is the river that runs through Porto, Portugal. The Douro Cup itself is the 2nd Battalion’s gold gilded silver cup. It has a fine lid and is ‘Campara’ shaped with applied vine leaf decoration and two masked handles. The body has an engraved Buffs badge and is surmounted with a bud finial.
This is another piece of silver that is steeped in tradition and ceremony. The piece itself is a highly chased and ornate silver standing salt pot, with cover and spoon. The top is in a crown pattern with “XXXI” embossed on the body. The lid is surmounted with an oak tree with hunting dogs beneath. Inside the lid a fragment of the 31st Regiment’s Colours is mounted. This fragment is from the Colours carried at the Battle of Sobraon, Punjab, during the Sikh Wars of 1846.
The Ilderton Trophy is an oval shaped bowl with two angel handles surrounded by 4 statuettes which are 6.75 inches high. The statuettes, one at each corner, represent the period dress of 1661, 1750, 1810 and 1887. It was presented to the 2nd Bn The Queen's Own Royal West Surrey Regiment by Lt Col Charles Edward Ilderton DSO in 1894. Ilderton assumed command of the 1st Battalion on 29 September 1890. He retired as a full Colonel on 5 January 1905.
The inscription reads:
PRESENTED TO THE OFFICERS
2nd BATTALION THE QUEEN'S REGIMENT
ON THEIR RETURN FROM FOREIGN SERVICE
This silver centrepiece, also known as a replica of the Jerningham-Kandler Wine Cooler, was one of the highly prized pieces of The Queen's Royal Regiment silver. It is a replica of the Jerningham-Kandler wine cooler sometimes known as "the Cistern" and known to hundreds of officers irreverently as "the flying tits". Valuable though it may be in itself, the replica in no way compares with the original which is currently in Russian hands in the St Petersburg Museum and has a long, interesting and intriguing history.
The Lamassu silver is held in the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess of 1st Battalion The Tigers. The Lamassu refers to the Assyrian Empire which covered ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia in 1450 BC. Iraq would later become a country within this region some time later.
The Lamassu was a celestial being and protective deity, depicting power. This silver piece was bought by serving members of the Mess in recognition of the two operational tours the Battalion conducted in Iraq, on Operation TELIC 4 and 8.
“In memory of the Peninsula campaign in which the Regiment was engaged from 1808 to 1814. Also the distinguished act of gallantry performed by Lieutenant Latham at the Battle of Albuhera in rescuing the King’s Colour of the Regiment from the hands of the enemy after Ensign Walsh and the Sergeants that protected it had fallen.”**
This is the 2nd Battalion’s most imposing piece of silver. Gargantuan in stature yet delicate and intricate in its detail, this is an irreplaceable item and an amazing example of early 19th century craftsmanship.