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.
Inscription: “2nd Battalion The Hampshire Regiment. In memory of all Officers who lost their lives between 1914 – 1918.”
The name of every officer to make the ultimate sacrifice whilst serving with the 2nd Battalion the Hampshire Regiment during the Great War is inscribed on silver plaques on either side of the base.
This silver tiger statuette celebrates the recipients of the Needlemakers’ Sword, which is presented to the outstanding subaltern of the battalion each year, as selected by his superiors and peers. It was presented by Lieutenant Colonel AP Guthrie TD, who was the Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion from 2003 to 2015. The font silver plinth details those individuals who have received this prestigious award.
Silver desk unit comprising, silver octagonal tray set on 4 claw & acanthus feet. Rim beaded with scroll & scallop attachments. The top plain with qty 4 rivet heads & 2 beaded mounts to hold the 2 cut crystal (Tyrone) glass ink bottles.
The bottles are square (2 7/8" x 2 7/8") with silver tops, square/bevelled, surmounted by a lion on a crown and engraved The Queen's Own'.
This magnificent Victorian candelabra has seven lights with three arms around one elevated central sconce. At the base which is 10.5" long are two model dogs, a Pointer and a Setter indicating to a sitting pheasant, in cover, at the base of a gnarled tree in a rural scene.