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Title Princess Mary Christmas Fund Gift Tin, with contents (A.X. Lavertine)
Nationality British
Period 1914
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In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the national press inviting monetary contributions to a 'Sailors and Soldiers Christmas Fund' which had been created by Princess Mary, the 17-year-old daughter of George V and Queen Mary. This was to provide all military personnel serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a 'gift from the nation'.

The response was overwhelming and, by 1920, two and a half million boxes had been made. This one is an early example, of brass, with none of its original lacquer remaining except in the interior and on part of the base of the tin. It has the following original contents: the yellow monogrammed packets of tobacco and cigarettes, a Christmas card in an envelope, a photograph of the Princess. Unusually, the card and photograph are personalised to Fleet Surgeon A.X. Lavertine, HMS Monarch, Xmas 1914.

On the lid, there is the central bust of the Princess with the names of the allied countries embossed around.

The cigarette packet has been opened, but not used; the tobacco packet remains sealed; both paper wrappers are in good order. The condition throughout is excellent for its age, except for some minor dark spotting here and there on the lid.

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[Militaria : Miscellaneous : British : 20th Century]

testimonials

The day the blunderbuss arrives I could not stop looking and feeling the gun for at least one hour. My wife told me that I was sick........ I am very happy, it is a piece of craftsmanship! Well made! I have 5 blunderbusses but all iron barrel, also from England but this one is gorgeous with the Brass Barrel.

Please keep me informed when you have any other type of blunderbuss. Thanks my friend!

M R, USA, 04.08.2011

I receive the cap this day, I very happy. This cap is very beautiful. I hope that find other beautiful items in your shop. Many thanks.

S T, France, 12.03.2010

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