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Nom de l'objet : Box
Catégorie de l'objet : Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Sous-catégorie de l'objet : Merchandising T &E
Matériaux : Metal, Brass
Fibre, Paper
Wood
Numéro de catalogue : HF.72.90.2a-d
Numéro d'accession : HF.72.90.2a-d
Date de début de production : 1915
Description : Box; Brass, fibre, paper, wood; double-skinned hinged brass box with rounded corners contains a .303 calibre casing with hollow sterling silver bullet pencil holder and red pencil; inside a new years greeting card in blue and red print, adorned with green wreath with sword; raised relief of woman's head (Princess Mary) surrounded by laurels; raised motif of sword on border; crossed flags on side
Commentaires : In November 1914, an advertisement was placed in the national press inviting monetary contributions to a 'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund' which had been created by Princess Mary, the seventeen year old daughter of King George V and Queen Mary. The purpose was to provide everyone wearing the King's uniform and serving overseas on Christmas Day 1914 with a 'gift from the nation'. The response was truly overwhelming, and it was decided to spend the money on an embossed brass box, based on a design by Messrs Adshead and Ramsey. The contents varies considerably; officers and men on active service afloat or at the front received a box containing a combination of pipe, lighter, 1 oz. of tobacco and twenty cigarettes in distinctive yellow monogrammed wrappers. Non-smokers and boys received a bullet pencil and packet of sweats instead. Indian troops often got sweets and spices, and nurses were treated to chocolate. Many of these items were despatched separately from the tins themselves, as once the standard issue of tobacco and cigarettes was placed in the tin there was little room for much else apart from the greeting card. The surface of the lid depicts the head of Princess Mary in the centre, surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked on either side by the "M" monogram. At the top, a decorative cartouche contained the words "Imperium Britannicum" with a sword and scabbard either side. On the lower edge, another cartouche contains the words "Christmas 1914, which is flanked by the bows of battleships forging through heavy sea. In the corners, small roundels house the names of the Allies: Belgium, Japan, Montenegro and Servia; France and Russia are at the edges, each superimposed on three furled flags or standards. All boxes contained a Christmas card and a picture of the Princess, those which were not distributed until after Christmas were sent out with a card wishing the recipient a 'victorious new year'. The wounded on leave or in hospital, nurses, and the widows or parents of those killed were also entitled to the gift. Prisoners of war at the time had theirs reserved until they were repatriated. Great efforts were made to distribute the gifts in time for Christmas, and huge demands were made on the already stretched postal service. More than 355,000 were successfully delivered by the deadline. As time pressed on, a shortage of brass meant that many entitled personnel did not receive their gift until as late as the summer of 1916, and in January 1919 it was reported that 'considerable' numbers had still not been distributed.
Longueur : 13
Largeur : 8.5
Profondeur : 3
Unité de mesure linéaire : Centimetre
Translittération de l'inscription : The surface of the lid depicts the head of Princess Mary in the centre, surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked on either side by the "M" monogram. At the top, a decorative cartouche contained the words "Imperium Britannicum" with a sword and scabbard either side. On the lower edge, another cartouche contains the words "CHRISTMAS 1914". In the corners, small roundels house the names of the Allies: Belgium, Japan, Montenegro and Servia; France and Russia are at the edges, each superimposed on three furled flags or standards
Établissement : Prince Edward Island Museum and Heritage Foundation
Ville de l'établissement : Charlottetown
Province de l'établissement : Prince Edward Island
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