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1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11195
Period: Victorian
Year: 1893
Silversmith: A & J Zimmerman Ltd
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 640.00
Weight: 107 grams
Dimensions: 9.0 by 7.5 cm
Condition: Good, hinge and clasp in full working order, a few small dents and scratches from use, mostly to base. Some spotting to gilded interior.

Description: An antique silver cigarette case, presented to Captain and Adjutant W.P.E. Newbigging of the 1st Manchester Regiment in 1894. The case is rectangular, with a gilded interior, with a very good quality spring loaded clasp, which is still in perfect working order. The case is engraved "W.P.E. Newbigging, 1st Manchester Regiment" on the exterior, and is also engraved in script on the interior "Biggins, from T.T., 1894", we assume Biggins was his nickname. The hallmarks are very clear on both lid and base. Zimmermans (Arthur & John) worked from 1889 until their liquidation in 1929. William Patrick Eric Newbigging was an interesting character, born in Bengal, India in 1871, son of Lt. Colonel William Newbigging of the Manchester Regiment, so he followed his father's footsteps. He co-authored a book entitled "Rough Diary of the Doings of the 1st Battn. Manchester Regt. During the South African War 1899-1902", with Major Marden. He was severely wounded at Elandslaagte, leading the charge of the Manchesters, for which he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (source War Services List), and was involved in the Relief of Ladysmith, and saw action on Tugela Heights and Pieters Hill. He was mentioned in dispatches in September 1901 and July 1902, receiving Queens medal with 5 clasps, Kings medal with 2 clasps, along with his DSO. During the Great War of 1914-1918 he rose to the rank of Brevet Colonel, and was mentioned in dispatches a further 6 times. He was awarded 1914 Star, CB and CMG. Colonel Newbigging was Deputy Director of Signals at Army headquarters during this period. In 1922 he became Commandant of the STC (Signals Training Center) in Catterick, North Yorkshire. He reached the rank of Brigadier General, and died in 1940. We have found a photograph of Captain Newbigging during the Boer War in Harrismith 1901, on the right with impressive moustache, from the archives of the Manchester Regiment. He married his wife Elizabeth in 1901, an interesting snippet from the Dundee Evening Post, 14 March 1901 reports that Major George Patten, 18th Hussars, was granted decree nisi on the grounds of "his wife's misconduct with Captain William Patrick Newbigging".
1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging
1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging

1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging
WPE Newbigging, 1st Manchester Regiment

1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging
1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case

1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging
Biggins from TT 1894 - Captain Newbigging

1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging
A & J Zimmerman Birmingham 1893 silver hallmarks

1st Manchester Regiment Antique Silver Cigarette Case - Captain Newbigging
Captain Newbiging Ist Manchester Regiment scale

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