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Silver Duke of Cambridge Own Middlesex Regiment Spoon - Die Hards
Reference: S1517
Period: Edward VII
Year: 1911
Silversmith: Elkington & Company
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 110.00
Weight: 20 grams
Dimensions: 12.6 cm
Condition: Excellent.

Description: An interesting silver spoon, commemorating the 7th Battalion, The Duke of Cambridge Own Middlesex Regiment. The spoon has the regimental badge, a Roman soldier with shield and sword, surrounded by the motto "Pro Rege Patria et Laribus", translated "For King, Home and Country". A laurel wreath surrounds this, and the Royal crown sits on top. The spoon also carries the motto "South Africa 1900", signifying battle honours won during the Boer War, and "1798", which commemorates the Hampstead Volunteers of 1798, the founders of the Regiment. The regiment is known as the "Die Hards", a nickname earned during the Peninsula wars at Albuera in 1811. During the Boer War they were involved in the Relief of Ladysmith, and the attack on Spioenkop. The 7th Battalion were formed in 1907, it was a volunteer Battalion, and also a "special reserve" Battalion, whose duty was supplying drafts to the 4 front line Battalions in time of need. In 1911 (the year the spoon was made, so we assume it commemorates this event), the 7th became the first Battalion in the whole Territorial force to volunteer for Imperial Service, on condition that 90% of the members agreed to serve abroad in case of necessity. The Regiment served with distinction in WWI, including Ypres and Cambrai. In 1966 they were absorbed into the Queen's Regiment. The spoon is very good quality, as you would expect from Elkington, and the hallmarks are very clear.
Silver Duke of Cambridge Own Middlesex Regiment Spoon - Die Hards
Duke of Cambridge Middlesex Regiment Silver Spoon - Die Hards

Silver Duke of Cambridge Own Middlesex Regiment Spoon - Die Hards
Regimental silver spoon

Silver Duke of Cambridge Own Middlesex Regiment Spoon - Die Hards
Elkington hallmarks

Silver Duke of Cambridge Own Middlesex Regiment Spoon - Die Hards
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