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Sale 144 Lot 320

BRITISH OFFICER'S SHABRACQUE AND HOLSTER, COVERS OF THE 1ST LIFE GUARDS, CIRCA 1910 black cloth shabracque, edged with three rows of gold lace (with scarlet cloth showing between) and richly adorned on each hind-corner with a "King's Crown" above scrolls bearing the honors: DETTINGEN/PENISULA WATERLOO/EGYPT 1882 and TEL-EL-KEBIR above the LG cypher reversed and intertwined (and surrounded by the further scrolls: SOUTH AFRICA 1899-1900, RELIEF OF KIMBERLEY and PAARDEBERG) above the Garter star, all executed in elaborate gold embroidery stating "Honi-Soit-Qui-Mal-Y-Pense", the maxim used as the motto of the British chivalric Order of the Garter (roughly translated means "Evil be to him who evil thinks thereof" and with leather straps, underside is 54 x 39 in.; together with a companion pair of holster-covers, both of dark blue cloth with gold lace and scarlet cloth edging as on the shabracque, and embroidered with the crown and regimental cypher, the two covers linked by a section of bearskin, l: 41 in. (2)

Provenance: Christie's New York, April 4, 2003, lot 584
The Russell B. Aitken Collection of Silver Trophies, Vintage (sold for $8,365)
Estimate $1,000-1,500

Sold for $700.00

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