Cased Victorian Silver & Enamel Cigarette Case St Bernard Dog

John Millward Banks, London 1896
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A fine quality Victorian silver Cigarette Case of rounded rectangular form with sprung hinged lid, the cover with an enameled portrait of a St Bernard dog. The reverse engraved with the crest and cypher of Major Arundell Neave. The silver gilt interior with presentation inscription:- ""Presented to Arundell Neave by the Household of Llysdulas and well wishers July 2nd 1896.

Complete with original silk and velvet lined leather retailers case, by Wilson & Gill.

By John Millward Banks, London, 1896. Also stamped with retailers mark of Wilson & Gill.

Sold - £995.00

In good condition with no damage or repair
92 mm (3.62 inches)
82 mm (3.23 inches)
20 mm (0.79 inches)
148.00 Grams (4.76 troy ounces)
Stock Code
Silver & Enamel
Major Neave was born on 2nd July 1875 in London he died on 21st Feb, 1915 from wounds received in action while leading his squadron to the attack in the trenches at Ypres. He is buried in Ypres Town cemetery. He was the 2nd son of Sir Arundell Neave, Bart., of Dagnam Park, Romford, Essex and the Hon. Lady Neave of Llys Dulas, Amwlch, Anglesey. He was the great nephew of Sir Roland Smyth K.C.B. who commanded the 16th Lancers, which was Major Neaves regiment. Educated at a private school and Eton he joined the 16th Lancers from the Royal Anglesey(Royal Engineers) militia in may1898, becoming Lieutenant in may 1899. He served in India and in the South African War, being present at the relief of Kimberley. He received the Queens medal with 3 clasps and the Kings medal with two clasps. He was promoted major in 1914. For his services in the first world war he was mentioned in Sir John French’s dispatches of the 8th of Oct. 1914 and was awarded the Cross of a Chevalier of the Legion of Honour by General Joffe for gallantry during the operations between 21st and 30th August 1914.