Rare Ww1 Princess Mary Christmas Tin In 1914 Dated Pouch + Miniature Medal Trio For Sale
An Original and Rare WW1Princess Mary Fund1914 dated Canvas Pouch and Complete with a Miniature Medal Trio.In November 1914, an advert was placed in the national press asking for donationsto a'Sailors & Soldiers Christmas Fund' which had been created by Princess Mary, the 17-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'.
First World War period 'gift' for British servicemen, a product of the Gift Fund which was inaugurated by Princess Mary in October 1914 to provide a gift to every serviceman at the front or at sea ('Class A') for the first Christmas of the War. The majority of gifts were for smokers and contained tobacco, cigarettes, a pipe and lighter. For non-smokers writing paper and a pencil were provided. For Indian troops candy and spices were given instead of or in combination with cigarettes. After Christmas 1914 a surplus of funds enabled the scheme to be extended. A simpler gift was given out to all other servicemen ('Classes B and C') which consisted of a bullet pencil and a New Year card. See: 'A gift for Christmas: the story of Princess Mary's Gift Fund, 1914', by Diana Condell (IWM Review No.4, 1989).
This a rare example of the non smokers stationary pouch. It is aCanvas Pouch, with the Royal Crown and "M" above "Christmas Fund 1914" which is stamped in red has a brass press stud securing a fold over flap. Originally it contained , 2 packs of envelopes and witing paper.( now missing) The Inside of the canvas pouch it islined. There are two compartments.The tin now in ithas normal users small dents and marks but is undamaged as can be seen in the photographs.The tin lid is hinged and opens and closes as it should.
Inside the tin is a WW1 Miniature Medal Trio complete with wearers pin and ribbons.The medals are in good undamaged condition.
Please offer with confidence as there is a 100% guarantee of satisfaction or a full refund if not as described. Thank you. JC
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