~ Circa 1888 Presentation Dinner Gong Given To Major E.L. Braithwaite – 13th Hussars ~
A presentation dinner gong given to Major E.L. Braithwaite of the 13th Hussars in 1888.
The gong is of Burmese silver/white metal suspended between two ‘silver’ mounted cow horns mounted on a wooden base.
There is a white metal shield shaped plaque to the front of the piece engraved ‘To Major E.L. Braithwaite, 13th Hussars, Egypt July 1888’.
The base has two hooks to the front where the striker would rest, though unfortunately this is missing.
The ‘silver’/white metal is not marked except for the actual gong which is stamped Burmes (presumably Burmese with the last letter worn) below an image of the bust of a man with crosses. This is also worn in parts.
~ Dimensions ~
The piece has a height of 43cm (17 inches) and a width of 38cm (15 inches).
It weighs 2.77 Kg.
~ Condition ~
The piece is in a very good condition for its age with no damages and only light wear to the wood and silver.
As mentioned, the striker is missing.
~ 13th Hussars ~
The 13th Hussars (previously the 13th Light Dragoons) was a cavalry regiment of the British Army established in 1715. It saw service for three centuries including the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War and the First World War. It amalgamated with the 18th Royal Hussars in 1922, to form the 13th/18th Royal Hussars.