Princess Mary Christmas gift box

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Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Dave_Holden » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:30 am

Always wanted one of these - a little history below courtesy of the www:

The Princess Mary Christmas gift box was a brass or silver tin containing a number of gifts intended to be distributed to all members of the armed forces of the British Empire on Christmas day 1914, during World War I.

Following the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, the British Expeditionary Force was sent to the Western Front and was soon joined by troops from the Empire, those from India arriving before the end of the year. In October 1914, George V's 17-year-old daughter, Mary, Princess Royal, launched an appeal to fund every member of the armed forces receiving a Christmas gift. Shortly before Christmas 1914, advertisements were placed in the British press seeking donations for the "Soldiers and Sailors Christmas fund" and £152,691 was soon raised.

The funding was used to manufacture small boxes made of silver for officers and brass for all others. Each was decorated with an image of Mary and other military and imperial symbols and typically filled with an ounce of tobacco, a packet of cigarettes in a yellow monogrammed wrapper, a cigarette lighter, and a Christmas card and photograph from Princess Mary. Some contained sweets, chocolates, and lemon drops

I wonder what the contents of this one were and in what conditions it has seen during WW1:
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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby muckaroon1960 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 2:30 pm

Not rare but a great item and its the contents which are worth a bit. Nice pick up. :thumbsup:

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Sun Oct 14, 2018 8:36 pm

We have had a few of these tins featured on Broadsword before, great items :thumbsup: Regards Mark.

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby EwanS » Mon Oct 15, 2018 12:02 am

nice Dave!

always wanted one also!

funny think is one turned up recently with the brothers medals in and also a souvenir from WW1/WW2 Germany in!

will post It tomorrow when I have some photos!

;)

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:28 am

EwanS wrote:nice Dave!

always wanted one also!

funny think is one turned up recently with the brothers medals in and also a souvenir from WW1/WW2 Germany in!

will post It tomorrow when I have some photos!

;)

Now that sounds interesting :thumbsup: Regards Mark

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby The Devils Bank » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:58 pm

Great thing, these Christmas Boxes :cool:

My two:
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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Dave_Holden » Mon Oct 15, 2018 7:15 pm

Fantastic Pete!!!!!!! :thumbsup:

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Mon Oct 15, 2018 8:08 pm

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: Regards Mark.

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby EwanS » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:33 pm

neat to see Pete! rare for sure! :-o ;)

Mark, couple of pics of the one I got..
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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Tailgunnerdownunder » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:14 pm

Wow Ewan brilliant collection mate. Tin looks in perfect condition. Can certainly fit quite a bit of stuff in them. Great work :thumbsup: Regards Mark.

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby Dave_Holden » Tue Oct 16, 2018 8:35 pm

Superb Ewan - Pete you really have the best of these tins, cant get better unless you can find the silver officers.

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Re: Princess Mary Christmas gift box

Postby EwanS » Wed Dec 12, 2018 9:05 pm

cheers mate!

agreed Dave, amazing man!

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