Princess Mary Christmas Gift Box, 1914 ; 1914; PC001256


Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa


Princess Mary Christmas Gift Box, 1914

About this object

Princess Mary Christmas gift box with card. The rectangular box has a hinged lid and is embossed on top with a profile of the Princess surrounded by a wreath. The letter M is embossed on either side of the wreath in cursive script. A decorative border around the lid contains the words 'IMPERIUM BRITTANNICUM' at the top and 'CHRISTMAS 1914' at the bottom. The corners and sides contain the names of Britain's allies between decorations of flags, ships and weapons. The nations represented are, from the top right hand corner, 'JAPAN', 'RUSSIA', 'MONTENEGRO', 'SERVIA', 'FRANCE' and 'BELGIUM'. The box is empty.

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W:130mm x D:85mm x H:35mm

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Gift of the New Zealand Army, 1946

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adele 25 Jun 2014 02:10 AM,UTC

I have one of those lovely tins, found in an antique shop in Thorndon a few years back. empty, but worth its weight in gold! Every Commonwealth Soldier were to have received one, there is a list on the website about them, and what was in them all.. very interesting.. Princess Mary was to pay for them herself but a public fund was started, dont think she had any idea what the cost would have been to make and give them out, a great idea, I first became interested in them, when a visitor left one in local museum, but it was silvered, I said to valuable to leave here, please take it home for the grandchildren to have one day.

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