A Victorian Coldstream Guard Enamelled Vesta Case, Samson Mordan & Co, 1895, the hinged and triangulated cover over an arched enamelled depiction of a guard full length, inscribed on the reverse The Sergeant Major from HG 1898, registered number "38283" stamped on the hinged cover, also engraved on the flange with the retailer's name "Percy Edwards & Co, 71 & 72 Piccadilly", 6cm high See illustrations
Sold with photocopies of old photographs of the Sergeant Major.
Sergeant Major Alfred Best (later promoted) born Yorkshire 1865. He fought in the Boer War where he won the Distinguished Conduct Medal (the medals can be seen in the Coldstream Guards Museum, Birdcage Walk, London). The photograph shows Sergeant Major Alfred Best on horseback, and is the vendor's great-great grandfather.