Tiger (Panthera tigris), shot by Major Richard John Vernon-Betts, 23rd January 1936 while based at Landi Kotal, Khyber Pass, by Van Ingen & Van Ingen, no.23665, skin rug with head mount, with open snarling jaw, backed onto the original olive canvas with stencil mark Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore, numbered and with cleaning label, 312cm nose to tail, 226cm across forelimbs; together with One Volume: Van Ingen and Van Ingen, The Preservation of Shikar Trophies, Mysore 1933, stamped on the inner leaf With the compliments of Van Ingen & Van Ingen, Mysore; and Eight Framed Documents and Photographs relating to the shooting and sale of this Tiger/Tiger skin, including a newspaper article from The Daily Telegraph, Tuesday September 23rd 1997
Major Richard John Vernon-Betts: born in Muree in the Punjab 1914, the son of an officer of the Indian Medical Service. He was educated in England and went to Sandhurst, and as an officer he joined the Cheshire Regiment and returned to India in around 1935. As a Major he went on to serve with the 5th, the 4th and the 2nd Prince of Wales' Own Gurkhas. He shot his first tiger in 1936. In 1948 he went to live in Cornwall, having married Evelyn Caroline, and as a hunter with a real compassion with animals and their surroundings he joined the RSPCA as an Inspector. Indeed, he won two Bronze Medals with bar while serving for the RSPCA, and retired in 1962.