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Predicate Object 1939 1939-01-01T00:00:00.000Z 1939-12-31T00:00:00.000Z 1939.60 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1939.6, W0905 2015-07-08T00:00:00.000Z 1 2018-12-17T02:51:23.673Z 70 Christmas/wars Princess Mary Gift box, 1914, WW1 "Issued at end of war to all Gallipoli soldiers" Donor, R Hesketh is probably 11/278 Corporal Reginald Hesketh, Wellington Mounted Rifles, who left New Zealand with the Main Body on 16 October 1914 and would have qualified to receive a gift box. At the time of his enlistment he was working in Gisborne, but his father, S Hesketh, lived in Epsom, Auckland Princess Mary Gift box, 1914, WW1 (empty) brass tin with a double-skinned hinged lid; surface of lid depicts head of Princess Mary in the centre surrounded by a laurel wreath and flanked either side by monogram "M"; at top a decorative cartouche contains the words 'IMPERIUM BRITANNICUM' with a sword and scabbard on either side; at the lower edge a decorative cartouche contains the words 'CHRISTMAS 1914' flanked by the bows of battleships forging through a heavy sea; in the corners are small roundels with the names of allies: 'BELGIUM / JAPAN / MONTENEGRO / SERVIA'; and on either side roundels with 'FRANCE' and 'RUSSIA' superimposed on three furled flags or standards; box, gift
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