Lot 29

A late-Victorian Rifles officer’s astrakhan busby, by Cater & Co of Pall Mall, in a steel storage box by Hawkes & Co, named to R. Grant Esq of the Rifle Brigade. Believed to be Robert Francis Sidney Grant (1877-1927), Rifle Brigade. Commissioned in 1898, served in South Africa 1899-1902, present at various actions including Colenso (QSA and 6 clasps, KSA and 2 clasps, mentioned in despatches) and awarded the DSO in 1902. Received the MVO for accompanying the Duke of Connaught opening South Africa’s first Parliament. Served as Brigade Major to the 5th Infantry Brigade in WW1, again mentioned in despatches. The box with clear attribution on brass plaques and the fur busby with attached braid, cord and leather chin strap. Interior of busby with leather liner and ventilation fittings, maker marked to interior top. No plume.  (1)

Estimate: £400-£500