Thursday, June 30, 2011

Tournaments, Tattoos, Pageants, and Reviews of the Military - part 2







The Royal Horse Artillery, which Britains made in several versions, some of which we have for sale, has featured in every military display of any note for well over a hundred and twenty-five years, and invariably are called upon to act as coffin transporters for important funerals, interestingly the coffin of George the Fifth was carried on a limber with, in the photo, standing, drivers RHA, for the journey from the Palace to Westminster Abbey, and later pulled by Naval ratings to Paddington station. Illustrations in the newspapers of the day make fascinating viewing and these photos are from a Daily Telegraph Supplement of the time, and it is for sale. The matelots also drew the coffin from Windsor station to the Castle.

Many photos of these four locations are to be found on www.reelstreets.com, the film location site, as they have often been used in feature films.

Artillery figures were made by Soldiers’ Soldiers in a variety of uniforms depicting the dress worn in various theatres of operations during the Victorian period. There is a long list on site of British and Colonial figures.

The British Military Tournament has mounted gunners in kahkie, are they saving the guns at Maiwand? The famous picture by Fortunia Matania, in print form, is one of our offerings.

Other mounted figures towing military equipment were made by Britains, RASC in blue, kahkie, home service helmets, caps and shrapnel-proof helmets.

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