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A Very Rare Drinks Cabinet

H: 22 in / 56 cm  |  W: 10 in / 25 cm  |  D: 10 in / 25 cm

Description

Constructed in oak, in the form of a sentry box; the front face containing a watercolour of a Trooper of the 5th Royal Irish Lancers, painted by Richard Simkin, and signed, lower left. The louvered sides have a secret spring, which when moved, occasions the sides to open, to reveal the fitted interior, with wine and shot glasses, and a removable coaster, with ivory castors. Circa 1880.

Provenance

Richard Simkin (1840-1926) is recorded as an illustrator, and worked for the War Office designing recruiting posters, and the Army and Navy gazette. Based in the garrison town of Aldershot, he was able to draw form the life. His works have been collected in W.Y. Carman’s ‘ Richard Simkin; ‘Uniforms of the British Army’ published by Henry Holt in 1985. This very idiosyncratic drinks cabinet suggests it was a special commission, placed in the officers mess, with the amusing intention of discomfiting new officers

REF No. 6648

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