This is one of the most beautiful pieces in the collection. The design is complex, but it sits easily in the palm of the hand, pleasantly tactile like most of the pieces. Perhaps for Henry Cobb it was something bright and golden in an otherwise grey and uniform world.
B C BEAVER 62365
Bernard Beaver was a promising violinist. He was the last of his line. He was 23 when he was killed in action at Amiens, a few months before the end of the war.
J GRAINGER E Y RT 15048
James Grainger wrote his Will on the way to Gallipoli in 1915. He survived, but was killed in action near Ypres two years later.
RF A PELHAM A 24711
Arthur Pelham had a special reason to write letters home - he was newly wed when he enlisted.
Brewer's scimitar and scabbard
S W BREWER 1807 THE BUFFS
Sidney Brewer was 22 and a long way from home when he died of illness in the awful heat of Mesopotamia.
Adams' tiny knife
J ADAMS ICC 571 1916
Such small clues - such an explosion of stories, with the ghost of Lawrence of Arabia in the background.
Platt's paper knife
W PLATT 3411
This is the second item from William Platt in the Boer War - a small retractable bone knife in the shape of a Victorian lady. Beautifully made.