An exceptionally high quality oak decanter box by Mappin and Webb, London. Circa 1880.
The hinged box is velvet lined and holds the 3 original glass spirit decanters.
The engraved silver shield on the top of the box reads;
“Presented to Lieut. R. F. Treweeks.R.N by The Captain and W R Officers H.M.S Natal. 3 February 1914”
H.M.S Natal was a Warrior-class armoured cruiser built for the Royal Navy and was launched on 30 September 1905 by Louisa Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire. H.M.S Natal escorted the Royal yacht in 1911-1912 for the newly crowned King George V’s trip to India to attend the Delhi Durbar.
At the outbreak of war she joined the grand fleet.
Natal was sunk by an internal explosion on 30 December 1915 with the loss of at least 390 crewmen and civilians.
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