1914 Embossed Brass Christmas gift box, gifted to Soldiers on the Front Line from Princess Mary(Ref: 229)
Every Soldier was to receive a gift from Princess Mary who was 17 years old in 1914.
It was an embossed brass box containing tabbacco, cigarettes, a picture of the Princess and a Christmas card from the King. There were different gifts for non-smokers, Sikhs and Nurses all of whom would get chocolate or sweets.
At the top of the tin is embossed 'Imperium Brittanicum'
The top right corner is 'Japan'. Middle right is 'Russia', bottom right 'Montenegro', bottom centre 'CHRISTMAS 14' (what a Christmas it must have been .......poor souls). Bottom left corner 'Servia', middle left 'France', top left 'Belgium'.
This tin is in good clean condition, it is important to state however, that it is sadly empty.