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Regimental History - 19th Century

Abyssinian Campaign, 1868

'Abyssinia'


This silver piece was commissioned by the officers of the 1st Battalion, King's Own Royal Regiment, after they returned from the campaign.  Known as 'Abyssinia' it is reputed to be one of the tallest in the Army and was presented in 1875.  It portrays Victory, cutting the chains of King's Theodore's prisoners, standing on a plinth, the four sides of which depict scenes from the Campaign.  Around the base, within laurel wreaths, are the Battle Honours of the Regiment up to 1868.  Only a photograph exists in the museums collection, the actual silver piece remains with the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment.
Accession Number: KO0279/01

Also see:

bulletMarch to Magdala
bulletAbyssinia Medal
bulletAbyssinia Campaign Photographs
bulletPresentation from the Mayor and Corporation of Dover, June 1868
bulletAbyssinia Glass Jug

 

Only a proportion of our collections are on display at anyone time.  Certain items are on loan for display in other institutions.  An appointment is required to consult any of our collections which are held in store.

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