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A Soldier of the 4th Foot 'The King's Own' Regiment, 1742
 
Hand painted wooden figure of a soldier of the 4th Foot 'The King's Own' Regiment, 1742 by E V Howell, of The Shack, Timsway, Staines.  Painted 1929.  Accession Number: KO2865/01

Lieutenant Ernest Vernon Howell was born on 7th May 1891 and was commissioned into the Royal Artillery on 8th September 1917.  He was promoted Lieutenant on 4th March 1919 and discharged from the army on 16th June 1920.
In May 1929 he wrote to the Curator of Lancaster Museum on hearing the news of the establishment of the King's Own Museum.  He wrote "I am an invalided ex officer (retired) and have now taken up my former hobby of painting etc to support myself and family.  I am specialising in sketches etc of past and present uniforms of the British Army."
The sample figure, shown left, is 11 inches high and cost 6 shillings and 6 pence each.  Figures were also available at 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 feet high.  (25, 35, 50, 70 shillings and 5 5 shillings respectively).
"The wooden figures in my opinion" he wrote "make the more interesting exhibits for museum purposes, the two foot and three foot sizes being most suitable.  They are large enough to shew the small details which are often so important in uniforms.
Lieutenant Howell had already provided figures to the Royal Scots Regiment, Royal Scots Fusiliers, The Rifle Brigade, The Worcester Regiment and The Border Regiment.
The King's Own Museum never took up the opportunity to obtain a set of figures to illustrate the sartorial history of the regiment, all that survives in the sample figure.

bulletA set of ten painted 11 inch figures relating to the 24th Foot and South Wales Borderers appeared at auction in June 1994.

Related items in the museums collection:

bulletKO2865/02  Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator, Lancaster Museum, dated 21st May 1929.
bulletKO2865/03  Price list of sketches and wooden figures etc by E V Howell.
bulletKO2865/04  Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator, Lancaster Museum, dated 24th May 1929.
bulletKO2865/05  Letter from the Curator to Lt E V Howell, dated 9th August 1929
bulletKO2865/06  Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator, Lancaster Museum, dated 10th August 1929.
bulletKO2865/07  Letter from the Curator to Lt E V Howell, dated 29th October 1929.
bulletKO2865/08  Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator, Lancaster Museum, dated 30th October 1929.
bulletKO2865/09  Letter from the Curator to Lt E V Howell, dated 20th December 1929.
bulletKO2865/10  Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator, Lancaster Museum, dated 3rd June 1932.

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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