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A Soldier of the 4th Foot 'The King's Own'
||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
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
"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.
|A 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:
|KO2865/02 Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator,
Lancaster Museum, dated 21st May 1929.|
|KO2865/03 Price list of sketches and wooden figures etc by
E V Howell.|
|KO2865/04 Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator,
Lancaster Museum, dated 24th May 1929.|
|KO2865/05 Letter from the Curator to Lt E V Howell, dated
9th August 1929|
|KO2865/06 Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator,
Lancaster Museum, dated 10th August 1929.|
|KO2865/07 Letter from the Curator to Lt E V Howell, dated
29th October 1929.|
|KO2865/08 Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator,
Lancaster Museum, dated 30th October 1929.|
|KO2865/09 Letter from the Curator to Lt E V Howell, dated
20th December 1929.|
|KO2865/10 Letter from Lt E V Howell to the Curator,
Lancaster Museum, dated 3rd June 1932.|
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