WELLINGTON INTEREST: A rare part service of George III regimental antique silver for the 33rd Regiment of Foot
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE: 1812
ORIGIN: London, England
WEIGHT: 61.09 troy ounces (67.02 ounces or 1,900.00 grams)
STOCK CODE: mdwoa
a part service of fiddle, thread and shell pattern flatware comprising three tablespoons, twelve table forks, eleven dessert forks and twelve dessert spoons, each engraved with the regimental number "33" within a laurel circlet for the 33rd Regiment of Foot. (38 pieces)
Length of tablespoons approx: 215mm
In later fitted canteen.
Raised in 1702, the 33rd Regiment of Foot served throughout the 18th and 19th centuries around the world in the Seven Years War, the American Revolutionary War, the Napoleonic War and the Crimean War.
In 1793 Arthur Wellesley, the future Duke of Wellington, purchased a commission in the 33rd as a Major, further purchasing a lieutenant colonelcy before being promoted colonel of the regiment by seniority in 1796. In 1799, Wellesley commanded the regiment in India at the Battle of Seringapatem.
As duke, Wellington retained close ties to his regiment which subsequently joined the 5th Brigade at the Battle of Waterloo.
Following the duke's death in 1853, the regiment was renamed the 33rd (The Duke of Wellington's) Regiment in his honour.
In fiction, Richard Sharpe began his eventful career as a private in the 33rd in "Sharpe's Tiger".
This rare service is part of the regimental silver made for the officer's mess before the regiment departed for France in 1812. It would have accompanied the regiment on campaign and have been used on a daily basis by the officers, including on the morning of Waterloo.
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