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    British Black Watch Busby ID'd To Lieut H.C. Berthon Died Of Wounds Received At Magersfontein South Africa 1899 Busby is 11" high, feather exterior over a wire, cloth and leather frame with 2 1/4" leather string adjusted sweatband. Exterior features a wool red, white and black checkered band at the base with a folded cloth cockade and red feather plume that fits behind the cockade, with wide silk ribbons that hang from the rear. Busby is in excellent original untouched condition. Sweatband has the period ink inscription " H.C.W. Berthon Black Watch". Busby is housed in its original tin case with brass makers tag " S. Gardener & Co No1 Clifford Street London" with the painted legend " H.C.W. Berthon Esq The Royal Highlanders". Case shows paint loss and dents.
    Lieut Herbert C.W. Berthon served in the ranks for 7 years and gained his commission as 2nd Lieut in the East Yorkshire Regt., Jan 1894 ; promoted Lieut Oct 1896 and transferred to the Royal Highlanders Oct 1897. He served with the Kimberly Relief Force under Lieut.-Gen Lord Methuen previous to being wounded at Magersfontein. The Battle of Magersfontein fought on December 11th 1899 was the biggest set back that the Black Watch had suffered since assaulting Fort Ticonderoga in 1758 with 93 killed and 210 wounded.
    A very rare piece of British headgear with a superb history.


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    November, 2011
    12th Saturday
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