Victorian silver cigar case by Hubert Thornhill, London 1889, £600 at Elstob & Elstob.

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Made by Hubert Thornhill, London 1889, the case is enamelled to the front with a hussar officer riding at the gallop and inscribed Capt AD Fanshawe RN From The Officers 18th Hussars In Memory Of Their Voyage To India 1889.

With a spring thumb-clip and gilded interior, the 5in (13cm) long case was guided at £100-150 but sold to the London trade at £600 via

It was one of 31 late 19th and 20th century items put into the January 25 sale by the Light Dragoons regiment.

Based at Catterick, the regiment was formed by the amalgamation in 1992 of the 13th/18th Royal Hussars and the 15th/19th King’s Royal Hussars and doubtless has an abundance of mess silver.


Commonwealth porringer by Gilbert Shepherd, London 1658, £4400 at Elstob & Elstob.

Older, classical pieces were the major sellers led by a Commonwealth porringer.

By Gilbert Shepherd, London 1658, and measuring 6¼in (16cm) wide across handles, it features S-scroll handles, chased with scrolls and flowers and, to the base, with fruiting and flowering vine.

It sold at a mid-estimate £4400 to an overseas buyer.