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Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross, Pte Cronje     Order Form     Request more information
Reference: S11304
Period: George V
Year: 1918
Silversmith: Read & Morris
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 540.00
Weight: 85 grams
Dimensions: 8.5 cm * 7 cm
Condition: Small dents and scratches, this case has been used, but inscription clear, hinge and clasp works perfectly.

Description: A antique silver cigarette case, presented to a South African World War I soldier who won the Military Medal for bravery displayed at Menin Road. The inscription reads "Pte. J.J. Cronje, M.M. 4 SAI, From the Ladies of the Riversdale Red + Soc:, In Appreciation of Bravery Displayed at Menin Road, June 10th 1919". Private Cronje was part of the 4th South African Infantry Regiment, part of the larger South African Brigade, best remembered for their role in the Battle of Delville Wood in 1916, but with battle honours for Egypt, Somme, Delville Wood, Arras, Ypres, Menin Road, Cambrai, Mons and Flanders. The 4th SAI was known as the "South African Scottish", as it was raised from the Cape Town Highlanders and Transvaal Scottish Regiments, with additional recruits from Caledonian societies. Riversdale is a small farming town in the Western Cape province, en route between Cape Town and the Garden Route. We assume for the inscription it was Cronje's home town, and that the ladies of the local Red Cross Society arranged this gift. The hallmarks are clear on both parts of the case.
Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross,  Pte Cronje
Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross, Pte Cronje

Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross,  Pte Cronje
Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road

Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross,  Pte Cronje
Military sterling silver cigarette case - Military Medal Menin Road

Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross,  Pte Cronje
Menin Road Military Medal silver case

Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross,  Pte Cronje
Read & Morris Birmingham 1918 silver hallmarks

Silver WWI Cigarette Case - Military Medal, Menin Road, Red Cross,  Pte Cronje
Silver WWI Cigarette Case, Red Cross, scale

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