A most unusual Arts & Crafts style oak presentation casket, probably originally containing a freedom or an address of welcome, and formerly the property of Field Marshal the Right Honourable Sir John D.P. French, K.P., G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., K.C.M.G., 1st Earl of Ypres, and formerly commander of the British Expeditionary Force to France in 1914.
The top lid bearing an ornate applied enamelled plaque bearing the arms, crest and motto of French, brass furniture in the form of strapwork, square catches secured by sliding bolts attached to chains, the brass corner mounts decorated with silver and enamel scallop shells and fish, the sides additionally decorated with attached chains which form the handles, the casket stands on octagonal brass feet. TOf fairly large size, the whole measures approximately 42.5 x 14 x 17 cm's. Condition: signs of old polishing, one bolt and chain an old replacement, otherwise good condition.
Provenance - Originally sold by the 3rd Earl of Ypres in 1970 together with many of French's papers.