collector has found an old
autograph book once owned by Captain Vaughan of the White Star Line's
RMS Majestic. The book contains a fascinating collection of signatures
of the famous and not-so-famous. Among the signatures are Arthur and
Alexandra, and it is reasonable to assume that these are Prince Arthur
and his wife, the signature of Alexandra matches that of the portrait
Whether the third signature has any connection with them is not clear
as the page contains several other signatures.
Sean Rumage has
written from the USA :
I have come into possession of a sterling silver match safe made in
1917 and inscribed in 1918. On one side it reads "Bagshot Park May 20th
1918". On the other side it has a crown over the letters AW. The A
being overlaid on the W. Would you know the significance of the date and
is the Crown over AW related to anyone who may have presided at Bagshot
Park at that time. [Jun 15]
My guess is that
this is a prize or keepsake from an event, perhaps a competition, that
took place on that date in the grounds of Bagshot Park - the only thing
against that theory is that the war had not ended and would such events
have taken place then? The Royal Family had changed its name
Windsor (from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha) the year before. Both the Duke and his
son had the Christian name Arthur, so both might be considered to have
the initials AW as Sean describes in the monogram. But I
that the Duke is likely to have styled himself as HRH The Duke of
Connaught, so on balance I think this may relate to his son, Prince
Arthur. But I have no idea what might have been going on on
May 1918 to warrant this. Can you help?
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