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Ref  MB1  14th Light Dragoons

A quietly dignified memorial ring, dated 1796, commemorating the life of Captain George Hamilton Montgomery of the 14th Light Dragoons, who died at the age of 23. The 14th Light Dragoons was a British regiment sent to the West Indies in 1795 to take advantage of local unrest against the French. Captain Montgomery's obituary confirms his death as : 'October 1796, at Martinique, after being released from a prison ship off Guadeloupe'. By the time the 14th Dragoons returned to England in 1796, there were only 25 soldiers left in the regiment of 400 who had sailed out  in 1795. The high carat gold ring contains an oval glazed panel enclosing plaited hairwork, encircled by a black and white enamel border inscribed with gold lettering : G.H.M. 14 REG. LIGHT DRAGOONS. The tapering shank, similarly decorated, is inscribed : DIED AT MARTINIQUE OCT 1796 AGED 23.  The ring is size M and 1/2 [US 6 and 1/4] and the front glazed panel measures 2/3 of an inch by 1/2 an inch. There is slight enamel loss on this rare mourning ring.

£2200
 

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An officer of the 14th Light Dragoons



















































 






 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 














          
















 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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