WW1 Devonshire Regiment Officer’s Silver Table Cigarette Box, hallmarked London, with presentation inscription to Captain J O Muntz 9th Battalion on his marriage 1st Feb 1915 by his brother officers & research documentation. with connection to the Foxham Stud Horrabridge. Found in a house clearance also see short version of story below
Dimensions: 9″ x 4 1/2″ base with 3″ height
Condition: some abrasion marks to the surface, not too deep but visible could carefully be polished out, on dink to back corner as seen in the images.
One job nobody could have envied was that of Joseph Oscar Muntz (known as Oscar, born in 1876). On the outbreak of WW1, he volunteered his services and was appointed as remount purchasing officer, responsible for sourcing the horses needed for the Army. He must have had a stiff upper lip, to endure taking vital and beloved horses away from farms and private owners, knowing they would never see them again. One such extraction happened at a stud near Horrabridge (Foxham) , Imogen Collier, 3 years his senior, managed to retain a couple of her horses, by convincing Oscar, a man of extensive equine experience, that they were too ‘highly strung’. He must have had a slight soft side as not only did she keep them, but she also married him. Oscar was severely wounded in 1915 at the Battle of Loos, France and was sent home to convalesce. This story came to light, when a silver table cigarette box was found at a house clearance. It is engraved from his fellow officers at the Devonshire Regiment on his marriage in 1915 and is being sold with no reserve. Their story saddens, when after an operation in early 1918, he was deemed fit for service sent back to France, wounded again, but this time died from his injuries. That year at her Foxham Stud a foal was born. The colt foal was named Love Song.