OF MILITARY INTEREST AND ROYAL INTEREST: A Royal second quarter 20th century navy blue painted and parcel gilt decorated sentry box
Lot 860
OF MILITARY INTEREST AND ROYAL INTEREST: A Royal second quarter 20th century navy blue painted and parcel gilt decorated sentry box
Sold for £15,000 (US$ 25,580) inc. premium
Auction Details
OF MILITARY INTEREST AND ROYAL INTEREST: A Royal second quarter 20th century navy blue painted and parcel gilt decorated sentry box
Lot Details
OF MILITARY INTEREST AND ROYAL INTEREST: A Royal second quarter 20th century navy blue painted and parcel gilt decorated sentry box
of typical architectural form, the triangular pediment above an elongated arched recess flanked by panelled pilasters, the interior painted white, probably largely re-painted, 89cm wide x 108cm deep x 282cm high, (35in wide x 42 1/2in deep x 111in high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:

    One of four sentry boxes located in the forecourt of Buckingham Palace until 1992.
    With Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson, KCVO, until 2011.

    Four Royal sentry boxes, including the offered lot, were used by soldiers of the Household Division of the British Army stationed on 'guard duty' outside Buckingham Palace (see illustration) until they were officially replaced in 1992. Two (or possibly three) of these four sentry boxes, which were used by soldiers for shelter during periods of heavy rain, were seemingly saved by a Major Marsham, thereafter intended for use in the Royal Mews. However, upon the personal request of Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson KCVO, and probably in consideration of his lifetime of service in the British Army along with his terms as both Equerry to HM The Queen and Deputy Master of the Royal Household, Stewart-Wilson was actually given the above example.

    Unfortunately, during the process of the current lot being restored a few years ago, the Royal cypher, which had previously so proudly emblazoned its pediment, was 'painted over', with the intention at the time of the 'ERII' monogram being re-done at a later stage, and evidently this has never been painted back on again. Sadly this appears to have been due to the death, in 2011, of Sir Blair Stewart-Wilson shortly after his request for the cypher to be re-applied to the sentry box.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson (1929-2011):

    Following his education at Eton College, Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson completed training as a young potential officer at Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, Berkshire, before he had even reached the age of twenty years old. His first commission was as an officer with the Scots Guards in 1949, and between 1955-7 he earned the position of Adjutant in the 2nd Battalion of the Scots Guards. He served as Aide-de-Camp to the Governor-General of New Zealand, the Viscount Cobham, from 1957 to 1959, before a term as Equerry to HRH Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester till 1962.

    Later, in 1975 and 1976, Sir Blair Aubyn Stewart-Wilson was made Deputy Military and Air Attaché based in Vienna, and subsequently held the post of Deputy Master of the Royal Household and Equerry to HM Queen Elizabeth II for 18 years. During this latter phase of his illustrious career, the period 1976-94, Stewart-Wilson was honoured as a Lieutenant, Royal Victorian Order (L.V.O.) in 1983, before being invested in 1989 as a Commander, Royal Victorian Order (C.V.O.) and then in 1994 as Knight Commander (K.C.V.O), the same year he was promoted to Extra Equerry to HM the Queen. He attained the rank of Major with the Atholl Highlanders in 1996, finally becoming Lieutenant-Colonel in 2003.

    Bibliography:
    "Burke's Peerage, Baronetage and Knightage", ed. by C. Mosley, 107th edition, 3 Volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage [Genealogical Books] Ltd., 2003), vol. 3, p.3743.
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