Category: Other Travel Items
A leather case with 2 belts traps and the owner's details of W. v S. IX Lancers tooled to the top.
The initials stand for William Henry von Schroder who left the Royal Military College as a Gentleman Cadet to become a 2nd Lieutenant in the 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers on the 4th December 1889. He progressed to Lieutenant in October 1891 but resigned from service in 1897 perhaps because he married Judith Hopwood the year before. In 1914, to help with the War effort he held the temporary rank of Captain as an Assistant Superintendent of the Remount Service, training and supplying horses to the army. The case also contains 2 red labels printed J. H. Hopwood, The Estate Office, Mongewell Park, Wallingford, Berks to one side and written in ink to the other with Mrs MacKenzie, 12 Heathrise Gardens, Roehampton, SW 15 to the other. The Schroder's son John William Henry changed his name by deed poll in 1918 to Hopwood to comply with an indenture of 1906 written to ensure that the Hopwood family name was adopted by beneficiaries of the estate.
The interior of the box is lined in green baize and divided. The case is strong in construction and it may have originally been made to hold silver or a canteen. Circa 1890.