Category: Other Travel Items
A round mirror in a cushion maple wood frame engraved Presented by Robert Craig To Sergeant Major Dickman S.F. Guards.
The mirror has 13 small convex mirrors in a star shape to the centre with the engraving divided between each side. The top of the mirror is decorated with Scottish thistles and the bottom with crossed swords. Dickman was a well-respected Peebles man and it is possible that he received this on his retirement from the Scots Fusilier Guards. He remained in the Regiment's Territorial 8th Battalion and fought with them in the First World War. This would suggest that his retirement was in the early 1900s which creates an anomaly with the Regiment dropping Fusilier from its name in 1877. It was not uncommon for a regiment's original name to continue in use by its members.
We have not been able to identify Craig. There was a Robert Craig Cowan who died in 1914 as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 3rd Battalion of the Scots Guards but you might expect his rank to be engraved if it was him. It is possible that Craig had no connection with the Regiment and the mirror was a gift for reasons other than retirement. Birds Eye Maple is an attractive wood and the convex mirrors and engraving add to the interest of this mirror. Circa 1900.