SOLD - Death or Glory Creamware Cavalry Tankard
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A superb creamware tankard commemorating the 'Death or Glory boys' - the 17th/21st Lancers, a cavalry regiment formed in the interwar period by the amalgamation of the 17th Lancers and 21st Lancers on 27th June 1922.
Initially deployed to Meerut in India in 1936, they were subsequently recalled to England at the outbreak of the second world war and were mechanized in 1938, moving from horses to armored vehicles and tanks like the Valentine MKIII and Crusader MKIII, later moving to the iconic M4A2 Sherman after suffering heavy losses when deployed to Tunisia and defending Thala in 'The Battle of Kasserine Pass' in Feb 1943.
A heavily thrown earthenware tankard with an applied swan neck handle, it is decorated with a thick royal blue band around the rim and the cap badge of the regiment on the front face - the skull and crossbones on two crossed cavalry lances, with the motto of the regiment - 'Death or Glory' incorporated into the motif below.
A very rare example likely to have been produced for an Officer, the underside has an impressed iron cross mark and letter R.
12.7cm tall (5")
9.5cm diameter (3-3/4")
14cm front to back of handle (5-1/2")