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Ceremonial bugle by H. Potter & Co., 1939

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Reference: 6379

Henry Potter & Co. of Charing Cross, London

A ceremonial Sterling silver bugle, made by the eminent military musical instrument makers Henry Potter in 1939. Profusely engraved with the insignia of the Royal Engineers, Anti-Aircraft Battalion, and the 31st City of London Rifles, along with the cypher of King George VI, the cross of the 6th City of London Regiment and the unicorn emblem of H Potter & Co. Bearing London hallmarks for 1939, the instrument has a bespoke, navy calfskin presentation case.

Length: 11 inches (28 cm)

The City of London Rifles (CLR) was a volunteer regiment of the British Army, which provided sizeable support as an infantry regiment in World War I. During World War II it served in an air defence role, initially as a searchlight regiment in the UK, then later as an anti-aircraft artillery regiment in North West Europe. Henry Potter & Co, established in Charing Cross in 1890, were specialist military drum, bugle and fife makers and continues in Hampshire to this day. This bugle would have been used as a ceremonial instrument, which accounts for it remaining in such outstanding, original condition.

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