Cigar Box

Artefact
Cigar box commemorating the Battle of Barrosa in 1811
Cigar box commemorating the Battle of Barrosa in 1811

This box was made to commemorate the victory of the 87th Foot over the French at the Battle of Barrosa on 5 March 1811.

The plain wooden box is decorated with the most significant regimental symbols fashioned in Irish silver. The Eagle represents the Eagle captured from the French 8th Demi Brigade at the Battle of Barrosa. This was the first Eagle standard captured from the French in the Peninsula War against Napoleon.

In recognition of this great feat, the then Prince of Wales gave the 87th permission to wear the Prince of Wales’ Feathers on their uniform and regalia. He also gave them permission to wear the harp and shamrock to show their Irish identity.

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