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Committee of Imperial Defence Dispatch Box

Maker: John Peck

Category: Other Travel Items

Subcategory: Boxes

A black leather on softwood Dispatch Box with brass carrying handle to one end.

The box is marked with a cipher for George V below a crown and Committee of Imperial Defence to the front, chamfered edge. The Committee of Imperial Defence was set up by Balfour, as Prime Minister, in 1902 and continued until the outbreak of WWII. Its purpose was to research areas of military strategy, help to coordinate the armed forces and advise the PM. Members of the Committee were typically cabinet ministers, important civil servants and heads of the armed forces.

This box is stamped in gilt, either side of the lock, with the maker's details of John Peck & Son, Nelson Square, Blackfriars and Manufacturers to H.M. Staty. Office. The brass lock is also marked Peck & Son. Early 20th Century.

  • Dimensions:
    H 8cm x W 30.5cm x D 19.5cm
    H 3" x W 12" x D 7½"

  • Period: Early 20th Century.
  • Medium: Leather on Softwood
  • Country: England
  • Signed: John Peck
  • Style: Despatch Box
  • Provenance: Committee of Imperial Defence
  • Exhibition: Carpe Diem
  • Reference Number: 82000