WW2 Matchbox Holders
Product Code: WW2MBH
Units in Stock: 1
A set of three matchbox holders, all in reasonable condition owing to their age.
One depicts The Northumberland Fusiliers
Another is Sharper and Robinson Ltd Shipping Ironmongers.
And lastly one depicting Nations Flags.
The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was an infantry regiment of the British Army. Originally raised in 1674 as the 5th Regiment of Foot, it was given the regional designation 'Northumberland' in 1782 and granted the distinction of being a Fusilier regiment in 1836, becoming 5th (Northumberland Fusiliers) Regiment of Foot. The regiment adopted the title Northumberland Fusiliers when regimental numbers were abolished under the Childers Reforms of 1881 and became the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers on 3 June 1935.
In 1968, the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, after service in many wars, including both World War I and World War II, were amalgamated with the other regiments in the Fusilier Brigade–the Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regiment), the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers and the Lancashire Fusiliers–to form the present Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
Dixon Taylor Sharper junior, (born in c1848), died in 1913. His obituary appeared in the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer on April 17th, 1913: “Mr. Dixon Taylor Sharper, an uncle of Mr. Stephen Furness, M.P. and head of a firm of sailing ship owners and sailmakers, died at West Hartlepool yesterday. Mr. Sharper, who was 58 years of age, was a Conservative and in religion a Congregationalist. He was a great lover music and an ardent supporter of local musical organisations of the district.”
A later issue gave details of his Will: Yorkshire Post and Leeds Intelligencer, July 10th, 1913: RECENT WILLS. Mr. Dixon Taylor Sharper. Clifton Avenue. West Hartlepool, head of the firm of Sharper, Robinson, and Co., shipowners, ... etc. £7,349.
The company name at least seems to have llived on, as an advert appeared in the Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail on June 27th, 1923, for "Sharper & Robinson Ltd., Stranton Tarpaulin and Tent Factory."