to save this band antique from being lost forever at the back
of a junk shop. A good one to go in place of the football team
picture as hopefully it will jog someone's memory or maybe the
staff bands librarian as it seems to be a case for transporting
music, or maybe our oppo's know better. Any history will be
much appreciated. Here are some further snippets of information
to describe it. The case measurements are Height 13ins - width
11inches - depth 3inches. Also there is no makers name just
the serial No 9B/1592 along side the handle, also the letters
MG seem to be in BIRO and on closer inspection there is a faint
letter B under the M so we have someone whose initials are BG
or MG. Don't know about storing fifes as Tom suggests but you
can certainly get 4 bottles of Scotch inside. Been in touch
with antique cases on the WEB and am sending a photo, so watch
this space, and the Band Museum did come up in conversation
with her indoors after the history is known about the case.
There are the initials "MG" cut into the leather and
at the bottom "RM Band Corps".
what have we here? This is a juicy item indeed and will take
an awful lot of detective work to unravel the mystery thereof.
First of all, full marks to the chap that discovered it for
being so quick witted. I hope he is going to make a donation
of it to the Band Room of the Corps Museum once it has been
established just what it is.
I suppose it is just possible that someone with a very long
memory might have the answer, but whether they actually get
to see it or not is the problem. I've looked at it from many
angles trying to work out what, in any case (any case, geddit!!!)
it is not. Firstly, the size of it is not expressed in the picture,
one can get a reasonable idea but I think it needs more than
that. It looks as if it were made to be a stronghold room with
those huge, protective corners and the practically unbreakable
fibro material of the body itself.
It would be somewhat fanciful to imagine that it was built to
carry any sort of documentation, scores etc, unless they happened
to be the originals of the Shakespearean tragedies. It seems
to me that the markings are just a little bit fanciful, I've
never heard anything referred to as the R.M. Band Corps, at
least as far as I can recall. RM Deal supposes that it originated
there but why? The scratched initials MG might give a clue,
not that they are obvious to the naked eye. Jimmy Green's wife
was Margaret (I think) and she was very keen on the history
of the band service. It would be interesting to know what the
inside is like, covered or not, lined, I mean.
I suppose that nowhere is there any indication of the maker's
name. I guess it wasn't made in China anyway. I think it may
have been a protective carrier bag for half a dozen fifes. I
will be very interested to hear what other bites you get from
the readers. Major Alastair Donald who knows so much about the
history of the Corps may have the answer. I will ask him. In
the meantime you may just like to publish my response to see
if it coincides with anyone else's thoughts.
As ever your input is invaluable and surely this must prompt
further investigation. Thank you Tom.
[Editor] Sadly Capt. L Tom Lambert passed
away since this interesting article was discussed.
Interesting article. We need an expert on this
case. The number quoted looks like a Naval Stores Number. How
big were stand banners pre-1930s? Mind you, we could be looking
at this from the wrong angle and should, perhaps, avoid any
musical connection. RMB Deal might just mean RM Barracks Deal
and the case could be an internal document carrier - DROs etc
to be picked up from the Registry/Barracks Admin Office by the
RM Band Corps Duty Runner?
I have just been looking at your web page:
friend of mine bought a similar case at a vintage fair in Enniskillen,
Northern Ireland. He collects gramophones and he thought it
might be for storing records, but the size does not seem quite
right for that.
It measures 13 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 2 3/4 inches
I have attached some photos.
What could it be?