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Napier’s shield, ‘taken at Magdala’

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: A shield from Magdala presented to Robert Napier, the commander of the British forces

Where: The Royal Engineers Museum, Prince Arthur Rd, Gillingham ME7 1UR

The catalogue entry reads: “Abyssinian shield, in decorated leather with silver mounts. The circular shield forms a convex shape with a silver finial at the end. There are a series of silver metal plates alternating with plain rectangular and shaped forms ending in a floral design. They are indispersed with smaller decorative elements. On the bottom rectangular plate is inscribed; “Taken at Magdala April 13th 1868. Presented to Lord Napier of Magdala by her Majesty’s Government.”

Object number: 1203.1.6
Diameter: 600 mm

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