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The emperor’s throne cloth

Published / by Andrew Heavens / Leave a Comment

What: Throne cloth made of gold thread and velvet

Where: The Duke of Wellington’s Regimental Museum, Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6HG

“Mr Rigby Wason has most kindly and generously presented to the Regiment the throne-cloth of King Theodore of Abyssinia, which formed part of the loot obtained by his cousin, Capt. Sandys Wason, of the 33rd Regiment, in the Abyssinian War. The throne-cloth is a really magnificent piece of work, containing more gold thread than velvet, and is approximately 12ft. by 8ft. in dimension.”
Article in the regimental magazine The Iron Duke, 1949

The cloth can be seen draped over the back of the display dedicated to the Abyssinian Campaign at the Halifax museum.

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