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This sold today with a hammer price of £970 at Wallis & Wallis, following their successful David Smith Collection extravaganza.
An 1879 period Zulu regimental war shield umbhumbuluzo, 39” x 21”, black hair with white spot, mounted with two antelope horns (stick missing), bearing an old label on the back stating “Hitch Chiswick”. Some discoloration otherwise GC. Plate 10
Note: Sold with research suggesting a link to Frederick Hitch, who, as a member of B Company, 2/24th, was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, 22 January 1879. Hitch later lived in Chiswick, on his death in 1913 he was buried in Chiswick Old Cemetery.

http://www.the-saleroom.com/en-gb/auction-catalogues/wallis-and-wallis/catalogue-I'd-2895489/lot-21385271

Shields are not my thing, but I suspect that the price is perhaps a few hundred pounds north of an "ordinary" shield for the period. But if the buyer can provide it ever really was owned by Hitch VC, well..........

Peter
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