1880 Colchester UK brandy price Mess 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars

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Letter from the President of the Mess Committee of the 3rd Hussars asking for brandy pricing. Sent to wine merchant in Bordeaux France from Colchester, Essex.

3rd Hussars
March 2nd 80
Messrs. Adet & Seward &c
I write to ask whether you can supply this Mess in England with the same Brandy as you used to supply when the Regt. was in India. Should be glad to know the price per hogshead and the price per doz if taken in large quantities bottled off instead of in the cask, Kindly state whether the prices mentioned are those payable at Bordeaux or in London.- if the latter whether it includes the English duty
I am gentlemen your obedt. Servant
J.P Servoise Captain President Mess Committee 3rd Hussars


Nice red embossed letterhead of Horse and Crown, and motto HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE’ ‘Nec Aspera Terrent’ (Nor do difficulties deter).

Inside page, note from wine merchant: ‘1880 Mess Committee 3rd Hussars Colchester 8 mars’.

4 pages.

Folded horizontally. Stain on fold. Toning.

17.5 x 11 cm 


The 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars was a cavalry regiment of the British Army, first raised in 1685. It saw service for three centuries, including the First World War and the Second World War…. It then went on to fight at the Battle of Chillianwala in January 1849 and the Battle of Gujrat in February 1849 during the Second Anglo-Afghan War. The regiment was renamed the 3rd (The King's Own) Hussars in 1861. In 1868 it was in India. The regiment was deployed to South Africa in December 1901 for service in the Second Boer War and was involved in the last great drives, capturing the boers, in the north-east of the Orange River Colony.