Tin to hold full dress cocked hat, epaulettes and sword belt : Rear Admiral J C T Glossop, Royal Navy

Accession Number RELAWM14955.004
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Heraldry
Physical description Tin; Metal; Velveteen; Brass
Maker Moore, Scantlebury & Coote
Place made United Kingdom
Date made c 1911
Conflict Period 1920-1929
First World War, 1914-1918

Black and dull red painted japanned tin case, lined with crimson velveteen, to carry a naval officer's full dress cocked hat, epaulettes and sword belt. The rectangular case has a single carrying handle on the top of the lid and a hinged clasp fitting over a loop on the front side. The lid bears an engraved brass plate 'Captn J.C.T. Glossop R.N.' and a brass shield shaped manufacturer's plate that is embossed 'MOORE SCANTLEBURY & COOTE LONDON & PORTSMOUTH'. There is a lidded oval tin set into the bottom of the inside of the case to hold the sword belt. The sides of the tin are covered with velveteen and the lid with padded velveteen. The cocked hat fits over the oval tin for storage. Above the hat are two hinged black painted metal arms bent in the centre to take a velveteen covered plate that supports each epaulette. There is a brass slide on each support which accepts a flat hook on the epaulette, securing it in place. A crimson and gold shot silk ribbon is attached to each support and ties in a bow over each epaulette for further stability. The arms can be folded upwards with the epaulettes still securely attached so that only the hat and belt can be removed from the tin if neccessary.

History / Summary

Worn by Rear Admiral John Collings Taswell Glossop, Royal Navy. Born in England in 1871, Glossop served as a midshipmen in Samoan waters in the corvette HMS Calliope, and as a lieutenent in the corvette HMS Royalist during the 'Samoan troubles; of 1899. His later service included a posting as commander in the battleship HMS Hood. In June 1911 Glossop was promoted to captain and on 26 June 1913 was lent to the Royal Australian Navy and appointed to command the newly commissioned Chatham class light cruiser HMAS Sydney. During the First World War the Sydney, under Glossop's command, defeated and beached the German raider SMS Emden off the Cocos-Keeling Islands on 9 November 1914. In 1915 the Sydney was sent to protect British colonies in the West Indies and in 1916 transferred to the North Sea patrolling to intercept German merchant shipping and submarines. Glossop left the ship in the middle of 1917. He was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1921 shortly before being placed on the retired list, and to Vice Admiral in 1926. He died in 1934.