Highlights from The Silver Room
The Maersk Mc-Kinney Silver Room
Silver plays a great part in the traditions of the regiments of the British Army. Officers’ and Sergeants’ Messes had their own silver, of which they were very proud. This was acquired in various ways; as booty (in the early days); bought from Mess funds (subscriptions from members of the Mess); donated by other regiments; or donated by individuals, usually to mark a significant event such as promotion, marriage or resignation.
The silver would travel with a regiment or battalion, wherever they were stationed, and be in regular use in the Mess. Although silver was not taken on active service, it was still vulnerable to loss or capture.