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Name/Title Piece of King Theodore Coat
Measurements H 18.5 W 11.5cm (H 7 5/16 W 4 1/2")
H 2 W 6cm (H 13/16 W 2 3/8")
Media/Materials paper
Description Small scrap of material with handwritten note. In 1868, British troops captured the city of Magdala in the Battle of Abyssinia. This scrap of fabric is said to have been taken from the coat worn on that day by King Theodore of Abyssinia, when he killed himself. It is believed to have been taken by a French Colonel and later given to soldiers from the 26th Regiment.
The piece of paper which gives the following information: "A piece of the coat King Theodore had on the day he was killed. A piece of the coat was given to one of the 26th Cameronians by a French Colonel who took it off his coat - He [?] cut this off their piece".
Theme Art, Design and Textiles --Costume and Textiles --Textiles --Military Textiles
Accession No CAM.G308