It is often a tradition in the Officer’s Mess of a regiment for items of presentation silver to be given to officers on joining or leaving the regiment’s ranks. This can also occur in reverse, with officers gifting similar items to the regiment. Examples can include goblets, other drinking vessels or silver plate and may be personalised to a particular officer. Historically smoking-related items such as ashtrays, cigarette cases or cigar cutters were also common. Gurkha regiments, in addition to more common examples, often produce presentation Kukris (decorated with silver scabbards and known as ‘Kothamora’ Kukris). This goblet forms part of a set gifted to officers of the 7th Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Gurkha Rifles, which existed until 1994, when it was amalgamated into today’s Royal Gurkha Rifles.
Gift: 7th Gurkha Regimental Association