Lumsden. Collection of insignia of GCB by Maj Gen Sir Peter Lumsden, 1885


 A manuscript letter in a fine secretarial hand to Major Genl. Sir Peter Lumsden, G.C.B. &c. &c &c. being a notice that the issue of his new insignia is ready and awaiting his application to to the Office of the Lord Chambelain of Her Majesty’s Household, St James’s Palace. It is addressed from College of Arms, 14th July 1885 and is signed Albert W. Woodd Garter. The letter of folio size is pasted to an old card album page. mar14/3  SOLD 18th March 2023

Provenance: From a large archive of the General’s papers passed down through descendants of his brother, General Sir Harry Lumsden. Lumsden himself had no children.

General Sir Peter Stark Lumsden, G.C.B., C.S.I.. A.D.C. [1829-1918] had a very distinguished career in India, China, and Afghanistan and was the author of the standard work on his brother’s regiment Lumsden of the Guides. He joined the Bengal Army in 1847 and first saw action on the N.W.F. in 1851. In 1857 he was on a special mission to Kandahar and served in the China War with Napier., Bhutan War 1854, QMG India 1868-72, acting Resident Hyderabad 1873, Chief of the Staff in India in 1879 and headed the British Commission for the Demarcation of the N. W. Boundary of Afghanistan 1884-5.  He was made G.C.B. and an ADC to Queen Victoria.