Hi, I’m new to the group so hope I’m posting in the right place! We have this item from the Boer war and I wondered if anyone would be able to give me any information on it. We have had it for about 30 years, it was left in a previous house we moved into. Could anyone tell me what it is, what it was for etc. I would be very grateful.
The Princess Christian Hospital was in the Pinetown area - if memory serves the old Fairiedeane Hotel had some connection to it. Trains used to bring the wounded and sick in to the station at Pinetown and the men would be transferred to the hospital, and were then taken care of by nurses such as the lady in your item.
My personal view, and I can't speak to the age of the item, is that it is a commemorative piece, possibly locally manufactured (South Africa) - could it double as a snack bowl or ashtray?