Boer War Page 90b

Rare Boer War Discoveries

Below are some of the items the Canadian Boer War Museum has added to its collections in its ongoing efforts to preserve memorabilia from this period.

Boer War "Discovery of the Month" (Sept 2002)
"The Surrender of Botha to the Canadians" - AH Hider
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Surrender of Botha to the Canadians, AH Hider 1900
Orig. lithograph - Size - 16" x 22"
Found - Dundas, ON
Signed AH Hider, Orig. frame & glass
Fact or Fiction?: A fabulous recent discovery entitled "Surrender of Botha to the Canadians," this ultra rare antique print purports to show the Canadian Mounted Rifles riding up to accept the surrender of "Botha," who graciously doffs his hat in response to the polite salute from the Canadian officer.
This print was struck from an original by Arthur Henry Hider who did other Anglo-Boer War scenes. Did such a surrender ever occur? Or was this simply a creation of Mr. Hider's patriotic imagination.

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great Canadian art from

AH Hider


Boer War "Discovery of the Month" (Nov. 2002)
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
"Gentleman in Kharki" Match Striker, 1900
Orig. ceramic bowl - Size - 2.75" x 3.5"
Found - Creemore, ON
Signed Rudyard Kipling, poem on reverse, Signed Macintyre
Can you guess what this item is?

It is one of the most unique and rare Boer War memorabilia items to be found.

This item is only 2 3/4" high by 3 1/2" inches wide and is unusually heavy, being completely solid, except for the shallow hole at the top. Its surface is glossy smooth.

This one is in rare good condition because heavy usage often defaced the picture of many of those that still survive.

The answer on Memorabilia Page 16.


Boer War "Discoveries of the Month" (Dec. 2002)
Anglo-Boer War Canteen: Proving once again, that history is all around you if you just keep your eyes open, is the blue enamel Anglo-Boer War canteen below left. It was found at an auction in Paris, Ontario, sitting all alone on a back table, still with it's original cork retained by a chain. (Right) is a similar one found on an Anglo-Boer War camp site in South Africa. It probably was dropped accidentally by a trooper and run over by a wagon, and so abandoned to history.
Great Canadian Heritage Treasure
Canadian Boer War Canteen, 1899
Orig. enamel ware - Size - 12"
Found - Paris, ON
British miltiary issue, Missing grey felt covering & carrying strap

Great Canadian Art Discoveries (Dec. 2002)
Great Canadian Treasure Find?

An ultra-rare piece of ceramic Canadiana found recently (below left) at a once-in-a-lifetime, porcelain and pottery sale in Toronto, part of the estate auction of the fabulous ceramics collected by renowned Canadian authority on the subject, Elizabeth Collard of Ottawa.

For more about discovering this, and other Great Canadian art treasures see:
theCanadaSite.com on page 90.


Boer War Discovery of the Month: Feb 2002

Once Famous .... Now Unrecognized! Two women holding small dogs, went completely unrecognized as scores of people at a Waterdown, ON auction leafed through this and some 40 other photos tipped in on old black photo pages. Do you know who they are?

Clue #1: There's a Boer War connection...... Give up?

Clue #2: The woman on the right is holding a Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel) ..... No better?

The super sleuths will recognize Queen Alexandra who popularized the Japanese Chin breed in England. Beside her is the future Queen Mary. They're aboard the Royal Yacht. Also among the pictures were other once famous people no one seemed to recognize anymore.

Below right, Alexandra's husband, Edward VII who ruled during the longest and most bitter part of the Anglo-Boer War. The other figure is the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, and future George V and his two sons, the future Edward VIII and George VI. And below, far left, is Lord Fisher, the head of the British Navy, and far right, Sir John French, the famous Boer War cavalry commander, and now head of the British Army.

Also among the photo pages was a 10 x 12" photographic engraving of Queen Alexandra, autographed by her in a big scrawling hand. These photos were actually taken by Queen Alexandra - an early Kodak enthusiast - who published them all in 1908 as a sort of simulated family photo album to be sold for charity.

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