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Throne cloth

Emperor Tewodros's magnificent throne-cloth was taken by Captain Sandys Wason of the 33rd Regiment at Maqdala. It was later donated to the regimental museum in Halifax, England.

In 1949, the Duke of Wellington's Regimental Magazine The Iron Duke published the following short article:

Mt Rigby Wason has most kindly and generously presented to the Regiment the throne-cloth of King Theodore of Abyssinia, which formed part of the loot obtained by his cousin, Capt. Sandys Wason, of the 33rd Regiment, in the Abyssinian War. The throne-cloth is a really magnificent piece of work, containing more gold thread than velvet, and is approximately 12ft. by 8ft. in dimension.
The cloth can still be seen draped over the back of the display dedicated to the Abyssinian Campaign at the Halifax museum.

Current location

The Duke of Wellington's ( West Riding ) Regiment Museum, Bankfield Museum, Boothtown Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 6HQ, UK
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468 items
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10 items
(still counting)

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The British Library
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Dundee University Museum
Edinburgh University Library
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