An interesting Private Collection of Medals is coming up for auction in the Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on 20th March, comprising thirty-seven lots of good English campaign medals dating from the late 18th century to the early 20th century.
Amongst the more unusual medals in the sale are The Honourable East India Company’s Silver Medal for the Capture of Rodriquez, Isle of Bourbon (now Mauritius), and Isle of France (now Réunion). The medal was given to native troops for the capture of the three French-held islands in the Indian Ocean and will be offered with an estimate of £1,000-1,500 (all figures exclude buyer’s premium). Also of note is an Honourable East India Company Seringapatum Medal of 1808 (estimate: £600-800), which was awarded by the Governor General of India to all British and Indian soldiers who took part in the 1799 battle at the end of the Anglo-Mysore War. The medal depicts the British Lion trampling a tiger, which was the emblem of the Sultan of Mysore.