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A Private Collection of Medals

7th February 2024.

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.

The collection also includes two Waterloo Medals from 1815; one awarded to Thomas Wilding of the 1st or Royal Dragoons, who served in Captain P Phipps’ No.5, or ‘F’ Troup (estimate: £1,500-2,000), and one awarded to Private John Hobson of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Regiment of Foot Guards, who served with Lieutenant Colonel Honourable Sir Alexander Gordon’s Company (estimate: £1,000-1,500).

Also on offer in the collection are a Naval General Service Medal 1793-1840 with Syria clasp awarded to Daniel Green (estimate: £500-800), a Military General Service Medal 1793-1814 with Corunna clasp awarded to Henry Smith, sergeant in the 4th Foot Regiment (estimate: £600-800), and a South Africa Medal 1877-1879 with clasp 1879 awarded to Private C Templeton of the 1st King’s Dragoon Guards (estimate: £600-800).

They will be joined by a host of other good medals in the sale from further Private Collections.


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