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Results: Militaria and Ethnographica 15th June

15th June 2022.

A Crimea Pair of Medals topped Tennants Auctioneers’ Militaria and Ethnographica Sale on 15th June, when they sold for £2,800 (plus buyer’s premium) against an estimate of £400-500. The lot comprised a Crimea Medal 1854, un-named with clasp for Sebastapol, and a Turkish Crimea Medal (Sardinia Issue), and were sold together with the Order of the Medjidieh (Knights badge). It is thought that the medals were awarded to John Shaw Phelps, who was Assistant Surgeon in the 57th Regiment.

The sale also included an extensive collection of police helmet plates, badges, belts, handcuffs, and helmets dating from the Victorian era and the first half of the 20th century. Attracting good levels of interest from collectors, highlights of the collection included a Rare Pre-1935 Lincolnshire Constabulary Woman’s Helmet (sold for £400), two pairs of Victorian Leg Irons, one by Froggatt and the other by Hiatt (sold for £500), and two pairs of 19th Century Handcuffs that include a pair of ‘Plug 8’ handcuffs and a pair of Hiatt Steel Figure of Eight handcuffs (sold for £550).

Lots relating to the First World War sold well too, with notable results achieved for A First World War Army Officer’s Leather Cased Compendium that sold for £1,800, and A First World War Mons Group of Five Medals awarded to Corporal (later Lieutenant) W.H. Stephenson of the Northumberland Yeomanry that sold for £950. The medals included the 1914 Star with 1914 ‘Mons’ Clasp, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Territorial Decoration and Territorial Force Efficiency Medal, and were sold together with a mantel timepiece with presented to Stephenson for ‘Smartness on Parade’.


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