A group of six Victorian campaign medals converted to table menu holders are going under the hammer in our next auction of Silver, Plated Ware, Coins & Medals which is to be held on Monday 29th November. All medals are generally very fine or better and are all polished.
The medals comprise of...
An India General Service Medal 1854 with bars Burma 1885-7 and Burma 1887-89. Awarded to 16329 Gunner E Snowdon 2 By 1st Bde RA
This medal, depicting Victory crowning a semi-nude seated warrior was the first of five general service medals to be issued to cover minor campaigns in India. It was instituted in 1854 and continued for 41 years, retaining the original profile of Queen Victoria throughout the entire period.
A Crimea Medal with bars Sebastopol and Inkermann. Awarded to Serjt E Aspindle 12 BRA (renamed)
Displaying a Roman Soldier, armed with circular shield and short sword, being crowned by a flying Victory, this medal was awarded to the Royal Navy & Royal Marines between 1854 and 1856.
An India Mutiny Medal dated 1858, with bar Lucknow. Awarded to W Hornsby 38th Regt
This medal was awarded to troops and civilians who took part in operations to suppress the Sepoy mutiny which had been the immediate cause of the uprising. The medal shows a standing figure of Britannia bestowing Victor’s laurels, with the British lion alongside.
A Second China War Medal dated 1861, with bars Pekin 1860 and Taku Forts 1860. Awarded to Serjt Major Robert Bell 13th Bde RA
This is an example of the China Medal of 1842 which was awarded to British servicemen who took part, alongside the French, in the campaign against China which had been provoked by hostile acts against European nationals. Medals with clasps for 1857-60, such as this one have been recorded to recipients who fought in the Second China War.
A South Africa Medal with a bar dated 1879. Awarded to 2096 Pte P Campbell 99th Foot
Displaying an African lion crouching in submission beside a protea shrub and a Zulu shield with four crossed assegais, this medal was awarded in 1879 when Dinizulu and his warriors were defeated at Ulundi.
An Egypt Medal dated 1882 with one bar titled Tel-el-Kebir. Awarded to 6662 Pte W Beardmore (renamed)
This medal, illustrating the Sphinx and dated 1882 was awarded to British Officers after being seconded to the Khedive’s Army.
£1,000 - £1,500