Lincolnshire auction takes the medal
By William Gregory MRICS, Golding Young and Mawer.
The Auction Rooms are an excellent place to find the unusual and interesting. The history that items can convey is no better expressed than by medals and medallions.
By their very nature medals tend not to be of an ephemeral nature and have often been cherished long after they have been awarded. This can result in items in good condition being offered for auction.
Recent examples sold include a souvenir medal commemorating the shooting down of a German Zeppelin during the second raid on Hartlepool in World War One on 27th November 1916.
The airship is recorded as having dropped a total of 46 bombs before it was hit and went down in the sea. Unfortunately, there appears to be no historic recording of anyone involved with the initials ‘JWF’.
G Carpenter was the recipient of the Queen Victoria Military General Service medal. Awarded retrospectively, it is recorded that only some 26,000 were awarded with a total of 21 clasps. The example offered by auction recently bore the Egypt clasp authorised in 1850 and made £1,100 at auction.
A more recent medal trio comprising Queen Elizabeth II service, campaign and long service medals awarded to Corporal JH Greaves RA sold for £150.
Nottingham sculptor Ernest Gillick (1874-1951) designed the National Emergency medallion, awarded for service on the General Ten Day Strike of May 1926. The example in the auction was offered with its original fitted case.
Finally, a group of Masonic medals sold for £100. The items were of local interest as they included a silver and enamel Round Table Lodge of Lincolnshire Founder’s jewel.
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