Thursday, 23 August 2018

Interesting medals up for auction

A few weeks ago, one of the numerous TV programmes about antiques featured a visit to an auction room near Dartford, Kent. As Sue and I live only a few miles away for its location, we decided to pay it a visit today as it was the viewing day for tomorrow's auction.

In amongst the many items that were on sale, ranging from boxes of honey pots, clock parts, and costume jewellery to Victorian wooden chests and large wooden dressers for displaying china, there were a number of items of militaria. These included a German SA dagger, an ornate Indian wrist dagger, a night sight for an AK47, and a box of Soviet-era Russian medals. The prize items were a set of medals (including the Crimean War Medal with clasps) belonging to someone who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade, ...

A set of three medals awarded to T Dixon, 17th Lancers. Besides the Distinguished Conduct Medal, he was awarded four clasps for his Crimean War medal for the Siege of Sebastopol, and the Battles of Inkermann, Balaklava, and Alma.
... a single medal Crimean War Medal (also with clasps) belonging to another soldier who was present at the Charge, ...

The Crimean War Medal awarded to T Brown, 17th Lancers. It has three clasps for the Siege of Sebastopol, and the Battles of Balaklava and Alma.
... and a medal from the Second Afghan War that was awarded to someone who was reputed to be one of the 'last eleven' at the Battle of Maiwand.

Second Afghan War Medal awarded posthumously to Lieutenant Maurice Edward Rayner of 66th Foot (Berkshire Regiment). He died during the Regiment's last stand at the Battle of Maiwand, July 1888.
The medals have all been checked and authenticated by Mark Smith, formerly the Curator of the Royal Artillery Museum, Woolwich, and currently a battlefield guide and militaria expert of the BBC's 'Antiques Roadshow'. The are expected to sell for something in the region of £10,000 to £15,000 for the group of medals, and £4,000 to £6,000 for the individual medals.

If only I had the money to put in some bids ...

Please note that the photographs featured above are © Watermans Auction Rooms.

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