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France: Saint Helena Medal 1792-1815 (Médaille de Sainte-Hélène 1792-1815)

The first official campaign medal to be awarded by France

The St. Helena Medal was awarded retrospectively to veterans of the 'Grande Armee' who had fought and otherwise served during the various campaigns and wars of the Napoleonic era 1792-1815

Condition: GVF

Code: 18861Price: 60.00 GBP


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Jellalabad Medal 1842. 1st type medal with 'Mural Crown' obverse & 'VII April 1842' reverse

Un-named as issued by the Calcutta Mint

The medal retaining the original straight hinged suspension, fitted with a good length of silk riband

Reference 'The Jellalabad Medal Roll' (Athony Farrington, Senior Assistant Keeper, Indian Office Records. Published 'Hamiltons Despatch' October, 1984) only 2645 x 'Jellalabad' medals awarded to All Ranks, British & Indian,per the regimental abstracts shown below;

- HM 13th Foot x 774
- 2/6 Bengal Art x 129
- No 6 LFB Bengal Art x 115
- 5th Bengal Lt Cavalry x 142
- 1st Bengal Irr. Cavalry x 6
- 4th Bengal Irr. Cavy x 5
- 35th Bengal N.I x 846
- Bengal Commist x 2

Sha Shuja's Force

- Art Detachment x 25
- Mountain Train x 62
- Sappers & Miners x 362
- 2nd Cavalry x 122
- 6th Lt. Infantry x 52

Note: The battle honour 'Jellalabad' was awarded to 1 x British (13th Foot (Somerset Light Infantry)) & 2 x HEIC Bengal Army (5th Bengal Light Cavalry & 35th Bengal Native Infantry) regiments for their 'Defence' of Jellalabad during the 1st Afghan War

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 18859Price:


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China Medal 1842 (William Harvey, H.E.I.C.S. Nemesis)

Medal retaining it's original nickel straight bar suspension

Note: Medal verified per respective medal roll of H.E.I.C.S. Nemesis (ref L/Mil/5/66: Marine Medals 1801-1860) wherein William Harvey is shown as having the rate Ordinary Seaman

William Harvey, was the 109th crew member to join the Nemesis, when he signed-on at Chusan, China, on 30 January 1842. William subsequently served at all the actions and services that Nemesis was involved in after January 1842, including the brilliant Yangtze River Campaign, and ultimate British victory in the Opium War. William Harvey took his discharge from Nemesis at Calcutta, India, on 15 February 1843

Important: Reference 'They Gave Us Each A Medal: The Collected Works of Captain Tim Ash. M.B.E.' (Edited by Tom Donovan, 2012), for article and analysis of the China Medal to H.E.I.C.S. Nemesis, for the Opium War

The medal roll includes the names of 159 x officers and men, of all races (including British, African Kroomen, Malays, Macanese and Chinese) of which only 93 x medals were ever actually issued to the intended recipients (the roll is annotated to show that 66 x medals were returned as undeliverable, with the returned medals then sent to the Mint for melting

The Honourable East India Company Ship 'Nemesis' (launched in 1839 & commissioned March 1840) was Britains ultimate secret weapon, during the Opium War. It was the first ocean-going iron-hulled British warship, and the first iron-hulled vessel to sail round the Cape of Good Hope. During the Opium War, Nemesis was the most destructive British warship, being referred to as the 'Devil Ship' by the Chinese. Indeed 'Nemesis' is rightly considered - and by some margin - as the most important British warship to ever serve in China, in any capacity

Reference 'The Opium War 1840-1842' (P.W. Fay, 1975);

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Superior British military technology played an important role in the Chinese Opium Wars, enabling a mere commercial firm owned by stockholders to defeat the naval forces of a nation that described itself as the Middle Kingdom — a country, that is, of such superior to all others that it served, or so its rulers proclaimed, as the mediator between heaven and earth. Characteristically, at the core of this British military superiority lay iron and steam, the key components of that Industrial Revolution that, for a time, made Great Britain both the world’s leading naval and economic power. The embodiment of British capitalism, enterpreneurship, technology, and the ability of its merchants to force their will on what had once been the world’s greatest empire was the Nemesis, a long, narrow flat-bottomed steamboat that proved not particularly seaworthy but perfectly suited to what later become known as gunboat diplomacy. Adding to the ability of this this ship to serve as a particularly apt symbol of the industrial north’s contribution to the British Empire, the Nemesis was built in Liverpool shipyards and “launched on the Mersey late in 1839 by John Laird for the Secret Committee of the East India Company.”

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For a complete detailed history of the services of H.E.I.C.S. 'Nemesis during the Opium War', see the various on-line resources for a donwload of the book 'Narrative of the Voyages and Services of the Nemesis from 1840 to 1843 (W.H. Hall, 1845.)

A rare opportunity to obtain a medal to a most important British warship, 'Nemesis', a.k.a. 'The Devil Ship'

Condition: Edge bruise about GVF

Code: 18860Price:


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India General Service 1854. Glazed and gilded. With clasp 'Pegu'

A magnificent un-marked H.E.I.C. presentation piece

The silver medal exquisitely gilded, with the planchet contained within obverse and reverse sealed glazed lunettes

A choice item of Honourable East India Company history

Condition: EF

Code: 18713Price: 395.00 GBP


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India General Service 1854-95, 2 clasps, Bhootan, North West Frontier (Sepoy Suntea Thappa, 66th or Goorkha Regt.)

Note: Upper clasp attached by rivets. With small 'Bazaar Wallah' silver test mark on rim

Recipient was a Sepoy (Rifleman) serving with the 66th or Goorkha Regiment of the Indian Army

In 1881 this Gurkha regiment was retitled 1st Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment

Condition: VF

Code: 16141Price: 345.00 GBP


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India General Service 1854-95, 3 clasps, Burma 1885-7, Burma 1887-89, N.E. Frontier 1891 (833 Sepoy Banbir Thapa (2d.) 44th. Bl. Infy.)

Note: Reference 'British Battles & Medals' (Seventh edition, 2006) the regiment, a 'Gurkha' class regiment, is confirmed as being present in all the campaigns commemorated on this particular multi-clasp medal

The lower clasp with adpated lugs to mount the subsequent clasps - and atypical thus for medals originally issued with flush clasps, which needed to be removed and or adpated to mount subsequent later issue clasps

The recipient was a Gurkha soldier serving as a Sepoy (Private) in the 44th Regiment, Gurkha (Light) Infantry of the Indian Army

The regiment was restyled becoming restyled as 8th Gurkha Rifles in 1903 - and a unit with a long and distinguished history of campaign service on the North East Frontier of India, Burma and in Tibet

Condition: About GVF

Code: 18711Price: 350.00 GBP


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Afghanistan Medal 1878-80. With 2 x clasps 'Ali Musjid' 'Kabul' (Subr. Roop Singh Lama, 4th Goorkha Regt.)

Important: Recipient was a Native Officer, holding the appointment rank of 'Subadar' while serving with the 4th Goorkha Regiment

The 4th Goorkha Regiment was restyled the 4th Gurkha (Rifle) Regiment in 1891; 4th Gurkha Rifles in 1901 and as 4th Prince of Wales's Own Gurkha Rifles in 1924. The regiment continues to serve in the Indian Army today as the 4th Gorkha Rifles

Condition: GVF

Code: 14895Price: 475.00 GBP


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India General Service 1895-1902, 1 clasp, Punjab Frontier 1897-98 (3824 Sepoy Shah Dal Q O Corps of Guides Infy.)

Recipient was an Indian soldier holding the rank of Sepoy (Private) serving with the Queens Own Corps of Guides Infantry, a regiment of the Indian Army

The Corps of Guides (comprising both Cavalry and Infantry regiments) was arguably the most distinguished and battle corps of the British Indian Army. With the regimental centre located at 'Mardan' Cantonment in the North West Frontier Province, the 'Guides' were an integral component of the 'Punjab Frontier Force' and prior to the Great War deployed in numerous campaigns and wars on the North West Frontier of India, as well as fighting further afield in the Punjab during the Second Sikh War; at Delhi during the Indian Mutiny, and several campaigns during the Afghanistan War of 1878-1880. Prior to 1914, the Guides Infantry earned the below following battle honours;

- Mooltan
- Goojerat
- Delhi 1857
- Ali Masjid
- Kabul 1879
- Afghanistan 1878-80
- Chitral
- Malakand
- Punjab Frontier

A choice condition medal to 'the' most distinguished regiment of the British Indian Army

Condition: About EF

Code: 18708Price: 195.00 GBP


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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Edward obverse. Silver issue, with clasp 'Waziristan 1901-02' (83 Gnr Indar Singh Murree Mtn Bty)

The recipient was an Indian soldier of the Sikh faith holding the rank of Gunner, while serving with the Murree Mountain Battery, of the Indian Army

Reference: The London Gazette issue for 8 August 1902, containing the General Order No 611 (Dispatches) appertaining to the Waziristan Campaign of 1901-1902, it is confirmed that 3 x Mountain Battery's, of the Indian Army took part in the multi-various columns and expeditions, viz, Gujarat, Murree (less 2 x guns) and Derajat Mountian Battery's - the first two seeing the most extensive service. With 1 x Indian 'Other Rank' of Murree Mountian Battery being wounded-in-action at 'Sheranna' on 3 January 1902

Note: A two-gun detachment the Murree Mountain Battery, was uniquely deployed on the Mekran Coast of Baluchistan in 1901, and in particular was distinguished at the operations leading to the capture of Nodiz Fort on 20 December 1901 (General Order No 415 published in the London Gazette issue of 8 August 1902 refers)

Condition: GVF

Code: 18772Price:


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India General Service Medal 1895-1902. Victoria silver issue with 3 x clasps 'Punjab Frontier 1897-98' 'Samana 1897-98' & 'Tirah 1897-98' (685 Bugle Major Maniram Bura 2d. Bn. 4th. Gurkhas)

Recipient was a Bugle Major serving with 2nd Battalion 4th Gurkha Rifles

Bugle Major was a unique appointment held by only one member of the regiment at any particular time

A scarce and desirable rank and medal clasp combination to the 4th Gurkha Rifles

Condition: Very Fine

Code: 17459Price: 375.00 GBP

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