Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (10 & 11 May 2017) - Auction Report

Gross Total: £1,055,305 (£1,266,366 including buyers' premium)
Number of lots: 1,249
Exchange rate of the GB pound: US $1.18 and €1.28

Principal Lots
Lot no.
1. The North Africa George Cross group of eight to Chief Officer George Stronach, Merchant Navy, £180,000 (£216,000)
1234. The Russian group of 44 awards to General-Colonel Andrei Borovykh, 728 and 157 Fighter Aviation Regiments, £120,000 (£144,000)
301-363. A Fine Collection of Medals relating to Rhodesia and South Africa, £99,680 (£119,616)
364-500. A Fine Collection of Militaria formed by Major John Crooks, £38,950 (£46,740)
2. The Indian Mutiny CB group of six to Capt James Vaughan, RN, £18,000 (£21,600)
37. The Zulu War DCM pair to Pte Henry Bush, Royal Scots Fusiliers, £16,000 (£19,200)
32. The Albert Medal to Hannah Rosbotham, the first female to receive a UK gallantry award, £13,000 (£15,600)
52. The D-Day DSM group of four to P.O. Sydney Eagles, RN, £13,000 (£15,600)
16. The North Russia DSC and Albert Medal group of six to Lt Edward Richardson, RNR, £11,000 (£13,200)
304. The Boer War DSO group of nine to Major John Warwick, 8th South African Infantry, £11,000 (£13,200)
668. The Naval GS medal with Trafalgar clasp to Marine William Sheppard, HMS Victory, £8,000 (£9,600)

Saleroom Notices
The following were amendments to the printed catalogue descriptions
21. The Military Cross was awarded for the third battle of the Scarpe, not for Vimy Ridge
83. The recipient’s Halifax was shot down on operations to Bochum, 12-13 June 1943 and the entire crew taken as prisoners of war
337. Sold as a pair with Lot 353
338. Provenance: DNW 24 June 2009, lot 884, where see additional research
967. Approximately 26 1st Class awards were made in this period
1007. The medal is correctly named, as issued
1036. The date of the rescue was August 1855, not 1811
1243. The rays are missing from one angle of the cross on the St Sylvester badge

Withdrawn Lots
The following lot was withdrawn before the auction:
353