Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (7 March 2007)

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Date of Auction: 7th March 2007

Sold for £220

Estimate: £80 - £100

S.S. Maine American Ladies’ Hospital Ship Fund, commemorative medallion, silver, in circular mount with reverse brooch-pin fitment for wearing, extremely fine and rare in this metal; together with another, in white metal, in fitted (worn) box, good very fine (2) £80-100


The American hospital ship Maine was loaned to the British Government by the Atlantic Transport Company for service off South Africa 1899-1900, the cost of her fitting-out in London by Messrs. Fletcher & Son and Fearnal Ltd. being met by the American Ladies Hospital Ship Fund - who struck a special medal to raise support. In July 1900, the Maine was placed at the disposal of the Indian Government for service off China, where she was principally used by the United States contingent of the Allied force.