Orders, Decorations and Medals (19 & 20 March 2008)

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Date of Auction: 19th & 20th March 2008

Sold for £2,200

Estimate: £1,600 - £1,800

An extremely rare first issue Victorian Royal Marine M.S.M. dated ‘1848’ on obverse and with dated edge awarded to Sergeant W. Maxwell, R.M.

Royal Marine Meritorious Service Medal, V.R., dated ‘1848’ below bust (Serg. W. Maxwell, R.M. 16. Jan: 1849) officially engraved naming, fitted with silver ribbon brooch, toned, nearly extremely fine £1600-1800


Ex Fevyer Collection, Spink November 1998.

The first 16 Royal Marine Meritorious Service Medals were issued with the ‘1848’ obverse and ‘16 Jan 1849’ engraved on the rim. There were probably only 39 issued with the ‘1848’ obverse of which 20 are known, 8 with dated rim and 12 without the dated rim.

William Maxwell, Sergeant Schoolmaster, Chatham Division, served 27 years. His annuity of £10 commenced on 24 April 1849. He probably died between December 1850 and December 1852.