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

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Date of Auction: 19th & 20th March 2008

Sold for £2,800

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,400

A rare George VI issue ‘Crowned Head’ M.S.M. group of four awarded to Squadron Serjeant-Major M. E. Swan, 1st Dragoons

Queen’s South Africa 1899-1902, 6 clasps, Tugela Heights, Orange Free State, Relief of Ladysmith, Transvaal, Laing’s Nek, Cape Colony (2852 Serjt., 1Dgns.) ‘Laing’s Nek’ clasp a contemporary copy; King’s South Africa 1901-02, 2 clasps (2852 Serjt., Rl. Dragoons); Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. (2852 Sq. Sjt. Maj., 1st Dragoons); Army Meritorious Service Medal, G.VI.R., 2nd issue, ‘crowned head’ (Sq. S. Mjr., 1-Dns.), mounted as worn, first two with some edge bruising and contact marks, nearly very fine and better (4) £1200-1400


The Army L.S. & G.C. was announced in Army Order 189 of 1905; the M.S.M. in Army Order 44 of 1942. Only about 55 G.VI.R. ‘Crowned Head’ M.S.M’s. were awarded.