Orders, Decorations and Medals (28 & 29 March 2012)

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Date of Auction: 28th & 29th March 2012

Sold for £3,200

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

48th Foot Regimental Medal 1819, silver, 41mm diameter, inscribed on obverse scroll ‘P. Smith’, the reverse inscribed with six actions ‘Talavera Busaco Vittoria Pyrenees Orthes Toulouse’, fitted with contemporary replacement silver bar suspension, very fine and scarce £1200-1500

Footnote

Ex Murray collection 1926. Also entitled to 6-clasp M.G.S. for these same actions.

Ref. Balmer R370. This medal was awarded whilst the regiment was serving in Australia, 1817-24, and most, if not all, of the 21 known recipients listed by Balmer served in New South Wales. There is strong evidence that the medals were engraved by Samuel Clayton, transported to Australia for seven years in 1816 and working as a painter, engraver and silversmith in Sydney as early as January of the following year.