Orders, Decorations and Medals (25 February 2015)

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Date of Auction: 25th February 2015

Sold for £2,100

Estimate: £1,500 - £1,800

Carib War 1773, silver, with small fixed ring for suspension, a very finely detailed hand-chased example at variance to the norm with the obverse bust within a beaded border and the reverse encircled by a wreath of laurel, a piece of outstanding quality and very rare thus, nearly extremely fine £1500-1800


Struck to commemorate the Treaty of St Vincent in 1773 following a rebellion by the Caribs on the island of St Vincent in 1772-73. The medals were authorised by the Legislative Assembly of the island and awarded to those who took part in the suppression of the native rebellion. The combined British and local force under the command of Major-General William Dalrymple included the 14th, 31st and 70th Foot regiments. The medals themselves vary both in the quality of the casting and in the chasing and general finish given to them. The example offered here is perhaps the finest ever seen.