Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (8 December 2016)

Date of Auction: 8th December 2016

Sold for £4,200

Estimate: £1,800 - £2,200

The Baronet’s and Knight Bachelor’s badges bestowed upon Sir George Truscott, Bt., Sheriff and Lord Mayor of London

Baronet’s Badge, of the United Kingdom, neck badge, gold (Hallmarks for London 1929) and enamel, roses, thistles, and shamrocks around edge, the reverse officially engraved ‘Truscott of Oakleigh 1909’, with full and miniature width neck ribands, in case of issue; Knight Bachelor’s Badge, 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt (Hallmarks for London 1926) and enamel, the reverse privately engraved ‘Sir George Wyatt Truscott. Baronet & Knight.’, in case of issue; Worshipful Company of Stationers Badge, neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, reverse engraved ‘Alderman Truscott J.P. Master 1901-2.’, with neck riband, in Dodd & Son, London, case of issue, this embossed ‘Alderman Truscott, J.P., Master, 1901-2.’; John o’ Gaunt’s Bowmen Badge, neck badge, silver-gilt and enamel, unmarked, in Martin & Son, Cheltenham, case of issue; John o’ Gaunt’s Bowmen Medal, silver-gilt, with crown suspension bar and ‘MDCCCCI’ clasp, with top silver-gilt riband buckle, in W. J. Taylor, London, case of issue, minor enamel damage to garter and central medallion on Stationers Badge, otherwise nearly extremely fine (5) £1800-2200

Footnote

Baronetcy London Gazette 16 July 1909: The Right Honourable Sir George Wyatt Truscott of Oakleigh in the parish of East Grinstead in the County of Sussex, Knight, Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Knighthood London Gazette 30 December 1902: George Wyatt Truscott, Esq., Sheriff of the City of London.

Sir George Wyatt Truscott, Bt., was born on 9 October 1857, the son of Alderman Sir Francis Truscott, Lord Mayor of London 1879-80, and was educated privately and abroad. He succeeded his father as Chairman of the family firm Brown, Knight, and Truscott, a firm of printers and stationers, in 1895, and in the same year was elected Alderman of Dowgate Ward in the City of London, again in succession to his late father, a position he held until his own death in 1941. Appointed one of Her Majesty’s Lieutenants for the City of London, he held the post of Sheriff of London for the year 1902-03 (receiving a Knighthood in the New Year’s Honours list), and was Lord Mayor of London for the year 1908-09, receiving the customary Baronetcy on the completion of his year in office. A member of the Worshipful Company of Stationers (now Stationers and Newspaper Makers), he served as Master of the Company for the year 1901-02. Amongst other appointments, Sir Francis served as Chairman of the Visiting Committee of the City of London Mental Hospital; Governor of St. Bartholomew’s, St. Thomas’s, and Bethlehem Hospitals; and President of the British Homeopathic Association. He died on 16 April 1941, and was succeeded to the Baronetcy by his only surviving son, Eric Truscott.

Whilst Lord Mayor of London he was depicted by the cartoonist ‘Spy’ (Sir Leslie Ward) in the magazine Vanity Fair.