Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (9 & 10 May 2018)

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Date of Auction: 9th & 10th May 2018

Sold for £8,000

Estimate: £6,000 - £7,000

Pair: John Cameron, 78th Foot

Army of India 1799-1826, 3 clasps, Assye, Argaum, Gawilghur (John Cameron, 78th Foot.) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming; Military General Service 1793-1814, 1 clasp, Java (John Cameron, 78th Foot.) edge bruising, otherwise very fine (2 £6000-7000


Provenance: Brian Ritchie Collection, Dix Noonan Webb, September 2004.

This combination of medals and clasps was claimed by three men of this name in the 78th Foot. A second pair is known in a private collection in the UK, one pair was sold in the Foster Collection in 1951, and a single Army of India medal was sold in the Cheylesmore collection in 1930.

A total of 52 Army of India medals were issued with this combination of clasps, including 22 to the 78th Foot. Approximately 87 clasps for Assye, 126 clasps for Argaum, and 110 clasps for Gawilghur were issued to European recipients.