Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (12 November 2020)

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Date of Auction: 12th November 2020

Sold for £360

Estimate: £380 - £420

Sutlej 1845-46, for Sobraon 1846, no clasp (John Scott 9th Lancers) edge nicks, scratches to both obverse and reverse fields, nearly very fine £380-£420


The medal is sold with an original letter from the War Office, dated 6 October 1852, addressed to Mrs Scott, 72 George Street, Paisley:
‘...I am directed to transmit to you herewith a Medal which has been granted for your son John Scott’s services as a soldier of the 9th Regiment of Dragoons, to be kept in commemoration of his gallant conduct at the battles on the Sutlej...’

The Sutlej medal was originally issued in 1846 the same year as the Battle of the Sobraon. Although Scott is not on the published casualty roll, the letter would seem to imply that the recipient had died before he was able to claim his medal.