Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (3 December 2020)

Date of Auction: 3rd December 2020

Sold for £4,800

Estimate: £3,000 - £3,600

Military General Service 1793-1814, 9 clasps, Busaco, Fuentes D’Onor, Ciudad Rodrigo, Badajoz, Salamanca, Pyrenees, St. Sebastian, Orthes, Toulouse (John Stanage, 52nd Foot) fitted with ribbon buckle, good very fine £3,000-£3,600


Provenance: Seaforth Collection 1870; Eaton (later Lord Cheylesmore) Collection 1880, Glendining’s, July 1930; Baldwin 1955.

Three officers and 48 men of the 52nd received the clasp for St Sebastian where they served in a detachment of volunteers.

John Stanage was born in the Parish of Kellars, near Balliboro, County Cavan, and originally enlisted into the 27th Foot on 4 July 1805. He transferred to the 52nd Foot at Averca, Portugal, on 25 August 1810, then aged 26 years, for unlimited service. He served with the 52nd in the Peninsula and at Waterloo, where he was in Captain Robert Campbell’s Company. He was discharged at Dublin on 24 January 1822, in consequence of ‘age and service’, having served a total of 18 years and 205 days, including 2 years for Waterloo. His conduct was described as ‘remarkably good.’