Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria, to include the Brian Ritchie Collection (Part I) (17 September 2004)

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Date of Auction: 17th September 2004

Sold for £3,300

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

The Second Mahratta War and Java campaign pair to Private 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, therefore nearly very fine


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.