Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria, to include the Brian Ritchie Collection (Part III) (23 September 2005)

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2005

Sold for £4,800

Estimate: £3,500 - £4,000

The Second Mahratta War medal to Private Michael Jordan, 19th Light Dragoons, wounded at Assye

Army of India 1799-1826, 1 clasp, Assye (M. Jordan, 19th Lt. Dragns.) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, good very fine, a rare single clasp especially to a casualty £3500-4000

Footnote

Ex Cheylesmore 1930 and Needes 1940.

Approximately 87 clasps for Assye were issued to European recipients, all but 11 in combination with other clasps. Only 14 medals were issued to the 19th Light Dragoons, including two lieutenants and two medical officers, just four of these with the single clasp for Assye.

Michael Jordan, a Weaver by trade, was born in Mayo. He was wounded at Assye where his regiment proved particularly effective; their Sheffield steel blades sometimes cutting clean through the Mahrattas’ tulwars. Jordan was invalided on Christmas Eve 1818.

Ref: WO 25/2461.