The Brian Ritchie Collection of H.E.I.C. and British India Medals

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Date of Auction: 23rd September 2005

Sold for £10,000

Estimate: £8,000 - £10,000

The rare 4-clasp Second Mahratta War medal to Private George Gardiner, 76th Foot

Army of India 1799-1826, 4 clasps, Allighur, Battle of Delhi, Laswarree, Battle of Deig (G. Gardiner, 76th Foot) short hyphen reverse, officially impressed naming, nearly extremely fine £8000-10000

Footnote

Ex Murray 1908 , Phillips 1925 and Needes 1940.

Only 23 medals issued with 4 clasps, including five with this combination of clasps.

George Gardiner, H.M’s 76th Regiment of Foot, was wounded in the Hindustan Campaign. He was absent without leave on 22 April 1805, but returned to his unit a month later on 20 May, and was recorded as present at a muster at Fort William in December 1805.

Ref: WO 12/8192; WO25/1314