British Medals from the Collection of James Spencer

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Date of Auction: 13th May 2015

Sold for £180

Estimate: £120 - £150

Royal South London Horticultural Society, silver award medals by W.J. Taylor (2, different), named (Mr G. Corbin, 23 July 1845; Joshua Clarke Esq, FLS, for Thirty of the Rarest British Plants), 38 and 58mm; Daily Express All-London Gardens Championship (Est. 1926), a silver award medal by Fattorini, named (E.F. Potter, Secn. F, Class 12, 1926), hallmarked Birmingham 1926, 38mm; London Gardens Society, award medals by Vaughton (5), viz. Exhibition Medals (2), in bronze and silver, named (Lambeth Borough Council, August 28th 1931; T. Watson), latter hallmarked Birmingham 1934, both 38mm; in silver (2, different), named (B. Preston; Mr D Brancatini, Gardens Compt., All London, 1956), hallmarked Birmingham 1936 and 1955, both 38mm; 1937 Coronation, in silver, named (Mr G. Washington), 34mm (W & E 7372.1); London Gardens Guild, a silver-gilt award medal by Fattorini, named (1933, Mr W.D. King, Floral Exhibits), hallmarked Birmingham 1931, 38mm [9]. Very fine and better, some toned, second rare; 1933, 1937 and 1956 medals in cases of issue £120-150


Second medal only illustrated. Joshua Clarke (1805-90), botanist and maltster, fellow of the Linnaean Society of London, mayor of Saffron Walden and patron of the town’s museum; his portrait hangs in the council offices at Saffron Walden