British Medals from the Collection of James Spencer

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Date of Auction: 13th May 2015

Sold for £200

Estimate: £150 - £200

Charles Linnæus, a silver award medal adapted from the Society of Apothecaries medal, 1830, by W. Wyon, rev. named (Awarded to John Smith, the Cottager who obtained the greatest number of Prizes at Handsworth Floral & Horticultural Exhibition, Sep. 10 1860), 39mm (cf. E 1233 for obv.); Birmingham Chrysanthemum Society, a silver award medal by W.J. Dingley, named (Messrs. W. & J. Brown, Nurserymen, Peterboro, for Collection of Fruit, Nov. 6th, 7th & 8th, 1900), hallmarked Birmingham 1900, 51mm; Birmingham Horticultural Society, a silver award medal by A.H. Darby, named (W. & J. Brown), hallmarked Birmingham 1902, 51mm; Birmingham & District Amateur Gardeners’ Association, a silver award medal, unsigned, named (Mr S. Coney, Hony. Exhibit, Outdoor Chrysanthemums, 1903), 32mm; Sparkhill & District Amateur Horticultural Society, a silver award medal by Vaughton, named (R. Holding, for Premier Auricula, 18th April 1903), hallmarked Birmingham 1903, 44mm; Small Heath & District Horticultural Society, a silver award medal by Vaughton, named (James Randall & Sons, August 1905), hallmarked Birmingham 1903; Birmingham Botanical & Horticultural Society, Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston, a silver award medal by J. Moore, named (J. Archibald Kenrick, Esq, Harborne, Gr. Mr R. Usher, Champion in Classes 12 to 25 and 35 to 46, April 25th 1912), 57mm; Leamington & County Flower Show, a silver award medal by J. Pinches, named (Messrs. Dickson Ltd, for Herbaceous & Roses, 1912), hallmarked London 1912, 51mm; Horticulture, a silver award medal by A. Fenwick for the Best Evening School Garden Plot of the Year, named (Percy Hopkins, Bedworth Evening School Garden, 1923), 38mm; Moseley, King’s Heath and Balsall Heath Horticultural Society, 1909, a silver award medal by J. Moore, named (1924, The Bournville Nursery, for Display of Hardy Flowers), 38mm; Atherstone Horticultural Society, a silver award medal by Walker & Hall, named (Exhibition, August 1st 1932, The Most Successful Exhibitor in Division 1, W.H. Gisbourne), hallmarked Birmingham 1932, 41mm; Handsworth Horticultural Society (Est. 1885), a silver-gilt award medal by W.O. Lewis, named (J. Simpson & Son), 51mm [12]. Generally extremely fine, an attractive group, first rare; both 1903, Kenrick 1912 and 1932 medals in cases of issue £150-200

Footnote

First only illustrated. John Archibald Kenrick (1869-1933), Harborne, director of Archibald Kenrick & Sons Ltd, West Bromwich