Irish Medals in Gold and Silver from the Collection of James Spencer

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Date of Auction: 17th December 2007

Sold for £340

Estimate: £200 - £250

Belfast, Flax Improvement Society for Ireland, a silver award medal by R. Neill, Belfast, Hibernia seated, indicating paddle-steamer sailing left, factory at right, two workers in foreground, rev. wreath, engraved (In Commemoration of the Visit of Her Majesty Queen Victoria & H.R.H. Prince Albert to the Exhibition of Flax & Linen Fabrics in the Linen Hall, Belfast, on the 11th Augt. 1849), 48mm. Unevenly toned, otherwise extremely fine and very rare; with contemporary wide loop for suspension (£200-250)


Plate 1. Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their four eldest children visited Cork, Dublin and Belfast in August 1849, travelling in the royal yacht Victoria and Albert