A fine Collection of Life Saving Awards

Date of Auction: 12th December 2012

Sold for £300

Estimate: £300 - £350

Royal Humane Society, large silver medal (successful), by Pistrucci (F. Borton vit. ob Serv. D.D. Soc. Reg. Hvm. 1842) unmounted, some scratch marks to reverse, good very fine £300-350


‘On the 5th October 1842, James Clarke fell into the river Derwent, at Malton: from the best calculation that could be arrived at, it is thought that he remained in deep water nearly ten minutes. On his body being found, life appeared all but extinct, but after ceaseless use of remedial measures for nearly three hours, animation was restored. Doctor Francis Borton, a resident physician of that place, took a very active part in the direction of the case, and in the application of the measures which were had recourse to. Mr William Rymer, surgeon to the public dispensary, very actively assisted also on the occasion.’ (ref. Acts of Gallantry).