A fine Collection of Medals to Members of the Royal Household

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Date of Auction: 28th March 2012

Sold for £2,500

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,800

An impressive R.V.M. group of twelve awarded to Frederick Lowes, Groom Porter to Queen Victoria and Principal Gentleman Porter to King George V

Royal Victorian Medal, E.VII.R., silver, unnamed; Royal Household Faithful Service Medal, V.R. (To Frederick Lowes, Groom Porter, for Faithful Services to the Queen during 29 Years 1898); Jubilee 1887, clasp, 1897, silver (Frederick Lowes); Coronation 1902, bronze; Coronation 1911, silver; Denmark, King’s Medal of Recompense, Christian X, gold; Prussia, Order of the Red Eagle, Medal of the Order, 2nd type, gilt; Sweden, Royal Household Medal, with crown, Gustaf V, silver-gilt; France, Medal of Honour, silver; Serbia, Royal Household Medal, gilt; Spain, Order of Naval Merit, Silver Cross, silver; Portugal, Coronation Medal 1889, Carlos I, silvered, mounted court style for wear, some with contact marks, very fine and better (12) £1400-1800


Frederick Lowes was born in 1841. He entered the service of Queen Victoria, as a Footman, on 1 November 1869. Listed as a Porter in the Department of the Master of the Horse in 1887; and as an Assistant Groom Porter in 1894. Awarded the Queen’s Faithful Service Medal in 1898 as a Groom Porter. Ranked as a Gentleman Porter in 1902, he was awarded the R.V.M. in Silver as 1st Gentleman Porter on 2 August 1910. Appointed Principal Gentleman Porter in 1911. He served as such during the reign of King George V and died, still in service, on 9 April 1918. Latterly living at 2 Consort Villas, Arthur Road, Clewer, Windsor; he was buried at Clewer Churchyard.

Additionally entitled to the Thai, Chulalongkorn Rajaruchi Medal in silver.