A fine Collection of Medals to Members of the Royal Household

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Date of Auction: 28th March 2012

Sold for £1,800

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

A Royal Household group of seven awarded to Goss Overton, Head Keeper, Windsor Great Park

Jubilee 1887, clasp, 1897, silver; Royal Household Faithful Service Medal, V.R. (To Mr Goss Overton, Keeper, Windsor Great Park, for Faithful Services to the Queen during 24 Years, 1893) contact marks obscure parts of inscription; Coronation 1902, silver; Prussia, Order of the Red Eagle, 2nd type, silver; Italy, Order of the Crown, 5th Class, gold and enamel; Portugal, Order of Villa Vicosa, 4th Class, silver-gilt and enamel; Saxon Duchies, Ernestine House Order, Merit Cross, silver, with blank reverse centre, mounted court style for wear; National Thanksgiving Medal for the Recovery of the Prince of Wales 1872, silver, set within a glazed gold frame, for wear as a watch fob, second with contact marks, nearly very fine and better (8) £1200-1500


Goss Overton was born on 16 December 1835. He first entered the service of the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VII) as a Game Keeper at Sandringham in 1864. He was later transferred to Windsor Great Park as Keeper and then as Head Keeper. Awarded the Faithful Service Medal by Queen Victoria in 1893. He is known to have accompanied several Royal shooting parties during the reign of Edward VII. Overton retired from Royal Service on 23 March 1906 and died on 15 December 1914 at Gosford House, 68 Longley Road, Tooting, Surrey. Fittingly, he was buried in Cranbourne Churchyard situated within Windsor Great Park. In addition to the above orders and medals, Overton was also awarded a National Thanksgiving Medallion for the Recovery of the Prince of Wales 1872. A photograph of Overton wearing his medals appears in Royal Service, Vol. III, by David Stanley.

With copied notes and extracts for the
Windsor & Eton Express re his retirement and obituary; together with a copied photograph.