A fine Collection of Medals to Members of the Royal Household

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Date of Auction: 28th March 2012

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £1,000 - £1,400

A Royal Household group of four awarded to William Austin Power, a Queen’s Messenger

Royal Household Faithful Service Medal, V.R., with additional ‘10’ Year bar (To Mr William Power, Sergeant Footman, for Faithful Services to the Queen during 21 Years, 1879); Jubilee 1887, silver; Prussia, Order of the Red Eagle, Medal of the Order, 2nd type, silver; Hessen-Darmstadt, Medal of Merit, Ludwig III, silver, mounted court style for wear, contact marks, nearly very fine (4) £1000-1400


William Austin Power was born in Foots Cray, Kent in 1837. He entered the service of Queen Victoria as a Footman on 1 January 1858, becoming a Sergeant Footman in 1878. In 1879 he was presented with the Royal Household Faithful Service Medal. In 1884 he was appointed as one of the Queen’s Own Messengers. The Hessen medal was awarded in 1884 on the occasion of the Queen’s visit to Darmstadt for the marriage of Prince Louis of Battenberg to Princess Victoria of Hesse. Power died in service on 28 October 1894. Latterly living at Amerley House, Windsor, he was buried in Windsor Cemetery. With copied research including obituaries.