A fine Collection of Medals to Members of the Royal Household

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Date of Auction: 28th March 2012

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

An R.V.M. group of thirteen awarded to Head Coachman Rupert Rednall Land

Royal Victorian Medal, G.VI.R., 1st issue, silver; Defence Medal; Coronation 1902, bronze; Coronation 1911, silver; Jubilee 1937, silver; Coronation 1937, silver; Royal Household Faithful Service Medal, G.V.R., suspension dated, ‘1910-1930, 2 clasps, Thirty Years, Forty Years (R. Land); Portugal, Coronation Medal 1889, bronze; Netherlands, Orange House Order, Medal of Merit, silver; Italy, Royal Service Medal, Vittorio Emanuele III, bronze; France, Medal of Honour, with swords, bronze; Denmark, Medal of Recompense, with crown, Frederick IX, silver, minor edge bruise; France, Medal of Honour, silver, mounted court style for wear, very fine and better (13) £800-1000


Rupert Land, a Postillion, was awarded the Royal Household Faithful Service Medal in May 1930; he went on to be awarded clasps on 6 May 1940 and 6 May 1950. As a Groom in the Crown Equerry’s Department he was awarded the R.V.M. in Silver on 9 June 1938. Latterly served as Head Coachman.

With bestowal documents for the R.V.M. in silver; Jubilee Medal 1935; Coronation Medal 1937; Portuguese medal (1909); Italian Royal Service Medal in bronze (1924); French Medal of Honour in bronze (1927), with ‘Permission to Wear’; Dutch Orange House Order Medal in silver (1950) with associated papers and ‘Permission to Wear’; Danish Medal of Recompense (1951) with French translation and ‘Permission to Wear’; together with a number of copied photographs of the recipient at various stages of his career and other copied photographs of, and presented by, members of the Royal Family - some with copied letters that accompanied them. Also with a hand-written account of Land’s career in the Royal Household written by his daughter.