The Fine Collection of Dress Miniatures formed by the late Derek Robinson

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2003

Sold for £550

Estimate: £350 - £450

The group of seven miniature dress medals named to General Lord A. Russell, Rifle Brigade and Liverpool Regiment, Order of the Bath, Military Division, gold and enamel, straight bar suspension, gold buckle on ribbon, centres slack, slight enamel damage to wreaths; South Africa 1834-53, a contemporary struck piece, the disc set into a separate mount, edge inscribed, ‘Dy. Asst. Qr. Mr. Genl. Lord A. Russell, Rifle Brigde.’; Crimea, 1 clasp, Sebastopol, a contemporary struck piece, the disc set into a separate mount, edge inscribed, ‘Major Ld. Alexr. Russell, 1st Battn. Rife. Brigde.’; Canada General Service, 2 clasps, Fenian Raid 1866, Fenian Raid 1870; Turkey, Order of Medjidie, silver, gold and enamel, enamel damage; Turkish Crimea, Sardinian die; Sardinia, Al Valore Militare, silver, reverse embossed, ‘Spedizione d’Oriente 1856’, these seven with new ribbons, mounted for display together with a Rifle Brigade badge, fine and better (7) £350-450


Lord Alexander George Russell was born in 1821, the 10th son of the 6th Duke of Bedford and was educated at Harrow. As an officer in the Army he was A.D.C. to the Governor of Canada in 1847, served with the 1st battalion Rifle Brigade in the Kaffir War of 1852-53 as D.A.Q.M.G. to the 1st Division and was present at the battle of Berea, for which he was mentioned in General Orders and received the brevet of Major. He then served in the Crimea War for which he was mentioned in despatches, awarded the Sardinian Medal for Valour, the Turkish Order of Medjidie and received the brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel. He attained the rank of General in 1886 and was at this time Commander of H.M. Forces in Canada. He retired from active service in 1888 and was Colonel of the Liverpool Regiment 1889-91 and Colonel Commanding the Rifle Brigade in 1891. Created a C.B. in 1877, he gained the K.C.B. in 1903 and the G.C.B. two years later. He died in 1907.