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

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Date of Auction: 2nd April 2003

Sold for £280

Estimate: £180 - £220

The mounted group of six miniature dress medals attributed to Colonel C. P. Cramer, C.B., King’s Royal Rifle Corps, Order of the Bath, Military Division, gold and enamel, straight bar suspension, with gold buckle on ribbon; South Africa 1877-79, 1 clasp, 1879; Egypt, dated, 1 clasp, Tel-el-Kebir; India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Samana 1891; Turkey, Order of Osmanieh, 4th Class, silver and enamel, rosette on ribbon, slight enamel damage; Khedive’s Star 1882, mounted as worn, in Baldwins, London case, generally good very fine and better (6) £180-220


Ex Sotheby’s 13.10.1983, lot 191.

Charles Pierson Cramer was born in 1837 and entered the Army as an Ensign in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1858. Advanced by purchase to Lieutenant in 1863 and Captain in 1870, he served with the 3rd battalion of the regiment in the Zulu War 1879, being present at the battle of Ginginhlovo and the relief of Etshowe. Promoted Major in 1881 and Lieutenant-Colonel in 1882, he served with the regiment in the Egyptian Campaign of 1882, being present at the affair at Tel-el-Mahuta, the action at Kassassin and the battle of Tel-el-Kebir. For these actions he was mentioned in despatches and awarded the Order of Osmanieh 4th Class. He was promoted Colonel in 1886 and commanded the 1st battalion King’s Royal Rifle Corps on the Miranzai Expedition in 1891. He was severely wounded in the action at Sangar. For his services he mentioned in despatches and created a C.B. He was placed on Half Pay in 1891 and on Retired Pay in 1893.