A Fine Collection of American Medals

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Date of Auction: 8th September 2015

Sold for £75

Estimate: £90 - £120

Medals and ephemera attributed to Corporal J. W. Merrell, 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteers

Lapel Badge, 27 x 24mm., silver, shield-shaped, engraved, ‘Corpl. J. W. Merrell, Co. I 22d Regt. Conn. Vols.’, lacking pin-fitting; 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Annual Reunion Ribbons (7) 27th, for 1889; 29th; 1901; 1904; 1905, and 1915; another for 1906, supporting a badge bearing the image of ‘Serg’t. Waters, Miners Hill, Va. 1863’; Farragut Day Ribbon, for 1897; Unknown Connecticut Badge; Grand Army of the Republic Badges, Membership badge, bronze; another, Funeral Badge, enamelled; G.A.R. cloth and bullion insignia; Souvenir Interstate Drill Medal, San Antonio, Texas, 1897; Medal bearing a photograph, bronze, broken glass; other badges, buttons and studs etc. (30) in ornate wooden box (damaged) bearing the letters, ‘GAR’, inside of lid lightly inscribed in pencil, ‘Joseph W.... Merrell & Nathan King Story, soldiers of the civil war 1861-1865’, some ribbons fragile, worn and damaged, sold as found (lot) £90-120


Joseph W. Merrell, from Canton, Connecticut, enlisted on 1 September 1862 and served in Company I, 22nd Regiment Connecticut Volunteers. With copied roll extract and other research. The box originally contained the Connecticut Volunteers Service Medal 1861-65, ‘571’, attributed to Story (see lot 585).