An Important Archive Relating to Field Marshall Sir John French

Date of Auction: 14th December 2006

Sold for £1,100

Estimate: £500 - £600

Warrant for the Order of Merit. Single leaf appointing Field Marshal Sir John Denton Pinkstone French to the O.M., 3rd December 1914. 20x32cm, embossed Seal of the Order of Merit at top left corner, signed George RI (George V) on obverse and by the Secretary of the Order, Colonel Henry C. Legge, on reverse, very good £500-600


The O.M. is one of the rarest of British Orders, membership being limited to twenty-four individuals (plus foreign nationals) at any one time, and in the first one hundred years of the Order’s existence (1902-2002) there were just 168 Members.