A Collection of Medals formed by the Reverend Canon Nigel Nicholson, OStJ, DL

Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £700 - £900

Three: Cooper D. Nicholson, Royal Navy

Naval General Service 1793-1840, 1 clasp, Syria (David Nicholson.); India General Service 1854-95, 1 clasp, Pegu (David Nicholson. Cooper. “Bittern”); China 1857-60, no clasp (David Nicholson, Cooper. Winchester.) contemporarily engraved naming, edge bruise to first, contact marks, polished, very fine (3) £700-£900


Provenance: Sotheby’s, June 1972.

David Nicholson was born in Lerwick, Shetland Islands, in March 1814, and entered the Royal Navy as a Cooper in H.M.S. Asia on 18 April 1836, serving in her during operations on and off the coast of Syria in 1840. He had a break in service between 10 April 1841 and 15 September 1852, before joining H.M.S. Bittern, and served in her during the Pegu operations. After a further break in service from 23 September 1857 to 1 November 1858, he joined H.M.S. Winchester, and served in her during the Second Opium War. He saw further service as a Cooper in H.M. Ships Victory, Algiers, Black Prince, and Canopus, before being discharged on 11 May 1867, after 18 years and 198 days’ service.

Sold with copied medal roll extracts.