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

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Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £1,700

Estimate: £600 - £800

The Knight Bachelor and C.M.G. pair awarded to Sir John R. Nicholson, Chairman and Chief Engineer of the Singapore and Penang Harbour Boards, Straits Settlements, later Chief Engineer for Docks, London and North Eastern Railway Company

Knight Bachelor’s Badge, 1st type breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, hallmarks for London 1926, in case of issue; The Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, C.M.G., Companion’s breast badge, silver-gilt and enamel, converted for neck wear, with full and miniature width neck ribands, in Garrard, London, case of issue; together with the related miniature award for the C.M.G., gold and enamel, with gold riband buckle, in fitted case, about extremely fine (3) £600-£800

Footnote

C.M.G. London Gazette 3 June 1913: John Rumney Nicholson, Esq., Chairman and Chief Engineer, Tanjong Pagar Dock Board, Singapore, Straits Settlements.

John Rumney Nicholson was born in Cumberland on 25 March 1866, and was educated at St. Bees School. He served as Chairman and Chief Engineer of the Singapore Harbour Board and later the Penang Harbour Boards, Straits Settlements; was appointed a Companion of the Order of St. Michael and St. George in the 1913 Birthday Honours’ List; and was subsequently Knighted by H.M. the King at Buckingham Palace as a Knight Bachelor on 10 July 1919 (London Gazette 7 October 1919). He later served as Chief Engineer for Docks, London and North Eastern Railway Company, before retiring in 1927. He died on 22 November 1939.

Sold with Bestowal Document for the C.M.G., named to ‘John Rumney Nicholson, Esquire, Chairman and Chief Engineer, Tanjong Pagar Dock Board, Singapore, in Our Straits Settlements’, and dated 3 June 1919; together with accompanying Chancery enclosure, in envelope, addressed to ‘J. R. Nicholson, Esq., C.M.G., c/o The Governor, Straits Settlements’; a Dinner Menu given by the Officers of the London and North Eastern Railway Company at the Royal Station Hotel, York, on the occasion of the recipient’s retirement, dated 14 December 1927; and a portrait photograph of the recipient, mounted in a glazed display frame.