The Jack Webb Collection of Medals and Militaria

Date of Auction: 20th August 2020

Sold for £1,900

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Pair: Private George Sell, 16th Lancers

Maharajpoor Star 1843 (Private George Sell H.M. 16th Lancers) star fitted with a silver back-plate with bar suspension, the plate engraved identically with the star beneath, a small repair required to re-fix back-plate; Sutlej 1845-46, for Aliwal 1846, 1 clasp, Sobraon (Geo: Sell 16th Lancers) mounted on a contemporary silver brooch bar, lacking pin, and contained in a contemporary fitted case, polished with light edge bruising and contact pitting from star, good fine and better (2) £800-£1,000


George Sell was born in Hertford and enlisted into the 16th Lancers on 27 November 1839, a groom by trade. He was discharged at Brighton, on payment of £20. He was still alive in 1896, when he attended a reunion of veterans of the battle of Aliwal. A very small photograph of him wearing his medals, taken on that occasion, appears in the regimental history in a collage of 16 veterans, copied page sold with lot.