21 February 2015
Some attractive medals have just been added by the London Medal Company. There is a range of items and with a range of prices to match. Great War pairs from £40. Worth checking out.
Pictured above, the group of 3: Campaign Service Medal 1962, 2 Clasps: Northern Ireland, Air Operations Iraq; (24428535 PTE M R ATKINS GORDONS); Jubilee Medal 2002; Accumulated Campaign Service Medal, 1st type; (24428535 SGT M R ATKINS R ANGLIAN), mounted court style as worn.
14 February 2015
I've just picked up a Queen's Sudan and a Khedive's Sudan to an Indian soldier. The claw on the Queen's Sudan is a little loose and both medals show signs of having been polished over the years. Queen Victoria is a little rubbed - Her Majesty would not be amused - and Victory (above and below) looks as though she's run into a brick wall or done ten rounds in the ring with a boxing champion.
So the medals are far from perfect, but as far as I'm concerned, both are preferable to groups which have had their original ribbons removed and then been artfully court-mounted for display. Heaven forbid, there are plenty of medals on the market - and many in regimental collections for that matter - which have been lacquered.
The Queen's Sudan Medal is one of my favourites. Not only is the design is just wonderful, those heavily impressed capital letters along the edge of today's acquisition are works of art in their own right. Besides which, a bloody and battered nose for Victory after her encounter with the Fuzzy-wuzzies is absolutely spot on.
8 February 2015
The latest Dix Noonan Webb beanfeast kicks off on 25th February at 10am. Lot 594 (above, estimate £2000 - £2500) is one of currently 847 lots in total. Browse or download the catalogue by clicking on the link. Image courtesy of DNW.