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Fireman's badge

A large fireman's badge for an armband depicting the Royal Exchange, with coronet above, by Reily and Storer, London 1837 inscribed "ROYAL EXCHANGE ASSURANCE 1720". The back is inscribed with a name.
Price: £1,950.00

 The building burned down in 1837.                    

Oddfellows badge secretary 1796

An unusually large and finely engraved George III badge for PAST SECRETARY of the GRAND INDEPENDENT LODGE OF ODD FELLOWS. by Samuel Meriton London 1796, initialled {IH} .

The Oddfellows Society was one of the many fraternal societies, including the Freemasons and the Society of Bucks, to come to prominence in the first quarter of the eighteenth century. The earliest definite record is a manuscript containing its rules, dated 1748. During the anti-Catholic riots of 1780, prominent MPs who were members included John Wilkes (1725-1797). The organisation evolved in the nineteenth century to become a Friendly Society, and it remains so today, though enlarged with different branches or Unions throughout Britain and North America.


A Forrester (sic) medal of the Society of Bucks, circa 1760.
Price: £975.00

This badge is that of a Forrester, an officer in the Society of Bucks coming below the Grand Buck, the two Deputy Grand Bucks, and four Rangers. The Forresters' emblem is that of the Old Man teaching his Sons Unanimity by the Fable of the Bundle of Sticks, tied with a ribbon, and the motto UNANIMITY IS THE STRENGTH OF SOCIETY.  For further information see this article.

Pair of medals

A matched pair of medals - one silver the other base metal - by Thomas Pingo of London 1774, depicting Peter Muilman and his wife Mary and their home on the occasion of their fortieth wedding anniversary, and a print showing Kirby Hall, their home .
Price: £650.00

 Further details about these unusual medals may be found here


A silver medal commemorating the murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621-1678), made by George Bower, London 1678. On the obverse: a portrait of Godfrey. On the reverse: Godfrey's murder with the Pope looking on. Edge inscription: CERVICE FRACTA FIDEM SVSTVLIT ATLAS XNS 1678
Price: £495.00

The murder of Sir Edmund was one of the events leading to the mass hysteria of the 'Popish Plot' and the subsequent attempts to exclude the future James II from the British throne

Freemasonic badge A gilded double eagle on a removable sword, the wings blackened; by George Kenning, London 1900 being a jewel of the Ancient and Accepted rite of Freemasons - badge of 32nd degree.
Pair of  medallions

A pair of oval medallions inscribed for entry to an "ASSEMBLY" and "CONCERT", also engraved with the name 'Dr. Jeans', circa 1800.
Price: £420.00

There are a number of possible owners of these medallions in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries (all closely related):

Joshua Jeans DD (1743- 1807) who held livings in Cornwall as well as presiding over the English Episcopal Church at Amsterdam.
Thomas Jeans MD (1747-1824) who practised medicine at Christchurch (Hants), Salisbury and Southampton.
Thomas Jeans DD (1743-1835) who received his Doctorate in 1816 and held the living of St. John's Maddermarket, Norwich for 50 years.

Edward VII school medal Inverness Fergusson and McBean

An engraved school medal, by Fergusson and McBean of Inverness, awarded by the London Inverness-shire Association to Catherine Taylor Dux of Inverness High Public School in 1903.
Price: £325.00
The London Invernessshire Association was one of a number of institutions founded in the 19th century to promote economic development in the Scottish Highlands. This medal was presented by them to the Dux (outstanding student) at the High Public School in Inverness. In 1903, it was awarded to Catherine Taylor then aged 15. In the 1901 census she was listed as at 7 Douglas Row in Inverness. She appears there along with her parents James (aged 57) and Jessie (aged 55) , her older sister Mary (aged 19) and two further relatives Annabella MacDonald (aged 47) and Ann MacDonald (aged 86).
A 'pretty terraced cottage' three doors away from the Taylor's former home is now a 2 bedroom holiday let.

medal Edinburgh midwife Duncan 1866

A circular medal with reeded border and mounts modelled as thistles, by Mackay and Chisholm Edinburgh circa 1866, engraved Midwifery Lecturer J. Matthews Duncan M.D. and Adjudged to Archibald Walker Edinburgh July 1866.
Price: £275.00

James Matthews Duncan (1826-1890) had graduated in medicine from both Aberdeen and Edinburgh unversities before his 21st birthday. Following further studies on the continent and under leading Edinburgh-based surgeon James Young Simpson (1811-1870), Duncan began to build up a practice as an obstetrician. He gave lectures outside the university curriculum and in 1861 was made physician to the ward for diseases of women at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He moved to London after St. Bartholomew's Hospital invited him to be lecturer in midwifery and obstetric physician in 1877. Among many other honours, Duncan was elected to the Royal Society in 1883. During his career Duncan published a number of influential books on obstetrics and his name became associated with a number of obstetrical instruments and techniques.

Antique silver school medal

A cast school medal 2.5 inches diameter circa 1851, with heavy leaf-encrusted border marked "J. Law"
depicting a head 'IN MEMORIAM OBIIT MDCCCLI' and, on reverse, 'Numisma Moirianum Carolo H. Mein. Puero Optime Merito condiscipulorum in Schola Campiensi, Duci Donatum Praeceptore, A BALFOUR, MDCCLXIV'.
Price: £240.00

This medal for "Best Boy" is given by A. Balfour, Headmaster — a noted botanist. The medal was given to commemorate David MacBeth Moir, also known as Delta, author and physician — who also wrote a 'Memoir of Alexander Balfour'. A very similar label also by John Law is depicted in Grimshaw's 'Silver Medals from Scottish and Irish Schools'

rowing medal London 1862 William Neal Ariel Corsair Clubs

A Victorian rowing prize engraved 'Commemoration medal of Four oar'd match, Ariel & Corsair Clubs, 5th July 1862' and 'Won by ARC, R. G. Fisher No. 2' by William Neal London 1862 .
Price: £225.00

On July 6, 1862 The Era, one of a number of daily newspapers circulating in London at the time, reported that there had been a 'Four Oared race between the Ariel and Corsairs Rowing clubs' the day before. It had been staged from 'Putney to Chiswick, accompanied by two steam boats, one chartered by either club. A good race had been looked for at first, but subesequently, when it became known that the Corsairs had had some difficulty in getting their crew together, odds were laid on the Ariels finishing at something like 2 to 1. The Ariels were on the Surrey shore, and dashed away with the lead. Their rowing was much superior to that of their opponents, and although these rowed very pluckily all through, they were unable to come near the Ariels, who won in a canter'. The newspaper then detailed the crews — including R. G. Fisher. This race was one of a number between these two amateur rowing clubs, in which all of the reported victories were gained by the Ariels.

George III Christ's Hospital Medal London 1805 John Reily

A George III school medal for Christ's Hospital engraved on the front '{JD} for proficiency in writing September 5th 1805', by John Reily London 1805 .
Christ's Hospital was founded by Edward VI in 1552-1553 as a Charity School and was endowed with former Royal and monastic lands. The school began to issue a range of silver prizes in the form of silver quills (as writing prizes) and medals. From March 1800, a medal was also issued to each boy who had tried for the writing prize (this medal is an example of that practice).
The earliest extant medal of this type, now in Christ's Hospital's own collection, is one given on 19th March 1800 and was made by the partnership of John Reily and Mary Hyde (the widow of John Reily's former master whom she married in 1801). Interestingly this medal is also initialled JD suggesting that these are the initials of the writing teacher rather than the pupil.

Charles I gaming counter Van De Pass circa 1625 Charles I Henrietta Maria 3 crowns A Charles I diestruck gaming token depicting Charles I and his wife Henrietta Maria of France on the front and three crowns on the reverse, by a member of the Van De Passe family circa 1625 .
Bronze medal Mary II death 1694

A William III copper medal commemorating the death of Mary II, circa 1694 .
Price: £200.00

 When James II fled England in 1688, he was taken to have abdicated his throne. His eldest daughter and his son-in-law and nephew, William, Prince of Orange, became joint monarchs as Mary II and William III. Mary died of smallpox in 1694 and William ruled alone until his death in 1702 when he was succeeded by Mary's younger sister Anne.

Sancroft medal

A medal depicting Archbishop Sancroft and the other Bishops who opposed the Declaration of Indulgence issued by King James II in 1688.

 This medal commemmorates the stand taken in 1688 by Archbishop Sancroft of Canterbury and six other Bishops against a 'Declaration of Indulgence' issued by the King that granted increased religious freedom to all Christians in England, Scotland and Ireland. The Bishops were immediately arrested and imprisoned in the Tower of London but at their trial they were acquitted by the jury. This popular decision lead to the issuing of this medal and engraved images of the Bishops.

Jernegan medal

A Jernegan medal inscribed on front 'GROWING ARTS ADORN EMPIRE — CAROLINE PROTECTING 1736' and on obverse 'BOTH HANDS FILLd FOR BRITAIN — GEORGE REIGNING'. This medal was a prize in an eighteenth century lottery.
Price: £140.00

Arguably the most important piece of eighteenth century silver in the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is the 'Jernengan Wine Cistern' made in around 1735 by Frederick Kandler (of which there are copies in the Victoria and Albert and the Metropolitan Museums). This monumental piece of silver was commissioned by Littleton Poyntz Meynell from Henry Jernengan but when it was completed he did not accept it and in due course it was disposed of via a lottery (the smaller prizes being medals and the first prize, the cistern). The cistern was won by a Major William Battine, who had bought 7 tickets and also won six medals. He had sold the cistern to Empress Elizabeth of Russia by 1740.

Antique silver school medal

A school medal from Great Campden House Christmas 1839 given to a Miss Parke
Price: £130.00

According to M.E. Grimshaw, this school is the successor to Campden House Boarding School in Hampstead, London.

Sixpenny token

A sixpence token for York (Yorkshire), 1811:

Obverse: Arms of the city between olive and palm branches. Legend, YORK 1811. There are four berries in the olive branch. The stem of the palm is over the first one in date.
Reverse: CATTLE AND BARBER An ornament above and below. Legend SIX PENCE SILVER TOKEN. The top of B in BARBER lines to the centre of the S in Silver.
Price: £110.00

 NOTES: Cattle and Barber were goldsmiths and jewellers in Coney Street, York. “An issue of silver tokens has been made by Messrs. Cattle and Barber of York. These tokens are of the value of Shillings and Sixpences, and are finished in a neat style, bearing on one side the arms of York, and on the other, their value, with the names of the issuers.”- Chronicle, Oct. 12, 1811.
References: Dalton – Yorkshire York 71, Boyne 234.

1834 sixpence

A silver sixpence in superb condition, 1834.
Price: £110.00

Counter 1798 A plain counter engraved 'Fear God' and on the reverse, 'WC Morpeth June 14th 1798'; unmarked.
Price: £110.00



A Sheffield trade token:

Obverse: The arms of Sheffield, eight arrows in saltire banded between two pheons, crest a cherub. YOUNGE AND DEAKIN . SHEFFIELD.
Reverse: Female to left seated on bale with scales and cornucopia. A sword on the ground. ONE SHILLING SILVER TOKEN 1811. Grass above the sword hilt and the tops of ones in date are flat. Y&D on the ground. The point of sword extends beyond the Y and nearly touches the ground.
Price: £95.00

 NOTES: “A public meeting of the inhabitants of Sheffield was called last week to consider the propriety of issuing a local silver coinage; when it was resolved that pieces of the denomination of 2s. 6d. and 1s. be stamped and sent into circulation to an amount not exceeding 10,000£ and not less than 5,000£.”- Bath Chronicle, Oct. 24 th. 1811.
References: Dalton – Yorkshire Sheffield 39, Boyne 200.

Jernegan medal A Jernegan medal with on front an image of Queen Caroline 'GROWING ARTS ADORN EMPIRE - CAROLINE PROTECTING' and on obverse 'BOTH HANDS FILLd FOR BRITAIN - GEORGE REIGNING' 1736.
Price: £95.00
Shilling A 'LIMA' silver shilling dated 1745 .
Price: £85.00


Sixpenny token

Sixpence token for Fazeley (Staffordshire), 1811:

Obverse: Arms of the Harding family; FAZELEY SILVER TOKEN 1811 PAYABLE BY PEELS HARDING & CO.
Reverse: 6 pence within a wreath; the centre limb of the last E in pence is clear of the top and bottom of that letter.
Price: £85.00
References:Dalton - Staffordshire - Bilston 11, Boyne 78.

Penny circa 1250 A Henry III silver penny circa 1250.
Price: £75.00
  medal A religious medallion with suspensory loop, in the form of a Maltese cross perhaps by PM, possibly Iberian circa 1750??.
Price: £75.00

A base metal medal made in 1829 depicting the copy of the Warwick vase created by Sir Edward Thomason in 1820.
Price: £65.00

The original Warwick vase was discovered in Italy in 1770 and its form was often copied for use in silver objects. In 1820, Sir Edward Thomason, a leading Birmingham goldsmith and manufacturer, created a large scale copy (commemorated in this medal) which was acquired by the University of Cambridge in 1842 and still stands on the Senate House Lawn there.

bronze medal Francis Henry Egerton 8th Earl of Bridgewater by Donadio circa 1823

A George IV bronze portrait medal of 'Francis Henry Egerton Earl of Bridgewater', by Donadio circa 1823.
Price: £40.00

This medal was struck to commemorate the accession to the Earldom of Bridgewater of Francis Henry Egerton (1756-1829) as 8th Earl of Bridgewater in 1823. The 7th Earl, Egerton's elder brother John William had inherited the Bridgewater Estates, from their cousin, the 6th Earl, a noted great builder of canals in the late eighteenth century died without a male heir in 1803.

Francis Henry Egerton died childless in 1829 and bequeathed his valuable 'Egerton Collection' of manuscripts relating to French and Italian literature to the British Museum along with £12,000 to fund further purchases. He also left £8,000 to the Royal Society to fund 'the best work on the Goodness of God as manifested in the creation' (the outcome is now known as The Bridgewater Treatises). Egerton was a notable eccentric: at his residence in Paris his many cats and dogs were dressed as Ladies and Gentlemen, taken out in his carriage, fed at his table and censured if their behaviour was not suitable.

School medal An oval school medal in base metal, for Acton County School showing the arms as 3 scimitars beneath a coronet and the motto PACTUM SERVA, circa 1920.
Price: £35.00
  badge A silver-gilt and enamel Treasurer's badge for the Royal Antediluvian Order of Buffaloes, by L. Simpson & Co, London 1925 inscribed on reverse: PRESENTED TO BRO J. LINTON (Host) FOR SERVICES RENDERED AS TREASURER. 23rd Sept 1925.
Price: £28.00
  medal A base metal medallion comemorating the 1862 International Exhibition .
Price: £25.00