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Sale 39 - British Historical Medals - Newcastle & Northumberland
Lot Thumbnail Description of lot Estimate Realised
1824 The Botanical & Horticultural Society of Durham, Northumberland & Newcastle on Tyne, silver award medal, un-named specimen, unsigned, Flora seated in garden room, reverse wreath, 48mm. Extremely fine & rare. £80 to 120 N/S
1827 John Scott, 1st Lord Eldon (1751-1838), Lord Chancellor, copper medal, by C. Voigt, bust left in legal wig & gown, reverse biographical legend in twelve lines, 47mm (BHM 1308; Eimer 1197). Nearly EF. Eldon was born in Newcastle upon Tyne. £20 to 30 £105.00
1840 Newcastle upon Tyne, Exhibition of Art, Manufacture & Science, copper medals (2), the spire of the Church of St. Nicholas (now Cathedral), reverse legend with details in 10 lines, 42mm (BHM 1982). Better than VF. (2) £50 to 80 £50.00
1849 Victoria & Albert visit Newcastle & Gateshead, white metal medal, unsigned, Royal train stopped on the High Level Railway Bridge, reverse J DENT WEATHERLEY ESQR MAYOR OF NEWCASTLE, 45mm (BHM 2341, R2; Swan 61). Good VF, rare. The bridge was built for the York, Newcastle & Berwick Railway and opened 15 Aug 1849. The Royal visit was on 28 Sep, when the Royal couple received addresses from the mayors of both Newcastle & Gateshead whilst stopped high on the bridge, diplomatically halfway between the two towns. £80 to 120 £82.00
1850 Robert Stephenson, The Completion of the Britannia Tubular Bridge, copper medal, 1850, by L. C. Wyon, bust of Stephenson right, reverse panoramic view of the bridge with a train emerging, left past the lion guardians, 58mm (BHM 2402; Eimer 1441; Swan 67-9), in modern case. EF. Robert Stephenson (1803-59), engineer & son of George Stephenson, was born in Willington Quay, North Tyneside . He designed the Britannia Tubular Bridge crossing the Menai Straits to Anglesey to link the port of Holyhead to the railway. It takes it's name from the Britannia Rock on which the central support was built. Following a fire in 1970 the bridge was converted to carry both road & rail services. £120 to 150 £120.00
1866 Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland, silver prize medal, unsigned, awarded to Robert Bulman, Hexham for best general examination - Edinburgh Veterinary College, Scotia on plinth, a farm worker either side, 43mm, modern case. EF. Hexham was home to several Bulman families at this time. £35 to 50 £40.00
1884 Visit of the Prince & Princess of Wales to Newcastle, silver medal, by W. O. Lewis, conjoined busts left, reverse City Arms, 39mm (W & E 1478), loop & ring and Prince's plumes suspender, in velvet fitted case of issue. EF. £60 to 80 £60.00
1897 The Royal Humane Society's Successful Medal (bronze), of important local interest, awarded to John Buckley, 1st Dec 1897, infant cherub guards the flame of life, reverse legends & wreath, named on edge, 38mm, swivel suspender. VF. John Buckley - Training Ship Wellesley, citation reads: At great personal risk, rescued W. Lenscott from drowning in the Tyne at North Shields. The Northumberland Archives record the details John Buckley became a trainee on board the Wellesley on 2 Aug 1894. He appears in the Admissions register aged 12 & was sent to the ship due to a refusal to attend school. He was discharged on 19 July 1898. John became a hero after saving the life of a fellow trainee. At 2.45pm on 1 Dec 1897, William Linscott fell overboard into the Tyne and was carried away by the current. John Buckley jumped into the river and managed to keep hold of Linscott until a boat came to pick them up. Due to his bravery he was put forward for an award by the Captain of the Wellesley. On 22 Dec the fifteen year old was awarded the bronze Medal by the Royal Humane Society for carrying out a successful rescue involving great personal risk. John Buckley later went on to join the Royal Navy Reserve as a Stoker, qualifying for the WWI British War Medal & Mercantile Marine Medal. The ship's minute book notes, The Captain Superintedent mentioned that some day previously a Wellesley boy, William Linscott fell overboard, when another Wellesley boy, John Buckley, aged 15 ½ years, without divesting himself of his clothing jumped overboard, caught hold of Linscott and held him till rescue came, both being then much exhausted. It was agreed to give 5 shilling each to two Watermen whose assistance saved the boys from drowning; and it was understood that Buckley would receive a medal from the Royal Humane Society. £200 to 300 £330.00
1897 Victoria, Diamond Jubilee & the Tyne Training Ship, HMS Wellesley, white metal medal, by the Mint, Birmingham, bust left, reverse port-side view of ship, 38mm (W & E 3275 S, VR), pierced for suspension (with replacement ribbon). VF & rare. The man behind the establishing of a training ship on the Tyne was one James Hall, a local shipowner. The former 74 gun ship HMS Cornwall was acquired, re-named Wellesley and brought to the Tyne and an Industrial School was established aboard for destitute boys under 14 yrs. In 1873 HMS Boscawen replaced the old Wellesley and took on the Wellesley name. £25 to 35 £94.00
c1900 The Northumberland Handicrafts Guild, silver award medals (2), unsigned & undated, County Arms, reverse a spreading oak tree with roots exposed, named on edge to 'Mrs Miller' & 'A. H. M. Markless,' 51mm, in fitted Pinches cases. EF. (2) The Northumberland Handicrafts Guild was formed in June 1900 with the aim of promoting the study & practice of handicrafts, such as embroidery, wood work, basket work, leather work & weaving, in the County of Northumberland. The vendor has dated the second to 1921. £80 to 120 £80.00
1909 Opening of the Queen Alexandra Bridge, Sunderland, copper medal, by Elkington & Co, view of the bridge, reverse Arms of the Sunderland & North East Railways, 63mm (BHM 3978; Eimer 1910; Swan 51), in modern case. Virtually mint state. The bridge was built by the North Eastern Railway & the Corporation of Sunderland between 1904 & 1909 and was opened by the Earl of Durham. £70 to 90 £125.00
1923 The Completion of the Newcastle Tramways Extension, silvered-bronze medal, by Lomax, Mercury spreads his arms, reverse inscription in tablet, The High Level Bridge & Mayoral Barge, 51mm (BHM 4180; Eimer 1982), in case by G. Hill Carter & Co. Ltd, North Shields. Nearly EF. £40 to 60 £64.00
1926 Tyne Electrical Engineers, R.E, copper award - The Robinson Cup (Sapper W. H. Holmes), crest, reverse details engraved within wreath, 44mm, in case of issue. EF. £20 to 30 £20.00
1926 For Service in the General Strike, copper medal, by E. Gillick (Royal Mint) for the London, Midland & Scottish Railway Co, three figures for the three regions, reverse Britannia seated left holding olive branch, 56mm (BHM 4210; Eimer 2003), in case of issue. Virtually mint state. The services of the LM&S Railway included the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh via York & Newcastle upon Tyne and the routes from Edinburgh to Aberdeen & Inverness. £40 to 50 £64.00
1928 The Tyne Bridge opened by King George V, silvered-bronze medal, by The Northern Goldsmiths Co, panoramic view of the bridge, reverse legend with details of the bridge, 57mm (BHM 4224; Eimer 2011, where listed as silver or bronze). Mint state. £60 to 80 £195.00
1930's Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, Earl Grey's (Regimental) Competition Medal, (bronze), St. George slays dragon (after Pistrucci), reverse legend and space for naming, 51mm, in Messrs. John Pinches card box. EF. Named after Henry George Grey, 3rd Earl Grey, KG GCMG PC, who was born at Howick & was to become Lord-Lieut. of the County of Northumberland. His involvement with the regiment was from about 1860. £25 to 40 £25.00
1975 Peterlee New Town, 25th Anniversary, silver medal, by Nordon Art Co, signed DW, bust of Lee right, reverse Arms & supporters, 51mm, in case of issue. Matt surface, mint state, scarce. Peterlee in Co. Durham, is a small town built under the New Towns Act of 1946. Named after the trade unionist and miner's leader Peter Lee (1864-1935) the town originally mostly housed coal miners & their families. £30 to 40 £46.00
1990 Bicentenary of the Launch of the first Lifeboat, named 'The Original,' bronze medal by R. Lowe for the Royal Mint, Arms of the Royal Mint, reverse the lifeboat being rowed towards a wrecked ship, 63mm, 5,000 specimens struck, in case of issue with certificate. Mint state. The first shore-based boat designed specifically for use as a lifeboat was built by Henry Greathead of South Shields and made her first rescue on 30 January 1790, when a shipwrecked crew were recovered from Herd Sand. £45 to 60 £64.00
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