Included in our forthcoming 20th/21st July auction
A 1854 Crimea medal, original ribbon with four campaign bars for Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann and Sebastopol, later named bearing inscription William Eccles 13th Light Dragoon Est £250-350
Mystery surrounds this medal – Found at a routine inspection at a deceased property in the Black Country near Tipton.
'When I first saw the contents of the property, I quite literally didn’t know where to start 'said Mark Hannam specialist at Fieldings Auctioneers as the property was piled high of boxes. An inspection that should have taken no more than an hour turned into a three and a half hour search and it was from one of the those boxes the medal came to light.
These medals were issued unnamed however the medal could be returned to the mint to be officially impressed. Many were crudely named by recipients who presented to the Depots to be impressed or to be engraved by jewellers in England.
This medal is named on the edge to William Eccles of the 13th Light Dragoons, who was present at the charge of the Light Brigade during the battle of Balaclava. Whether or not this medal was awarded to Mr Eccles is unknown as the later inscription added suggests that it may well have been named by a jeweller!
We invite potential buyers to inspect the medal.
Do you have a collection of medals you wish to sell through auction, please get in touch with Nick or Mark in our medals and militaria department and they would be happy to advise.
Posted on 17 July 2023