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Title 1st Loyal London Volunteers gold prize medal
Nationality British
Period 1805

This fine medal (2.25 inches diameter), almost certainly in 18 carat gold, is marked with: 'TP' over 'ER' (for Thomas Phipps & Edward Robinson, goldsmiths of Gutter Lane, City of London); the punch for 1805; the lion passant; and the king's head duty stamp.

The reverse is inscribed: 'Prize Medal / Presented by the / Lieut. Col. Com. to / Edward Simpson / the best shot of the 1st Regt. of / Loyal London Volunteers / at 100 yards distance / Oct. 25th. 1805'. The 100 yards referred to was almost certainly for musket practice with the Brown Bess as opposed to the Baker rifle.

The medal is constructed in three pieces, the shells being lost wax castings and the outer rim of polished gold, ie of hollow construction. Cast gold medals of this period for Volunteers/Militia are relatively uncommon, the bulk being produced in silver.

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[Militaria : Medals : British : 19th Century]


The knot has arrived safely and it looks great thank you.

J G, New Zealand, 06.02.2012

On Saturday they arrived the badges, very good, great service.

F A, Spain, 02.11.2009