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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]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

Thanks very much for the bayonet. I am very happy, I think your photos of your items are great because nothing is hidden and you can clearly see them. (Unlike some other dealers.) Everything was as you describe, I will be keeping a eye on your site for any further bayonets for my collection.

S W, UK, 10.01.2013