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Title Crimea medal miniature (Quartermaster J Swaine)
Nationality British
Period c 1855
Price £135.00

This fine little miniature medal, complete with its original silk ribbon, is beautifully named on the edge 'J.SWAINE.QAr.Mr.2D.BATTn. THE.RL.REGt.' (the 1st Royal Regiment of Foot, the Royal Scots).

Joseph Swaine checks out as being comissioned Quartermaster in this unit in November 1846; from 22 April 1855, he served with the unit at the siege and fall of Sebastopol; he was awarded the Crimea medal and clasp for Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal; in 1863, in the Hart's Army List, he is shown with the honorary rank of Captain, placed on half pay in July 1859, serving with the Northumberland Militia Artillery.

It is a very nice example of a Crimean miniature, the naming having been applied to a thin silver strip into which the medal was sweated.

Its condition is GVF; the ribbon is somewhat fragile, but essentially intact. (NB: The gold colour of the last photo showing the naming is because of using an indoor lighting system.)

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Medals : British : 19th Century]


The helmet arrived the day before yesterday and I had a look at it today and everything looks perfect. You packed it up very well indeed. ... I've never seen him so thrilled with a gift!

H J, USA, 12.12.2008

Yes, arrived safe and sound, very nice, and very interesting. Have a couple of friends in the States slavering over the pictures, one of them loves searching old lists, etc. If I can tie it down more definitely will let you know.

N R, UK, 19.10.2005