, medals and militaria specialist,found this rare item out of the blue and advised a pre sale estimate of £3000-3500.
Henry commented "seldom do fine medals like this come onto the open market and the circumstances surrounding the vendor acquiring this medal are exceptional.
Careful pre sale marketing caused considerable interest and a real buzz on sale day: two telephone bidders going head to head, Henry
was thrilled with the hammer price,of £4600 +17.5% buyer's premium, and was delighted to inform the vendor, who nearly dropped the vacuum cleaner!
Four lots sourced from the north included family groups which were split by Henry into four single lots to optimize the value for the client.
Researching these unusual medals (many of which were gold) Henry
discovered that the recipient and her
husband, a Mr Frank Mahin (during the Great War,the American consul in the Netherlands) survived a U boat torpedo attack en route to the United Kingdom.
An Indian Mutiny medal to Gunner William Trenholm who served with the Bengal Horse Artillery during the 1857-58 campaign sold well with the combination of these three clasps it was unique to the regiment and this was evident from the amount of interest being knocked down to a commission bidder by Henry at £1050 against a presale estimate of £600-800.
This was consigned locally and forensic attention to detail in the cataloguing by Henry Meadows assisted the lot to secure £780 for the estate.
Many of the single medals were consigned from one vendor;provenance; "in the back of the drawer", a term medal collectors so often hear!
Coming along to one of our regular specialist valuation days last year, the vendor was pleased to be told that her
late husband's collection would be carefully researched and professionally catalogued.
Whilst on the rostrum Henry
enjoyed seeing the vendor's delight keep pace with the prices being achieved,some lots racing past the estimates by a country mile.
applied particularly to the India General Service medals to Indian recipients.
demand for these seems to be on the up and Henry
believes that their values will increasingly develop as research data becomes better.
hammer total for this vendor's lots was circa £4000.
Our next sale of medals and militaria will take place on 29th June, please contact Henry
for more information regarding buying or selling 01242 256363 or firstname.lastname@example.org