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Earl St Vincent's Medal: CM.1200-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Birmingham (Mint)
Jervis, Edward J., Earl St Vincent (Issuer)
Küchler, Conrad Heinrich (Artist)
Inferred George III (1760-1820) (Ruler)

Description

The Mutiny on the Nore, which occurred in 1797, was the second of two that year in protest against the erosion of sailors' pay by inflation, living conditions aboard ship and various changes in the way the Navy expected its men, many of whom were conscripts impressed for the ongoing Revolutionary War with France, to serve under the flag. The unrest spread rapidly, and the Admiralty's refusal to concede led to a short-lived blockade of London by the rebel fleet, whose leaders' aims had become more widely revolutionary. Throttling supply to the mutineers resulted in their surrender in the face of starvation, and 29 men were hanged and many transported to Australia.
In the midst of the Mutiny one ship which did not join the uprising was the ex-French HMS Ville de Paris, then flagship of Admiral Edward Jervis, Earl St Vincent. In testimony to this loyalty, the Earl had this medal struck for the Petty Officers, seaman and marines of his vessel; it was issued in 1800.
The silver issue which is concerned here was that made to the Petty Officers; beyond this, however, the identity of the recipient is unknown. Lester Watson bought this medal from the London dealers Seaby in 1933.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Seaby 1933

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 47.6 mm
Weight: 25.52 g

Place(s) associated

  • Birmingham

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester

Dating

Production date: AD 1800

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Earl St Vincent facing left with laurel wreath around

  • Text: EARL ST VINCENTS TESTIMONY OF APPRECIATION / 1800
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Laurel wreath around soldier and marine right and left shaking hands

  • Text: LOYAL AND TRUE
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1200-2009
Primary reference Number: 141294
Watson Catalogue: 93
Ordering: M-0083
Previous object number: LW.0083
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Sunday 23 January 2022

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

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