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Naval Engineers Medal: CM.1229-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: Victoria (1837-1901) (Struck in the rule of)
Artist: Wyon, William




This short-lived medal was created in 1842 to reward naval engineers for distinguished service. It was discontinued with the regrading of Engineers as Warrant Officers in 1847, which made them eligible for other decorations. During this brief period only four awards were made.
Engineer 1st Class William Shaw was the first recipient of the medal, for his service aboard HMS Tartarus in West Indian and American waters. Lester Watson purchased his medal in the auction of the Hamilton-Smith collection, of which it may have previously formed part, in 1927 (Glendining, 21-22 Nov 1927, lot 1293).


History note: Gift og L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, Hamilton Smith auction (Glendining, 21-22 Nov 1927, lot 1293)

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35.1 mm
Weight: 17.07 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1842

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Two-masted paddle-steamer facing right; stylised crown in exergue

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Anchor with crown above

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1229-2009
Primary reference Number: 141323
Watson Catalogue: 123
Ordering: M-0112
Previous object number: LW.0112
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

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

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