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Indian General Service Medal (1854-95): CM.1247-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

London (Mint)
Wyon, William (Artist)
Wyon, Leonard Charles (Artist)
Victoria (1837-1901) (Ruler)
With the title of Victoria regina (Ruler)

Description

The Army of India Medal's issue in 1849 having marked the previous half-century's combats in the region, further conflicts in the 1850s led in 1854 to the design and issue of a General Service Medal for the theatre, for which bars would be issued as each new campaign merited.
The Duar War for which the Bhootan bar was awarded was a conflict following a civil war in the Buddhist mountain kingdom of Bhutan, between modern India and Tibet, in which the Bengali rebels had called on the British in India for aid in 1864. Ill-treatment of a diplomatic mission and border raiding compelled British intervention at the end of that year. Bhutanese knowledge of their home terrain could not in the end defeat the better-equipped and trained British forces, as they had previously discovered in a war in 1774, and extensive border concessions were made to the British to permit peace in 1866.
This medal was awarded to Private M. Fitzpatrick of the 55th Regiment. Lester Watson purchased it at some point before 1928.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm
Weight: 39.71 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

1870 - 1895

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Victoria facing left

  • Text: VICTORIA REGINA
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Victory crowning seated Classical warrior with laurel wreath

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1247-2009
Primary reference Number: 141341
Watson Catalogue: 146
Ordering: M-0130
Previous object number: LW.0130
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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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