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Indian Order of Merit, 3rd Class: CM.1286-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: Calcutta
Issuer: East India Company
State: United Kingdom




The Indian Order of Merit, instituted by the Honourable East India Company in 1837, is the oldest award for gallantry of the British Empire. The Order had three classes until 1912, for which medals were awarded in silver, silver and gold and gold respectively, and promotion from one class to a higher was achieved by further acts of bravery.
The receipient of this medal must therefore have been awarded the Order's medal at some point between 1837 and 1912, when Indian troops were made eligible for the Victoria Cross thus displacing the original first class, but as the medals were issued unnamed, we do not know who the recipient was. Lester Watson purchased the medal at some point before 1928.


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: 39.6 mm
Weight: 40.46 g

Place(s) associated

  • Calcutta

Acquisition and important dates

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


1837 - 1911

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Blue boss with crossed swords in circle with lettering around; wreath around and eight star points

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Eight-pointed star, plain save inscription

  • Text: 3rd Class
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1286-2009
Primary reference Number: 141380
Watson Catalogue: 188
Ordering: M-0169
Previous object number: LW.0169
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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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