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Transport Medal (1899-1902): CM.1448-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

Mint: London
Artist: Saulles, George W. de
Artist: Admiralty
Ruler: Edward VII (1901-10)
Ruler: Edwardvs VII rex imperator (With the title of)

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Description

In 1903, with the Second Boer War and the Boxer Rebellion both recently ended, and various medals awarded for service in each, consideration was also given to those involved in ferrying the troops to these unusually farflung theatres of war. The result was the Transport Medal, which was awarded to the senior officers of the 117 transports and 10 hospital ships that had been pressed into service during those campaigns. Provision was made to award the medal in future to officers of the Merchant Navy serving in transports, but when opportunity came in the form of the Great War of 1914-1918, this was not in fact done and merchant seamen sailing in war zones were awarded the new (but less splendid) Mercantile Marine War Medal instead. Only some 250 Transport Medals were therefore awarded.
This example was awarded to J. Collier, of whose service nothing more is known. Lester Watson purchased the medal from the London dealers Spink in 1926.

Notes

History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Spink 1926

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 36.3 mm
Weight: 38.99 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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

Dating

Production date: AD 1903

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

Struck

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of Edward facing left

  • Text: EDWARDVS VII REX IMPERATOR
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Section of world map top, transport at sea below

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1448-2009
Primary reference Number: 141542
Watson Catalogue: 370
Ordering: M-0331
Previous object number: LW.0331
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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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