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Medal for Visit of the Honourable Artillery Company of London 1903: CM.1488-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Issuer: Ancient & Honourable Artillery Company of Massachusetts
Ruler: Honourable Artillery Company of London (With the title of)




Although this medal was awarded by the Ancient and Honourable Artillery Co. of Massachusetts, it relates more to the organisation to which it was awarded, the Honourable Artillery Co. of London, which is more fully described elsewhere. The Massachusetts Company was formed after the emigration of a number of the HAC's members to America in the 1620s and 1630s, but relations became distant soon afterwards, and after the Anglo-American `War of 1812' were broken off completely.
Only in 1851, when members of the AHAC visited the Great Exhibition in London, were the two branches renewed in contact, and thereafter a slow exchange of visits began. In 1903 the London branch crossed the Atlantic to meet their American fellows, and this medal was created for the occasion.
This example was awarded to Sergeant Trumpeter W. J. Waterlow, a stalwart member of the HAC and its veteran association the Old Gunners' Club. It is one of three of his medals that are now in the Watson Collection; the others follow. The medals are not attached to each other so although the Watson Collection catalogue considers them as Group 5 they have been treated separately here. Nonetheless, it was as a group that Lester Watson purchased them at some point before 1928; they had all previously formed part of the Payne Collection.


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

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 38 mm
Weight: 40.98 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1903

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Female figure in Classical dress and veil facing left, holding palm frond and resting hand on parchment on which central boss displays Boston from sea, with marginal inscription and central legend BOSTONIA. She stands amid rooftops of a shoreline city with steamship under way at sea left; Boston city arms below the ship, and below all legend "LONDON / SALVE / BOSTON" on banner

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription between two companies's coats of arms

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1488-2009
Primary reference Number: 141584
Watson Catalogue: 26
Ordering: M-0373
Previous object number: LW.0363a
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Saturday 22 January 2022 Last processed: Tuesday 13 June 2023

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

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