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Old Gunners' Club Medal: CM.1490-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Issuer: Honourable Artillery Company of London
Ruler: Edward VII (1901-10) (Struck in the rule of)




In its origins an unofficial organisation by the City of London for its defence, first recognised by royal charter in 1537, the Honourable Artillery Co. of London is reckoned the oldest regiment of the Royal Army, although it was only formally placed under state control in 1860. In 1907 the Company as a whole was taken into the Territorial Reserve, now the Territorial Army of which it is still a part. Though very much an association first and a military unit second the Company has won numerous battle honours and currently performs surveillance for the NATO Rapid Reaction Force.
In 1894 the Company instituted a sort of alumnus association, the Old Gunners' Club, whose function, as A. A. Payne put it, was "to dine together once a year and to keep the old Field Battery members in touch with each other". Long membership of the Club was marked by this medal, which was to be awarded for not less than seven years' membership.
This medal was awarded to Sergeant Trumpeter W. J. Waterlow, one of the founders of the Club and thus one of the first to receive its medal. It is one of three medals that were awarded to him that are now in the Watson Collection; the others precede this one. 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: 37.9 mm
Weight: 36.29 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

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


Production date: AD 1901

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Trefoil, each leaf bearing pelleted letter O, G & C respectively, with cannon and balls in upper and halberdier in each of left and right, upper surmounted by winged helm; all on crossed halberds and with laurel sprays around

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1490-2009
Primary reference Number: 141586
Watson Catalogue: 318
Ordering: M-0375
Previous object number: LW.0363c
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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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