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Badge of the Order of the Medjidie, 5th Class: CM.1504-2009

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Current Location: In storage


Ruler: ‘Abd al-Majid (1823-61)
State: Ottoman Empire
Origin: Ottoman Empire




The Order of the Medjidie was founded by Sultan Abdul Mejid of the Ottoman Empire in 1852, as a reward for distinguished services. When the Crimean War began in 1854, therefore, and British and French officers came to the aid of the Empire against Russia, a number of British soldiers, mostly officers but also a few private soldiers whose deeds had particularly distinguished them, were admitted to the order over the course of hostilities and their immediate aftermath.
This Badge was awarded to Colonel Lawrence Fyler of the 12th Lancers, whose service in the Crimea earned him two other medals and whose medal group has come entire into the Watson Collection and shows a career spent in India and the East fighting for the Crown from the 1830s to the 1850s.
Fyler's medals are not, for the most part, physically attached to each other, although the catalogue of the Watson Collection considers them as Group 8, so the opportunity has been taken to treat them separately here. Nonetheless, it was as a group that Lester Watson bought them, from the London dealers Seaby, in 1929.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection. bt Seaby 1929. Left to James Fyler (nephew) on recipient's death 1873.

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 48.3 mm
Weight: 36.61 g

Acquisition and important dates

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


1852 CE - 1861 CE



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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Sultan's royal cipher with inscription around on gold-bordered circle of red enamel; whole on star of seven triple quills with small crescents and five-pointed stars between, suspended from red enamelled crescent and star suspender with green enamelled edges

  • Text: [LOYALTY] [PATRIOTISM] [ZEAL] / [1268]
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Inscription and marginal engraving on convex silver disc secured to back of star with pins

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1504-2009
Primary reference Number: 141601
Watson Catalogue: 226
Ordering: M-0390
Previous object number: LW.0366b
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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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