Unique British and French medal combination could charge past $11,200



2015-06-26 12:28:36

Unique British and French medal combination could charge past $11,200

Commander C Royer earned the French Order of the Lily and an unusual Naval Service Medal

Spink's Medal department is set to produce another of its exciting auctions following a long wait since April's sale.

One of the upcoming highlights will without doubt be the unique three clasp combination Naval General Service and French Order of the Lily pair awarded to Commander C Royer of the Royal Navy.

Royer was made prisoner after a short, sharp action when the Swiftsure was capturedand taken into service by the French Navy in 1801.

Three clasp NGS medal and Order of the Lily

The Naval General Service medal of 1793-1840 bears three clasps: Nile, Egypt and Off Tamatave, and is dated 20 May 1811 (Charles Royer, Midsn). The 'Y' in his surname has been corrected and the rank contemporarily engraved in large serif capitals.

The Kingdom of France's Order of the Lily, in the form of a silver breast Badge, measures 34mm (including crown suspension) x 16mm and is in extremely fine condition. It comes together with the Certificate of Award named to Monsieur Royer, Captaine de Port Nile, dated 26.8.1815.

Commander Royer's medal pairing is expected to sell for 5,000-7,000 ($11,200). Alongside it is offered a group of eight medals offered to Admiral Sir W H Stewart.

This is led by an example of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Military Division, Knight Grand Cross, and also includes another Naval General Service Medal alongside service medals for Baltic and Crimean service.

But Stewart was also honoured by other countries including Turkey and France, which gave him the Order of the Medjidieh and Legion d'Honneur respectively. Stewart's complete set is expected to sell for 5,000-6,000 ($9,600), and could make a fantastic investment.

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