Earlier consignments brings out new Indian medal

Once again, Jeffrey Hoare Auctions has an Indian Chief Medal listed in an upcoming sale, scheduled to be offered in the firm’s Sept. 17-18 sale, held in conjunction with the London Numismatic Society.

The medal is a King George III medal, with the monarch’s effigy on one side and the Royal Coat of Arms on the other, Jamieson 6. Described as VG the 76.7 mm medal is missing the original loop suspension, and has a small hole below so the medal could be worn, and a broken section on the rim. It has an estimate of $5,000.

King George III reigned from 1760 to 1820 and medals were awarded to First Nations peoples as a sign of friendship and loyalty. Recently the firm sold a substantial collection of Indian Chief medals from the R.D.W. Brand collection.

Auctioneer Wendy Hoare said that sale attracted the attention of other collectors, and led to this consignment.

“It’s nice to see that our catalogues are reaching out to all different levels of the collecting public and leading to other consignments such as this,” she said.

The sale is being held in two parts, at the Ramada Inn, in London, Ont.

The first part is the numismatic sale, being conducted Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. The second session is military items and will be held Sept. 18 at 1 p.m. The numismatic part of the sale also has what Mrs. Hoare described as “a real nice offering of United States coins.”

Among the highlights are Lot 29, an 1875 20-cent piece, Fine-15, estimated at $300; and Lot 63, an 1855 gold dollar, VF, and estimated at $240. Among the Canadian coins is Lot 80, a 1912 10-cent piece, PCGS MS-63 with multicolour toning around the edges, estimated at $450.

Lot 111 is a 1908 Specimen Set, from one-cent to 50-cents in a red case with impressed interior lettering. The cent is red and has been lacquered while the silver pieces have dark toning and the five-cent piece is described as SP-50 cleaned. The other coins grade between SP-60 and SP-63. The set is expected to sell for $2,000.

The numismatic section also includes a range of Canadian and world historical and commemorative medals.

The militaria section includes Lot 218, a North West Canada Medal from 1885, with Saskatchewan clasp, estimated at $2,000. The medal is particularly interesting because it was issued to Constable Murray Jarvis of the NWMP rather than a soldier. Jarvis saw action at the Battle of Cut Knife Hill, near Battleford, Sask., on May 2, 1885, where a force of Cree and Assiniboine warriors defeated a flying column of police, militia and regular soldiers. Jarvis remained the NWMP until the end of his period of enlistment in 1887.

The militaria section also includes weapons, Canadian cap badges, cloth badges, insignia and military uniforms.

The auction also includes selections from the collection of Warren Carroll, who died in 2015. He was a long time collector of Royal Canadian Air Force material. He not only collected but also researched extensively. He was used as a historical accuracy consultant by movies and was often consulted by museums to identify insignia and equipment.

He shared his knowledge by writing in journals and magazines as well as authoring two books Wings Canada and Great Britain 1913-1945, published in 1981, and Eagles Recalled: Air Force Wings of Canada, Great Britain and The British Commonwealth 1913-1945, published in 1997.

“Carroll was an acknowledged expert in the realm of Canadian and British Commonwealth air force insignia,” Mrs. Hoare said.

Lot 597, a group of Royal Canadian Naval Air Service (RCNAS) insignia attributed to Flt. Cdt. E.J. Marsh is bound to turn some heads. The lot consists of Marsh’s cap badges, wings, certificates and photographs and a letter. The lot has a presale estimate of $6,000.

Marsh, a native of Grimsby, Ont., joined the RCNAS on Sept. 12, 1918, just seven days after it was formed. He was in the first group of flight cadets sent to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to study aviation. At the end of the war, Marsh elected to complete his training, and remained in the RCNAS until it was disbanded in 1919.

Carroll, who researched the items extensively, estimated that only six RCNAS officer’s cap badges remained in existence, and only five RCNAS pilot’s wing existed. The badges and wings were issued together with matching serial numbers of the back.

A pdf of the catalogue is available online at jeffreyhoare.on.ca. For more information contact the firm at 519-473-7491, email jhoare@jeffreyhoare.on.ca.

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