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6 July 2004

Hammer Price:

Honourable East India Company Medal for Seringapatam 1799, silver, 48mm., Soho Mint, contained in an attractive glazed case, the surround with raised bands of floral decoration and matching integral loop for suspension, and clasp for ‘Seringapatam’, the inner band of the case with contemporary engraved naming ‘Lieut. W. G. Pearse, Artillery’, complete with further ring/loop and bar suspension, extremely fine and most attractive £1500-1800

William Goodenough Pearse, who was baptised at Luppitt, Devon in May 1778, was originally commissioned into the Honourable East India Company’s Madras Artillery as a Lieutenant Fireworker in January 1799. He was subsequently employed in the Seringapatam operations later that year. Pearse went on to enjoy a long and successful career, attaining the rank of Major-General in June 1838. He died at his estate at Trull, near Taunton, Devon in February 1840.