Lot Archive


№ 275


19 April 1995

Hammer Price:

London Pitt Club Medal, silver-gilt, the black ‘cameo’ centre without the usual effigy of William Pitt, inscribed on the reverse (Vice Adml. Eliab Harvey), circa 1810-15, good very fine and scarce

Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey, G.C.B., (1758-1830) is best remembered as Captain of the ‘Fighting Temeraire’ which he commissioned in November 1803. In the battle of Trafalgar she was the second ship of the weather line, closely following the Victory, and her share in the action was particularly brilliant. “Nothing could be finer” wrote Collingwood, “I have no words in which I can sufficiently express my admiration of it.”
An identical Pitt Club badge was included in the fine group of Peninsula awards to Lieutenant-General Sir Miles Nightingall, K.C.B., when sold at Sotheby (28 June 1990 - lot 286). This badge also lacked the effigy of William Pitt, suggesting that they were, for a period, issued in that manner.