Lot Archive


№ 287


19 April 1995

Hammer Price:

Sea Gallantry Medal, E.V11.R., silver, small type (Walter Harper, “St. Cuthbert” 3rd February 1908) small edge bruise, otherwise good very fine and scarce

The British steamship St. Cuthbert was destroyed by fire off Cape Sable on February 4th, 1908, while carrying a general cargo from Antwerp to New York. Thirty-five of the crew were taken off by the steamship Cymric but 15 men who had put off in a boat were drowned when the boat capsized in heavy seas.
Eight silver medals were awarded for this rescue. Of the 81 silver medals awarded during the reign of Edward V11 fifty-four were of the second, smaller type.