Auction Report

24 October 2014

Starting at 10:00 AM


The Collection of British Orders, Decorations and Medals formed by the late Fred Rockwood

Washington Mayfair Hotel  London  W1J 5HE

The Collection of British Orders, Decorations and Medals formed by the late Fred Rockwood (24 October 2014)

Gross Total £586,650 (£703,980 including buyers' premium)
Number of lots 719
Number of unsold lots 4
Number of vendors 1
Number of successful buyers 220
Exchange rate of the GB pound US $1.60 and €1.27

Principal Lots
Lot no.

681 The Peninsular Gold Cross group of 7 awarded to Lt-Col Sir John Rolt, Col. of the Queen's Regt, £44,000 (£52,800)
707 The World War II Order of Burma and Burma Gallantry Medal group of 8 to Hon Lt Maji Tu, Burma Rifles, £26,000 (£31,200)
586 Order of the Bath, G.C.B. (Military), Knight Grand Cross chain, £22,000 (£26,400)
628 Victoria Cross, reverse and suspension bar erased, £19,000 (£22,800)
656 Order of Merit, E II R, Civil Division, neck badge, awarded to 1st Baron Hailey, £13,000 (£15,600)
582 Order of the Garter, K.G., a late Georgian Knight's breast star by Rundell Bridge & Rundell, £9,000 (£10,800)
59 Field Officer's Gold Medal for Nive, to Major Rodrigo Vito Pereira da Silva, 14th Portuguese Infantry, £8,500 (£10,200)

Saleroom Notices
The following were amendments to the printed catalogue descriptions
1 Die flaws on the reverse indicate a slightly later striking
35 The recipient was born at Yeovil, enlisted in January 1809, discharged to Veterans Bn in August 1814 having 'chronic inflammation of the eyes from service at Gibraltar' Sold with copied discharge papers
43 The recipient enlisted in February 1807, was wounded in the thigh at Badajoz on 10 May 1811 and discharged to Veterans Bn in November 1812. Sold with copied discharge papers
55 The recipient was born in the Isle of Wight, enlisted in July 1800 and was discharged in February 1819 on reduction of the regiment and 'lost sight of right eye from accident in farrier's shop.' He was not present at Waterloo. Sold with copied discharge papers
57 The recipient was examined and recommended for pension commencing in September 1860: 'Discharged in the year 1816. Wounded head at San Sebastian and right ankle at Vittoria'. Sold with copied Examination entry
154 The Sikkim clasp is sprung
166 The naming is officially engraved and a slightly later issue
216 This medal and clasp was issued as a duplicate in October 1935; originally issued without clasp
325 The naming is officially re-impressed and the medal is fitted with an old copy clasp
348 The unit is 19th Lancers
553 The clasps are copies or later strikings
563 There are five miniatures in the lot as listed, not 12
642 This is a George VI issue
659 The suspension loop of the badge has been poorly refixed
682 Another Seringapatam Medal is known to exist, similarly named and mounted in a chased frame with Seringapatam bar. This pair was previously sold by DNW in June 1997 and in March 2002
683 Probably a later duplicate issue; a complete group is known to exist
695 The British War Medal to this recipient can be made available to the buyer
707 Some sources give the total number of members of the Order of Burma as 31, and of these at least one other recipient was also awarded the Burma Gallantry Medal

The following lots were withdrawn before the auction:

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