THE MILITARY SALE Historically Important World Medals and Militaria Go Under the Hammer in London 6th November 2013 sees Baldwin’s and Dreweatts hold the second of their bi-annual Military Sales, comprising 320 lots of Medals, Militaria and Military ephemera. The sale will be held at Dreweatts Lo
with contemporary silver replacement clip and steel ring suspension (Edmond Barrowcliffe, 2nd Batt. 3rd Reg. Guards); officially impressed. Lightly toned, suspension claw carefully soldered at edge 12 o’clock, one or two minor edge bumps and bruises, otherwise about very fine.
ex A H Baldwin & Sons Ltd, May 1934, £5/0/0
Sold with copy roll mention, confirming this award to Edmund (sic) Barrowcliffe, who served in Lieutenant Home’s Company of the Scots Guards at the Battle of Waterloo.
An Impressive Afghan and Indian Campaigns Group of 4 awarded to Major-General Henry Pelham Burn, 4th Bengal Native Infantry, Honourable East India Company, who served in the Afghan Campaign of 1840-2 at the siege of Jellallabad, and during the Mutiny of 1857-8 was present at the siege of Delhi and granted the position of Military Governor upon its fall. He personally interrogated the great Mughal court poet Mirza Azadullah Khan Ghalib – but aware of his fame and importance he provided him safe passage to his home, thus helping to ensure the survival of his own correspondence and writings from that time, comprising: Jellalabad Medal, 1841-2, 2nd ‘flying victory’ type reverse, with contemporary replacement gold suspension and top bar, Cabul Medal, 1841-2, ‘CABUL 1842’ type reverse, with contemporary replacement gold suspension and top bar (Sub Ast Comy Gen Capt H. P. Burn Regt Native Infantry) Punjab Medal, 1848-9, no clasp, with silver ‘claw’ top bar (Bt Major H. P. Burn, 1st Bengal N.I.), Indian Mutiny Medal, 1857-59, single clasp, Delhi (Col H. P. Burn, 4th Bengal Eurpn Regt); the first unnamed, the second engraved in a running script, the third and fourth officially impressed, medals with reverse pins for wear, group mounted singly on velvet in a dark wood frame for display, mounted beside his sons medal (below). Lightly toned, surface marks from wear and polishing, a few spots of discolouration and some light traces of lacquer in places, otherwise very fine, and a pleasing combination of medals.
Sold with the medal awarded to his son:
INDIA GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, 1854-95, single clasp, Burma 1885-7 (Captn H. P. Burn 1st Bn Rif. Brig.) Officially engraved in a running script, with reverse pin for wear. Lightly toned, a few light marks and hairlines, a little discolouration in parts, otherwise good very fine. (5)
Major-General Henry Pelham Burn (1807-1882) was born on the 18th of November 1807, the son of John Burn of Kingston, East Lothian, Scotland, and the great-nephew of Major-General William Burn (1745–1814 HEIC) after whom Burn Bastion was named in Old Delhi, on the walls north of the Kabul Gate, and who had successfully conducted the defence of the city against attacking Mahratta forces in October 1804.
Henry Pelham Burn joined His Majesty’s Honourable East India Company as an Ensign with the 1st Bengal Native Infantry on the 16th of August 1824 at the age of 16, being promoted to Lieutenant in May 1825, Captain in July 1837, and was reputedly selected for service personally by