A pair of named miniature medals to a Colonel serving in the Corps of Gentlemen at Arms
The medals comprise: Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Medal 1887 in silver with silver clasp for the 1897 Jubilee and Edward VII Coronation Medal 1902 in silver. The first medal is named in engraved capitals on the rim COLONEL F C WEMYSS, ROYAL BODYGUARD. The medals are fastened to a metal brooch bar and have original ribbons. Only 1012 people were awarded the 1887 medal and we are not aware of how many of them also got the clasp a decade later. The Edward VII medal was awarded to 3493 people. It is not named of course as it has an elaborate raised rim decorated with a wreath that would defy further engraving. All named miniatures are scarce and to someone of this rank extremely so. The Corps of Gentlemen at Arms has attended the Sovereign on state occasion since its foundation in 1509 and comprises about 50 members. SOLD 5th August 2022
Colonel Francis Charteris Wemyss was Lt Colonel commanding 3rd and 4th Battalions West Riding Regiment, The Duke of Wellingtons [late 33rd] and later Hon Colonel of the regiment. He was born in 1834 [see Burke’s Landed Gentry] and according to David Edelsten The Nearest Guard he was, in 1860, the last gentleman to purchase his commission in the royal body guard. He had also served in the Royal Wiltshire Militia.