Medals from World War One under hammer

Amongst the 700 plus Lots consigned for the auction is A First World War Military Medal Quartet to Private J. Hague, 244, Royal Army Medical Corps. Comprising Military medal, Victory Medal, 1914-15 Star and War Medal, all in very good condition, (except for some tarnishing); with Ribbons on hanger. medalsJB

Amongst the 700 plus Lots consigned for the auction is A First World War Military Medal Quartet to Private J. Hague, 244, Royal Army Medical Corps. Comprising Military medal, Victory Medal, 1914-15 Star and War Medal, all in very good condition, (except for some tarnishing); with Ribbons on hanger. medalsJB

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Military medals dating back nearly 100 years to World War One are among items going under the hammer in Sheffield.

And experts predict the quartet of honours – a military medal, victory medal, 1914-15 star and war medal – could fetch more than £500 when they are sold on Friday.

Sheffield Auction Gallery on Windsor Road, Heeley, is hosting the first of this year’s two-day quarterly antique and fine art auctions on Thursday and Friday.

Among the 700-plus lots is the medal quartet awarded to Private J Hague, of the Royal Army Medical Corps.

A gallery spokesman said the ‘interesting’ lot was expected to generate a lot of interest among collectors of military medals .

He said: “They are all in very good condition, except for some tarnishing, with ribbons on hanger.

“The paperwork shows the military medal was awarded on October 18, 1918, while he was serving in the 1st West Riding Field Ambulance.

“The lot also includes photographs of Pte. Hague, associated sweetheart cards, military paperwork, a collection of World War One postcards, including RAMC-related and RAMC uniform badges and a Military Medal Association enamel badge.

“There is also a collection of military badges the seller believes were given to Pte. Hague by grateful wounded soldiers.

“It is a very interesting and unique lot.”

The gallery said the lot is expected to make in the region of £300 to £500, but ‘with the substantial interest in collections of military memorabilia this may exceed expectations’.

Other items going under the hammer over the two days include an early to mid-20th century wooden rocking horse, expected to fetch between £100 and £200 and a large 1930s teddy bear which is tipped to make between £50 and £100.

n For details, visit www.sheffieldauctiongallery.com

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