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Auction 69  17 Nov 2022
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Lot 262

Estimate: 1200 GBP
Price realized: 1500 GBP
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An Exhibition quality display case of some of the rarest of British Medals from the British Museum Collection, made by the electrotype process by Augustus Papworth Ready (1856-1931), comprising seven double-sided medals (made as separate obverse and reverse) and two uniface medals, all mounted into a velvet-lined black leather display case, double-opening lid with gilt clasps, below each medal a descriptive caption, c. 1900, comprising:-
Philip and Mary, gold medal, 1555, by Jacques Jonghelinck (MI 72/18);
Elizabeth I (1558-1603), 'Dangers Averted' gold medal, c. 1588-89, attributed to Nicholas Hilliard (MI 154/130);
Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, beheaded 1641, the unique gold medal, after Vandyke (MI 288/102);
'Declaration of Parliament', the unique silver medal 1642 (MI 293/110);
Charles I, gilt-silver Royalist Badge, c. 1640's, by Thomas Rawlins (MI 360/232);
Archbishop William Laud, beheaded 1645, silver medal (MI 315/146);
Oliver Cromwell, Battle of Dunbar 1650, silver medal, by Thomas Simon (MI 391/13)
'Saving the Triumph', the unique gold medal, 1653, by Thomas Simon (MI 400/29);
Oliver Cromwell, Protector, gold medal, 1653, by Thomas Simon
The leather on the side-edges of the case distressed, the underside with the Trade Label of Augustus Papworth Ready, "6 Parliament Hill Road London"; obverse of the Dangers Averted medal with gold suspension ring, some toning to medals, all in all a splendid set (16)
Augustus Papworth Ready (1856-1931), was the elder son of Robert [Cooper Walpole] Ready and his second wife Susannah, née Papworth, though he was the 4th son in the household. He worked in the British Museum as a restorer's assistant to his father from 1873 onwards and was only made a permanent member of staff in 1897.

Estimate: 1500 - 1750 GBP
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