Rare George III gold oval pendant, commemorating Earl Howe and his celebrated Glorious 1st June 1794 victory over the French fleet. The pierced oval with fouled anchor and engraved 'Earl Howe June 1794' 'Rule Britannia' to one side and 'Earl Howe June 1794, Rule Britannia' to the other side. 5.5 x 4cm
The Right Honorable Admiral of the Fleet, The Earl Howe (1726-1799) had an illustrious Naval career. On June 1st 1794 (thereafter known as the Glorious 1st) he was in command of the Channel fleet of twenty-two ships and engaged and defeated twenty-five French ships who were escorting a grain convoy. He successfully captured seven French ships with a total prize money of £201,096 (the equivalent of £25,000,000 today). To celebrate his Victory he commissioned gold and gilt commemorative badges to give to participants of the action. The three versions in this sale are by direct family descent and may represent the three versions he had made probably depending on the rank of the recipient.
Provenance: Formerly the property of the 6th Earl Howe of Gopsall Park and Penn House, thence by descent to a Lady of title
Sold for £2,800
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Auction: Royalty, Fine Art & Antiques, 8th Nov, 2022
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