Be careful what you melt! With gold at sky-high prices, the metal is coming out of the woodwork and into the melting pot. But don't throw babies out with the bathwater! One British firm saved a special gold medal from the scrap heap, and it will be offered for sale to collectors at the end of the month. Does anyone have more information on the medal? Who designed it? How many were struck?
A 20ct gold Life Saving Medal designed by CH Lovett for Tiffany & Co, awarded to Alfred N Bevan in 1911 is going under the hammer on 30 November at Birmingham based auctioneers Fellows & Sons.
The medal was presented to Alfred N Beavan, captain of the steamship ‘Brika' for the rescue of three seamen from their sinking ship ‘Theresa' by the Life Saving Benevolent Association of New York (LSBA). The ship had been found in heavy sea 120 miles off St Michael's in the Azores.
The medal had been spotted in a consignment of gold which was due to be scrapped by Liverpool jewellers, W J Edwards.
Margot Walker and Peter Edwards, Partners of W J Edwards said: "This medal simply stood out as it was in impeccable condition when we found it. We realised that it must have been something special when we read the inscription on the back of the medal and simply had to find out more about it."
Stephen Whittaker, Managing Partner, Fellows & Sons said: "This Life Saving Medal is unique and carries an interesting history. Currently there is a tendency for jewellers to scrap gold but I am delighted that W J Edwards spotted the potential interest of this medal for collectors both here in the UK and the United States"
The medal has an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000 and will be sold with copies of the account from the New York Times in the Silver, Plated Ware, Coins & Medals auction on Monday 30 November.
To read the complete article, see:
RARE MEDAL DISCOVERED BY LOCAL JEWELLERS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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