Last week Baldwin's in added some Commemorative Medals to their web site offerings. This week some more appeared. Here are some
that caught my eye. -Editor
The Siege of Corfu, 1716
Italy / Greece, The Siege of Corfu 1716, Venetian Victory over the Turks, Reichsgraff Marshal Matthias Johann von der Schulenburg at the Siege of
Corfu and the erection of his statue, Copper Medal, by Georg Vestner, the statue on its plinth with the city of Corfu behind, rev legend in oval
wreath, 38mm (Voltolina 1391). Extremely fine with mint redness.
To view the complete item description, see: www.baldwin.co.uk/the-siege-of-corfu-1716-7046.html
Voyage of the Chinese Junk Keying
Victoria/China, Voyage of the Chinese Junk Keying, 1848, Bronze Medal by T Halliday, published by Allen & Moore, Birmingham, starboard view of
the junk with sail set on main mast, THE CHINESE JUNK “KEYING”, rev details of the vessel, its purchase and its voyage, in 15 lines, 45mm (BHM 2318).
A few edge bruises, otherwise about extremely fine, with traces of original gilding remaining.
To view the complete item description, see: www.baldwin.co.uk/voyage-of-the-chinese-junk-keying-1848.html
I hadn't heard of this vessel, but found online a book titled East Sails West: The Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855 by
Stephen Davies. -Editor
In December 1846, the Keying, a Chinese junk purchased by British investors, set sail from Hong Kong for London. Named after the Chinese Imperial
Commissioner who had signed away Hong Kong to the British, manned by a Chinese and European crew, and carrying a travelling exhibition of Chinese
items, the Keying had a troubled voyage. After quarrels on the way and a diversion to New York, culminating in a legal dispute over arrears of wages
for Chinese members of the crew, it finally reached London in 1848, where it went on exhibition on the River Thames until 1853. It was then auctioned
off, towed to Liverpool, and finally broken up. In this account of the ship, the crew and the voyage, Stephen Davies tells a story of missed
opportunities, with an erratic course, overambitious aims, and achievements born of lucky breaks—a microcosm, in fact, of early Hong Kong and of the
relations between China and the West.
For more information, see:
East Sails West: The Voyage of the Keying, 1846-1855
Mandarin Hesing of the Junk Keying, 1848.
Victoria/China, Mandarin Hesing of the Chinese Junk Keying, 1848, White Metal Medal by T Halliday, bust of Hesing, almost facing, in traditional
Chinese jacket decorated with dragon motif, MANARIN HESING OF THE CHINESE JUNK, rev details of the vessel, its purchase and its voyage, in 15 lines,
45mm (BHM 2317). Extremely fine.
To view the complete item description, see: www.baldwin.co.uk/mandarin-hesing-of-the-junk-keying-1848.html
Prisoner of War Camp on St Helena
South Africa, Prisoner of War Camp on St Helena, filled Bronze Medal, 1900, images relating to South Africa, rev the prison on the island,
depicted as a high rocky landscape, TER GEDACHTENIS AAN DE BOREN, KRYGEVANGENEN, 46mm (Hern 298, smooth “COA” variety). Extremely fine and rare. The
medal was made by prisoners of war with very limited facilities. It is made of two plates joined by a rim and the centre was filled with
To view the complete item description, see: www.baldwin.co.uk/prisoner-of-war-camp-on-st-helena-1900.html
Fascinating handmade item! -Editor
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
COMMEMORATIVE MEDAL SELECTIONS FROM BALDWIN'S
Wayne Homren, Editor
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