An article published by the Express on July 17th caught my eye this week with an odd illustration of a medal. A search for more information turned up a Februrary 18, 2021 article by The Sun on the same topic with a more sensible illustration. Here's an excerpt from the better Sun article.
The proud owner of the token of bravery was clearly emotional as he heard what military specialist Mark Smith had to say.
Examining the artefact, which had the words 'for edel daad' written on it, Mark told the guest it was from the "Swedish-Norwegian royal family when they were joined together."
"It's called the noble deeds medal and it was given out for saving life at sea, usually it was for ship wrecks."
Appearing on the BBC show, the owner explained the back story and said: "I found out it was my great great grandfather's who was actually 14 at the time.
"He was a member of the lifeboat crew and they went out to rescue 20 men off the coast of north Wales - 1889, 6th and 7th of October, there was a massive storm."
Mark added that it was likely to have been a Swedish vessel that had gone into the rocks.
When it came to the all important evaluation, Mark told the family: "Today, it's actually worth £700."
Clearly surprised by the amount, the guest quickly responded: "Good grief, worth more than that to us."
A somewhat similar medal was sold in a 2012 Künker sale.
To read the complete lot description, see:
Medaille für die edle Tat [Medaljen for Ædel Daad]
To read the complete articles, see:
PRICELESS Antiques Roadshow guest takes swipe at expert as he insists medal is ‘worth more' than valuation
Antiques Roadshow guest gobsmacked by value of grandfather's medal for lifesaving rescue
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