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    Friday, February 9th, 2024
    A fine Indian Mutiny ‘Clause 13’ V.C. to Rough Rider Edmond Jennings, 1st Troop, 1st Brigade, Bengal Horse Artillery, for gallantry during the Relief of Lucknow in November 1857. UPDATE: THIS MADE £55,000 AT HAMMER

    An Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross awarded to Edmond Jennings of Ballinrobe  will come up at Noonan’s in London on February 14.  It is estimated at £20,000-£30,000 (€23,400-€35,100).  It was awarded for rescuing a wounded officer while under attack and taking him to safety on his own horse.  After the event 42 year old Jennings was nominated by his fellow non-commissioned officers. Jennings enlisted in the East India Company’s service in Tullamore in 1836.

    Two Victoria Crosses are known to this recipient, the one offered for sale here, and a second one which is held by the “F” (Sphinx) Battery, 7th Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery (the successor unit to Jennings’ original unit), together with his campaign medals. Whilst the exact reason for two Victoria Crosses named to this man is a matter of some conjecture, the most likely reason is that the first-named V.C. was sent out to India for presentation to him there (as were the other Bengal Artillery Victoria Crosses), but that once it was known that he was returning home to the U.K. Queen Victoria herself expressed a wish to personally decorate him with the V.C. at an Investiture at Windsor on 9 October 1860, and a second Cross was consequently named up (in the event Jennings’ ship had been delayed in departing India, and he did not arrive in time, thereby missing the Windsor investiture).


    Thursday, October 19th, 2023

    A 1915 gold award medal from Trinity College, Dublin presented to pioneering biochemist William Robert Fearon (1892-1959) made a hammer price of £6,500 at Noonans sale of Historical Medals in London this week. The top lot of the auction, from an Irish collector, had been estimated at  £2,400-3,000. It attracted interest from all over the world and was purchased by a collector in the Far East. The medal achieved a record price for any medal from Trinity College Dublin.

    William Robert Fearon (1892-1959), pioneer biochemist was educated at St Andrew’s College, Dublin between 1908-11, followed by Trinity College between 1911-17, where he received a BA in natural science and was awarded the gold medal, a Harvey research prize from the Royal College of Physicians, Dublin in 1918, and the Carmichael prize from the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin. He went on to work as a researcher for the British food ministry and the food investigations board between 1917-19. He was a Mackinnon research student of the Royal Society at Emmanuel College, Cambridge from 1919-21 and was elected fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1921. The chair of biochemistry at Trinity was founded for him in 1943 and he represented the Dublin University constituency in Seanad Éireann from 1943 until 1959, sitting on many government committees.


    Wednesday, February 1st, 2023

    Part of a single owner collection of Irish Tokens made a hammer price of almost £20,000 at Noonans. The collection amassed by the late Barry Woodside is being dispersed in a series of auctions.

    The top lot was a rare Londonderry copper farthing for Broadway Bar on Duke Street which made £1,700 against an estimate of £150-200. It went to a private collector. A copper token from Michael Donoghue of Dublin dating from 1853-8 made £1,600 over an estimate of £300-400.

    Only three examples of the free ticket for the Grandstand of the Isle of Man Race are known. The one at Noonans made £1,400, almost three times its top estimate.