Orders, Decorations and Medals - whether British or foreign - are very collectable and popular amongst military and historical collectors.
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Property varies from Great War campaign medals, Waterloo and Crimea, to gallantry medals for valor in Naval General Service, or for acts of heroism. Throughout the Victorian period, military heroism was greatly admired and medals became an icon of this culture. Every medal has an accompanying story and collectors are thus driven by interest and passion.Some British awards are not inscribed (e.g. 1939-45 campaign medals), and foreign awards rarely so. That is why surviving original documentation may prove vital in establishing provenance (e.g. a pilot’s flying log book, official certificates of award, photographs). In addition, where known, brief career details of the recipient are very useful. If you'd like to get a Medals valuation from our online specialist, simply upload a photograph and tell us any other details you know about the item.
Our expert in war and military medals began his career at Sotheby’s in the Coin and Medal department in 1980. While working at Sotheby’s he catalogued British and foreign orders, decorations and medals. He also worked as an auctioneer at Sotheby’s and later was appointed the head of a newly created department for medals and militaria.