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Lot 553





Estimate: 2'000 GBP   |   Starting price: 1'600 GBP Price realized: 2'400 GBP
Commemorative Medals. British Medals. George V , Winchester College, The King’s Medal, a gold prize medal, awarded in 1918 to John D’Ewes Evelyn Firth (1900-1957), by Bertram Mackennal and reverse after B. Wyon, struck by the Royal Mint, bare head of the King l., rev ., the tomb of William de Wykeham, named and dated on edge, 49mm., wt. 86.07gms. (BHM.4010), slightly matt surface, has been in a ring mount but edges appear quite clean, some handling marks, otherwise extremely fine As a schoolboy at Winchester John Firth excelled as a cricketer and was named a Wisden Cricketer of the Year for taking all 10 wickets for 41 runs in the match against Eton in 1917. He continued his education at Oxford, became a Church of England clergyman, schoolmaster and chaplain at Winchester College (where he was known as “Budge” Firth). From 1954-57 Firth was Master of the Temple (the Temple Church in London – his title referring back to the former order of the Knights Templar). He was also Canon Emeritus of Winchester Cathedral. £2000-2200

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