Another Busy Day

Yesterday we had end to end customers, and the same was true today. Earlier in the week we had a Guildhall Coronation Medal brought into the shop with a selection of other medals associated with Guildhall dinners and the Freemasons. We weren’t able to buy them, though we did buy the associated coins. The owner has taken them home to talk to their children and decide what to do. This is an example photograph from the internet as I didn’t think to ask if I could take a photograph at the time.

The photographs below are ones I took of an interesting group of medals that came into the shop today. They represent 38 years in the army, with six tours – three in the Balkans (one with the UN and two with NATO) and three in Afghanistan. The last three medals are the Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct medal. We tend not to give a lot of medals out. The silver laurel leaves are the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service, which the recipient was awarded for his services in Helmand Province.

Modern Group with QCVS

Modern Group with QCVS

Lots more happened, but that, for me, was the most interesting part. I’m a man who is easily satisfied.

20 thoughts on “Another Busy Day

  1. M T McGuire

    I feel cheeky leaving a comment to say this but Claire Pooley suggested I contact you. Do you have any hints and tips for trying to recover a family medal that was stolen? If I remember rightly, the police thought it was gang of drug users after a rash of break ins around the same area when small portable things like snuff boxes, medals etc were taken. The medal disappeared in the late 1980s, I think and if I can, I’d love to track it down and buy it back. Unless there’s a way of getting duplicates!



    1. quercuscommunity

      Fortunately the medals were just in for remounting.

      A friend of mine once made a similar remark to a dealer. When visiting a shop in his lunchbreak he was shown an impressive group of medals, including the Military Medal.

      When he said it was a shame to see them being sold the dealer replied: “He only died this morning.”

      All families are different…

  2. Andrew Petcher

    You didn’t say why you couldn’t buy them. Too expensive, you couldn’t sell them or being associated with Freemasonry they carry a secret curse that will transfer to anyone who owns it?

    1. quercuscommunity

      They wanted to see what the family thought, plus they had some unrealistic expectations of the Masonic jewels, which they said were gold. In fact they were silver gilt (which the hallmarks plainly showed) and worth a lot less than they thought. They also have all the invitations from the various events, so they really should be kept together. Time will tell.

      1. jodierichelle

        Oh, wow – You are the English version of Pawn Stars! We have a TV show where just this sort of thing happens. People come in with high expectations of all the money they will make from selling something that was left to them and the store owners have to give value to all sorts of interesting things. I’m just putting this all together.

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