Rare Mercian regiment Conspicuous Gallantry Cross goes under the hammer

Here's a quick look ahead to Bosley's rare and collectible medals and militaria auction in September.

Bosley's, who were recently named the best auction house in central England by the British Antiques and Collectables Awards, have had offers coming in thick and fast for the sale, and there's something for every kind of collector and investor on offer.

Firstly, there are more pieces from the world-famous Hugh King badge collection - for example a Parachute Regiment 1945 HM silver beret badge.

There are also several antique weapons including a George II Officer's sword, a Third Reich policeman's sword and even an R Munster Fusiliers Militia Officer's grenade.

Collectors specifically interested in Victoria Cross winners' memorabilia will be intrigued by several pieces: the cocked hat tin of General Sir Sam Browne VC, a Midshipman's dirk to presented to a St Nazaire Raid VC winner.

The most spectacular pieces however are two Distinguished Flying Crosses and autographed log books from extraordinary RAF pilots: Leonard Cheshire VC, OM, DSO and Two Bars, DFC and Guy Gibson VC, DSO & Bar, DFC and Bar, the latter of whom led the Dambusters raid in WWII.

These extraordinary pieces of memorabilia are offered alongside a Conspicuous Gallantry Cross - the modern award one down from a Victoria Cross. It is one awarded to a member of the Mercian regiment ('The Heart of England's Infantry') which was created in 2007.

There have only been five Conspicuous Gallantry Crosses awarded to members of the Mercian regiment since its creation, all of them for service in Afghanistan as that is where the regiment has been primarily employed, and this is just the second to appear at auction.

This is just a taste of what's appearing in Gloucestershire on September 1, and we will bring you more details closer to the time.

 

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