London, The Worshipful Company of Haberdashers Liveryman’s Medal presented to Field Marshal His Royal Highness Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, third son of Queen Victoria and Governor-General of Canada, bronze, very rare
Obv: arms of the Haberdashers’ Company
Rev: engraved PRESENTED TO H.R.H. Prince Arthur, K.G., K.T., K.P., G.C.M.G., UPON HIS BEING ADMITTED A LIVERYMAN OF THE HABERDASHERS’ COMPANY 2ND. JULY, 1873. ALDN. D. H. STONE, MASTER in 9 lines
Condition: Good very fine; Diameter: 54mm
Notes: His Royal Highness Prince Arthur William Patrick Albert, 1st Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, was born on 1st May 1850, the third son of Queen Victoria. He was granted the freedom and Livery of the Most Worshipful Company of Haberdashers in 1873, under the Mastership of Alderman David Stone, who himself would be elected Lord Mayor of London the following year, and maintained an active connection with the Company for the rest of his life. He served as Governor-General of Canada throughout the Great War, rose to the rank of Field Marshal in the British Army, and received every Order of Knighthood possible. He died on 16th January 1942. This is at least the third bronze medal known to have been given to him – why more than one is anyone’s guess. One was sold at a London auction in 2016 and according to the footnote of that lot, another is known to be in the collection of the Worshipful Company of Cutlers.