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Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
Reference: S1594
Period: Edward VII
Year: 1910
Silversmith: William James Dingley
Place: Birmingham
Price: $ 540.00
Weight: 14 grams
Dimensions: 3.2 cm diameter
Condition: Excellent, perfectly preserved in original box.

Description: A lovely 9 carat gold HMS Conway rowing medallion, awarded to L.H. Barradell, rowing at position 5 (we assume of 8). The medallion is beautifully cast, with a very realistically modelled ship. The medallion is perfectly preserved in its original box, marked "Old Fields Limited, Post Office Place, Church St, Liverpool". The hallmarks are very clear and include "9" and "375" indicating 9 carat gold. HMS Conway was a 19th century wooden battleship, used as a Naval Training School for cadets. It was stationed on the Mersey in Liverpool, which accounts for the origin of the medallion. It operated between 1859 and 1953. The motto was "Quit Ye Like Men Be Strong". L.H. Barradell rose to the rank of Commander, he completed his career in Kenya. He was awarded the Legion of Honour (Crois de Chevalier) by the President of the French Republic in recognition of his services during the war, during the battle of Jutland, when he was a Lt RNR (Lieutenant Royal Naval Reserve) (www.hmsconway.org web site). We have now been informed by the historian and webmaster of HMS Conway that this medallion is the Parker Prize, awarded to rowers in the ship's gig each summer. The won the Royal Mersey Regatta gig race in July 1910. Commander Barradell moved to Kenya to farm in 1924, he died in 1957 and is buried in Nairobi.
Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
HMS Conway Gold Rowing Medallion - Commander LH Barradell

Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
HMS Conway

Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
Rowing 5 - LH Barradell - gold HMS Conway medal

Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
Original box and scale - HMS Conway

Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
Oldfields Ltd, Liverpool

Gold HMS Conway Rowing Medallion - Commander L H Barradell - The Parker Prize
9 carat gold hallmarks - 375

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