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Auction: 24001 - Orders, Decorations and Medals
Lot: 338

The Loyal & Friendly Society of the Blue and Orange, Medal, silver, 46mm including loop x 30mm, on its original blue and orange silk riband, a most attractive example, good very fine

The Loyal and Friendly Society of the Blew and Orange was likely founded during the early to mid-1730's, by officers of the King's Own Regiment of Foot (later numbered as the 4th Foot) as a society and club to perpetuate the memory of the 'Glorious Revolution' of 1688 and the accession of the House of Hanover in 1714. The Society (which was open to both ladies and gentlemen) held formal dinners four times per year to celebrate such occasions as the Battle of the Boyne (11 July 1690); the Accession of the Hanoverians (1 August 1714); and the Battle of Culloden (16 April).
Fascinatingly, a list of Members (dated 1801) is still extant and includes notable personalities including H.R.H. the Prince of Wales, the dukes of York, Clarence and Kent, and the Duchess of Rutland and the Honourable Lady Pitt. Sold together with a file of copied research including the 1801 list of Members and an article, Medals of the British Armed Forces, 1740-1780 - Part III, Fraternal or Societal Badges and Medals (Erik Goldstein, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation) relating to further history of the Medal.

For a further example of this Medal, in gold, and positively attributed to Colonel William Kelly C.B., 24th Regiment of Foot, please see Lot 52.

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£400 to £600

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