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Birmingham Loyal Association of Volunteers Presentation Medal, 1802
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Birmingham Loyal Association of Volunteers Presentation Medal, 1802

Measurements: Diameter: 48mm

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Struck silver medal. Obverse, a female figure in classical dress presenting a medal to Roman soldier, above, ‘For True Patriotism’, in the exergue, ‘Peace MDCCCII’; Rev. within a wreath of oak leaves the inscription (name and unit engraved on tablet) ‘Presented to Jno Taylor / 3rd Compy. / Birmm. Loyl. Associat. by the town of Birmingham May XXVIII MDCCCII’, [28 May 1802]. Contained in its original red morocco presentation case.

The present medal was struck to mark the Peace of Amiens. The Birmingham Loyal Association of Volunteers comprised two companies of cavalry and one of infantry under the command of Captain Pearson and Lord Broke. Their first parade was held on Coleshill Street on 15 August 1797. The infantry were armed with muskets brought from Prussia. On 4 June 1798, a grand review was held on Birmingham Heath, ‘to the delight of the local belles, who knew not which the most to admire, ‘the red horse or the blue foot'. The Birmingham Volunteers provided the escort to Admiral Lord Nelson and Lady Hamilton when they visited the town in August 1802. At a review on 2 August 1804, the regiment was presented with its colours. For years afterwards, the ‘Loyals' enjoyed a certain cachet around town.
 

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