CANADA 1901 Duke & Duchess of Cornwall & York Visited Canada / Boer War




Collections: Canada Medals, Medals

Product type: Medal

Vendor: Britannianumismatics



CANADA 1901 Duke & Duchess of York Visited Canada / Boer War 55.68mm bronze medal 76.58 grams Hern: 930; Laidlaw: 0041; Cumbers & Whittlestone 4070

Obverse: Conjoined busts of the Duke, in uniform, and Duchess, wearing a coronet, facing left, T.R.H. THE DUKE & DUCHESS OF CORNWALL & YORK / VISITED CANADA 1901

Reverse: In the centre, the Royal coat of arms surmounted by a crown and flanked on either side by a Canadian soldier. On the left, a member of the Canadian Mounted Rifles or Lord Strathcona's Horse. On the right, a member of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Above, a scroll showing: “CANADA”. On a band, the legend divided into two parts by the design: “IN SOUTH AFRICA (left) 1899-1900 (right)”. The soldiers standing on a raised dais inscribed: “FOR / CROWN & EMPIRE” maple leaves below.

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) visited Canada during September and October 1901, travelling across the continent and back again. This was a component of a wider world tour, including Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, partly as a show of Royal appreciation for loyalty during the Boer War.

John Cumbers & Andrew Whittlestone in their book, Royal Commemorative Medals 1837 - 1977 Volume 4 indicate that the medal was the work of Desaulles. No engraver or manufacturer is noted on the medal itself

George William Desaulles (4 February 1862 – 21 July 1903) was a British medallist. He was born on 4 February 1862 at Villa Street, Aston Manor, Birmingham. His grandfather Samuel was from Switzerland and had been a Page of the Presence in the household of George IV and William IV; his father, William Henry de Saulles, was a Birmingham glass merchant. At an early age he began his art training at the Birmingham School of Art, under the master, Mr. Taylor. He was apprenticed to Mr. Wilcox, die-sinker, in Birmingham, under whom he had a varied practice, which included the execution of large labels for Manchester goods.

De Saulles came to London in 1884, and worked for John H. Pinches, the die-engraver, then in Oxenden Street, Haymarket. In 1888 he returned to Birmingham and worked for Joseph Moore, the medallist. During 1892 De Saulles was in London at the Royal Mint, on the death of Leonard Charles Wyon the chief engraver. In January 1893 he was gazetted "engraver to the mint", and from that time to his death produced dies for British and colonial coins and for official medals.

Engaged in the preparation of the new seal of Edward VII, De Saulles died at Chiswick, after a few days' illness, on 21 July 1903 aged 41. He was buried in Chiswick churchyard.