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Named Crimea Period Order of the Mejidie - Viscount Kirkwall

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Gentlemen,

I have recently read Avsar Ibar's excellent book on the Ottoman Orders of the Mejidie and Osmanie. I have only one such piece - see images - a 5th Class privately engraved to Viscount Kirkwall, later the 6th Earl Orkney. I also have his named British Crimea medal with clasp, "Sebastapol".

It would appear that at some stage it was slightly altered as there is a gold pin on the reverse and the gold suspension loop/hook allows the badge to lift free of this suspension. This may have been done to allow his widow to wear the badge as a brooch.

This award is listed in the London Gazette and I have amassed much detail concerning the Earl and I hope in due course to submit an article for publication.

Kind regards,

Owain

Kirkwall Mejidie Obverse.jpg

Kirkwall Mejidie Reverse Name Detail.jpg

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Owain,

Very nice award.  To me, the naming and modification really add to the interest of this piece.

Regards,

Gordon

 

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Gordon,

Thanks - in addition to the Mejidie and the Crimea medal he was appointed Commander of the Order of St. Michael & St. George in 1866 and advanced to Knight Commander of the Order in 1875 (insignia returned upon his death in 1889). He was also appointed Grand Commander of the Greek Order of the Saviour, circa 1864 - date to be confirmed and whereabouts unknown. There is a Fenton Crimean War image of Captain Kirkwall - see attached, but to date, despite repeated internet searches, I have been unable to source a picture of him in later life.

Owain

Viscount Kirkwall Royal Collection 224510-1319821353.jpg

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