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Looking for a City of Toronto Welcome Home Medal for the Boer War.....

Looking for a Civilian or Un-Named Medal......

Must be complete with suspender but do not need ribbon unless you have some of the original.....

Thanks in advance for any assistance.....

Mike



Toronto Welcome Home Medal 28510

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Hi Mike,

 

You might already have this info, but you never know.

 

Canada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome Home

Form:Circular. The silver medal has an ornate suspension bar and ribbon (for details see under 'Note').

 

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By:P.W. Ellis & Co. of Toronto

Date:1900

Ref: Hern: 872; Hibbard: H1; Laidlaw: 0059a;

Variations:

Size Metal Mass Value
34.4mm Silver (1900) 30.4 gm w/ suspension $800 (named); $500 (unnamed)
34 mm Silver (1902)   $900 (named); $600 (unnamed)
34 mm Bronze 19.8 gm $100
34.4 mm White Metal 13.6 gm $70

 

Edge:Plain. Silver medal sometimes engraved with the recipient’s name. This silver medal: "C. TOMLINSON 7395 R.C.R."
 

Obverse:Beneath a grape vine, a woman and dog rush to welcome a uniformed Canadian soldier shouldering a rifle. Written vertically on the slats of a fence behind: “PW ELLIS & Co / TORONTO”.
 

Reverse:A sheathed sword dividing the field vertically. At the top, surrounding the sword’s hilt, a laurel wreath inscribed within: “SOUTH AFRICA / 1900”. Below this, a dove with outstretched wings, facing downwards, holding a ribbon inscribed: “WELCOME HOME” in its beak. Legend around above: “CANADA’S (left)” BRAVE BOYS (right)”. At the foot, sprigs of maple leaves, and the maker’s name around the edge: “P.W.ELLIS & Co. TORONTO”
 

Notes:The Toronto City Council authorised the silver medal as a tribute to returning soldiers. These have an ornate suspension bar and ribbon. A Queen’s crown is attached to the top of the medal. Two suspension rings are attached to the left and right of the crown. A pair of silver chains link through these rings to a silver suspension bar. The bar displays crossed rifles with a maple leaf in front. Behind is a ribbon inscribed: “TORONTO WELCOMES HER SONS”. A brooch pin is at the back of the bar and a rod to which is attached a broad silk ribbon which is intended to hang down behind the medal. Two different ribbons are found: either the ribbon for the Queen's South Africa Medal or a ribbon with five equally wide bands Gold-Red-White-Blue-Gold.

The first units of Canadian volunteers from Toronto were in South Africa during 1900 and fought in the initial stage of the war and would have received the medal dated: "1900". Some remained behind joining other units or volunteered for a second time (only to arrive after peace had been negotiated). The less common tribute medal dated: "1902" would have been presented to some of these volunteers.

The bronze meal issued inside a brown case lined with fitted purple velvet top and bottom. On the outside of the case in gilt: "TRADE MARK (divided by maple leaf) / DESIGNERS / AND MANUFACTURERS / OF MEDALS / (ornamental lines) / P.W. ELLIS & Co / 31 & 33 WELLINGTON / STREET EAST / TORONTO-CANADA-".

The silver medal here was lot No. 796 on the Dix Noonan Webb auction of 13-14 Sept 2012 and sold for £600. Tribute medals paired with the QSA medal will have considerably more value.

Edited by Marcon1
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Yes, Thank You I do have all of this information but there is also a medal dated 1901 which is not shown.....  I have a medal that needs repair that is named that is why I am looking for a civilian (white metal) sale medal so that I can use the suspension.....

 

There are two different metals, silver and white metal that are suspended.....  The white metal was sold to the general public and were of course un-named......   

 

There is also a ribbon issued to City Council and members of the Police and Fire department.....

 

Mike

 

 

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