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Military medal, Regimental Medal of the 48th (Northamptonshire) Foot, awarded to Thomas Hewit, silver, NSW/Great Britain, 1819

Made by Clayton, Samuel, 1819.

Military medal, Regimental Medal of the 48th (Northamptonshire) Foot, awarded to Thomas Hewit, silver, NSW/Great Britain, 1819. Silver engraved medal with a raised rim, silver loop suspended on a hinged swivel, obverse: image of a crown with ‘48’ inscribed under, banner inscribed “THO.s HEWIT”/1819” around the bottom section of the circumference,”NORTHAMPTONSHIRE” reverse: inscribed centrally with legend, with laurel wreath surround, “Talavera,/Albuera,/Rodrigo,/Badajos,/Salamanca,a,ittoria,/Pyr...

Summary

Object No.

89/1502

Object Statement

Military medal, Regimental Medal of the 48th (Northamptonshire) Foot, awarded to Thomas Hewit, silver, NSW/Great Britain, 1819

Physical Description

Military medal, Regimental Medal of the 48th (Northamptonshire) Foot, awarded to Thomas Hewit, silver, NSW/Great Britain, 1819. Silver engraved medal with a raised rim, silver loop suspended on a hinged swivel, obverse: image of a crown with '48' inscribed under, banner inscribed "THO.s HEWIT"/1819" around the bottom section of the circumference,"NORTHAMPTONSHIRE" reverse: inscribed centrally with legend, with laurel wreath surround, "Talavera,/Albuera,/Rodrigo,/Badajos,/Salamanca,a,ittoria,/Pyrenees,/Nivelle,/Orthes,/Toulouse."

Dimensions

Height

50 mm

Production

Notes

Medal possibly made in England and engraved in NSW, Australia

Date inscribed on medal

History

Notes

Awarded for service to Thomas Hewit, of the 48th Northamptonshire Foot, for service in the Peninsular campaign. The 48th served in NSW 1817-1824.

The 48th Regiment of Foot (Northamptonshire) served on the Australian Station from 1817 to 1824. During this period this Regimental Medal was issued (in 1819) to those men who had served in the Peninsula War against Napoleon. It is the first military medal to have been issued in Australia and this particular specimen is engraved by the well known Sydney silversmith and engraver, Samuel Clayton. The recipient, Thomas Hewitt, was a clarinettist of note and often attended musical evenings at Government House in Macquarie's time at which he accompanied performances by Mrs Macquarie. He returned with his family to England for discharge in 1822. He was discharged on a pension of 1/12/2d per day, as a result of 'Pulmonary affection from playing the bassoon'. Lung problems are commonly experienced by players of wind and brass instruments.
- From Sydney Mint Museum label written by curator, Major HP (Pat) Boland, c1982

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with the assistance of Westpac Banking Corporation and the Government Insurance Office of New South Wales, 1989

Acquisition Date

21 November 1989

Cite this Object

Harvard

Military medal, Regimental Medal of the 48th (Northamptonshire) Foot, awarded to Thomas Hewit, silver, NSW/Great Britain, 1819 2019, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 8 December 2019, <https://ma.as/92667>

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