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Philippine Insurrection Campaign Medal
Sergeant John Osborne Powell
United States Army
Unlike British medal rolls which list the same service information of engraved
on the specific medal's rim and which were prepared and maintained by the
recipient’s regiment, American “rolls”, or possibly more correctly indexes, are
simply a numerical list of serial numbers cross-referenced to a man’s name.
Sometimes the man’s rank and unit are also listed, sometimes only his branch
of service. Sometimes nothing more than his hometown and sometimes just a
name and nothing else.
Eventually, all pretense as to keeping track of to whom a campaign medal was
issued to, was scrapped and by the time of World War One the numbering
system was all but abandoned.
|Surgeon-Major Henry Cornish
Army Medical Department
Album Page Mounted Carte de Visite
Natal Colony, South Africa
This carte de visite by Natal photographer William Bowman was taken from
an album recording notable members of the Natal military and civil services
from the time between then end of the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879 and the
Transvaal War of 1881. While many of the men depicted are now obscure to
history, the page mounted carte de visite stood out because of the part played
by its sitter Surgeon-Major Henry Cornish in the disastrous battle of Majuba
Hill during the Transvaal War.
Depicting a color sergeant from a Canadian militia rifle battalion, this cased Pannotype is
an example of one of the rarest forms of 19th Century photographic processes encountered
Perhaps the greatest failing of early glass plate photographic images was their inherent
fragility. Padded cases similar to this one were developed to offer such glass images a
degree of protection. And while cases made for quite beautiful means of presentation for
such images, the glass image house withing could still be cracked or shattered if the case
was dropped or sharply struck.
I an attempt to remedy the situation, in 1853 the firm of Wülff & Co developed the
pannotype process. The process involved transferring the image bearing emulsion layer
from a glass plate ambrotype image to a flexible substrate such as fabric or more rarely
leather (such as this example) which had been previously blackened and waxed. While the
process did indeed produce an unbreakable image it inadvertently left the transferred
emulsion very prone to cracking, flaking and other forms of deterioration.
In any event the widespread introduction of the much more robust metal plate tintype
(melainotype or ferrotype) around 1860 made the pannotype redundant and it quickly
disappeared from the market.
|Canadian Militia Color Sergeant
Full Cased 1/6th Plate Leather
c. Late 1850s
|"A Slippery Customer"
Pen and Ink Political Cartoon
New York, United States
Signed and dedicated to an unknown recipient “Compliments of yours truly, Leon
Barritt" this large pen and ink political cartoon offers a biting commentary on the
second phase of the Anglo-Boer War as seen through American eyes.
|Watercolour Sketch of the
Suswa River near Dehradun
William James Logan-Home
Of the many technical talents in which candidates of the Royal
Engineers received training, sketching and painting were perhaps the
least outwardly martial. In the days before easily transportable
photographic equipment, the ability to record views of new territories
traversed and surveyed were critical to an officer of engineers tasks. This
little watercolour painting is a perfect example of an engineer’s artistic
training put to use.
Taken from an album that was once the property of Lieutenant William
James Logon-Home, Royal Engineers, this riverine view is titled
"Looking N.E. from Jamnu Khata -on the Sooswa- Eastern part of Dehra
Dhoon. April 1872". Although unsigned, the attribution is pretty certain
given the original ownership of the album in question.
William James Logan Home, the eldest child and son of Colonel George
Logan-Home, 12th Laird of Broomhouse and Anne Doran was born on 26
September 1847. He attended the Loretto School at Midlothian, Scotland
and the 1927 edition of the school’s registry gives us an account of his
short but very accomplished life.
Charles Edward Duly, 9th Lancers
Real Photo Postcard
He was a man of many parts: trumpeter of the
9th Lancers and veteran of Lord Roberts’ epic
march from Kabul to Kandahar, music hall
performer, author, acrobat and part time pickle
The self-described “artiste” was born Charles
Edward David Duly on16 August 1858 in the
seaside resort town of Brighton in Sussex to
James Arthur Duly and Francis Sarah Turner.
Apparently small in stature even as a child
Charles found work performing as a circus
acrobat in his youth. He must have been looking
for a more adventurous life when he attempted to
enlist in the army when he was fifteen years old.
No doubt he was disappointed when he was
rejected for being underage.
Not dissuaded, Duly bided his time and on 19 May
1873 he successfully attested with the 9th Lancers
as No. 1534. If adventure is what Duly was
looking for he soon found it. By 1875 9th Lancers
were deployed to India and with the outbreak of
the 2nd Anglo-Afghan War in 1878 Duly and his
regiment traversed the infamous Khyber Pass
into the theater of operations.
|Unidentified group of military officers
and civilian officials
An unmounted group photo
apparently taken in southern Africa
around the time of the Anglo-Boer
War. None of the subjects are
identified but the image seems to
record a senior British officer
(seated center) with his military
and civil staff. The officer standing
center wears a leopard skin hatband
which appears to make him having
been a member of the wartime
raised mounted unit Rimington's
Guides. Three officers wear
glengarry caps with diced bands
indicating membership in a Scottish
regiment. The officer standing at
far left appears to be wearing trews
of the Gordon Highlanders
(Duke of Cambridge's Own)
Carte de Visite
Depicting a farrier of the 17th
Lancers, this carte de visite was
probably taken at Mhow, India son
after the trooper’s receipt of his 1877-
79 South Africa Medal. The 17th had
taken part in the second invasion of
Zululand in mid-1879 and was present
at the Battle of Ulundi at which the
power of Zulu King Cetshwayo
kaMpande’s army was broken.
The 17th was deployed to India
immediately after the end of the war
and the regimental roll for the 1877-79
South Africa Medal was compiled at
Mhow on 24 September 1880. Although
this carte in unidentified, the medal
roll offers possible clues to the subject’
According to the medal roll there were
nine members of the 17th who held the
appointment of farrier and who were
entitled to the South Africa Medal.