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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 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
|British Soldier in "Zulu" Rickshaw
Natal, South Africa
It has been said that the Devil is in the detail and such is very the case of this
Anglo-Boer War vintage cabinet photograph.
The image depicts a British soldier from an undetermined regiment as a passenger in
a so-called Zulu rickshaw. Somewhat misnamed since few if any of these vehicles
were actually operated by members of the Zulu people. These rickshaws were derived
from those first built in Japan c. 1869 and where a popular mode of transportation in
and around Durban in Natal during the late 19th and 20th Centuries.
Generally falling outside the historical scope
of this website, this rather unusual memorial
cabinet photograph has been included her for a
number of reasons. One of these is its rather
unusual and touching nature. Secondly with the
100th anniversary of the end of the Great War
just recently concluded, its inclusion is more
than a little timely.
This cabinet card memorializes No.1428 Private
David Henry Napier of B Squadron, 1/2nd
County of London Yeomanry (Westminster
Dragoons) who died of pneumonia (apparently
contracted at Gallipoli) at Cairo, Egypt on 11
August 1915. He was buried at the Cairo War
Memorial Cemetery. HIs medal entitlement
included the 1914-15 Star and the British War
and Victory Medals.
|Memorial Cabinet Card to
Private David Henry Napier
|Military General Service Medal
Half Cased 1/6th Plate Ambrotype
Dating from the middle of the 19th
Century, this half cased 1/6th plate
glass ambrotype photograph appears
to have immortalized a recipient of
the Military General Service Medal
(MGSM) – a retroactive award
created in 1847 and presented to
surviving veterans of the Napoleonic
Wars and the War of 1812.
The medal that this rather pleasant,
although unfortunately unidentified
gentleman is wearing appears to
have at least five clasps which would
seem to have made him a veteran of
Wellesley’s Peninsular War against
Napoleon in Spain (1807–1814).
This medal along with its maritime
counterpart, the Naval General
Service Medal (NGSM) were the first
true campaign medals issued by the
British Crown. While both the
MGSM and the NGSM were very...
|"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.
Titled “A Slippery Customer” the cartoon depicts the then military situation in southern
Africa is depicted as tusky wild boar (I am sure the Boer/boar pun was fully intended)
giving a badly out maneuvered John Bull the slip.
Leon Barritt was born in New York in 1852. Working for the New York Press. His hard
hitting political cartoons made him enemy to the likes of William Randolph Hearst.
|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.