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Victoria Cross Archive

Victoria Cross Archive

A once in a lifetime opportunity came up late in August at a Bonhams Military Auction, the chance to buy the archive of a man called H.A. Forbes. And Mr. Forbes made Victoria Crosses. You can see the original catalogue entry and read the result at https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/26018/lot/37/

Further reading can be found courtesy of Antique Trade Gazette (which I get every morning as an email edition absolutely free, thanks guys, its been one of the biggest spurs to forcing me to not give up, but to try and keep my business going through coronavirus and unrelated family health problems!) – check out https://www.antiquestradegazette.com/print-edition/2020/september/2457/news-digest/pick-of-the-week-archive-of-alec-forbes-the-man-who-made-victoria-crosses-brings-bidding-at-bonhams/

and you can actually see him at work on this Pathe News film from 1945 – https://www.britishpathe.com/video/making-vcs

Many cards feature the Victoria Cross and those who wear it. Here are just a few

O100-180 ; Ogdens Ltd. (1901) ‘Victoria Cross Heroes’
Cigarette Card
John Player & Sons (1914) ‘Victoria Cross’
T045-575(4) : Taddy & Co. (1902) ‘VC Heroes – Boer War (61-80)’
Taddy “British Medals and Ribbons”
Cigarette Card
John Player & Sons (1927) ‘War Decorations & Medals’

our featured image, right at the top, and shown on the home page, is T305-850 : Thomson & Porteous “V.C. Heroes” (1916)

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