NGS 1793, 2 CLASPS, VICTORIOUS WITH RIVOLI, SYRIA. ‘JOHN SHAW’.
Served 1804 to 1841 including AB on Victorious during action with Rivoli in which he was wounded. Approximately 66 clasps issued for this exceptionally bloody action, for which the Naval Gold Medal was awarded to Captain John Talbot, in addition to a Knighthood.
On 22 February 1812, Victorious engaged the French seventy-four gun ship Rivoli, off Venice, at about 4.30 a.m., in an action that lasted for over four hours. The Rivoli was heavily damaged, her mizen mast shot away, and four hundred of her crew were killed or wounded. The loss to the Victorious was twenty-seven killed and ninety-nine wounded, including her Captain. H.M.S. Weazel, cruising in consort, simultaneously fought the French brig Mercure, which eventually blew up without loss to the Weazel.
Four John Shaw’s on medal roll, the others with the single clasps Gaieta, Potomac and Egypt, all clasps scarce and desirable therefore not a worry regarding clasp switching. The Potomac to John Shaw was sold at FJP Auction in May 2010 for £7,550.
Condition GVF, attractively mounted. Sold with Shaw’s Service, copy musters and research on CD including casualty confirmation form.