medal code j1813

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RARE AMERICAN WAR OF 1812 ACTION ‘OFF TAMATAVE 20 MAY 1811’ CLASP NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, TO A PETTY OFFICER WOUNDED DURING INFAMOUS AND BLOODY BOAT ASSAULT ON THE AMERICAN PRIVATEER GENERAL ARMSTONG IN SEPTEMBER 1814

Able Seaman Henry Maybee took part in Schomberg’s action Off Tamatave in 1811 and as a Petty Officer of HMS Carnation, he took part and was wounded in one of the most Bloody and disastrous actions fought by the Royal Navy of that era; the attack on the American Privateer General Armstrong. During this action British boats were repulsed after sustaining an appalling number of casualties and Carnation was much damaged.

Condition, VF; small plug at 6 o’clock going through obverse below the Queen’s bust and out the reverse of medal. Rim and Naming unaffected (see pics), otherwise GVF. Maybee probably had a fob chain added to the medal – much like a pocket watches of the time. Suspension/clasp have never been removed/replaced and bar the plug the medal is 100% as issued.

A scarce clasped medal, made rarer still as it is one of the very few known medals for this famous American War of 1812 action.

Code J1813        Price £4485