NAVAL GENERAL SERVICE 1793, ONE CLASP, NYMPHE 18 JUNE 1793 ‘JOHN SMART’
John Smart served as Captain's Servant in H.M.S. Nymphe (Captain Edward Pellew, later Lord Exmouth) during the capture of the French frigate La Cléopatre off Start Point, Devon, 19.6.1793. This was only the second Naval General Service Medal action of the series. See the following link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Action_of_18_June_1793
Approximately 4 clasps issued for this action. One other man of this name appears on the Admiralty Claimants List with his entitlement given as Syria.
Condition VF, struck on a slightly thinner disc, and impressed naming is not of the type seen on NGS medals but ‘nearer’ to that seen in much later IGS medals. Suspension claw re-affixed but loose. It’s possible its a later replacement but if it is, its still not a unique name. Clasp itself is original and this alone is worth not far off the listing price. A perplexing medal. Ex Regal Coins Melbourne 1971, Spink, September 2001.