RARE PRE WW1 BRITISH ARMY EXPEDITION TO TIBET 1903 CAMPAIGN MEDAL CHINA
Original 1903-04 Tibet Expedition Campaign Medal. 36mm wide circular silver medal with claw and ornate scroll swivel ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head and shoulders of King Edward VII facing left in field marshal’s uniform, circumscribed ‘EDWARDUS VII KAISAR-I-HIND’ (Edward VII Emperor of India); the reverse with a view of the city of Lhasa, circumscribed below ‘TIBET 1903-4’; with engraved naming to: 1654 Sapper Anantappan 12 Co. Bo. S & M. (12th Company, Bombay Sappers & Miners) on correct ribbon. The silver medals for Tibet are rarer to find than the more common bronze issues.
The medal was instituted in February 1905 and awarded to participants in the Tibet Mission and accompanying troops who served at or beyond Siliguri, North Bengal, between 13 December 1903 and 23 September 1904 in the punitive expedition that following Tibetan rejection of British attempts to gain political influence and trade links. Most examples were awarded to Indian forces, as this example shows.
||20 x 10 x 6 cm