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Burma War Medal, gold, by W. Daniell, 1826

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Burma War Medal, 1826

The East India Company established its rule over most of India with an army largely composed of Indians, known as Sepoys, whose service was recognised by medals often designed by local goldsmiths. On the medal for the Burma War of 1824-26 a Burmese elephant crouches submissively before the British lion.
The medal bears no name, so its recipient remains obscure. Lester Watson bought this from the Baldwins dealership before 1928; its previous provenance is unknown.