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An historically interesting collection of medals and memorabilia relating to police sergeant Harry Payne (1875-1960) chauffeur to their majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra

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An historically interesting collection of medals and memorabilia relating to police sergeant Harry Payne (1875-1960) chauffeur to their majesties King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra
comprising: Medals
A Royal Victorian medal, George V, in case of issue; Queen Victoria's Metropolitan Police Jubilee Medal 1897 (PC.H.Payne.K.Divn); Metropolitan Police Coronation Medal 1902 (PC.H.Payne.A.Div); Coronation Medal 1911; Silver Jubilee Medal 1935; Volunteer Force Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (Victoria Regina, Lce.Corpl.H.Payne.1st V.B.Worc Regt); Denmark, Christian X, The King's Medal of Recompense, silver with crown, in case of issue.

MOTORING MEMORABILIA
A plated car mascot of the King's dog "Caesar" in begging pose, 4 1/2in. high.

A County of London Driving Licence to Harry Payne, No.103, dated 28th December 1903 and another dated 20th December 1904.

A circular white metal and enamel St.Christopher medallion inscribed "Regard St. Christopher puis Va-T-En Rassure" with lilac guilloche enamel surround and metal hanging loop on the reverse. It is said that King Edward VII insisted that this be displayed in the Royal car whenever he used it.

MISCELLANEOUS
A leather framed photograph of HRH Princess Victoria with her dog "Mac"; a small collection of printed ephemera relating to the King's dog "Caesar"; a leather dressing case later fitted as a first aid kit containing bandages, ointment, bottles, scissors, a medicine glass and a small glass flask - the white metal top engraved with the Royal crown; and a plated pint tankard engraved "1st V.B.Worc.Regt.E Co Marksman 1897 Pte.H.Payne".
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HARRY PAYNE 1875-1960

Harry Payne was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire on 11th March 1875. He joined the Royal household as a footman before joining the Metropolitan Police on 11th May 1896 as PC555 'K', warrant No.81227. He was promoted to Sergeant in 'A' division and it appears from research that he was seconded to Royal protection. When Edward VII acquired his first car he became the chauffeur whilst still retaining his rank in the police force. After the King's death in 1910, he continued as chauffeur to Queen Alexandra, and remained in this position after retirement from the police force in 1921 until her death in 1925.

A Russian Imperial Presentation pocket watch given to Harry Payne by H.I.M. Empress Marie of Russia in 1910 will be included in the sale of Fine Watches on Wednesday 10th October.
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