Medal, Crimea

A Crimea Medal. The silver medal features a young head profile of Queen Victoria on the obverse. " VICTORIA REGINA 1854" is embossed around the profile. The reverse features a winged Victory figure crowning a Roman soldier who is armed with a short sword and carrying a shield. " CRIMEA " is embossed to the side of this scene. " 2306 PTE R LEWIS 57TH RGT " is marked on the edge. The medal is attached to a faded and soiled pale blue ribbon with yellow edges by three decorative scrolled suspension bars. " SEBASTOPOL " " INKERMANN " and " BALAKLAVA " are embossed on the ornate oak leaf clasps mounted on the ribbon.
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This medal was awarded to Private R Lewis of the 57th Regiment. The ribbon features a horizontal stripe of bright blue, suggesting this portion was protected from the light by a mount of some sort. Two holes at the top of the ribbon also suggest is has been mounted for display previously.
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