Medal, Davison's Nile

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A Davison's Nile Medal. The bronze medal features a Peace figure holding an olive branch and standing on a rocky outcrop. The figure holds a shield under the right facing arm which features a bust of Lord Nelson. " EUROPE'S HOPE AND BRITAIN'S GLORY " is embossed around the bust." " REAR-ADMIRAL LORD NELSON OF THE NILE " is embossed around the edge of the medal. " C.H.K. " is marked in very small letters also. The reverse features a fleet of ships with a rising sun in the background. " ALMIGHTY GOD HAS BLESSED HIS MAJESTYS ARMS " is marked around the outside." VICTORY OF THE NILE / AUGUST 1.1798. " is embossed near the bottom. " M . B . SOHO " and " C . H . KUCHLER . FEC " is marked in very small letters above this. " FROM ALEXR DAVISON, ESQR. ST. JAMES'S SQUARE (A) TRIBUTE OF REGARD " is marked around the edge. The medal is attached to a blue ribbon by a simple suspension ring.
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This medal was one of those privately issued by the influential English businessman Alexander Davison who was also a close friend of Rear-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson's. According to the National Maritime Museum, England, it was presented in gold to Nelson and his captains, in silver to lieutenants and warrant officers, in gilt metal to petty officers, and to seamen and marines in copper. This medal was donated to Taranaki Museum as part of a collection made by prominent south Taranaki lawyer John Houston.
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