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Canada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome Home

Canada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome HomeCanada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome Home
Canada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome HomeCanada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome Home
Canada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome HomeCanada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome Home
Canada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome HomeCanada: Boer War: Toronto Tribute Medal / Brave Boys Welcome Home
Form: Circular. The silver medal has an ornate suspension bar and ribbon.
By: P.W. Ellis & Co. of Toronto
Date: 1900
Ref:  Hern: 872; Hibbard: H1; Laidlaw: 0059a;
Variations:
SizeMetalMassValue
34.4mmSilver30.4 gm w/ suspension$800
34 mmBronze19.8 gm$100
34.4 mmWhite Metal13.6 gm$70

Edge: Plain. Silver medal sometimes engraved with the recipient’s name. This silver medal: "C. TOMLINSON 7395 R.C.R."

Obverse: Beneath a grape vine, a woman and dog rush to welcome a uniformed Canadian soldier shouldering a rifle. Written vertically on the slats of a fence behind: “PW ELLIS & Co / TORONTO”

Reverse: A sheathed sword dividing the field vertically. At the top, surrounding the sword’s hilt, a laurel wreath inscribed within: “SOUTH AFRICA / 1900”. Below this, a dove with outstretched wings, facing downwards, holding a ribbon inscribed: “WELCOME HOME” in its beak. The legend around above: “CANADA’S (left)” BRAVE BOYS (right)”. At the foot, sprigs of maple leaves, and the maker’s name around the edge: “P.W.ELLIS & Co. TORONTO”

Notes: The Toronto City Council authorised the silver medal as a tribute to returning soldiers. These have an ornate suspension bar and ribbon. A Queen’s crown is attached to the top of the medal. Two suspension rings are attached to the left and right of the crown. A pair of silver chains link through these rings to a silver suspension bar. The bar displays crossed rifles with a maple leaf in front. Behind is a ribbon inscribed: “TORONTO WELCOMES HER SONS”. A brooch pin is at the back of the bar and a rod to which is attached a broad silk ribbon with five equally wide bands Gold-Red-White-Blue-Gold. The ribbon is intended to hang down behind the medal. Sometimes this ribbon has been replaced by a Queen’s South Africa ribbon.

The bronze meal issued inside a brown case lined with fitted purple velvet top and bottom. On the outside of the case in gilt: "TRADE MARK (divided by maple leaf) / DESIGNERS / AND MANUFACTURERS / OF MEDALS / (ornamental lines) / P.W. ELLIS & Co / 31 & 33 WELLINGTON / STREET EAST / TORONTO-CANADA-".

The silver medal here was lot No. 796 on the Dix Noonan Webb auction of 13-14 Sept 2012 and sold for £600.