BHM 1560, 1800.
49mm. William IV medal by S.Clint, Victoria medals by B.Wyon.
Each medal with obverse bust of the monarch, reverse with tomb of William of Wykenham at Winchester. The silver Victoria medal has the edge engraved with 'Carolus Aluredus Cripps. Scholaris. MDCCCLXXI' and the gold medal is named to the same recipient although dated MDCCCLXX. The William IV medal is unnamed but the 3 medals are accompanied by a broken display case (of homemade style) which has 3 slots for the medals, 2 of which are initialed C.A.C with the third being initialed H.W.C. This presumably represents the medal earlier awarded to Charles’ father, Henry William Cripps, a wealthy barrister and Queen’s council.
The gold medal weighs 60 grams. It has an edge knock at 2 o’clock on the reverse and has a slight bend in the flan corresponding to this area. Otherwise, the medals are generally Extremely Fine. A wonderful family set of medals, awarded to historically important individuals and each with one of the finest obverse portraits of the respective monarchs.
Charles Alfred Cripps, 1st Baron Parmoor, KCVO, PC, QC(3 October 1852 – 30 June 1941) was a British politician who crossed the floors from the Conservative to the Labour Party and was a strong supporter of the League of Nations and of Church of England causes. He attended Winchester College from 1866 and New College, Oxford from 1871, both on scholarships, and won four first classes at Oxford. At the end of his undergraduate years he was awarded a Fellowship at St John's College, Oxford which he held for six years. He was called to the Bar from the Middle Temple in 1877 and went into practice as a barrister. In 1890 he became a Queen's counsel and in 1893 a Bencher of the Middle Temple. He was appointed as Attorney-General to the Prince of Wales in 1895, an appointment he retained until 1914 under two further Princes, the future George V in 1901and the future Edward VIII in 1910; his personal service to the Royal family was rewarded in 1908 with a knighthood in the Royal Victorian Order.