There is that 550 again. Perhaps the granting of the bronze medallion was upon written application? Say, notices in the local papers circulating in the recruiting catchment? If only 550 applications were received, that was the number struck. Does anybody have any ideas?
The current asking on a local on-line bidding site for a CIV bronze medallion is about the equivalent to three hundred pounds stg.
Feasting the heroes: The banquet at the headquarters of the HAC
As it was impossible to entertain 2,500 guests either at the Mansion House of the Guildhall, the Honourable Artillery Company placed their grounds at the disposal of the Lord Mayor for the occasion. On the parade ground was erected an enormous marquee, and here the preparations for the feast were made by the well known City caterers, Messrs Ring and Brymer. At the head table seats were placed for the Lord Mayor and the more distinguished guests while cross tables were arranged for the accommodation of the men of the CIV and the members of the Corporation and their friends. The marquee was tastefully decorated with flags. The tables were adorned with red and white flowers. From the roof of the marquee hung hundreds of incandescent electric lamps which gave a charming brightness to the scene.