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Hong Kong plague pair to W Langley, SLI 11 years 7 months ago #243

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The pair awarded to Pte W Langley of the SLI.



The unofficial clasp on the Hong Kong Plague Medal says Ti Pin Shang and then the words Plague 1894. Ti Pin Shang is a corruption of ‘Taipingshan’, a district situated in the western half of the City of Victoria on Hong Kong Island. Much of the district was known for its primitive, crowded and unsanitary living conditions.



There were some 300 medals awarded to the SLI ( www.angloboerwar.com/non-boer-war-medals...ng-plague-medal-1894 ). It is not known how many combinations of the Plague Medal and QSA exist.
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Re: Hong Kong plague pair to W Langley, SLI 11 years 7 months ago #246

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I can see now why the Plague Medal is so sought after. Apart from its rarity, it is a very striking medal with a detailed reverse that 'tells a story'. This is one of the reasons that I like the Natal Rebellion Medal. It is my impression that the high standards of British medal making were not maintained in the 20th Century.

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Re: Hong Kong plague pair to W Langley, SLI 11 years 7 months ago #248

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Brett,

I agree with you and know what you mean about the Natal Medal.

I read somewhere that Victorian medals were often double stuck to give added depth to the design. The older medals do have some excellent designs too.

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