Freelance writer from Cornwall
The Victoria Cross, first established by Royal Warrant in 1855 during the Crimean War and the first medal available to all servicemen regardless of rank, is a benchmark of military heroism. Its holders are considered almost a breed apart, a cut above their peers. The VC itself is unostentatious compared to many lesser decorations and this was intentional from its inception.
The VC is a simple bronze pattee resembling a Maltese Cross, 41mm high and 36mm across, weighing approximately 0.87 of a Troy ounce and fashioned from bronze cannon parts captured during the siege of Sevastopol. All VC’s are hand-made by respected London jeweller Hancock’s and have been made there since the medal first existed. The cross itself is suspended by a ring from a seriffed “V” to a bar ornamented with laurel leaves through which the ribbon passes. The reverse of the suspension bar is engraved with the recipient’s name…
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