Victoria Cross winner Admiral Raby during Crimean War

£4.50

Victoria Cross winner Admiral Raby during Crimean War. Unused Edwardian antique postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons depicting Admiral Raby winning the first ever Victoria Cross following the Seige of Sebastopol during the Crimean War. Small loss of image at top corners and crease top left (see scan.) Card size 5.5 x 3.5 inches.

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Victoria Cross winner Admiral Raby during Crimean War. Edwardian antique postcard by Raphael Tuck & Sons depicting Admiral Raby winning the Victoria Cross following the Seige of Sebastopol.

The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest and most prestigious award of the British honours system. It is awarded for gallantry “in the presence of the enemy” to members of the British Armed Forces. It may be awarded posthumously. It was previously awarded to Commonwealth countries, most of which have established their own honours systems and no longer recommend British honours. It may be awarded to a person of any military rank in any service and to civilians under military command although no civilian has received the award since 1879. Since the first awards were presented by Queen Victoria in 1857, two-thirds of all awards have been personally presented by the British monarch. These investitures are usually held at Buckingham Palace.

Raphael Tuck & Sons was a business started by Raphael Tuck and his wife in Bishopsgate in the City of London in October 1866, selling pictures and greeting cards, and eventually selling postcards, which was their most successful line. Their business was one of the best known in the “postcard boom” of the late 1800s and early 1900s. Their contributions left a lasting effect on most of the artistic world. During the Blitz, the company headquarters, Raphael House, was destroyed including the originals for most of their series. The company never fully recovered.

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