Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton
Queen Mary’s Convalescent Auxiliary Hospitals, a rare silver medal by Harman & Co Ltd (177 New Bond Street, London), for an exhibition of Artificial Limbs, 1915, the year the hospital opened.
bust of Queen Mary left with small crown and wearing a multi-stranded pearl necklace, unsigned, rev legend within oak wreath, INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION OF ARTIFICIAL LIMBS ROEHAMPTON HOUSE AWARD OF MERIT JULY 22 1915, 48mm, in red leather fitted case of issue.
Mint state, "brushed" matt surface to both sides, in fitted case of issue, very rare and seemingly unpublished.
Note Roehampton House, designed by Thomas Archer in 1712, was enlarged by Lutyens in 1915 for conversion to a specialised orthopaedic hospital and artificial limb fitting centre for soldiers maimed in World War I. As a building the founding father of healthcare design in England, Nikolaus Pevsner, said of it: “There is nothing like Roehampton anywhere in the County of London to get a live impression of aristocratic Georgian country villas.” Almost 240,000 British soldiers lost limbs and many spent long periods at Queen Mary's Hospital, which soon became a renowned centre of excellence for prosthetics and the care and rehabilitation of such patients. The Hospital had 200 beds by 1918 and has grown and developed ever since. The medal has to be one of the rarist portraits of Queen Mary and certainly one of the best, yet it is unsigned and it is not known who designed the medal for Harman & Co.