obverse shows the diademed head of Queen Victoria with the
legend ‘VICTORIA REGINA’. The reverse has the same
coat of Royal Arms and shield found on both the First and
Second China War medals with the inscription ‘ARMIS
EXPOSCERE PACIM’ and the word ‘CHINA’ in the exergue
below. The suspender is the same as that for the Indian
1842’, ‘Fatshan 1857’, ‘Canton 1857’, ‘Taku Forts
1858’, ‘Taku Forts 1860’ and ‘Pekin 1860’.
is said that the original ribbon was 1.25” wide and of five
equally spaced multi-coloured stripes. I have not
personally seen this ribbon but the medal should have a
crimson ribbon with yellow edges as per the First China War
Medal but narrower at the usual 1.25”.
occurs in indented Roman capitals for both the army and
marines and the navy usually had unnamed specimens.
‘China 1842’ clasp was intended for those who had received
the First China War Medal 1842. Only one cavalry
regiment saw action in this conflict and the collector should
consider those issued to 1st Dragoon Guards both
rare and highly collectable.