|BC242M||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet Cover, unsigned||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC242MA||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet Cover (alternative postmark), unsigned||£25.00||Limited Availability|
|BC242MAS||150th Ann Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet Cover (alternative postmark), signed by Stuart Archer GC||£25.00||Buy Now|
|BC242MAS1||150th Ann Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet (alternative postmark), signed Archer GC & Donaldson VC||£30.00||Buy Now|
|BC242MS3||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by Baron Ashcroft||£35.00||Limited Availability|
|BC242MS||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet Cover, signed by Bill Speakman-Pitt VC||£40.00||Buy Now|
|BC242MAS2||150th Ann Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet (alternative postmark), signed Archer GC & Watkins VC||£50.00||Limited Availability|
Issue Date: 21/09/2006
Issue Name: 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross Miniature Sheet Cover
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This stunning cover commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the first presentation of the Victoria Cross, held in London's Hyde Park. There are very few VC winners and many of them are not able to sign covers, so we are proud to have some rare autographs for this historic stamp issue. This cover is available signed by: William Speakman-Pitt VC, Stuart Archer GC, or double signed by Mark Donaldson VC and Stuart Archer GC, or Stuart Archer GC and Tasker Watkins VC.
The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cros was institutd by a Royal Warrant dated 29th January 1856, but was made retrospective to the autumn of 1854 to cover the period of the Crimean War.
Prince Albert, the Prince Consort was much involved in the decision to institute the Victoria Cross - but the popular idea that the Prince designed the Cross is not supported in any of the surviving documents. It is thought the manufacturers were responsible for the design. However it was Queen Victoria who chose the inscription on the obverse.
Hancocks (jewellers) Ltd, London have made all the Victoria Crosses since the inception of the award. They are made from bronze melted down from the breeches of guns captured from the Russians at Sebastopol in the Crimea. The rough cast Crosses are then individualy hand finished; each is therefore unique. The recipent's name, rank, number and unit are inscribed on the reverse of the suspension bar. The date of the act of bravery is inscribed in the centre of the reverse of the cross. The remaining ingot of bronze, believed to be sufficient for a further 80 crosses, is held by the Ministry of Defence.
The original warrant gave the ribbon colour as red for the Army and blue for the Navy. With the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918, the use of the blue ribbon was abolished. Living holders of the 'Naval' VCs were requird to exchange their blue ribbons for red ones. The colour of the ribbon might more accurately be described as 'wine red'.
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William Speakman-Pitt, VC, known as Bill Speakman, was a British Army soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was the first person to receive an honour from Queen Elizabeth II.
Colonel Bertram Stuart Trevelyan Archer, GC, OBE, ERD, FRIBA, known as Stuart Archer, was a recipient of the George Cross, the highest British and Commonwealth award for gallantry not in the face of the enemy.
Mark Gregor Strang Donaldson, VC is an Australian soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system.
Major Sir Tasker Watkins VC GBE DL was a Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. In World War II, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
Michael Anthony P. Ashcroft, Baron Ashcroft, KCMG, PC is a British-Belizean businessman and politician. He is a former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party.