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Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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A Pitt Club medal, 19th century
chased silver-gilt and with a paste cameo of William Pitt, inscribed 'W.M MOORE ESQ.R', hung from a later blue ribbon
44mm. by 38mm.; 1¾in. by 1in.
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Sir John Smith was a member of The Pitt Club and he most likely acquired the present lot. The club was inaugurated at Cambridge University in 1835 in honour of William Pitt the Younger, the youngest UK Prime Minister and the reviver of Toryism. The undergraduate dining club’s aspirations were initially political, aimed at assisting local Tory organisations, but by the late 19th century the Pitt Club had become a social group. Political leanings were no longer an essential criterion in the selection of new members, and instead the focus turned to undergraduate camaraderie.

Recollections of Places Past, Property from the Estate of Sir John and Lady Smith

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