A China War Medal 1900 to Leading Stoker 1st Class; H.M.S. Pique
A China War Medal 1900 to Leading Stoker 1st Class; H.M.S. Pique - (S.H. BUCKINGHAM, LG. STO. 1 CL., H.M.S. PIQUE.). Naming is officially impressed in large capitals. Court-mounted, contact marks, bruised, edge nicks, cleaned, near very fine. Footnote: H.M.S. Pique operated in China during the Boxer Rebellion of 1900. She was a Second Class Cruiser, weighing 3,600 tons, measuring 43.5 feet x 300 feet, her armament consisting of two 6 inch, six 4.7 inch and eight 6 pound guns. The vessel was built by Palmer and launched on December 13, 1890 and was sold on May 9, 1911 to Rudge. The China War Medal Roll indicates that 289 medals were awarded to the ship's company. None of the H.M.S. Pique's crew were eligible for the three clasps (Taku Forts, Defence of Legations, Relief of Pekin).