Medals awarded to Falmouth's physician to King Edward VII double expected auction price
MEDALS awarded to King Edward VII's doctor from Falmouth sold at nearly three times the expected price at auction.
The eight medals and decorations that belonged to Sir Joseph Fayrer fetched £8,400 at the sale at Bonhams in Knightsbridge, London.
The auctioneers had initially expected them to go for between £2,000 and £3,000.
They were snapped up after enthusiastic bidding by an anonymous buyer.
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Sir Joseph, who was 'physician extraordinary' to the king for six years at the turn of the 20th century, lived at Belfield in Wood Lane, Falmouth.
He spent much of his life in India and was there during the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
During this time Sir Joseph became acquainted with the future king, then the Prince of Wales. In 1875, he was chosen to accompany King Edward VII on his tour throughout India.
The medals auctioned at Bonhams included his Indian Mutiny medal and his India General Service 1854-1895 medal.
According to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB), he was made a baronet in 1896, earning him the title of Sir.
The remainder of his life was spent mainly in Falmouth, where he indulged his passions for deep-sea fishing and yachting.
At the time of the 1901 Census – at around the time he became the King's physician – Sir Joseph, his wife Bethia, sister-in-law Helen, his private secretary Edith Parry, and lady's maid, Mary Craig, were living at Joseph Lord's boarding house at 4, Cliff Road, Falmouth.
Later Sir Joseph and Lady Fayrer moved to Belfield, which he mentioned in his Who's Who entry. He died there on May 21, 1907.