Great Seal for Hong-Kong. Source: The Illustrated London News (6 January 1844): 8. [Click on image to enlarge it.]

At the close of a brief article containing illustrations of Chinese guns and edged weapons captured by the British The Illustrated London News added an engraving of the medal above with the following description: “As an appropriate pendant to these national memorials of a war which we trust may never be resuscitated, we have added a cut, drawn, for the sake of clearness, on a scale somewhat larger than the original, of the great seal for Hong Kong. It is the first ever struck for the use of a British Sovereign in the Chinese dominions, and as such will be prized by the historian as much as it will interest the general reader. The design for it was made and the die sunk by Mr B. Wyon, her Majesty’s medallist in chief; and we regard the whole work as a successful, because suitable, effort of his established skill and iugenuily. The tablet at bottom displays a view of Hong Kong, with an English and Chinese vessel trading in the harbour. Ail colonial seals are, in this respect, designed on a similar principle.”

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Chinese Trophies at Windsor Castle.” The Illustrated London News I, No. 27 (6 January 1844): 8. Hathi Trust Digital Library version of a copy in the University of Michigan Library. Web. 4 December 2015. The text above was created from the web version with ABBYY FineReader. — George P. Landow

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