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1885 Dominion of Canada Rifle Association Named Silver Award Medal. Leroux-1600, Charlton 1705-20-1a.

1885 Dominion of Canada Rifle Association Named Silver Award Medal. Leroux-1600, Charlton 1705-20-1a.

345.00

44mm. 46.80 grams. The Dominion of Canada Rifle Association was established on April 1, 1868 and incorporated by an act of Parliament on July 7, 1890. The DCRA served to promote the training of marksmanship in Canada. Its first range was established in Ottawa in what is now Strathcona Park on Range Road.

The DCRA presented a number of different award medals, including one for the Dominion Rifle Competition. This is an example of the Type One design, featuring two soldiers shaking hands on the obverse with the crowned arms of the four provinces in the background. The reverse inscription simply reads PRESENTED / BY THE / DOMINION OF CANADA / RIFLE ASSOCIATION/ 1868. Four makers are known to have struck these medals, distinguishing four distinct variants. This is the first variety, with ELKINGTON & CO. REGENT ST. LONDON in small, thick letters at the lower reverse. The reverse die is in a late state, with much of the lettering lapped away and a crack through the R in REGENT to the bead below.

This is a named example, with the following edge inscription: V.R.A. WON BY STAFF SGT. C.L. MACADAM 1885. Macadam was a member of the Victoria Rifles, an infantry regiment of the Canadian army based in Montreal. The battalion participated in a number of events during the Fenian Raids, Boer War, and First World War. Macadam was clearly talented marksman. We know he won another silver medal in 1881. That piece was offered as part of the W.W.C. Wilson Collection (11/1925), lot 673. Macadam was still competing in marksmanship competitions in 1906, when he was part of the Canadian Bisley team in Britain.

Each side is blatantly prooflike with flashy fields and contrasting motifs. A layer of gunmetal-blue patina colours the unmarked surfaces.

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