Honourable East India Company Medal for Mysore 1790-1792, small 38 mm size in Silver, and suspension fitted with cord. Very rare.
Honourable East India Company Medal for Mysore 1790-1792, small 38 mm size in Silver, and suspension fitted with cord. Very rare. Condition: Good Very Fine. The Silver issue with 38 mm diameter was awarded to Havildars, Naiks, Tindals, Sepoys and Lascars. It was awarded to Indian troop of the Honourable East India Company, to all those who served under Cornwallis, Abercromby and Medows in the defeat of Tippoo Sahib in the Third Mysore War of 1790 to 1792. In continuation of Mysore's long running differences with the British, Tippoo Sahib, the Maharajah of Mysore in south India, attacked the British allied state of Travancore, 1790, causing the British to retaliate. General Medows reduced the south Mysore region of Coimbatore, whilst General Abercromby captured the west coast province of Malabar. However, Tippoo in turn invaded the British held Carnatic region. The following year, the Governor General Lord Cornwallis took the field, launching a major offensive into the heart of Mysore. Capturing the town and fortress of Bangalore in the face of heavy opposition, 7th and 31st March 1791, Cornwallis then made for the Mysorean capital and stronghold of Seringapatam, but a grave shortage of supplies and transport coupled with heavy rains, compelled him to withdraw. Later in 1791, Cornwallis again advanced and captured a series of strongly held fortresses between Bangalore and Seringapatam. Arriving before Seringapatam, 5th February 1792, Cornwallis captured the town after a battle, 6th to 7th February. As a result Tippoo Sahib came to terms, signing a treaty, 19th March, in which a substantial tract of land was ceded to the British and her Mahratta allies and a war indemnity paid.