Hudson’s Bay Company Long Service Medal, Type 2 1944-49
Recipient: Edgar Trickey
Metal: Sterling Silver (stamped w/LF hallmark)
Maker: C. Lamond & Fils, Montreal
Obverse: HUDSON”S BAY COMPANY INCORPORATED 2ND MAY 1670
Reverse: PRESENTED TO EDGAR TRICKEY 1944 FOR 15 YEARS FAITHFUL SERVICE
Naming: EDGAR TRICKEY • 1944 •
The Hudson’s Bay Company was chartered by King Charles II on 2nd May 1670. In 1920, HBC celebrated its 250th anniversary and gave to those employees who had served 15 years or more long service medals in silver (15 years) and gold (30 years).
There have been two types of medals awarded although several manufacturers. Type 1 medals of both metals with the 250th anniversary were made by Elkington & Co. from 1920-25 and Alexander Clark Co. London from 1925-35. Type two medals in silver just have the incorporation date while the gold medal obverse remained the same until 1950. Clark and their sub-contractor Turner & Simpson struck medals from 1935-40 and John Pinches from 1940-43. Discussion in London was to issue lapel buttons instead of medals which they did until 1949 whilst Canadian recipients’ medals were to continue and be struck in Canada. C. Lamond & Fils of Montreal began in 1944 to do so without the silver top bar. London changed their mind and began issuing medals once again by Pinches in 1949 and one assumes that Spink & Son from 1976 on as they purchased Pinches.
The recipient of this medal was Edgar Trickey, a storekeeper in the Vancouver flagship store in 1944. He would have begun his employment in 1929 and appears to have not received an additional 5-years’ service bar. With broach back. Also with a 10 Carat Gold Lapel Pin for Long Service.