Price $750 (Sold)
Extremely rare Society of the Army of the Philippines membership badge. The reverse beautifully hand engraved “Lieut D. B. Lawton”. This piece is unmarked but the high quality craftsmanship indicates that it was almost certainly made by Bailey, Banks and Biddle (BB&B). (Very often BB&B medals are unmarked.) Their 1907 sales catalog lists this medal at $12.50, with other versions available in silver gilt and bronze.
The obverse shows the red 8th Corps device that was used by US forces in the Philippines during the Spanish American War and Philippine Insurrection. The reverse has the legend “Society Army of the Philippines” and the Roman numerals M.C.M. (1900), although the society was actually formed in 1899. Membership required service in that country between 1898 and 1902 or during the Moro Wars from 1904 to 1906.
The connecting link is numbered “1593” but there are no known records to trace these medals by number. The ribbon is old (non-synthetic) but is probably a replacement. The brooch is definitely a replacement. The planchet itself is in excellent condition, with no noticeable damage or flaws.
Research shows that Dwight Barber Lawton was an NCO in the 12th US Infantry Regiment from 1898 to 1901. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the 30th Infantry in 1901 and later transferred to the 16th Infantry. Lawton retired due to disability in 1911 and died at Worcester, Massachusetts in 1914.
Gold examples of this badge are very rare and seldom come up for sale.