Spink are to offer the Indian Mutiny Victoria Cross awarded to Sergeant Major (later Lieutenant) Peter Gill of the Loodiana Regiment for saving the life of an officer and his family at Benares and seeing off 27 mutinous Sepoys with only his sergeant’s sword, on June 4, 1857.

It is the first ever V.C. awarded to a non-commissioned officer in the Indian Army, and also the first ever to a Sikh regiment.

It will appear in their November 22 sale with an estimate of £80,000-£100,000.

Contact: 020 7563 4000.