Miniature circular silver medal with claw and swivel ribbon suspension bar; the face with the head of King Edward VII in Field Marshal’s uniform facing left, circumscribed ‘EDWARDUS VII KAISAR-I-HIND’ (Edward VII Emperor of India); the reverse with a ribbon inscribed ‘FOR LONG SERVICE IN THE VOLUNTEER FORCE’ imposed on palm and laurel sprays; height overall 23.91mm (0.94 inch), diameter 17.85mm (0.7 inch); on original ribbon mounted for wear with original fitment for wear.
The Medal was instituted in 1894 to be awarded for 20 years’ service in the Volunteer Force, precursor of the Territorial Army. In 1901, the image of Queen Victoria was replaced with that of King Edward VII upon his accession.
The Volunteer Force was disbanded in 1908 and the Medal was awarded at that time to those who had served 16 years and did not transfer to the new force. The Medal was then superseded by Territorial Force Efficiency Medal elsewhere but it continued to be awarded in India until 1930.
The presence of the words ‘KAISAR-I-HIND’ on the face indicate that this was an award to a member of the Indian Army.