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Ref  FD2   Order of the Garter Brooch

This is a one-off. An Order of the Garter brooch in the form of a leg with gold garter, circa 1890. No doubt it would have been commssioned for the wife of a Garter Knight. The Most Noble Order of the Garter was the first, and remains, the most prestigious British order of chivalry. Founded circa 1348 by King Edward II, membership was a mark of royal favour and a reward for loyalty to the sovereign. The legendary beginning of the order figures around Joan, Countess of Salisbury. The Countess, a noted beauty, was rumoured to be the King's mistress. Dancing at a court function, she chanced to lose her garter. King Edward gallantly retrieved it and tied it to his own leg. Observing the disapproving reaction of his courtiers, Edward remarked, 'Honi soit qui mal y pense', [Evil to him whom evil thinks]. This remark became the motto of the order. This Garter brooch is 2 inches long and 1/2 an inch wide across the thigh. Beautifully modelled, in original fitted case and immaculate.

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garterrobes

Official Garter robes, the garter is worn below the knee
over a white stocking.

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