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Ref  EB8   Order of the Garter Bangle

A specially commissioned Order of the Garter bangle for the spouse of a Garter Knight, circa 1880. The high carat gold bangle is substantial and beautifully constructed. It is set with a central faceted amethyst surmounted by the Garter insignia in emeralds and rose-cut diamonds, between shoulders set with old-diamonds and natural pearls. 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. The bangle is in its original fitted case from Widdowson and Veale, 73 The Strand, London. This esteemed company made swords and other weapons for the British army and navy. They also made medals, orders and decorations for the British court and were goldsmiths and court jewellers. The bangle is 1 and 1/3 inches wide front centre, tapering to 1/2 an inch wide at reverse. It will fit a wrist of 6 inches. Extremely fine quality as one would expect from such a prestigious firm of court jewellers.

£2900


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