Collar badge showing St George defeating the Dragon could achieve $65,500
Awarded as part of the Order of the Garter, the remarkable piece will sell at Spink's medal auction
As we've reported, the overall highlight in Spink's upcoming auction of Orders, Decorations, Campaign Medals and Militaria is to be a medal group associated with a very early VC - and it's not even the only Victoria Cross in the sale (more on that later).
Another investment-grade highlight, albeit a very different one is a 'Great George' Collar Badge from a mid-19th century Knight Companion's (K.G.) Most Noble Order of the Garter by Garrard of London.
Measuring 42mm x 43mm, and weighing 83.7g of gold (22 carat) and enamel, it is quite a spectacular piece. St. George appears with a blue cap and green enamel sword attacking the Dragon with a gold lance (albeit one which looks a little like a spoon).
His horse is white with black hooves and a red saddle cloth whilst the Dragon is green with red spots and red wings, all resting on an oval green enamel base with rose, thistle, and shamrock on ground, and a salamander in the grass.
They are surrounded with a border of red and white ribbons. There is minor damage in parts: St. George is lacking his cape and the base is slightly loose but otherwise it is in good/very fine condition and rare, with an additional top gold loop suspension. Hallmarks appear on the base and horse's tail.
It is expected to sell for £30,000-40,000 (up to $65,500) in Spink's sale which takes place on April 21st in London.
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