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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