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United Kingdom - Order of St. Michael and St. George Knight Commander Cross

United Kingdom - Order of St. Michael and St. George Knight Commander Cross

United Kingdom - Order of St. Michael and St. George Knight Commander Cross

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PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY United Kingdom 1870 - 1918
MATERIAL gold
DIMENSIONS 70 x 96.2
MAKER
WEIGHT 71.1 g
LOT K-7207
EAN 2000000558165
LOT K-7207
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY United Kingdom 1870 - 1918
EAN 2000000558165
MATERIAL gold
DIMENSIONS 70 x 96.2
MAKER
WEIGHT 71.1 g
PERIOD 1870 — 1918
COUNTRY United Kingdom 1870 - 1918
LOT K-7207
MATERIAL gold
DIMENSIONS 70 x 96.2
EAN 2000000558165
MAKER
WEIGHT 71.1 g
United Kingdom 1870 - 1918
United Kingdom - Order of St. Michael and St. George Knight Commander Cross


Description

This Knight Commander was made from Gold and enamel. No markings.

The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George was founded in 1818 by the Prince Regent, later King George IV, to commemorate the British protectorate over the Ionian islands (now in Greece) and Malta, which came under British rule in 1814.

Originally membership was exclusively for inhabitants of the Ionian islands and Malta, as well as for British citizens who had performed important government services in the Mediterranean area. Since 1879 any citizen of the United Kingdom has been eligible; however, the honor is conferred mostly on officials in colonial affairs, foreign-service officers and diplomats, and others who have performed important duties in Commonwealth countries. Foreigners may be admitted as honorary members.

William IV instituted the three classes of knights of the order, which (in descending order of rank) are Knight Grand Cross or Dame Grand Cross (GCMG), Knight Commander or Dame Commander (KCMG or DCMG, respectively), and Companion (CMG). Membership is limited to 120 Knights Grand Cross, 390 Knights Commanders, and 1,775 Companions. Conferment of the two highest classes of the order entails admission into knighthood, if the candidate is not already a knight or dame, and the right to the title of “Sir” or “Dame” as appropriate.

The cross is in almost mint condition despite a minor surface chip in the belly of the horse of St. George and the dragon's wings. Real golden decorations stem from before 1887 and are quite rare. With ribbon.


Condition
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