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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Lesser George known as 'The Stuart George'

Overview

Creator: English (nationality)
Creation Date: 
c. 1661
Materials: 
Onyx: white, grey and black; gold, enamel
Dimensions: 
6.3 x 4.3 cm
RCIN 
441382
Reference(s): 
SJP INS 60
G&J 2008 300
Provenance: 
First documented in the Royal Collection in 1830
Description:

The floral-style ornament and the colours of the enamel on the reverse of the badge recall mid-seventeenth century French designs. The type of object, however, makes an English provenance and a date around 1661 more likely.

It is not known when the badge entered the Royal Collection. However, it may be identified with the ‘ancient Cameo Badge of Garter, enamelled back’ listed at Windsor Castle in the inventory of 1830, the ‘ancient Onyx George, raised flowers etc enamelled back’ listed in 1837 and the ‘ancient Onyx George raised flowers & enameled [sic] at back’ listed in 1838.

Text adapted from Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen, London, 2008

Further details

Category: 
Insignia & Decorations