Auction News | Medals

Duke of Cambridge medal collection offered at Sotheby’s

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2018-05-09

Sotheby’s is teaming up with medal specialists Morton & Eden to offer the collection of Prince George, Duke of Cambridge (1819-1904).
That’s the position now occupied by Prince William. Around 80 medals will be offered across a range of estimates in the July 3 sale in London.

The star looks set to be a lesser George sash badge from The Most Noble Order of the Garter, which is expected to make around £100,000-150,000 ($135,744-203,616).

This piece is designed to be worn on the blue sash members of the order wear beneath their cloaks. The remarkable piece is set with an exceptional agate cameo of St George and the Dragon by the Italian engraver Benedetto Pistrucci.

The modern Order of the Garter in their traditional uniforms (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

The Order of the Garter was an elite group of knights founded by King Edward III in 1348. The odd name is supposed to have been chosen after the Countess of Salisbury’s garter fell off during a courtly dance. Rather than joining in with the laughter of those around him, Edward is said to have picked it up and returned it with the words "Honi soit qui mal y pense!" ("Shame on him who thinks ill of it!") This became the motto of the order.

Medals associated with the Order of the Garter are rarely sold. That’s partly because membership is strictly limited to 24 (as well as the monarch and the Prince of Wales).

Prince George also served in the British and Hanoverian Armies. Other medals in the sale reflect his distinguished service record.

James Morton, of Morton & Eden, explained that the collection “has remained in the hands of the Duke of Cambridge’s family since his death in 1904 and has for many years been displayed publicly at the Guards Museum, Birdcage Walk…

“The Orders and medals offered in this auction present a unique record of service and honour…”

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