This book introduces the insignia worn by members of British Orders of Knighthood and Chivalry. These Orders have existed since the early Middle Ages and were initially intended to unite important noblemen in bonds of loyalty to their monarch or to act as impressive rewards for their services. Over the course of time, appointments to Orders were made to distinguished persons for services rendered to the sovereign or to the state and they have survived into modern times as another means of rewarding people of all classes and occupations for their contribution at international, national or local levels. The insignia worn by the various ranks within the Orders are often of the highest quality and exquisite workmanship and, like campaign medals and decorations, have become a popular field for collecting and research. About the author Peter Duckers has been a collector of British campaign and gallantry medals for thirty-five years. He is Curator of the Shropshire Regimental Museum.. Other titles for Shire by this author: British Campaign Medals 18151914 (see above) British Campaign Medals 1914-2000 (see above) British Gallantry Awards 18552000 (see above) The British Indian Army 1860-1914 (see above)THE ORDER OF ST MICHAEL AND ST GEORGE 27 Left: The Neck Badge of a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St ... instituted in 1861, initially to reward Indian princes and others who had rendered loyal service during the Mutiny.
|Title||:||British Orders and Decorations|
|Publisher||:||Osprey Publishing - 2004|