1640, England. Gold and enamel. The Order of the Garter was founded by Edward III in 1348 and is the oldest order of chivalry in Europe. The collar, introduced by Henry VIII, consists of 26 Tudor roses within blue garters, with an image of St George killing the dragon hanging by a gold tassel. The image is known as the 'Greater George', while the badge shown here is called the 'Lesser George'.
From the collection of HM Queen Elizabeth. Royal Cap Badge of Henry VIII. As documented in a miniature portrait painted by Hans Holbein. "St. George Slaying the Dragon" - Gold, Pearl, Cloisonne' Enameling.