Lesser George of the Order of the Garter; double-sided enamelled gold St George on horseback about to slay the dragon with a sword, within enamelled oval gold garter border; set with four shaped diamonds and fourteen rubies. England 1628-1629. | © Trustees of the British Museum

Lesser George of the Order of the Garter; double-sided enamelled gold St George on horseback about to slay the dragon with a sword, within enamelled oval gold garter border; set with four shaped diamonds and fourteen rubies. England 1628-1629. | © Trustees of the British Museum

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'.

Order of the Garter (Badge)

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'.

Swan pendant made of gold, enamal, pearl, diamond, and ruby. The Netherlands, 1590s.

Swan pendant made of gold, enamal, pearl, diamond, and ruby. The Netherlands, 1590s.

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.

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.

A Garter collar and Great George, depicted killing the dragon (1661), made by  Robert Vyner for King Charles II. (The Royal Collection)

A Garter collar and Great George, depicted killing the dragon (1661), made by Robert Vyner for King Charles II. (The Royal Collection)

Pendant-jewel-badge; gold; Order of the Garter; St George in blue-green and…

Pendant-jewel-badge; gold; Order of the Garter; St George in blue-green and…

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