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Exquisitely Designed- An 18th century white topaz, garnet and gold Cross of the Portuguese Order of Christ,

Exquisitely Designed- An 18th century white topaz, garnet and gold Cross of the Portuguese Order of Christ,

Insignia of the Order of the Elephant, 19th century, This pendant in white enameled gold is the insignia of the Danish Order of the Elephant. Founded in 1478 by King Christian I, the order is still in existence today. The elephant is worn on a necklace during its ceremonies.

Insignia of the Order of the Elephant, 19th century, This pendant in white enameled gold is the insignia of the Danish Order of the Elephant. Founded in 1478 by King Christian I, the order is still in existence today. The elephant is worn on a necklace during its ceremonies.

Star of The Order of St. Catherine.  In gold around it reads (in Russian) "For Love, and for Fatherland."  Empress Alexandra and all four of the Grand Duchesses took their sashes with the badges and stars with them into exile in Siberia.  They were recovered in 1933. The Empress is the Grand Mistress for life.  Therefore, the Dowager Empress Marie who escaped the Revolution with her life was the Grand Mistress.

Star of The Order of St. Catherine. In gold around it reads (in Russian) "For Love, and for Fatherland." Empress Alexandra and all four of the Grand Duchesses took their sashes with the badges and stars with them into exile in Siberia. They were recovered in 1933. The Empress is the Grand Mistress for life. Therefore, the Dowager Empress Marie who escaped the Revolution with her life was the Grand Mistress.

Orden s del Toisón de Oro; diamante y rubí tachonada insignias para el Santo Imperio Romano y rsquo.

Orden s del Toisón de Oro; diamante y rubí tachonada insignias para el Santo Imperio Romano y rsquo.

A LADY-IN-WAITING BADGE FOR QUEEN ELENA OF ITALY, BY MUSY   Designed as a diamond-set initial 'E' with crown above, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1900, 7.0 cm. high  By Musy, Turin (unsigned)

A LADY-IN-WAITING BADGE FOR QUEEN ELENA OF ITALY, BY MUSY Designed as a diamond-set initial 'E' with crown above, mounted in silver and gold, circa 1900, 7.0 cm. high By Musy, Turin (unsigned)

Order of the Garter Insignia presented to Prince Albert by Queen Victoria two days before their marriage in 1840, originally set for King George IV in 1829.

Order of the Garter Insignia presented to Prince Albert by Queen Victoria two days before their marriage in 1840, originally set for King George IV in 1829.

1Breast Star of the Order of the White Eagle Polish (Ruby garnish), Dresden, 1722-1733. Green Vault. VIII 121. 268 rubies, 385 diamonds, gold, silver, partly gilt. 15.7 x 15.2 cm© Dresden State Art Collections

1Breast Star of the Order of the White Eagle Polish (Ruby garnish), Dresden, 1722-1733. Green Vault. VIII 121. 268 rubies, 385 diamonds, gold, silver, partly gilt. 15.7 x 15.2 cm© Dresden State Art Collections

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