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eMedals-United Kingdom. A Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knights Commander (KBE), c.1945

Item: EG3240

United Kingdom. A Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knights Commander (KBE), c.1945

Sale Date: November 14, 2018 Hammer Price

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United Kingdom. A Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Knights Commander (KBE), c.1945

Instituted in 1917. Military Issue. Badge: In silver gilt with red and light blue enamels, measuring 63.5 mm (w) x 80.5 mm (h), scattered gilt wear, on its original full-length second type military neck ribbon; and Breast Star: insignia in silver gilt with red enamels, mounted to an eight-pointed silver star base with faceted rays, measuring 81.5 mm (w) x 82.2 mm (h), vertical pinback. Intact enamels, near extremely fine.

Footnote: The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry, rewarding contributions to the arts and sciences, work with charitable and welfare organizations, and public service outside the Civil service. It was established on June 4, 1917 by King George V, and comprises five classes across both civil and military divisions, the most senior two of which make the recipient either a knight if male or dame if female. There is also the related British Empire Medal, whose recipients are affiliated with, but not members of, the order. Recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire were originally made on the nomination of the United Kingdom, the self-governing Dominions of the Empire (later Commonwealth) and the Viceroy of India. Nominations continue today from Commonwealth countries that participate in recommending British (Imperial) honours. Most Commonwealth countries ceased recommendations for appointments to the Order of the British Empire when they created their own honours.

 

This offering is a part of the "Dr. Albert Goodwin Collection", a preeminent assemblage of world Orders, Medals, and Decorations composed solely by Dr.Goodwin between 1946-1967. Dr. Goodwin had a successful career as an educator and prominent physician in New York as well as actively serving in both World Wars with the United States Medical Corps. He acted as both President and Vice-President of the Orders and Medals Society of America (OMSA) and is responsible for organizing their first convention in 1960. He maintained further membership with the American Society of Military Collectors, the International Orders Research Society, and the American Numismatic Society. His knowledge and passion for history and awards is evident in this meticulously compiled collection that is now available in its entirety for the first time exclusively on eMedals.com.

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