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eMedals-United Kingdom. A Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Type I, Neck Badge Case 

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United Kingdom. A Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Type I, Neck Badge Case 

Sale Date: February 13, 2019 Hammer Price

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United Kingdom. A Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire, Type I, Neck Badge Case 

Instituted in 1878. Hardshelled design on both the lid and base with a deep maroon leather pebbled exterior on all sides, wooden-framed, the inside lid lined in white satin, padded and maker marked "R & S. GARRARD & Co. Goldsmiths & Jewellers TO THE CROWN 25 HAYMARKET LONDON" with a crown, the lining exhibiting the impression of the once present neck badge, a white fabric-wrapped cardboard insert placed within the base, the base lined in white rayon and supporting a raised platform in white felt with a recessed medal bed for the badge, dual-hinged, push release closure, measuring 73 mm (w) x 160 mm (h) x 27 mm (d), light wear evident on the exterior, light soiling on the white rayon base, the white felt on the raised platform soiled throughout, fine.

 

Footnote: The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire is an order of chivalry founded by Queen Victoria in 1878, to reward British and native officials who served in India. The Order was originally called the Order of theIndian Empire and had only one class (Companion), but expanded to comprise two classes in 1887. The British authorities intended the Order to be a less exclusive version of the Order of the Star of India (founded in 1861); consequently, many more appointments were made to the former than to the latter. On February 15, 1887, the Order of the Indian Empire formally became The Most Eminent Order of the Indian Empire and was divided into two classes: Knights Commander and Companions. It was later revised to include three classes: Knight Grand Commander (GCIE), Knight Commander (KCIE) and Companion (CIE). No appointments have been made since 1947, the year that India and Pakistan became independent from the British Raj. With the death of the last surviving knight, the Maharaja of Dhrangadhra, the order became dormant in 2010. The motto of the Order is "Imperatricis auspiciis" (Latin for "Under the auspices of the Empress"), a reference to Queen Victoria, the first Empress of India.

 

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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