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religious/ritual equipment / garter

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  • Description

    Garter of the Order of the Garter; dark blue velvet with motto formed of applied gold letters enamelled in red and white; gold buckle and tongue enamelled white with green and white pattern on the sides and green enamel on the reverse (damaged). The buckle set with seventeen diamonds, the tongue with eleven. The attachment holes formed of gold rosettes enamelled red and white. The whole bordered with gold chain and edged with silver thread formed of wound silver strip; in the spaces, small rosettes made of coiled silver wire.


  • Date

    • 1628-1629
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  • Dimensions

    • Length: 56 centimetres
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  • Curator's comments

    In set with 1980,0201.1-3
    One of a set of Collar, Great George, Lesser George and Garter believed to have been made for William Compton, 1st Earl of Northampton, created KG 1628, installed 1629.
    See E. Ashmole, 'The Institution, Laws and Ceremonies of the Most Noble Order of the Garter', London 1672; William Bingham Compton, 'The History of the Comptons of Compton Wynyates', London 1930, p. 62; R. Marks and A. Payne (eds), 'British Heraldry from its origins to c. 1800', exhibition catalogue, British Museum 1978, cat.250, 87.
    The velvet is probably a later replacement and has a modern purple lining on the reverse.


  • Location

    On display: G46/dc11/p3

  • Exhibition history

    1996 4-12 Mar, USA, Malibu, J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Villa, BMDT Presentation

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  • Acquisition notes

    Accepted by H M Treasury in lieu of Capital Transfer Tax following the death of the 6th Marquess of Northampton and allocated to the BM.

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

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COMPASS Image Caption: The Collar and 'Great George'


COMPASS Image Caption: The Collar and 'Great George'

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