Order of the Thistle. Superb Star c. 1780 prov. Earls of Galloway

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Product code: A3372

Item condition: N.E.F.

Our price: £13,500.00

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Medal Description

Order of the Thistle,  late 18th century breast star,  centre in gold and enamels with hinged silver arms finely pierced  points drilled for sewing to coat, the reverse central copper-gilt back-plate, 110 x 88mm, circa 1780-1800, 

Provenance: Christie’s 18 April 1979, ‘Sold by order of the Executors of the estate of the 12th Earl of Galloway’.

When originally sold this star was presumed to have been worn by Admiral Sir George Stewart, K.T., 8th Earl of Galloway (1768-1834) who succeeded his father to the title in 1806, and was elected and invested as a Knight of the Thistle in May 1814 and further attributed to his father, Sir John Stewart, 7th Earl of Galloway, who was elected and invested as a Knight of the Thistle in November 1775. In due course this star was probably also worn by the 8th Earl.


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