Royal Guelphic Order, Knight's breast badge, K.H., Military Division with Crossed Swords, gold and enamels, circa 1815 manufacture, measuring 30mm across, and 55 mm from the top of the suspension to the base. Fitted with straight bar wire suspension, and with a three pronged gold ribbon buckle. A superb quality piece of the very finest workmanship, the enamel work of exceptional quality.
Condition: slight loss to enamel on wreath, overall Good Very Fine.
Founded by His Royal Highness the Prince Regent, later King George IV, it took its name from the family surname of the British sovereigns from George I onwards and was awarded by the crown of Hanover to both British and Hanoverian subjects for distinguished services to Hanover. Under Salic Law, a woman could not succeed to the Hanoverian throne, so on the death of King William IV in 1837 Hanover passed to Prince Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, and thereafter the Guelphic Order became a purely Hanoverian award.
For a very similar example by the same jeweller, but with a slightly lesser form of enamelled horse, see the following link to an award sold in action on 14th April 2001.
For an example sold in auction in April 2020 which had considerable enamel damage please view the following: