Royal Guelphic Order, Knight's breast badge, K.H., Military Division with crossed swords, gold and enamels, circa 1815 to 1830’s manufacture, measuring 23mm across, and 45 mm from the top of the suspension to the base. A superb quality piece, the enamel work of a fine quality of manufacture.
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.