​ The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Mantle Star of a Knight Grand Commander, G.C.S.I., circa 1870, measuring approximately 150 mm in diameter, silver, gilt and enamel star set upon a circular silver mount, with fitments to reverse for attachment, the reverse bearing engraved details for the jeweller: ‘John Hunter, Maddox St: London.’ Extremely Rare.

Price: £4,500.00


Product ID: CMA/23375
Condition: some enamel damage to the ties of the garter, otherwise Very Fine.
Availability: IN STOCK
Description:

The Most Exalted Order of the Star of India, Mantle Star of a Knight Grand Commander, G.C.S.I., circa 1870, measuring approximately 150 mm in diameter, silver, gilt and enamel star set upon a circular silver mount, with fitments to reverse for attachment, the reverse bearing engraved details for the jeweller: ‘John Hunter, Maddox St: London.’ Extremely Rare.
Condition: some enamel damage to the ties of the garter, otherwise Very Fine.

A similar version to this sold in DNW auction of 13th September 2012, attributed to Major-General Sir Owen Tudor Burne, and made £4200 hammer.
Founded by Queen Victoria a few years after the British Crown took over the administration of India from the Honourable East India Company, it was intended primarily as an award to loyal Indian princes. The highest class was designated  Knight Grand Commander, rather than Cross, because the majority of the recipients were not Christians (either Hindus or Muslims). The Order at first consisted of the sovereign, a Grand Master (the Viceroy of India), 36 Knight Grand Commanders, 85 Knight Commanders and 170 Companions. The GCSI was the most lavish of all the British orders. It lapsed in 1947 when the sub-continent attained independence. Until then all insignia of the Order was returnable on the death of recipients. After 1947, however, recipients and their heirs were allowed in certain cases to purchase the star and badges of any of the three applicable classes, but not the collar chain of the Knight Grand Commander. 


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