The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Companion, C.B., Military Division, breast badge, gold and enamels, narrow suspension, with 18 carat gold marks, and London hallmarks with date letter ‘F’ for 1881, and jewellers details for ’SG’ for Steven Garrard. Complete with gold suspension and three pronged gold ribbon buckle. The date 1881 confers with a number of awards made for the Second Afghanistan War and the Zulu War.
Condition: slight loss to enamel on wreath, some very minor chips on arms, overall Good Very Fine.
The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (formerly the Most Honourable Military Order of the Bath) is a was founded by King George 1st on 18th May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for creating a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The knights so created were known as "Knights of the Bath". George I "erected the Knights of the Bath into a regular Military Order". He did not (as is commonly believed) revive the Order of the Bath, since it had never previously existed as an Order, in the sense of a body of knights who were governed by a set of statutes and whose numbers were replenished when vacancies occurred.