The Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Mantle Star of the Knight’s Grand Cross, G.C.B., Military Division, circa 1840 to 1850, measuring approximately 250 mm in diameter, cloth bullion, silver and gilt wire and sequins, with red velvet background to motto and green thread wreath, with original paper backing, this bearing the makers plate for D’Almaine & Co. embroiderers to Her Majesty, 39 Gerrard Street, Soho, London. Scarce, and a very fine example of type.
Condition: paper backing deteriorated in places but mostly present, slight wear to points and elsewhere, overall reasonable condition and evidence of having been worn.
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.