Some time ago, I had the opportunity to snap a picture of a beautiful GCMG Star of the Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George that I thought I would share with others here.
This star was quite scarce as it was a very early Rundell Bridge & Rundell made star as evident by the engraving on the back. What made it even more special was the engraved No. 2 on the back tracing its origins back to Adolphus Frederick, Duke of Cambridge and the son of George III. The workmanship was absolutely stunning.
A striking piece to be sure, I think this is one of the more beautiful orders out there, in all grades. Was there a period when Rundell Bridge & Rundell were the only manufacturers of the order or were there several appointed at one time? And when did they cease manufacturing the order?