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    cecawthorne
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    Hello All,

    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.

    Best Regards,
    Chris
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    sirius
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    Very nice Chris, so this is clearly pre-Victorian. It looks like he was invested with the GCMG in 1825. This from Wikipedia:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_Adolphus,_Duke_of_Cambridge

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    Looks like he is wearing the star of the GCH in this portrait.

    Cheers, -Peter
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    paul wood
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    Chris,

    Very nice to see and 1815-20 version of the Ionian Islands and Maltese Order of St Michael and George.

    Paul

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    Jumpmaster
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    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?
    Tony

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    Frank Dutil
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    Stunning! 8-)

    Thanks for sharing!

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