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Royal Order of the Garter Plate

This is an interesting plate made by Meissen in the 19th century. It was made for The Royal Order of the Garter :

The Most Noble Order of the Garter which was founded in 1348 is the highest order of chivalry in England. The Order is dedicated to the image and arms of St. George as England's patron saint, and is presently bestowed on recipients from British and other Commonwealth realms; after peerages, it is the pinnacle of the honours system in the United Kingdom. Membership in the order is limited to the Sovereign, the Prince of Wales, and no more than twenty-four members, or Companions; the order also comprises Supernumerary knights and ladies (e.g., members of the British Royal Family and foreign monarchs). Bestowing the honour has been described as one of the Monarch's few remaining truly personal, executive prerogatives. The order's emblem, depicted on insignia, is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Old French: "shame upon him who thinks evil upon it", or "evil to him who evil thinks") in gold lettering. Members of the order wear such a garter on ceremonial occasions.

So this is certainly a rare piece likely made for royalty judging by the crown over W on the rim which I will have to try to figure out. The plate has a cobalt blue rim and center ring on which the gold decoration was painted. The center has the garter painted on it with their motto "Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense". The rim's Monogram with the crown is very nice and detailed. The plate is marked with the crossed swords mark on the underside as shown as well as an impressed number 87 (I think). The plate is 1.125 inches tall and 8.375 inches in diameter. It is in superb condition! Please email me for more information or other pictures.

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