Knight Commander of Hanover Breast Star circa 1820
A very rare Knight Commander of Hannover (KCH) breast star made by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell jewellers to their majesties, his royal highness the Prince Regent and the Royal Family circa 1820.
The Maltese silver star (white metal ) crafted with a hobnail pattern in each of the arms of the cross and finished with silver half balls and has a pair of crossed swords designating a military award. In the centre is a wreath of green enamels and red berries which encloses a voided latin inscription Nec Aspera Terrent on a light blue enamel background. Within this is a wonderfully crafted white enamel horse of Hannover on a red enamel and green engine turned background.
The condition of the breast star is exceptional for its age and is in virtually mint condition save for a small missing section of the letter T at the end of the latin inscription. The reverse has an engraved makers mark for Rundell, Bridge and Rundell etc and retains its original gold metal pin for attaching the order to a dress coatee.