The Royal Guelphic Order,Military Division, Grand Cross Breast Star (with silver and gold)


SKU: 01.GBR.0105.203.01.000

Estimated market value:

$10,500 USD

  • Grand Cross Breast Star (by Hamlet) Obverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (by Hamlet) Obverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (by Hamlet) Reverse
  • Grand Cross Breast Star (by Hamlet) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$10,500 USD


  • Country
    Great Britain
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Physical Description and Item Details

United Kingdom. A Royal Guelphic Order, (Military), Knight Grand Cross (GCH), by Hamlet, c.1830

(Guelphen-Orden). Instituted 1815. A typical of the period reduced silver grand cross star, consisting of an exquisitely hand filed multi ray star, obverse centre in Gold, presenting a white hand painted Hanoverian horse on a red enameled background, with blue enamel surround with motto in hand etched Gold lettering Nec Aspera Terrent (Not afraid of difficulties), fine green enameled laurels in Gold, with separably affixed Gold crossed swords, reverse displaying the hand engraved makers cartouche of Hamlet Goldsmith & Jeweller to His Majesty, & His Royal Highnefses, DUKE OF YORK, & Royal Family. Princes St. Leicester Sqe. London’, Gold pin, measuring 74 mm (w) x 73 mm (h), with pin having been delicately soldered with adhesive and fixed to hinge, reverse having been cleaned, makers plate rotated, minor enamel loss to obverse laurels, good/fine.


The Royal Guelphic Order was established by Prince Regent George, the future King George IV, in 1815 as an order of the new Hanoverian Kingdom. It was first proposed by Count Ernst Friedrich von Münster, the acting Minister of Hanover in London, in order to secure the status of the kingdom and reward Hanoverian subjects for their military achievements in the Napoleonic Wars. It was also awarded for a short period to British subjects, but was ceased following the death of King William IV in 1837 and the permanent separation of the British and Hanoverian crowns. The Order continues to be awarded in Germany by the head of the Hanoverian House.

The Order’s name is an allusion to the ancient dynasty of the House of Guelph of which the House of Hanover is a descendant. The institution date of the Order is also significant, as it was the Prince Regent’s birthday and the 101st anniversary of the accession of the House of Hanover to the British Throne.

From 1815-1837 when the Order was awarded in the United Kingdom, appointees considered “honourary” and were not automatically named Knights. The Order was conferred upon military personnel and civilians alike, and was awarded in great number during the reign of William IV. At the time, it was the only order in the United Kingdom that could be awarded to those who did not hold military or government positions. During this period, it was awarded in three classes and two divisions, but it was later was reorganized into five, and later four, classes and two divisions following the separation of the crowns in 1837.

The decorations of the civil division feature a wreath of laurel, whereas decorations of the military division feature a wreath of oak with crossed swords above the suspension. Both feature the motto of the Order, NEC ASPERA TERRENT (“Difficulties do not terrify”).

There may be additional versions that differ in manufacturer, size, or composition.

See also the Royal Guelphic Order in the Orders of Hannover of the German Empire (1871-1918) for the continuation of the Order to the present day.


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