Fine British Orders - the property of a Gentleman

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Date of Auction: 25th March 2013

Sold for £8,500

Estimate: £4,000 - £5,000

The Most Illustrious Order of St. Patrick, K.P., an attractive jewelled Knight’s breast star, 84 x 72mm., silver, gold and enamels, the centre set throughout with small diamonds, the reverse inscribed ‘C. F. HANCOCK JEWELLER 39 BRUTON STREET LONDON’, and fitted with gold pin for wearing, good very fine £4000-5000


Provenance: Spink, March 1995, ‘Orders and Medals bestowed upon the 9th Earl of Shaftesbury’.

Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 9th Earl of Shaftesbury, K.P., P.C., G.C.V.O., C.B.E. (1869-1961) was one of the last two Knights of the Order of St. Patrick to be created. He was invested, along with Field Marshal Earl Kitchener of Khartoum, personally by King George V at Dublin Castle on 10 July 1911. At the time of his death the 9th Earl was the last surviving non-Royal Knight of the Order.