A fine Collection of Medals to Members of the Royal Household

Image 1

Click Image to Zoom

Date of Auction: 28th March 2012

Sold for £1,200

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

An M.V.O. 4th Class group of nine awarded to George Edward Miles, Inspector of Windsor Castle, 1901-24

The Royal Victorian Order, M.V.O., Member’s 4th Class breast badge , silver-gilt and enamel, reverse officially numbered, ‘1058’; Jubilee 1887, clasp, 1897, silver (G. E. Miles, Windsor Castle); Coronation 1902, silver; Coronation 1911, silver; Portugal, Order of Villa Vicosa, 4th Class, silver-gilt and enamel, minor enamel damage; Spain, Order of Naval Merit, Silver Cross, silver; Sweden, Order of the Vasa, Silver Merit Cross, silver, gold and enamel; Japan, Order of the Rising Sun, 5th Class, silver, silver-gilt and enamel with red cabochon centre; Prussia, Order of the Crown, Medal of the Order, gilt, mounted court style for wear, good very fine (9) £800-1000


George Edward Miles was born in 1852, the eldest son of William Miles. He was educated at St. Mark’s and Brunswick House Schools, Windsor. He entered the Lord Chamberlain’s Office as an Account Clerk in 1875; was Tapissier in 1893 and Inspector of the Palace, Windsor Castle, 1901-24. He was also the Chief Officer of the Windsor Castle Salvage Corps, 1906-24. For his services he was awarded the M.V.O. 5th Class on 30 October 1904 and M.V.O. 4th Class on 3 June 1924. In addition to official positions, he was President of the Windsor and Eton Scientific and Archæological Society in 1901; and Honorary Librarian, Royal Albert Institute, Windsor, 1906-13. Latterly living at Essendon, 66 Frances Road, Windsor; he died on 25 March 1942.

For his father’s medal, see lot 816.