A Fine Collection of Royal Household Awards

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Date of Auction: 4th December 2001

Sold for £1,000

Estimate: £1,400 - £1,600

Twelve: Sir Francis Bryant, C.B., C.V.O., C.B.E., I.S.O., Sergeant-at-Arms in Ordinary to King George V, the first Registrar of the Royal Victorian Order

The Most Honourable Order of The Bath, C.B. (Civil) silver-gilt neck badge, in case of issue; The Royal Victorian Order, C.V.O., neck badge, silver-gilt and enamels, the reverse officially numbered ‘C762’, in case of issue; The Order of the British Empire, C.B.E. (Civil) 1st type neck badge, in case of issue; Imperial Service Order, G.V.R., silver, gold and enamels, with case of issue; Jubilee 1887, silver, with clasp, 1897; Coronation 1902, silver; Coronation 1911; Jubilee 1935; France, Legion of Honour, Chevalier, silver, gilt and enamels, with case of issue; Palmes Academique, silver and enamels, with case of issue; Afghanistan, Order of Astaur, silver breast star with gold central medallion, 82mm; Egypt, Order of the Nile, 3rd class neck badge, silver, gilt and enamels, in case of issue, together with group of nine related miniature medals, various masonic badges, and the following six bronze medals: Australia International Exhibitions, Sydney & Melbourne, 1879-81, by Wyon, 75mm, the reverse inscribed ‘F. Morgan Bryant, for services’, in case of issue, the lid embossed with Royal crest of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales; Exposition Universelle Internationale Paris 1878, by Oudiné, 86mm, in gold-embossed case of issue, the interior lid embossed in gold lettering ‘Médaille offerte pour services rendus. Monsieur F. M. Bryant, Attaché au Secretariat de La Commission Royale Britannique’; Colonial and Indian Exhibition London 1886, by Wyon, 50mm; Ministere de L’Agriculture du Commerce et des Travaux Publics, Napoleon III, by Caqué, 50mm, ‘Concours Universel Agrle. Annimaux Reprodrs. Paris 1856’; Johann Gregor Mendel 1822-1884, by Bénard, ‘4e Confece. Intle. de Genetique, Paris 1911’, the reverse embossed ‘M. F. Bryant’; Coronation of King George and Queen Mary 1911, 50mm, generally good very fine or better (27) £1400-1600


Francis Morgan Bryant was born on 18 March 1859. He served on the Staff of Royal Commissions for: Philadelphia International Exhibition 1875-76; Paris Universal Exhibition 1877-78, as private secretary to Sir P. Cunliffe-Owen; Melbourne International Exhibition 1879-81; Secretary to the Comptroller and Treasurer, Marlborough House, 1881-1901; Chief Clerk to Edward Prince of Wales, 1893-1901; Assistant Secretary to His Majesty’s Privy Purse, 1901-10; Secretary of the King’s Private Secretary’s Office, 1910-31; Registrar of the Royal Victorian Order, 1916-31; Sergeant-at-Arms in Ordinary to His Majesty, 1922-31.

Bryant was made M.V.O., 4th class, 1901; I.S.O. 1916; C.B.E. 1918; C.V.O. 1922; C.B. 1931. On the creation of the office of Registrar of the Royal Victorian Order in 1916, Bryant was chosen to fill the new vacancy. He was Knighted in 1920, and received the French Order of Palmes Academique in 1878; Legion of Honour 1927; Commander of the Order of the Nile 1927; Knight Commander of the Order of Astaur 1928. He was father of Sir Arthur Bryant, C.H., C.B.E., the eminent English historian, and died on 30 August 1938.