Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saturday Sparkle: The Garter Bar Brooch, 1838

The Garter Bar Pin
Rundell, Bridge & Co., 1838
The Royal Collection
On the occasions that Queen Victoria wore her garter insignia, very often, she would attach the garter, its accompanying star and “The Lesser George” to her gown via this bar pin.  The ten diamonds may have been part of a different piece prior to 1838.  This pin was supplied to the queen en suite with the garter insignia in 1838.  Sparkling brightly above the deep blue of the garter, ribbon, this bar pin was an elegant way to anchor the symbols of her reign. 

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