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Fine WW1 CBE Sterling Silver/Guilloche Enamel Medal with case Garrards of London. A wonderful and rare opportunity to obtain a 100% Original Large CBE Full Size Medal in Gold Gilt and enamel guilloche finishing, with Original Presentation Case intact, made by Royal Silversmith makers of the time Garrard's of London and issued during World War I. To the reverse of the medal we the Royal cipher with crown above and roped bordering. The medal is hinged attached to the crown which is in perfect working order.
The medal is still in superb finishing as you can see from the photos, the guilloche enamel is in excellent condition with the inner circle in red finished enamel with block lettering in gold "For God and the Empire". To the centre Britannia again finished in gold gilt.
The medal still retains the original neck ties and fasteners which have age paten, the silk purple water fleck ribbon is in super condition. To the top front of medal we see the Royal Crown, still prominent and present.The presentation case in which the medal is housed is of a purple leatherette finishing, block letters in gold CBE. Press to release catch which is in perfect working order.
To the inside a cream velvet base with a silk padded liner to the roof with the full Garrard stamp and by special appointment to His Majesty the King. The medal has beautiful aged toning and has never been cleaned. This one is for the collector or investor of solid silver medals or Royal Regalia. A real investment for the future. There has only been just over 200 of these medals ever awarded and would have been personally presented by the King himself.
These are a higher award than the MBE and OBE's. Are the makers of the Crown Jewells which are housed in the Tower of London, also Garrard are credited for. Such pieces as the Queen Mary Crown used for the Coronation, the Imperial Crown of India worn by King George V and the famous Koh-i-Noor diamond which was made for the Queen Mother.
Robert Garrard II Silverware is avidly more collected as they received the Royal Warrant under his production which makes them more desirable than the earlier Garrards silver, to this date Garrards still produce silver for the British Royal Family. Most of Garrard's silver are to be found in museums or private collections around the world.
Hallmarks: No CBE's are hallmarked however they are made of Solid Sterling Silver and produced by Garrard's of London. Size of medal from Top of Crown with ring to bottom: 85mm high x 64mm wide. Condition: The medal is in superb condition. Light surface marks consistent with age and genuine wear.All in all a wonderful piece with no knocks or dents, the front of the ribbon has discoloured overtime, please see photos. Box is in fine working condition with a few scuff marks. Becoming harder to find Original WWI CBE's.