VINTAGE WW1 BRITISH MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE TYPE 1 1917 MEDAL CASED

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Description

Offered is a First World War era Member of the Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.). Features a 49mm wide silver cross patonce on Tudor crown suspension; the face with a circular central medallion imposed with the portrait of Britannia seated, her left arm extended, a radiant sun above right, within a ring inscribed ‘FOR GOD AND THE EMPIRE’; the reverse with a circular central medallion with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George V within a rope border, silver hallmarks for Sebastian Henry Garrard of London, dated 1917, on correct, worn, mounted ribbon. Medal comes in the original Garrard & Co. case of issue. A rare 1st year of issue First World M.B.E. This is a perfect oppurtunity to fill the gap in your missing medal group.

The Order was instituted by King George V on 4 June 1917 in five grades to acknowledge the service of non-combatants during wartime. In 1918 the Order was divided into Civil and Military divisions. This example is of the first type with Britannia on the face; since 1935, the Order has had the head and shoulders portraits of King George V and Queen Mary facing left on the face. Today the Order is awarded for distinguished service in any sphere of activity and honorary awards may be made to foreigners.

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 20 × 15 × 5 cm

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