In medieval times, King Edward III was so inspired by tales of King Arthur and the chivalry of the Knights of the Round Table that he set up his own group of honourable knights, called the Order of the Garter.
The Order of the Garter is dedicated to the image and arms of Saint George, England's patron saint.
The order's emblem is a garter with the motto Honi soit qui mal y pense (Middle French: "Shame on him who thinks evil of it") in gold lettering.
The motto refers to Edward's claim to the French throne, and the Order of the Garter was created to help pursue this claim.
The Chain Of Office is linked by antique gold and enamelled conectors with rope connectors in between. Each enamelled connector carries the motto within a unique belt design. From the centre of the chain hangs a gold plated image depicting Saint George killing the dragon.
The Chain of the Order of The Garter can be seen in many Tudor and Elizabethan portraits such as those of Edward VI, The Earl Of Leicester, Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (C. 1484-1545) Sir Henry Guildford (after Hans Holbein the younger) amongst others.
This is a unique and hand crafted item. It measures approximately 1.10 metres with an extension chain so you can adjust it according to your costume.