On 24th November 2005, Spink sold
The Most Noble Order of the Garter, a superb lesser George Garter
Jewel, by Santarelli Sold for £28,750.
The Order was possibly acquired by
either Henry, 5th Duke of Beaufort, for use on the occassion of his
installation at St. George's Chapel, Windsor 29.5.1801, or by his
son Henry Charles, 6th Duke of Beaufort, Installed 23.4.1805.
The maker Giovanni Antonio
Santarelli (1769-1826), was a gem engraver, modeller in wax, and
medallist, who worked at the Milanese Mint and was Professor at the
Academy, Florence. He was famous for his skill at cutting gems of
exceptional beauty, while his portraits and bas-reliefs in wax were
said to belong 'to the finest and most delicate productions of the
art.' (Forrer, L., Biographical Dictionary of Medallists,
Vol.5 pp. 334-5)
Also offered in the sale was
The Second War Bomber Command Conspicuous Gallantry Medal group of
six to Warrant Officer J. 'Jack' Bettany, Royal Air Force Volunteer
Reserve, for his outstanding bravery over Pforzheim in saving the
lives of the entire crew of his Lancaster, by throwing out a number
of blazing incendiary bombs, through holes in the fuselage with his
bare hands; the last to bale out from the stricken aircraft Bettany
walked in full uniform, through enemy lines to safety. This group
sold for £27,600.