Two small enamelled gold reliefs, English, late 16th/early 17th Century.

These exquisite little reliefs of St. George and the Dragon were either hat badges, or possibly, intended for attachment to clothing.

They appear in the 1690 Devonshire Schedule, the inventory of an enormous bequest from Elizabeth, Countess of Devonshire (1619-1689), to her daughter Anne, Countess of Exeter (1649-1703).

Listed under ‘Gold Things’ were: ‘Two Little Georges of Gold Enamel’d both alike.’


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