BRITISH M.B.E. in ROYAL MINT CASE of ISSUE
- Item Category: Militaria & Weapons
- Date Posted: Sep 27, 2013
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, Member (M.B.E.), Civil, 2nd type, since 1935 issue, silver, authentic and in its original fitted embossed Royal Mint case of issue, with instructions for wearing the decoration. The medal suspended on ribbon is about 4" long and 1-1/4" wide. The case is about 5-1/4" by 3". Silver cross patonce on Tudor crown suspension; the face with a circular central medallion imposed with the crowned head and shoulders portraits of King George V and Queen Mary facing left 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; on original ribbon mounted for wear with brooch bar; in original fitted embossed Royal Mint case of issue, with instructions for wear. 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 M.B.E. is of the second type; prior to 1935, the Order has Britannia rather than King George V and Queen Mary on the face. Today the Order is awarded for distinguished service in any sphere of activity and honorary awards may be made to foreigners. Please carefully review the images as this is a final sale for this item, and contact me if you have a question. U.S. sales only, and the item is shipped from New York City. Either PayPal or cashiers/registered check from J.P. Morgan Chase or other reputable bank accepted as payment.