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Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE), Civil Division, 2nd Type (post 1936) dress miniature of the Badge, worn by Ninette de Valois

Collection: Ninette de Valois Bequest
Object number: ROH/VAL/BEQ/15
Date: 1951
Description: Miniature version of the Badge of a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire, purchased to wear on evening or formal dress when the original would be too heavy or inappropriate. It has a gilded Badge in the shape of a cross patonce decorated with pale blue enamel. The central medallion carries conjoined profiles in gold of Their Majesties King George V and Queen Mary (as founders of the Order) within a red enamel band bearing the motto of the Order, 'For God and the Empire'. The reverse is plain except for a central roundel bearing the King's cipher, 'GRI'. The Badge is suspended from a gold crown and ring and, as it is a lady's award, hangs from a bow of the ribbon, which has a brooch attachment on the reverse. It is worn on the left shoulder. A Dame Commander is the 2nd Class of the Order. Related to the Badge ROH/VAL/BEQ/14, Breast Star ROH/VAL/BEQ/13, certificate ROH/VAL/BEQ/12, and letter ROH/VPP/1/03.
Awarding body: Cabinet Office British Government
Jeweller: Garrard and Company Limited
Award recipient: Ninette de Valois
Language: English
Dimensions: Medal: length 2.75 cm; Medal: width 2.25 cm; Medal and ribbon: length 6 cm; Ribbon bow: width 3.5 cm
Condition: Good.