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    Very Important King Charles II Signed Document Regarding the Order of the Garter After the Restoration of the Monarchy 1660 7.5" x 12", one page, February 19, 1660 (old calendar), Whitehall, London, with the original paper seal. The king commands his Master of the Great Wardrobe, Edward, Earl of Sandwich, to provide for robes for the Knights of the Most Noble Order of the Garter. When the monarchy was restored after the Interregnum, Charles II reaffirmed living Garter Knights and created new knights. He outfitted them them with new robes to replace robes lost during the Commonwealth.

    "Whereas wee have appointed the 15th: 16th: and 17th dayes of Aprill next ensuing the date here of for the Solemnization of the Noble Feast of St. George and installment of Knights Companions already elected att Our Castle of Windsor, Our will and pleasure is that you provide to be delivered for that solemnity 17 upper Robes and 17 under Robes of speciall good velvetts that is to say every upper Robe to contayne the number of 18 yards of Crimson velvett and speciall good white Taffaty to the quantity of 272 yards for lyning of the same, allowing to every upper and under Robe 16 yardes. As alsoe 17 Garters of velvett wrought with Letters and Purles of venice Gold and Pearles, to place on the left shoulder of every one of the said upper Robes, with 17 paire of larg strings Buttons and Tassells of blew silke and venice Gold. And for doing this shall be your Warrant Requiring you further to Certifie Us as soone as yow may what number of the premisses wee may depend upon to be ready by the time prefact. Given under Our signett of the said Ordrer att our Court att Whitehall the 19th Day of February in the 13th yeare of Our Raigne 1660."

    The year, in modern terms was actually 1661, because in England before 1752 the Civil or Legal Year started on March 25. Charles II dated his reign from when his father, Charles I, was turned over to Parliament's custody and unable to rule. A very interesting and important Charles II signed Order of the Garter document. Mounted on the left side. Toned, chipped along the edges, and split at the lower fold, else very good.

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