The Order of the Golden Fleece. Founded by Philip III the Good, Duke of
Bergundy, in 1430 at Bruges in Flanders. Composed of a Grand Duke and twenty
three knights, (though the number was later increased to fifty one), the Order set
out to defend the Roman Catholic religion and the codes of chivalry, settling any
disputes that arose between the knights.
Dedicated to the Blessed
Virgin and Saint Andrew, the Order took as its symbol a
golden fleece. This may refer to the great wealth obtained from the wool trade, or it
may indicated a connection with Jason, himself a symbol for the archangel Gideon,
and the voyage to Argo, bringing back the sacred Golden Fleece from the edge of
the known world.
This ornate and heavy chain
includes a gold plated pewter fleece, modelled in the
round. Total length of chain 137cm. Price £85.00.
The Golden Fleece pendant is available seperately. Price £22.50.