The Order of Blue and Orange, Engraved Member's Badge
This is the badge of a club called the "Order of Blue and Orange", which was formed about the year 1727 by officers of the King's Own Regiment of Foot. It was established to commemorate the principles of the Revolution and the Succession of the House of Hanover, which are indicated by the Orange of Holland and the Star of Brunswick with the respective dates of the landing of William III and the accession of George I. The reverse points out the advantages of union, and, by placing the arrows within the circle of the Electoral crown, intimates that the Brunswick settlement should be the bond of such union. A highly illuminated manuscript in the British Library gives a list of the original members of this Club and its rules.
The legend on the reverse side refers to Old Pretender, who by this time had made at least two attempts to recover the Crown of England.
The King's Own Royal Regiment Museum carries the following entry, "The Loyal and Friendly Society of the Blew and Orange was founded between 1733 and 1736 by officers of the King's Own Royal Regiment to commemorate the Revolution of 1688 and the accession of the House of Hanover to the English throne in 1714. James Thorne was Registrar of the Society and one of its wardens. The Society of the Blew and Orange is possibly the first "Regimental Association" relating to the King's Own. The Blew (the 18th Century spelling of blue) illustrated the Royal connection and the Orange illustrated the link with King William III (William of Orange). The Society had formal dinners four times per year, and the last recorded meeting was in 1801. A published list of members of the society as of 1801 survives. As well as celebrating the Revolution and the Accession of the Hanoverians (1st August 1714), the Society also kept the anniversaries of the Battle of the Boyne (11 July) and the Battle of Culloden (16 April).
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