A Waterloo period Tower and Sword Breast Star
A very rare Waterloo period Knight Commander of the Order of the Tower and Sword privately made military breast star as bestowed by members of the Portuguese Royal Family to British officers in recognition for services to Portugal during the Napoleonic War.
The silver star (white metal) is very finely manufactured and has hobnail decoration in each of the six arms of the star. A gold tower device sits above a circlet with the words Valor E Lealdade in voided gold upon a dark blue enamel background. In the centre is a white enamel ground with a green enamel wreath and silver and gold sword device.
The reverse of the star retains its original pin for fixing to a dress coatee. In virtually mint condition with no loss of enamel or any other damage visible.
Awarded to Thomas William Fermor, fourth Earl of Pomfret who was born in 1770. Appointed in 1791 to an ensigncy in the 3rd Foot Guards, Fermor served in Flanders in 1793 and was present at the battle of Famars, the seiges of Valenciennes and Dunkkirk and thre battle of Lincelles.
In 1794 he was promoted to a Lieutenancy and served in Ireland during the rebellion and in the Helder expedition where he took part in several actions.
In 1800 he was appointed to a company wiith the rank of Lieutentant Colonel. He served with the Guards in the Peninsula until his promotion to the rank of Major General on the 4th June 1813. Present at the battle of Salamanca, he recieved a small field officers gold medal and was also honored with the Knight of the Portuguese Order of the Tower and Sword which he obtained permission to accept on 11th may 1813. His last commission was to Lt General on 27th May 1825.. He succeeded his brother George as fourth Earl of Pomfret on 7th April 1830 and died on 29th June 1833.