Sold with letter of provenance from Spink (dated 17.6.1986), confirming that the above insignia was awarded to Major-General Hon. Sir Cecil Bingham.
Major-General Hon. Sir Cecil Edward Bingham, G.C.V.O., [K.C.M.G.], [C.B.], was born in December 1861, second son of the 4th Earl of Lucan. Educated at Wellington College, he was originally commissioned into the 3rd Hussars in 1882, but in 1886 he exchanged into the 2nd Life Guards and in 1892, the year of his advancement to Captain, into the 1st Life Guards. Bingham served as a Major in the Boer War, where he was onetime A.D.C. to General French, and was Mentioned in Despatches and given the Brevet of Lieutenant-Colonel. Awarded the M.V.O. Fourth Class in March 1903, in respect of services as Senior A.D.C. to H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught during his tour of India, and the C.V.O. in June 1909, while C.O. of the 1st Life Guards, he was promoted to full Colonel in the following year. Further honours followed during the Great War, when he was created a C.B. in 1914 for his command of the 4th Cavalry Brigade and a K.C.M.G. for his command of the 1st Cavalry Division as a Major-General from 1915. Previously the recipient of the Prussian Order of the Red Eagle and the Ethiopian Order of Menelik, the latter in recognition of his services during the Special Mission sent to Ethiopia under the Duke of Connaught, Bingham was ultimately Gold Stick in Waiting, which latter services resulted in him being created a G.C.V.O. in June 1928. He died in May 1934.