Breast Star, Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath, James H. Doolittle


Display Status:

This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.

Collection Item Summary:

The Order of the Bath is a British order of chivalry founded by George I on 18 May 1725. The name derives from the elaborate medieval ceremony for creating a knight, which involved bathing (as a symbol of purification) as one of its elements. The Order of the Bath is the fourth-most senior of the British Orders of Chivalry.

The Order consists of the Sovereign (currently Queen Elizabeth II), the Great Master (currently The Prince of Wales), and three Classes of members: Knight Grand Cross (GCB) or Dame Grand Cross (GCB), Knight Commander (KCB) or Dame Commander (DCB), and Companion (CB).

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Restrictions & Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Credit Line

Donated by Lt. Gen. James H. Doolittle (USAF, Ret.)


Overall: Enameled Silver


3-D: 5.1 × 1.3 × 5.1cm (2 × 1/2 × 2 in.)

Country of Origin

United Kingdom

Physical Description

The star for military Knight Commander. An eight-pointed silver cross pattée. In the center are three crowns surrounded by a red ring bearing the motto of the Order in gold letters. The ring is flanked by two laurel branches above a scroll bearing the words "Ich dien" in gold letters.


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