The wife of a knight bachelor shares the state and rank with her husband, and the only difference is in the helmet (Fig. 744).
When you direct a letter to a knight bachelor—though it is indeed customary and well-bred to omit altogether the Knt.
The esquire ranked immediately below the knight bachelor, and his office was regarded as the apprentice stage of knighthood.
On the continent of Europe the degree of knight bachelor disappeared with the military system which had given rise to it.
A knight bachelor, of course, is at liberty to impale the arms of his wife upon his escutcheon without employing the double form.