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France, I Empire. A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Legionnaire, c.1806

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France, I Empire. A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Legionnaire, c.1806

(Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, Légionnaire). Instituted in 1802. Type II (1806). In silver with white, blue and green enamels, Gold centrepieces, hallmarked with a fasces on the ring, measuring 37 mm (w) x 54.8 mm (h) inclusive of its crown and laterally-pierced ball suspension, chipping and crazing evident in the white enamels on the arms and in the green enamels on the wreath on both sides, along with the blue enamels on the reverse centrepiece ring, original frayed ribbon, fair.

Footnote: The Legion of Honour (AKA National Order of the Legion of Honour) is the highest French order of merit for military and civil merits, established in 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte. The order's motto is "Honneur et Patrie" ("Honour and Fatherland") and its seat is the Palais de la Légion d'Honneur next to the Musée d'Orsay, on the left bank of the River Seine in Paris. The order is divided into five degrees of increasing distinction: Chevalier (Knight), Officier (Officer), Commandeur (Commander), Grand Officier (Grand Officer) and Grand-Croix (Grand Cross).

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