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  • France, II Empire.  A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Knight, c.1855
  • France, II Empire.  A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Knight, c.1855
  • France, II Empire.  A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Knight, c.1855
  • France, II Empire.  A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Knight, c.1855

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France, II Empire. A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Knight, c.1855

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France, II Empire. A Légion D'Honneur, V Class Knight, c.1855

(Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, Officier). Instituted in 1802. Type IV (1808-1813). In silver with white, blue and green enamels, Gold centrepieces, hallmarked with a boar's head (denoting French manufacture of 900 silver, post 1838) on the laurel tassels on the reverse and unkown marked on the ring, measuring 41.5 mm (w) x 64.3 mm (h) inclusive of its crown and laterally-pierced ball suspension, scattered chipping evident in the green enamels on the wreath on both sides, replacement ribbon, near extremely fine.

 

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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