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eMedals-France, III Republic. An Order of the Legion of Honour, V Class Knight, c.1945

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France, III Republic. An Order of the Legion of Honour, V Class Knight, c.1945

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France, III Republic. An Order of the Legion of Honour, V Class Knight, c.1945

(Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, Chevalier). Instituted in 1802. (1870-1951 Issue). In silver with red, white, blue and green enamels, gilt centrepieces, unmarked, measuring 42.7 mm (w) x 62.8 mm (h) inclusive of its wreath and laterally-pierced ball suspension, chipping and crazing evident in the white enamels on the arms and in the green enamels on the wreathing on both sides, original ribbon, 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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