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eMedals-France, III Republic. An Order of the Legion of Honour, Miniature in Gold with Diamonds, c.1918

Item: EU16893

France, III Republic. An Order of the Legion of Honour, Miniature in Gold with Diamonds, c.1918

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France, III Republic. An Order of the Legion of Honour, Miniature in Gold with Diamonds, c.1918

(Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur). Instituted in 1802. In Gold with green enamels, along with sixteen old rose cut diamonds, five of which are between the arms, ten acting as the ball finials, plus one placed upon the hinge where it surmounts the wreath, weighing 2.0 grams, hallmarked twice on the ring, measuring 13.5 mm (w) x 21.7 mm (h) inclusive of its wreath suspension, scattered chipping evident in the green enamels on the award and on the wreath, replacement ribbon, better than very 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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