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eMedals-France, III Republic. An Order of the Honey Bee, Commander, c.1920

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France, III Republic. An Order of the Honey Bee, Commander, c.1920

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France, III Republic. An Order of the Honey Bee, Commander, c.1920

Ordre de l'abeille mellifère. Instituted in 1703. In silver gilt with red, white, blue and green enamels, measuring 41.5 mm (w) x 52.5 mm (h) inclusive of its crown suspension, repair, chipping and crazing evident on the white enamelled arms on both sides, scattered gilt wear, on its original full-length neck ribbon, fine.

Footnote: The original Order of the Honey Bee was established by Anne Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon, Duchess of Maine at the Château de Sceaux in June 1703 as a frivolous and ephemeral award. The current version, as per this example, is sometimes referred to as a papal award (perhaps from a mis-translation of "Papi"), however, it is not Papal.

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