Badge: gold, enamel, silk; case: cardboard, leather, textile
badge: 3 7/16 x 1 9/16 in. ( 8.8 x 3.9 cm )
case: 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 11.4 x 6.4 x 1.9 cm )
Gold and enamel Chevevalier's badge of the French Legion of Honor with silk ribbon; a white cross with laurel wreaths hangs from a crown. The central medallion bears the image of Napoleon I wearing a laurel wreath, and is bordered in blue and gold. The obverse of the central medalion shows an eagle perched on a branch.
stamped: on obverse of badge: "NAPOLEON EMPEREUR DES FRANCAIS"
stamped: on reverse of badge: "HONNEUR ET PATRIE"
typewritten: on label inside case "FRANCE: LEGION OF HONOR/PERIOD OF NAPOLEON III/CHEVALIER'S BADGE"
stamped: on interior of case"FABRIQUED'ORDRES LEMAITRE/40 R. COQUILIERE, PARIS"
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