ORDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, instituted... - Lot 132 - Osenat

Lot 132
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ORDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, instituted... - Lot 132 - Osenat
ORDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR, instituted in 1802. Beautiful and rare knight's star of the 4th type with "diamonds", from the First Empire period. In chased and openwork gold, richly set with Rhinestones and diamonds for the smaller sizes, with bolted branches. The star surrounded by a crown of oak and laurel set with emeralds fully visible between the points of the branches. Center of the obverse adorned with a gold medallion with the profile of the Emperor on the right on a radiant background, surrounded by a double row of small diamonds, the legend in gold on a blue enamel background "NAPOLEON EMP OF THE FRENCH". Center of the reverse in gold, in two parts with the eagle on the left on a thunderbolt. Crown with five visible branches adorned with leaves topped by a cross (missing two stones on the band). Large suspension ring partially set, then plain. In its original case covered with red morocco decorated with a net and a frieze with small gold irons, closed by two brass hooks. Interior in cream satin. 87.5 x 47.4 mm. Gross weight : 20 g. T.T.B. to SUP. This model is to be compared with those made by the goldsmith Nitot on the occasion of the Emperor's wedding in 1810. Under the First Empire, outside the imperial family, the insignia of the Legion of Honor with "diamonds" was a particular mark of honor. Only the Emperor could give these insignia, of which only very rare examples remain today
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