Badge in case
meda: metal, enamel, textile case: leather, cardboard, textile
badge: 3 1/8 x 1 9/16 in. ( 8 x 4 cm ) case: 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 in. ( 16.5 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm )
stamped: on obverse of badge: "REPUBLIQUE FRANCAISE 1870" stamped: on reverse of badge: "HONNEUR ET PATRIE" stamped: on exterior of case: "R.F." typewritten: on label in case "FRANCE: LEGION OF HONOR, REPUBLIC OFFICER"
French Legion of Honor, 1870, Republic Officer class, with white enamel cross, surrounded by laurel wreath; central medallion, obverse with a classical head in profile wearing a laurel wreath, reverse shows crossed tricolor flags.
The Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte when he was First Consul, in 1802, to reward military and civil service. It is France's highest order. "Officer" is one of its classes.
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