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Order of the Legion of Honour - Knight - Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte - Second Empire (1852-1870) | Bust of Napoleon (Antonio Canova)

180219th Century
  • CREATION : 1802
  • Date : 1852-1870
  • Century : 19th Century
  • Period : Napoleon III
  • Period : Second Empire
  • GRADE : Knight
  • Material : Silver / Enamel
  • Diameter : 40 mm
  • Weight : 19 g
  • Passepartout : 40 x 30 cm
  • Frame : 44 x 33 cm
  • Inventory N° : FR-120020
(White frame included)
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  • White frame included
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National Order of the Legion of Honour

This set is composed of an medal of the Second Empire period (1852-1870) of 40mm in diameter in its protective hermetic capsule and high definition print mounted under a museum quality mat in a wooden frame (white oak effect). All protected by a glass guaranteeing protection against dust, splashes and contacts.


  • Order of the Legion of Honour - Knight - Established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte - Second Empire (1852-1870)
  • Medal of the time (Silver / Enamel) with its ribbon
  • Obverse Pattern : [Lack]
  • Reverse Pattern : Imperial eagle, head to the right
  • Obverse Legend :
  • Reverse Legend : HONNEUR ET PATRIE


  • Bust of Napoleon (Antonio Canova)
  • Color photography. Ink stamp on the back « Atelier des Caryatides »
  • 20 cm x 20 cm
  • This print can be replaced free of charge.
    Do not hesitate to contact us by email to find out about the available prints.


  • Free Passepartout (available in 10 shades)
  • 40 cm x 30 cm
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  • Wooden frame (white oak effect) and its protective glass offered
  • 44 cm x 33 cm
Collection of the Distinctions & Medals

National Order of the Legion of Honour (1802)

The National Order of the Legion of Honour is the highest French order of merit, both military and civil. Established on May 19, 1802 by the First Consul of the Republic, Napoleon Bonaparte, it has since its origins rewarded both soldiers and civilians who have rendered "eminent service" to the Nation.

The order's motto is "Honneur et Patrie".

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).

The Legion is regulated by a civil law code, the "Code of the Legion of Honour and of the Military Medal". While the President of the French Republic is the Grand Master of the order, day-to-day running is entrusted to the Grand Chancery (Grande Chancellerie de la Légion d'honneur).

Since the establishment of the Legion, the Grand Master of the order has always been the Emperor, King or President of France.The Grand Master appoints all other members of the order, on the advice of the French government. The Grand Master's insignia is the Grand Collar of the Legion. The President of the Republic, as Grand Master of the order, receives the Collar as part of his investiture.

There are five classes in the Legion of Honour:

Chevalier (Knight): minimum 20 years of public service or 25 years of professional activity with "eminent merits"

Officier (Officer): minimum 8 years in the rank of Chevalier

Commandeur (Commander): minimum 5 years in the rank of Officier

Grand officier (Grand Officer): minimum 3 years in the rank of Commandeur

Grand-croix (Grand Cross): minimum 3 years in the rank of Grand-officier.

The badge of the Légion is shaped as a five-armed "Maltese Asterisk", using five distinctive "arrowhead" shaped arms inspired by the Maltese Cross. The badge is rendered in gilt (in silver for chevalier) enameled white, with an enameled laurel and oak wreath between the arms. The obverse central disc is in gilt, featuring the head of Ceres, surrounded by the legend République Française on a blue enamel ring. The reverse central disc is also in gilt, with a set of crossed tricolores, surrounded by the Légion's motto "Honneur et Patrie" and its foundation date on a blue enamel ring. The badge is suspended by an enameled laurel and oak wreath.The ribbon for the medal is plain red.

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