The Order of the Legion of Honor was established by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. For the last two hundred years it has been awarded to both French and foreign citizens for outstanding military or civil service to France. The honoree receives a medal (with a number of specifics concerning how and where it is worn) depending on their rank, be it Chevalier, Officier, or Commandeur. This interesting Chevalier (Knight) miniature would presumably been worn on the lapel at informal occasions. This petite Officier medal is fashioned in silver and 18k gold with rose cut and old European cut diamonds in au jour settings. The central disc is rendered in gold and blue enamel with the bust of Marianne and the words "Republique Francais" on the face, and two crossed French flags with the motto "Hon et Pat" or "Honneur et Patrie" on the obverse.
Silver, gold, enamel, .34ctw old European cut diamonds, 47 rose cut diamonds, red grosgrain ribbon.
2.5" total length including the ribbon, medal with bale measures 1 3/8" and 9/16" at the widest point.