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Diamond ring
Set with a cushion-shaped diamond weighing 8.77 carats, size 51. 
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Provenance

This diamond was one of two and was originally set in a pair of earrings belonging to Marie, Maréchale le Boeuf. 

The diamonds were then inherited by their daughter, Marguerite le Boeuf (1849-1923), who married Edouard d'Aubigny, Marquis d'Aubigny, general (1832-1912). 

The pair of earrings was split for the granddaughters of the Marquis and Marquise d'Aubigny, and mounted as two rings. 

Then by descent. Marie Dauche (1826-1909) married in 1848 Edmond le Boeuf, Maréchal le Boeuf, marshal of France (1809-1888). Edmond le Boeuf (or Leboeuf) became colonel in 1852, general of brigade in 1854 and general of division in 1857. During the Italian War of 1859 he commanded the artillery, and by his action at the battle of Solferino materially assisted in achieving the victory. In September 1866, having in the meantime become aide-de-camp to Napoleon III, he was dispatched to Venice to hand over that province to Victor Emmanuel. In 1869, on the death of Marshal Niel, General le Boeuf became minister of war, and earned public approbation by his vigorous reorganization of the War Office and the civil departments of the service. In the spring of 1870 he received the marshal's baton.

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