Awarded to Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (1778-1846), King of Holland; Napoléon III, Emperor of the French (1808-1873); Eugénie, Empress of the French (1826-1920); Prince Victor Napoléon (1862-1926); Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997)
The badge is to all intents and purposes identical on both sides. The suspension ring is slightly bent and this can be seen in the catalogue photograph. The white enamel exhibits some flaking in four of the eight arm panels which is commensurate with moderate wear. This may be discerned in the photograph of one side which is shown in the catalogue. The openwork crown, central medallions on both sides and all eight red eagle panels are in extremely fine condition, showing only slight signs of overall wear.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."