Eugène de Beauharnais (1781-1824); Hortense, sometime Queen of Holland (1783-1837); Napoléon III, Emperor of the French (1808-1873); His consort Empress Eugénie (1826-1920); Prince Victor Napoléon (1862-1926); Prince Louis Napoléon (1914-1997)
France, Légion d’Honneur, miniature Officer’s breast badge in gold and enamels, 16.5mm, of First Empire 4th type issued 1810-1813 with Paris ram’s head hallmark as used for small gold articles from 1819.
The badge has some surface dirt and some enamel losses overall. It is not seriously damaged and shows typical signs of moderate wear.
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