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Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (5th Class [Knight] of the Legion of Honour of the 4th Republic) dress miniature of the Breast Badge, worn by Ninette de Valois

Collection: Ninette de Valois Bequest
Object number: ROH/VAL/BEQ/09
Date: 1 May 1950
Description: Miniature version of the Breast Badge, purchased to wear on evening or formal dress when the original would be too heavy or inappropriate. It is a five-pronged star in silver and enamel, with the star's arms joined by green enamel sprays of laurel and oak. The central medallion bears on the obverse the legend 'République Française' and '1870' around a female head in profile ('Marianne'), symbolic of the Republic of France. The medallion's reverse carries crossed French tricolours and the inscription 'Honneur et Patrie'. The Badge is suspended from its plain red ribbon by an enamelled laurel and oak wreath. The ribbon has a brooch attachment on the reverse. Related to the Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur Breast Badge ROH/VAL/BEQ/08, certificate ROH/VAL/BEQ/07, and letter ROH/VPP/1/25.
Awarding body: Republic of France
Award recipient: Ninette de Valois
Language: French
Dimensions: : length 3 cm; Medal: width 2.5 cm; Medal and ribbon: length 5.5 cm
Condition: Good.