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Order of the Academic Palms, knight (Ordre des Palmes Academiques, chevalier), 1866-1955 issue, miniature
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Order of the Academic Palms, knight (Ordre des Palmes Academiques, chevalier), 1866-1955 issue, miniature
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Miniature silver and violet enamel decoration in the form of an oval wreath of laurel and palm with laterally-pierced ball suspension; height excluding suspension ring 14.87mm (0.58 inch); on original age-faded ribbon, the reverse with glue residue stains. The Order, one of the oldest still in existence anywhere, was originally created on 17 March 1808 and amended a number of times, most notably in 1866 and in 1955. It was intended to reward both practising academics and members of liberal professions and learned societies who added to the body of human knowledge and original research. This example has a wreath of palm and laurel and is thus from the period 1866 to 1955 (after 1955, the wreath is of two branches of palm).

 
Order of the Academic Palms, knight (Ordre des Palmes Academiques, chevalier), 1866-1955 issue, miniature
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Order of the Academic Palms, knight (Ordre des Palmes Academiques, chevalier), 1866-1955 issue, miniature
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Order of the Academic Palms, knight (Ordre des Palmes Academiques, chevalier), 1866-1955 issue, miniature
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