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Hello, the "swan mark" is NOT a manufacturer mark. In France every item that is to be sold on auction has to be certified by the "Bureau de Garantie" = Office of Guaranty , in the meaning of guaranty

These are some of my favorite Lion and Sun order medals that are in the Spada Collection on exhibit in the Legion of Honor museum in Paris France. They are early 19th century examples loaded with jewe

Two more from the Spada collection on exhibit in the Legion of Honor Museum, Paris France. Beautiful workmanship and very rare! The second medal down borrows a lot of elements from the Turkish order m

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Hey Nick! Thanks for all your incredible posts across GMIC threads. Wishing you a great new year! The Persian medal in post # 694 really shows the construction process of the rays utilized in Persian Lion & Sun medals. It appears that a gold foil underlayment was coated with an enamel that flakes off quite easily. Many of the old Persian made medals are missing the gold foil underlayment and the enamel on the rays. The European made Lion and Sun medals have a cast gold enamel bed that is filled with glass enamel and affixed as individual units to the medal, thereby making them more resistant to the ravages of time.

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This is a Bertrand made Lion & Sun 1st class that recently popped up on Emedals. Nice quality and it has the Bertrand name engraved on the back. Bertrand doesn't mark their medals with maker marks very often. Bertrand moved to 46 Rue de Rennes in 1896, so this medal has a manufacture dating 1896 to 1925 time period.

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Original auction-house description :whistle:

GRAND ORDER OF THE SUN (NISHAN-I–KURSHID)


Knight’s Cross. Breast Badge, 3rd Class, of reduced size and probable French manufacture from the earliest years of existence of this order, GOLD, enamelled (a chip to the reverse medallion), “owl” hallmark, suspension in the form of a seven-pointed crown (clearly inspired by the Napoleonic order of the Iron Crown), grooved ribbon ring, original ribbon. An outstandingly rare piece in very fine condition! II RR!


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Original auction-house description :whistle:

GRAND ORDER OF THE SUN (NISHAN-I–KURSHID) OF PERSIAN MANUFACTURE


Commander’s Cross. Neck Badge, GOLD, enamelled (damaged) of Persian manufacture, plain, round, ribbon ring and original neck ribbon. This order, founded by Fath Ali Shah in 1807, was created to reward foreign personalities only and existed in three classes, equivalent to Grand Cordon, Commander and Knight, curiously, this important order went gradually into disuse. Among the recipients of the 1st Class Knight grade were Napoleon I and the Duke of Talleyrand (both decorated in 1808). We can affirm that the piece offered here could be perhaps the only existing piece of Persian manufacture, therefore being one of the rarest pieces in the faleristics of Islamic countries. The signs of wear and age on this piece in our opinion don’t affect its importance and attractiveness. I- RR!

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Now time for extravaganza.

Original auction-house description (very imaginative :lol:)

Ladies’ Badge. Breast Badge, silver, early Model, superimposed with a stylized princely crown charged with six gold enamelled six-pointed stars, gold bordered medallion, the outer circlet green enamelled, the center of very fine enamel work, showing a lion resting on a sandy ground, behind, a bright sun on a pale blue sky, the reverse with three strong silver-wire loops to secure the decoration to the original, green ribbon bow, safety-pin on the reverse. A very rare decoration, awarded to noble ladies, of the highest jeweler’s quality!

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Thanks Nick for the new postings! Simply fantastic!

These two early badges are really special!

Thanks (for bringing my attention to these treasures) goes to our russian heraldic friend ;)

Hope you are well my friend! :beer:

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Nick, I was intrigued by #710 when I first saw it in the catalogue. It went for a high price too.

What's your take on it? I didn't know that women were awarded the Lion and Sun?

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"Hope you are well my friend!" - Yes-yes-yesssss:)

Don't know why these guys at Legion d'Honneur Museum in Paris identify (and name) the second degree version of Order of the Sun as "Moon Class" (classe de la Lune).

There's no Moon there (see above)!

WHY?

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Don't know why these guys at Legion d'Honneur Museum in Paris identify (and name) the second degree version of Order of the Sun as "Moon Class" (classe de la Lune).

There's no Moon there (see above)!

WHY?

Have no idea!

But you are definitely right about "no moon there" ;)

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This is a Dazeville of Paris made 3rd class, Lion and Sun. The Dazeville maker plate does not appear very often. I have seen a few breast stars with this Lion and Sun painting but always without a maker Plaque. Does any body have any references to the Dazeville maker. So far, I haven't found any maker history for Dazeville.

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