On December 2, 1804, Napoleon Bonaparte became Emperor of France. This ormolu escutcheon, bearing Napoleon's coat of arms with the Imperial eagle, decorated the carriage which conveyed him to Notre Dame. Surrounding the eagle shield is the collar and badge of the Legion of Honor, an order founded by Napoleon in 1802 which is still the most highly prized decoration in France.
27" x 27" x 4.5"
Gift of Dr. Lewis C. Scheffey
Bonaparte Collection, The Athenaeum of Philadelphia