Decoration of Academic Palms, Type III, Miniature Officer of Public Education (with diamonds and rubies)

CATEGORY: Miniature

SKU: 02.FRA.0125.301.01.M.001

Estimated market value:

$300-800 USD

  •  Miniature Officer of Public Education Obverse
  •  Miniature Officer of Public Education Reverse

Estimated market value:

$300-800 USD


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The Decoration of Academic Palms was established in 1808, and was the precursor to the Order of the Academic Palms, founded in 1955.

At the time of its creation, the Decoration was awarded to eminent members of the University of Paris; it was awarded in three grades, Grand Dignitary, Officer of University, and Officer of Academy. The grades were recognized for the color of the thread.

During and after of the Second Republic, this Decoration was awarded to all individuals within the teaching profession who made significant contributions in science and history, and within the development of the instruction of the arts, sciences and letters. In 1855, the Decoration was reformed, and two grades were created, i.e., Officer of Public Education, and Officer of Academy. These grades were also recognized for the color of the thread.

In 1866, the Decoration was amended again, and it became Decoration awarded on a purple breast ribbon and made of some metal; nevertheless, the 1855 grades remained in the Decoration.

In 1955, the Decoration was promoted to an Order that consists of three Grades; Commander, Officer, and Knight.

Finally, the Order of Academic Palms was instituted in 1955.

The Decoration has three different types which are classified according to changes in grade or form. Type I Decorations were conferred between March 17, 1808 and December 9, 1850, Type II Decorations were conferred between December 9, 1850 and April 7, 1866, and Type III Decorations were conferred between April 7, 1866 and October 4, 1955.

In 1867 the Type III Decoration was extended to deserving scholars and authors.

The Type III Officer of Education was metallic and suspended from a purple ribbon with a rosette. There is a great deal of variety within this Type, and the Officer of Education can vary in composition, size, and manufacturer.


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