Arthus Bertrand et Béranger (French, 1803–present). Legion of Honor, Republic of France, ca. 1910. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of Dean K. Boorman, 2013 (2013.493.3a, b) | Bashford Dean received the Lamarck medal and was made a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1910, for his research on the life of Lamarck and his efforts to build a memorial to this great scientist.
This order of merit, made in Lahore around 1879, is of enamelled gold set with emeralds.This award was introduced by Ranjit Singh, possibly in direct emulation of the French Legion d‘Honneur worn by one of his foreign military commanders, General Allard. It may be the ‘Star of prosperity of the Punjab‘ instituted in 1837 on the occasion of the wedding of his grandson and came from the collection of his son Duleep Singh.