Joan is one of the patron saints of France, and patron saint of soldiers. This is an intricate design by Edmond-Henri Becker, well-known French medalist. The front of this piece shows Joan of Arc in profile, also a shield decorated with a sword, a crown, and 2 fleurs-de-lis. Above her head is a banner saying “1429” and “Jehanne d’Arc”. The back shows a banner with a saint (or possibly the Madonna and Child – hard to tell) with two people praying. Also shown are a spear, the pommel of a sword, and a leafy branch – laurel? On the front is Becker’s signature, and on the C-clasp, a mark for A. Savard (the House of Savard), and an illegible mark. It tests at 90-100% silver, and has a patina and some wear to some of the letters. The brooch measures just over 1” in diameter. Great piece – we just love the details! C. 1900. The photos are part of the description; please examine them carefully. Thanks! Shipping, handling & insurance within the USA included.