Joan is a patron saint of France, and the patron saint of soldiers. This is an detailed design by Edmond-Henri Becker, well-known French medalist. The front 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 and “Jehanne d’Arc” and “1429”. The back shows a banner with a saint (or possibly the Madonna and Child – the metal is a bit worn here) with two people praying. Also shown are a spear, the pommel of a sword, and a leafy branch, possibly 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 as sterling, and has an appropriate patina and some wear to some of the letters. The brooch measures just over 1” in diameter. Great piece – we love the details! C. 1900. The photos are part of the description; please examine them carefully. Thanks! Shipping, handling & insurance within the USA included.