The Arthus-Bertrand company was founded by Claude Arthus-Bertrand in Paris in 1803. The company began by producing small jewelry items and quickly transitioned to produce medals. By the late 1880's the company had grown tremendously and employeed just under 300 employees including more famous artists and sculptures including Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi (sculptor of the Statue of Liberty) and the famous Fernand Léger. After the turn of the century the company began to transition back into jewelry and began to produce a healthy line of jewelry including nautical jewelry. The nautical jewelry and other jewelry was crafted for the French government and picked up larger corporate clients such as Lacoste. They became the official marker of the French Legion of Honor and designed and produced the insignia for the Society of the Cincinnati and the Order of Lafayette.