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Order of the Black Star of Benin (Dahomey), Knight class in silver
NEW! Order of the Black Star of Benin (Dahomey), Knight class in silver. This French colonial order was founded in 1889, obsolete since 1963. Good quality. Enamels are nearly perfect, just a few very superficial issues. Original ribbon is faded and soiled. Good patina. French import hallmark on the eyelet (swan). Cross measuring 40mm in width. Item # Fra-283 (114)
$114.00
NEW! Colonial Public Works Medal for long/loyal service. (Medaille Travaux Publics de France, d'Algerie et des Colonies por longes at loyaux services).Named and dated to "MANDEU JULES, 1952'. Rather scarce medal, excellent detail. Designed by G.SimonStruck in bronze by the Paris Mint (rim with impressed mark). 40mm in diameter. Medal rarely seen. Item # Fra-282 (45)
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NEW! Medal of honour for the Railroad workers, 2nd type (1939 - 1953) - silver class. Silvered bronze. Original ribbon, medal in good condition. Named to: 'J. HILLOUAN 1939'. Hard to find with the first year of this issue type. 32mm dia. Original ribbon. Item # Fra-281 (22)
$22.00
Order of the Legion of Honour, Officer. Button-hole (or lapel)
Order of the Legion of Honour, Officer. Button-hole (or lapel) insignia in 16.5mm diameter. Suitable for all Officer class wearers during 3/4/5 French Republic. Very good quality. Item # Fra-277 *SOLD*
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Legione'd'honneur, Officer class
Legione'd'honneur, Officer class. Full sized (37mm) ribbon barette with rosette (7.5mm dia.) and with black felt backing. Slightly worn condition, 3Republic period. Item # Fra-276 *SOLD*
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Legion of Honor, Knight (Chevalier)
Legion of Honor, Knight (Chevalier). Full sized (38mm) hard backed barette (so called "DIXMUDE"). Twin pin fastener, 3/4 Republic period. Slight wear but very good condition. Item # Fra-275 *SOLD*
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1916 Regulation award for the wounded (Insigne Des Blesses Militaires). Decoration in a form of ribbon bar with red enamelled star. Note patterns under the enamels. Star of 10mm in diameter. Ribbon shows slight wear. Folding prongs for fastening, hard backing. An interesting variant. Original. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-013). Item # Fra-274 *SOLD*
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WW1 ribbon bar with the War Cross + star device (Croix de guerre) and the Decoration for the wounded. "Dixmude" style period original by Arthus Bertrand. Usual Government warning (S.G.D.G)
WW1 ribbon bar with the War Cross + star device (Croix de guerre) and the Decoration for the wounded. "Dixmude" style period original by Arthus Bertrand. Usual Government warning (S.G.D.G) on the reverse. A 1/2 sized reduction (38mm overall). Excellent condition. Item # Fra-273 *SOLD*
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Great War, War Cross hard backed barette. Full size, 38mm wide. Slight wear. Item # Fra-272 (8)
$8.00
WW2 Croix de Guerre (War Cross) with large star device, shows age and wear, regulation sized (37mm). Metal backed with twin locking stick pins. Hard to find on it's own. Item # Fra-271 (12)
$12.00
Medaille Militaire (Military Medal). "Dixmude" barette
Medaille Militaire (Military Medal). "Dixmude" barette (WW1/WW2 period). Slight wear. Item # Fra-270 *SOLD*
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Nishan El-Iftikar Order, Grand Officer's hard backed barette (ribbon bar) by Arthus Bertrand in Paris. Full sized (38mm). Excellent condition, pin fastener. Item # Fra-269 (16)
$16.00
The War Cross WW1, a nice (period) hard backed barette with 3 stars. Shows age and wear. Item # Fra-268 (14)
$14.00
French Order of the Honey Bee (ORDRE MOUCHE A MIEL)

Order of the Honey Bee (ORDRE MOUCHE A MIEL), medal in gilt (Vermeil). This obscure award has a pretty long history. Originally founded in 1703 as an award for personal gratitude by Anne-Louise Bénédicte de Bourbon, Duchess of Maine. She was the daughter of Henri Jules de Bourbon, Prince of Condé and Anne Henriette of Bavarian Palatinate. Order was given to both men and women, originally limited to 40 Knights. Registrars (Almanach) was kept and recipients were asked to swear 7 vows (of obedience, fidelity etc.). Members appear to have been of the fairly influential social spheare, one of the better known was Voltaire. It is unknown in what capacity this semi-Dynastic fraternity survived but awards were definitely made into the early years of 20th Century.

Circular inscription to obverse: "L.BAR. D. SC. D. P. D. L. O. D. L. M. A. M." which stands for : ' Ludovise Baronne de Sceaux,Dictatrice Perpétuelle de l'ordre de la Mouche à miel'. Reverse featuring small honey bee flying towards a hive, inscribed: "Piccola si, ma fa pur gravi le ferite" (rough trans. "small but it makes deep wounds").

Medal in gold plated silver (vermeil), hallmarks for Paris Mint - fineness of .900 or higher silver. 28.5mm in diameter, slight contact wear but otherwise very good condition. Ribbon appears original, safety fastenery attached. Medal has excellent details, very rare in gilded version. Item # Fra-267 (288)

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French Legion of Honor Office deluxe silver ribbon rosette medal

Legion d'honneur, 3 Republic. Officer in silver gilt, DELUXE quality. Excellent double raised suspension wreath (both sides are raised). Obverse is vaulted as compared to a slightly convex reverse. Condition is very good, one of the ball-tips is slightly bent and also enamel flaking on the raised wreath but definitly not detractive. Original ribbon with rosette is a bit faded. Complete with 'U' stick pin. Hallmarked for silver fineness (head of boar) and also by the manufacturer but this proved to not be clear enough to be certain, we suspect it to be V. Lemoine. 42mm wide. Very fine.

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Religious Marriage Medal, rare gilded (vermeil) version of the early vintage 1832-1841

Religious Marriage Medal, rare gilded (vermeil) version of the early vintage 1832-1841. This isone of the more attractive medals in the entire series. Designer 'A.DE PUYMAURIN D./ PETIT F.'. Medal bearing well known quote from Matthew, chapter XIX: "QUOD ERGO DEUS CONJUNXIT HOMO NON SEPARET ('What God has brought together, let no man put asunder'). Most excellent medal, bearing silver fineness hallmark of the Paris Mint (antique lamp was struck on medals and tokens) as used in the period stated above. Very clean, superbly detailed. 31.5mm in diameter.

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Marriage Medal 'CONNUBIUM CHRISTIANUM' 1880-1907 Paris Mint

Marriage Medal 'CONNUBIUM CHRISTIANUM' 1880-1907 Paris Mint hallmark (silver over .950 fineness). This is perhaps one of the largest medals in the series at 32mm ø. Designed by 'GAYRARD F.'. It is unattributed (no engraving) making it quite attractive as a gift. Beautiful wreath of roses on the reverse.Excellent touch of patina (this can be easily cleaned since it is high silver content). A few little edge dings but nothing to detract from the overall appearance. Also, it is fitted for wear (perhaps fine silver chain around the neck) - which is quite rare.

Item # Fra-263 (62)

$62.00

Marriage medal, Christian. Nice early example designed by 'MONTAGNY F.'. Non engraved! Silver, Paris Mint hallmark as used between 1832-1841. Excellent condition, 29mm in diameter. This would make for a splendid marriage gift (especially when engraved), a classic!

Item # Fra-262 (60)

$60.00
Medaille marriage 'MONTAGNY F

Marriage Medal, silver - this is a non religious version. Engraved reverse: "E.D.C. 3 Aout 1892". Designed by 'MONTAGNY F.' Excellent condition. 28mm ø. Paris Mint hallmark for silver as punched between 1880-1907.

Item # Fra-261 (52)

$52.00
Christian Marriage Medal.

Christian Marriage Medal. These wonderful keepsakes were quite popular, made by the Paris Mint in high content silver. Reverse was blank, meant to be engraved (normally initials of the couple, sometimes dates). There were several designs of these medals created. Some were with religious conantation, others for love and long marriage - in the literature referred to as "Love and Marriage" medals (L'Amour et la Mariage). Some of the best designers worked on these. The earliest examples struck in Paris Mint seem to have been around 1830s. Practice seemed to have stopped some time around the Great War era.

This is a nice un-engraved example as manufactured between 1860-1879 (hallmark: bee + ARGENT). 24mm in diameter. Since it is silver of .950 fineness, it would clean up nicely.

Item # Fra-260 (48)

$48.00
1860 Order of Academic Palms, Officier d' L'instruction Publique Boullanger Paris

Order of Academic Palms, Officier d' L'instruction Publique. Silver gilt, superb early quality. This decoration was instituted in 1808 as a University award. In 1860, the decoration was divided into 2 classes: golden and silver palms. Golden palms (as offered here) were awarded to teachers and professors on the National level, silver on the Individual academy level. This was further revised in 1866 when it became an official National level Order.

Set offered here comes with an original fitted case bearing stamp of Boullanger, embossed in gold letters to the lid: "Ministère de l'instruction publique." Hallmarked with boar's head for silver fineness and also by the manufacturer, this mark belongs to rather obscure firm: "Edmond Charpentier" (who was sub contracting for Boullanger). Truly excellent set, dating to early 1880s. Very good, slightly worn condition. Case shows age. Original ribbon with rosette. Badge measures 28.5 mm wide.

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Officer of Academy Order, Officier d'Academie; silver palms Kretly

Officer of Academy Order, Officier d'Academie; silver palms. Complete with very nice fitted box of issue by Kretly. Very good early quality, hand chased to increase appeal. Original ribbon. Hallmarked with the head of wild boar. Very good condition to all (ribbon lightly soiled). Palms measure 28.5mm in width. Circa 1870-1890.

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Item # Fra-258 (90)

$90.00
Order of the Legion of Honour (Legion d'honneur). Restoration of Monarchy, 2nd period (1816-1830)

Order of the Legion of Honour (Legion d'honneur). Restoration of Monarchy, 2nd period (1816-1830) Knight class in hallmarked silver (head of hare, which was used between 1819-1838). Earlier style crown with well defined fleur de lys atop. Centres crafted in gold, in good detail and condition. Some minor enamel preservation here and there. Ribbed eyelet and long original ribbon of very fine weave and moire. Reverse centre is of scarcer type where lilies are spaced far apart (we know of at least 3 variations of the said spacing). This type is very similar to the late 1st Restoration period (there was a crown atop the 3 lilies on the reverse) - those (1st Restoration) are definitely the rarest of all LOH insignia in existence. Truly nice example, beautiful patina throughout. Full sized to a regulation 44mm width.

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Medaille Coloniale with 'MAROC' service bar. Paris Mint issue in silver
Medaille Coloniale with 'MAROC' service bar. Paris Mint issue in silver. Both, medal and bar are hallmarked. Slightly worn condition with nice patina. Original ribbon. 30mm dia. Item # Fra-256 (49)
$49.00
Legion of Honour, Knight class; 2nd Empire period (1852-1870). Silver, hallmarked and marked by V.Lemoine

Legion of Honour, Knight class; 2nd Empire period (1852-1870). Silver, hallmarked and marked by V.Lemoine (partial mark). Nice example, enamel restorations. Crown filled with ribbon (practise done often during that period). Full sized, very good details to crown and gold centres. One of the tips slightly bent. 41mm wide. Original ribbon.

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1917 Military 'nurses' decoration (Insigne des Infirmieres Militaires)
1917 Military 'nurses' decoration (Insigne des Infirmieres Militaires). Award established on May 1st, 1917, awarded to nurses caring for wounded in the field hospitals. Surprisingly rare. Original ribbon and device. Manufacturer's markings on the reverse, Arthus Bertrand (AB C). Excellent condition. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-063). Item # Fra-254 *SOLD*
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Colonial Medal, unusual type (1930-1945 period) by unknown manufacturer (Medaille Coloniale type inconnu)
Colonial Medal, unusual type (1930-1945 period) by unknown manufacturer (Medaille Coloniale type inconnu) . It is similar in size to examples produced by Bertrand yet details are more like some of the known examples produced by Chobillon. Suspension is marked 'METAL'. 25mm in diameter, complete with ribbon. Shows age and some wear, details are good. Contours of the continents on the reverse are somewhat grotesque. It could very well have been locally produced for the French troops serving in the colonies. Interesting example. Item # Fra-253 (65)
$65.00
Order of Military Merit (Ordre du Merite Militaire), button hole device for the highest class of the Order (Commander). Decoration was shortly lived (1957 - 1963) and very rarely awarded in the Commander's class. Please note this is original to te period (not newly manufactured). Quality is very fine, rosette is sided by the gold and silver tabs (denoting highest class). Rosette measures 6.5mm and overall width is 14mm. Reverse of the button inscribed 'Made in France'. Item # Fra-252 (25)
$25.00
Earlier vintage lapel rosette for the Officer in the Order of the Legion d'Honneur. This example was likely presented during the earlier part of the 3rd Republic (1890s - early 1900s). Shows age and slight wear. Measuring 8.5 mm ø. Item # Fra-251 *SOLD*
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Legion of Honour, button-hole device for the 4th class of the Order (Officer). Very good quality original as issued during 1920's or so. Shows wear. 8.5mm in diameter. Reverse of the button fastener reads 'Made in France'. Suitable for all Officer class awards during 3/4/5 Republics. Item # Fra-250 *SOLD*
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Legion d'Honneur, lapel pin for the Officer's class (IV). Fine quality for wear in a button-hole. Rosette is 5.5mm in diameter. Suitable for the periods of 3/4/5 Republic. Not a newly made item but rather proper award companion. Item # Fra-249 *SOLD*
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France Medal for the Mutilated and wounded
Medal for the Mutilated and wounded, issued by the Union National de Mutiles et Reformes in the aftermath of the Great War. Medal is not official yet widely regarded. Silver (ed), complete with original ribbon as on the wounded awards. 27mm dia. Shows nice patina. Item # Fra-248 *SOLD*
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Tonkin-China-Annam 1883-1885 Campaign Medal in silver for the Marine (Navy etc.) Medaille du Tonkin argent
Tonkin-China-Annam 1883-1885 Campaign Medal in silver for the Marine (Navy etc.). Official issue by Paris mint (marked on the reverse) with 'olive' shaped suspension. Medals with 'ball' suspensions are known to be restrikes done later. Shows slight wear but details are still very crisp. Complete with original ribbon. 30mm diameter, 2.2mm planchet. Item # Fra-237 (175).
$175.00
Item # Fra-234

914-1917 Croix de Guerre (War Cross) with 4 ribbon stars (1silver and 3 bronze). Silver star was added for the mention in daily dispatches on the Divisional level and bronze stars for same on the Regimental or Brigade level. Very nice War time issue in bronze. Original ribbon. Cross shows wear, has unusual thick ball suspension. 37mm wide. Item # Fra-236 (58)

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Order of the Legionne d'Honneur (Legion of Honour), 5th class (Knight - Chevalieur), 3 Republic (1870-1947). Most superb, delux quality insignia with enamelled silver cross and multi part GOLD centres. Grooved trim to arms. Excellent details to all, enamels are near mint with only slight chipping (centre flags).43mm wide. Original ribbon. It would be hard to find much better example. Item # Fra-235 *SOLD*
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Médaille d’Orient - Medal for the campaign in the East, WW1. Bronze by G. Lemaire/Lindauer. Paris mint marks (cornucopia and BR). 30mm dia. Excellent condition, original ribbon faded. Item # Fra-234 (52)
$52.00
Order of Merit in Tourism Industry (Ordre du Merite Touristique)
Order of Merit in Tourism Industry (Ordre du Merite Touristique), Knight class. This was an official award of the French state, issued sparingly in it's relatively short life between 1949-1963. Very good and heavy quality in silvered bronze. Marked for Paris Mint. Original ribbon is faded. 46mm x 31mm, thick planchet (4.2 - 5.4mm). Comes with typical 'U' type fastener. Surprisingly rare Order. Item # Fra-233 (98)
$98.00
St. Helena commemorative medal. Issued to members of Napoleon's Grand Army for actions during 1792-1815. Blackened bronze, good details. Originall issue ribbon, fragile but still reasonable (this is rarely seen). 49mm x 30mm. Very good condition. Item # Fra-232 (125)
$125.00
Decoration for the wounded military. Type 2 round form, superbly detailed in 'burnished' bronze gilt. Perfect enamels, wide loop suspension. Original ribbon. 32mm dia. Good example. Item # Fra-231 *SOLD*
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Wounded badge, this is as currently awarded - type 4 ( as a result of the 1990-91Gulf War and recent actions in Afghanistan). Quality is surprisingly good. Enamels are perfect, so is the gilding. Original ribbon. 32.5mm in diameter. Difficult to find original manufacturing. Item # Fra-230  *SOLD*
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France Medaille des Blesses Militaires (wounded medal) type1 type2
Medaille des Blesses Militaires (wounded medal), very first form of the 1st type!! Beautifully detailed open wreath (oak/laurel) with ties at the bottom. Red enamelled star superimposed. Original ribbon with 2 additional large stars (for the total of 3 wounds). Slight chipping to the enamel but not detractive. Lightly convex. Wreath measures 32mm, star 24.6mm. Ribbon stars are 12.5mm wide. This is the rarest type of the French wounded decoration! Item # Fra-228  *SOLD*
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Wounded decoration type 2 - rare variant with small suspension (2 tiny balls) and lightly domed star. 9 small star devices on the ribbon are quite rare! Badge is of very good quality with well detailed laurel/oak wreath (laurel is on the left and oak on the right which is not so common). Gilded bronze, very good quality. Original ribbon and 'U' type stick fastener. Very hard to find with so many stars. 35mm wide. Item # Fra-227 (108) *SOLD*
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1900-1901 China Expedition commemorative medal. Awarded to French military (and few civilians) who participated in the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion as part of the "Eight Nation Alliance". Medal was designed by famous silversmith/jeweller Georges Lemaire (initials visible on reverse just below 1901). Struck by Paris mint, silver hallmarks to rim and reverse of the clasp. Complete with original ribbon which shows age and some glue residue on the back. Double dragon suspension is surely one of the most attractive of any campaign medal. Age and light wear is apparent but overall rather well preserved. Please note that these medals are often copied, especially the bar (originals have to have silver hallmarks). Excellent original. 30mm diameter. Item #Fra-224 *SOLD*
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French Decoration de Recherche Et Invention, decoration for Research and Invention
Decoration de Recherche Et Invention, decoration for Research and Invention. Not much is known about the awarding criteria or the period. Appears to be French 3rd Republic's vintage. Quality is good, complete with what appears to be an original ribbon. Eye is marked 'METAL'. Award's design seems to be based upon Polish Cross of Merit (except blue enamelled arms and centre shield). Condition is very good, small chip at the bottom of the blue ribband. 41.6mm wide. Item # Fra-219 (85)
$85.00
France Ordre De La Liberation - Order for Liberation

Ordre De La Liberation - Order for Liberation. This rare award was sparingly issued (various numbers exist but between 1038 and 1061 is the commonly accepted number). Order awarded in a relatively short period (16 November 1940 - 23 January 1946). Some of the most recognized names in French (WW2) history were the recipients, also foreigners to the likes of General Dwight Eisenhower and Sir Winston Churchill. 2 main types of the award exist, the cruder of the two - 1st type being pretty much impossible to find and super expensive. Offered here is a fabulous example of the 2nd type with enamelled cross (variation with painted cross also exists). Order is struck in bronze by the Paris Mint, bottom of the shield is properly impressed with the cornucopia and word 'BRONZE'. Complete with original ribbon along with ball-tipped top bar suspension. Please note this is an ORIGINAL piece as awarded. Many re-strikes and copies are being circulated on the markets, for this was a very important award to the French people. It ranked only second in importance, behind the Legion 'D'Honneur. Order came in one class only. Recipients were addressed as 'Companion of the Order for Liberation'. Badge shows slight wear and is nicely toned with age. Ribbon is quite faded, especially to obverse. Shield is 31.4mm wide and 33.5mm hight; sword 60mm long; ribbon suspension is 19.2mm wide. Planchet varies but it is 3.5mm at the thickest (except for the sword's hilt and the crossguard where it is even thicker). Originals are rare on the market. Here is a perfect opportunity to own one. Item # Fra-218 *SOLD*

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Médaille Commemorative du Maroc - Commemorative medal for Maroccan campaign
Médaille Commemorative du Maroc - Commemorative medal for Maroccan campaign. Created in 1909 and awarded for actions between 1907 - 1912. Excellent striking in silver (marked for 950 fineness). Designed by G Lemaire. Original ribbon with 'U' type stick fastener. Very good condition to all. Item # Fra-217 (92)
$92.00
1915 Italian-French cooperation medal.
1915 Italian-French cooperation medal. Fabulous design, drawing on National symbology - French Marianne shaking hand with Italian 'Italia Turrita'. Winged 'Victory' placing wreaths on their heads. Reverse fully inscribed: Italia e Francia, Latin Sangue Gentile (FRANCE ITALY - LATIN BLOOD). Dates: 1855, 1859, 1870, 1871 and 1915 indicating major military aid/cooperation between the two countries. Bronze gilt, complete with excellent - watermarked ribbon (appears original).  29.6mm dia. Interesting medal. Item # Ita-373 (72)
$72.00
French Republic charity medal
French Republic charity medal. Medal signed ‘P. BOUVIER’ (for the Swiss sculptor Paul Bouvier, 1857-1940). Complete with bar and original ribbon. 25mm dia. Really nice medal, design is superb. Item # Fra-214 (26)
$26.00
Silver Palms - Ordre Des Palmes Academiques, 1866-1955 type
Silver Palms (Ordre Des Palmes Academiques), 1866-1955 type. Manufactured in silver by Arthus Bertrand (marked). Circa 1930's. Some chipping to purple enamels on the reverse. Otherwise very good. Original ribbon and 'U' type fastener. 30mm wide. Item # Fra-212 (42)
$42.00
Academic Palms, Officer - 1955 type in original box of issue
Academic Palms, Officer - 1955 type in original box of issue. Silver gilt, marks for '1' Paris Mint. Some flaking to gilding. Box somewhat fatigued. Harder to find in this type than earlier awards. Enamels intact. 40mm x 31mm. Complete with original ribbon/rosette/fastener. Still awarded in this form. Item # Fra-211 *SOLD*
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Palmes Academiques
Order of Academic Palms, 2nd type. Lightly gilded, enamels intact. Hallmarked (wild boar head). This decoration was instituted in 1808 as a University award. In 1850, the decoration was divided in 2 classes: golden and silver palms. Golden palms (as offered here) were awarded to teachers and professors, silver to students for exemplary results. Example here features interesting details - hand chased leafs and large fruits. Excellent condition. Original ribbon and 'U' type stick fastener. 40mm x 27.6mm. Item # Fra-209 (48)
$48.00
Bronze Medal of Honour for the non-military Naval/Marine services (Médaille d'honneur pour le personnel non militaire de la marine)
Bronze Medal of Honour for the non-military Naval/Marine services (Médaille d'honneur pour le personnel non militaire de la marine). This award was founded in 1894 and modified in 1922. New form was brought in 1976. Offered here is the 1922 type. Awarded to C. Cantara in 1966. Relatively scarce medal, complete with original ribbon. Bronze (Paris Mint marked to rim). 27mm in diameter. Ribbon shows wear, medal in great shape. Item # Fra-207 (40)
$40.00
1939-1945 Commemorative medal with 'LIBERATION' bar. Complete with original ribbon (lightly faded). Official Paris Mint issue in bronze. Medal in excellent condition. Original 'U' type fastener. Item # Fra-206  (30)
$30.00
War Cross, WW1. 1914-1918; type with slender and tapered sword hilts
War Cross, WW1. 1914-1918; type with slender and tapered sword hilts. Complete with original ribbon and gilt star device (mention in daily dispatch on the Army Corps level). Bronze, fine quality. Suspension ball slightly bent. 38mm wide. Contact mark to reverse centre, otherwise very good condition. Item # Fra-205 (45)
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Chevaliers Du Devoir ('Knights of Duty') decoration. Complete with ladie's bow ribbon
Chevaliers Du Devoir ('Knights of Duty') decoration. Complete with ladie's bow ribbon. Unknown vintage, 2 part construction. Attractive. 40mm wide. Reverse plain. No damage to enamels. One of the ball-tips slightly bent. Item # Fra-204 (98)
$98.00
1864 - 1866. War Nursing Society (Societe Francaise De Secours Aux Blesses Militaires) service medal, 2nd class
1864 - 1866. War Nursing Society (Societe Francaise De Secours Aux Blesses Militaires) service medal, 2nd class. Original embroidered ribbon. Maker punch mark to reverse (SE). Excellent condition. 26mm wide. Item #Fra-202 (87)
$87.00
WW2 Resistance medal (Medaille De La Resistance), type 2
WW2 Resistance medal (Medaille De La Resistance), type 2 (with larger inscriptions on reverse. Blackened bronze, original striking by Paris Mint (marked). Shows light wear, no damage. Original ribbon. 33.5 mm dia. These medals were not awarded after 1947 (with exception of posthumous awards). Item # Fra-201  (68)
$68.00
France - Decoration for the wounded, 1920 regulation. Oval form (scarcer variety) of finest quality.
Decoration for the wounded, 1920 regulation. Oval form (scarcer variety) of finest quality. Laurel/oak leafs are very well executed, fine pattern under enamel. One tiny chip at 10 o'clock. Bronze gilt. Beautiful ribbon (original). Lightly vaulted, single sided. Comes with box, reverse has ink inscription 'Blesse'. 31.5mm dia. Excellent piece for a discerning collector. Item # Fra-197 *SOLD*
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Colonial/Overseas Service Medal (Medaille D'Outre Mer) - since 1962 with 'MOYEN-ORIENT ' bar
Colonial/Overseas Service Medal (Medaille D'Outre Mer) - since 1962 with 'MOYEN-ORIENT ' bar. Silvered type with original ribbon (shows wear, stains and some pulls). Comes in cardboard box. Details are very good, this type is often attributed to MOURGEON (manufacturer). 29mm in dia. Item # Fra-194 (60)
$60.00
1939-1945 Commemorative medal with 'LIBERATION' bar
1939-1945 Commemorative medal with 'LIBERATION' bar. Complete with cardboard box. Shows age and wear, official Paris Mint issue in bronze. Ribbon soiled. Good example. Item # Fra-193  (42)
$42.00
Cased Medal of honor for Regional, Department and Communal service - large type (Médaille des Collectivités locales
Cased Medal of honor for Regional, Department and Communal service - large type (Médaille des Collectivités locales
grand module)
. 2nd class awarded for 20 years. First type (1945-1990). Attractive medal with mural crown suspension. Original ribbon. Designed by G. CROUZAT. National mint issue (case marked) - boxed examples are hard to find, attractive design. Silvered. 38.5 mm wide. Item # Fra-192  (46)
$46.00
Fouragerre of Medaille Militaire (French Military Medal).
Fouragerre of Medaille Militaire (French Military Medal). Older vintage (WW2 period, perhaps slightly later).  Excellent quality. Shows wear but no damage. Item # Fra-189 (28)
$28.00
Fouragerre, Legion of Honour in Knight class
Fouragerre, Legion of Honour in Knight class (silvered tip). US Army styled cord with no shoulder loops. Older example (late WW2, perhaps Korean War vintage). Shows wear but would go nicely on a display uniform. Item # Fra-186 (25)
$25.00
WW1 Interallied Victory Medal - by C. Charles
WW1 Interallied Victory Medal - by C. Charles. Laslo's book categorizes this as the 'Unofficial - type 1'. Manufactured in bronze by A. Chobillon in Paris (rim impressed 'bronze' and familiar AC maker mark). Lightly worn condition, original ribbon is fragile and with pulls yet colours remain vibrant. Such medals are getting hard to find. 35.8 mm dia. Item # Fra-180 (185)
$185.00
Military Medal - 3rd Republic (1870-1951). Medaille Militaire
Military Medal - 3rd Republic (1870-1951). Medaille Militaire. Good quality, Silver marks for 916 purity (horns of plenty +1) would indicate either WW1 or WW2 award. Good conditon, original ribbon. Enamels intact, nice example. Item # Fra-177 *SOLD*
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1939-1945 War Cross (1939-45 Croix de Guerre)
1939-1945 War Cross (1939-45 Croix de Guerre). Type 'E' (variation) with pebbled centers. 37.6mm wide. Original ribbon. Cross in bronze. Very good condition. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-034/2). Item # Fra-174 (58)
$58.00
1914-1915 War Cross (1914-15 Croix de Guerre)
1914-1915 War Cross (1914-15 Croix de Guerre). First type (least awarded). Good quality and thin planchet. 3 part construction. Old replacement ribbon (watermarked). Shows age and slight wear, centers lightly dented but not detractive. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-032/2). Item # Fra-173 (55)
$55.00
War Cross, Vichy variety with regular ribbon and bronze star. Variation of type 'A' with angular '3'
War Cross, Vichy variety with regular ribbon and bronze star. Variation of type 'A' with angular '3' and very wide band. Interesting example, 3 parts and pierced suspension with ring. 37mm wide. Item # Fra-165  (90)
$90.00
Campaign in Italy 1859 medal in silver
Campaign in Italy 1859 medal in silver. Short original ribbon, medal made by Barre (marked to bottom). Shows some wear but overall good condition. Silver mark to suspension (eagle's head). 30mm dia. Item # Fra-161 (85)
$85.00
Order of French Elite (?) Ordre De L'Elite Francaise.
Order of French Elite (?) Ordre De L'Elite Francaise. Unknown (Fraternal) medal. Appears to be silver gilt, 32.5mm dia. Complete with original ribbon (faded). Reverse an old French proverb: 'Bien Faire Et Laisser Dire' (many translations but the most common is : 'Work hard and don't listen to others' criticism'. Interesting medal. Item # Fra-159  (70)
$70.00
Italian Campaign 1859 Medal in silver by Barre
Italian Campaign 1859 Medal in silver by Barre. This is the most common version of the medal. Shows considerable wear, complete with older replacement ribbon. Regulation size (30mm). Silver mark (eagle's head) present but somewhat obscured by wear. Good example, priced accordingly. Item # Fra-154 (60)
$60.00
Medal of the: Societe Civile de Retraite et d'assistance mutuelle
Medal of the: Societe Civile de Retraite et d'assistance mutuelle. Society of assistance to Retirees was founded in 1893 (as indicated on the reverse). 1st class of the award with wreath suspension (2nd class had simple ball suspension) and on Ladie's bow-tied ribbon. Silvered bronze (only traces of silver plating remain). 28.5mm in diameter. Item # Fra-153  (30)
$30.00
WW1 Allied Nations token in silver and enamels
WW1 Allied Nations token in silver and enamels. Beautifully designed. Dated 1914-1915. Hallmarked with French silver (boar head) and Chobillion's mark (AXC). Reverse stamped with word "Depose" - this was simply a design copyright mark. Enamels intact, shows light wear. Excellent piece for a WW1 collector. 25.2mm in diameter. Item # Fra-140 (80)
$80.00
French 1774 Medal of the Remiremont Chapitre

1774 Medal of the Remiremont Chapitre (Chapter). Medaille du chapitre noble de Remiremont. Remiremont Chapitre (some call it the Order) originally founded in year 620, was a very important center for Ladies (canonesses) with highest levels of nobility (eight degrees of noble lineage). The monastery of Remiremont was the first women's monastery in Lorraine. The Abbess was elected by the Chapter and lived in the abbey palace. Other members - 50 canonesses, all of them being from the noblest families of France, Burgundy, Lorraine and the German Empire.

Medal featuring Order of Saint Louis insignia. Crosses of Chapters were distributed to members and important supporters and are very collectible. Often crafted in gold/silver and enamels. Medals were made for those with 'shallower' pockets. Bronze, great details. 30mm in diameter, fitted for wear on breast ribbon.Very nice example and rare. Item # Fra-139  (55)

$55.00
French Army Parachute Training badge 1st type
Army Parachute Training badge 1st type. Whole of the parachute showing, laurel wreaths. This type was issued from 1955 to early 1960's. Maker marked: 'Arthus Paris H.597' along with Bertrand's punch mark' to the pin's retainer. Enamels and gilding intact. 47mm x 28mm. Item # Fra-132  (30)
$ 30.00
Army Parachute Training badge 2nd type (1960's)
Army Parachute Training badge 2nd type (1960's). Bottom of the parachute obscured by enamelled circles. Laurel/oak wreaths.Gilt/enamels intact. Hallmarked by Bertrand. 48mm x 27mm. Item # Fra-131 *SOLD*
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Order for Civic Valour (Association de la Valeur Civique) - Grand Officer
Order for Civic Valour (Association de la Valeur Civique) - Grand Officer. Bronze gilt and enamels, uniface. Original ribbon/rosette. Beautifully designed. Relatively rare award, given (not exclusively) for life saving. Good quality. Circa 1950-1970's. 44mm wide. Item # Fra-124 (88)
$88.00
Allies Association Medal (Medaille De La Fraternite Alliee)
Allies Association Medal (Medaille De La Fraternite Alliee). Issued to WW2 veterans. Unsure if original ribbon. Bronze gilt, enamel. Shows wear. 40mm diameter. Item # Fra-123 (55)
$55.00
Agricultural Merit Order, Knight class

Agricultural Merit Order, Knight class. Contemporary issue in bronze gilt. Original ribbon. Very clean. Item # Fra-115. (40)

$40.00
4th Marine Infantry Regiment badge
4th Marine Infantry Regiment badge. Bronze gilt anchor and silvered center disk. Numerous battle honors surrounding shield of swords. Markings to reverse: H 763 Andor 06 Le Cannet. Vertical pin for fastening. Appears to be 1950's vintage. Worn, good condition. 47.5mm x 33.5mm. Enamel intact. Item # Fra-11 (35)
$35.00
Red Cross ladies' medal (circa 1880's)
Red Cross ladies' medal (circa 1880's). Oval silver medal inscribed: 'Union des Femmes de France'. Raised logo to centre. Original ribbon with embroidered red cross. 23.5mm wide. Ball suspension. Very good condition. Reverse is plain. Item # Fra-18 (48)
$ 48.00
Order of Academic Palms, 2nd type
Order of Academic Palms, 2nd type. This decoration was instituted in 1808 as a University award. In 1850, the decoration was divided in 2 classes: golden and silver palms (like one offered here). Golden palms were to be awarded to teachers and professors, silver to students for exemplary results. In 1955, the Order was altered again into 3 classes (neck decoration of Commander was added) and its appearance slightly changed. Silvered bronze, enamels intact. Original ribbon faded. Lightly worn, no damage. 39.5mm x 29.5mm. Nicely detailed. Item # Fra-24 (38)
$ 38.00
WWI Veteran Commemorative Decoration
WWI Veteran Commemorative Decoration. Nice cutout design with original ribbon (somewhat faded). 26mm x 37mm. (22) Item #Fra-25. *SOLD*
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Social Aid Association recognition medal in silver (2nd class)
Social Aid Association recognition medal in silver (2nd class). Original ribbon. Paris mint and silver hallmark to rim. Item # Fra-36 (30)
$30.00
Social Aid Association recognition medal, bronze (3rd class). Paris mint and bronze hallmark to rim. Item # Fra-37 (20)
$20.00
Order for Agricultural Merit, Officer in silver gilt
Order for Agricultural Merit, Officer in silver gilt. Well hallmarked (Chobillon's mark and silver crab hallmark for small items. Couple repairs to reverse blue band (not detractive). Cylindrical suspension, great details. 35mm wide. Original ribbon faded, clean rosette. Officer class is increasingly difficult to find. Item # Fra-46   (95)
$ 95.00
Order for Agricultural Merit, Knight in silver gilt. Older quality - better then usual details to wheat/corn wreath. Silver wreath ties. French silver punch mark (boar head). Original ribbon faded. Great condition, only 1 tiny chip to white enamel (tip of top arm). 37mm. Most likely made by Bertrand. Ball suspension. Item # Fra-48 (65)
$ 65.00
Order of Social Merit, Knight in hallmarked silver
Order of Social Merit, Knight in hallmarked silver. Attractive design, some minor enamel reapairs (to keep from further chiping) to blue arms. Some chipping to white ribband. Original ribbon, older type. 39mm wide. Item # Fra-49 (40)
$ 40.00
Police silver medal of honour, 1903-1936 type (inscription: 'Police Municipale et Rurale')
Police silver medal of honour, 1903-1936 type (inscription: 'Police Municipale et Rurale'). Beautifully designed by Marie-Alexandre COUDRAY (marked to obverse). Hallmarks on rim for 950 silver content. Original ribbon. Named on reverse: 'Nicolle Louis'. Shows typical wear, no damage. Very nice example. 27mm dia. Attractive suspension. Item # Fra-53        (52)
$ 52.00
Decoration for (Social) Devotion, 1st class in gilt
Decoration for (Social) Devotion, 1st class in gilt. Original ribbon with rosette. Good condtion, some darkening. 30mm dia. Item # Fra-54   (28)
$ 28.00
Railroads medal of honour, 2nd type (1939 - 1953) - silver class. Silvered bronze. Designed by Charles FAVRE-BERTIN
Railroads medal of honour, 2nd type (1939 - 1953) - silver class. Silvered bronze. Designed by Charles FAVRE-BERTIN. Original ribbon, medal in great condition. Named to: 'F. Niel  1942'. Rare to find with WW2 issue date. 32mm dia. Great example. Item # Fra-56    (42)
$ 42.00
Railroads medal of honour, 2nd type (1939 - 1953) - silver class. Silvered bronze. Designed by Charles FAVRE-BERTIN. Named to: 'F. Foure  1942'. Shows age and small edge ding (bottom). Original ribbon. Item # Fra-57    (40)
$ 40.00
Railroads medal of honour, 3rd type (1953 - 1982?) Gilt class (bronze gilt), same recipient as medal above, issued to ' A. Briend' in 1975. Great condition. Item # Fra-61  (40)
$ 40.00

Railroads medal of honour, 4th type (1953 - 1982?) Fourth type of award (since 1982?). Same recipient as medal above, issued to ' A. Briend'. New change in design brought the super new engine to reverse.Same recipient as medals above. Highest class - large gold (36mm). Bronze gilt. Year of issue 1979. Original ribbon. Great condition. Item # Fra- 62  (42)

$ 42.00
Railroads medal of honour, 2nd type (1939 - 1953) - silver class. Silvered bronze. Original ribbon, medal in good condition. Named to: 'A. Pinoncely  1944'. Rare to find with WW2 issue date. 32mm dia.. Item # Fra-59    (43)
$ 43.00
Cross for Military Valour
Cross for Military Valour. Established in 1956. Awarded for campaigns in Algier, Tunis, Morocco and Tchad. Bronze, Paris Mint issue. Complete with gold palm! Original ribbon. Item # Fra-71  (48)
$ 48.00
Physical Education medal of honor. 1st class, 1st type (1929 –1946)
Physical Education medal of honor. 1st class, 1st type (1929 –1946). Note, this medal was not awarded during War years. Silver gilt (hallmark for Paris mint and 800 silver - impressed to rim). 28mm in diameter. Original ribbon lightly faded, complete with rosette. Beautifully detailed. Designed by Édouard FRAISSE. Shows light wear, no damage. Item # Fra-79  *SOLD*
$ 35.00
Physical Education medal of honor, 3rd class of 3rd type (1956 – 1969)
Physical Education medal of honor, 3rd class of 3rd type (1956 – 1969). Excellent condition, made in bronze gilt. Marks for Paris mint. 28mm dia. Original ribbon. Item # Fra-80   (25)
$ 25.00
Ministry of War Labour Medal of Honor. 1888 type (1st type
Ministry of War Labour Medal of Honor. 1888 type (1st type). 3rd class - awarded for 30 years of service. This early type was issued to civilians in the employment of the Ministry of War. Medal designed by Hubert PONSCARME. Attributed to: 'P. P. Bastard 1900'. Paris mint silver hallmark impressed to rim. Shows light age, no damage. Original ribbon. 27.8mm dia. Very nice example. Item # Fra-82   (48)
$ 48.00
Labour award, 1st class
Labour award, 1st class. Ministry of Labour and Social Security. Designed by Alfred BORREL. Silver gilt (marked by Paris mint). Attributed to: 'Mle M. Velas 1950'. Very good condition, original ribbon with rosette and wreath. 27mm dia. Item # Fra-83  (40)
$ 40.00
Labour award, 2nd class. Attribute: 'Mlle G. Montagne 1961'. Silver gilt (Paris mint mark). Excellent condition, original ribbon. Item # Fra-84 (35)
$ 35.00
Labour award, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 2nd class in silver gilt
Labour award, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 2nd class in silver gilt (hallmarks for Paris mint 800 silver content). Attribute: 'M. O. Muller 1923'. Hard to find medal. Showing age. Original ribbon with rosette. 27mm dia. Item # Fra-85  (42)
$ 42.00
Labour award, Ministry of Social Affairs. 3rd class in silver gilt (hallmarks for Paris mint 900 silver content). Attribute: 'G. SEREZAT 1973'.  Original ribbon.  Great condition.  27 mm diameter.  Item #Fra-86.  (35)
$ 35.00
Labour award, Ministry of Commerce and Industry. 3rd class in silver (hallmarks impressed to rim for Paris mint 900 silver content). Attribute: 'E. Zeiner 1913'. Nicely toned with age.  Original ribbon.  27 mm diameter.  Item #Fra-87.  (38)
$ 38.00
Labour award, Ministry of Labour and Social Security.  3rd class in silver (Paris mint hallmarked 900 silver content).  Attribute:  'R. Chassaing 1958.'  Shows light wear.  Original ribbon.  27 mm diameter.  Item #Fra-88.  (25)
$ 25.00
Colonial medal, second type private manufacture
Colonial medal, second type private manufacture. Although unmarked - most likely by 'Mourgeon'. One-sided (nicely detailed) suspension. Silvered bronze, light wear. Original ribbon. 26.5mm dia. Item # Fra-89   (45)
$ 45.00
Unusual Academic Palms Decoration. Oak branch to right side, smaller than usual (25mm wide). Display mounted on original ribbon. Smooth reverse. Item # Fra-100   (30)
$ 30.00
Val de Marne (District of Greater Paris area) Merchant/Market medal
Val de Marne (District of Greater Paris area) Merchant/Market medal. Unknown purpose or vintage. Ribbon in Nationa colours (presumably original). 36mm dia. Item # Fra-101  (20)
$ 20.00
WW1 50th anniversary medal, district of YVELINES
WW1 50th anniversary medal, district of YVELINES. Silvered bronze, attractive design. Blue silk ribbon (unsure if original). Shows wear, no damage. 30mm dia. Item # Fra-91   (22)
$ 22.00
 

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French medal for 1920-22 Plebiscites in Upper Silesia (Poland)
1920-22 Plebiscites in Upper Silesia (Poland) Medal. Original ribbon faded to obverse. Struck in bronze, good details. Attractive wreath suspension. Visible, spotty vertigris. Relatively rare medal. Bronze, official issue (die struck). 30mm. Note that only French and Italians awarded medals for this peacekeeping mission. British, though present - never did issue one but some obtained such French version for wear. Item # Fra-152  *SOLD*
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Order of the Dragon of Annam (Ordre Du Dragon D'Annam)
Order of the Dragon of Annam (Ordre Du Dragon D'Annam). Knight, locally produced - silvered. Very good condition, old but excellent small repair to red enamel band (4 o'clock). No chipping to dragon. Original ribbon. Quite attractive. 50mm wide. Shows light wear. Item # Fra-151  *SOLD*
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1831 Medal of July, rare variation with Crown. Fr. Medaille de Juillet.
1831 Medal of July, rare variation with Crown. Fr. Medaille de Juillet. Such medals were awarded to those who did not qualify for the Cross of July. Medals were approved few months later (1831) than Crosses, since many participants of the Revolution felt 'left out' with nothing to show for their bravery and efforts. The more 'common' version of the medal is one without crown. Struck in silver, rim engraved: "DONNE PAR LE ROI DES FRANCAIS". Obverse inscribed: 'A ses Defenseurs La Patrie Reconnaissance'. Rampant cockerel upon French National flag surrounded by wreath of oak leaves. Reverse inscribed: 'Patrie Liberte' - 3 laurel wreaths denoting the 3 glorious days 27-28-29; Juillet 1830 beneath. Complete with proper, most likely an old replacement ribbon. Medal in remarkable condition, just few wear marks to rim.Original 'ribbed' eye attached to mural style crown suspension. 32mm in diameter. Quite rare in any form, especially with crown. Ref: Ribault/Caminade/Lacombe - fig. 2-068 B. Item # Fra-145  *SOLD*
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Medaille Coloniale 'EXTREME-ORIENT' bar, issue by Paris mint in 900 fineness silver
Medaille Coloniale 'EXTREME-ORIENT' bar, issue by Paris mint in 900 fineness silver (marked to the left of the designer's logo on the reverse). Most of the medals awarded in that period and with that particular bar were not made in silver. Medal and bar in excellent condition, original ribbon shows wear and few pulls. Large type, 30mm in diameter, bar 42mm x 10mm. Nice example, with this bar mainly awarded to those who fought against the Japanese in 1945. Item # Fra-221  *SOLD*
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Croix de Guerre (War Cross) 1939-1940 'Vichy model', type 'B' with rounded '3'
Croix de Guerre (War Cross) 1939-1940 'Vichy model', type 'B' with rounded '3'. Good quality, original ribbon. 3 part construction. Bronze star on ribbon. 37mm wide. Shows slight wear and few dark areas. Ribbon is very good. Getting difficult to find. Item # Fra-163 *SOLD*
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Order of the Legion of Honour, III Republic 5th class by Victor Lemoine.
NEW! Order of the Legion of Honour, III Republic 5th class by Victor Lemoine. Impeccable early quality by this official court manufacturer of the Order. Full regulation size (40mm), few light chips to white tips (not detractive). Original ribbon with 'U' type pin. Excellent patina. Ties punched with French silver hallmark (boar's head) and ribbon ring clearly punched with V. Lemoine's mark. Very nice example, likely issued after the Franco-Prussian War. Item # Fra-242 *SOLD*
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Legion d'Honneur, V class in silver and gilt
Legion d'Honneur, V class in silver and gilt. 1870-1947 type (III Republic period). Typical chipping to arms. Hallmarked to bottom ties with the oval half eagle head/ boar head punch for mixed silver/gold content. Regulation size (40mm). Short ribbon with 'U' type pin fastener. Item # Fra-241.
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Medal for the wounded, type 2 - 'Bertrand's' variant (with flared suspension). Five additional wounds indicated by the small, red enamelled ribbon devices. Good quality to all. Original ribbon is faded. Bronze gilt, shows age and light wear. Few lines under enamel but no chipping. 35mm wide. Very nice example. Item # Fra-229 (90) *SOLD*
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Legion D'Honneur fourragère - Officer/or higher grade
Legion D'Honneur Fourragère - Officer/or higher grade in full, French styled cord/knot/brass tip and shoulder tri-loop. Older quality, shows wear and slight aging. Probably WW2 vintage (it is NOT made of nylon). Item # Fra-185  *SOLD*
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French Croix de Guerre WW2 fouragerre.
French Croix de Guerre WW2 fouragerre. Very nice older quality with a full complement of parts. Heavy brass tip. Shows slight wear and is nicely aged. Very good example. Item # Fra-187 *SOLD*
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Order of the Black Star of Benin (Dahomey), Officer in silver gilt.
Order of the Black Star of Benin (Dahomey), Officer in silver gilt. Superb quality and condition. Appears to be of earlier vintage. Original ribbon with fine rosette - some fading. Silver guarantee punch to suspension (head of wild boar). 39mm wide. Multi part constuction, best example of the Officer class we've handled to date. Item # Fra-184 *SOLD*
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France Great War Wounded badge in hallmarked silver and original box
Great War Wounded badge in hallmarked silver and original box. Second type - unoficial (Dec. 1916). Featuring National symbols of several Allied countries (starting at 12 o'clock): Russia, Great Britain, Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro, Japan and France. Item # Fra-162 *SOLD*
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French 'Victory' medal, Milan - French 'Colony' November 1918
'Victory' medal, Milan - French 'Colony' November 1918. City of Milan housed several French Divisions during the Great War. Little is known about this medal but word 'Colony' most likely refers to French 'Community' in this Italian city. In any case, excellent medal. Designer/maker marked: 'Donzelli'. 45mm x 31mm. Bronze, ribbon of the French colours (unknown if original).  Very interesting, related to celebration of Victory by the Allies. Item # Ita-349 *SOLD*
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Italian campaign 1859 medal. Rare, unnamed type
Italian campaign 1859 medal. Rare, unnamed type. Silver French purity mark (boar head). Some collectors believe these were made by Delande on a sub-contract from Barre. It is very difficult to say for certain though. Details differ considerably from Barre's medals, especially inscriptions on reverse (wider spread and thicker fonts). Complete with original ribbon (soiled). Medal itself in very good condition. Some light damage to suspension ball but not detractive. Planchet is thinner (+/- 2.3mm) than Barre's type. Quality is also finer. There were several makers of this interesting medal: Ronchi, Sacristain, Falot, Barre and more. While Barre's marked medals are fairly common - all others are scarce, some exceedingly rare. 30.2mm in diameter. Very good medal - from our own collection. Item # Fra-143 *SOLD*
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Military Medal (Medaille Militaire) 2nd Empire (1852-1870), 2nd type
Military Medal (Medaille Militaire) 2nd Empire (1852-1870), 2nd type. Great example of the unmarked Barre manufacture. Wonderful details, multi-part construction consistent with earlier variations of the medal. Thick planchet (+/- 3.5mm). Enamels intact! Silver purity mark on the suspension link. Traces of original gilding remaining. Excellent piece on remarkable original ribbon. 26.2mm wide. Item # Fra-141 *SOLD*
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Legion of Honour, 3rd Republic Knight class. Silver, Paris Mint
Legion of Honour, 3rd Republic Knight class. Silver, Paris Mint issued (marked to suspension), few minor chips/repairs. Original faded ribbon.Gilt centres. 40mm wide. Item # Fra-240 *SOLD*
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France Order of Fidelity (Ordre De La Fidelite)

Order of Fidelity (Ordre De La Fidelite). Founded on February 5th, 1816 - this was essentially a decoration reserved for the members of the National Guard of Paris. Being closely associated with the Decoration of the Lily (Lys), it was likely distributed to the closest sympathizers of Louis XVIII during his rather short reign. Awards were not likely extended past 1824 when King died. He was the second last Bourbon line ruler of France (even shorter reign 1824-1830 of Charles X followed Louis XVIII).

Offered here is a lovely example in silver with gold centres. Ruler's head is heading left which is a rare variant. Cross/crown in silver; suspension eye shows a clearly struck Paris silver guarantee hallmark as used until August 15th, 1819. This would place the manufacturing of this particular item to a very short period of just over 3 years (1816-1819). Arms of the cross show much 'spider' cracking and there are some well done repairs to white enamels. Order comes with what appears to be original ribbon arranged in a bow and with a locking pin. Ribbon is in pure silk! Complete with fitted case, lined in black velour. Box is nicely textured with gold trim, it is likely of later manufacturing but definitely made to fit this decoration. Cross is 32mm wide, 53mm high measured to the top of the crown. Shows wear and age. Very nice example, sure to please discerning collector. Item # Fra-238 *SOLD*.

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Legion D'Honneur, III Republic on bow arranged ribbon. Chevalier class
Legion D'Honneur, III Republic on bow arranged ribbon. Chevalier class (5th) in silve by Paris Mint. Good quality, shows wear and some chipping/restorations). Complete with original pin. 40mm wide. Item # Fra-247 *SOLD*
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Legion of Honour, Knight of the 3rd Republic in the highest - deluxe quality with Rhinestones

Legion of Honour, Knight of the 3rd Republic in the highest - deluxe quality with Rhinestones . Most superb workmanship with highly raised leafs in a multi-tiered construction. Centres in pure gold are also a 'cut above' quality. Each arm tip is adorned with a cut crystal (Rhinestone) - none missing. Complete with very unusual tri-fold ribbon - likely issued to a diplomat/officer of a foreign country (perhaps Austria, Serbia, Bulgaria etc. where such ribbons were commonly used). Shows age and some wear, few bent tips and some minor chips to tips. All green enamels near perfect. Most impressive example. 43mm wide. French silver hallmark punched to bottom ties (head of wild boar). Item # Fra-246 *SOLD*

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Deluxe quality 5th class of the LOH, 1870-1947 by Arthus Bertrand in Paris.
Deluxe quality 5th class of the LOH, 1870-1947 by Arthus Bertrand in Paris. Silver with gilt centres, superb quality and condition. All foliage is of the multi-layered construction. Hallmarked with mixed silver/gold content (oval boar/eagle mark) along with Bertrand's older punch mark (circa 1910-1920 period). Original ribbon with few light 'pulls'. Order has a rather vaulted construction, needs to be held in 'hand' in order to be fully appreciated. 43.5mm wide. Item # Fra-245 *SOLD*
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III Republic, Legion d'Honneur - Officer class in silver gilt (vermeil)
III Republic, Legion d'Honneur - Officer class in silver gilt (vermeil). Very unusual quality and details, unlike any we've handled over the years. Wreath leafs are well textured and with red enamelled berries. Centres are really nicely detailed as well. Few typicall chips to white tips but not detractive. Shows slight wear and age. Original ribbon with finely cut rosette.43mm diameter. Excellent example. Item # Fra-244 *SOLD*
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Legion of Honour, Officer - 4th Republic in bronze gilt
Legion of Honour, Officer - 4th Republic in bronze gilt. Awards issued during the relatively short period of the 4th Republic are harder to find and usually given for the service during WW2. Excellent condition and good quality by A. Chobillon (clearly marked to the eye). 42mm dia. Very good example. Original ribbon (faded) with rosette. Item # Fra-243 *SOLD*
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Colonial Medal (Medaille Coloniale), Official 2nd issue by National Mint (Paris), after 1928. Silver mark (~2~)
Colonial Medal (Medaille Coloniale), Official 2nd issue by National Mint (Paris), after 1928. Silver mark (~2~). Excellent bar combination: 'AFRIQUE', Afrique Equatoriale Francaise' and 'MADAGASCAR'. Top bars are marked for 925 silver (cornucopia - 925 - cornucopia). Complete with original cardboard box, recipient's details on the reverse. Medal 29.5mm dia. All original and in great condition. Very good set. Item # Fra-200 *SOLD*
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France - 1939 Croix de Guerre (War Cross), 1st official type (small font date) in original case of issue!
1939 Croix de Guerre (War Cross), 1st official type (small font date) in original case of issue! Paris mint marks for bronze. Palm on the ribbon. 38mm wide. This is as good as it gets for this particular award, great set. Such case of issue is rather rare. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-034-1-A). Item # Fra-199 *SOLD*
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WW1 Commemorative medal, Bertrand type.
WW1 Commemorative medal, Bertrand type. Excellent condition and quality. Comes in cardboard box. Also included is ribbon bar with rare metal backing (also marked with Bertrand's markings). 33mm dia. Shows slight wear. Great set. Item # Fra-198 *SOLD*
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Liberation of France 1944 commemorative medal
Liberation of France 1944 commemorative medal. Approved in 1947 for all those (French and foreigners) who took part in the liberation of France, reportedly one had to apply and pay for the medal to receive it. Example offered here is clearly older, perhaps one of the earliest made. Rim impressed with BR and cornucopia mark. Complete with original ribbon of issue (faded). 35mm diameter. Hard to find medal in older quality. Item # Fra-179 *SOLD*
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Award for the wounded, type1 (for WW1) - very rare form of the oval wreath (oak/laurel) and with centre star brazed in place. Fine suspension. Few minor imperfections to the original red enamel. Bronze, nicely patinated. Details of the wreath are quite good. Complete with original ribbon which shows slight aging. Excellent example of this early type. 31mm in diameter. Item # Fra-226 *SOLD*
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Wouned award, later type (3) with 'buckle' type suspension. Slight wear to gilding, enamels perfect. Original faded ribbon. Suspension eye marked 'BRONZE'. 36mm wide. Nice example, used after WW2, in Korea and Africa. Item # Fra-225 *SOLD*
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French WW1 Aviation (Military) Saint Christopher medal
WW1 Aviation (Military) Saint Christopher medal. A most superb example of such personal 'protective' keepsake. St. Christopher as a patron of wonderers/travelers was also highly regarded by the French Airman. Medal appears to be silver (most likely silvered though), fabulous enamels: green covering the Air Force pilot badge; national colours (red/blue/white) composition filling the rest. Reverse nicely executed, featuring the Saint carrying young Christ over the water. 30mm diameter. Very interesting and unique. Item # Fra-223 *SOLD*
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Colonial Service Medal (Medaille Coloniale) 1st type, circa 1890's

Colonial Service Medal (Medaille Coloniale) 1st type, circa 1890's! Excellent bar combination with 'ALGERIE', 'TONKIN' and the very interesting and rare unofficial bar 'DEVOUEMENT'. Probably issued to a long serving officer. Judging by the features, this example was manufactured either by Bertrand or Lemaitre (not to be confused with the designer, whose name is LEMAIRE). Maker's mark is present on the suspension but obscured to the point that it cannot be identified. We leant towards Bertrand's production. Double sided suspension's details are superb. Nice and early type with 4 stripes on the epaulette. Left side of the suspension marked with boar's head (silver standard) and right side with the aforementioned maker's stamp. Bars are not marked. Complete with original ribbon. Condition is excellent, just typical light wear creating a very pleasant patina. Rim is punched with the silver fineness mark (cornucopia + ARGENT), such mark was used prior to year 1900. Overall, very fine example. 30mm ø, planchet 2.2mm. Item # Fra-222 *SOLD*

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WW1 Dardanelles (Gallipoli) Commemorative medal. Issued to participants of the Gallipoli campaign (1915 - 1916 )

WW1 Dardanelles (Gallipoli) Commemorative medal. Issued to participants of the Gallipoli campaign (1915-1916 ). Designer/maker marked: "Georges Lemaire/E.M. Lindauer". Bronze ø 30mm, marked with Paris mint hallmark (Cornucopia and 'BR'). Original ribbon (half length) lightly soiled. Medal in very good condition, hard to find. Item # Fra-172 *SOLD*

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French Merchant Marine (Marine Marchande) Silver Medal of Merit
Merchant Marine (Marine Marchande) Silver Medal of Merit in original case. Reverse engraved with recipient's name: "GAYET. A. J. B. MATELOT 1905". In this form medal was established in 1901. Offered here is a 1st type as awarded 1902-1925. Medal in excellent condition, silver mark impressed to rim (Paris Mint). Original ribbon with 'U' type stick pin fastener. Case shows some wear and red tape repairs to hinge area; good interior. 27mm in diameter. Interesting medal, awarded for 25 years of service and other merits. Item # Fra-171 *SOLD*
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France Croix de Guerre (The War Cross 1914-18) with a bronze palm (awarded for mention in daily dispatch on the Army level)
Croix de Guerre (The War Cross 1914-18) with a bronze palm (awarded for mention in daily dispatch on the Army level). Type with thick sword hilts. Excellent period piece with original, fine weave ribbon. 37mm wide. Contact mark to reverse centre disc, otherwise excellent condition. Item # Fra-208 *SOLD*
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WW1 War Cross ( Croix de Guerre 1914-1918) Fouragerre.
WW1 War Cross ( Croix de Guerre 1914-1918) Fouragerre. Excellent old quality in cotton threads. Superb example, shows slight wear. Heavy brass tip. Item # Fra-188 *SOLD*
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National Order of Merit, Ordre national du Mérite. Knight class in silver. Complete with original ribbon. Excellent enamels, hallmarks (cornucopia 1) to suspension for 900 silver fineness. 37.6mm wide. This Order was established in 1963 and replaced most of Ministerial Orders (Tourism, Industry, Postal etc.). Very nice example. Multi part construction. Well designed Order. Item # Fra-160 *SOLD*
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Academic Palms 2nd class - twice awarded. Rather unique piece. Complete with original ribbon. Unmarked. Essentially, 2 badges superimposed. Very interesting. 38.5mm wide. Item # Fra-210 *SOLD*
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French 1862-1863 Mexican Campaign Medal in silver by Barre
1862-1863 Mexican Campaign Medal in silver by Barre. Superb condition with just a few (minor) wear marks. Fitted with contemporary and proper ribbon. Silver purity mark of Eagle's head stamped to bottom wreath's ties (reverse). 30.5mm diameter, planchet 2.2mm. Very nice medal. Item # Fra-158 *SOLD*
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Prince Jerome, King of Westphalia (1807-1813) commemorative medal
Prince Jerome, King of Westphalia (1807-1813) commemorative medal. Jerome Bonaparte was the youngest brother of Napoleon Bonaparte. Born in 1784, crowned King of Westphalia (North-West part of Germany) in 1807, died in 1860. Bronze medal of 23.5mm dia. Watermarked ribbon appears to be original. Very good condition, toned with age. Rarely found. Item # Fra-157 *SOLD*
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Médaille d’Orient - Medal for the campaign in the East, WW1
Médaille d’Orient - Medal for the campaign in the East, WW1. Bronze by G. Lemaire/Lindauer. Paris mint marks (cornucopia and BR). 30mm dia. Excellent condition, original ribbon faded. Item # Fra-216 *SOLD*
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Order of Black Star (of Benin)
Order of Black Star (of Benin) with award Diploma and formal documentation (Ministry of War). Knight class. Awarded to: Joseph Girand, Chief Adjutant in the 1/30 Regiment of Colonial Artillery. Diploma is dated 25 September, 1952. Order in silver (boar head punch mark for silver), just few tiny enamel chips (not detractive). Good quality. Original ribbon. 38mm wide. Award diplomas (brevet) for this award are rarely seen. Paper is in great condition. Very nice set. Item # Fra-215  *SOLD*
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France Colonial Medal, Vichy WW2 type with '1940-COTE DES SOMALIS -1941' bar
Colonial Medal, Vichy WW2 type with '1940-COTE DES SOMALIS -1941' bar. Medal and bar both in hallmarked silver. Medal marked on the rim and bar on the reverse. Condition is absolutely fabulous, complete with original ribbon and the 'U' type fastener. Nicely patinated. Medal by Georges Lemaire, 30mm in diameter. Bar measures 47.5mm x 12.5mm. Very hard to find 'Vichy' type. Item # Fra-220 *SOLD*
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Children of Firefighters charity medal. The association l’Œuvre des Pupilles des Sapeurs-Pompiers was set up on 27 March 1926 by Commandant Guesnet with the aim of assisting orphaned children of French firemen and their families in need. It was placed under the patronage of the French President on 28 January 1928. Excellent design and quality. Complete with orignal bar and ribbon. 25mm in diameter. Silvered. Item # Fra-213 *SOLD*
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1916 Regulation award for the wounded (Insigne Des Blesses Militaires). Decoration in a form of a ribbon bar with red enamelled star. Note patterns under the enamels. Star of 10mm in diameter. Ribbon shows slight wear (mostly reverse). Nice original. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-013). Item # Fra-196 *SOLD*
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France WW1 Interallied Victory Medal, official type in bronze (marked for Paris mint).
WW1 Interallied Victory Medal, official type in bronze (marked for Paris mint). A near immaculate example, excellent and original ribbon - with some light fraying at the fastener end. Comes in cardboard box, reverse has pencil writing 'Victoire'. Would be hard to find better example. Item # Fra-195 *SOLD*
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French wounded medal
Decoration for wounded. Late type in bronze gilt and enamels (repair to top arm). Original ribbon. Good overall condition. Item # Fra-203.  *SOLD*
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Cased 1920 French Family Medal of Honour (Medaille de la Famille Francaise). 1st type, 3rd class
Cased 1920 French Family Medal of Honour (Medaille de la Famille Francaise). 1st type, 3rd class. Designed by: 'Léon Deschamps'. Reverse incribed: 'LA PATRIE RECCONNAISSANTE, MINISTERE DE LA SANTE PUBLIQUE'. Bronze, official mint strike, finest quality and very good condition. Comes in original case of issue by 'Lecourtier & Cie, 32, La Canebiere, Marseille'. Case is of the luxury type in simulated reptile skin.Shows minor wear. Complete with lapel bow ribbon. 34.6mm wide. Item # Fra-191 *SOLD*
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WW2 Commemorative medal with 5 bars! Arranged in proper order: France, Engage Volontaire, Afrique, Liberation, Allemagne. All original. Ribbon shows wear. Medal in great condition, official Paris mint issue (marked). Some bars are in silver and marked. Interesting combination of bars. 'U' type stickpin fastener. Item # Fra-190 *SOLD*
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Order of the Legion of Honour (Legion D'Honneur). Commander's Cross on full neck ribbon with ties. 5th Republic (after 1962)

Order of the Legion of Honour (Legion D'Honneur). Commander's Cross on full neck ribbon with ties. 5th Republic (after 1962) type of this French highest award. One of World's most recognizable Orders. Handsome in appearance. Originally founded in 1802, insignia went through number of changes and alterations. Few slight chips and repairs to arm tips - common for these).This is a large Order - at widest part of the cross measuring 61.5mm, bottom of the cross to ring atop the wreath suspension - 93mm. Massive construction, hallmarked for high content silver. 5th Republic awards are relatively hard to find in silver/gilt. Very nice example. Complete with original, full neck ribbon and ties. Item # Fra-183 *SOLD*

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Unknown shoulder shield. Felt and canvas, could be WWII vintage. Shows age and wear (few moth holes). Item # Fra-182 *SOLD*
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French 11th Infantry Division, shoulder patch. 11° Division d' Infanterie rectangle de tissu.
11th Infantry Division, shoulder patch. 11° Division d' Infanterie rectangle de tissu. As issed between 1954-1961 (In North-East Africa). Excellent quality embroidery *(silk threads). Shows slight soiling. Attachment hooks present. Green (uniform) backing. Hard to find unit insignia. Item # Fra-181 *SOLD*
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Military Medal - 4th Republic (1951-1962) issue by Arthus Bertrand
Military Medal - 4th Republic (1951-1962) issue by Arthus Bertrand (ring marked). Good quality and condition, original ribbon. Harder to find than (regular) 3rd Republic issues.Item # Fra-176 *SOLD*
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Combatants' Cross (Croix du Combattant), early type by 'J+B'

Combatants' Cross (Croix du Combattant), early type by 'J+B'. Better details then Paris Mint issues. Award established in 1930. Original ribbon. Very good condition, slight wear. Maker and BR (for bronze) marked. 36.2mm wide. Item # Fra-175 *SOLD*

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Napoleon III, The Fall of Sebastopol, Copper Medal, by Desaide Roquelay,

Lot of 5 Crimean War items to a French National. Starting with Legion of Honour, 2nd Empire period - Knight class. Military Medal - 2nd Empire type; British Crimean War medal; French award of Sevastopol campaign medallion and Crimean War 'Inkermann' belt buckle.

- Legion of Honour (1852-1870) in silver with gold centers, few old repairs to arm tips (typical). Original ribbon. Silver standard mark to wreath ties along with maker mark (partial) for Victor Lemoine (official maker of the LOH - son of Ouzille Lemoine). Cross is regulation size - 41mm wide. Good and better condition, blue ribband enamels are betten then in picture.

- Military Medal 2nd type (1852-1870) in silver/gilt. Boar head mark to tip of the wing. Original ribbon is fragile and torn. Full sized medal - 26mm x 46mm. Shows wear and age but good overall condition.

- British Crimean War Medal 1854 with bar 'Sebastopol'. Medal issued unnamed as was the custom for French recipients. Remarkable original ribbon (few rubs and pulls), bar appears to be not tempered with; suspension arm has been soldered at some point but is very hard to notice (see image). Medal shows wear but details are still very good. ø 36mm.

- The Fall of Sebastopol, Copper medal by Desaide Roquelay,
laureate bust left, reverse of Imperial eagle with trophies. Legend on crowned shield, PRISE DE SÉBASTOPOL
LE 8 SEPTEMBRE 1855, 46mm (Divo 275: BDM I, 562). Excellent condition. Rare medallion, catalogue valued at $ 400 plus.

- 'Inkermann' belt buckle - blackened brass, very interesting piece with French and English flags, Turkish crescent moon above. Reverse with partially visible markings: 'REGd Or 6 1854 No 98 --o'.  Die struck with good details. Definitely unique piece. Belt retainer and hole-catch intact. 48mm x 53.5mm.  Shows wear.

Very interesting lot. Will not separate. Item # Fra-168 *SOLD*

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French Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, variant of type 'E' with thin numbers and wide ring
French Croix de Guerre 1939-1945, variant of type 'E' with thin numbers and wide ring. Heavy quality, 3 parts. 38.8mm wide. Complete with original ribbon, bronze palm and silver star. Ball-tip ribbon suspension bar. Very nice piece for discerning collector. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-034/2). Item # Fra-166 *SOLD*
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Medal commemorating the first anniversary of the 1848 Revolution
Medal commemorating the first anniversary of the 1848 Revolution. The bloodiest fighting occurred on February 23, 1848; some government troops opened fire while others laid down their arms or joined the rebels, forcing the dismissal of conservative minister Guizot and, the next day, the abdication of the unpopular monarch, King Louis-Philippe. Inscriptions on both sides honour the sacrifice of those killed. The obverse states "They died for the country" and shows the date "February 24" on a flag draped monument. The reverse: "For the victims who died for freedom, 1848", "First anniversary 1849, French Republic". Bronze. Very good condition; crisp details. Light age darkening. Interesting historical piece. 24mm diameter. Item # Fra-27.*SOLD*
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Lafayette Commemorative Medal
Lafayette Commemorative Medal. As the commander of the Paris National Guard, Lafayette brokered compromises between republican revolutionaries and moderate monarchs at two key moments in French history: following the storming of the Bastille in 1789 and the July Revolution of 1830. The obverse depicts the Paris barricades, a flag showing the dates "1789" and "1830" with incriptions, "To the intrepid citizens of Paris", "27th, 28th, 29th of July, 1830" (a.k.a. "The Three Glorious Days" of the July Revolution). The reverse is inscribed: "Lafayette Veteran of Liberty, 1789 - 1830". Bronze medal, traces of silver plating. Considerable age darkening. Fitted with contemporary ribbon. Rare piece of French history. May also be of interest to American Revolutionary War collectors. 28.2mm diameter. Item # Fra-34. *SOLD*
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Railroads medal of honour, 1st type (1913 - 1939). Silver class

Railroads medal of honour, 1st type (1913 - 1939). Silver class (2nd) in silvered bronze. Designed by famous engraver Louis-Oscar ROTY. Made by renowned firm of Arthus Bertrand in Paris.      Reverse named: 'Dautruy Henri 1938'. Medal in great condition, original ribbon faded and fragile. Original ribbon clasp (well detailed engine). Interesting and beautiful medal. 34mm dia. Item # Fra-55    *SOLD*

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WW2 (1945) Air Force medal miniature. Nicely detailed. Wing suspension, light red enamel. Silver gilt, hallmarked (boar head and punch mark of Arthus Bertrand). Inscribed to bottom 'Honneur et Patriae'. Reverse inscribed: 'Medaille de L'aeronautique 1945'. Shows age and light wear, no damage. Original ribbon. Rare miniature in silver. Item # Fra-64 *SOLD*
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Combatants' Cross. Late type in bronze gilt. Paris Mint issue. Original ribbon. Few tarnish spots. No damage. Item # Fra-75 *SOLD*
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1945 Air Force Medal. Cased example with name tag: 'M. Colas A.'
1945 Air Force Medal. Cased example with name tag: 'M. Colas A.' . Designers' name to bottom right: Pelletier Sc. Small chip to red enamels (not detractive). Original ribbon. Paris Mint issue in bronze gilt. Nice set, rarely found with original case. Item # Fra-63    *SOLD*
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1920 French Family Medal of Honour. 1st type. Gold (1st) class with large rosette (22mm)
1920 French Family Medal of Honour. 1st type. Gold (1st) class with large rosette (22mm). Designed by: 'Léon Deschamps'. MINISTERE DE L’HYGIENE type (less common then the MINISTERE DE LA SANTE PUBLIQUE type). Bronze gilt, finest quality and great condition. Shows very minor wear. 34.6mm wide. Item # Fra-70  *SOLD*
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Cross of the Combatant
Cross of the Combatant. Instituted in 1930 as an award to holders of combatants' card. Issued to members of French forces who served in WW1/WW2/Korea/North Africa and other campaigns. Typical early example by Paris Mint. No ribbon. Bronze. Item # Fra-73 *SOLD*
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Sauveteurs de Paris, Life guard/life-saving commemorative medal
Sauveteurs de Paris, Life guard/life-saving commemorative medal. Silvered bronze, designed by famous sculptor Felix Rasumny. City of Paris coat of arms surmounted by Mural crown on reverse. Showing wear and age. Ribbon most likely replaced. Very interesting. 35mm diameter. Item # Fra-92  *SOLD*
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War Cross 1939-1945, variant of type 'E' with pebbled centers
War Cross 1939-1945, variant of type 'E' with pebbled centers. Very good condition. 37.7mm wide. Original ribbon with bronze palm. 3 part construction. (Ref.: Ribault/Caminade 2-034/2). Item # Fra-167 *SOLD*
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Great War veteran badge
Great War veteran badge, original ribbon. Good quality. Item # Fra-170 *SOLD*
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Oublier Jamais
War of 1870-1871 Veteran decoration 'Oublier Jamais' ('never forget'). Better then usual details, original ribbon is worn. Marked 'Depose' on reverse. Button fastener with Bertrand's markings. Silvered. 30mm wide. Item # Fra-169 *SOLD*

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1914-1918 Volunteer cross for Combatants, large head type. Fr: Combattant Volontaire De 1914-1918
1914-1918 Volunteer cross for Combatants, large head type. Fr: Combattant Volontaire De 1914-1918. Bronze, original ribbon (faded to obverse). 37mm wide. Excellent details, much better than standard issue pieces. Very good condition with just a few dark spots. This type is getting hard to find. Ref: Ribault/Caminade/Lacombe - fig. 2-025 B. Item # Fra-147 *SOLD*
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St. Helena Medal - reduction
St. Helena Medal - reduction (not a miniature) by Barre (anchor mark). Original (24.5mm wide) watermarked ribbon. Darkened bronze, excellent details. 31.5mm x 19mm. Very hard to find in this size. Item # Fra-156 *SOLD*
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Saint Helena commemorative medal. (Fr. Medaille De Saint-Helene)
Saint Helena commemorative medal. (Fr. Medaille De Saint-Helene). Medal created in 1857, Issued to surviving members of Napoleon's Grand Army (who participated in campaigns between 1792-1815). Darkened bronze, superb details and condition. Medal marked with Barre's trademark (anchor) beneath Emperor's bust. Original ribbon in good condition - showing wear and some thread separation at the top. 51mm x 31mm - full size medal. Item # Fra-155 *SOLD*
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WW2 Commemorative medal with 6 bars! Arranged in proper order: France, Afrique, Liberation, Allemagne, Mediterranee, 1939-1945. All original, complete with ball-tip top bar. Ribbon lightly frayed around eyelet. Medal in great condition, official Paris mint issue (marked). Hard to find with this many bars. Shows age and some wear. Very nice example. Item # Fra-
WW2 Commemorative medal with 2 bars: Liberation, Allemagne (Liberation and Germany). Original ribbon faded. Medal in great condition, official Paris mint issue (marked for bronze). Shows age and some wear. Very nice example. Item # Fra-178 *SOLD*
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Order of the Academic Palms (Ordre des Palmes Academiques), Commander
Order of the Academic Palms (Ordre des Palmes Academiques), Commander. 1955 type of this old decoration. Rare in this (highest) class. Good quality, most likely 1970's vintage. Complete with original neck ribbon (arranged for breast wear).Awarded to French citizens and Foreigners in recognition of valuable services to the Universities and Scientific work. Commander (1st) class is rarely awarded and only to the most distinguished individuals. Measuring 98mm (to top of wreath suspension) x 51mm at its widest, it is rather impressive award. Bronze gilt, lacquers. Uniface (only older examples are 'double-faced'). Item # Fra-134 *SOLD*
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Order of Academic Palms, 2nd type. Silver class in hallmarked silver (boar head). Maker marked, appears to be 'G X L' (G. Lemaitre) - a rare maker for the award. This would date this piece to pre 1927. Silver appears to be frosted. Oddlly enough enamels to both sides seem to be different in colouring but seem original. 28.5mm x 40.5mm. Original ribbon display mounted. Item # Fra-78 *SOLD*
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French 1848 Revolutionary Medal
1848 Revolutionary Medal. Commemorating founding of the French (2nd) Republic, 24 February 1848. Great detail. Inscription to reverse: "Republique Francaise, 24 Fevrier 1848; Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite". Complete with old (original?) watermarked ribbon. Good condition. Copper,26.5mm dia. Item # Fra-138 *SOLD*
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France WW1 Medal for prisoners, deportees and hostages
WW1 Medal for prisoners, deportees and hostages. Mainly awarded to inhabitants of the regions occupied by Germans during the war years. Also awarded to civilian prisoners or internees who were not eligible for the Victims of the Invasion Medal. The exact conditions are not known. Medal instituted in 1936 with just over 10,000 awarded. Struck in bronze depicting chained woman holding flaming torch, burning city in background. Reverse inscribed in French (legend of the medal), chain frame around, laurel leaves at the bottom. Designer's name: 'M. Delannoy'. Rim stamped 'Metal D'. Original ribbon lightly soiled. Shows age, light tarnish spots. Overall very good condition. Not often seen. Item # Fra-136 *SOLD*
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WW1 Commemorative medal, awarded to all who served during the Great War. Beautifully designed by A. Morlon. Struck in bronze by Paris Mint. Original ribbon with some fraying. Good condition overall. 33.5mm.
WW1 Commemorative medal, awarded to all who served during the Great War. Beautifully designed by A. Morlon. Struck in bronze by Paris Mint. Original ribbon with some fraying. Good condition overall. 33.5mm. Item # Fra-65  *SOLD*
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WW1 Wounded award, 2nd type. Original ribbon. Couple enamel cracks but no chipping. Item # Fra-68 *SOLD*
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Combatants' Cross, early type by 'J+B'
Combatants' Cross, early type by 'J+B'. Better details then Paris Mint issue. Original ribbon. Beautiful highlights. Item # Fra-74.  *SOLD*
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1859 Italian Campaign, commemorative medal for return of the French armies to Paris
1859 Italian Campaign, commemorative medal for return of the French armies to Paris. Issued mostly to the French; however, many Italian officers also received it. Quality strike, bronze gilt. New, proper replacement ribbon. 23mm diameter. Light wear, very good overall condition. Maker's mark beneath Emperor's neck. Similar to medal #75 in Bocchino's book; he states that maker's mark reads CT and it possibly was a French maker. Very interesting medal to both Italian and French collectors. Item # Fra-98  *SOLD*
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Medal of recognition for Deported and Interned during WW2
Medal of recognition for Deported and Interned during WW2 . Original ribbon for the Interned. Bronze gilt, Paris mint mark along with designer's logo. 30mm in diameter. Great condition. Item # Fra-102 *SOLD*

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French WW2 Cross for Liberty
WW2 Cross for Liberty. Fr. France Libre. Established in 1946 to award all (civil and military, nationals and foreigners) who volunteered in the Free French Forces. Silvered bronze (marked by Paris mint), original ribbon. 32mm wide. Hard to find, very good details and condition. 2nd type with larger font. Note that majority of these currently offered in commerce are indeed new restrikes (missing the proper mint mark). Item # Fra-146 *SOLD*
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Order for Arts, Sciences and Letters
Order for Arts, Sciences and Letters. Founded in 1915 by the Academie Francaise to recognize men and women of all nationalities who have distinguished themselves as artists, scientists or writers. Past recipients include Albert Schweitzer, Peter and Marie Curie, Yehudi Menuhin, Jacques-Yves Cousteau. Officer in silver, very good quality. Hallmarked to eye but not cleanly struck - most likely by Arthus Bertrand. Chobillon's examples we've had in the past were not of this quality. Original ribbon, complete with lapel mini rosette. Enamels intact. Uniface. Complete with 'U' type stick-pin fastener. 29mm wide. Item # Fra-126 *SOLD*
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Ordre Merite du Sang (Blood donation order of merit). 2nd class, first type
Ordre Merite du Sang (Blood donation order of merit). 2nd class, first type. Original ribbon with 'U' type pin fastener. Hallmarked to eye by Arthus Bertand, Paris. Silver, 3 part construction. Enamels intact. 38.5mm wide. Spotty tarnish. Hard to find award. Item #Fra-119. *SOLD*
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Decoration "Union Et Maintien"
Decoration "Union Et Maintien". Bronze gilt, enamels. Reverse identical to obverse. Orginal ribbon. Shows light wear no damage. Attractive design. 37.5mm wide. Item # Fra-50  *SOLD*
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Fire-fighters' gold (1st class) medal of honour
Fire-fighters' gold (1st class) medal of honour. Silver gilt, hallmarked for 950 content (bottom of reverse). 1935 Design by LB AZOR. 29mm dia. Attractive suspension. Ribbon with much darkening and some pulls. Medal very clean and unnamed. Great piece. Item # Fra-51  *SOLD*
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Fire-fighters' silver (2nd class) medal of honour. Silver, hallmarked for 800 content (bottom of reverse). 1935 Design by LB AZOR. 29mm dia. Ribbon with much uniform darkening. Great definition, shows light aging. Unnamed as issued. Item # Fra-52  *SOLD*
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1859 Italian Campaign medal by Barre
1859 Italian Campaign medal by Barre. Silver, very good condition (many of these medals are typically well-worn). Just a couple of minor scratches. If you're looking for a great condition Barre's medal - this is the one! Eagle head silver control mark to cylindrical suspension eye. Replacement ribbon. Item # Fra-8 *SOLD*
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Railroads medal of honour, 3rd type (1953 - 1982?). This and the 2 medals below were issued to same person: ' A. Briend'. Designed by George GUIRAUD, based on the original 1913 design with addition of newer engine. Silvered bronze, date of issue 1966. Great condition. 32mm dia. Item # Fra-60  *SOLD*

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Medal of honor for Regional, Department and Communal service
Medal of honor for Regional, Department and Communal service. 2nd class awarded for 20 years. First type (1945-1990). Attractive medal with mural crown suspension. Original ribbon. Designed by G. CROUZAT. Maker marked to ribbon retainer (hard to make out but probably Bertrand). 39mm wide. Item # Fra-77 *SOLD*
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Physical Education medal of honor, 2nd class of 3rd type (1956 – 1969). Excellent condition, made in silver. Marks for Paris mint (900 silver content). 28mm dia. Original ribbon. Item # Fra-81  *SOLD*
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Medal for recognition, 1914-1918 type second class in hallmarked silver. Reduction

Medal for recognition, 1914-1918 type second class in hallmarked silver. Reduction. Awarded for providing aid to those injured during War, work in hospitals and social assistance to families of military personnel. Designed by Jules DESBOIS. Great details. Original ribbon and dark blue enamelled star device. 15.1mm wide. Great condition. Item # Fra-93 *SOLD*

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Taking of Bastille 1789 commemorative medal

Taking of Bastille 1789 commemorative medal. Officially founded as: "Medaille Communale pour les Gardes Francaises Vainquers de la Bastille". Original awards are very rare as obsolete since 1793. These were made in gold. Official re-issues were made after 1832 and again in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the event in 1889. These were made in bronze and in silver. Offered here is the official Paris Mint centenary re-strike (1889). Silver hallmarks on rim. Good quality, ribbon seems age-appropriate and in the proper National colours. There are copies in circulation, those are unmarked. 36.5mm x 26.8mm. Medal in great condition, ribbon shows ligth wear. Would make for great addition to your collection. Item # Fra-111. *SOLD*

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Legion of Honour (LÉGION D'HONNEUR). 2nd Empire (1852-1870)
Legion of Honour (LÉGION D'HONNEUR). 2nd Empire (1852-1870). Silver cross with gold centers. Well detailed crown suspension. Original ribbon. Usual silver hallmark (boar head) to bottom of tassels. Suspension eye also hallmarked (partial mark) by maker: Ouzille and Lemoine Paris, this firm was the official maker of the Legion of Honour during the 2nd Empire. No chipping to white enamels and minor chips to green wreath. Very good and better condition. Full size cross - 40.8mm wide. Item # Fra-149 *SOLD*
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WW2 War Cross. (Croix De Guerre 1939-1945). Official 1st type
WW2 War Cross. (Croix De Guerre 1939-1945). Official 1st type (1939 in small-sized font), complete with palm on original ribbon. 'U'  type stick-pin fastener. Very good condition to all. 38mm. 3 part construction. Item # Fra-150 *SOLD*
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8th Zouves Regiment badge
8th Zouves Regiment badge. Unit was formed in 1914, dissolved in 1928, reformed in 1934-1940; again dissolved, it is reformed twice initially in 1946-1956, then during the War in Algeria (1959-1962). The unit was decorated with Legion of Honor and Military Cross 1914-1918. Badge of the 1st pattern, vintage unknown - most likely WW2. Nice detail. Unmarked. Item # Fra-130 *SOLD*
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WWI Croix de Guerre, 1914-17 (War Cross)
WWI Croix de Guerre, 1914-17 (War Cross). Award in bronze. Very good condition, with bronze star device for mention in daily dispatch on brigade or batallion level. Original ribbon in very good condition. 37mm. Item #Fra-20. *SOLD*
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Star of Merit: Etoile du Mérite et du Bien
Star of Merit: Etoile du Mérite et du Bien. Officer class in bronze gilt. Uniface, original ribbon. Good quality, no chips to enamels. Great looking decoration. Unknown vintage. 43mm wide. Item # Fra-105 *SOLD*
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France 1916 WW1 badge for the wounded

WW1 badge for the wounded Allies. These were mainly used prior to the official 1916 (December) release of the Wounded Medal (Medaille Blesses). Purportedly, it was intended as a badge of distinction for all Allies (who qualified). According to our research, there were 3 distinct 'types' of this badge:

- 1st pattern in form of the oval badge with a down-turned sword and a pinback (see image below in Sold section). This pattern seems to be the most common.

- 2rd pattern (offered here) in form of a medal. Rare.

- 3rd pattern in form of a cross with symbols of 4 Western Allies ( USA, Great Britain, Italy and France). This is the rarest of all and likely introduced after 1917.

1st and 2nd patterns used symbology of several Allies (Russia, Great Britain, Belgium, Serbia, Montenegro, Japan and France). All used same motto: "GLORIA VULNERATIS PRO JURE ET LIBRETATE" (Glory to those wounded for right and liberty). All featured red cross enamelled centers.

Great example of the 2nd pattern, struck in silver. French silver hallmark (boar head) to the suspension along with maker's mark (it is too obscured to make out). We do not know if ribbon is proper for no literature informs us about this. Nevertheless, it is an old-period ribbon and arranged for wear by a Lady (bow). . Shows light wear, spotty darkening. . 26mm in diameter. Item # Fra-133 *SOLD*

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1830 Cross of July (Revolution). Croix de Juillet 1830 first type

1830 Cross of July (Revolution). Croix de Juillet 1830. Amazing example of the very 1st type of this decoration. There were at least 3 types known along with few sub-types. These differ by inscriptions (mainly) and small details. Suspended from well made Mural Crown. Ribbon seems original. Gold center disks, silver frame. Enamels in near perfect condition (these are usually found with considerable damage), only slight chipping to reverse's red band and minor scratch on the blue. Few minor chips to green but really hard to notice. Decoration is very well marked by Maker (very early mark of Arthus Bertrand or Bacqueville - mark of these firms was quite similar in appearance), 2 silver hallmarks (1819-1838 and 1838-on) along with undistinguishable mark on the crown (it is probably a Provincial office mark). There were only around 2000 awards of all types (not counting the medal of July which was approved somewhat later) awarded, making it rather rare. Original issues (such this one) were awarded to civilians directly involved in fighting against the Royal troops, also politicians and individuals involved in establishing the provisional government leading to the Constitutional Monarchy of Louis-Philippe. Significant award in French history. Item # Fra-144 *SOLD*

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Medallion of the 5e régiment de cuirassiers
Medallion of the 5e régiment de cuirassiers (5th Cuirassier Regiment). Featuring regimental badge attached to a large (69mm dia.) bronzed medallion. WW2 or Indo-china War period. Badge in gilt and enamels. Inscriptions: 'Royal Pologne; Nec Pluribus Impar'. Item # Mds-24 *SOLD*
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WW1 Commemorative medal, reduced size (not a miniature!). Bronze, unmarked. Hard to find in this size. No ribbon. 24mm x 18.5mm. Great condition. Item # Fra-135 *SOLD*
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France - Order of Saint Michael
France - Order of Saint Michael. This Order was originally created by Louis XI in 1469 with very limited membership (36). This was later expanded to larger numbers. The Order's purpose was mainly to ensure allegiance of ranking nobles to the Monarch, therefore it should be considered a purely Royal Order. Between the 15th and 18th centuries the Order was awarded with various degrees of importance and numbers as the Order of the Holy Ghost surpassed the importance of the St. Michael Order. Louis XVIII made some eleven awards of the Order in 1797 and one in 1798, but did not bestow the Order again until after the Second Restoration when, in 1816, 13 more awards were given. The last nominations made under the ancient Monarchy were in 1828. Louis-Phillipe abolished all old Royalty Orders (except that of the Legion of Honour which was not a Royal award).
Offered here is a mid- to late-XIX century re-make. Older members often had additional insignia made for various purposes, often by means of casting much like this particular piece. Made in bronze, complete with length of proper ribbon and arranged for wear around the neck. Nicely detailed, uniface badge. 65mm x 43.5mm. Very interesting. Item # Fra-117. *SOLD*
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1914-1918 Croix de Guerre in SILVER GILT (vermeil)
1914-1918 Croix de Guerre in SILVER GILT (vermeil). Two Silver palms and one Bronze ! Ref: Ribault/Caminade/Lacombe - page 105. Item # Fra-148 (335) *SOLD*
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Military Medal 2nd Empire (1852-1870), early 2nd type with Barre's first mark (anchor) on reverse
Military Medal 2nd Empire (1852-1870), early 2nd type with Barre's first mark (anchor) on reverse. Silver punch mark on eagle's wing tip. Gilding in near perfect state of preservation (rare to find). Original ribbon. This model features thinner planchet (+/- 3.2mm), and thicker center disc rings along with flat enamels. Bottom of obverse enamel ring has been slightly repaired but hard to notice. Truly wonerful example for a discerning collector - easily the best one we've ever handled. Original ribbon.26.1mm wide. Item # Fra-142  *SOLD*
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1879 French Ladies Association (first name of Red Cross in France when founded in 1879). National service medal in silver.
1879 French Ladies Association (first name of Red Cross in France when founded in 1879). National service medal in silver. This very well may have been one of first Red Cross medals issued in France. Embroidered ribbon. 23mm dia. Much tarnish, no damage. Very rare. Item # Rdc. 7. *SOLD*
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WW1 Interallied Victory Medal - by C. Charles
WW1 Interallied Victory Medal - by C. Charles . Laslo's book categorizes this as the 'Unofficial - type 1'. Manufactured in bronze by A. Chobillon in Paris (proper, impressed rim hallmarks). Lightly worn condition, original faded ribbon. 35mm dia. Item # Fra-129 *SOLD*
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1864 - 1866. War Nursing Society service medal, 2nd class (in silver)
1864 - 1866. War Nursing Society service medal, 2nd class (in silver). Original embroidered ribbon. Maker punch mark to reverse (SE). Very good condition. Item # Rdc-88 *Sold*
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War of 1870/1871 Commemorative medal
War of 1870/1871 Commemorative medal. Complete with original silvered bar 'Engage Volontaire'. Bronze medal, designed by Georges Lemaitre. Paris mint striking (marked). Very good and original ribbon. Medal nicely toned. Item # Fra-120 *Sold*
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1920-22 Plebiscites in Upper Silesia (Poland) Medal.
1920-22 Plebiscites in Upper Silesia (Poland) Medal. Upper Silesia has always been disputed by Germany and Poland. A number of plebiscites were held to decide which country should have this region so rich in natural resources. Previous attempts to decide ended in bloodshed, as a result - International Committee was organized to aid in keeping the vote peaceful. Voters decided that the region would remain Polish (Germans never really did agree to it). Original ribbon in great condition. Struck in bronze with very nice details. Wreath suspension with traces of vertigris. Relatively rare medal. Bronze, official issue (die struck). 30mm. Item # Fra-128 *SOLD*
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WW2 Croix du Combattant Volontaire de la Résistance
WW2 Croix du Combattant Volontaire de la Résistance. Cross of the Combatant Volunteer of the Resistance. Bronze gilt, Paris mint hallmarked. Original ribbon. Very good condition. 34mm wide. Item # Fra-114. *SOLD*
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Order of the Legion of Honor (Legion d'honneur), 2nd Empire (1852-1870) Officer in GOLD


Order of the Legion of Honor (Legion d'honneur), 2nd Empire (1852-1870) Officer in GOLD. Hallmarked with period gold punch to wreath ties (eagle's head). Some quality restoration to enamels and one ball-tip. Hallmarked to eye with Lemoine's punch mark. This firm was deemed the official maker of the LOH during 2nd Empire. Original ribbon and rosette (this is often replaced with a common 3rd Republic one). Early rosettes have different appearance than those post-1870's ones. Cross in regulation size - 42mm wide. Ribbon is worn and fragile. Nice example, well priced. Item #Fra-127 *SOLD*

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WW1 Commemorative medal. Maker: JB (marked on reverse). Bronze, original ribbon. Reverse details considerably better then Paris Mint issues. Showing light wear. 33.5mm. Item # Fra-66  *SOLD*
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WW1 Veteran Commemorative Medal. Deluxe issue by 'Chobillon, Paris'. Longer helmet type. Original ribbon with some pulls. 25.5mm x 37.5mm. Very good condition. Item # Fra-67 *SOLD*
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Médaille Militaire
Médaille Militaire - This medal is roughly the French counterpart of the Distinguished Conduct Medal. It was awarded only to general officers in charge of armies, admirals in charge of fleets, or non-commissioned officers who distinguished themselves in war. The medal was instituted on 22 January 1852 during the reign of Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, President of the 2nd Republic. The example presented is as issued between 1870-1940 (French 3rd Republic). Very good condition. Shows light wear. Enamel intact. Item # Fra-15 *Sold*
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Late type (1930+) in bronze gilt. Enamels intact. Original ribbon. Good overall condition. Item # Fra-7. *SOLD*
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Somme Combattants Medal (Médaille de la Somme)
Somme Combattants Medal (Médaille de la Somme). Awarded to those who took part in Battles of Somme during WW1 and WW2. Obverse inscribed: 'BATAILLES DE LA SOMME JUILLET-NOVEMBRE MCMXVI' (Battles of the Somme, July-November 1916). Reverse inscribed ‘COMBATTANTS DE LA SOMME 1914-1918-1940’. Designers mark: 'M. Delannoy'. Struck in bronze by Paris Mint (rim markings). Lightly worn condition, original ribbon. Often awarded to American soldiers. 32mm in diameter. Item # Fra-122   *Sold*
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WW1 Wounded badge. Second type (Dec. 1916)
WW1 Wounded badge. 1st 'type' (Dec. 1916).Copper, some gilding remaining. 54 x 23 mm. Item # Rdc-115 *SOLD*
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WW1 Soldiers of Marne
WW1 Soldiers of Marne, commemorative medal. Issued to some Allied soldiers who took part in the 2 crucial battles. Striking and beautifully designed medal. Faint maker's mark to back of soldier's right shoulder plate. Obverse inscription: 'La Marne', reverse: '1914 Soldat De La Marne 1918'. Medal in great condition, ribbon faded but original. 32mm dia. Item # Fra-121 *SOLD*
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Napoleon III 1852 commemorative token

Napoleon III 1852 commemorative token. Commemorating Napoleon III's triumphant return to Paris on October 16th after an extensive tour of the provinces in the autumn of 1852. (A literary sidenote: According to "The Complete Critical Guide to Robert Browning" (2002), Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning were in Paris that day and watched Napoleon III's procession.) A few weeks later, the Prince President held a successful plebiscite to permit him to claim the title of Emperor, and in December he announced the official beginning of the Second Empire. Brass and white metal. On tricolor bow-tied ribbon. 21mm dia. Item #Fra-125. *SOLD*

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French 3rd Republic -1895 Madagascar (2nd) campaign silver meda
French 3rd Republic -1895 Madagascar (2nd) campaign silver medal. Reverse shows crossed cannon, anchor, flag and trumpet. Inscription on flag says 'Honneur et Patrie'. Very fine condition. Proofmarked for silver. *SOLD* Item # Fra-22
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WW2 Resistance medal
WW2 Resistance medal, type 2 with larger inscriptions on reverse. Blackened bronze, original striking. Shows light wear, no damage. Original ribbon with 'U' type stick-pin fastener. 34mm dia. Item # Fra-104  *SOLD*
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1870 Commemorative Medal attributed to General Trochu
1870 Commemorative Medal attributed to General Trochu. Item in bronze, obverse of General's bust in uniform and wearing orders/decorations. Reverse of angel on plateau writing on tablet: 'La Patrie en Danger 1870'. Inscribed to edge: 'Liberte*Egalite*Fraternite'. Ribbon in national colours (most likely replacement). 24mm in diameter. Very interesting item from Franco-Prussian war. Item # Fra-19 *SOLD*
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Son of Napoleon III, commemorative medal, c.1856. Napoleon Eugene Louis Jean Joseph
Son of Napoleon III, commemorative medal, c.1856. Napoleon Eugene Louis Jean Joseph was born March 16, 1856 to great rejoicing in Paris, but he was educated in exile in England after his father's surrender ended the Franco-Prussian War in 1870. At the young age of 23, Napoleon Eugene volunteered as an aide-de-camp with the British in Zululand, and was killed by Zulus while on patrol. Thus ended any hope that the Bonapartes would one day be restored to the throne of France. Bronze, with good details; obverse inscription means "The Child of France", reverse "[He] is the worthy son of France". Nicely darkened with age. Fitted with old silk ribbon. 23.3mm diameter. Item #Fra-38.*SOLD*
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Order of Academic Palms, 2nd type. Officier de l'instruction publique

Order of Academic Palms, 2nd type. Officier de l'instruction publique. Silver gilt, enamels intact. Hallmarked. This decoration was instituted in 1808 as a University award. In 1850, the decoration was divided in 2 classes: golden and silver palms. Golden palms (as offered here) were awarded to teachers and professors, silver to students for exemplary results. In original fitted case by Boullanger, embossed "Ministère de l'instruction publique." Hard to find. 28.5 mm wide. Item #Fra-110. *SOLD*

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WWI Croix de Guerre, 1914-16
WWI Croix de Guerre, 1914-16 (War Cross). Award in bronze. Very nice details to obverse, with uncommon silver palm device (replaced 5 bronze palms--a bronze palm was awarded for mention in daily dispatch on the army level). Original ribbon in very good condition. 37mm. Item #Fra-17. *SOLD*
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1939-1945 War Cross. Croix De Guerre
1939-1945 War Cross. Croix De Guerre. Official 1st type, complete with bronze palm on original ribbon. Darkened with age, very good condition to all. Surprisingly difficult to find. Item # Fra-113. *SOLD*
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1900-1901 China expedition commemorative medal
1900-1901 China expedition commemorative medal. Awarded to French military (and few civilians) who participated in the suppression of the Boxer Rebellion as part of the "Eight Nation Alliance". Medal was designed by famous silversmith/jeweller Georges Lemaire (initials visible on reverse just below 1901). Struck by Paris mint, silver hallmarks to rim and reverse of the clasp. Complete with original ribbon. Double dragon suspension is surely one of the most attractive of any campaign medal. Age and light wear is apparent, few minor edge knocks. 30mm diameter. Item #Fra-118. *SOLD*
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Médaille d’Orient - Medal for the East campaign WW1
Médaille d’Orient - Medal for the East campaign WW1. Nicely arranged on a bow style ribbon for Ladies. Medal in bronze by G. Lemaire. Paris mint marks (cornucopia and BR). 30mm dia. Very good condition to all. Item # Fra-112. *SOLD*
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1914-15 Campaign Medal. Aluminum. Reverse inscription "J'offre cette mascotte au vaillant soldat." Unattributed. Edge dings. On tri-colour bow ribbon. 36 mm diameter. Item #Fra-116. *SOLD*
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Italian War of Independence, 1860 (June 14) Annexation of Nice commemorative medal
Italian War of Independence, 1860 (June 14) Annexation of Nice commemorative medal. French strking. Maker/designer mark to obverse, appears to be CT (conjointed). Full inscription to reverse: "Annexion de Nice & de la Savoie a la France 14 Juin 1860". Bronze, 23.2mm in diameter. One of the last medals in the series (Italian Wars of Independence). Medal in good, slightly worn condition Proper replacement ribbon. Reference: S. Bocchino, Medal # 75. Item # Fra-97   *SOLD*
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Le Croix du Combattant de l'Europe
Le Croix du Combattant de l'Europe. European Combattant's cross for WW2. French version. Established in 1953? Earlier quality by LR Paris. Original ribbon somewhat soiled. Cross in great condition. Hard to find. Item # Fra-72  *SOLD*
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1939-1945 Volunteer cross for Combatants. Established in 1953. Original ribbon, Paris mint striking in bronze. 34mm wide. Shows wear, mostly to giliding - otherwise in very good condition. Item # Fra-103 *SOLD*
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Order for Letters Arts and Sciences, Commander class
Order for Letters Arts and Sciences, Commander class with miniature. Large size neck badge on original ribbon with ties. Bronze gilt, good quality enamels. Uniface. Chobillon's hallmark on ribbon loop. 90mm (to top of wreath ball)x 50mm (wide) . Great condition, rare class of this contemporary Order. Very good condition of both. Item # Fra-1 *SOLD*
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WW2 Commemorative medal with 6 bars
WW2 Commemorative medal with 6 bars! Arranged in proper order: France, Afrique, Liberation, Allemagne, Mediterranee, 1939-1945. All original, complete with ball-tip top bar. Ribbon lightly frayed around eyelet. Medal in great condition, official Paris mint issue (marked). Hard to find with this many bars. Shows age and some wear. Very nice example. Item # Fra-2  *SOLD*
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Legion of Honor, IV Republic (1947-1958) Commander
Legion of Honor, IV Republic (1947-1958) Commander neck badge in gilt silver. Deluxe quality of this rarely seen type. Many foreigners were awarded the LOH during IV Republic for their services to France during WW2. 55.3mm wide. Item # Fra-4 *SOLD*
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1859 Italian Campaign medal by 'Ronchi'.
1859 Italian Campaign medal. Silver. Super-rare, perhaps scarcest of all makers (there were several): 'Ronchi' marked in relief to bottom obverse, (Barre is the most common maker of this medal). This was probably the only Italian manufacturer of this medal. Original ribbon is somewhat worn and has a few pulls. Medal itself is in fantastic condition. These are usually quite worn. Great details (superb if compared to Barre's-made medals). 31mm in diameter. Hard to find in such condition. Item # Fra-5 *SOLD*
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WW2 cross for liberty. Established in 1946
WW2 cross for liberty. Established in 1946 to award all (civil and military, nationals and foreigners) who volunteered in the Free French Forces. Silvered bronze, original ribbon. 29mm wide. Comes with old ribbon bar. Hard to find, very good details and condition. 2nd type with larger font. Item # Fra-6 *SOLD*
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St. Helena commemorative medal.
St. Helena commemorative medal. Issued to members of Napoleon's Grand Army during 1792-1815. Darkened bronze, good details. Older ribbon. Very good condition. Item # Fra-9 *SOLD*
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1859 French-Sardinian Alliance Commemorative Medallion
1859 French-Sardinian Alliance Commemorative Medallion. Appears to be silver, by Caque. Features Napoleon III to obverse, full inscription to reverse. Protective clear lacquer applied by jeweller. Good condition. Shows typical wear. Very interesting piece. 50mm diameter. Item #Fra-10 *SOLD*
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Sauveteurs de Belfort - Life guard/life-saving decoration.
Sauveteurs de Belfort - Life guard/life-saving decoration. Belfort was the site of the Siege of Belfort from November 3, 1870 to February 18, 1871. Wurttemberg/Baden forces failed to take the city by force due to stubborn defence. Silver, partially gilded. Enamels are in great condition. Riveted construction. Unmarked. Original ribbon shows wear. Very attractive piece. 53 x 39mm. Item # Fra-12. *SOLD*
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Croix de Guerre (The War Cross) WW2 'Vichy' type.
Croix de Guerre (The War Cross) WW2 'Vichy' type. Locally made in bronze, dated 1939, 1940. Original ribbon with bronze palm. Raised centre disks. Pebbled arms. Heavy striking. Quite rare in this form. Shows age and wear with much darkening and patina. 38.5mm. Great addition to WW2 collection. Item # Fra-13 *SOLD*
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WWI Croix de Guerre, 1914-15 (War Cross). Least awarded type. Award in bronze. Good condition overall. Reverse centre shows minor flattening, which is often found in first issue pieces. Complete with original ribbon, also in very good condition. 37mm. Item #Fra-16. *SOLD*
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NEW! WW2 Commemorative medal with scarce bars: 'ATLANTIQUE' and 'NORVÈGE'.

WW2 Commemorative medal with scarce bars: 'ATLANTIQUE' and 'NORVÈGE'. All original. Ribbon lightly soiled. Medal in very good condition, official Paris mint issue (marked). Item # Fra-21 *SOLD*

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Legion of Honor (LÉGION D'HONNEUR). 2nd Empire (1852-1870), Crimea period.
Legion of Honor (LÉGION D'HONNEUR). 2nd Empire (1852-1870), Crimea period. Silver cross with gold centre. Light chipping to blue riband and 3 leaves. Quality period repairs to some white enamels (tips) to obverse. Chipping to tips of reverse - which is quite typical for LOH. Handsome crown suspension. Correct ribbon (3rd Republic replacement). Usual silver hallmark to bottom of tassels. Suspension eye also hallmarked by maker. It appears to be 'V L'. This mark was used by Victor Lemoine. Good and better condition. Item # Fra-26. *SOLD*
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Medal for Honour, acts of courage and devotion (life saving)
Medal for Honour, acts of courage and devotion (life saving). 3rd class (silver with gilt wreath). Medal designed by 'Coudray' (marked to bottom right). Hallmarked to rim (Bronze with Paris mint mark). Very good condition, original ribbon. Item Fra-28. *SOLD*
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Medal for Honour, acts of courage and devotion (life saving). 4th class (silver). Medal designed by 'Coudray' (marked to bottom right). Hallmarked to rim (Silver with Paris mint mark). Very good condition, original ribbon. Item Fra-29. *SOLD*
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Medal for Honour, acts of courage and devotion (life saving). 5th class (bronze). Medal designed by 'Coudray' (marked to bottom right). Hallmarked to rim (Bronze with Paris mint mark). Very good condition, original ribbon. Item Fra-30. *SOLD*
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Unknown medal. Possibly relating to the Order of Malta or the Order of St. Lazarus in France. Obverse shows cross with legend "Gesta Dei Per Francos" (The Deeds of God through the French); reverse incriptions "Dieu et Patrie" (God and Country), "Reine du Ciel sauvez la France" (Queen of Heaven save France) and the dates 1637 and 1792, possibly meant to connect the 1792 Revolution with an earlier uprising. Bronze. Fancy suspension eye. Crisp details. Fitted with old silk ribbon. Intriguing item. 24mm diameter. Item #Fra-31. *SOLD*
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1895 - Medal for Honour, acts of courage and devotion (life saving). 4th class (Bronze). Medal designed by 'O.Roty' (marked to bottom). Hallmarked to rim (Bronze with Paris mint mark). Very good condition, original ribbon. Item Fra-33 *SOLD*
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1944-45 Rhein/Danube campaign commemorative cross.
1944-45 Rhein/Danube campaign commemorative cross. Rare award! Issued to French participants of the campaigns. All original with enamelled suspension, ribbon device and silk ribbon. Official striking (marking visible to bottom of reverse: 'LR. Paris'). Rare occasion to own this hard to find piece. 41mm. Bronze. Light age darkening. Great condition. Item # Fra-39 *SOLD*
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Commemorative WW1 award. National Combatants Union. Original ribbon, bronze. Plain reverse. Item # Fra-41 *SOLD*
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Air Force Observation Squadron 501 badge.
Air Force Observation Squadron 501 badge. WWII-vintage badge of the 'Groupe Aérien d'Observation 501 (G.A.O. 501)'. This unit was organized in 1933 and was based at the Lille (city) airfield. Blue-enamelled circular badge in bronze with winged gryphon in the center. Jewellers' type locking pin for fastener. Spotty darkening, no damage to enamel. Very interesting and not commonly found. 28mm diameter (excluding the 'wing'). Item # Fra-43. *SOLD*
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Liberation of France 1944 commemorative medal.
Liberation of France 1944 commemorative medal. Bronze, original gilding mostly worn. Struck by Paris mint (hallmarks on reverse). Complete with original ribbon of issue (and "U" type stick pins). 35mm diameter. Hard to find medal in older quality. Item # Fra-44. *SOLD*
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Order of the Black Star of Benin. Knight in silver,
Order of the Black Star of Benin. Knight in silver, French-made. French silver regulation mark on suspension (boar head). Some chipping to blue enamels (point of the cross) and a few more to green - these are not detractive to the overall appearance. Finely chased details to inner trim and wreath suspension. Original ribbon lightly soiled. Would make great addition to your French Colonial Orders collection. 38mm wide. Item # Fra-45. *SOLD*
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Rare round type with ribbon device for additional wound. Original ribbon lightly faded. Enamels intact. Bronze gilt. 32mm. Great details. Item # Fra-69 *SOLD*
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Order of the Legion of Honor (Legion D'Honneur). Knight class dating from the Restoration of Monarchy. Second type
Order of the Legion of Honor (Legion D'Honneur). Knight class dating from the Restoration of Monarchy. Second type during this period (Second Restoration, 1815-1830). Beautifully crafted in hallmarked silver (mark for 1819-1838). Maker's mark is obscured (possibly Minerve silversmith). Both marks to bottom of wreath ties. Center disk in gold. Full inscription to both sides: 'Henri IV Roi De France Et De Navarre'; 'Honneur Et Patrie'. Fleur-de-Lis on reverse slightly larger than usual. Original ribbed suspension ring. Ribbon seems original or a very old replacement. Typical enamel chipping to tips of arms, not excessive. Enamels to ribband not chipped. Wreath enamels remarkably intact, all but very top leaves (part where crown is suspended). Nicely detailed crown topped by Fleur-de-Lis. Rarely offered type of the Order. There were considerably more awards in the next period, so-called Monarchy of July. Measurements: 44.5mm at widest x 67.5mm (bottom to top of the crown). Fabulous example, a must for serious collection. Item # Fra-76  *SOLD*
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Order of Cambodia, Officer.
Order of Cambodia, Officer. Beautifully crafted, diamond-cut badge in silver gilt. Multi part construction center. Only one small (ab. 3mm) chip to red ribband - not detractive. Detailed crown. Maker marked to eyelet (seems to be Arthus Bertrand) and another mark to body beneath crown suspension - this is Dutch imporation mark for articles with minimum .835 silver content. Original French-issue ribbon in worn condition, still presentable. Badge 49mm wide. 74mm high (measured from bottom of badge to tip of crown). Beautiful piece. Item # Fra-90   *SOLD*
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Order of the Legion of Honor (Legion D'Honneur). Knight class, 2nd Empire
Order of the Legion of Honor (Legion D'Honneur). Knight class, 2nd Empire (1852-1870). Very interesting variant with unusual geometry (arms are wider then normal). Gold center discs are of earlier manufacture - Presidency period (1851-1852). Note all insignia from this era are quite rare. One will note a left heading eagle and beautiful large inscriptions. Also, centre disks are of 2 part constructions (blue ribband is separate from middle) which was consistent with Presidency and all 1st Empire types. Crown is superbly detailed and of somewhat different appearance (because of eagles it is proper for 2nd Empire period). Some very old repairs to tips (good quality with hard enamel - undaubtedly to keep from further chipping). Green enamels intact. Silver mark to bottom of wreath ties (boar head for 1838 +). Maker mark obscured so this one shall remain a mystery. Very nice original ribbon. Great piece for discerning collector. 42.5mm wide, 67.5mm (bottom to tip of crown's cross). Item # Fra-95  *SOLD*
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WW2 Commemorative medal with Liberation bar. All original. Ribbon lightly soiled. Medal in very good condition, official Paris mint issue (marked). Item # Fra-96  *SOLD*
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Order of the Legion of Honor. Commander's Cross on full neck ribbon with ties. IV Republic
Order of the Legion of Honor. Commander's Cross on full neck ribbon with ties. IV Republic type. Item # Fra-110a *SOLD*
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French Red cross society membership service medal
French Red cross society membership service medal. First type (WW1 era) with original embroidered ribbon and suspension clasp. Member's number '5159' officially impressed to reverse. Maker's mark beneath. Extremely hard to find all complete (ribbon and suspension clasp). Item # Rdc-10. *SOLD*
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Same as above but of 2nd type (WW2 era). Officially impressed '12208' ro reverse. Hard to find complete. Item # Rdc-11 *SOLD*
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1805 Napoleon Bonaparte Coronation as King of Italy Commemorative Meda
1805 Napoleon Bonaparte Coronation as King of Italy Commemorative Medal. Historically significant medallion featuring Napoleon's profile on obverse and the 'Iron Crown' of Italy to reverse with full inscription. The rarer Denon/Andrieu type. Silvered bronze (majority of the silver plating has worn off). Altered for wear with the addition of a suspension eye and breast ribbon (likely during War of Independence). Very good condition considering its age. Crisp detail. Thoroughly hallmarked. A wonderful piece. 41.3mm dia. Ref. Brambilla p.70 (type "A"). Item # Ita-119 *SOLD*
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