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Vintage French Military Medal & Photo of Soldier

A French military medal, the "médaille militaire," ca. Third Republic, 1870-1940, accompanied by a sepia-toned photo of a French soldier who perhaps received it. Though not exactly datable, the age of the medal and companion photograph are consistent with the late nineteenth or early twentieth centuries, possibly even the Franco-Prussian War. Provenance: From the collection of Ron Hoskins, assassinologist.

The military medal is comprised of, from top to bottom: a yellow green-trimmed lapel ribbon; a gold-finished device depicting military equipment; and a silver and enameled medallion depicting Marianne, symbol of France, at center. The medallion face is inscribed "République Française / 1870" and the verso reads "Valeur et Discipline." The medal is housed in its original gilt-stamped chipboard case. Expected wear including tarnish, else very good. The medal measures approximately 3.625" x 1.5" while the case measures 2.5" x 4.5" x 1" overall.

The companion photograph shows a French soldier wearing a military tunic and flat-topped hat or kepi. Minor wrinkling and minor damage to the right edge, else very good. 1.125" x 1.375."

The awarding of the "médaille militaire" is exclusive to members of the French military, as opposed to the higher grade Légion d'Honneur, which can be given to both civil and military recipients. The "médaille militaire" acknowledged meritorious service and acts of courage during combat.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.


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