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France: An unattributed 'Distinguished Campaign Service' medal pair for Colonial service in Africa and Indian Ocean Territories

The mounted pair comprises;

- Medaille Militiaire (Military Medal). 1870 dated obverse of the 'Third Republic'
- Colonial Medal Medaille Coloniale: Madagascar, Afrique Equatoriale Francaise & Maroc

The Medaille Militaire with Paris Mint hallmarks on obverse

The Colonial Medal is of the official 'Intermediary' (1913) Paris Mint type with single sided suspension wreath. The medal with Paris Mint hallmarks comprising the word 'Argent' (silver) between twin 'Cornucopia' logos

The clasps on the Colonial Medal are all by the Paris maker 'Mourgeon', and represent services as under;

'Madagascar': The clasp was instituted on 7 June 1895, and was made retrospective to reward personnel who served in numerous specified military operations (Campaigns & Punitive Expeditions) between 1829-1947 that took place on Madagascar and neighbouring islands

'Afrique Equatoriale Francaise': The clasp was instituted by decree of 31 August 1910, and awarded for numerous specified campaigns in the territories of French Equatorial Africa between circa 1910-1937. Exceptionally the clasp was further awarded to air-crew who completed 300 or more hours flying time over the Equatorial Rain Forest in the period 1945-1949. French Equatorial Africa (French: Afrique équatoriale française), or the AEF, was the federation of French colonial possessions in Central Africa, extending northwards from the Congo River to the Sahara, and comprising what are today the countries of Chad, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, and Gabon


'Maroc': The clasp was instituted on 28 April 1914, and was awarded for numerous specified campaigns and punitive expeditions that took place in Morocco circa 1912-1938

Both of the medals are mounted as-worn in the French style, the original stitched silk ribands suspended from a mounting rod, or 'Boule'

An impressive medal pair

Condition: GVF

Code: 18624Price: 175.00 GBP


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France: An unattributed distinguished 'Madagascar' colonial service medal group of 3 mounted in a contemporary glazed glazed frame

- France: Military Medal (Médaille Militaire), 3rd Republic, 1870-1940 issue
- France: Madagascar Medal (2nd Expedition) 1895 (Medaille Du Madagascar 1895)
- France: Colonial Medal (la Medaille Coloniale). First type. With 1 x clapet 'Madagascar'

Note: Each of the medals with contemporary makers marks and or assay marks 'poincons'. The Medal Militaire with 'Paris Mint' marks of numeral '1' between 2 x 'Corunucopias'. The Madagascar Medal with Paris Mint Cornucopia and 'Argent' (silver) indented on the flat rim. The Colonial Medal with makers marks on wreath, silver assay marks 'poincons' on clapet and with Paris Mint Cornucopia and 'Argent' (silver) indented on the flat rim.

The medals individually mounted suspended on their original silk ribands from 'Boule' bars attached to a velvet covered board, all contained in a contemporary tropical hardwood (?) glazed case.

Dimensions of case are approx 25cm x 6cm. The case with glazed panel and detachable back-board. The back of the case fitted with stand for desk-top display and loops for mounting on cord as a wall display

The silver medals toned with patina

A superb combination of medals in a contemporary customised veteran's display

Important: Postage is quoted basis the weight (heavy) & packaging (special) required. If purchased by an overseas buyer, we will remove and dispose of the glass panel prior to sending. While we will pack the item carefully, we accept no liability for any breakages to glass in transit if clients request the glass pane sent

A superb period display that would enhance any collectors room!

Condition: Medals toned GVF

Code: 17082Price: 250.00 GBP


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France: Military Medal (Médaille Militaire), 3rd Republic, 1870-1940 type. In plush titled case of issue

Note: This is the type of medal awarded throughout both the World Wars

Important: Sold together with;

- Plush, hinged leatherette case of issue. This with gilt tooled title 'Medaille Militaire' on outer lid

The medal with two Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logos and numeral 1 marks on lower tie of obverse wreath

The original silk riband attached to a two pronged mounting pin (epingle) for wear in the French style

Condition: Medal about EF

Code: 17414Price: 50.00 GBP


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France: Military Medal (Médaille Militaire), 3rd Republic, 1870-1940 issue. Attributed to; Alibert Jean Joly, 1922

Note: This is the type of medal awarded throughout both the World Wars

Important: Sold together with;

- Card box of issue. This with title of medal 'Medaille Militaire' in gilt tooled letters on lid

The side of the box with an old contemporary name label 'Alibert Jean Joly and date 1-9-22 (for 1 September 1922)

The medal with two Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logos and numeral 1 marks on lower tie of obverse wreath

The riband attached to a two pronged mounting pin (epingle) for wear in the French style

Condition: Medal GVF

Code: 17411Price: 45.00 GBP


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France: Military Medal (Médaille Militaire). 3rd Type (4th Republic) circa 1946-1958

Of the type awarded for Indochina, Suez and early years of Algerian War of Independence

This issue distinctive by the award obverse legend sans date and with one gilt star in place of the date

Condition: EF

Code: 17080Price: 30.00 GBP


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France: Military Medal (Médaille Militaire). 3rd type. 4th Republic issue e circa 1946-1958

Of the type awarded for the French colonial wars in Indochina, Suez and early years of Algerian War of Independence - Indochina and Algeria being the hardest fought and the bloodiest of all post 1945 'End of Empire' Colonial Wars

This undated obverse type of medal is distinctive by the date removed and replaced with a single gilt star

A most attractive example of this decoration with bright gilding and deep toned silver laurel wreath

Condition: About EF

Code: 18830Price: 30.00 GBP


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France: Cross of War 1914-1916 (Croix De Guerre 1914-1916). With 2 x Citation emblems (2 x Bronze Stars) on riband. Reverse of cross dated 1914-1916

The original stitched silk riband fitted with the below emblems;

- 2 x Bronze Stars: 2 x Citations at Regiment or Brigade level

Condition: GVF

Code: 17586Price: 35.00 GBP


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France: Cross of War 1914-1917 (Croix De Guerre 1914-1917). With 4 x Citation emblems (3 x Bronze Stars & 1 x Bronze Palm) on riband. Reverse of cross dated 1914-1917

The original stitched silk riband fitted with the below emblems;

- 3 x Bronze Stars = 4 x Citations at Regiment or Brigade level
- 1 x Bronze Star = 1 x Citation at Army level

Condition: GVF

Code: 17594Price: 45.00 GBP


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France: Cross of War 1914-1917 (Croix De Guerre 1914-1917). With 1 x 'Silver Star' citation emblem (avec etoile) & 1 x 'Bronze Palm' citation emblem, together with gilt regiment numerals '48' insignia

A decoration as-worn by a veteran 'Poilu' of the 48th Regiment of the Line Infantry, French Army, during the Great War

The original and stitched silk riband, as-worn, with below emblems denoting;;

- 1 x 'Silver Star' = Award of a 'Citation' at Division level
- 1 x 'Bronze Palm' = Award of a 'Citation' at Army level
- 48 gilt regimental numerals = 48th Infantry of the Line Regiment, French Army

The 48th Infantry Regiment had it's origins dating back in antiquity to 1610, in which year the regiment was raised. It was finally dissolved in 1998. For their services during the Great War (the regiment served in France) the 48th were collectively awarded 2 x Croix De Guerre with 'Palms' to be worn with other honours on their regimental flag, and in addition the 'Fourragere' in the colours of the Croix De Guerre. The below following individual Orders, Decorations and Citations were awarded to Officers & men of the regiment for services during the Great War;

a). French Decorations;

- Officers of the Legion of Honor : 5
- Knights of the Legion of Honor: 19
- Military Medal : 283
- Citations to the Order of the Army: 93
- Citations to the Order of the Army Corps: 147
- Citations to the Order of the Division: 360
- Citations to the Brigade Order: 680
- Citations to the Order of the Regiment: 1947

b). Allied Decorations:

- Belgian: 10
- Russians: 6
- British: 4
- Serbian: 2
- Italian: 1

Condition: About VF

Code: 20059Price:


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France: Cross of War (Croix De Guerre). With 1 x 'Citation' bronze star emblem (avec etoile) on riband, and draped with a miniature 'Fourragere' (in colour of Croix De Guerre 1914-1918). Reverse dated 1914-1918

The original silk riband suspended from a 'Boule' mounting bar, and with with emblems and 'Fourragere denoting';

- 1 x 'Star Star': Award of a Mention in Despatches at Division level
- Fourragere CDG: Unit was mentioned in orders 2-3 times

Condition: GVF

Code: 17372Price: 75.00 GBP

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