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France: St Helena Campaign Medal (Medaille de St. Helene). Boxed

The medal is sold complete with ornate white cardboard box (boite) of issue which bears on top lid the raised crowned 'Imperial Eagle' badge of the 1st Empire (Napoleon Bonaparte), with legend

'Aux Compagnons De Gloire De Napoleon I / Decret Imperial Du 12 Aout 1857'

Medal is dark chocolate colour with only light patination, and retaining the original silk moire riabnd fitted on the medal

A choice and scarce boxed example, virtually Mint

Condition: Better then EF

Code: 19078Price: 195.00 GBP


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A Napoleonic Wars medal pair to a Dragoon who served at Wagram (1809) & Borodino (1812), later Prisoner-of-War, Russia 1812-1815: Gendarme Francois Joseph Wernert, Gendarmerie Nationale, 22nd Legion, La Compagnie de la Meurthe, late 28th Light Dragoons

- Legion D'Honneur. 1848-51 'Presidency'type. 5th Class 'Chevalier' breast badge
- France: St Helena Campaign Medal 1792-1815 (Médaille de Sainte-Hélène)

Sold together with;

- Original named and numbered award certificate for the St. Helena Medal awarded to 'Wenert, Francois Joseph, ancien militaire au: 28e Dragons'. Grande Chancellerie No 51,843

Important: The award of 'Knight' (Chevalier) of the Legion of Honour was published in the Bulletin of Laws (Bulletin des Lois) issue of 10 December 1851 (B. No 228 page 125)

Note: The recipients Legion of Honnour 'Dossier' is accessible on-line on the 'Leonore' searchable database see dossier LH/2754/26 (a soft copy will be sent to the buyer)

Francois Joseph Wernert was a native of Monwiller, located in the district of Saverne, Bas-Rhin region of France, where was born on 17 April 1789. Francois first entered military service on 21 May 1808, on which date he joined the 28th Dragoons, a light cavalry regiment of Emperor Napoloen Bonaparte's 'Grande Armee'. His extant dossier held by the Chancellery of the Legion D'Honneur, confirm that he saw active service in the Austria Campaign of 1809 (at Wagram, the 28th Dragoons, earned their first battle honour)s for the Napoleonic War's) and during the ill-fated Russia Campaign of 1812 (the 28th Dragoons, fought at the great battle of 'Borodino' or 'Las Moskowva' before entering Moscow). Francois, like the majority of the French cavalry, then suffered the ordeals of the 'Retreatt' of the Grande Armee through Russia during the winter of 1812, where the regiment served in numerous actions, and was ultimately destroyed, losing it's 'Eagle' in-the-field to Cossaks. Francois was not however one of the lucky few to escape rom Russia, and instead on 21 December 1812, became a Prisoner-of-War like one of an estimated 110,000 'Grande Armee' soldiers captured in the 1812 campaign. Unlike the majority of Grande Armee POW's, who subsequently died in captivity in Russia (an estimated 65,000 died of wounds, ill-health and adverse weather) - Francois was one of the lucky few who survived 3 years of captivity, before being repatriated to France sometime in 1815. On 26 January 1818, Francois married Marguerite Schick at Monwiller, Bas-Rhein, and is recorded as having enlisted in the Nationale Gendarmerie on 31 october 1825, in which force he served as a Gendarme in the 22nd Legion, La Compagnie de la Meurthe, and is the unit shown on his Legion of Honour nominations held by the Chancellery of the Legion D'Honneur in Paris

Note: The Battle of Borodino (or, Battaile de la Moskowa) was fought in Russia on 7 September 1812, during the French invasion of Russia. More then a quarter of million troops were involved, with an estimated 70,000 casualties - the bloodiest battle of the entire French revolutioanry and Napoleonic wars. At Borodino, Napoleon's Grande Armée launched an attack against the Russian army, driving it back from its initial positions but failing to gain a decisive victory, albeit it did pave the way to the brief occupation of the city of Moscow

There Would have been very few veterans of the Grande Armee serving in uniform in 1851, to receive the Legion D'Honneur

A superb & highly desirable 1st Empire veterans ensemble, including a scarce issue '2nd Republic Legion D'Honneur'

LOH medal with enamel chips, cracks & wear commensurate with age. St Helena Medal EF on original silk riband, and the St Helena cerificate in handled used condition folded

Sold with copied Legion D;Honneur dossier (7 x pages) which will be forwarded as a soft-copy file by email attachment

Condition: LOH with commensurate enamel wear GF, the medal EF

Code: 19094Price:


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France: A fine unattributed mounted Second World War French 'Resistance' medal group of 3:

Comprising:

- Legion of Honour (Legion D'Honneur). 5th class 'Chevaliers' breast badge
- Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance). 1st Class 'Officer' grade
- War Commemorative Medal 39-45 (Medaille Commemorative 39-45). Clasp 'France'

The Legion of Honour with 'Sanglier' silver hallmark , or 'Poincon'

The 'Resistance' medal was the second decoration instituted by the Free French, under General De Gaulle, and was created in 1943. Only an estimated 4586 x 'Medal of Resistance' of the 1st Class 'Officer' class were awarded

The 'Liberation' clasp on the Commemorative Medal, was awarded for service in mainland France and the isle of Corsica, between 25 June 1940 and 8 May 1945. The medal with Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logo and bronze metal hallmarks on reverse

The group mounted on a mounting-rod, or 'Boule', in the tradtional French style

Only minor chipping to LOH, otherwise an attractive combination of awards mounted in the 'Ladder' style

Condition: GVF

Code: 18626Price: 195.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 4th Class 'Officier' breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse, and the riband fitted with 'Silk Rosette' denoting a 4th class award

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

A nicely toned example with only usual minor scuffs & enamel wear consistent with having been worn

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 18501Price: 95.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 4th Class 'Officier' 'De-Luxe' jewellers breast badge in silver & enamel with gold or gold plated centres. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse, and the riband fitted wit

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in both 'World Wars'

A nicely toned example with only usual minor scuffs & enamel wear consistent with having been worn

The insignia mounted with a good length of pale silk 'moire' riband

Condition: Toned GVF

Code: 19093Price:


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France: Legion of Honour . 4th Class 'Officer' class breast badge in gilt & enamel with silk rosette on riband. An award of the 5th Republic (1962-) 'Undated' obverse type '29 Fioreal Anx' on reverse legend. With LOH Fourragere

A current issue of the award type presented since circa 1962, including for services in North Africa (Mauratania / Mali), Afghanistan, Kosovo, Gulf etc

The original stitched silk riband suspended from a mounting 'Boule,' and fitted / draped with;

- Fourragere LOH: For a unit that has been 'Mentioned' (Cited) in Army Orders between 6-8 times

Condition: EF

Code: 17420Price: 125.00 GBP


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France: Legion of Honour (La Legion D'Honneur). 5th Class 'Chevalier' breast badge in silver, gilt & enamel with gold centres. An award of the 3rd Republic (circa 1870-1940). With dated '1870' obverse, and contained in plush case of issue

Note: This is the type of award presented to those decorated for service in the 'World Wars'

Sold together with plush hinged leatherette case of issue, and companion button-hole lapel badge with silk rosette of the Legion D'Honneur

The original stitched silk riband suspended from a two pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the French style

A most attractive example of this prestigious award

Condition: Toned about EF

Code: 17425Price: 125.00 GBP


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France: A most impressive multi-decoration colonial service medal group of 9 x medals, including Second World War, and post War colonial campaigns

- Medaille Militiaire. Dated 1870. 3rd Republic (1870-1946)
- Cross of War (Croix de Guerre 1939). Reverse dated 1939. With 1 x citation star
- Combatants Cross (Croix Du Combatant). With French Mint marks
- Colonial Medal. 2nd official type by paris Mint. With clasp 'Afrique Francaise Libre'
- Commmemorative Medal 1939-1945. With 2 x clasps 'France' & 'Allemagne'
- Italy Campaign Medal 1943-1944
- Medal for North Africa (Medaille D'Afriqie Du Nord). With clasp 'Maroc'
- Order of the Star of Anjouan 1896-1963 (Ordre de l'Étoile d'Anjouan). 5th Class
- Order of the Black Star of Dahomey 1896-1963. 5th Class, Cheavlier

The inclusion of the 'West African' colonial orders, as well as the particular combination of campaign clasps, indicates that the veteran who wore these medals, was almost certainly a senior Warrant, Officer of the French Colonial West African forces (the most famous which were the various Seneagal Tirailleurs). The grouping represents extensive campaign service during the Second World War (including 'France' in 1940, service in West Africa between 1940-1943, Italy 1943-1944, and finally Germany in 1945). Post war active service was restricted to the 'End of Empire' campaign in Morocco during the 1950's.

All mounted as-worn, in the correct order of precedence, on flock mounting pad. The reverse of the mounting pad with clip fittings, and as-worn by the recipient

A most impressive and desirable combination of medals to a much decorated French colonial soldier

Condition: GVF

Code: 19008Price: 350.00 GBP


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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: Military Medal (Médaille Militaire), 3rd Republic, 1870-1940 type. In named titled card box of issue

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

Important: Sold together with gilt tooled / titled card box of issue

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 about EF

Code: 17415Price: 45.00 GBP

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