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France: Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance). 1st Class 'Officer' grade with silk 'Rosette' on riband

France: Resistance Medal 1940-1945 (Medaille de la Resistance). 1st Class 'Officer' grade with silk 'Rosette' on riband

This was only the second decoration created by the Free French, under General De Gaulle, created in 1943

Important: Only an estimated 4586 'Medal of Resistance' of the 1st Class 'Officer' class were ever awarded

The Resistance medal was awarded to approximately 38,288 living persons and 24,463 posthumously. These awards were both for membership in the Free French forces and for participation in the metropolitan clandestine Resistance during the German occupation of France in World War II. Higher deeds were rewarded with the Ordre de la Libération. Proposals for the medal ceased to be accepted on 31 March 1947. For acts that occurred in Indochina, however, that date was moved back to 31 December 1947

The medal was also awarded to 18 communities and territories, 21 military units, and to 15 other organizations including convents, high schools, and hospitals that particularly distinguished themselves

The medal with no makers marks

Dimension: Approx 33mm

Weight: Approx 25g

A choice example of a scarce & desirable 'Resistance' Medal

Condition: About EF

Code: 20920

100.00 GBP


France: Korea Campaign Medal 1950-1953 (Medaille Francaise Des Operations En Coree 1950-1953). With clasp 'Coree' and red enamelled 'Wound Star' emblem

France: Korea Campaign Medal 1950-1953 (Medaille Francaise Des Operations En Coree 1950-1953). With clasp 'Coree' and red enamelled 'Wound Star' emblem

The medal with Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' and bronze metal assay marks on reverse

Note: Prior to 2016 there was no 'official' wound medal - the authorised 'Wound' insignia was originally a riband only with a red enamelled star. Later the protocol was to wear the approved red enamelled star on the respective campaign medal riband. Later still, white metal bars (agrafes) with red enamelled star centres were authorised for wear. In practise, while serving personnel followed the official protocols, veterans who left the services, did as they pleased many opting to wear the unofficial medals, while others wore the 'Wound Stars' on the ribands of the respective campaign medals for the campaigns in which they had been wounded. In 2016 after many years of clamour for change, the French authorities approved the award of an official wound medal, the recently introduced medal using the the original 'Wound' ribbon of the Great War, and the common design of the hitherto unofficial wound medal that had been worn by veterans since 1918

Condition: EF

Code: 20919

90.00 GBP


France: Colonial Medal (Medaille Coloniale). 1st 'Premier Type' medal with bi-face wreath suspension. With 2 x clasps of the 'clapet' type 'Madagascar' & 'Senegal et Soudan'

France: Colonial Medal (Medaille Coloniale). 1st 'Premier Type' medal with bi-face wreath suspension. With 2 x clasps of the 'clapet' type 'Madagascar' & 'Senegal et Soudan'

Medal is of the first type with poincons / hallmarks for 'Mercier' on double sided wreath suspension

The medal with Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logo, and word 'Argent' (silver) indented on rim of medal

The 2 x clasps attached to the silk riband are all of the official Paris Mint 'Clapet' type (Monnaie De Paris') each bearing multiple French silver marks / maker marks, or 'Poincons', indented on both obverse of clasp, and the hinged clasp on reverse of the clapet. The marks include 'Sangliers' (Boars Heads)

The clasps represent service as under:

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

'Senegal et Soudan': The clasp was awarded for numerous qualifying campaigns in Senegal and Sudan between 1833-1907, including the expeditions of 'Captain Marchand' to Dongola in 1895-1896

A choice and rare example of a 1st type multi-clasp Colonial Medal, the clasps representing diverse service in; Indian Ocean, West Africa & Sudan in the era 1895-1914

Condition: GVF

Code: 20817

165.00 GBP


France: Madagascar Medal (1st Expedition) 1883-1886 (Medaille Du Madagascar 1883-86). 1st Type medal

France: Madagascar Medal (1st Expedition) 1883-1886 (Medaille Du Madagascar 1883-86). 1st Type medal

An original 1st Type Medal with 'Olive' suspension and Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' and 'Engraver' marks on either side of reverse field

The silver medal fitted with the original silk 'moire' riband

Condition: Toned EF

Code: 20816

125.00 GBP


France: 'Boxer Rebellion' China War Medal 1900-1901 (Medaille De Chine 1900-1901). With clasp (agrafe) '1900 Chine 1901'

France: 'Boxer Rebellion' China War Medal 1900-1901 (Medaille De Chine 1900-1901). With clasp (agrafe) '1900 Chine 1901'

With Paris Mint makers marks comprising the 'Cornucopia' logo and word 'Argent' (silver) indented on the flat edge of the rim

The medal fitted with a length of original silk watered 'moire' corded riband

The 1901 China expedition commemorative medal (Médaille commémorative de l'expédition de Chine 1901) was a French military campaign medal established by the law of 15 April 1902 to recognize service in China in 1900 and 1901 during the Boxer Rebellion

Basic award criteria between the French Army and French Navy varied with regards to dates of eligibility. For Army personnel the qualifying dates were service ion China between 30 June 1900 to 8 August 1901, while the Navy dates were 30 May 1900 to 31 December 1901

An attractive medal

Condition: Toned VF

Code: 20815

SOLD


France: Military Medal (Medaille Militaire). 1st type. 2nd Empire 'Emperor Louis Napoleon' issue 1852-1870

France: Military Medal (Medaille Militaire). 1st type. 2nd Empire 'Emperor Louis Napoleon' issue 1852-1870

The decoration with French Imperial 'Eagle' suspension

By designer 'Barre', with 'Barre' signature on reverse of decoration

This issue of the decoration is of the type awarded during the Crimean War, China, Italy and Mexico campaigns of the 1850'S-1860's, and of the type awarded to Allied Forces personnel including British Army personnel recommended for bravery during the Crimean War

Usual wear to the enamel on obverse of medal

A good example for use to reconstitute a British Crimean War era medal group that might have a missing 'Louis Napoleon' issue Medaille Militaire

Sold with a replacement length of silk moire riband

Condition: About VF

Code: 20788

145.00 GBP


France: Military Medal (Medaille Militaire). 3rd Republic, 1870-1940 type

France: Military Medal (Medaille Militaire). 3rd Republic, 1870-1940 type

Note: This is the type of medal awarded throughout both the World Wars, including awards to Allied Forces personnel

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

Condition: Medal about EF

Code: 20787

30.00 GBP


France: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation (Croix de Guerre des Theatres d'Operations Exterieurs (T.O.E.). With 1 x 'Bronze Palm' citation emblem

France: War Cross for Exterior Theatres of Operation (Croix de Guerre des Theatres d'Operations Exterieurs (T.O.E.). With 1 x 'Bronze Palm' citation emblem

The original silk riband fitted with;

- 1 x Bronze Palm: Indicating 1 x Citation at Army level

Important: The CDG TOE was never awarded for service in the World Wars, and was never awarded to Allied Forces. The decoration was exclusively reserved for award to French and French Colonial personnel for services many (but not all) specified colonial wars in the inter-war period and post 1945, including the Rif Wars, Levant, Morocco, Indochina & Korean War.

Condition: GVF

Code: 20785

30.00 GBP


France: Escapers Medal (Medaille des Evades). With 'Wound' emblem on riband

France: Escapers Medal (Medaille des Evades). With 'Wound' emblem on riband

Note: The wearing of the 'Wound' emblem on the riband, indicates an escaper who was 'wounded' during his escape from enemy captivity

Instituted in 1926, the medal is awarded to all personnel who had successfully escaped from enemy internment, or died in their attempts to escape from captivity. The medal was made retrospective to include all wars since 1870

Note: Prior to 2016 there was no 'official' wound medal - the authorised 'Wound' insignia being originally a riband only with a red enamelled star. Latterly the protocol was to wear the approved red enamelled star only on the respective campaign medal riband. Later still ,white metal bars (agrafes) with red enamelled star centres were authorised for wear. In practise, while serving personnel followed the official protocols, veterans who had left the services, preferred to adorn 'any' award with 'Wound Emblems', or wear any of the prolific range of unofficial 'Wound' medals. In 2016 after many years of clamour for change, the French authorities approved the award of an official wound medal. The newly created Wound Medal uses the official original 'Wound' ribbon of the Great War, and a common design of the hitherto unofficial wound medal that had been worn by veterans since 1918

Condition: GVF

Code: 20784

45.00 GBP


France: Colonial Medal (La Medaille Coloniale). 1st 'Premier' type medal. With 1 x clasp (clapet type) 'Nouvelle Caledonie'

France: Colonial Medal (La Medaille Coloniale). 1st 'Premier' type medal. With 1 x clasp (clapet type) 'Nouvelle Caledonie'

Medal is of the first 'Premier Type' with makers marks for 'Paris Mint' on double sided wreath suspension

The medal with Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' logo, and word 'Argent' (silver) indented on rim of medal

The clasps is an official Paris Mint 'Clapet' type, with Paris Mint 'Cornucopia' and 'Minerva' hallmarks (poincon's) on the backstrap of the clasp

'Nouvelle Caledonie' (for New Caledonia): Instituted on 6 March 1894, for various punitive expeditions in the South Pacific 'New Caledonia' island archipelago, between 1853-1878. By decree of 28 November 1919, the clasp was further
extended for punitive expeditions carried out in New Caledonia during the Great War between 1916-1918

A most interesting 'South Pacific' theatre of operations medal clasp awarded for service in what is now called 'Vanuatu'

The silk riband fitted with a two pronged mounting pin, or 'epingle' as worn in the traditional French style

Condition: GVF

Code: 20782

95.00 GBP


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