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  • #13360

    felix
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    In my opinion a repair. The original attach could be very fragile.

    #13375

    fred j borgmann
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    I hope that there are some French experts in house. I have this Medaille militaire version which has me puzzled. It looks good until you turn it over and find that it is uniface and much thinner that the full two sided version. Is this a display copy or an wearing copy for reenactors? Thanks, Fred
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    #13376

    paul wood
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    Dear Fred,

    Certainly the quality of Third Republic issue Medaille Militaires are very variable. The earlier ones have double sided suspensions the later uniface suspensions. In ANS part 1 in a lot of 11 there were 5 with doube-sided, 6 uniface suspensions and these were all official the quality obviously went down hill during WWI as so many were being awarded and France was broke by the end of the war. As to you example I tend to think that it is probably a privately, unofficially made piece but possibly a purchase for a lost original. I don’t think it is a re-enactment piece and it looks as if it has some age to it. It is even possible it was made locally for member of the colonial forces either in Africa or Indochina where you frequently get local variations of French made pieces. Whatever it is most interesting. Anyhow thats my centimes worth.

    All the best,

    Paul

    #13377

    megan
    Moderator

    As far as I am aware, there has not been a uniface ‘real’ Médaille Militaire, so yours is likely to be a copy – although the purposes for which it was made are naturally not apparent. Perhaps even a movie prop – as nobody would expect to see the back when it’s being worn.

    #13378

    fred j borgmann
    Participant

    Thanks Paul! Your thorough (and franc)reply was just what I needed. Fred

    Thanks Megan, Those were my original thoughts too. Fred

    #13379

    jb floyd
    Moderator

    I’ve seen a very lavish (and expensive) book on the Medaille Militaire with a medal embedded in the learther cover. A uniface copy would have been ideal for this production.

    #13380

    Christophe
    Participant

    Hi Jeff,

    I don’t think this is the uniface medal used for the book. I’ll check this soon.

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #13381

    felix
    Member

    This not a copy, but just a display medal to be put in a frame. You can find Legion of Honour and National Order of Merit made the same way.

    Of course some dealers sale them as cuirassier’s medals…

    #13382

    Christophe
    Participant

    And it is not the one used for the famous book…

    Ch.

    #13383

    Frank Dutil
    Participant

    Felix is right on the money. Display purposes only. I have a uniface National Order of Merit that I got incredibly cheap because it is only meant for that purpose.

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