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 France%20M%20M%201.jpg
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.
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.