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  • #11986
    noor
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    Hi,

    Here is one new medal what i picked up from Dublin last weekend.
    I don’t know anything about French awards, so any feedback/corrections/information would be great!


    Like I understand, this is one of the first French campaign medals?
    There is no maker marks (or I looked wrong place), is it right?
    How common this award is?

    Mine shows lots of wear and also ribbon must be new reproduction one. Still nice and old item to have!
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    #14070
    Frank Dutil
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    Medal for the Italian Campaign of 1859.

    Maker’s mark? You have the designer’s signature smack on the obverse under Napoleon III’s head.

    "Barre", for Désiré-Albert BARRE.

    Approx 120,000 medals awarded. This is the standard model of the Monnaie de Paris.

    #14071
    noor
    Participant

    Thank you very much for info…. I am blind :mrgreen:

    #14072
    Christophe
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    Hi Timo,

    Nice. This medal is the first one (chronologically) of a nice serie of campaign medals of the French Second Empire.

    "Barre" is indeed the signature of the designer / engraver of the medal. On some Italian Campaign medals, there is also his specific maker mark, with an anchor (should be on the reverse), and on some others, there is sometimes another mark for the nature of the metal used. So, not so easy, with these old medals… Maker marks can also be on the rim…

    About the ribbon : check closely with the database. The one you have is not the right one. It is the one of the Médaille Commémorative de la Grande Guerre 1914-1918 (Commemorative Medal of the War 1914-18).
    This ribbon is quite easy to find if you want to replace it by the real one.

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #14073
    felix
    Member

    The Italy is the first one and the most common second Empire commemorative medal but not the first french commemorative medal.

    The "Sainte Hélène" medal awarded to veterans of the revolutionnary and napoleonic wars was instituted in 1857. Before that, some campaign medals were made but not in large scale.

    #14074
    noor
    Participant

    Here is my new find! :mrgreen:
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    #14075
    noor
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    with the man who established this nice award 1802.

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    #14076
    felix
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    A nice Second Empire Legion of honour, sad for the enamel chips but it’s not easy to find one undamaged.

    Could you make a picture of the hallmark ? (on the knot between the 2 lower arms of the reverse)

    #14077
    noor
    Participant

    Thanks Felix.

    Here is the picture….
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    #14078
    Frank Dutil
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    A real beauty! Congrats on your latest acquisition!

    #14079
    felix
    Member

    The hallmark is certainly a wild boar head (silver).

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