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#61 Bison


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Posted 12 March 2011 - 18:45

Sometimes symbols have a meaning. In this case, the lightning ('l'éclair' in French)is very close in pronunciation with "LECLERE".
That is the reason why some makers have chosen to have a sort of rebus in their marks.


#62 Steve Robinson

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 17:25

Cracking information - many thanks - gold dust for the French collector.


#63 g_deploige


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 14:09

Raymond Juif (R "une jambe de bois" J)...

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Lemaitre : (L "grenade" Fils)
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silver 2nd empire for campaign medals see medal of Mexico
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Garantie silver-gold
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Adrien Chobillon
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A Bacqueville
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Arthus Bertrand
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Victor Lemoine
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garantie gold and halmark Georges Aucoq
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#64 g_deploige


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Posted 03 February 2012 - 14:11

Marius Delande,

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Au Duc de Chartres,

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Gaston Lemaître,

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Posted 06 February 2012 - 23:45

Hello Guy

Those pictures are a dream ! I sure wish I could produce anything close to that.
Congratulations and many thanks for providing us with such wonderful tools.

Kind regards

#66 Mervyn Mitton

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Posted 07 February 2012 - 13:58

This type of reference material is too important to disappear out of sight. Hendrik and members - I have 'pinned'
and will endeavour to add some French silver marks. Mervyn

#67 RRicardo



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Posted 30 March 2012 - 04:10


It's a very interesting topic I find here now.

Please, can someone identify to me this marking at my Croix du Combattant?

Seems to me letters inside are "M et R".

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Thanks and Regards,


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#68 Bison


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Posted 06 April 2012 - 22:49

This is a very interesting question because.... many collectors in France are also wondering who is this manufacturer, without any consistent answer at the moment.
In fact, the initials are M&N with something like an anchor above.
It is still a mystery for me, but I continue to research.

If somebody has a beginning of a piece of information, he is more than welcome!

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Posted 16 July 2012 - 16:18

This is such a great thread and very informative. I have a maker's mark that I haven't been able to identify yet and could use some help. The marks are on a Boulanger Lion and Sun medal. Boulanger has outsourced some of their medals to other medal makers for manufacturing. It looks a lot like Lemaitre's mark, but the "E" looks pretty clear. The letters appear to be E and L. Any ideas?

Jean-Chrispohe of http://www.phaleristic.com kindly identified this mark for me as Edmond LEMAITRE, this house is an old orders maker. Lemaitre bought BOULLANGER in 1920, and was finally absorbed by ARTHUS BERTRAND in1937. The mark is EL with a grenade with 4 flames in the centre.

So there was an Edmond and a Gaston Lemaitre mark.

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