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  1. Hello MUTUAL SECURITY AND RESCUE STE THE JEANNE D'ARC A ROUEN 1874 EX - HOSPITALIERS BRETONS IN ROUEN) AG 17.10.97 GOSSET Alphonse Jules, August 13, 1898 President (Merge May 28, 1902 Mutual Renaissance in Rouen with -) D. 14.07.1903. Honorable Mention: Pierre Marie OLLIVIER, Director D. 14.07.1910. Bronze medal: Cléophas MONTAGNE, vice-president. & Ferdinand PERRON, Assistant Treasurer. Mention: Charles PERRIN, assistant secretary. D. 14.07.1910. Bronze medal: Anatole BERTHE, administrator of St. Joan of Arc at Petit Quevilly. THE JEANNE D'ARC A ROUEN BADGE White enamelled Lorraine cross. Green enamelled laurel wreath. Enamelled arms of Rouen crowned, accosted of a gaff and an ax. The lower branch supports a golden phylactery with LA JEANNE D'ARC surmounting an anchor. White ribbon edged in light blue with a woven black anchor: the same as the Bretons Hospital Rescuers in Rouen. MEDAILLE DE MERITE THE JEANNE D'ARC A ROUEN Silver medal, 30 x 41 mm. Hallmark and "SILVER" Fixed bail with oak crown Weapons crowned with Rouen in a laurel wreath, debruising on: a naval anchor accosted of a gaff and an ax, and a cross of Lorraine. Above: THE JEANNE D'ARC. Exergue: ROUEN. Reverse: In a laurel wreath; struck high, in the field: AU / MERITE. External circular legend, beaded listel: COURAGE. DEVOUMENT. CHARITABLE. HUMANITE (Rosace) White ribbon, 28 mm, light blue border, 4 mm. Woven black marine anchor. An unusual local unofficial live saving award begining of 20th century Cuss
  2. Hello Your cross has the appearance of the time of Louis XVI ( suspension and no ball with the points) On the other hand the centers remind me of the more modern crosses of the Restoration (1815-1830). Either it is the work of a french local or foreign goldsmith. Either it is an old repaired cross during the Restoration. All the abbreviations of the legends exist and length of the sword, size of Saint Louis was not a problem. For me it is a beautiful cross authentic but probably made after the French Revolution in the years 1815. It seems to me discern on the observe at the base of the suspension a golden hallmark "cock's head" (1809-1817) cordially Cuss
  3. Hello Right it's infantry "de ligne" not a lancier. For French soldiers bars are loose on ribbon. When a medal come from family or framed we find good claps. But as soon as a medal arrives to a French collector or dealer the first thing that he made is to remove claps. It's usual as that for some english collectors to throw away the old silk ribbons to put in their modern place of hideous ribbon in rayon. Your medal for this regiment is quite rare. Liverpool sold another one in 2008 named "5537 j. fricotet 10 de l" And I have in my collection "GUYON . CHARLES . 10 . LIGNE" withour bar Sincerely Cuss
  4. Hello, Upper characters : Hàn-lâm (Part of Hàn-lâm- viện or "Academy office"). Down : Biên-tu (literally : to put in order and to compose). Corresponding to a mandarin of the 7th degree, 1st class, attached at the "Academy office". A classic plaque from Annam, but a rather poor calligraphy... Authentic ? Regards Cuss
  5. Hello, Pierre ASSOLENT, private 18th infantry regt was awarded the médaille militaire on March 13 1869; http://medaillesmilitaires.lagenealogie.org/ Regards Cuss

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    Hello, This is the Chinese ''Four Fundamental Virtues of the State Award'', second class. Ref. Medal Collector, November ... 1968. Mr J.W. Peterson. (These four virtues (Szu wei) are : Courtesy, Justice, Moral integrity and Decency). Such award was given to the French aviator Fieschi, late in the thirties or early in the forties , at the occasion of long distance flights from France to China, and services done as instructor in the Chinese air force. Regards Cuss
  7. Hello Sorry, I'm unable to find again the reference to Baron Thierry, not noticed in the ''Annales Impériales'' or ''Royales'' ; nor in the files Xq49/50/51 in the Archives of the French army. I have this poor reference to general de Fernig in Google books : http://books.google.fr/books?id=LPVAAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA321&dq=ordre+%C3%A9questre+de+saint+Joaqim&hl=fr&ei=1G5-TM2FKJONOOeX2YIE&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CD4Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q&f=false Regards Cuss
  8. Hello An old topic, may be dead since 2007 ... But I have these two gentlemen's names, awarded with St Joachim order : Comte Jean Louis Joseph de FERNIG, rank of colonel during the 1st empire, awarded "Grand croix", September 20th 1807 ; And : Baron THIERRY, lieutenant général, retired, (with a note on him before 1846). Regards Cuss
  9. Hello No bar for this medal created by imperial decree, August 12nd 1857 ; but sometimes worn with the ornamental bar of the badge of the philanthropic society of the brothers-in-arms of the First Empire, instituted in 1840. Regards Cuss


    Hello Brian, Great thanks for the two photographs : this medal is definitely genuine for me ( the attribution is quite odd but the AVM attributed to BOURRIE is also atypical, with the two bars and the mention '' AU '' 72E DE LIGNE in spite of 72E DE LIGNE without "AU'' ; (I have only seen such an attribution to the 1er régiment étranger - and the unique medal to the 63ème de ligne). A little correction : Tuillier has not left his regiment to subscribe an engagement in the foreign legion : he was simply transferred to this unit just as any other infantry regiment ; also, among the French expeditionary corps in Mexico (at the difference from Belgian and Austrians), only NCO and troopers received the silver military merit medal. Commissioned officers were awarded with ND Guadalupe (and Eagle) except five French officers who received the bronze Al Merito Militar, corresponding to an imperial mention. (I don't know about German fakes, but, alas, the fakes in AVM are numerous! ) Regards Michel.


    Hello, Difficult to give an opinion on this medal with this ''soft-focus effect'' that prevents me from reading the attribution. I had, quite recently, a glance on a corresponding AVM (this piece?), offered on auction on the net, with the very unusual mention of two units : a guard regiment and a line infantry : I had (rapidly) considered it as a - bad and absurd - fake - and I go away. I was wrong !!! (more often than not). The mention of the ''3EB (?) GRENRS'' is not the 3rd grenadiers regiment of the imperial guard : this refers to elite troopers in the bosom of the 72nd regiment, named grenadiers and voltigeurs - (other ordinary troopers are named ''fusiliers''). I see your medal as authentic on account of ... the upper and the lower bars that frame the engraved attribution on the reverse ! Just because I have an AVM attributed to : / ______ / BOURRIE / SERG T MAJOR / AU / 72E DE LIGNE / ______ / with the same two bars. (Mention of ''MONSIEUR'' TUILLIER is nevertheless surprising). A better photograph and a glance on the obverse will be welcomed). Laurent Tuillier was born September 7th 1829 at Narp (now in Pyrénées Atlantique), and was commissioned ''sous-lieutenant'' August 12th 1857, aged 28. (He was evidently a NCO before, but I have no information on him). He was awarded the AVM at the occasion of the Italian campaign 1859, in the 72th regiment (total for this regiment : 119 AVM). He was promoted lieutenant on September 8th 1861, and I have found him in the ''Foreign Legion'' (Régiment Etranger) in 1864. He was in Mexico and was awarded with the knight of ND Guadaloupe under Maximilian (award accepted July 4th 1866). Promoted captain April 5th 1865, and awarded knight of the Légion d'honneur before 1866. In 1866 he was transferred in the 2nd régiment de tirailleurs algériens in Mostaganem (Algeria). Chef de bataillon October 10th 1871. Officier LH. That's all I know about him. Regards. Michel
  12. Hello, Some piece of information about the king of Sweden's official visit in France, November 1908, extract from the Foreign office archives in Nantes, (Stockholm, Amb. File B 81). At this occasion the following French decorations were awarded to Swedish subjects Légion d'honneur Grand croix 5 Grands officiers 9 Commandeurs 23 Officiers 37 Chevaliers 68 Palmes Instruction publique 33 Officier d'académie 27 Mérite agricole Chevaliers 3 Ordre du Bénin Commandeur 1 Officier 15 Chevalier 8 Dragon d'Annam Officier 6 Chevalier 3 Médailles Or 4 + 3 Argent 98 + 4 Total général 337 ( + 7 ) Swedish servants awarded with the Foreign office medal (gold and silver) : BORG Carl Oscar Valet de chambre Médaille d'or RYDEN Gustaf Valet de chambre Médaille d'or BERGMAN Gustaf Adolf Courrier Médaille d'argent GUSTAFSSON Alex Valet de chambre Médaille d'argent GUSTAFSSON Johannes Laquais Médaille d'argent ELGESSON Joh. Fredrik Laquais Médaille d'argent NOREN Carl Albert Laquais Médaille d'argent CARLSSON Carl Oscar Laquais Médaille d'argent (No more indication in the files on the remaining 101 medals) Regards Cuss (Note : the colonial orders ''Black Star of the Benin and Dragoon of Annam'', in addition with the ''Mérite Agricole and the Palmes académiques'' were given to cut down the awarding of the Legion d'honneur).
  13. Hello, Herewith the medal awarded at the occasion of the presidential visit July - August 1908 in Scandinavia, with the conference between Nicolas II and French president Armand Fallières at Reval, July 27th 1908. Such medals with struck dates are documented for : ''Août 1897'' ; ''Mai 1902'' ; ''Avril 1904'' ; ''Octobre 1905'' ; ''1908'' and 1909. I have yet never seen a medal struck ''1914'' Regards Cussonneau
  14. Hello, The actual spirit of the democratic popular republic of China. With sympathy Cuss
  15. Hello, After a year of intensive (!) investigations, this document from an old house in Paris under the Restauration (Predecessor of the Halley's firm) : Regards Cuss
  16. Hello, Just a crumb of information extracted from the 1929 year book of the Légion d'honneur : Promoted officier of the LH november 8th 1915, as colonel of the 3rd "Chasseurs à cheval" regiment. Lived in Clermont Ferrdand in 1929. Nothing more, sorry. Regards Cussonneau
  17. Hello, Little addition to the post : Seven names of captains, not given in the Army list of the year 1866, are among the casualties, in the Franco-Prussian campaign : (Argiot, Bignon, Chambry, Girault, Hennion, Rémignard and Simon), but none of them corresponds to the awards on the photograph. Truly yours Michel
  18. Hello, I try a potential identification about this officer : it could be captain Joseph MATHIEU, 1st infantry regiment. (I have only seen the Army list of the year 1866 : additional officers could be identified). Owing to Mr. Veteran, this is a captain belonging to the 3rd battalion, 1st infantry regiment, under the Second Empire, awarded with a chevalier de la Légion d'honneur, and à Crimea war medal with one clap, (surely Sebastopol). The uniform shows a tunic with a double rank of seven buttons, according to the reform of August 14, 1867, so this photograph was taken at the end of the Empire. Under Napoléon III, the Premier régiment de ligne has fought in the Crimea campaign, (not in Italy 1859), at Mentana in 1867 and in the Franco-Pussian war in the Army of Metz. At the occasion of the Crimea campaign, this regiment was in garrison at Constantinople, (brigade O'Farrel), and was never landed in Crimea. According to the rules about the attribution of the British medal, (circular November 15, 1856), these troops were awarded with this medal, but without any clap, as being only part of the Army between September 14, 1854 and September 8, 1855, but without any engagement ''under the fire''. Among thirty captains in the 1st regiment, according to the Army list, in the year 1866, twenty-one have served in the same regiment at Constantinople : all these officers must have been awarded - theoretically - with a Crimea medal without any clap. Nine captains joined the 1st regiment after the Crimea campaign ; only one corresponds with the awarding of the Crimea medal, one clap Sebastopol, (without the Italy campaign medal) : ROUSSET Eugène Jean, from the 2ème grenadiers de la garde impériale, fought in Crimea (Sebastopol), but also in Italy 1859 ; BLOT Constant Hippolyte, and DOURS François Timothée, from the 1er Zouaves, Crimea (Alma-Sebastopol) and Italy 1859 ; DEBORD Jacques, from the 3rd Zouaves, Crimea (Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol) ; DEFFUAS Pierre Antoine, from the 2nd régiment Etranger, Crimea (Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol) and Italy 1859 ; ROSE Hyacinthe Siméon, from the 26th regiment, Crimea (Alma, Inkermann, Sebastopol) with the awarding of the Medjidieh 5th class ; and Italy 1859 ; TESTARODE Eugène Paul, from the 34th regiment, not in Crimea ; but present in Italy 1859 ; BLIN Charles Marie, from the 10th regiment, in Crimea (Sebastopol) and not in Italy, (good candidate), but awarded with the Légion d'honneur only July 12, 1880. The good individual could be captain MATHIEU Joseph : In the 14th light infantry battalion as second lieutenant in Crimea (Sebastopol), in the 1st light infantry battalion as lieutenant between 1858 and 1860, that has not taken part in the Italy campaign 1859 ; promoted captain July 21 1862 ; in the 1st regiment (1864 Army list) ; knight of the Légion d'honneur between 1864 and 1866 ; wounded August 16, 1870 at the battle of Rezonville, as captain in the 1st regiment, in the Franco-Prussian war, and dead from his wounds, August 18. (Note : in Crimea the 14th light infantry battalion took part in the Azoff expedition (Yénikalé and St Paul's camp), but the Army was not eligible for the ''Azoff'' clap, reserved to the Navy, in France). In the battle of Mentana, November 3, 1867, the 1st battalion of the 1st regiment was engaged (not the 3rd battalion), suffering two casualties (wounded), and awarded with 1.627 commemorative crosses. The casulaties in the Franco-Prussian war in the 1st regiment (officers only), were : Battle of Borny, August 14 : one mortally wounded; Battle of Rezonville, August 16 : five KIA and eleven wounded ; Battle of Saint Privat, August 18 : four KIA and 19 wounded (inc. colonel Frémont) ; Battle of Noisseville, August 31 : five KIA and four wounded. As indicated, I have not seen the Army lists 1867 to 1870, another gentleman could correspond to this photograph. Truly yours Michel
  19. Hello, This very nice photography is ''big enough'' show the wearing of these five ''Spangen'' : Gravelotte - Saint Privat (August 8th) ; Beaune la Rolande (November 11th) ; Metz (October 27 - capitulation) ; Beaugency Cravant ; and Vionville - Mars la Tour (August 16th - Rézonville). These bars correspond to the 10th Prussian Army Corps, in addition to the bars Orléans and Le Mans (missing here).. I have not exhaustive information on this corps, but I have noticed that the Füss-batalion from the 3. Hannover. infantry regiment n° 79 (20th infantry division), has not taken part in the battles of Orléans and Le Mans. So, that old fogey could be Hannovrian. Truly Yours Cussonneau


    Hello Thank you very much for the picture. To my knowledge it is the regiment only one whose medals carry this star burst on reverse. Such Valore Militare 1859 artillery medals were privately but regimentely engraved. For the boat here is a french naval roll for 1859: 304 seamen and 20 gun Regards


    Hello, Thanks to Vétéran for his first rate summary about the Sardinian AVM awarded to the French forces for Crimea and Italy campaigns. Concerning the navy medal, I have only listed 22 such medals awarded to the French navy , but yours is the only one with an attribution to the Vauban I have ever seen. This war ship belonged to the siege fleet under admiral Bouët Willaumez's command, eligible for the French Italy commemorative medal, for service between May 3rd and July 8th 1859.It was a paddle frigate, launched 1845 at Lorient, engaged in the Baltic and Crimea campaigns, and in Italy under C.V. Coupvent-Desbois' command. (Curiously, she was sunk, March 23rd 1866 by an experimental mine in Toulon harbour). (From Jacques Vichot, répertoire des navires de guerre français, 1967). 1.000 AVM could have been awarded to the French navy for this campaign. ''Chamouillé'' 's name is noticed in the files of the 9th artillery regiment, with the awarding of the AVM medal : I have in my collection this second AVM to the 9th R.A., with a nice engraving and a particular ornamental scroll above the attribution. It would be of interest to make a comparison with your medal : could you please post a scan or a photograph of it ? (I use myself : http://tinypic.com/ : very simple to utilize). About the ''Turcos'' regiment, the Sardinians give : four crosses of the military order of Savoy ; three knight of the Saints Maurice and Lazare order ; And 114 AVM, awarded to : 13 commissioned officers, (included four ''natives'') ; 57 NCO, included 29 Natives ; And 44 Tirailleurs, (5 French and 39 Natives). Truly Yours Cussonneau
  22. Hello, Just have a glance on the excellent JOMSA website : http://www.omsa.org/...ery.php?cat=590 Truly yours Cussonneau
  23. Hello Price is 7000 -10000 euros Reagrds Cuss
  24. I have this duplicate (medal is silvered not scan colour). Some interest? Regards Michel
  25. Hello, This medal was sold at auction, April 26th, by Morton & Eden, in London, referenced n?137, as ''Soldier's medal for WW1'', silvered bronze, 41,5mm. This medal was given by Miss F. Reilly in 1938, from J. Reilly Jr's collection, to the American Numismatic Society. Regards. Michel
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