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A Chainlet of 5 Minis

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I hope, this chainlet is French,or belongs to some French colonies.Help,please,identify these awards.Many thanks.

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Hi Nick,

They are definitely French, the last one is the Ordre Ouvre Humanitaire, (for Humanitarian aid). I did see the others before but I cannot recall what they where called.

Sampo 

Hi,

I just found the middle one, it is the LA MEDAILLE DU TRAVAIL ET DE L'UNION DE LENS.

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2 hours ago, Sampo said:

Hi Nick,

They are definitely French, the last one is the Ordre Ouvre Humanitaire, (for Humanitarian aid). I did see the others before but I cannot recall what they where called.

Sampo 

Hi,

I just found the middle one, it is the LA MEDAILLE DU TRAVAIL ET DE L'UNION DE LENS.

Many thanks,as I understand they are not state awards,but the awards of some organisations.Despite of the fact they nice.Now only 3 left to identify.

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Specialist websites like that of M. Semon chronicle these sorts of awards.   Most of the groups that use such awards have [or had] a five class award structure usually with French style ranks/insignia. 

The first item on the mini bar that resembles a Belgian Royal Order of the Lion cross format with commander rosette on ribbon indicates membership in the Société Vivre et Sourire [live & smile/laugh Society]  also known as Société Dévouement Civiquesee, among other names, see eZay https://www.befr.ebay.be/itm/MED-556-MEDAILLE-VIVRE-ET-SOURIRE/401610527583?hash=item5d81da535f:g:rs8AAOSwhN5btFee:rk:1:pf:0    The second has been identified as either the Royal Polish [exile] Merit Order or the Franco-Polish Historical Recognition Order.   I know of no definitive proof for either or what entity it definitely indicates.  As to the blue enamel one, I do not have even a tentative identification.  A similar badge with red enamel arms, however, is yet another Public Education/Instruction society award.

The Ordre Ouvre Humanitaire officer mini is 2nd type.  The group had to alter their badge design as the first type [pictured above post 3] resembled Legion of Honor insignia too closely.  


Except for high-profile people decorated by these  'charitable organizations' generally for publicity purposes, persons admitted to such bodies pay what equate to admission, membership and insignia cost fees as well as contribute to various associated fund-raisers.  The groups use money they collect to do good.  Many of them actually put some of the funds they collect to charitable use--others do not using them for social functions or 'overhead' expenses.  

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5 minutes ago, 922F said:

Specialist websites like that of M. Semon chronicle these sorts of awards.   Most of the groups that use such awards have [or had] a five class award structure usually with French style ranks/insignia. 

The first item on the mini bar that resembles a Belgian Royal Order of the Lion cross format with commander rosette on ribbon indicates membership in the Société Vivre et Sourire [live & smile/laugh Society]  also known as Société Dévouement Civiquesee, among other names, see eZay https://www.befr.ebay.be/itm/MED-556-MEDAILLE-VIVRE-ET-SOURIRE/401610527583?hash=item5d81da535f:g:rs8AAOSwhN5btFee:rk:1:pf:0    The second has been identified as either the Royal Polish [exile] Merit Order or the Franco-Polish Historical Recognition Order.   I know of no definitive proof for either or what entity it definitely indicates.  As to the blue enamel one, I do not have even a tentative identification.  A similar badge with red enamel arms, however, is yet another Public Education/Instruction society award.

The Ordre Ouvre Humanitaire officer mini  is 2nd type.  The group had to alter their badge design as the first type [pictured above post 3] resembled Legion of Honor insignia too closely.  

Except for high-profile people decorated by these 'charitable organizations' generally for publicity purposes, persons admitted to such bodies pay what equate to admission, membership and insignia cost fees as well as contribute to various associated fund-raisers.  The groups use money they collect to do good.  Many of them actually put some of the funds they collect to charitable use--others do not using them for social functions or 'overhead' expenses.   

What an excellent job!I read your reply with an enthusiasm.That means there are no state awards there.

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Although they are handsome minis, you are correct.  They are of course collectible and often not as expensive as national or regional awards.

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