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    Medaille militaire

    Hi, The 1870 date on the obverse and the hinge suspension points to the medal being awarded in the 1910-1950 era ... Regards, Hendrik
  2. Hello Pepe864, Original "Isles Marquises" bars are indeed quite rare (most if not all Colonial Medal bars have been remade over the years). Some more information can be found on Hendrik's Medal Corner :-) The "Levant" and "Casablanca" bars belong to other medals (Commemorative Medals of Syria-Cilicia and of Morocco resp.). The "Sud-Oranais" bar is a nice unofficial bar which is not too common either, I believe. Regards, Hendrik
  3. Hi Yank, It's the 3rd Republic model which was awarded between 8 Nov. 1870 and 27 Feb. 1951. Regards, Hendrik
  4. Thank you very much BalkanCollector for your quick reaction to my question. The suspension inscription with its two names remains a bit of a mystery then ! Some pictures of the medal itself : Best regards, Hendrik
  5. Hello Gents, I'm in need of a translation of both a document and the reverse inscription on a suspension plate of an Order for Bravery I recently acquired : Thank you and best regards, Hendrik
  6. Hi, A very nice T'ai Federation Order of Military Merit you have there or, to use its French name, the "Ordre du Mérite Militaire des Sip Hoc Chau". The inscription stands for "T'ai Federation". The T'ai Federation was an autonomous zone in Northern Vietnam and Northern Laos and its people were allies to the French in their war against the Viet Minh. Regards, Hendrik P.S. Could someone move this topic to either France or Asia ?
  7. Hi, It would appear Marsoliau's first name is "Léonce" and he did receive a 2nd class silver medal prior to the 1879 fire ... In the "Journal Officiel de la République Française" of 15 November 1875, Léonce Marsoliau is mentioned as having been awarded the 2nd class silver medal for his actions on 31 July of that year : I haven't found anything on Hacala nor on the award of the 1879 medals. Regards, Hendrik
  8. Hi, I beg to differ : to my knowledge, the various types that saw the light of day in that short period had either no crown suspension or, again, a little cross on top of the suspension ball. The motto in the central medallion referred to Napoleon as 1st Consul on those crosses. Regards, Hendrik
  9. Hello Ken, The absence of a little cross on top of the suspension ball seems to make this a "July Monarchy" type with altered central medallions ... Your No. 2 is a 2nd Empire type as you rightly observed. Regards, Hendrik
  10. Many thanks Owain for your expert answer ! Regards, Hendrik
  11. Hello ! The badge below has been described on commercial sites as a long service badge awarded to members of the Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie's bodyguard. Is there any truth in that and, if so, what number of service years would this light green coloured badge stand for ? Regards, Hendrik
  12. Hello Rav, I wish ... haven't come across any yet. Regards, Hendrik
  13. Hello Ravenft, The Belgian government went into exile near Le Havre (France) and some medals were produced by French firms at the time. Their job was taken over by Belgian manufacturers after the war's end. Regards, Hendrik
  14. Very nice, Mark ! The silver mark is from the Paris Mint and indicates 1st grade silver (0.950). Regards, Hendrik
  15. Thanks Nick, much appreciated. Regards, Hendrik
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