Scarce French Bravery Medal
Medal of Honour
"Acts of Courage & Devotement"
(Medaille d'Honneur pour Actes de Courage et de Devouement)
Grade 3 - BronzeAward (High Grade of Courage)
A very collectable medal in bronze, measuring 28mm in diameter, (approx 1.1/8th inches) and in excellent condition. It is complete with original tri coloured ribbon which is also in excellent condition;
Obverse - Central female figure with palm spray and the word "Devouement" above. The sides depict the scenes of a man catching a charging horse and a man rescuing a female from a burning building. Below is another lifesaving portrayal of a man saving a drowning person. The medal is signed by Coudray.
Reverse - Central plaque, with the words "Ministere de Interieur" above. The legend "Republique Francaise" runs around the top edge.
Rim - Impressed with two official mintmarks and the word "bronze".
I would think that this medal dates to circa 1920 to 1950 period.
The medal is very seldom found named as it was allways awarded with a named diploma.
The medal is official and was awarded by the Minister of the Interiour of the French government. It was instituted in 1831 and there are seven grades for the award, 1) Letter of Felicitations, 2) Honourable Mention, 3) Medal in Bronze, 4) Medal in Silver II Class, 5) Medal in Silver Ist Class, 6) Medal in Gilt, 7) Medal in Gold.
As stated, this is the bronze award and the qualification for this states that the recipient exposed themselves to risks of danger during their acts of courage and, or, lifesaving. These medals were awarded mainly to Policemen and Firemen who committed couragious acts of lifesaving during their tour of duty. For information the French word Devouement also translates to "Self Sacrifice" or "Self Devotion".
A desirable and rare gallantry medal for your collection. Guaranteed to be original and authentic.
Postage cost by standard airmail from France to the UK will be 2.50p
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