This vintage WW1 FRENCH 1870 MEDAILLE MILITAIRE is in a fantastic condition considering it's age, a nice early made piece, around the early 1900's, no enamel damage, just perfect, made from solid fine Silver and richly 18 Karat Gold plated, in extra fine condition, with original ribbon. It would very hard to find a nicer example.
History: The Médaille militaire (Military Medal) is a decoration of the French Republic which was first instituted in 1852. The creator of the médaille was the emperor NAPOLEON III. The Military Medal is issued to any non-commissioned officer or enlisted personnel who distinguishes himself by acts of bravery in action against an enemy force. Commissioned officers are not eligible. An interesting feature of the médaille is that it's also the supreme award for leadership, being awarded to Generals and Admirals who had been commanders-in-chief. The Médaille militaire is one of rarest French decorations to be bestowed upon foreigners, in contrast to such medals as the Croix de Guerre. During the Second World War the Médaille reached its highest numbers of foreign bestowals, most often to members of the British Army as well as to the United States Military.