Dubois, A.; die-engraver
Colmar, Paris; mint
Lester Watson Collection
Médaille des Évadés; denomination
Some time after the Allied victory in the Great War it was decided to issue a gallantry medal (in bronze) for all those French servicemen who had escaped from enemy captivity during the hostilities. The award, of which this is one, was made in 1926. Its recipient in this case, who is unnamed, must have been unfortunately short of money, because Lester Watson purchased the medal from the London dealers Baldwin only the next year, in 1927.
Colmar, Paris, mint, place
weight, 14.54, g
diameter, 30.0, mm
loan; 2005; Cambridge in America
Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt Baldwin 1927
design; obverse; REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE; Bust of Marianne with oak-leaf wreath facing left
design; reverse; Wreath circling inscription
Watson Catalogue; 124
previous object number; LW.0113
British and other Campaign and Gallantry Medals From the Collection of Lester Watson (d. 1959).
Escaped Prisoners of War (French). 'Médaille des évadés'. Early 20th century. (Bronze). Unnamed.
Object Number: CM.1230-2009
(Coins and Medals)
(record id: 141324; input: 2007-03-27; modified: 2017-02-23)