Brooch in the shape of a Maltese Cross, struck in silver, with a man wrestling with an eagle and with an inscription.
- Made in: France
- Width: 3.5 centimetres
Inscription ContentJOURNEE DU POILU 1915/ R. LALIQUE
Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 371:
Poilu, literally meaning hairy, was a colloquial term for soldiers in the First World War.The spread eagle is an emblem of Germany. Parliament designated 25-6 December 1915 as 'Journee du Poilu' and various badges and medals were made for the occasion.
Designed by René Lalique. (Charlotte Gere)
21 February 1994
Reason for treatment
Jan.1984 Req.21727:tarnished.CRE 21.10.85:tarnished.IMM July 1991:tarnished.CRE 21.2.94 Req.54595:brown tarnish.PMP
Jan.1984 Req.21727:tarnish removed with Hotel silver dip (acidified thiourea) and bristle brush.Washed in tap water.Dried through acetone.CRE 21.10.85:Tarnish was removed using Goddards Hotel Silver Dip by immersion and brushing. Washed in running tap water. Dried with kleenex tissue and hot air from blower.Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.IMM July 1991:re-patinated with Argento platine (potassium polysulphide,sodium sulphide,selenium)Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.CRE 21.2.94 Req.54595:Front:Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.( so as not to damage patination).Back:Tarnish removed using Goddards hotel silver dip applied using cotton wool swabs. Rinsed with distilled water / solvent on cotton wool swabs.Polished using Goddards long term silver cloth.Brushed with a soft brush.PMP
- Emblem of: Germany
- Commemoration of: First World War
Prehistory and Europe
- HG.994 (masterlist number)
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Object reference number: MCT4816
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