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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)
- Emblem of: Germany
- Commemoration of: First World War
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- HG.994 (masterlist number)
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Object reference number: MCT4816
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