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medal / cravat-pin

  • Object type

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  • Description

    Cravat-pin in brass set with a gold medal of a man wrestling with an eagle and an inscription.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1915
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 1.8 centimetres (medal)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

  • Curator's comments

    Text from catalogue of the Hull Grundy Gift (Gere et al 1984) no 370:
    Designed by René Lalique (1860-1945). 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.(Charlotte Gere)

    Originally wrongly described in the catalogue as gold.


  • Bibliography

    • Gere et al 1984 370 bibliographic details
  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    25 March 1994

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Remove tarnish


    1984 Dirty . Some black substance in decoration, possibly original CRE 1991 Black deposits PMP 1994 ??

    Treatment details

    1984 Cleaned with 1%Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) in tap water. Rinsed with tap water. Dried with paper tissues.CRE 1991 Removed black substance with Acetone and IMS PMP

    About these records 

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Associated events

    • Commemoration of: First World War
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Britain, Europe and Prehistory

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • HG.972 (masterlist number)

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