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Cravat-pin in brass set with a gold medal of a man wrestling with an eagle and an inscription.
- Made in: France
- Diameter: 1.8 centimetres (medal)
Inscription ContentLE POILU 1915/ LE PARLEMENT/ LALIQUE
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.
25 March 1994
1984 Dirty . Some black substance in decoration, possibly original CRE 1991 Black deposits PMP 1994 ??
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
- Emblem of: Germany
- Commemoration of: First World War
Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- HG.972 (masterlist number)
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Object reference number: MCT4251
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