medal / cravat-pin
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
Reason for treatment
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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