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Medals Campaign and Veteran Medals, etc.
Equipment and Miscellaneous Badges and Devices
Flags and Banners  

General Marquis de Lafayette Signed Document


This is a very interesting note from General Lafayette referencing passage for a courier from the US to England.   Lafayette wrote his name in the greeting and further initialed the end of the document.

The text reads: "Gnl. Lafayette / Best Compliments. Wait on Mr. Robin (a correction in spelling apparent) and send him two tickets for the seance of Friday.  He will take the liberty to hand (a correction apparent) him with some letters for England on tomorrow evening. (Initials) Friday Morn

The term "seance" is an archaic French word for "seats" and in common usage at the time.  The corrections are in Lafayette's hand.  This is a close-up of the handwritten text.

Also included in this lot is a 19th century engraving of Lafayette with a facsimile signature.  There is some light to moderate foxing.  This will nicely compliment the letter in a properly framed and conserved presentation.

Offered at $4,999.99


Compte Garet Signed Document to First French President Louis Napoleon


This is a very interesting letter from Count Garet to the Louis Napoleon III, France's first elected president dated within a month of his election in 1849.  This is a close-up of the handwritten text (Page 1 -- Page 2). Full size document is shown by clicking the thumbnails below.

The letter is written on a center fold single sheet, the writing on the front and back of the first page.  The back and last interior page are blank.  The letter was folded in quarters for mailing or delivery.  It measures 16 inches wide unfolded, and 8 inches wide as shown below.  It is 10-3/8 inches top to bottom.

The content is being translated, we will post it as soon as possible.

There is some light foxing and a bit of ink fading to sepia.  There are a couple on small scars from a wax seal broken when it was initially opened.

Offered at $199.99


France Higher Orders


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Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
FREN-101
pre World War Two FRANCE Council of State Silver & Enamels ID Badge
This is a multi piece 2 x 2-1/4 inch badge as shown.

It is in near excellent condition except some of the blue enamel is missing.

Here is a view of the back.
$199.99 Available
FREN-01
French SENAT Sash Order and Breast Badge
A World War I Republique Française SENAT Sash Order and Breast Badge Medal Set

This is a very scarce and unusual order, presented by the Senate of the French Republic to General John "Black Jack" Pershing following the end of WWI. There is no citation or paper documentation with this order, however. It is priced accordingly.

The beautiful watered blue, white and red 4 inch wide sash measures 32 inches top to bottom (that's folded, the actual length is twice that). The medallion suspended from the sash measures 3 inches in diameter. It is constructed in 6 layers, with gilded metal, red, white and blue enamels and heavy suspension ring. There are very small maker marks apparent on both pieces. On the top of the sash medallion and on the inside of the tang of the breast badge.

This is a close-up view of the sash medallion. This is from the back. This is a close-up of the breast medal front and rear.

The matching breast badge is 2-1/2 inches in diameter, also made in a complex multilayer construction.

$1,499.99 Available
FREN-02
1870 French Legion of Honor Order
This is a French Third Republic (1870-1940) Republique Française 1870 Legion d'Honneur Order.

This is an older medal, probably dating to WWI.  There is some minor enamel damage, visible in the images. It is priced accordingly.

The medallion is suspended from a carmine red ribbon. There are a couple of small holes from the usual French attachment pin (the pin is not present)

This is a view of the back. This is a close-up of the medal front and rear.

The medal is 1-5/8 inches in diameter and 2-5/8 inches long (not including the 5 inch ribbon, folded to 2-1/2 inches)

The condition is good to very good, with enamel damage front and rear, as shown.

  SOLD
FREN-102
1870 French Legion of Honor Order Chevalier
This is a French Third Republic (1870-1940) Republique Française 1870 Legion d'Honneur Order. This is an older medal, probably dating to WWI. 

There is slight enamel damage, visible in the images. The medallion is suspended from a carmine red ribbon.

The medal is 1-5/8 inches in diameter and 2-5/8 inches long (not including the 5 inch ribbon, folded to 2-1/2 inches). The period original case measures 1 x 2-1/4 x 4-1/4 inches.

The condition is near mint as shown except some dummy used tape on the case bottom to put the order name.  Click here for a closer view.

$349.99 Available

Medals


Campaign and Veteran Medals, etc.


Thumbnail (Click to Enlarge) Item Number
Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
RCROSS-1 FRANCE
World War Two 1939
 Croix de Guerre Cross of War  with Bronze Star MINT Medal
This is one that will never need to be upgraded.  $49.99    Available
  REDCROSS-1 French
 Military Injured (Secours aux Blesses)
Red Cross Medal  

This is a 1864 1866 dated French Red Cross service medal that measures 43 mm x 26 mm; with ribbon 83 mm long.

The condition is near excellent.

Here are other views.  1   2
 $164.99   Available
FFI-1
 France
World War Two FFI Allied Combat Units ID Pin Badge
  
This is a near excellent 3/4 x 1-1/2 inch hall marked silver badge with enamel, letters.
 $99.99   Available
   NAP-001 France
 First Empire Napoleon Hand painted on Ivory Picture in Period Oval Frame

This is a 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inch oval from with a slightly smaller image of this famous war leader. The reveres has a quill pen ink writing dated in July Paris etc.

Here is another view.
$899.99 Available
FFM-931
World War Two France Engineer Tinnie Badge
This is as shown.  It measures 1-1/4 inch in diameter.

It is unmarked with the motto ON UES AURA in a banner with a crossed shovel and pick centered. 

Here is another view.
$34.99 Available
FFM-03311
Triangle Shaped 1780 War Victory Medal w/o Ribbon
The deep struck medal measure 15/8 inch wide and 1-1/2 long.  The inscription is in French.

The condition is near MINT.

Here is a view of the reverse.
$99.99 Available
FFM-03113
USA High Jump 1932 State Track 7 Field Gilt Medal
This is a 1.5 inch diameter medal in  MINT condition.

Here is a view of the reverse.
$34.99 Available
FFM-03111
World War One  1916 Ceoire Aux Serbes War Service Medal
This is a US half dollar size medal with the ribbon in MINT condition. 

Here is a view of the back.
$34.99 Available
FFM-0311 French Word War Two Medaille  Des Cheminots Vehicle Units Medal with Ribbon This is a MINT medal.   Here is a view of the back. $34.99 Available
FFM-031
French World War I WWI French Medaille Militaire Medal
This is a World War I French Combatant's Cross Medaille Militaire Medal.

The size is approximately 1-1/2 inches wide and about 3-3/8 inches high including the ribbon.

This is a view of the back of the medal.

The condition of the medal is near good, with moderate to heavy chipping on the blue enamel from wear in uniform. The ribbon shows some very minor fading from age, as shown.

$64.99 Available
FFM-032
French World War I WWI French Combatant's Cross Medal
This is a World War I French Combatant's Cross Croix du Combattant Medal.

The size is approximately 1-1/2 inches wide and about 3-3/8 inches high including the ribbon.

This is a view of the back of the medal.

The condition of the medal is near excellent, the ribbon shows some very minor fading from age, as shown.

$49.99 Available
FRCD-01
 World War One 1914 - 1918 France Croix de Guerre
 issued to a US Marine
143 144  This is the standard size HERO medal with a frayed ribbon.

Here is another view.
$39.99 Available
FFM-027
French World War II WWII French Social Merit Enamel Star Medal
This is a World War II Mérite Social full size Medal.

The size is approximately 1-3/4 inches wide and about 4-3/8 inches high including the ribbon.

This is a view of the back of the medal.

The condition of the medal is near excellent, the ribbon shows some very minor fading from age, as shown.

$24.99 Available

Uniforms, Equipment and Miscellaneous Items


 

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Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
  LEGIONN-1 World War Two French
Foreign Legion Green with Red Piping Size 55 MINT Side Hat
This is as shown.

Here are other views.  1   2
$39.99   Available
   FRNAVY-01 World War Two France
Naval Officer Eickhorn marked Fancy Dress Dagger

This is a 10 inch factory etched slightly rusty blade dagger & 14 inches overall  with the WW2 wartime Eickhorn makers mark.

The white plastic grip is cracked and dagger comes w/o a scabbard.

Here are other views.  1   2  
$249.99   Available
  JOSE-1
 France
 First Empire Napoleon
Wife Josephine Hand painted on PERIOD Ivory Art Wark Framed Picture

This is a 4 inch round wooden frame with her 2-3/4 inch image centered.

The art work is near MINT with a small chip out of the frame at the 6 o'clock.

Here are other views.  1  2  3
$899.99 Available
  NAP-1
 France
 Napoleon era Fore & Aft Named Cocked Hat.

This is a size 7-14 maker marked & named on the label hat from that era.

It is in G+ condition overall.

Here are other views.  1   2   3  4   5   6
 $449.99 Available
WWH-1
 post
World War Two France Winged Wheel Silver Badge
 This is a 1-1/2 inch badge in near MINT condition as shown.  $24.99 Available


PARAF-1
World War Two France Pierced Para Canopy Silver Paratrooper Badge
 This is a 3 inch double screw & post reverse badge in near MINT condition as shown.  $54.99 Available
  FRNAP-1 NAPOLEAN
 & his Marshals GERMANY Meissen Like Porcelain Figure of NAPOLEON
This a MINT 9 inch high porcelain figure of NAPOLEON. It has a base of 2-3/4 inches square.

Here are other views.  1  2  3  4 
$499.99 Available
   FRNAP-2 NAPOLEAN
 & his Marshals GERMANY Meissen Like Porcelain Figure of LAYFETTE.
This a MINT 9 inch high porcelain figure of LAYFETTE. It has a base of 2-3/4 inches square.

Here are other views.  1   2  3  
$499.99 Available
   FRNAP-3 NAPOLEAN
 & his Marshals marked GERMANY Meissen Like Porcelain Figure of DUMOURIEZ.
This a MINT 9 inch high porcelain figure of DUMOURIEZ. It has a base of 2-3/4 inches square.

Here are other views.   1   2  3  4 
$499.99 Available
FRNAP-3 NAPOLEAN
 & his Marshals marked GERMANY Meissen Like Porcelain Figure of BERTRAND.
This a MINT 9 inch high porcelain figure of BERTRAND. It has a base of 2-3/4 inches square.

Here are other views.   1   2   3  4  5  6
$499.99 Available


FFM-4244 France Boy Scout 30 inch Waist Belt & Buckle This is a near MINT belt and buckle rig as shown. 

Here is another view,

$59.99 Available
FFM-9244
Allied Forces FRENCH Female Pink & Green Twisted Cord MINT Uniform Aiguillette
This is as shown. 

Here is another view.
$49.99 Available
FFM-924
1936 1st Edition Notes on FRENCH Ordnance 1717- 1936
This is a 6 x 9 Inches, 280 Page Illustrated Unit History Hardbound Book.

This book features the ordnance of the period started.

It is in near excellent condition with some fading to the cover.  

Here are additional views  1  2  3.
 
$99.99 Available
FFM-024
WWI French FT-17 Renault Tank Metal Toy
This is a World War I French heavy cast metal FT-17 Tank Inkwell.

This is a one-piece metal tank toy with four wooded wheels for a narrow wooden toy train track. The toy depicts a French Automitrailleuse à chenilles Renault FT modèle 1917 (Renault FT-17) tank.

This is a view of the right side, the left side and the bottom. It is marked U.S.A. and "95", "2" and FRANCE in raised letters on the side.

The size is 1-1/2 inches wide overall, about 2-1/2 inches long and 2 inches high.

The condition of the toy is very good to near excellent, the paint finish shows some minor wear and tarnish from age, as shown.

$49.99 Available
FFM-038
1812 Napoleonic War French Dismounted Artillery Officer Statue
This is a French heavy cast bronze/brass statue of a French Artillery officer of the 1st Empire.

This is a one-piece solid metal statue with an applied baton.

This is a view of the right side, the left side and the top. This is a close-up of the front showing the tunic detail. It has no apparent marks.

The size is 5-1/2 inches wide overall, about 4-1/2 inches deep and 15 inches high.

The condition of the statue is very good to near excellent, with deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$499.99 Available
FFM-048
1944 Paris France French Liberation Eiffel Tower Rivet
This is a fragment of a popped rivet recovered from under the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France by a US GI at the time of the Victory Parade for the French Liberation in August 1944 as a memento.

This is one quarter of the solid iron rivet that shattered and fell to the ground. The size is about 3/4 inches wide at the head and about 2 inches long.

The condition of the rivet is broken, with shatter markings from when it popped, as shown.

$199.99 Available
FFM-051
Model 1874 Gras Rifle Saber Bayonet
This is a French Model 1874 Gras Rifle Saber Bayonet

This is a fairly early example of this particular bayonet. It is dated on the spine with the date Octobre 1873. No arsenal marks are apparent.

Serial number G 27809 is on the quillon on one side with G 4 on the other. There is a small inspectors mark on the brass grip. The grip area is shown here, right and left.

The condition is very used. The metal of the blade is dar from age, and there are a number of little dings and signs of hard field use on the brass grips.

The original leather frog and hinged belt hanger are present.  There are faint maker marks visible on the back.

$149.99 Available

Badges and Devices


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Item Name
Description, Size, Condition Price Status
ELEP-01
France Drago PARIS Marked IVORY COAST Paratrooper Badge
This is a 2 x 2-1/4 inch badge in near excellent condition.

Here is another view.
  SOLD
FRA-001
World War Two France Adrian Helmet Artillery Metal insignia
This is a 1-1/2 inch x 3 inch metal device for the helmet.

It is in good plus condition overall.

Here is another view.
$49.99 Available


FFM-9333
France 2nd Empire Die Struck Copper Officers Helmet Plate
The plate is 5 x 5.5 inches overall.

The condition is near excellent.  Here is a view of the back.
$124.99 Available
FFM-9133

World War Two Free French Forces Gold Bullion Paratrooper Cloth Wing Badge
This is a raised well embroidered 3.5 inch wing removed from a uniform. The condition is near MINT

Picture of Back
  SOLD
FFM-012
French SPA 3 Stork Squadron Pilot Badge
This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA.3 squadron "Cicogne" stork badge.

This was the squadron emblem of Dubonnet, Guynemer, Herbelin, Heurtaux, Raymond and Risacher -- some of France's most prolific pilot aces.

This is a view of the reverse.

There are BIJOU PARIS maker marks on the back. It has an 800 silver content mark.

The size is 45mm bill to feet.

The condition is very good to near excellent with wear and deep tarnish from age and a slight bend in the beak, as shown.

$349.99 Available
FFM-013
French SPA 23 Stork Squadron Pilot Badge
This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA.23 squadron "Cicogne" stork badge.

This was the squadron emblem of De Bonnefroy, De Rochechouart de Mortemart and Pinsard, some of France's most prolific pilot aces.

This is a view of the reverse.

There are BIJOU PARIS maker marks on the back. It has an 800 silver content mark.

The size is 50mm bill to feet.

The condition is very good to near excellent with wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$149.99 Available
FFM-014
French SPA 95 Grim Reaper Squadron Pilot Badge
This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA.95 squadron "Grim Reaper" running skeleton badge.

This was the squadron emblem of De Gaillard de la Valden and Hugues, some of France's most prolific pilot aces.

This is a view of the reverse.

There are BIJOU PARIS maker marks on the back. It has an 800 silver content mark.

The size is 50mm scythe to back foot.

The condition is very good to near excellent with wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$399.99 Available
FFM-015
French SPA 167 Stork Squadron Pilot Badge
This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA.167 squadron "Cicogne" stork badge.

This was the squadron emblem of Barny de Romanet and Guiguet, some of France's most prolific pilot aces.

This is a view of the reverse.

There are BIJOU FRANÇAIS PARIS maker marks on the back. It has an 800 silver content mark.

The size is 50mm bill to feet.

The condition is very good to near excellent with wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$199.99 Available
FFM-016
French SPA Stork Squadron Pilot Badge
This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA squadron "Cicogne" stork badge.

This is a view of the reverse.

There are BIJOU FRANÇAIS PARIS maker marks on the back. It has an 800 silver content mark.

The size is 55mm bill to feet.

The condition is very good to near excellent with wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$299.99 Available
FFM-017
French SPA Stork Squadron Pilot Badge
This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA squadron "Cicogne" stork variant badge.

This is a view of the reverse.

There are no maker marks on the back.

The size is 32mm bill to feet.  There is a hook on the bill to keep the stork properly aligned in wear.  It has a hinged simple hook pin.  It is slightly bent, as shown in the images.

The condition is very good with wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$149.99 Available
   FFM-0171
World War One
 Die struck French Escadrille SPA Stork Squadron Pilot Badge

This is a French WWI Escadrille SPA squadron "Cicogne" stork variant badge. There are no maker marks on the back.

The size is 32 mm bill to feet.  There is a hook to keep the stork properly aligned in wear.  It has a hinged simple hook pin.  It is slightly bent, as shown in the images.

The condition is very good with wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.
 $199.99 Available
FFM-033
French Commando Marine Disallowed Sleeve Insignia
This patch is a very scarce French Marine Commando distinctive unit insignia.

This patch was used for less than a year during the Bosnia campaign. It was discontinued and unauthorized when the press noted it closely resembled the Third Reich death head insignia used by the Germans in WWII. There is another variant in bronze silk on black known to exist, which is apparently even rarer.

This is a very rare sleeve insignia in mint condition. It is very well-constructed, BeVo woven in gold silk floss machine woven on black silk. It measures 68mm by 90mm (2-5/8 by 3-1/2 inches) as shown.

Here is a view of the back.

The condition is near mint.

$74.99 Available
FFM-11033
  34 Inch Long France Cross de Guerre Aiguillette
This is the one issued to U.S. Troops that received the Cross de Guerre in wartime. The condition is near MINT overall.

Here is another view.
$39.99 Available
FFM-9033
34 Inch Long France Woman Uniform Aiguillette
This is the one issued to French Female Soldiers in wartime.

The condition is near MINT overall.
$49.99 Available

 FFM-91033
First Type Colonial Paratrooper Beret Badge G1532 Marked w/ attaching brass pin
This is a large 1-3/4 x 2-1/2 inch badge in near excellent condition. 

Here is a view of the reverse.
$89.99 Available
GPB-0136
French Garde du Marechal NCO Enamel Badge
This is a very scarce 20mm enamel French Garde Du Marechal NCO badge

It is a white alloy pin with a red, blue, and white enamel "francisque" (stylized from the French tri-color flags and a starred fasces). This is the first pattern, worn for less than one year, starting in August 1942. It has raised A. AUGIS LYON French maker marks on the back, as shown.

Here is a view of the back.

The condition is excellent, as shown.

  SOLD
FFM-049
French Garde du Marechal Gold BeVo Patch
This is a very scarce BeVo silk woven French Garde Du Marechal emblem in golden silk with stars and gold silk border.

It is a white silk with a red, blue, and white "francisque" (stylized from the French tri-color flags and a starred fasces), with golden stars. This is the first pattern, worn for less than one year, starting in August 1942. It has raised D. A. 255 (numbers are not very well defined, they may be 2s, 3s or 5s) French maker marks on the face, as shown.

Here is a view of the back. It measures 2-1/2 by 1-5/8 inches.

The condition is used, with edge wear and wrinkles, as shown. It is priced accordingly.

$49.99 Available
FFM-050
French Fancy Dove Gray Gold Bullion Trim Trousers
This is a long pair of uniform trousers made of dove gray very soft wool with wide gold bullion stripes along the outside seams.

Here is a view of the front showing the side button design, similar to navy trousers and one of the cuff and boot tie down. The trousers measure 32 waist by 33 inches.

The condition is used, with edge wear and wrinkles, as shown. It is priced accordingly.

$99.99 Available
FFM-020
French Vichy CJF Youth Badge Sleeve Insignia
This patch is from the Chantiers de la Jeunesse Française, a part of the Fédération des Amicales Régimentaires et d'Anciens Combattants de Lyon et de sa Région. While not technically associated with the Hitler Youth, this was a pro-Vichy youth group formed along the same lines for the same purpose to train young men for service in the military.

This organization was thought to be very pro-nationalistic toward France, which caused some issues with the German Youth organization and they distanced themselves from it fairly early in the war.

This is a fairly scarce sleeve insignia in mint condition. It is very well-constructed, BeVo woven red, white, sky blue, dark blue and gold silk floss machine woven on black silk. It measures 70mm by 90mm (2-3/4 by 3-1/2 inches) as shown.

Here is a view of the back.

The condition is near mint.

$99.99 Available
FFM-028
French Vichy Fascist Badge Sleeve Insignia
This patch is from the Vichy Fascist movement of Pro-German France.

This is a fairly scarce sleeve insignia in mint condition. It is very well-constructed, BeVo woven red, white, dark blue and silver silk floss machine woven on black silk. It measures 38mm by 75mm (1-1/2 by 3 inches) as shown.

Here is a view of the back.

The condition is near mint.

$99.99 Available
FFM-029
French Vichy Fascist Badge Collar Button Insignia
This collar button is from the Vichy Fascist movement of Pro-German France.

This is a fairly scarce well-marked insignia in mint condition. It is very well-constructed, with  red, white, sky blue, dark blue enamel on silver metal. It measures 12mm by 25mm (1/2 by 1 inches) as shown.

Here is a view of the back.  It has BERAUDY-VAURE-AMBERT / J. DECAT ABREST VICHY maker marks.

The condition is near mint.

  SOLD
FFM-129
French Vichy Fascist Plastic Badge Uniform Insignia
 
This insignia is from the Vichy Fascist movement of Pro-German France.

It is very well-constructed, with  red, white, sky blue, dark blue enamel on silver. It has FRASSI DEMEY 191 DU TEMPLE PARIS  maker marks.

It measures 18 mm by 33 mm (3/4 by 1-1/4 inches) as shown. 
This is a fairly scarce well-marked insignia in mint condition.
 
 
$99.99 Available
FFM-229
French Vichy Fascist LARGE Metal Badge Uniform Insignia
 
This insignia is from the Vichy Fascist movement of Pro-German France.

It has DEPOSE FRASSI DEMEY 191 DU TEMPLE PARIS  maker marks.

It is very well-constructed, with  red, white, sky blue, dark blue enamel on silver metal.  It measures 27 mm by 50 mm (1-1/4 by 2-1/4 inches) as shown.


This is a fairly scarce well-marked insignia in mint condition.

  SOLD
FFM-329
French Vichy Fascist LARGE Metal Badge Uniform Pierced Fasces & Cog Wheel Lapel Badge Insignia
 
This insignia is from the Vichy Fascist movement of Pro-German France.

It is very well-constructed, with dark colored metal.
This is a fairly scarce NOT marked insignia in mint condition.

It measures 12 mm by 27  mm (1/2 by 1 inches) as shown.  It has no maker marks.

Here is a photo of the reverse.
  SOLD
  FFM-429
French Vichy Fascist LARGE Bevo Cloth Badge Uniform UNDRAPEAU UN EMPIRE Badge Patch Insignia
 
This insignia is from the Vichy Fascist movement of Pro-German France.

This is a fairly scarce well-marked insignia in mint condition.

It is very well-constructed, with dark colored colors as shown. It measures 40 mm by 70  mm (1/2 by 3 inches) as shown. 

 It has no maker marks. Here is a photo of the
reverse
.
$79.99 Available
FFM-037
French Vichy Fascist Badge Collar Button Insignia
This collar button is from the Vichy Fascist Youth Labor movement of Pro-German France.

This is a fairly scarce well-marked insignia in excellent condition. It is very well-constructed, with  red, white, dark blue, and green enamel on silver metal. It measures 25mm (1 inch) as shown.

Here is a view of the back.  It has JEUNESSE DE MEURTHE ET MOSELLE indentication marks.  Note the emblems at the bottom, including the Boy Scouts Fleur di Lis, a bee, and the Vichy winged helm. Under the crowing rooster is the word LABOR and a rising sun.

The condition is near excellent. There are no maker marks.

$124.99 Available
FFM-025
French Resistance Bomb Insignia
This pin is from the Maquis French Resistance FFI during WWII.

This is a fairly scarce insignia in near mint condition. It is DÉPOSÉ marked with red, white, and blue enamel on silver plated steel. The flags of the Allies (Russia, US, UK, and France form the fins of a bomb.  The Resistance Cross of Lorraine is on the body of the bomb. It measures 57mm by 12mm (2-1/4 by 5/8 inches) as shown.

Here is a view of the back.  The hinged pin is missing, but can be easily replaced.  The hinge mount is intact as is the simple hook catch.

The condition is excellent to near mint, excepting the missing pin.

$129.99 Availaable
FFM-007
French 1792 Louis XVI Bastille Day CINQ-SOLS Coin Token Badge
This is a "Coin of Confidence" minted in the 4th year of independence of France.

The text of the reverse was modified to be in conformity with the law on the national fields and the currencies of confidence. The scene points out the oath of the festival of the Federation of July 14 1790 which commemorated the storming of the Bastille and the Li in which links the Nation, the King and the People. It is Talleyrand at the time, bishop who had celebrated the office. According to various work, the production exceeded 70 tons, a manufacture of approximately 2,334,000 coins with an average weight of 30 grams per coin.

This is a view of the reverse.

This coin was permanently mounted into a silver frame long ago.

The size is 1-5/8 inches in diameter, not including the ball ends.

The condition is near good. with wear to the reverse side from centuries of handling, as shown.

$99.99 Available
FFM-008
French 1944 Paris France Liberation Medal
This is an interesting three-piece medal celebrating the Liberation of Paris, 14 August 1944.

At one time, there was a suspension loop at the top of the medal. It is absent. The copper banner and brass city coat of arms are separately applied.

This is a view of the reverse.

The size is 1-1/4 inches in diameter.

The condition is near very good. with some wear and tarnish from handling, as shown.

$99.99

Available
FFM-022
French Paratrooper Badge
This is a two-piece French two tone gilt and silver alloy airborne paratrooper badge.

This badge features finely detailed wings, a parachute canopy, and star with separately applied gilt wreath.

This is a view of the reverse. It has raised DELSART 29 R DU GENERAL LE CLERC SENS 89 100 Paris maker and DEPOSE registration marks.

The size is 3 inches (70mm) across. It has the original screw bar attachment present.

The condition is near excellent. with minor wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

$99.99 Available
FFM-030
French Paratrooper Badge
This is a two-piece French two tone gilt and silver alloy airborne paratrooper badge.

This badge features finely detailed wings, a parachute canopy, and star with separately applied gilt wreath.

This is a view of the reverse. It has raised ANDOR 30. CHR COLOMB 94-IVRY-FRANCE maker marks.

The size is 3 inches (70mm) across. It has the original spring pin and loops attachment present.

The condition is near excellent. with minor wear and deep tarnish from age, as shown.

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FR-111
France 1st Parachute Command & Support BN Pinback Badge
This is as shown.

Condition is near MINT.

Here is a view of the back.
 
$34.99 Available
FR-112
World War Two  IDed STERLING Marked French Aviator Wing Badge
This is a 1/2 x 2 inch silver wing with crossed oak leaves under a star as stated above.

The conditions near excellent. The name on the reverse is hand inscribed.
$79.99 Available
FFM-047
Child's Novelty French Paratrooper Badge
This is a one-piece French made two tone gilt and silver alloy airborne paratrooper novelty badge.

It features wings, a parachute canopy, and star with wreath. This is a novelty piece given to French children on St. Michael's Day at the Paratrooper School at Pau.

This is a view of the reverse. It has a smooth finish and a press applied safety pin style fastener.

The size is 3 inches (70mm) across.

The condition is near good. with wear and fading to the gilt from age, as shown.

$34.99 Available
FFM-036
French Colonial Era Côte d'Ivoire Badge
This is a one-piece French Côte d'Ivoire (English: Ivory Coast) Colonial Era (pre-1958) badge.

This badge is not maker marked.  It is deeply die struck with outstanding detail.

This is a view of the reverse.

The size is 2-1/2 inches high and 2 inches across.

The condition is near excellent, as shown.

$99.99 Available
FFM-021
French Ski School Badge
This is a one-piece French Ecole Du Ski Français "La Flechette" (Slalom) badge.

This badge is maker marked CHARLY.  It dates to the 1980s.

This is a view of the reverse.

The size is 1-1/2 inches high and 1-3/4 inches across.

The condition is near excellent, as shown.

$34.99 Available

Flags and Banners


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FRFL-001 World War Two 22 x 32 inch Multi Piece French Flag carried in combat by a French RAF Fighter Pilot

This flag was owned by an early post world war two collector.

I had bought his collection many years ago.

 The oral history is that the flag was carried as stated.

A COA will be issued to the next owner. 

$149.99 Available

Rare Books and Documents


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USRB-003
Rare WWII French Resistance FFI Signed History

An ORIGINAL Résistance.... et Contre-attaques en Uniforme (French Resistance and Counter-Attack in Uniform) June 1940 - August 1944 Unit History.

This is a collection of documents collected, collated and bound by a career military officer of the French military, General Georges Malraison, who served as commanding officer of a number of French FFI and military resistance units throughout the occupation of France, including the 5th Bureau, the 4th demi-brigade of Chasseurs, and other positions of authority.  This book covers the time from the initial German invasion of France to the liberation of Paris, from when he was a major through the rank of colonel.

There is a long hand-written dedication to a fellow soldier named "Murphy" -- who was involved with the invasion of North Africa --at the front of the book, the book being signed and dedicated shortly after it was published in Potsdam on the occasion of the French Independence Day, (14) July, 1948.  The table of contents lists the documents contained in the book.  Each of the documents is formatted exactly as the original orders, to include signature blocks, routing, classification, and all other aspects.  Most of the documents are hand-signed by Colonel Malraison in blue quill pen, as shown in a representative example below.  The introduction, written in the Spring of 1948 in Potsdam is also signed.  There are at least 20 original signatures throughout the book in the appropriate places above the signature blocks.  There are some penned corrections and annotations by the author where the printing was unclear or obscure.

Th e content is entirely in French. It gives a very detailed insider's view of the French resistance in Part One (June 1940 to June 1942) (14 documents).  Part Two (July 1942-August 1944) (16 documents) detail elements of the French counter-attack that (with the aid of the Allies) eventually ousted the Germans from French soil.

This is an invaluable reference if you are a historian of the French participation in World War II.  This document is incredibly rare, and very likely unique, given the profusely signed and dedicated content.

The condition is near very good, as shown.  This book is a little fragile, it requires some moderate care in handling due to the use of high-acid content post-war paper.  There is some uniform browning throughout, however the pages are still flexible.  There is some wear to the covers at the edges and corners.  There is a hand stamp at the upper left reading "Le General Georges Malraison Chef de la Mission Militaire Francais de Liaison pres le Commandant en Chef des Forces Sovietques(? not clear) en Allemande"  There is very old cellophane tape around the page with the dedication.

It measures 8-1/4 x 11-1/2 inches.

$749.99 Available