1919 Large Bronze Medal World War I American Soldier Doughboy French Battle Locations By French Medalist M. Lordonnois
Description: A nice large and heavy bronze medal from 1919. This is a World War I medal by the French Medalist Marcel Prosper Lordonnois. The medal which comes in the bottom half of its original box shows the image of an American soldier with a rifle in his hand (referred to as the Doughboy) moving the battle field with smoke surrounding him and soldiers in trenches in the background on the obverse. The reverse shows landscape depicting major French battle locations of World War I: SOISSONS, BOIS-BELLEAU, CHÂTEAU-THIERRY, REIMS, ARGONNE, ST.-MIHIEL. In exergue DEPOSE left, STUDER right, with a Catholic papal cross or Cross of the Loraine center. There is a cross of the Laurene . The medal is signed (c) BY M. LORDONNOIS, 1919 below soldier's foot along the edge on the obverse. The edge of the medal is stamped BRONZE. A great looking and very interesting medal to add to your collection. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: Lordonnois was born in Paris, was a sculptor and medalist, and studied with Mouchon (stamp engraver) and F. Vernon (Designer of many of the Olympic Medals used in 1900). Most of his works involved Politics, Deities, and Governors, but he is also known for his work on the U.S. Doughboy medal and had a connection with the U.S. from some of his relatives who moved to the States prior to WWI. He exhibited in Paris in the following years: 1896, 1898, 1902/3/4 and 1906.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Artist: Marcel Prosper Lordonnois.
Weight and Size: The medal weighs ~94 grams, is ~62 millimeters in diameter, and ~3.3 millimeters thick at the edge.
Maker: The medal is marked DEPOSE STUDER suggesting it was struck by Studer.
Marks: Marked "Bronze" along the edge of the medal. There is the markings (c) BY M. LORDONNOIS, 1919 near the edge on the obverse.
Condition: The medal is in excellent condition and if it was a coin I would grade it about uncirculated or better. The medal has some wear to the reverse but none on the obverse. It has what I view as beautiful rich dark brassy coloring and is problem free. The bottom of the original box is in relatively good condition but the top of the box is missing. A great medal to add to your collection. Please view photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of the piece.
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