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St Helena Medal and Award Document to Veteran of French Revolutionary or Napoleonic Navy, 1857

Engraved St Helena award document to ‘Caignon, Olivier, ancien Aspirant de Marine’, (midshipman) together with a highly polished bronze St Helena Medal. Framed and glazed.

Created in 1857 by Napoleon III for issue to surviving soldiers of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grande Armée and, in this case, navy, who had served between 1792 and 1815.  The obverse shows the bust of Emperor Napoleon I. The reverse inscribed ‘Campagnes de 1792 a 1815. A Ses Compagnons de Gloire sa Derniere Pensee Ste. Helene 5 Mai 1821’ The designer was Albert-Désiré Barre, and his mark (an anchor) is below the bust. The medal has a height of 50mm excluding the ring, and is made from bronze. Ribbon 37mm wide, green with five red stripes and edges. The medal was nicknamed ‘the chocolate medal’ because of its colour.

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