A French Imperial Eagle and Officer’s Type St. Helena Medal, 1857
A French Imperial Eagle and Officer’s Type St. Helena Medal, 1857
A French Imperial Eagle and Officer’s Type St. Helena Medal, 1857
A French Imperial Eagle and Officer’s Type St. Helena Medal, 1857
A French Imperial Eagle and Officer’s Type St. Helena Medal, 1857
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A French Imperial Eagle and Officer’s Type St. Helena Medal, 1857

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Height overall: 25.5cm (10in)

French Second Empire gilt bronze St. Helena medal (1857) surmounted by a cast bronze Napoleon III eagle.

Gilt versions of the regular bronze St. Helena medal are recognised as having been worn by former officers of Napoleon I's Grande Armée.  Issued under the direction of Napoleon III, 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.

Height overall: 25.5cm (10in)

French Second Empire gilt bronze St. Helena medal (1857) surmounted by a cast bronze Napoleon III eagle.

Gilt versions of the regular bronze St. Helena medal are recognised as having been worn by former officers of Napoleon I's Grande Armée.  Issued under the direction of Napoleon III, 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.