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Title French Marines gorget, Napoleon III
Nationality French
Period c 1854-71

This relatively uncommon piece, worn by officers of the French Marines, is of two-piece brass construction (with traces of fire gilt finish) and has its original cloth liner and the remains of its gold bullion suspension cords. Examples of this can be found in 'Le Hausse-Col Francais' by Bertrand Malvaux and Michel Petard (Editions du Canon, 1997).

There is a small dent to the body of the piece, just below the anchor, and the bulk of the gilt finish has been polished off. Otherwise it is in excellent shape.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : French : 19th Century]


The painting of Alexander Pock is restored and meanwhile at his new owner, who is very content.

Thank you for your assistance to get it to Germany.

U S, Germany, 27.12.2012

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

By the way, I think your site is very user friendly. Seems to work much better than many and up to date, a rarity!!!

C W, UK, 20.04.2006