Category Archives: French

Rene BURBAUD 1891-1914 107e Regiment of Infantry


A photogravure, hand-finished, studio portrait photograph

Born Confolens, Charente 25th Oct 1891
Enlisted Angouleme Class of 1911 Matricule No.1100
Soldier 2n Class 107e Regiment of Infantry
Killed feu de l’ennemi (enemy fire) Chalons-en-Champagne (Marne) 27th September 1914

On paper 35 x 27 cm
With copies of soldiers service records.

Price £55.00


WWI French 2e régiment de zouaves Adrien JANICOT

Born 21 May 1890 at Chapeuil, Dordogne.
Enlisted Perigueux 1910 2e régiment Zouaves
Served in Algeria and Morocco 1911-1913
Wounded august 1914 “Shot in the left hip”
Killed fighting for France 15 June 1915 Tracy-le-Mont, Quennevières, Oise

The four regiments of Zouaves in the French Army in 1914, while dressed in traditional North African style uniforms, were composed entirely of native Frenchmen rather than Colonials. The uniform was composed of a vest (sedria), which was worn underneath the short waste jacket (tombo), atop a pair of triple width baggy trousers (saroul). A 13-foot-long sash was wrapped around the waste over the vest and trousers and was intended to provide additional lower back support while on the march. The entire affair was topped off with a soft red cap with blue tassel (chechia)

During the 1915 the 2 nd zouaves occuiped the area of Quennevières and Bois Saint-Mard. The fighting from June 6 to 16 was fierce. The regiment was relieved on July 8, 1915 having lost in the triangle formed by Tracy-le-Mont, wood Saint-Mard and Quennevières a thousand men and 1,500 wounded.

WW.I period Photogravure, hand-coloured, studio portrait photograph
Size 42 x 32 cms with copies of service records.

Price £65.00


French WWI 1914-18 Médaille Militaire Adjutant-chef 151e regiment infantry

Médaille Militaire 3rd Republic 1870–1940
As Awarded to
Edmond Maxime Emile VINCENT
Adjudant-chef 151e et 351e régiments d’infanterie
Born 29 May 1879 Paris, died 21 December 1951 Chatellerault
Contained in a French period frame with original Medaille Militaire award certificate signed by the Chef du Bureau 12 Febuary 1914
41 x 52 cm
Glazing replaced with plexi glass for shipping

Price £65.00


Medal Médaille Militaire 3rd Republic Charles Dartois

Médaille Militaire & Croix de Guerre

As Awarded to
Charles Marc DARTOIS
Born 1881 Savigny, Vosges
Enlisted Épinal Class 1901
Corporal 160e & 146e régiments d’infanterie
Wounded at Chicourt August 1914 Battle of Lorrain
Contained in a French period frame with original Medaille Militaire award certificate signed by the Chef du Bureau 19 June 1922
With copies of some service records

Price £SOLD


Louis XIIII 1650 Consilio Nil Nisi Briot

1776 1776a2

Louis XIV , Consilio Nil Nisi attributed to Nicholas Briot, laureate bust right, verso the escutcheon of France, surrounded by the chain of the Order of St Michael and the chain of the Order of the Holy Spirit. The legend is CONSILIO NIL NISI (He undertakes nothing without thoughtfulness). Issued 1617
25mm 5grams
Condition: worn and pierced, rare version

Nicholas Briot (about 1579–1646) was an innovative French coin engraver, medallist and mechanical engineer, who emigrated to England and became chief engraver to the Royal Mint in 1633 and is credited with the invention of the coining-press.

Price £10.00


Louis XIV, King of France, Silver jeton, 1651



Louis XIV (1638-1643-1715), King of France, the hostility of England to France, French silver jeton, 1651, unsigned, bust of the young king right, mantle around shoulders, LVD XIIII DG FR ET NAV REX, rev., sun shines on a lily growing in France whilst a cold wind blows from England, MAIOR AB AQVILONE FLORES ET FRONDES, 27.5mm (cf MI 395/21, this with armorial obverse; Feud. 6674, in copper only).

Very fine and rare.

Price £260.00


Louis XIV Battle of Dunkirk, French copper medal, 1658, by J. Mauger



 Louis XIV, the Battle of the Dunes or Battle of Dunkirk, French copper medal, 1658, by J. Mauger, youthful bust right with flowing hair, rev., Victory advances over prone bodies, sea and mountains beyond, VICTORIA PACIFERA, in ex., HISPANIS CAESIS AD DUNQUERCAM, 41.5mm (MI 427/70; Divo 48; vL II, 417). Extremely fine.
The French army commanded by General Turenne and assisted by Commonwealth troops, defeated the Spanish who were fighting with English Royalist troops and French Fronde rebels. From the series of medals depicting Medallic History of Louis XIV.

Provenance: Elsen Auction, 12 March, 2005 (lot 2572).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals

Price £150.00


Jean Astruc 1684-1766

Professor of medicine at Montpellier and Paris, who wrote the first great treatise on syphilis and venereal diseases, and also, with a small anonymously published book, played a fundamental part in the origins of critical textual analysis of works of scripture.

Artist: Louis Halbou.,

Size 15 x 9 cms

Price £10.00

Ref: 3103

Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle

Comte de Lasalle 1775-1809, French cavalry general during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, often called “The Hussar General”. He first gained fame for his role in the Capitulation of Stettin. Over the course of his short career, he became known as a daring adventurer and was credited with many exploits; some true, others probably fanciful. Eventually, he fought on every front and was killed at the Battle of Wagram.

Artist/Engraver: Antoine-Jean Gros 1771-1835

Size 27 x 18 cms

Price £28.00

Ref: 3493

Charles IV, Duke of Lorraine

Charles IV 1604-1675 was Duke of Lorraine from 1624 to 1634, when he abdicated under French pressure in favor of his younger brother, Nicholas Francis, and again from 1661 until 1675 (his death).

Size 33 x 22 cms

Price £28.00

Ref: 3485