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
The Murder of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey (1621-1678), silver medal, 1678, by George Bower, bust of Godfrey right, two hands strangling him with his cravat, rev., the Pope watches as Godfrey is murdered by Robert Green, TANTVM RELLIGIO POTVIT, dated on lettered edge, edge inscribed CERVICE FRACTA FIDEM. SVSTVLIT ATLAS XNS 1678, 39mm (MI 577/247; Eim. 257).
Extremely fine and lightly toned.
The murder of Godfrey, supposedly instigated by the Roman Catholics, remains something of a mystery. In December 1678 one Miles Prance, was arrested for conspiracy and confessed that he had taken part in the murder which was committed in the courtyard of Somerset House. Godfrey, he stated, was strangled in the presence of three priests, by Robert Green, Lawrence Hill and Henry Berry and the body was taken to Hampstead. Green, Hill and Berry were arrested and in February 1679 they were hanged. This and the following medals depict various aspects of the story. The reverse legend on this medal is extracted from Lucretius’s De Rerum Natura, part of the famous observation on the evil deeds inspired by religious zeal.
Provenance: Baldwin List, 2005 (no. 17).
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals Ref.492
Charles I, a miniature silver Royalist badge, by Thomas Rawlins, bust of Charles I left, his hair falling over plain lace collar, rev., in incuse, crowned shield of arms within Garter, 15.5 x 11mm (MI 363/240; pl. XXXII/18; Platt I, p. 290, type O, not illustrated), integral suspension loop.
Very fine with dark tone and very rare.
Provenance: The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals
The alliance between England, France and the United Provinces, Dutch copper jeton, 1596, struck in Dordrecht, Belgic Lion to left, with sword and arrows, SC below, rev., hand from clouds holds three linked tassels, RVMPITVR HAVD FACILE MDXCVI, 29mm (MI 160/141; vL I, 471; Dugn 3398).
Louis XIV, James II received by Louis XIV, French cast bronze medal, 1689, by Henri Roussel, laureate but right, LVDOVICVS MAGNVS REX CHRISTIANISSIMVS, rev., legend within wreath of roses and pomegranates, OB REGEM REGINAM ET PRINCIPEM MAGNÆ BRITANNIÆ SERVATOS, 66.5mm (MI 654/12; Woolf 6.3b; vL III, 372)
A cast of good quality, good very fine.
The medal is a cast of a struck silver medal of which MI states, “This is one of the rarest medals of Louis XIV”.
Provenance: Bt. C. Riley, May, 2009.
The Christopher Foley, F.S.A., Collection Of Early English Medals