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French Médaille d’honneur des Chemins de Fer (Médaille des Cheminots), to J.Pacaud, 1941, in Silver.


The Honour medal of railroads (Médaille d’honneur des Chemins de Fer) is a state decoration bestowed by the French Republic in the form of an honour medal for work. It was originally meant to reward, depending on the quality and length of time calculated in calendar years, the services rendered by French agents and labourers and to nationals of the French Union or protectorates, in service with the railroads. The Honour medal of railroads was created by decree on 19 August 1913 as a reward for thirty years of service. Since then, many modifications were instituted by consecutive decrees amending the original text.

This type 2 award (1939-1953) is 32mm in diameter circular silver or silver gilt medal. The design was from Charles-Maurice Favre-Bertin. The medal hung from a ribbon passing through a suspension ring itself passing through a barrel shaped suspension affixed to the top of the medal. The silk moiré ribbon was 36mm wide with seven equal vertical stripes of blue-white-red-white-blue-white-red.

On the obverse: the image of a steam locomotive main wheel. Inscription: MEDAILLE - DES - CHEMINOTS and the initials R – F (in English: RAILWAYMEN’S – MEDAL). The RF initials represented RÉPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE (in English: FRENCH REPUBLIC).

On the reverse: The image of a hand operating a railway crossing lever over a blank area for the recipient’s name: J. Pacaud 1941.

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