World War I Medal

World War I Medal
Title
World War I Medal
Date 
ca. 1910
Medium 
Bronze
Dimensions 
case: 3 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 5/8 in. ( 9.5 x 9.5 x 1.6 cm ) diameter: 2 7/8 in. ( 7.3 cm )
Description 
Struck bronze medal with obverse showing figure of St. Mary holding nude infant Christ and kneeling St. Joseph with halo above the group, all against a landscape background with flock of sheep grazing at right and a burning altar at left. Reverse shows a partially clothed figure of young male holding a crucifix and kneeling in front of pedestal or tombstone with open book. The inscription within pedestal at left reads: "O CRVX AVE/SPES VNICA." The medal edge bears a small mark and metal name: "BRONZE." Red case with silk satin and velvet lining.
Object Number 
Z.1489
Marks 
inscription: obverse, at lower left: "G.DUPRE" inscription: reverse, at lower left: "G.DUPRE"
Gallery Label 
This medal was struck by the French Mint ca. 1910 and is executed in the so-called French soft-edge technique that was in vogue in French medal-making at the time.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group