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RED CROSS. Life Saving Insignia of the Red Cross (Insigne de Sauvetage de la Croix Rouge)
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RED CROSS.  Life Saving Insignia of the Red Cross (Insigne de Sauvetage de la Croix Rouge)
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Silvered metal medal in the form of a naval anchor, on castellated gilt metal suspension; the face with a centrally imposed gilt metal Greek (Geneva) cross hatched vertically representing the heraldic colour gules (red); the reverse plain; on French tricolour ribbon. An example of this insignia is shown in colour on page 113 of ‘Guide des Ordres Civils Français et Étrangers, des Médailles d’Honneur, des Médailles de Sociétés’ by André Souyris-Rolland (Paris, 1979) with an orange-red ribbon with a narrow vertical pale yellow stripe near either edge. The ribbon appears to be of some age and is therefore probably original. The French Red Cross did not come into being until 1940 when the Société Française de Secours aux Blessés Militaires, the Association des Dames Françaises and the Union des Femmes de France merged under a decree issued by Marshal Pétain. However, the symbol of the red Greek (Geneva) cross had been used by these organisations since the early 1860s. A striking and attractive piece of design.

 
RED CROSS.  Life Saving Insignia of the Red Cross (Insigne de Sauvetage de la Croix Rouge)
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RED CROSS.  Life Saving Insignia of the Red Cross (Insigne de Sauvetage de la Croix Rouge)
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RED CROSS.  Life Saving Insignia of the Red Cross (Insigne de Sauvetage de la Croix Rouge)
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