Circular silver-gilt medal with laterally-pierced ball suspension; the face with a female head facing left wearing a Phrygian bonnet and representative of the French Republic, circumscribed ‘REPUBLIQUE FRANÇAISE LIBERTE EGALITE FRATERNITE’ and signed ‘J. H. COËFFIN’ (for the French sculptor, engraver and medallist Josette Hébert-Coëffin, 1906-1973); the reverse inscribed ‘LA / SOCIETE / INDUSTRIELLE / DE L’EST / A’ and engraved with the attribution ‘M. A. RUBERT’, all within a border of eight pairs of laurel sprays arranged to create an eight-pointed star effect; Paris Mint cornucopia ‘1’ silver hallmark on the edge; on original ribbon with gilt palm and mounted for wear in the French style.
The Société Industrielle de l’Est was founded at Nancy in Lorraine in 1884 and brings together several hundred companies, public and private institutions engaged in industry, commerce and services in the area.
The Society has issued medals for more than a hundred years; the silver-gilt medal is awarded for 25 years’ service, of which at least five must be in the recipient’s current enterprise.