|Date/Report Number ..062012-0R5BY.04 Item: 1940 WWII FRENCH HARVEL TRIPLE STAR LANCET PILOT-JUMP WATCH|
|Description of item: VINTAGE
PRE WWII 1932 CERTIFICATE OF FRENCH Légion d'Honneur & VINTAGE 1940 WWII FRENCH
HARVEL TRIPLE STAR LANCET PILOT-JUMP WATCH STORED IN A MILITARY WATCH BOX . CONDITION MINT.
.Estimated Retail Replacement Value $2299.00
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STORED IN A
MILITARY WATCH BOX
In the French Revolution all French orders of chivalry were abolished. It was the wish of Napoleon Bonaparte, the First Consul and de facto sole ruler, to create a reward to commend civilians and soldiers and from this wish was instituted a Légion d'Honneur, a body of men that was not an order of chivalry, for Napoleon did know that France did not want a new nobility system, but a recognition of merit. The Légion used however the organization of old French Orders of Chivalry, like the Ordre de Saint-Louis. The badges of the legion do bear a resemblance to the Order of Saint Louis, which also used a red ribbon.
Napoleon, as emperor, always wore the cross and Grand Eagle of the Légion d'Honneur
The Légion was loosely patterned after a Roman Legion, with legionaries, officers, commanders, regional "cohorts" and a grand council; and the Emperor angrily rebuked anyone who called this institution an order. The highest rank was not a grand cross but a grand aigle (great eagle), a rank that wore all the insignia common to grand crosses. The members were paid, the highest of them extremely generously:
* 5,000 francs to a grand officier,
* 2,000 francs to a commandeur,
* 1,000 francs to an officier,
* And 250 francs to a légionnaire.
First remittance of the Légion d'Honneur, 15 July 1804, at Saint-Louis des Invalides, by Jean-Baptiste Debret (1812).
According to some sources Napoleon declared: On appelle ça des hochets, je sais, on l'a dit déjà. Et bien, j'ai répondu que c'est avec des hochets que l'on mène les hommes.[verification needed] "We call these children's toys, I know, it's been said already. Well, I replied that it's with such toys that one leads men." (The French word hochet means a child's rattle.) This has been often quoted as "It is with such baubles that men are led."
THE TWO LANCET WATCHES ROCK RESTORED
LANGUISHED IN THE HUMID JUNGLES OF
VIETNAM FOR 60 TO 70 YEARS.
THEIR CHROME PLATED CASES WERE HORRIBLE.
THE DIALS HAD BUT FAINT IMAGING
OF WHAT THEY ONCE WERE
TARNISHED SILVER RINGS
FADED RED PROP PLANE & SECOND REGISTER
JUST THE OUTLINE LEFT OF THE RADIUM NUMBERS
A FAINT TOUCH OF BLUE LINED THE CHAPTER RING
THOUGH RADIUM IS OUTLAWED
SO ROCK MADE SURE THAT THIS
GLOWS ONCE AGAIN
THE DIAL WAS
TO ORIGINAL FINISH
NOTE THE HAND OUTLINED
TRIPLE SILVER RINGS
THESE CHANGE COLOR
NOTE THE FRENCH COLORS
BLUE SECONDS CHAPTER
RED PROP PLANE
RED SUB-SECONDS REGISTER
OUTLINED RAISED LUME NUMERALS
ORIGINAL STEEL LANCET HAND
AS FOR THE CASE
RATHER THAN SANDING DOWN ALL THE IMPERFECTIONS
ROCK WANTED TO KEEP A SEMBLANCE OF THE
AGED TESTAMENT OF THE FRENCH HEROES
IRREGARDLESS OF THEIR OWN LIVES
JUMPED INTO WHAT WAS
HELL ON EARTH
DOOMED TO DIE
THEN AND THERE
OVER 12000 SURVIVORS
WERE TAKEN PRISONER
SO, ROCK LIGHTLY
MACHINE BUFFED THE TWO PART CASE
UPPER CASE W/LUGS
THEN ELECTRO CLEANED
THE BASE METAL
FINAL DOUBLE PLATE
THOUGH THE HISTORY SHOWS
IT IS PROTECTED
ATTACHED TO THIS AWESOME LANCET
IS A LUXURY
TAN OIL-SKIN LEATHER
DUAL HIDE LEATHER
STAINLESS STEEL SCREW DOWN BACK
STAINLESS STEEL BACK
VERY VERY NICE
THIS IS A 1940 15 JEWEL AS 984
10.5''', Dm= 23.3mm
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h
984, 1009, 1010, 1013, 1028, 1033, 1035, 1038,
1048, 1050, 1055, 1077, 1084, 1089, 1091, 1141, 1211,
1218, 1231, 1259, 1277, 1285, 1313, 1377, 1440, 1614
21 X 16 X 2 3/4"
|Date de naissance|
|Lieu de naissance||Isère ; Thodure|
|Lieu conservation dossier|
|Date dernier document du dossier|
|N° de notice|
NATIONAL ORDER OF THE LEGION OF HONOR
HONOR [MEDAL] COUNTRY
THE PRESIDENT OF THE FRENCH REPUBLIC
APPOINTED BY ORDER OF THE DAY M " . JOUBERH AUGUSTE, ALFRED,"
" [ESE] SOLDIER [AN] 140 REGIMENT [D']
[ne'le] 7 february 1880 ['a] Thodure , Department de L'Isere
TAKING OF RANK 2 FEBRUARY 1932
ENJOY ALL RIGHTS AWARDS POWERS THAT STATUS ATTACHED
DONE AT PARIS, September 15, 1932
Seen & verified seal records february No. 180.992
the first head of office
MINISTER JUSTICE 1932-1933
CEREMONIAL OFFICE OF THE KEEPER OF THE SEALS
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
[1932 - 1940]
THE GRAND CHANCELLOR OF THE LEGION OF HONOR
21 X 16 X 2 3/4"
Napoleon Bonaparte's awarding some of the first Légions d'honneur'
on 16 August 1804 at the camp of Boulogne
ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF
French Légion d'Honneur
IN SEPTEMBER OF
Its details are filled out in beautiful
sepia-toned script and the document stamped with the raised seal of the Légion.
17 1/4" X 22 1/4"
The order was the first modern order of merit. The orders of the monarchy were often limited to Roman Catholics and all knights had to be noblemen. The military decorations were the perks of the officers. The Légion, however, was open to men of all ranks and professions. Only merit or bravery counted. The new legionnaire had to be sworn in the Légion.
It is noteworthy that all previous orders were crosses or shared a clear Christian background, whereas the Légion is a secular institution. The jewel of the legion has five arms.
Napoleon Bonaparte's awarding some of the first Légions d'honneur' on 16 August 1804 at the camp of Boulogne
In a decree issued on the tenth Pluviose XIII (30 January 1805) a grand decoration was instituted. This decoration, a cross on a large sash and a silver star with an eagle became known as the Grand Aigle, and later in 1814 as the grand cordon (French for "large sash"). After the reestablishment of the nobility in 1808, award of the Légion gave right to the title of "Knight of the Empire" (chevalier de l'empire). The title was made hereditary after three generations of grantees.
Napoleon had dispensed 15 golden collars of the legion among his family and his senior ministers. This collar was abolished in 1815.
Although research is made difficult by the loss of the archives, it is known that three women who fought with the army were decorated with the order: Virginie Ghesquière, Marie-Jeanne Schelling and a nun, Sister Anne Biget.
The Légion d'honneur was prominent and visible in the empire. The Emperor always wore it and the fashion of the time allowed for decorations to be worn most of the time. The king of Sweden therefore refused the order; it was too common in his eyes. Napoleon's own decorations were captured by the Prussians and were displayed in the Zeughaus (armory) in Berlin until 1945. Today, they are in Moscow.
Restoration of the Bourbon Kings in 1814
Insignia with figure of Henry IV
Louis XVIII changed the appearance of the order, but it was not abolished. This would have angered the 35-38,000 members. The images of Napoleon and his eagle were removed and replaced by the image of King Henry IV, the popular first king of the Bourbon line. Three Bourbon Lilies (fleur-de-lys) replaced the eagle on the reverse of the order. A king's crown replaced the imperial crown. In 1816 the grand cordons were renamed grand crosses and the legionnaires became knights. The king decreed that the commandants were now commanders. The legion became the second order of knighthood of the French monarchy, after the Order of the Holy Spirit.
 July Monarchy
Louis-Philippe, King of the French, wearing the sash of the order
France's first constitutional monarch, King Louis-Philippe of the House of Orleans, restored the order of the Légion d'honneur in 1830 as the paramount decoration of the French nation. The insignia were drastically altered. The cross now displayed tricolour flags. Louis-Philippe abolished the other orders of the monarchy. In 1847, there were 47,000 members.
 Second Republic
Yet another revolt in Paris (1848) brought a new republic and a new design to the Légion d'honneur. A nephew of the founder, Prince Napoleon was elected president and he restored the image of his uncle on the crosses of the order. In 1852 the first recorded woman, Angélique Duchemin, an old revolutionary of the 1789 uprising against the absolute monarchy, was admitted into the order. President Napoleon staged a coup d'état and made himself emperor of the French in 1852.
 Second Empire
An Imperial crown was added. During Napoleon III's reign the first American was admitted: Dr. Thomas Wiltberger Evans, dentist of Napoleon III.
In 1870 the defeat of the army in the Franco-Prussian war brought another Republic. As France changed, the Légion d'honneur changed as well. The crown was replaced by a laurel and oak wreath. In 1871, during the Paris Commune, the Hôtel de Salm, headquarters of the Légion, was burned to the ground in street fighting; the archives of the order were lost.
In the second term of Jules Grévy, newspaper journalists brought to light the trafficking of Grévy's son-in-law, Daniel Wilson, in the awarding of decorations of the Légion d'Honneur. Grévy was not accused of personal participation in these scandals, but he was slow to accept his indirect responsibility, which caused his eventual resignation on 2 December 1887.
During the First World War, some 55,000 decorations were conferred, 20,000 of which to foreigners. The large number of decorations results from the new posthumous awards authorised in 1918. Traditionally membership in the Légion could not be awarded posthumously.
21 X 16 X 2 3/4"
Napoleon, as emperor, always wore the cross
and Grand Eagle of the Légion d'Honneur
THREE FRENCH LAPEL CRESTS
ALL GENUINE AND DRAGO SIGNED.
Drago of Paris
The French Commemorative Medal for World War I
awarded to all French soldiers and sailors who
served in the war. The law creating the medal was
approved on June 23, 1920. \
Louis-Philippe, King of the French
wearing the sash of the order
Flag of France
Standard of the Kingdom of France
|Cross of Lorraine,symbol of Free French Forces.|
|Free French Forces Adrian helmet with the Cross of Lorraine replacing the 1939-1940 French Republic "RF" emblem.||Free French Naval ensign and French Naval Honour Jack.||The French flag with the Cross of Lorraine, emblem of the Free French.|
The President of the French Republic
is the Grand Master of the Order and appoints all other members of the Orderby
convention, on the advice of the Government. Its principal officers are the Chancellor and
The pole of the Flag or the standard units or