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Date/Report Number …..062012-0R5BY.04 Item1940 WWII FRENCH HARVEL TRIPLE STAR LANCET PILOT-JUMP WATCH
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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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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

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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,[3] 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."

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FIRST

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

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THOUGH RADIUM IS OUTLAWED
  TRITIUMIS NOT
SO ROCK MADE SURE THAT THIS
AWESOME LANCET
GLOWS ONCE AGAIN

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THE DIAL WAS
PAINSTAKINGLY
HAND RESTORED
TO ORIGINAL FINISH

NOTE THE HAND OUTLINED
TRIPLE SILVER RINGS

THESE CHANGE COLOR
WITH
REFLECTIONS

NOTE THE FRENCH COLORS

BLUE SECONDS CHAPTER
AND
OUTLINES

RED LANCET
RED PROP PLANE
RED SUB-SECONDS REGISTER

WHITE DIAL

OUTLINED RAISED LUME NUMERALS

ORIGINAL STEEL LANCET HAND

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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
WHOM
IRREGARDLESS OF THEIR OWN LIVES
JUMPED INTO WHAT WAS
HELL ON EARTH

DOOMED TO DIE
THEN AND THERE
OR
LATER
WHEN
OVER 12000 SURVIVORS
WERE TAKEN PRISONER

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SO, ROCK LIGHTLY
MACHINE BUFFED THE TWO PART CASE

UPPER CASE W/LUGS
BEZEL RING

THEN

HAND DETAILED
AND
BUFFED AGAIN

THEN ELECTRO CLEANED
THE BASE METAL
AND THEN
COPPER PLATED
ALL SIDES

THEN
ELECTRO CLEANED
AGAIN

THEN
FINAL DOUBLE PLATE
WITH
NICKEL

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NOW
THOUGH THE HISTORY SHOWS
  IT IS PROTECTED
AND
CLEAN
AND
LOOKING FANTASTIC

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ATTACHED TO THIS AWESOME LANCET
IS A LUXURY
TAN OIL-SKIN LEATHER
CHRONO STRAP
WITH
MATCHING STITCHED
AND
PADDED
DUAL HIDE LEATHER

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STAINLESS STEEL SCREW DOWN BACK

SIGNED
ANTIMAGNETIC
INCBLOC
SWISS MADE
STAINLESS STEEL BACK
WATER PROTECTED

 

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VERY VERY NICE

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THIS IS A 1940 15 JEWEL AS 984

AS 984
ca. 1940
Fab. Suisse

FEATURES
manual wind
sub second

DATA
10.5''', Dm= 23.3mm
H= 3.8mm
15 jewels
f = 18000 A/h
power reserve 40h

FAMILY
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



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Cote 19800035/848/97142
Nom JOUBERT
Prénoms Auguste Alfred
Sexe M
Date de naissance 1880/02/07
Lieu de naissance Isère ; Thodure
Lieu conservation dossier Archives nationales ; site de Fontainebleau
Date dernier document du dossier 1978 [LAST ACCESS]
N° de notice c-324818


FRENCH REPUBLIC
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,"

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" [ESE] SOLDIER [AN] 140 REGIMENT [D'] INFANTRY "
[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
RENE RENOULT
MINISTER JUSTICE 1932-1933
CEREMONIAL OFFICE OF THE KEEPER OF THE SEALS
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BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC
ALBERT LEBRUN
[1932 - 1940] 
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THE GRAND CHANCELLOR OF THE LEGION OF HONOR

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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
1932

Its details are filled out in beautiful sepia-toned script and the document stamped with the raised seal of the Légion.

Dimensions approx:
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.

First Empire
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
Certificate

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.
[edit] 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.
[edit] 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.
[edit] 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.

Third Republic

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.


 
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Napoleon, as emperor, always wore the cross
and Grand Eagle of the Légion d'Honneur


WITH
THREE FRENCH LAPEL CRESTS
ALL GENUINE AND DRAGO SIGNED.


Drago of Paris

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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. \

 


 

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Louis-Philippe, King of the French
wearing the sash of the order


 

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Flag of France

Standard of the Kingdom of France

Cross of Lorraine,symbol of Free French Forces.

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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 Order—by convention, on the advice of the Government. Its principal officers are the Chancellor and Secretary-General.

Current officers of the Order include:

* Grand Master: Nicolas Sarkozy
* Grand Chancellor: General Jean-Louis Georgelin since the 9th of June 2010
* Secretary-General: Luc Fons since 2007

The Grand Master's insignia is the Grand Collar of the Legion. Only the President of the Republic, as Grand Master of the Order, wears a Grand Collar.

French nationals, men and women, can be received into the légion, for "eminent merit" (mérites éminents) in military or civil life. In practice, in current usage, the order is conferred, in addition to military recipients, to many entrepreneurs, high-level civil servants, sport champions[5] in as well as other people with high connections in the executive. The members of the French Parliament cannot receive the order, except for valour in war, and ministers are not allowed to nominate their accountants.

French nationals initially always enter the légion at the class of chevalier (knight). To be promoted to a higher class, one must prove new services to France and a set number of years must pass between appointment and promotion. The only exception is the President of the Republic, who is made a grand cross ipso facto upon his accession to the presidency.[citation needed] Foreigners are not admitted in the légion as such, but may be decorated with the insignia of the légion. A foreigner can be decorated directly with the insignia of a higher class. Foreign heads of state and the wives or consorts of monarchs are made Grand Cross as a courtesy.

Another man awarded with the Légion d'honneur was Gustave Camoin - a reporter for Agence France Presse. His award was for reporting the scuttling of the French Fleet off Toulon against the wishes of the Gestapo and Germans. For this, he suffered an all night interrogation by the Gestapo, but they could not harm him as he was a public figure. Camille Papin Tissot a French radio pioneer, experimental physicist, Légion d’honneur en 1901, officier légion d’honneur en 1909.

The Order has a maximum quota of 75 Grand Cross, 250 Grand Officers, 1,250 Commanders, 10,000 Officers and 113,425 (ordinary) Knights. As of 2010 the actual membership was 67 Grand Cross, 314 Grand Officers, 3,009 Commanders, 17,032 Officers and 74,384 Knights.

Appointments of veterans of the Second World War, French military personnel involved in the North African Campaign and other foreign French military operations, as well as wounded soldiers, are made independently of the quota.

In 1998, all surviving veterans of the First World War from any allied country who had fought on French soil were made Knights of the Légion if they were not so already, as part of the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the war's end. In December 2004, on the occasion of his 110th birthday, France's oldest surviving veteran of the war, Maurice Floquet, was promoted to Officer. On 9 and 16 March 2009, Harry Patch and Henry Allingham were also promoted to Officer.

Members convicted of a felony (crime in French) are dismissed de jure from the order. Members convicted of a misdemeanour (délit in French) can be dismissed too.

Wearing the decoration of the Légion d'honneur without having the right to do so is an offence. Wearing the ribbon or rosette of a foreign order of knighthood is prohibited if that ribbon is mainly red, like the ribbon of the Légion.

French military members in uniform must salute other military members in uniform wearing the medal, whatever the Légion d'honneur rank and the military rank of the bearer. This is not mandatory with the ribbon. However, in practice, this is rarely done.

Collective appointments can also be made to cities, institutions, companies, or military units. In the case of a military unit, its flag is decorated with the insignia of a knight, which is a different award than the fourragère. Cities proudly display the decoration in their coat of arms.

Twenty-one schools, mainly higher educations schools providing the bulk of reserve officers during World Wars, were awarded the Légion d'honneur. They share this distinction with the Red Cross, the abbey of Our Lady of Dombes and the state-railway company SNCF.

 

Ordre de la Libération

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Ordre de la Légion d'honneur streamer

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Grand'croix
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Grand Officier
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Commandeur
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Officier
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Chevalier
Ribbon bars of the order

 

The pole of the Flag or the standard units or following training,
was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor

* 2nd Foreign Parachute Regiment
* 3nd Foreign Regiment (Regiment walk from the Foreign Legion).
* 1st Foreign Regiment.
* Infantry-tank Regiment Marine (Colonial Infantry Regiment of Morocco).
* 1st Marine Infantry Parachute Regiment
* 1st Marine Infantry Regiment.
* 2nd Marine Infantry Regiment.
* 23nd Marine Infantry Regiment.
* 24nd Marine Infantry Regiment.
* 43rd Marine Infantry Regiment.
* 1st Marine Artillery Regiment.
* 11th Marine Artillery Regiment.
* 1st Battalion of Chasseurs.
* 1st Train Regiment.
* 8th Infantry Regiment.
* 23rd Regiment Infantry.
* 26th Regiment Infantry.
* 51st Infantry Regiment.
* 57th Regiment Infantry.
* 137th Infantry Regiment.
* 152nd Infantry Regiment.
* 153rd Infantry Regiment.
* 298th Infantry Regiment.
* 1st Regiment of Riflemen.
* 1st Regiment of Algerian Riflemen.
* 2nd Regiment of Algerian Infantry.
* 3rd Algerian Infantry Regiment.
* 7th Algerian Infantry Regiment.
* Moroccan Goumier.
* 4th Regiment of Tunisian Riflemen.
* 1st Regiment of Senegalese Riflemen.
* 1st Regiment of African Hunters.
* 2nd Regiment of Zouaves.
* 3rd Regiment of Zouaves.
* 4th Regiment of Zouaves.
* 8th regiment of Zouaves.
* 9th Regiment of Zouaves.
* Joint 4th Regiment of Zouaves and Sharpshooters.
* Paris Fire Brigade.
* Battalion of marines(Naval Infantry).
* Fighter Squadron 1 / 30 Normandie-Niemen.

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CONDITION WATCH:
EXCELLENT  -  RUNS EXCELLENT

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