Last week (October 23), William P. Houston of
Frankfurt am Main wrote:
It was only today that I got around to reading the E-Sylum issue of 19 Aug.
Therein you pictured and wrote a note about the Carnegie Hero medal from France which you recently purchased. I too have one of these medals which is in an original case with a monogram on the cover. Mine is named with "GALLOY (K)," and dated 1937, a few years before yours.
I have researched these pieces to some extent but have not found any large amounts of specific information. My piece is in nearly new condition but unfortunately the name of the designer is poorly struck up. The best I have so far been able to read is that it may be DEJEAN or something similar. There is faint evidence of a first name.
Your piece seems to have two names struck much better but try as I might, either as small or large, I remain uncertain about the spelling. I would indeed appreciate it if, some time when you again have the piece in hand, if you would be good enough to let me know what you read the signature as.
Over the weekend I dug out my medal and replied:
To me the signature looks like:
“Loiris Dejeau” It might actually be “Louis Dejeau” or “Louis Dejean”
I located a possible match for Louis Dejean online:
“Louis Dejean (1872–1954), born in Paris, was a French sculptor and engraver.”
It says he did a “Bronze medal from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1909. Dimensions 80 x 52 mm, weight 195 grams.”
Dejean, Louis Carnegie, Andrew United States of America 1909 36x55 bronze Heroes Fund eng. To G Chaplain, 1961
I don’t know if these entries are about the same medal, but the Paul Bosco listing definitely ascribes the Hero medal to Dejean.
This was a fun little bit of detective work, although I'm sure we didn't learn anything that wasn't already known to experts in the medal field.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
WAYNE'S NUMISMATIC DIARY: AUGUST 19, 2012
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