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Adolphe Pegoud Medal

Object Number: 
279
Date: 
1915-1919
Medium: 
Bronze; wood, leather, silk
Dimensions: 
case: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 11/16 in. ( 6.4 x 6.4 x 1.7 cm ) diameter: 1 5/8 in. ( 4.1 cm )
Marks: 
Inscription: obverse, at lower right of field: "J.P.LEGASTELOIS" Inscription: edge, lower center: "BRONZE"
Description: 
Bronze struck medal honoring Adolphe Pegoud; with obverse showing shoulder-length portrait of Pegoud in uniform, facing three-quarters to right and flanked by dates: "1882" and "1915"; legend above: "ADOLPHE PEGOUD." Reverse depicts female figure of Liberty in uniform, holding rifle and laurel branch; airplane in background; surrounding legend: "-AU.HEROS.NATIONAL-/LA.PATRIE.RECONNAISANTE." Medal is inset into square red leather fitted case with red silk satin and silk velvet interior.
Gallery Label: 
Prior to World War I, Adolphe Pegoud (1889-1915) achieved international fame as one of the first aerobatic pilots by demonstrating aerial maneuvers previously thought impossible. During the war, after downing five German planes, he was described as a Flying Ace - the first use of that term. He died in combat in 1915.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group