Vintage WWI Infantry Pendant 'En Avant' in 18k Gold

I admit it, sometimes I buy things just because they have a beauty and design that truly intrigues me.  Such was just the case with this most unusual pendant.  Made in about 1918, this pendant was most likely given as a token of appreciation after WWI.  The pendant features an infantryman in great detail in the foreground, his face, outfit, rifle and bayonet are all shown in fantastic detail.  In the background are other fighters, some firing at airplanes, others charging the scene.  On a banner at the bottom are the words “En Avant”, French for ‘Onward’.  There is a rooster surrounding the scene.  

The rooster, the “Gallic Rooster” as it’s called, was always a popular symbol of French nationalism.  It even replaced the fleur-de-lis as the French national emblem for a time.   It was on the back of all 20-franc gold pieces from 1899-1914 and is used as a symbol on uncountable war memorials.

This 18 karat gold pendant measures 1 1/8"  (28.2 mm) long including the bale and is 13/16" (21.1 mm) wide and1/16" (2 mm) thick.  It weighs 2.7 grams.  It is signed by the medal artist who designed, Tschauder.   While this pendant bears no French marks, I think it most likely French in origin, I actually think that this was originally marked a the very top and that at some point it got worn a bit thin up there.  There seems to be a spot where a goldsmith has reinforced it a bit and I think in doing so the mark was lost.  I’ve had it acid tested to make sure that it’s definitely 18 karat gold.

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