100263 | FRANCE. Compagnie Générale Transatlantique bronze Medal.
100263 | FRANCE. Compagnie Générale Transatlantique bronze Medal. Struck 1949. Commemorating the "Île-de-France" Service Line (54mm, 78.39 g, 12h). By M. Renard in Paris.
Francia reclining left, holding rose and resting elbow upon shield; smaller shields around; all set upon raised disk, with compass pattern near the peripheries / Cie Gle TRANSATLANTIQVE, central porthole with view of sea gulls and set upon aerial harbor perspective; above, the vessel left; below, "ILE DE FRANCE" and 'French Line' in script above dolphin. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Gem Mint State. Yellow-brown matte surfaces.
Built just after the conclusion of World War I, the Île-de-France was heavily influenced by Art Deco themes and designs, and considered one of the most beautiful in the fleet. Later in her life, she was important in the rescue operation of passengers aboard the Andrea Doria after the latter's collision with the Stockholm off the coast of Nantucket in 1956. Her final use was as a prop in the 1960 film The Last Voyage, in which she was partially sunk. Ironically, the plot of this movie mirrored the events of the Andrea Doria disaster, with the Île-de-France playing the role of a distressed ship this time.
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