101438 | FRANCE. Compagnie Générale Transatlantique Art Deco bronze Medal.
101438 | FRANCE. Compagnie Générale Transatlantique Art Deco bronze Medal. Issued 1935. Commemorating the maiden voyage of the Normandie service line (68mm, 143.07 g, 12h). By J. Vernon in Paris.
Female figure standing left, raising hands and holding bridle; in background, hippocamp rearing left above the waves / «NORMANDIE» 79280 Tx, ship steaming left upon the ocean; in four lines in exergue, Cie Gle TRANSATLANTIQVE / French Line / LE HAVRE • NEW • YORK / =1935 =. Edge: «cornucopia» BRONZE.
Choice Mint State. Slightly matte brown-bronze surfaces A popular Art Deco type emblematic of the movement.
Presented to passengers on the inaugural voyage, this wondrous Art Deco piece is one in a long and popular line of highly artistic medals presented for similar purposes by various French fleets. The Normandie was part of the Compagnie Générale Transatlantique's tourist fleet. She caught fire and capsized in 1942, and was ultimately scrapped in 1946.