This old watch fob is commemorating the presentation of a WWI box car to the American Legion Voiture 102 Locale of Detroit, Michigan. The front is nicely detailed with the depiction of a box car. On the side of the locomotive it reads; Detroit 40/8 - Voiture 102 and the 40/8 is repeated on the car. Across the top it reads; “La Madelon” and at the bottom it reads; Powered by Ford V-8 Engine. On the back it has the V-8 emblem in the top corners and it reads as follows; La Madelon – Only Wartime French Boxcar in Active Service in America. Presented to Voiture 102. By French War Veterans of Le Havre Christened at Detroit. July 12, 1936 – National Champion 1936.
Apparently the Forty and Eight is a division of the American Legion. The boxcars of the French Railways are symbolic of the organization that works for the betterment of Veterans.
I would assume this is either brass or bronze. It come with a heavy serpentine chain that appears to be original to the medallion. On one end is a small spring clip closure and on the other end is a larger ring. I find no marks of a maker.
The medallion measures about 1 ¾” by 1 1/16” and the overall length of the chain including the rings is about 18”. It is in very nice condition with minimal wear. It has the dark, natural patina and has not been polished.
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