Here we have an Italian Al Valore Militare Bravery Medal in Bronze by FG. This would have been awarded to the military for exceptional valor, which did not warrant the award of the Military Order of Savoia. This medal was instituted in March 1833 by King Albert of Sardinia in three classes: gold, silver and bronze and was meant for award to army and navy personnel. It is constructed out of a die stamped bronze base that has been bronze washed. The round shaped obverse features a crowned round oval House of Savoy arms surrounded by a wheat sheaf and laurel leaves and berry wreath flanked by “Al Valore” and “Militare” above “FG”. The reverse is unnamed (awarded to Allied Troops, in very fine conduit) and depicts a laurel leaf and berry wreath that is tied together at the bottom. The top has a soldered on wire ribbon loop. It holds approximately 4 ½ inches of blue ribbon that is held together with a staple. Nice bronze wash. It measures approximately 1 5/16 inches in diameter.
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