Idaho Merci Train Collection

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Idaho Merci Train Collection

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Items in the Idaho Merci Train Collection Collection

Bull Fighter Figurine
Ceramic figurine of a bull fighter and bull. Bull fighter is in traditional dress in gold with red tie and sash with a black hat. He is holding a sword toward the bull and waving a red flag. The bull is gold and brown, it is in a charging stance…

Coaster
Wooden disk with a smoother back and engravings on the side in a wavelike pattern. Top of coaster wood is three rings carved in on the outer edge. The center is white ceramic with a large flower pattern. Center of the flower is blue. Each petal has…

Porcelain Bowl
This bowl is from France. It was a gift received in the Idaho Merci Train boxcar. It is an example of other ceramic and porcelain dishes sent in Idaho's Merci train collection. The Roullet Renoleau Pottery company started in 1896 originally named A.…

Blue and Gold Ashtray
Blue and gold ceramic ashtray in the shape of shield. On the top the outside edges are blue with ripples on the top left and bottom right, presumably for cigarettes. Cut out in the center for ash is painted gold with a cross of Loraine. The back of…

WWI Helmet
Round WWI design metal helmet painted blue. Emblem on the front of the helmet. The front brim is bent in on the left side. Raised metal piece attached to the top center. Leather chin strap and inside of the helmet. A tag is attached to the leather…

Fleur De Lays Ashtray
Maroon ceramic ashtray in the shape of a shield with 3 fleur de lays in the center of the ashtray. Two fleur de lays are above the third with a line separating them. Two indents on the side of the ashtray meant to hold cigarettes. “Caen” carved…

Maroon Ashtray
Maroon ashtray bowl. Small bowl has seven lobes with gold strips between them on the outside. Inside of the bowl is also painted maroon. The bottom is left unpainted except in the center.

Association Natinale des croix des Guerre, Group de Paris medal
Brass medal with ribbons and attached oval frame. “Association Natinale des Croix de Guerre, Group de Paris,” handwritten in oval. Two ribbons are attached to the back of the oval; red, white, and blue striped ribbon, and a green and red striped…

Grotto at Lourdes
Novelty depicts the Grotto at Lourdes. The ceramic is cut into a jagged half circle to replicate a cave. The back of the cave has a silver alter with a crucifix on it, toward the front on the top right is an image of the Saint Lourdes. The front of…

Metal Leaf Ashtray
Metal oval ashtray on one side are to metal leaves and twigs. Tied to the twigs are braided blue, red, and white strings. On the other side of the oval is a smaller oval with the long end curved upward to hold a cigarette. Both ovals have several…