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Title Chasseur a Cheval of the Guard officer's cartouche plate
Nationality French
Period c 1854-70
Price £200.00

This attribution is based on the central device, which was carried on the sabretache and the cartouche plates of the officers of this unit. The Chasseur a Cheval were Napoleon III's personal escort, in the style of his illustrious uncle. However, this badge was also worn by the cuirassier and dragoon units of the Imperial Guard.

This piece, made of gilding metal and measuring 13.5 x 6.5cm, was completely black with grime when I bought it. I cleaned it carefully with ammonia and soap and its true colours came up, sadly showing the loss of most of the flash mercury gilding to the rayed background, but revealing most of the gilt intact on the central device. There is some minor disfiguration to the rays on the edge of the plate, but there is no evidence of any breakage, crackelure or splits in the metal. The reverse has all its original copper tags for fixing to the cartouche.

Prov: from the J.R. Gaunt & Son Ltd. Pattern Book Archive, sold at auction by order of the National Army Museum, London.

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.


[Militaria : Badges : French : 19th Century]

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Wanted to let you know the items arrived today. Great job on the packing. Too often I buy very expensive and irreplaceable items from the UK and they get sent barely packed to protect them from the various postal services - appreciate you going the extra mile to insure it arrived in the shape it left. Thanks again, look forward to doing business with you in the future. Items were very nice, exactly as offered.

M M, USA, 18.03.2010

Hanger arrived safe and sound 11.30ish today. Very pleased, it's as expected. Your excellent pics make all the difference in terms of confident buying over the net. As a matter of interest, the frog, which as you said is very a/f, is, as you thought, 'spot on'. On closer inspection it is a mk.1 Naval Frog, designated 'for cutlasses'. Date seems around 1860ish give or take.

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C W, UK, 20.04.2006

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