From the time when the court moved to Versailles in 1682 until the revolution in 1789 the art of war underwent few changes. However, the same cannot be said for the weaponry and uniforms. Most young men of the French - and every other European country - aristocracy had served in the military at one point or another. Due to their birth they would usually be given titles of officers from their very first campaign.
This gallery is meant to show the development of style that accompanied a life in the military.
|Louis XIV's golden spurs|
|Armour given to Louis XIV on behalf of Venice,|
|Sword said to have belonged to Louis XIV, 1667|
|Pistols of the Grand Dauphin, 1687|
|Allegedly the property of the Marèchal de|
|Sword sheath with the arms of the Duc de Bourgogne|
|Pistols once belonged to Dauphin Louis Ferdinand and|
passed on to his son, the Duc de Berry
|Gilet of a Gendarme de France, 1770|
|Cartridge belt, late 18th century|
|Infantry uniform from Poitou, 1776|