søndag den 11. januar 2015

Worn for War

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

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

Louis XV

Pistols once belonged to Dauphin Louis Ferdinand and
passed on to his son, the Duc de Berry

Gilet of an officer of the Gendarmerie de France, c.1770, sold by Bertrand Malvaux
Gilet of a Gendarme de France, 1770

Louis XVI

Cartridge belt, late 18th century

Infantry uniform from Poitou, 1776

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