Lot 6328: A helmet for enlisted men of the Mousquetaires gris de la Maison du Roi, circa 1814/15
November 2, 2016
Munich, Bavaria, GermanyLive Auction
Description: Silver-plated copper skull with gilded brass mounts. High comb, on it on both sides stamped bundles of thunderbolts décor, on front side bursting ball with flames and lightnings as well as motto "QUO RUIT ET LETHUM", black horse hair trim, aigrette with short horse hair. Large, oval emblem on finely lattice-structured and spotted background, in the centre silver cross with flame and lily motives, emblem framed with branches of oak and laurel leaves. Chin scales on velvet-covered leather with gold cord lacing, on each side bursting ball with flames and lightning. Red plume on the side replaced. Original inner lining partly existent. Partly damaged, age and wear marks. The royal guard of mounted musketeers consisted of 256 men and was re-introduced on June 7th, 1814 on the order of Louis XVIII. The Mousquetaires gris formed the 1st company of these life guards, amongst whose ranks noblemen served. They guarded the monarch and were also in battle service. The guard existed from 1622 to 1815 and owed their name to the fact that the musketeers rode silver-grey horses. In his novel "The Three Musketeers" Dumas referred to these life guards. An extremely rare and well preserved helmet from the times of the First Restoration.
Condition Report: II
Notes: Frankreich - Zeit der Restauration