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1830 Pattern French Infantry Uniform, Napoleonic-style coatee/tunic For Sale
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1830 Pattern French Infantry Uniform, Napoleonic-style coatee/tunic:
This is an original uniform that the French army wore during the initial conquest of Algeria, during the Revolution of 1830, and during the student's revolt of 1832 of Les Miserables fame. This regiment was part of the invasion of Algeria. The garment is made with a mix of hand and machine stitching, so it probably dates to the 1840s however. They wore this uniform until 1844.
The epaulets are for a grenadier, and so they do not match the coat, which has the bugle turnback badges for voltigeur (light infantry) The epaulets were probably added later. They look good for display, but they should be yellow.
The condition is excellent, only a few small moth holes to the lining.
I attach a photo of a fusilier's uniform of similar vintage on a mannequin at the French infantry museum in Montpellier.
Very similar to the uniforms worn by Napoleon’s army at Waterloo. The soldier has the rank insignia of a corporal as well as a long service stripe. Maybe he had been with Napoleon as a young man. Fun to speculate.
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