Lot n° 170
1 500 - 2 500 EUR
Result with fees
3 750 EUR
Astonishing and rare pair of blacksmiths...
Astonishing and rare pair of blacksmiths by Marshal Davout. Made of polished iron, with round frames and two-part folding branches ending in a ring. B.E. Period I Empire (slight oxidation). Background: Davout was bald and particularly short-sighted. He wore bésicles "in the manner of a provincial attorney", with silver or steel frames, sometimes gold. This practice was not common:" The imperial army had the incredible habit of never using oculars or besicles. "Cases of senior officers carrying mesicles in the field and in public are indeed rare. We know that this short-sightedness obviously did not affect Davout's military talents in any way. Provenance: Marshal Davout, Duke of Auerstaedt, Prince of Eckmühl.
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