MUSKETEERS OF THE KING
Rare flame of trumpet of the 1st company of the Musketeers said "Grey Musketeers".
In blue silk, bordered on the four sides of bangs in gold trimmings.
Each side very richly embroidered with silver, gold and red tinted trimmings:
-of foliage and lilies in the natural.
-In the four corners, the floriated and flaming cross of the 1st company of the King's musketeers.
-In the center of the large arms of France and Navarre under the royal crown, surrounded by the collars of the Orders of the King, that is to say the collar of the Order of St. Michael and the Order of the Holy Spirit. The arms of France embroidered on a royal blue moire background and that of Navarre on an amaranth silk background. Between the two, the figure of King Louis XVIII.
In upper part, blue silk scabbard with two cords in light blue thread passementerie.
Dimensions of the flame with scabbard and bangs: 58 x 56 cm.
B.E. About 1814-1815
15 000/20 000 €
- Memories of Marshal LAURISTON, last captain lieutenant of the company.
Sale of October 26, 1972, Hotel Drouot room n°8 Lot 87.
- Then private collection.
These flames are described by Pierre Charrier: "Aprons of trumpet in blue silk azure with gold bangs
of 2 cm. Gold and silver embroidery. In the middle the shield of France and Navarre. Dimensions 50 x 50 cm. At
corners the distinctive cross.
On December 31, 1815 the King gives the flag and the standard to the marshal of Lauriston during the
dismissal. In 1914, General de Vibraye kept the emblems. The flag is currently in the Army Museum and the standard and trumpet banner are in private collections.
Le Titeux indicates the price of each "apron of trumpet": 580 francs.
The company included eight trumpets and in view of the very brief existence of the unit (recreated on August 5, 1814, the "Maison de la Trompette" was created in 1814), it is not surprising that the company was not able to keep the same size.
August 1814, the "Maison du Rouge" was abolished in December 1815), the trumpet flames of the musketeers are very rare.