London, South Kensington
18 June 2009
A RARE FRENCH TROOPER'S HELMET OF THE ESCADRON DES CENT-GARDES À CHEVAL (THE PERSONAL MOUNTED GUARD OF THE EMPEROR NAPOLEON III)
With nickel-plated skull, peak and neck-guard, gilt-brass mounts cast in relief, plume-holder, original chinscales retaining their purple velvet-covered leather backing, original white horsehair plume, and fragments of the lining
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The cent-garde numbered 145 men in 1855, growing to 221 by 1858. A total of 553 men served between 1855 and the disbanding of the regiment following the fall of the emperor.
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