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Uniform: Grande tenue de payeur général de la garde, price for jacket only, without aiglets and waistcoat.

  1. 4 300,00 €

    3 to 6 months' delivery time


What seduced us in the first place with the paymaster of the guard outfit, is its highly unusual aspect.
The Oak leaves' embroidery mixes gold and silver, and the background of the outfit is said to be purple by A. Jouineau, one of the most respectable author.
He based himself on a source describing this model seen by a writer of the last century ...
From these informations, a drawing of a purple outfit, embroidered with an alternation of silver and gold oak leaves was suggested
We created a first campaign jacket, echoing the embroidery proposed by A. Jouineau, who seemed a bit dull compared to the rank of paymaster of the guard a general rank...

Then we've created a second jacket, violet again, with an embroidery pattern similar to a general, still with an alternation of gold and silver oak leave.... and then we found a very rare documentation!

First of all, a richly documented book, along with hundreds of plates, which had never been published, the "Deghilage", named after its author who died before his book was published.
In his work, the author included drawings and illustrations of sabretache, duly documented, with informations about the sources.
In fact, the embroidery consists of golden thread chopsticks wrapped around the oak’s silver branches.
Problem: only the embroidery of the waist, collar and cuffs is shown, what about the front of the coat?
Then a collector with whom I shared my research told me that he had the original specifications drawings of the house Picot, embroiderer of the imperial house. The patterns of embroidery of the front are detailed (see second to last photo).
After some research it appears that the outfit of general payer of king guard, beginning of the restoration, was sold in 2003 by the auctioneer De Maigret, B Croissy expert.
It is the same model as the one of the Empire period.... but blue (see last photo).
In fact, the blue color turns violet with age, hence the confusion of the author who had seen the paymaster general outfit, now probably disappeared, in a color that was not the original one.
This (re)creation was a pleasure for mind and for eyes

Frac: 4300 €.
Aiguillette : 279 €
Waistcoat: 850 €