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Title Napoleonic aquatint print by Genty - Gendarme a Pied
Nationality French
Period 1815

This shows a Gendarme a Pied of the Garde de Paris, right at the end of the Empire. Note that he still sports the red, white and blue cockade; under the Bourbons this was changed to plain white. The Gendarmes a Pied were responsible for preserving law and order in Paris.

The page has come from an album called 'Troupes Francaises' and is numbered 8 and dated 1815 at the top right. It was published by Genty (14 rue St Jacques, Paris).

The whole print measures 30.5 x 22.5cm and the hand colouring is still nice and bright. However, there is a 1.5cm tear at the bottom right, together with various abrasions on the edge of the piece, mostly visible in my image of the print. The word 'Imperiale' has been pencilled in at the bottom left corner to inform the ignorant!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Ephemera : Prints : French : 19th Century]


[From a vendor, rather than a buyer]

I'm delighted that you are happy with the badge and I hope you can sell it to someone who will value owning it.

I tried to sell it on eBay but they won't accept Nazi items. I then contacted several dealers via a Google search who mostly offered me 40-50 after some haggling. Most of the other dealers tried to conceal its true value in their replies and also lacked manners which doesn't inspire confidence.

Ultimately it's about trust. I should think that most prospective sellers have done their own research and therefore know roughly what their item is worth. You were the only dealer who had the integrity to concede that my valuation was approximately correct and I respect your comment that you can't offer this as you need to make a profit. Your honest approach is greatly appreciated and I felt comfortable taking the risk in sending it to you.

Thank you for a smooth transaction

C D, UK, 01.07.2015

The badges arrived this morning. Thank you for the prompt delivery and your help...

J H, UK, 13.01.2012