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Louis XV - Commission pour un rang de Lieutenant Colonel sur parchemin - 1773

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Louis XV - Commission pour un rang de Lieutenant Colonel sur parchemin - 1773

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Gendarmerie, History, Literature, Militaria, War history - Quantity: 1 - Manuscript

Object: Manuscript (More lots)
Number of Books: 1
Subject: Gendarmerie, History, Literature, Militaria, War history
Author/ Illustrator: Louis XV
Book Title: Commission pour un rang de Lieutenant Colonel sur parchemin
Condition: Very good
Publication year oldest item: 1773
Edition: 1st Edition
Language: French
Original language: Yes

Rare document on parchment (skin of beast) dated 29 March 1773 demanding that Louis Edmond, vicomte de Menou du Mée (1750-1829), simple guidon in the company of the Burgundian gendarmes to be held in the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of cavalry

Signed by Louis XV (Secretary) and countersigned Louis François de Monteynard (autograph signature) who was then Secretary of State for war.

Size: 28.5*44cm

These documents concerning the gendarmerie under the old regime are rare. Indeed, this corps, also called the gendarmerie d'Ordonnance, has only known about fifteen companies and only 8 were left on the eve of the French Revolution. To be a part of it was a rare honour and often the soldiers who integrated the corps descended into rank.

Our document proves this assertion since Menou is guidon (second-lieutenant) within the gendarmerie but must therefore be recognised as a Lieutenant Colonel within the cavalry.

Note that Menou is of the family of the Marquis of Menou who was Captain-Lieutenant (highest rank) from 1720 to 1729.

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