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Lot n° 110 - Two flintlock pistols attributed to General Thouvenot, Vendémiaire model year XII, paired, by Le Page arquebusier de H. M. l'Empereur Napoléon 1er:
- The first: octagonal blue barrel, slightly misleading, stamped Le Page au tonnerre, on a gold background: "L" and "P" on either side of the licteur beam, in an oval; the upper part is signed in gold letters: "Le Page Arqer De S. Mté" and numbered: "n° 171"; gilded fillets at each end; silver rise and sight; length 21.3 cm, caliber 17.5 mm with hair stripes. Flat-body lock, signed: "Le Page à Paris"; gooseneck hammer, volute battery, numbered stone clamp: "171"; it is dated, inside: "1807" and numbered: "916". Cut-out iron fittings; octagonal silver cap with Medusa head, stamped with the 1st Parisian rooster title, 1798/1809 and the small Paris guarantee for the same date. Walnut stock, fine grid pattern forming diamonds. Iron rod. Total length 35.5 cm.
- The second: identical barrel, without the punch of Le Page, also numbered: "n° 171", punched under the number: "935" and dated: "1807". Platinum of the same model signed: "ARQUEBER DE L'EMPEREUR", stone clamp also numbered: "171". Cut-out iron fittings, almost identical, shorter trigger guard back; identical silver cap, with the same punches. Stick in walnut squared, with slight differences including the back of the handle which is round. Iron rod. Total length 35.5 cm.
Early First Empire period, 1807. Very good condition.
PROVENANCE: these pistols would come from General Pierre THOUVENOT, Baron, purchased on May 30, 1983, from Mr Charles MARCHAL, in Paris. (A copy of the certificate may be given to the buyer).
Jean LE PAGE, harquebusier and furbisher in Paris, from 1779 to 1822, born in 1746 † in 1834. He was the arquebusier of Louis XVI, the First Consul, then the Emperor and Louis XVIII. He created the fulminate system by patent on April 28, 1810. Unlike his colleague and competitor Nicolas-Noël BOUTET, he kept the favours of the new regime under the Restoration. He was established at 950, rue de la Loi, in 1798, then later at 494 of the same street which would become rue de Richelieu and his workshop would become number 13 which would later become number 8. His son Henri, Jean, André, Prospère succeeded him in 1822 and retired in 1842, born in 1792 † in 1854.
Pierre THOUVENOT, general born in Toul (Meurthe-et-Moselle) on 9 March 1757, † in Orly (Seine) on 21 July 1817. Engineer geographer of the King, in 1774; candidate for the artillery of the colonies at the school of La Fère, in 1779; second lieutenant following the artillery company of the Ré Island depot, in August 1780; second lieutenant of artillery in Guadeloupe, in September 1780; lieutenant in 2nd, in December 1783; lieutenant of the colonial artillery regiment, in May 1786; captain, on 20 February 1788; knight of Saint-Louis, in November 1791; director of the Indret foundry, in August 1792; supernumerary adjutant general in the Belgian army, on 3 November 1792; lieutenant-colonel, on 9 November; director of the Mechelen foundry, at the end of November; provisionally appointed commander of the Belgian artillery in Brussels, on 1 December; chief of staff of the Dutch expeditionary army, under DUMOURIEZ, in February 1793; Adjutant-General Colonel Supernumerary, in March; deserted with DUMOURIEZ, in April 1793; stayed in the Duchy of Brunswick, from the end of 1794 to 1800; Adjutant-Commander employed as Brigade Commander in the Army of Santo Domingo, in October 1801; employed by the Chief General as Chief of Staff of the DESFOURNEAUX Division, on 2 November; in charge of commanding the Môle Saint-Nicolas, on 25 October; Commander in Chief of Army Artillery in place of Brigadier Chief FÉLIX, on 21 November; provisionally appointed Brigadier General, on 15 October by Chief General ROCHAMBEAU; confirmed in this rank on 15 October 1802 by order of the First Consul, on 26 February 1803; appointed Chief of Staff to the Army of Santo Domingo, on 10 April; transferred to the Navy Department, on 27 August; entered the War Department on 23 September 1804 and confirmed Brigadier General in the Army; placed in non-active status on 2 March 1805; employed in the 2nd Reserve Corps as Commander in Würzburg in September 1806; Commander in Erfurt instead of CLARKE on 16 October 1806; appointed Commander in Stettin, was still there in April 1807; then in the GRANDJEAN Division; wounded at Colberg Headquarters on 14 June 1807; employed in the observation corps of the Grand Army on June 16; Governor of Stralsund on August 21; called to Paris on January 18, 1808; sent to Bayonne under MONCEY to the Spanish Army on March 7; he occupied San Sebastian and was appointed Commander of the Province of Guipuzcoa on March 8; Commander of the Province and the Place de San Sebastian on November 8; Baron of the Empire on February 13, 1811; officer of the Legion of Honour, on 30 June; commander of a provisional division created in the Portuguese army, on 26 June 1813, dissolved on 9 July; served under VILLATTE in the Pyrenees army, in July; provisional commander of the 9th division under REILLE, in September 1813; superior commander of Bayonne, on 7 October; division general, on 25 November 1813; commander in Bayonne of the 9th division of the army of the Pyrenees under REILLE, on 16 January 1814; blocked in Bayonne, on 23 February; wounded by a bullet in the thigh, on 27 February; signed the agreement of 5 May 1814, by which the enemy lifted the blockade of Bayonne; commander of a subdivision of the 11th military division, on 15 October; superior commander in Bayonne, on 10 April 1815; inactive, on 10 August 1815 and retired on 9 September 1815.

Two flintlock pistols attributed to General Thouvenot, Vendémiaire model year XII, paired, by Le Page arquebusier de H. M. L'Empereur Napoléon 1er: The first: octagonal blue barrel…
Estimate — 22 000 - 28 000 €
Thierry de Maigret - Paris, France

Lot n° 111 - Light cavalry officer's sword model 1822, once belonging to Jules Pierre César Gudin, chased and gilded brass guard, cap return with the number: "J G" in Gothic letters, silver filigree horn fuse; round-backed blade and damask counter-sharp, engraved with etching on half a decoration of trophies and gold leaves, signed on the heel: "P. G. Knecht fils" and "À Solingen"; white polished steel sheath with two strap hinges, monogrammed on the front: "J G" and stamped on the back: "Manceaux à Paris"; length 101 cm.
Epoque fin Restauration, Louis-Philippe. Very good condition.
Captain Jules Pierre César GUDIN, Baron, born on 2 December 1808 in Deux-Ponts (Grand Duchy of Bavaria), † in 1847. Student of the special military school of Saint-Cyr, 23 November 1825; second lieutenant at the Royal Cavalry School, 1 October 1827; then at the 10th Hunters Regiment, 12 October 1829; at the Chartres Hussars (1st Regiment), 18 August 1830; second lieutenant, 21 October 1831; First Lieutenant, May 17, 1836; Captain Warrant Officer Major, February 14, 1840; Captain First Class, July 4, 1845; Captain Commanding, January 27, 1846; appointed King's Ordering Officer, March 29, 1846; struck off duty, April 7, 1846; resigned, May 28, 1847. Campaign of Belgium, in 1830 and 1831. Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour, September 22, 1846.
PROVENANCE: sale in the Drouot hotel of the R collection. V. N., 18 November 2009, Maître Thierry de MAIGRET, n° 277. The buyer will be given a catalogue of the sale containing the portrait of Jules Pierre César GUDIN and this sword.

Light cavalry officer's sword model 1822, once belonging to Jules Pierre César Gudin, chased and gilded brass guard, cap return with the number: "J G" in Gothic letters, silver fil…
Estimate — 1 800 - 2 200 €
Thierry de Maigret - Paris, France

Lot n° 112 - A sword of gift offered by the Duke of Aumale to Captain Piat, a very beautiful double-shell iron guard formed by seven branches, pierced and damascened with gold and decorated with dragons, the plate and the quillon are also pierced and engraved with foliage decoration, long tail cap entirely damascened with gold, wooden fuse covered with silver filigree grief, it is signed, in Gothic letters, around the blade: "THE ROYAL ARQR MOUTIER PAGE"; strong 96.5 cm triangular blade, signed at the base of the heel, also in Gothic letters: "THE KING'S ARQR MOUTIER PAGE", engraved in etching on the third part, on the front, with foliage scrolls, a heraldic helmet, a trophy of arms and, on the large face, foliage scrolls, a cross of the Legion of Honour and the inscription in Gothic letters: "THE DUC OF AUMALE AU CAPITAINE PIAT. - MEMORY OF TAGUIN. 16 MAY 1843"; iron sheath with two belly bracelets. (Keeps quite oxidized; sand-blasted sheath giving a matt effect).
Louis-Philippe Period, 1843. Good and very good condition.
Pierre PIAT, born on 1 March 1808 in Saint-Vincent-Salmontier (Dordogne). He entered the service at the Royal Cavalry School on 27 November 1826; after the Belgian campaign of 1832, he was a lieutenant at the regular spahis in Algiers in 1838; he served with the 1st African chasseurs in 1839, then became captain of the native cavalry corps in 1841; he took part in the battle of Taguin on 16 May 1843 and seized the sword of Abd-el-Kader, in fact donated to his leader the Duke of Aumale. Captain PIAT was then quoted in the report sent on May 20, 1843, by His Royal Highness the Duke of Aumale, concerning the capture of the smala of Abd-el-Kader, as having particularly distinguished himself. A sword of honour, presented by the Prince to the valiant officer, was the reward for this achievement. Here is how, a few weeks later, the Duke of Aumale announced that it would be sent to Captain PIAT: "Algiers, this 28 November 1843. My dear Captain, I had hoped to see you during my short stay in Algiers, and I would have even asked you to come there, if I could have given you in person the sword that I intend to offer you in memory of the one so precious that you gave me in Taguin. Unfortunately, it is not yet finished; as soon as I receive it, you will allow me to send it to you. I am pleased to have found this opportunity to share with you how much I appreciate your chivalrous character, your bravery and all your noble qualities, and I would ask you to count on me as I will always count on you. Your beloved. Henri d'Orléans".
Four years later, Captain PIAT fell in Kabylia, mortally wounded. His portrait appears next to that of the Duke of Aumale, on Horace VERNET's famous painting: The capture of the smala of Abd-el-Kader.

A sword of gift offered by the Duke of Aumale to Captain Piat, a very beautiful double shell iron guard formed by seven branches, pierced and damascened with gold and decorated wit…
Estimate — 3 000 - 4 000 €
Thierry de Maigret - Paris, France


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