Garde de la Manche du Roy

Garde de la Manche du Roy

Ceremonial dress worn by the Gardes de la Manche du Roy, the men who stayed beside the king of France wherever he went, and escorted him to his coronation, wedding, funeral and entombment. In all these occasion they wore -over the normal uniform of the Gardes du corps - a maginficently embroidered "hoqueton" or coat-of-arms, worked in gold thread over silk satin. An awesome attire that iconically epitomizes the magnificence of the court of France from Louis XIV to Louis XVI. 

Painstakingly rconstructed from period primary pictorial sources, this magnificent dress comprises:

coat, waistcoat, breeches, stockings, shoes, shirt, neckstock, hat, waistbelt, "hoqueton".


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