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The Portefeuille of General Vandamme, c.1810.

Price:   $ 16,500.00
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Portefeuille ‘Marroquinerie’ of General Dominique Vandamme (1770-1830). This extraordinary piece of history is the personal brief case, or Portefeuille of General Vandamme, already a Brigadier General by 1793. He fought throughout the Napoleonic era, finally serving under Grouchy in the Waterloo Campaign although unable to persuade him to head for the sound of the guns at Waterloo. He was a fighting and fearless general in the tradition of Lannes and Ney and Napoleon once said that if there were two Vandammes, he would have to order one of them to hang the other! The Portefeuille is constructed of the highest quality red morocco and the interior, with several partitions, is lined with green morocco. The front pull-over securing flap has the gilt inscription Le General de Division Vandamme with the original working lock mechanism placed just above; the original key is present. On the reverse of this flap the interior green lining has the remains of the maker’s label which states Gard….Md. Papet…. Rue Vivienne, No 12 A PARIS. There are seven documents within, as follows: 1. The Service Certificate of Lieutenant Michel Geterriez, 48 Demi Brigade, Armee du Nord, with nine Officers signatures, confirmed by General Vandamme, General de Brigade of la 2eme Division. Signed at Fonsbeck, 14 Frimaire in the Third Year of the Republic (1794). The document has two red wax stamps of the 40eme Regiment of Infantry and the 48eme Demi Brigade, one above the other. 2. Letter to the Commissaire de Guerres signed by Vandamme requesting that his personal carriage and horses be transported from Cassel to Grisson where he now commandant de l’Armee des Grissons. Dated an IX de la Republique (1800) with ink stamp of the Post Office of Calais. 3. Letter of recommendation and promotion of Adjutant Major Dupral of the 16e Infantry Division to General of Brigade. With the stamp of the 16 Division Militaire, dated 1801. 4. Document recommending a promotion and life pension for Pierre Viguet, signed by General of Brigade and eight other officers and approved by General Vandamme, 16e Division Militaire. The document has the ink stamp of the 18e Demi Brigade and is dated 1802. 5. A Letter of Request to the Governor of Boulogne for a Police pass for visit to Paris by Mr Paul Marcovich. Signed by General Vandamme, 6eme Division au Champ de Boulogne. No date but possibly 1805. 6. A letter to le Ministre de la Guerre concerning Notification of Deportation of eight Military Prisoners to Colonial Prison. Signed D. Vandamme, dated 1802. 7. Letter: Au quartier général du Fauxbourg noting with satisfaction the conduct and courage of Officer Rosent of the 20e Cavalry Regiment in Battle. Signed LE GENERAL VANDAMME Au Citoyen Comandant le 20e. Régiument de Cavalerie. Dated 24 Floréal, 2me. Année républicaine (1793). 8. Original page of Journal d’Empire dated June 9 1813. Copy of General Vandamme’s War Dispatch addressed to Marechal Davout, Prince de Eckmühl relating the Hambourg Siege. 9. Portrait of: General de Division Dominique Joseph Vandamme. Printed by Jean Sebastien Rouillard (1789-1852). Hand coloured wash print of the General in Dress Uniform with sash.