1888 Chromolithograph France Military Uniform Armor Clothing 15th Century LCH3


This is a rare original 1888 color chromolithograph depicting some of the military outfits popular in France during the 15th and 16th centuries.

A unique feature of this illustration, which may be difficult to see in the digital image, is the use of gold and silver ink, which not only shimmers when it catches the light but also accentuates some of the finer details that might otherwise be missed.

Key Elements in Each Panel

Top - 1. Soldier wearing a morion helmet - 2. Gentleman from the house of Fresnaye, wearing a tabard over his armor - 4. Lord Claude Gouffier of Boisy, Grand Equerry of France - 6. Duke François of Alençon in military pageantry.

Bottom - 7,8. Solider holding one of the flags of Picardy, well armored, right down to his codpiece - 9,10,14. Cannoneer, with the gunpowder primer - 11,12,15. Swiss solider in the service of France, with details of his hat and sword - 13,3,5. Armored knight equipped with lance, sword and shield.


This 123+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. Light wrinkling. No natural defects. No surface rub. No tears. No water damage.

  • Product Type: Original Chromolithograph; Color
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 10 x 13.5 inches; 25 x 34 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

Period Paper has obtained an extraordinary, ultra-rare collection of original color and chromolithographs, which capture a myriad of ancient cultures and costumes from around the world. Virtually unseen individually, and from perhaps the most coveted portfolio of costumes from the 19th century, these historically important elephant folio-sized chromolithographs depict scenes and images venturing from ancient Egypt to classical Rome and Greece. Each illustration was adapted from actual artifacts and archaeological sites to define accurate representations of life during each time period; from the dainty Orient to the tribes of Oceania, there are beautiful illustrations for all, each more unique than the next.

Please note that the full original supporting documents for this original piece, shown in the additional pictures attached to the listing, are included and will be shipped with this original.

The originals offered are from the first edition of RacinetÕs masterwork on costumes of the world. Many have been heightened in gold and silver. The full color chromolithographs are some of the most spectacular we have procured. The duotone chromolithographs are stunning and impeccably preserved. Each piece from the collection is in museum-quality condition.

Keywords specific to this image: historical, helmet, helm, plate mail, weaponry