DRESS AND HAT THAT BELONGED TO THE DEPUTY OLIVIER CHARLES MARIE COMTE DE LA POËZE, Second Empire.
Bicorne hat in black felt, black plumetis, tricolor trimmings cockade, two-tone black velvet braid embroidered with oak branches in golden threads mixed with laurel branches in silver threads. Gilded brass uniform button with silver-plated pattern representing the imperial eagle surrounded by an oak and olive branch. Inner headdress composed of a beige calfskin headband and an ivory silk headdress; gilded headdress with a count's crown and the inscription "ROUART 86 rue Richelieu PARIS".
Dark blue cloth coat closing straight at the front with 9 uniform buttons. Two-tone collar embroidered with a row of oak leaves in gold threads and olive leaves in silver threads. Facings similarly embroidered at the collar. Waist bow with two large module uniform buttons, similarly embroidered at the collar.
Pair of black silk stockings.
Set in very good condition, slight rubbing on the edges of the cocked hat, back seam of the coat near the waist knot unstitched over a centimeter with a moth hole.
Olivier Charles Marie, Count of La Poëze, was a French deputy, born June 25, 1821 in Nantes and died March 26, 1882 in Tours.
Son of Charles-Henri-Marie, Viscount of La Poëze (1788-1875), and Caroline-Prudence of La Ville de Férolles des Dorides, he was chamberlain to Napoleon III. His wife, born February 11, 1853 Staouëli de La Rochelambert, had known Empress Eugénie in an institution in Spain and had become lady-in-waiting or lady of the Empress's Palace on January 29, 1855.
In 1858, he was General Councilor of the Vendée for the canton of Saint Fulgent. On June 1, 1863, he was elected deputy to the legislative body in the 3rd constituency of Vendée with an overwhelming majority (20,199 votes out of 20,827 voters). He was re-elected on May 24, 1869. He was mainly responsible for the port of Les Sables d'Olonne.
On August 14, 1866, he was named Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.
Devoted to the Empire, La Poëze supported the policy of the government and voted for the war against Prussia (1870). He left public life when Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte fell, after the disaster at Sedan.
Heir to the Château de Sainte Hermine, in 1877, two years after the death of his father, Olivier Charles sold the château to Edouard Michelon. On the occasion of his marriage, he received the castle of La Rabatelière. He thus shared his life between the Vendée (La Rabatellière) and Paris where he lived at 119 avenue des Champs-Elysées.
He was appointed Chamberlain to Napoleon III on a date that we have not been able to find but probably after his marriage.
“The Chamberlains are Civil Officers of the Household of the Emperor (...). There is always a Chamberlain on duty at the Palace; it is read every eight days. He is responsible for introducing to Her Majesty the persons who can be admitted near Her and to whom She wishes to speak. The Chamberlain leaves the apartments only when Her Majesty is in bed, and he must be there one hour before rising. The Chamberlain follows the Emperor to the Council of State. He lives in the Palace. Whenever the Emperor receives in the large apartments, four chamberlains are obliged to be there and all have the right to go there. His Majesty specifically designates the Chamberlains who must accompany him on his travels. »
In general, this appointment to the office of chamberlain precedes the investiture as an official candidate.
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