A glass cover protects the intaglio printed paper calendar page you see inserted here in this charming old French wall calendar. The months would have changed simply by replacing the one passed with the one upcoming, and so it was perpetual in nature by adding only the paper prints each month. This one is, interestingly enough, filled with a very historically momentous month - that in 1815, marking the second abdication of Napoleon (Treaty of Paris of 1815), which followed the escape of Napoleon from Elba (Feb, 1815) and his return as Emperor of France. I don't know if that it coincidence that this month is the one left in place for 2 centuries, but it is the only month tucked inside. One must wonder who it was who chose to freeze time, so to speak, with this little emblem of it's significance in history. Such details always interest me when I'm searching for antiques. I love the stories! I think perhaps at some point Science and technology will be able to decode surface memories from objects, and what stories these old ones will tell us. Who owned them, treasured them and why. Wouldn't it be fun to know.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. The calendar is frozen in November, 1915, heralding the Treaty of Paris, the final removal of Napoleon from his role as Emperor of France. The wooden wall piece is in fine form, complete with its many cut steel pique pins/nails, and with an unbroken cover glass. This calendar would have originally housed 12 monthly panels, but there is just the historic one in place now. Fabulous for the Napoleonic era French Empire collector or just for decorators accenting a French Empire decor. Measurements noted on the photos.
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