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Ceremonial Uniform of the Cent-Suisses


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This gala uniform for the Cent-Suisses, an elite unit of one hundred Swiss mercenaries charged with protecting the king inside the palace, would have been worn during the king’s public audiences with foreign ambassadors and on other special occasions. Its elaborate design—including a starched and pleated ruff, a doublet and trunk hose richly decorated with braid, and a plumed hat—dated back to the sixteenth century.

Ceremonial Uniform of the Cent-Suisses, Silk and velvet (uniform), gold-plated iron (halberd), linen and flax (collar), leather and gold embroidery (gloves), French

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Photo: Swiss National Museum, 41912