Crowning for a flag standard in copper plate: eagle with spread wings wearing the Emperor crown, below his feet: 'N III', for Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte or Napoleon III. This flag standard was used by the Garde Imperiale around 1854. In ancient Rome an Aquila (or eagle) was an important and prominent symbol used as a standard for a legion. Each legion had one aquila. Under Napoleon and his nephew Louis-Napoléon symbols from ancient Rome were used on large scale, and so was the use of the Eagle as flag standard. Hight 31.5 cm, including (modern) standard: 59.5 cm.
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