Two-horned hat belonging to General Gazan de la Peyrière
Second half of the 19th century - wool, fabric and feathers
Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donated by Miss Gazan de la Peyrière
Born in Grasse in 1765, Honoré Théodore Maxime Gazan entered the Antibes Coast Guard at the age of fifteen as a second lieutenant gunner. During his first campaigns, he was promoted to the rank of general. A hero of numerous battles, he received different awards, including Grand Officer of the Legion of Honour, Count of the Empire and member of the Chamber of Peers. His name is inscribed on the south face of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile monument.
The Museum owns numerous souvenirs of General Gazan de la Peyrière, including headdresses, swords, decorations, a stove from his home and portraits by Charles Nègre. This two-horned hat of an Officer of the State, which belonged to him and still has its original box, is in black felt and is decorated with feathers. It features a gold-coloured braid fastened at the bottom with a uniform button and holding a "butterfly wing" cockade.