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Re: Need help finding image of Louis XIII Royal Musketeers Flag

The date refers to the year the company was established. Has nothing to do with the flag.

As mentioned, no contemporary picture of a flag is known. The caption clearly refers to the whole picture, i.e. flag and man - "Mousquetaire de la Ire compag [ n ] ie en 1622 [meaning: fondée en 1622] ". If Montigny's illustration (published 1772, not 1722 BTW) had meant to represent a flag dated 1622, the musketeer's appearance would have to suit that date as well, which evidently is not the case. :slightly_smiling_face:

Re: Need help finding image of Louis XIII Royal Musketeers Flag

I really shouldn't try to interpret french texts ... 😒

Re: Need help finding image of Louis XIII Royal Musketeers Flag

Some pictures by Stefano della Bella (one of my favorite TYW-era artists), made c. 1640, showing French troops, among them Mousquetaires du Roi

The cavalry in the background on the right wearing cassocks with crosses - no flag around

https://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/dp/original/DP833210.jpg


A trumpeter who appears to be wearing a cassock with a cross, probably of the King's musketeers.

https://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/dp/original/DP833140.jpg


Troopers and two drummers of the King's musketeers - no flags anywhere

https://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/dp/original/DP833158.jpg


King's musketeers - no flags are shown

https://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/dp/original/DP833137.jpg