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French antique legal document from 1866, hand written manuscript. This wonderful old document from a Notaire's office (kind of like a solicitor but not) concerns the rental of a farm for the total of 320 francs a year. Use the zoom button under the photos to get a better view of the beautiful writing.

At the top of the document is written 'Napoléon, par la grace de Dieu et la volonté nationale, Empereur des francais, à tous présents et à venir, Salut' which means 'Napoléon, by the grace of God and the will of the nation, Emperor of the French, of all present and those to come, Hello'. This would have been Napoleon III who was emperor from 1852 until 1870.

The writing is beautiful and covers four sides of paper. Each page measures 8¼ins (21cm) wide and 11¾ins (29.5cm) high. The pages have been folded in the past and the folds still show and the document is slightly more yellow than show in the photos. The back page is quite dirty, especially the top left hand quarter- perhaps where it was put in the tenant farmer's pocket!

What a wonderful piece of history this is, so beautifully written. Look out for lots more old documents from the 19th century, or contact me if you can't wait that long!

If you have any questions please convo me.

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French antique legal document from 1866, hand written manuscript


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: paper, ink
  • Ships worldwide from France
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