Gilded partisan of Louis XIV’s personal bodyguard. The Gardes de la Manche (literally “guards of the sleeve”) were the closest guards to the King, so close they touched his sleeve. In 1679, they were given new tabards and weapons with solar symbolism that proclaimed Louis’ role as the Sun King. A detail near the hilt shows the King trampling an eagle (the Holy Roman Empire) and a lion (England and Spain) beneath his chariot. Also note that he’s trampling the Earth covered with French fleurs-de-lis! Via the Musée de l’Armée, France.