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Paper worth more than metal: St. Helene brevets

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I missed this strange "family tree" -like frame, holding 2 St Helena medals....

Just not sure what it exactly was......

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Hi

Thanks for your answer....where can I see that online catalog?

Best regards

P.

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A scarce brevet to Philippe Matele of Hosingen (1325), which is now a suburb of Luxemburg.  At the time Luxemburg was under French control and part of the Department des Forets.  Luxembourgers were subject to conscription in the French Army and had been since 1798.  Each Luxembourg village and town had to meet a quota, which meant that between 20K and 25K men were conscripted into the French Army.  It is thought that about 760 St. Helene Medals were issued to veterans of Napoleon's army.  From on-line data, it appears that the Luxembourgers were issed brevets in the 1300 range.  St. Helene brevets are scarce and this one, a brevet to a foreign soldier and veteran, is quite rare.

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Colonel Scheltens's brevets:dsc01211.jpg

A brevet with the medal and a medal of the "Association des Frères d'Armes de Mons":

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Association des Frères d'Armes de Bruxelles:

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Very nice!  What is the number on the Brevet.  It looks to be quite low, is it?  What is the second medal?  The Association of Brothers in Arms Bruxelles?  What do you know about Col. Schelten?  Was he Flemish and served under Napoleon I?

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The number of the Scheltens's brevet is 1.505.

Henri-Chrétien Scheltens (Brussel 1787 - Brussel 1880) served in the french army during the napoleonic wars. In 1814 he was "sergent au 2° grenadiers de la garde". He entered then the dutch army and fought at Waterloo. In 1829, captain in the king's guard. He leaves the dutch service in 1830 and come back to Belgium where he becames "colonel commandant de la place d'Ostende" (1846). Retired in 1848.

He was knight (1814) and officer (1847) of the Légion d'Honneur, knignt (1816) of the Netherlands MWO, knight (1833) and officer (1856) of the belgian Leopold's Order, knight of the spanish order of Villaviciosa; St-Helena's medal (1857) and Dutch Cross 1813-1815 (1865).

Colonel Scheltens lefts interesting " Souvenirs d’un grognard belge. Les mémoires du Colonel Scheltens".

In the first frame, it is the medal of the "Frères d'armes" of Mons. In the second one, it is a medal of an association of Brussel.

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