Rare 19th C. Staffordshire Portrait figure titled VOLUNTEER RIFLES (V.RIFLES)

In 1859 Austria demanded the disarmament of Sardinia.  This was refused and a French Army advanced to aid the Sardinians.  The Austrians were defeated and in 1860 Savoy and Nice were ceded to France.  The annexation of the territories by Napoleon III aroused a grave suspicion of his intentions and caused a revival of the Volunteers. By Summer 1860 130,000 had been enrolled, 21,000 of whom were reviewed by Queen Victoria in Hyde Park, London. 

Stock Ref: #4778

Item Details:

Price: £345

Item date: Circa 1860

Dimensions: Height: 12 inches

Condition: Neck on right hand soldier repaired and chip on base repaired

Seller's Details:

Name: Barbara Gair

Email: sales@barbaragair.com

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