Early 19th century vellum document signed “Bonaparte” as Premier Consul sold for £3000 at John Nicholson's.

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It was offered as part of a January 24 sale held in the Fernhurst, Surrey, saleroom John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium).

Countersigned by Napoleon’s secretary of state and minister of war, it is a document in which Napoleon acknowledges the exceptional bravery shown beneath the walls of Alexandria in 1801 by François Schouder, a brigadier of the 14th Regiment of Dragoons.

In this somewhat later document of 1804 Napoleon acknowledges those actions in the award of “un Sabre d’Honneur”.