Eagle Shako Plate 1812 Pattern Standards
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In 1812 the pattern of the standards was changed to allow display of the Unit's battle honors to be displayed on the flag. This pattern was distributed to Line regiments beginning in April 1812 on a basis of a single Eagle and standard per regiment or similar body of troops. It has a fringe 2.5 cm long, a tricolor cravate 106 cm long and 18 cm wide and a gold cordon 66 cm long. The pole, painted in imperial blue, was 245cm tall. The standard was 55 cm on a side, not counting fringe. This standard replace the inscription "L'Empereur des Francais . . ." with "L'Empereur Napoleon . . .". On the reverse was a list of battles the unit participated in where Napoleon was in command.

Below is the standard of the 1st Foot Grenadiers of the Old Guard. This is the color that Napoleon kissed as he bade farewell to the Guard at Fontainbleu on April 20, 1814 after his abdication.


All other Colors of the Guard were destroyed shortly after this debacle. This is a very similar pattern to the Line infantry color. It is square, measuring 2 feet 8 inches (82 cm) on each side. A gold fringe about 1 inch goes all around, being stitched in between the two thicknesses of silk of which the color is made. This standard was also carried in the Campaign in Saxony and the Campaign in France in 1813.


The drawing on the left is of the 2nd Regiment, the photo on the right is of the 1st Regiment. The drawing is from: Foot Regiments of the Imperial Guard, Michael G. Head, Almark Publications, 1973
On the reverse are the following distinctions:
Marengo, Ulm,
Austerlitz, Jena,
Eylau, Friedland,
Eckmuhl, Essling,
Wagram, Smolensk,
Moscowa,
Vienne, Berlin
Madrid, Moscou
The salutation is:
Garde
Imperiale
L'Empereur
Napoleon
Au 1er Regiment
Des Grenadiers
A Pied