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A general and a doctor?

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Hi! So I have these two old pictures of these two French men of Barberousse surname.

Guy with white wig: It's said he was a doctor at Napoleon's court. What types of men wore these wigs? Could it really mean he had a good position?

The other one a general or lieutenant in the French army. Does anyone know if the item on his jacket means anything?

Thanks!
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Hello,

The wig and the outfit look typically 18th century, this man may be a bourgeois.

As for the second man, it may be the Legion of Honour:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Legion_of_Honour

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Thanks Claudine! I think it could be a Legion of Honour indeed. Zooming into the picture I can see the shape more clearly, including the shape of the a crown on top and it looks like a circular shape on the ribbon. The ranks most likely are:

Chevalier (knight): badge worn on left breast suspended from ribbon
Officier (Officer): badge worn on left breast suspended from a ribbon with a rosette

And the medal looks a lot like the photo below:
Louis XVIII era (1814) Knight insignia: the front features Henry IV's profile and the rear, the arms of the French Kingdom (three fleurs-de-lis). A royal crown joins the cross and the ribbon.

I looked into the archives (http://www2.culture.gouv.fr/documentation/leonore/NOMS/nom_00.htm) for the Barberousse surname and only 3 people appear. Could it be Louis Francois?

I find it interesting too on Etienne Marie Frédéric Barberousse's record is says something about medic, but I doubt it's him as it looks too late in the years. I wish I could find more about the man in the wig, if he was really a medic.
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