Louis XVI ordered the blacksmith Francois Gamain the construction of the famous & quot; iron closet"

Louis XVI ordered the blacksmith Francois Gamain the construction of the famous “Iron Wardrobe”

Louis XVI (1754-1793) nourished, as known, a passion for processing of iron, in which he himself deeply involved, apparently with some success, every time that institutional commitments allowed him.

The king had learned the ropes from real blacksmith Francois Gamain.

The trust of His Majesty towards the skilled artisan, It was such as to order him a safe with a lot of lock impregnable to hold its documents, since the revolutionary ferment already in place had begun to arouse in him some fear.

Gamain well realized what he would go down in history as the '”Iron Wardrobe” (iron chest), whose burning content, made known during the process, He would help following the sentencing to death of the sovereign.

Again, as on other occasions, was fatal to Louis XVI confidence that, by character, he used to put in the other: Gman, having adhered to the revolutionary cause, betrayed him by revealing the existence of the safe, which he led to the discovery (Photo gives: valeursactuelles.com).