Bruker M6 jetstream XRF scanner during analysis of a letter dated September 26, 1791 by Queen Marie-Antoinette to von Fersson Credit: conservation research center
“Whether state secrets, escape plans, or evidence of a royal love affair, this possibly sensitive material has puzzled historians for nearly 150 years,” the study also reported von Ferssen’s unsuccessful attempt to smuggle the royal family. How it helped organize the effort. out of France.
Some letters between the couple, sent from June 1791 to August 1792, are kept in the French National Archives.
Some words in letters were written with random letters designed to obscure them.
The team analyzed 15 different letter sections, and found consistent differences in the copper-to-iron and zinc-to-iron ratios of the ink in eight of them.
The scientists used X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, which is used to determine the elemental composition of materials, and data processing techniques to reveal hidden words, such as “dear,” Tender Friends,” “Love,” and “Madness.”
Scanner during the analysis of a letter written by von Fersson to Marie-Antoinette, October 25, 1791 Credit: conservation research center
The analysis showed that some of the letters written by Marie-Antoinette were in fact copies of the originals sent by von Fursen. This was common practice when copies of important papers could be made for “political or administrative reasons,” according to the study.
In addition, all of von Ferssen’s letters had similar proportions of ink elements, matching some of the inks that modified the words.
This points to the possibility that von Fürsen was responsible for censoring the letters between himself and the wife of King Louis XVI, “suggesting that they may have been caused by emotional or political reasons,” the CRC said in a press release. were important.”
The researchers hope that their techniques can be used to unveil more modified historical material.
Marie-Antoinette is famous as the last Queen of France before the Revolution.
In March 1791, her jewelry was wrapped and placed in a wooden chest and smuggled from France to Vienna by a loyal retainer for safekeeping.
Marie-Antoinette, an Austrian archer by birth, and her husband, Louis XVI, were both executed by guillotine in October 1793. His son died in captivity shortly after, at the age of 10.
In November 2018, a pearl and diamond pendant from the Queen’s private collection fetched more than $36 million at auction, beating pre-sale estimates, which were valued between $1 million and $2 million.
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