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From various sources: this gourd contained a handkerchief soaked…

From various sources: this gourd contained a handkerchief soaked in blood which recent DNA tests have recently confirmed came from King Louis XVI.

The gourd bears an inscription reading:

“On January 21, Maximilien Bourdaloue dipped his handkerchief in the blood of Louis XVI after his decapitation”

Louis was, of course, King of France during the French Revolution, married to Marie Antoinette, and executed after being found guilty of treason by the National Convention in 1793.

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