Fuselier Family Genealogy Forum
In the Armorial General of France, 1696-1711, Volume 17, Lyon, P. 693, (Google France books) you can see the "coat of arms" of (Pierre)Antoine Fuzillier, marchand (merchant). It consists of two crossed knitting needles, which indicate that Antoine was involved in some kind of cloth trade. Also in that volume you will find coats of arms for the Compagnon, Pavy, Royet, Dareste, and Regnault families, which are allied to Fuselier. These coats of arms are called "burgher arms", or non-royal arms of the bourgeoise.
The Armorial General was conceived by Louis XIV as a tax-collecting device. Each person was required to register and pay a tax, then his or her "coat of arms" was devised and placed in the book.
Of interest is the fact that the workers in gold, silver and silk shared one coat of arms, and may have been allied into one guild. This gives support to my belief that Pierre Antoine Fuselier (Fuzillier), who married Genevieve Compagnon, was a silk manufacturer/dealer, and that his son Pierre Francois Fuselier de la Claire went into the gold business.
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