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Byline: DAVID POWELL
A RARE book signed by French Emperor Napoleon III was rediscovered during an ambitious cataloguing of 14,500 artifacts at a museum.
Llandudno Museum experts are assessing their objets d'art for a five-year accreditation by Welsh Government arts body CYMAL.
The museum is run by the Francis Chardon Trust, named after its founder, and trustees have also launched a PS350,000 appeal to extend the building in Gloddaeth Street and display the red leather-bound, gold leaf book and other exhibits.
Trust chairman Roy Haley said: "We're having a five year accreditation and we've had three people in our basement for a month!
"We hadn't lost the book, but it was found again during the accreditation work. It's one of the jewels in the crown of the collection. We want to display it properly in an extension. It was given to the grandfather of Francis Edouard Chardon for services rendered."
Francis Chardon was born in Calcutta in 1865 and was brought to England aged seven.
He was the son of Edouard Chardon, a wealthy indigo planter, and his mother Maria Theresa Chardon was the daughter of Signor AM Rapallo, a wealthy man who helped place Emperor Louis Napoleon on the throne of France. …