Manufactured by Franz von Dreyse in Sömmerda, Germany in the late 19th century, serial number 28578. 16 gauge side by side barrels, break action, caplock. Interestingly this firearm does not make use of either the telltale Dreyse action or its needlefire mechanism.
[tolstoy voice] this is my napoleonic wars oc. his name is andrey and he’s hot and very depressed and he’s general kutuzov’s favorite adjutant. he’s also destined for inevitable doom
[thoughtful victor hugo voice] you know, what is it about the air of inevitable doom that makes young men so irresistibly hot
[both of them together, in a tone of highly concentrated disapproval] that napoleon, what a guy
[tolstoy voice] we may have both written long 19th century novels that prominently feature napoleon, bumbling young self-inserts, meditations on the nature of history, and general soapboxing, but we are NOT friends. Fuck the french 😡🖕🏻🇷🇺
[hugo voice] and yet we’ve got paris and you’ve only got saint petersburg… does your book have a sewer digression? thought not, Bitch 👴🏻💪🏻🇫🇷💖💅🏻
It’s time again for FRIDAY FASHION FACT! A little
while ago, I spoke about one of my favorite things- pajamas (read here).
Coming in a close second on my list of most awesome things, as I’m sure
many of you will agree, is lounge wear. Nowadays that typically means
sweats or yoga pants (which I’m definitely not wearing right now, I
don’t know what you’re talking about!) but in the 18th century, it was
all about banyans!
What is a banyan? Short answer: it was a
(typically silk) men’s robe. Longer answer? It was the first common
form of lounge wear in Western societies. The style was derived from the
robes worn by the upper class in the West Indies, as well as kimonos,
Turkish robes, and other forms of Eastern dress. Colonists adopted the
style and brought it back to England and France. While in the hot
climates of the East, banyans were made out of lightweight cottons, in
the West they were created out of rich silk brocades. In the comfort of
their own homes, men would wear these loose garments over their shirts
and breeches in lieu of their restrictive, tailored coats and
waistcoats. They often paired the garments with Turkish inspired
Also known as a morning robe or robe de chambre,
banyans became very symbolic for the upper class. It was only men of a
certain means who would have the luxury of lounging about their home,
not to mention having the ability to purchase such a frivolous garment.
It also came to be associated with educated men, similar to academic
robes. These learned men were “too busy” focusing on their studies to be
bothered with fashion. It is because of these associations that posing
in banyans became a popular theme in 18th century portraiture.
the 19th century, various styles of banyans had been developed,
including one that was quite structured, sort of going against it’s
original intention. They were often made with matching waistcoats, for a
more complete ensemble. Women naturally drew inspiration from banyans,
creating their own forms of lounge wear. That, however, is a topic for
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