▪Double-Barrelled Flintlock Sporting Gun of Napoleon I Bonaparte.
Maker: Jean Le Page (French)
Medium: Blued steel with gilt decoration; walnut stock; chiseled mounts.
From the source: The Le Page family firm was the leading maker of deluxe firearms for the French nobility during the late 1700s and early 1800s. Jean Le Page was royal gunmaker to the French king, Louis XVI (1774-93), and after the Revolution to the Emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte (1804-21), who commissioned this weapon. The gun bears the imperial monogram “N” (for Napoleon) in two locations.
napoleon probably loved mondays. he’d probably lick a monday if it was possible. every time I collapse on the couch exhausted after maybe 3 hours in uni I can just imagine his ghost slapping me awake & upright like this man easily worked 20 hour days…god he had so much energy. he only slept because people begged him to
When I was 19, I went to a beach bonfire with some friends. It was late, and I’d already spent a good portion of the day drinking, because I had nothing better to do. We’re at the bonfire, and everything is fine, except for this morbidly obese homeless women who keeps gravitating towards our fire, who’s clearly mentally deranged. She took a particular liking to me, and kinda wouldn’t leave me alone. Kept telling me I was a beautiful frenchman (not french, I’m nordic), and that my exile was cowardly and unfair. It became apparent that the woman was so unhinged she genuinely believed I was Napoleon Bonaparte. After a while, we finally get her to kick rocks, and we’re back to partying. I drank a substantial amount more, and after a couple hours without being bothered by any more crazy homeless people, I decide it’s safe enough to strike out on my own and find a nice quiet place to relieve my bladder. I go down to the shore and take a leak in the ocean, then keep walking for a minute and find a nice little embankment covered in ice plants and rocks. I pick out a comfy little spot in the plant, and lay down to look at the stars and give my feet a rest. I ended up passing out right there on the embankment. When I woke up, the homeless woman was on top of me, straddling me hips, and pinning my arms to the ground. I was inside of her. I was still really drunk, and now half-asleep on top of that. I tried pushing her off me, but she was too big. I couldn’t get her to budge. After enough struggling, I managed to get one of my arms free. With that arm, I managed to find a fist-sized rock in the plants. I grabbed it and started swinging it as hard as I could at her head. After the the fourth hit, she just kinda rolled off me. I got up, pulled my pants on, and left. I didn’t even check to see if she was okay. I told my friend I wasn’t feeling well, and that we needed to go. I didn’t tell him what happened. The next day, I called a female friend of mine to take me to Planned Parenthood to get tested. A few days later, I find out the friend I called to take me to get tested, whom I trusted enough to share this deeply disturbing event with, had told all of our friends. They all thought it was the funniest shit they’d ever heard, and the jokes didn’t stop for almost a year. On the subject of male rape: It’s real. It happens. And nobody cares.
The imperial purple velvet coat, dotted with golden bees; in the embroidery are entwined branches of olive, of laurel and of oak that surround the letter N. The lining, the border and the épitoge are in ermine. The open left side of the coat reveals the sword supported by a white satin sash embroidered and trimmed with golden twists; the robe of white satin embroidered with gold on all the seams, the bottom of the robe embroidered and garnished with a golden twist. The tie and the shirt collar are of lace. The gold laurel wreath on his head, the scepter in his right hand, and the “hand of justice” in the left, the Grand Collar of the Order on the épitoge. The white satin cothurnus, embroidered and laced with gold.
II. Great dress of the Empress:
A coat of purple velvet, sown with golden bees; .in the embroidery, are entwined branches of laurel, of olive and of oak, that surround the letter N. The lining and the border are in ermine. The coat is fastened with a clip, on the belt on the left side. The long-sleeved dress, of silver brocade, strewn with golden bees embroidered on seams … the bottom of the dress, embroidered and trimmed with gold fringes, the bodice and upper sleeves are studded with diamonds. The golden crown, enriched with pearls and colored gemstones, necklace and earrings with engraved gems, surrounded by brilliants, the collar lace in gold lamé.
III. Undress of the Emperor:
A coat of purple velvet, embroidered with gold and silver; the lining of white satin embroidered with gold on the cuffs and collar. The velvet coat is of the same color, embroidered with gold cobs on the seams; collar and cuffs of white velvet, embroidered in the same way. Black felt hat, topped with white feathers, diamond piping. Tie and shirt collar of lace, the Grand Collar and Grand Cordon of the Legion of Honor; sword enriched with diamonds on the hilt-guard, diamond known as the “Regent”; the white satin sash, embroidered and topped with gold twists, white velvet shoes with satin rosettes, embroidered with gold.
IV. Undress of the Empress:
The court mantle is in colored velvet with embroidery ten inches tall, and attached to the belt by two clips, the dress with short sleeves is in white satin, embroidered and studded with golden bees; the waist and the slashed sleeves are furnished with diamonds, the collar is in lace; diadem, comb, earrings and necklace are in diamonds.
V. Dress of the Pope:
A cope of golden cloth, embroidered with “bouquets detachés”, lined with colored moire; … the hood and the orfroi are embroidered in the same way, … the ratchet is trimmed with lace; … the tiara is in silvered cloth; … the three crowns and the cross are in gold, enriched with diamonds, pearls and colored gems; … the stole and the slippers are of golden stuff.
VI. Dress of a Princess:
Court dress in white silk, with long-sleeved, embroidered with gold, … Court tail of colored velvet attached to the belt, and it is sown and embroidered with gold, … the collar is of lace; … white feather headdress; … egret, necklace and earrings are of diamonds.
VII. Dress of a Lady of the Palace, Carrying the Offerings:
Court dress with long sleeves, of satin, embroidered on seams and on the trimming; … court mantle of colored velvet, fastened at the waist; … silver embroidery; … lace collar; … the headdress is of hair and pearls. The tray-cloth is of batiste, embroidered in gold lamé.
VIII. Dress of a Prince, High Dignitary: Velvet coat, embroidered on all seams; … coat in the same way, with white lining and cuffs, embroidered with gold; … the coat is full of bees; jacket, pants and stockings are white; … Sash of gold stuff, at which the sword is attached; … black felt hat, raised by a braid and a button of gold; … white feathers; … lace tie, the Grand Cordon is carried on the coat; … the collar of the Legion of Honor is worn at the neck; … plate of the Legion of Honor is fastened on the dress and on the coat. Every great dignitary has a color assigned to him, namely: the great elector in poppy-red, the constable in big blue, the arch-chancellor of the Empire in violet; the arch treasurer in black; the arch-chancellor of State in light blue, the great admiral in green.
IX. Dress of a Marshal of the Empire, Carrying the Honors: Dress and coat are in dark blue, lined with white satin, embroidered in gold on all seams, with oak and laurel leaves … black velvet cap, surmounted by a white feather; … tie of lace; … the sword is attached to a sash of golden cloth. The cushion, on which the crown of Charlemagne is resting, is in purple velvet, embroidered with golden bees.