Presentation Sabre with Scabbard
- Dated: 1846
- Maker: unknown
- Place of Origin: Austria
- Medium: steel, wood, turquoises, silver and gold, embossed, engraved and etched
- Measurements: overall length: 93.5 cm. Weight: 0.76 kg, without scabbard
- Hallmark: Vienna’s mark and the year of 1846
This exotic silver-mounted sabre belonged to Anatole Demidoff, Prince of San Donato in Florence. It is depicted in an (unfinished) equestrian portrait of him by Karl Briullov (1799-1852), begun in 1828, and now in the Palazzo Pitti, Florence. Although seemingly entirely made of silver in Bruillov’s portrait, it appears to have been at least partly-gilded; traces of the precious metal still in fact remain, but most has vanished, perhaps due to over-cleaning during its “working” lifetime.
Despite its singularly Ottoman style, the hilt of the sword bears an (unidentified) Austrian silversmith’s mark and all the mounts are struck with the standard Austrian mark for silver, indicating that it is almost certainly of Austrian manufacture. Swords in “Eastern” style were particularly fashionable throughout Europe at this time, being especially sought-after by dashing young cavalry officers and noblemen.
Master Post: British Army Revolvers
The British Army has used pistols in various forms for over 400 years, but it was not until the 19th century that they became an item formally issued to officers and private soldiers who required a sidearm, such as cavalry and later tank crews.
The first pistols issued were flintlock ‘Tower Patterns’ made by the government arsenals for issue to both the Army and Royal Navy. Since then the pistols issued have evolved through single-shot percussion locks, percussion revolvers and metallic cartridge revolvers - through half a dozen different calibres. Below is a list of pistols covered on Historical Firearms so far, most of the major pistols are present with more to be added in the future.
I FUCKING HATE BETHSEDA GAME GLITCHES THEYRE SO UNSETTLING
★ Endless List of Favorite Video Game Characters: The Outsider"Hello Corvo. Your life has taken a turn, has it not?
In his few memories left, there was a woman, a dark hair, faceless woman. She was like spray of smoke, shrouded by a grey blurry mist. A few scraps of gnawed rats were gradually drifting through her.
She was shapeless, but he knew she was there. That pounding thing which cannot be consumed by anything, was there, howling at him day and night. What is she saying?
‘She is saying ‘‘Awake, Corvo’’ ’ said a hazy voice. But he could no longer hear it.
In his few memories left, all the colours had faded.
If the ocean is the sanctuary for those who have lost their souls, then what about a man whose soul has been taken by the Seagod himself?
A god came, and the abyss followed him. By the time he leaves, he shall reclaim it all, a kingdom, or a very man with dark hair.
this post is frighteningly accurate.
I also find it funny because it looks like Cas already had a turn and he’s going back to the end of the line to go again.
"And just what the hell am I supposed to do with these?"
"I requested minions of darkness, and you gave my fluffy jellybeans."
Corvo in Bottle St Gang costume.
Why, this is hell, nor am I out of it.
Think’st thou that I, who saw the face of God
And tasted the eternal joys of heaven,
Am not tormented with ten thousand hells
In being deprived of everlasting bliss?
I don’t know what this is, but I want all of it.
It’s from the Globe’s production of Doctor Faustus, with Arthur Darvill as Mephistopheles. And you can get it! It’s available on DVD and apparently also on Amazon Instant Video. It’s definitely worth it — the acting is terrific and the staging is utterly amazing.
Reblogging now that there are details attached, as well as information about how to see it for oneself. I cannot get over the brilliance of these costumes.