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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.

Source: Copyright © 2013 The Wallace Collection

caseyanthonyofficial:

evarren:

eponiner:

So my thirteen year old brother always asks to use my video camera. And I never knew why. But today I opened iMovie for the first time in months and THIS IS WHAT I FOUND.

I DONT KNOW WHAT TO THINK.

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This is rich with content and drama

itsnotthatserious:

princesswhatevr:

uncle-tomfoolery:

naturalnile:

knedal:

sluttybastard:

honduranthunder:

onlyblackgirl:

miss-afro-ninja:

bubblegumrebel:

FUCK

iggy has NOTHING on nicki 

LOL remember when the music fucked up with Iggy and she just stood there helpless. Yeah, try to tell me again she on Nicki’s level.

This my bitch for real. I’m not even a huge Nicki fan but then she pulls shit like this and remember how fuckin raw she is. 

shes the bhaddest. hands down

she even said “hold on hold on” in time with the music

You don’t want none.

omg.

Nicki is such a master.

E V E R Y T H I N G 

(Source: candycornrebel)

meladoodle:

this photo advertising contacts is so funny because im pretty sure the contacts are just the eyes of the cat but they’ve put the whole face and nose there. theyve gone through the effort of getting a human eye and eyebrow picture and then just chucked the cats head in there. either that or the contacts really are exactly that, half a cats head with two eyes. in that case, sold. i want twenty

elidyce:

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pinkegomegalomania:

less-amazingphil:

remembermehiddles:

kalelle:

photoptarmosis:

You can basically just assume, without even knowing what this thing is, that it is from Australia.

Fuck that shit this thing is a pokemon

Look at it’s skinny little legs!

what the fuck is it

this , if  i’m not wrong  is a  genus dipodomys aka A KANGAROO RAT. 

Kangaroo rats, small rodents of genus Dipodomys, are native to western North America. The common name derives from their bipedal form. They hop in a manner similar to the much larger kangaroo, although they are not related.

Close, but no cigar. This is a kangaroo rat:

Tail matches, but the nose and ears aren’t right (you can’t see, but the butt isn’t quite right either).

This is an Egyptian Jerboa:

Check the ears and the pointed butt! Here’s our jumping creature!

Kangaroo rats and Jerboas (Jerboae?) are only distantly related, and according to Wikipedia are an example of parallel evolution

And for once, Australia had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!

Although Australia has this jumping mouse.

Adorable, right? But even I have to admit that it’s not quite as cute as the jerboa!

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