Category: france

That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed …

Have you seen The Favourite yet? It’s brilliant, and beauty patches are all over the faces of the royal court! 💋

That Time the French Aristocracy Was Obsessed With Sexy Face Stickers

French Combination Stiletto / Flintlock Pistol…

French Combination Stiletto / Flintlock Pistol, 18th Century

Combination blade and smooth-bore, two-stage, 12 mm cal. barrel, nozzle with oblique carving at the tip, octagonal first part, the second one is round; solid iron grip with pommel and pierced quillon ends, pommel decorated with trophies. Flintlock under the barrel, slightly engraved and with ball-trigger. Very scarce. Length 48 cm.

victoriansword: A Gilt Brass-Hilted Europea…

victoriansword:

A Gilt Brass-Hilted European Officer’s Sword, 18th Century

Hilt probably French, early 18th century, blade Italian, 16th century [I doubt it]. Straight 36 inch blade of stiff hexagonal section with 8 inch fuller marked on both sides Frederico Pichinino; side flats etched with scrollwork and panoplies on a gilt ground; heavy ricasso etched with strapwork. Gilt brass baskethilt comprising quillon block flaring to the ricasso, the sides with fleur-de-lys finials; thumb ring; straight quillons swelling at the tips; elaborate basket form of gracefully scrolling branches, the front branches apparently forming the letter M; knucklebow attached to the ovoid pommel with a screw. Grip bound with robust, plaited gilt brass wire. 

Not British or Victorian, but whatever!

Art Nouveau Ewer by Alfred Renoleau, made in F…

Art Nouveau Ewer by Alfred Renoleau, made in France, circa 1905.

Mlle. Demarsy

Mlle. Demarsy

Elisabeth,Countess Greffulhe with daughter Ela…

Elisabeth,Countess Greffulhe with daughter Elaine by Otto Wegener.

Antique French ‘Fantasie’ Swords

Antique French ‘Fantasie’ Swords

victoriansword: Sword Bayonet Made in Germany …

victoriansword:

Sword Bayonet Made in Germany for the Brazilian Light Minie Rifle, c.1860s

This bayonet was made in Germany by Schnitzler & Kirschbaum (S&K) to fit a minie rifle that was being made in Liege for Brazil. They were redirected to the U.S. during the American Civil War. This bayonet could have been used in the U.S. or Brazil, and is often misidentified as a Sea Service Enfield. Brass grip, iron crossguard, steel blade.

Photo

Photo

Horsewoman Selika Lazevski in 1891 by Nadar.

Horsewoman Selika Lazevski in 1891 by Nadar.