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sjpatejak19 Nov 2019 10:54 a.m. PST

Picked this up on eBay for $22 USD including shipping. There are a number of Russian dealers selling them. Evidently they are based on a real incident.


Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 12:33 p.m. PST

If it's all right with you, I'll wait til Tango posts this. Thanks.


mghFond19 Nov 2019 12:52 p.m. PST


It apparently did happen. And there was even a medical reason for the ladies being topless.

Texas Jack19 Nov 2019 2:20 p.m. PST

It was also the subject of a lot of "French postcards" in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Sorry I canīt post any examples. :D

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 3:09 p.m. PST

It's probably for the best that Ridley Scott didn't get wind of this.

Personal logo McLaddie Supporting Member of TMP19 Nov 2019 5:59 p.m. PST

And there was even a medical reason for the ladies being topless.

Oh, a medical reason?? That explanation should be good.

"the [medically trained] baroness noted, that if a piece of dirty clothing was pushed into a wound, that wound would be more likely to become infected. It would be much safer, she reasoned for the rapiers to touch only bare skin. So she instructed the combatants to strip down to the waist and ordered the male servants off in the distance to look away."

That makes sense, actually. On the other hand, few men, if any dueled shirtless… infections? Man up.

The Last Conformist19 Nov 2019 10:25 p.m. PST

Apparently it didn't happen:


Pauls Bods20 Nov 2019 11:01 a.m. PST

Wether it happened or not I suppose duelling topless is a good way to get something off your chest

mghFond20 Nov 2019 6:15 p.m. PST

Oh come on, Last Conformist, way to be a fun killer!

(Not that I am doubting your link)

Next thing you are going to tell me is there are no unicorns.

Pauls Bods22 Nov 2019 11:49 a.m. PST

There are NO Unicorns!!!?

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Aug 2020 4:40 a.m. PST


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