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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Feb 2021 8:33 p.m. PST

"A red felt cloak or burnous with a hood; embroidered and appliqued with silver thread and braid borders of trefoils, elaborate scrolls and arabesques around the hood and breast and with tinsel tassels attached. The cloak is lined with yellow silk brocade woven with pink roses and appliqued around the opening with purple silk lozenges on red felt, to represent an Imperial eagle.

Contemporary biographies, and other works, including Tolstoy's War and Peace, describe Napoleon wearing a cloak of this nature during his campaigns in Egypt in the late 1790s. The design is inspired by the North African burnous, traditionally worn by Berbers, although this cloak was probably made in France. It was seized from Napoleon's baggage train at the field of Waterloo, following the defeat of the Emperor…"

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Sergeant Joe Supporting Member of TMP17 Feb 2021 2:26 p.m. PST

what happened with the grey coat ?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP18 Feb 2021 11:27 a.m. PST

Travel to Elba… (smile)


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