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    Apparently this is 1800′s Siberian bear-hunting armor

    Apparently this is 1800′s Siberian bear-hunting armor. Maybe they also went for wolves, chipmunks, siberian tigers, snow leopards, pumas, deer, or group hugs.




    Comes in His and Hers too!


    You probably still don't want a bear paw swiping you with that one though.

    Posting it here in case anyone else might have any insight on it.

    #2
    Whoa, awesome!

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      #3
      What in the fuckin' fuck? That's the creepiest shit I've ever seen. Ever.

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        #4
        Barbara Applebaum, Conservator for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, on this armor (14 years ago).

        http://cool.conservation-us.org/byfo...1998/1372.html

        From: Barbara Appelbaum <aandh>
        Date: Sunday, November 15, 1998


        I have gotten several off-line responses to my query about Beva and its smell. Since I was vague about the problem, I will describe it more fully. The object is being called a Siberian bear-hunting suit, but I suspect it is more likely to be for bear bating than hunting, since I can't imagine anyone could run around the woods in it. It consists of leather pants and jacket (and an iron helmet) studded all over with 1-inch iron nails about 3/4 in. apart. The nails are held in place by a second layer of leather lining the whole thing and quilted into place between the nails. In areas of wear and flexing, like around the ankles and the crotch, the inside layer of leather is worn through, so the nails are falling out. [Those of you who were at the AIC/APT Symposium on lighting in Williamsburg will have seen photos of the helmet.]

        My thoughts about holding the nails in position are to heat-seal fabric over the inside where needed. (The stitching and the leather are too tight and stiff to use any stitching to help secure the lining.) Such a lining would have to be stiff enough to hold the hail-heads but flexible enough to conform to the uneven surfaces. PVA resin heat-seal would never hold well enough, so I thought I'd try Beva. I brushed out some PVA resin to size cotton fabric, and brushed Beva over it. Getting Beva off, in my experience, creates a sticky mess, so I wanted to use as little as possible. Obviously, reversibility with leather is a real problem as well.

        Two weeks after brushing out perhaps a total of 10 inches square, I can still smell the Beva very strongly, and it does not smell like toluene or xylene, but one person thought some of the smell might be benzene, which I would not recognize. Considering how long the smell lasts, I would tend to doubt it is the solvents. I have on occasion taken backings off painting lined with Beva, and found the smell overpowering, but I don't remember if I ever had information as to whether the film or solution was used. Many thanks to those who sent me responses: you do not have to be so shy!

        B. Appelbaum

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          #5
          Originally posted by PizDoff View Post
          Comes in His and Hers too!
          Be right back. Gone to catch Bears...

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            #6
            They just came to pick up Uncle Frank...

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              #7
              Best judogi ever.

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                #8
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                Come at me broski

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                  #9
                  What, you guys never dressed as a hedgehog on Halloween?

                  CLICK & WATCH
                  :
                  I got BULLSHIDO ON TV!!!

                  "Bruce Lee sucks because I slammed my nuts with nunchucks trying to do that stupid shit back in the day. I still managed to have two kids. I forgive you Bruce.
                  " - by Vorpal

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by doofaloofa View Post
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                    Come at me broski
                    Is that Seanbaby?

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by Permalost View Post
                      Is that Seanbaby?

                      Some artist type

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                        #12
                        No good for hunting Unicorns.

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                          #13
                          By the way - this will provide the mother of all "Meanwhile, in Russia" memes.

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                            #14
                            My D&D group will meet this guy on Halloween.
                            www.childsplaycharity.org

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by Tonuzaba View Post
                              What, you guys never dressed as a hedgehog on Halloween?
                              I think that might be closer to the truth than "Russian bear hunting armor". There's a similar or identical outfit in the Menil Collection art museum in Houston, Texas, where it's described as a "wildman costume" from Germany or Switzerland, dating to the 18th or 19th centuries. If so, it's very likely a festival costume representing a figure of local folklore, along these lines:

                              http://www.charlesfreger.com/images/...Mann%20031.jpg
                              http://cache.virtualtourist.com/4/43...erttemberg.jpg

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