Napoleon's samovar, 1815 (c)
This is a samovar, a Russian device used to heat water for drinks like coffee and tea. This urn was owned by the French Emperor Napoleon Bonapatre, and was carried in his baggage on campaign to keep his drinks warm. After the French defeat at Waterloo (1815), Napoleon fled and his abandoned possessions were looted by victorious British, Dutch, and German soldiers.
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