Styrian Maverick's Vest
It’s one thing to be a black sheep.
It’s another to be the black sheep in the Royal House of Hapsburg.
The Archduke Johann revolted by spurning political and aristocratic life for a simpler outdoorsman’s life in the Alpine Styrian province. He caused hysteria in court by marrying a commoner. He incensed the elite by listening to (and actually preferring to hang out with) peasants.
Critics will note his abysmal military record and the trouncing he took atthe Battle of Hohenlinden. Unenviable circumstances and an emperor’s brother’s jealousy played a part.
The royals called on him often to quell uprisings because he was so popular. More popular than the royals cared to admit (or accept).
I think, in the end, he was happy to go back to the forests.
Styrian Maverick’s Vest (No. 5862). Has seen all manner of Austrian outdoor, political, and military life for a thousand years. Stretch-cotton velveteen, full button-up vest that goes all the way up to the neckline. Decorative stitching on collar band. Bold metal shank buttons with crest design. Two chest and two waist pockets. Striking jacquard deer print on back and in lining. Smashing on the hunt and under a sport coat.Imported.