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Some more words I came across while reading The Passing Bells by Phillip Rock:
"Uhlans," he said with remarkable sangfroid, considering the chilling quality of that name. "Back up."
Uhlans: (in Polish : "Ułan"; "Ulan" in German ) were Polish light cavalry armed with lances, sabers and pistols. The title was later used by lancer regiments in the Russian, Prussian and Austrian armies.
"He was not, of course, wet at all, having stepped from a limousine to the front door under a large umbrella. His dark wool overcoat with astrakhan collar was unblemished by rain."
Astrakhan: a cloth with a usually wool, curled, and looped pile resembling karakul
1. any of a breed of hardy fat-tailed sheep of central Asian origin with a narrow body and coarse wiry fur
2. the usually curly glossy black coat of a very young karakul lamb valued as fur
"Can you imagine a phaeton and team driving into Godalming station these days?"