Arms to Luxury Furniture

One of the biggest problems governments had at the end of wars was what to do with the unemployed servicemen and the factories which had been churning out arms. Peter the Great of Russia learnt a lot when he lived and worked in England. I think he may be the only one to build an armaments factory at Tula, south of Moscow.

It was converted to civilian use where it produced this wonderful fireplace and surrounds:

v&a tula grate shr

v&A tula mantel shr

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