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Two shot pistol/knuckduster combo with folding blade. Maker Unknown, late 19th century. Clearly this piece is inspired by the French Apache knuckleduster.

Estimated Value: $6,500 - $9,500


Paul Revere’s Toothpaste,

Paul Revere was a very talented man who filled a wide variety of roles.  Known to most people for his midnight ride to warn of the coming of the British, Paul Revere was also a silversmith, businessman, soldier, and dentist. 

For the most part Revere’s role as a dentist would not have been too complicated.  Most dental work of the age involved the pulling of rotten teeth.  However Revere was known for making quality dentures from silver wire and ivory.  He also had his own special formula of toothpaste to keep one’s teeth white and clean.

Disclaimer: For good oral health (and overall bodily health) it is recommended you do not actually use Paul Revere’s toothpaste.


Brown Sugar




Saltpeter (Potassium Nitrate, can be found in the garden section of Lowes or Home Depot, sold as fertilizer)

Mix in roughly equal parts.  Brush well and feel the clean!

Reblogging on the anniversary of Lexington and Concord. 

The Taiping Rebellion Part IV —- Total War

In case you missed Part I, Part II, Part III

After organizing the Taiping Rebellion into a new state called the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom, it was finally time for Hong Xiquan to complete his mission of overthrowing the Qing Empire and installing his new Christian Kingdom in China.  The Heavenly Kingdom had grown strong, with an army of over 500,000 soldiers at the ready.  In 1853 a bold new offensive began with the aim of capturing Beijing, the capital of the empire.  An army of 70,000 marched north towards Beijing.  The capture of Beijing, which located hundreds of miles north behind enemy line, was an ambitious goal.  In fact it was too ambitious.  The army, mostly made of people who were born and raised in southern China, were not used to the colder weather of the north.  Many Taiping soldiers died of hypothermia or suffered frostbite.  Without proper supply routes, the army had to rely on foraging and pillaging for food.  It was not long before the army began to suffer from starvation and disease.  The Northern Expedition came within 100 miles of Beijing in 1854.  At Lianzhen they set up quarters to rest during the winter.  This was a big mistake, as Qing forces quickly surrounded the camp, trapping everyone inside.  Rather than destroying the Taiping army in a battle, Qing forces came up with a brilliant plan.  They built a series of levees and dams which diverted the Grand Canal toward the camp.  When they released the dam the entire Taiping camp was flooded in a great deluge.  Qing forces then stormed the camp and finished off the remaining Taiping forces.

After the defeat of the Taiping army in 1854, it became apparent that overthrowing the Manchu Emperor was not going to be an easy task.  The Taiping Army was new, led by inexperienced officers and likewise inexperienced soldiers.  The Qing Imperial Army was strong, but hampered but numerous other rebellions throughout China, and also dealing with a war with Britain (2nd Opium War).  When two side are equal in strength the result is usually a long war of attrition.  It was during this phase of the rebellion that the war would become especially bloody.  Unable to conclusively defeat each other, both sides resorted to attacking each others civilians.  Taiping forces conducted large raids into China, wantonly destroying all crops, farms, towns, villages, and cities in its way.  As a result China fell under the grip of a terrible famine which led to the starvation of millions of people.  In turn, the Qing adopted a policy of no quarter against the rebels.  Captured Taiping rebels were immediately executed, Taiping friendly towns and cities were razed, farms and other sources of food were likewise destroyed.  As a result of the Taiping Rebellion 600 cities across China were destroyed in the mayhem.  Most of the 20-30 million deaths attributed to the rebellion were not from combat, but plague and famine the resulted from total war.

Chinese soldiers inspect a French Mitrailleuse machine gun, mid 19th century.

Chinese soldiers inspect a French Mitrailleuse machine gun, mid 19th century.

The Clair Model 1893 Semi Automatic Pistol,

One of the first semi-automatic designs ever created, the Clair pistols was the creation of three brothers;  Benoit, Jean Baptiste, and Victor Clair.  Unlike most other handgun designs, the Clair pistol was unique in that it was gas operated, with the gas tube located below the barrel.  Most semi-auto handgun designs are recoil operated.  The Clair pistol used the standard French 8mm revolver cartridge (8x27R).  Before the widespread use of detachable magazines, this odd pistol had a fixed internal magazine which was loaded by inserting cartridges into the grip.  When fired a bit of gas from the discharge of the pistol would work a piston which worked the action, ejecting the spent casing while loading a new cartridge from the magazine.  At least that was how it was supposed to work.

The Clair brothers patented their design and built a prototype for military testing.  The Clair was tested against the French Mle 1892 revolver.  Unfortunately the Clair suffered from numerous problems, including failures to feed, jams, and leeks in the gas tube.  In addition the Clair design was too complicated for regular maintenance and mass production.  As a result the Clair pistol was rejected by the French Army.  Only one prototype was ever built.

Rare Bergmann M1897 Carbine, late 19th century.

Estimated Value: $20,000 - $40,000


Recreating Traditional American Music - Rhythm Bones, Banjos, & Fiddles

Carolina Chocolate Drops~

With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they’d so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation’s popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago.

The virtuosic trio’s approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, The New York Times declared, were “an end-to-end display of excellence… They dip into styles of southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s—string- band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting.”

  • Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” If you ask the band, that is what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone’s music. It’s okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves.
  • “An appealing grab-bag of antique country, blues, jug band hits and gospel hollers, all given an agreeably downhome production. The Carolina Chocolate Drops are still the most electrifying acoustic act around.” -The Guardian
  • “The Carolina Chocolate Drops are…revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the Twenties and Thirties—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers.” —Rolling Stone

—Michael Hill


Rare English flintlock pistol combined with a riding whip, 18th century.

Rare English flintlock pistol combined with a riding whip, 18th century.

Bolt action hunting rifle owned by German Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II.  Crafted by Johann Springer, late 19th, early 20th century.



On April 19th, 1793, Ferdinand I of Austria was born. He was the eldest son and third child born to Francis II and his second wife, Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily.

Due to the centuries of inbreeding among the royal families of Europe (His parents were double first cousins) he was born with multiple physical and neurological problems. He succeeded his father as Emperor upon his death and, although he was never officially declared incapable of ruling, a regent’s council ran the government. He was married to Maria Anna of Sardinia, but it’s though very unlikely the marriage was ever consummated and the couple had no children.

During the revolution of 1848, he was persuaded to abdicate in favour of his nephew, Franz Joseph, who would go on to rule for nearly 70 years.

Classic Hapsburg. oh, Ferdl.

"I am the Emperor and I want dumplings!!!"

Ornate pair of gold and silver decorated flintlock pistols originating from Turkey, 18th century.

Sold at Auction: $9,560

Today in History, April 19th, 1775.

The American Revolution begins with the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

smileyman2002 answered your post: Anymore questions while I watch anothe…

Favorite weapon from the blackpowder era? minutemanworld

Brown Bess Musket, India Pattern, I want one!

better character, sam or fi

Sam, he’s awesome.  I like his laid back attitude even in the worst of situations.

Know of any really oddball combination guns, similar to the LeMat revolver?

Similar to the LeMat, as in pistol shotgun combo, no. Sorry.