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Queen Anne style flintlock pocket pistol with engraved silver grip, 18th century.
Sold At Auction: $2,500

Queen Anne style flintlock pocket pistol with engraved silver grip, 18th century.

Sold At Auction: $2,500



Slang: Victorian English

Source: http://www.buzzfeed.com/lukelewis/surprising-victorian-slang-terms

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Caucasian miquelet pistol dating to 1809.  
Sold at Auction: £3,250 (US$ 5,403)

Caucasian miquelet pistol dating to 1809.  

Sold at Auction: £3,250 (US$ 5,403)

for whom would you root for, dixie or union?

Seems kind of moot to root for anyone.  The war ended almost 150 years ago.

A gold inlaid Spanish copy of a M1905 Mannlicher semi automatic pistol, early 20th century.


British Museum Clocks and Watches Room

1a and 1b. masterpiece clock, 1620
Thomas Starck, Augsburg, Germany
This clock not only displayed the time and the day of the week, but also included saints’ days, feast days, the length of day and night at different times of the year, and the likely times of eclipses.

2. gilt-brass clock-watch, 1580s
Hans Schniep, Speyer, Germany

3. astronomical watch, 1600-1610
H. Roberts, London, England
This watch shows the positions of the sun and moon in the zodiac and the time of high tide at London Bridge.

4. hexagonal clock, 1450s
unknown maker, Burgundy
The oldest clock on display at the British Museum, this table clock is designed to reflect the architectural style of the day.

5. silver and gilt-brass watch, 1620-1630
Jean Vallier, Lyon, France
This watch has an alarm, and in addition to the time, it displays the date, the phase of the moon, the month, the season, and the day of the week.

6. planispheric astrolabic clock, 1560s
maker’s mark ‘M’, France
This astrolabe is driven by a clockwork mechanism and shows the positions of the sun, moon, and stars.

7. silver coach watch, 1650s
Jean Baptiste Duboule, Geneva, Switzerland
This watch displays the month and day, the age and phase of the moon, the season, and the zodiac, as well as the time.

8. marine chronometer, 1800
Thomas Earnshaw, London, England
This chronometer was designed for the purpose of determining longitude at sea. Marine chronometers had to keep extremely accurate time under adverse conditions, allowing for the calculation of longitude based on the difference between Greenwich Mean Time and the time on board ship. This particular example was carried on the HMS Beagle during its famous voyage of 1831 to 1836.

Who is the biggest goofball in the history of France?

King Charles VI of France.  He suffered from a mental illness, most likely due to inbreeding, something common in European monarchy.  He thought that he was made glass so he would wear padded clothing so that he didn’t shatter.  He ran around his palace terrifying servants.  Once he led an entire army on a fruitless manhunt for a traitor all over France, in the end he ended up attacking his own guards.  He would disappear for long periods of time, in one incident he was found hiding in a tree. 

There’s a lot more on him, here is his wiki page. 



Carel Fabritius, The Sentry, 1654. Staatliches Museum, Schwerin.


Carel Fabritius, The Sentry, 1654. Staatliches Museum, Schwerin.


Steyr Laumann Model 1891 Repeating Pistol

The image provided depicts SN 15 of the Caliber 7.8mm. pistol. Josef Laumann, of Austria, made a very small number of manual repeater pistols prior to his collaboration with the Schönbergers. These large frame guns had a very distinctive silhouette, largely due to their forward, angulated magazine housing made to house a stripper clip. 

Operation is like most repeaters, whereby a spring loaded finger ring cocks the pistol while moving the bolt forward, simultaneously chambering a cartridge. When cocked, the rear of the firing pin extends from the bolt. Pressing down on the serrated arm of the safety allows the trigger to be pulled. Cartridge feeding was via a special stripper clip, not present, that was released using the 1/2” checkered button mounted on the right side of the receiver.

The main historical significance of this arm is, of course, that it served as the basis for the 1892 Schönberger-Laumann, one of the very earliest automatic pistols.

The Candida Albicans infection on my tongue is dying.

Hooray for modern medicine!  But seriously that things been growing on my tongue the past month and a half and rejected two prior medications.  That’s one tough little fungus!!!  

In the meantime I cultured some in the biology lab and looked at it under a microscope, it looked like this (not my actual fungus). Except I did a Gram stain and it was Gram positive, thus it was purple.


I donated some to my micro-bio professor in exchange for a few bonus points as well. He likes to collect strains of bacteria and fungi for future classes.

Unique gold decorated flintlock sword pistol originating from France, late 18th century.

Sold at Auction: $4,750

17 year old Adam Swanson plays Bill Baily, Won’t You Please Come Home” at the 2009 Old Time Piano Championship.

The Sheepshooters War,

Range wars and the Old West go together like peas and carrots, especially range wars between cattlemen and sheepherders.  During the later half of the 19th century cattlemen and sheepherders were always at odds as both forms of husbandry required a lot of open land.  Cattlemen tended to fence of large plots of the open range while sheepherders were constantly on the move.  Since sheep tend to consume the grass right down to the root, a sheep herder can quickly and easily exhaust a plot of land.  Thus sheepherders were constantly on the move, looking for new land and greener pastures.  It was only a matter of time before the two groups came head to head, with one of them declaring, “dar ain’t enough room for the two of us.”

In 1892 one of the strangest range wars broke out in Oregon where over 100,000 sheep competed for land with the cattle.  When large parts of Oregon were turned into National Forests and State Parks, both cattlemen and sheepherders found they had less and less land to work with.  Finally, tensions let loose when the cattlemen decided something had to be done.  The cattlemen of Oregon banded together and formed armed militias to drive the sheepherders out of the state.  However, unlike other Old West range wars the cattlemen did not harm any of the sheepherders, even swearing a pact that no man was to be killed in their endeavor.  Rather, the cattlemen went right to the source; the sheep. 

The cattlemen would often sneak up on sheepherder’s camps, tying or otherwise incapacitating the sheepherders.  They would then proceed to slaughter sheep by the hundreds and thousands. Many organizations claimed to have killed anywhere from 1,000 to 2,000 sheep in one raid. One organization, called the Crook County Sheepshooters Association, claimed to have killed around 8,000 - 10,000 sheep altogether.  In another instance, a band of sheepshooters simply drove a flock of 2,400 sheep right off of a cliff.  The law tried to step in, offering a $1,500 dollar reward for the information on any sheepshooters, but no one came forward.

During the war there was only one supposed human casualty, a storekeeper named John Creed Conn.  His death was ruled a suicide, despite the fact that his wounds were not self inflicted.  Conn played no part in the war and most likely his murder was a separate incident, the range war being used as a cover for the killing.  One sheepshooter was wounded by a stray bullet.

The cost in sheep life however was staggering. Thousands of sheep were killed between 1895 and 1904.  The height of the war occurred between 1905 and 1906, in which 10,000 - 15,000 sheep were massacred. It was then that the Federal Government stepped in to end the war.  A range supervisor was appointed, who divided the land into plots on which only one user could use.  With the land no longer open to public grazing, both cattlemen and sheepherders settled down and found more sustainable ways of raising their herds/flocks. 

No sheepshooter was ever identified and prosecuted.

An engraved and leather mounted Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle inscribed to Judge Roy Bean, “aka The Hanging Judge”.

Active from 1882 to 1903, Phantly Roy Bean Junior was a saloon keeper operating in the tent city dubbed “Vinegaroon” when he was appointed as Justice of the Peace of the newly formed Precinct 6 of Pecos County at the request of a Texas Ranger active in the area. Dubbing himself The Law West of the Pecos, Bean held court in his saloon, and earned a reputation as a colorful Old West personality, both as a questionable figure who leveraged his position to his advantage and enforced a drink minimum on juries, and as a benefactor of the local children and respected enforcer of law in an otherwise lawless area.  He was also known as “The Hanging Judge” because of his reputation for ordering strict sentences on criminals.

Estimated Value: $13,000 - $18,000

My Great Grandfather and his fruit wagon, early 1900’s.

My Great Grandfather and his fruit wagon, early 1900’s.