Exquisite engraved and gold accented C96 Bolo with ivory grips. Presented to Frederick as heir to Duchy of Baden.
Portions of an Armor for Field and Tilt, c. 1580/90
Queen Elizabeth I had many nicknames for all her courtiers, advisors, and government officials.
She was also kind of mean. From Horrible Histories.
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Is that the Clever Hat on the bottom
It’s Jayne’s hat from Firefly, called the “cunning hat”.
Fun History Fact
In 1571 Queen Elizabeth I decreed that all adult males must wear a wool hat on Sundays and holidays. The purpose of the law was to support the English wool trade.
Rare and Historic Gold damascened Spanish Astra pocket pistol presented to the Spanish Civil War Luftwaffe Association. The Spanish Civil War Luftwaffe Association was an organization of German pilots who volunteered for duty in support of the Franco regime during the Spanish Civil War. It was during the Spanish Civil War that German and Soviet pilots gained combat experience in preparation for World War II, with Germany supporting the fascists and the Soviet Union supporting the Republicans.
Estimated Value: $7,500 - $15,000.
Rare Nordenfeldt five barrel machine gun, 1870.
This very early 1873 Hiram maxim London Made Nordenfelt Battery Gun was captured by U.S. fleet action off Santiago Harbor Cuba during the Spanish American War. This piece was salvaged from the Spanish battle cruiser Almirante Oquendo after the battle of Santiago Harbor and on display on Bannerman’s island for many years. (Link: http://www.spanamwar.com/Oquendo.htm) This weapon was designed by Thorsten Nordenfelt in the early 1870s and it actually uses the earlier “Palmcrantz” system of a multi-barreled, volley firing weapon, which was developed by H. Palmcrantz of Sweden. Thorsten Nordenfelt was an early inventers/designer of multi-barreled automatic style machine guns in the late 1860s and early 1870s. His designs were eventually overshadowed by other early pioneers of multi-barreled or multi-firing weapon systems such as Hotchkiss, Gatling, Gardner and Maxim. Although some example are known in significant museums throughout the world his designs never became a big success and any surviving example known today is extremely rare. The weapon basically functions by simply moving the side mounted crank handle backwards and forwards. The initial operation of the weapon is by retracting the crank handle to the rear, this movement retracts the breech bolts rearward, which in turn allows five rounds to drop from the gravity feed hopper magazine located on top of the weapons (which is missing) through the cutouts on top of the receiver/top cover, which position the rounds behind the barrel/chambers. Upon pushing the crank handle forward, this advances the breech bolts, which chambers and fires the five rounds. The operation is repeated with the addition of the extraction and ejection function for each cartridge. The speed or cyclic rate of firing appears to be determined only by how fast the operator can move the crank handle forward and backwards.
Sold at Auction: $20,000
Antique ivory statuette of Napoleon Bonaparte sitting astride in a chair
Jean Lannes died after the battle of Aspern-Essling in May, 1809 where he lost his two legs in the sequence of an artillery attack.
This painting shows the moment when Napoleon goes to Lannes - one of his oldest comrades, reportedly the only one who addressed the emperor by the familiar “tu”. Napoleon is said to have embraced his marshal and wept when he died.
On the 31 of May Napoleon wrote to Lannes’s widower:
“The Marshal died this morning of wounds received on the field of honour. My sorrow is as deep as yours. I lose the most distinguished general in my armies, my comrade in arms during sixteen years, he whom I considered my best friend.”