Unusual percussion transitional revolver with spring loaded bayonet. English, mid 19th century.
The Bizarre F-82 Twin Mustang fighter,
One of the most unusual airplanes in aviation history, the F-82 Twin Mustang was a specialty escort fighter designed for very long range patrols. First developed in 1943, the F-82 was simply an airplane built from two. Two regular P-51 Mustangs were fused together wing to wing with a rear stabilizer added on the back. Designed for extra long mission escorting bombers over Europe and Asia, the purpose of this was to have two cockpits with two pilots so that one pilot could fly the plane while the other rested. Each pilot could work in shifts, switching control of the plane from one cockpit to the other. Later models were produced with only one functional cockpit, the other carrying a radar operator/navigator. The central wing housed six .50 caliber machine guns while the outer wings could hold fuel tanks, bombs, rockets, or other ordnance.
The technical difficulties of producing one airplane out of two were challenging at first. On its first take-off, the F-82 couldn’t even leave the ground due to design flaws. Unfortunately the F-82 project was unable to be designed and tested in time for use in World War II. However the F-82 was used to escort bomber patrols during the Cold War. In Korea the version with a radar operator/navigator was often used as a night fighter. It was the first American fighter deployed in Korea and the first to score kills.
The F-82 was retired in 1953. 270 were built.
A Napoleonic era political cartoon depicting Marshal Ney kissing Napoleon Bonaparte’s bum, circa 1815.
Rare and unusual “Femme Fatale” ring pistol, originates from France, third quarter of the 19th century.
Sold at Auction: $11,350
Chamber pot with a bust of Napoleon, produced in Britain, circa 1805.
For those who don’t know, back in the day a chamber pot was used as a night time toilet for those who didn’t want to walk all the way to the privy.
Unique engraved and gold inlaid Italian C. Turbuzio Lampo Repeating Pistol with Liege proof marks, mid to late 19th century.
An odd pistol, working the plunger at the bottom of the gun fired the pistol, while simultaneously loading cartridges from the magazine and ejecting spent casings.
Estimated Value: $3,500 - $4,750
Mounted flintlock graverobber gun, circa 1790,
In the 18th and 19th century the rise of medical science saw a scarcity of cadavars with which students could learn anatomy and physiology. Performing dissections for study was only legal when done on corpses of executed criminals. As a result bodysnatchers often dug up freshly interred corpses to sell to medical institutions. Jewelry and valuables buried with the deceased were also often an attractive steal for graverobbers. To prevent such a thing occurring to their loved ones, some families set up special traps, like this flintlock gun near the grave. A trip wire was placed over the grave so that unsuspecting grave robbers would be shot if they attempted to plunder a tomb. Typically the cemetery groundskeeper would have been paid to set up the trap at night and dismantle it in the morning.
The very unusual C.S. Shattuck palm pistol,
Manufactured in Hatfield, Massachusetts, this particular model is stamped serial #5, produced in 1907. The pistol was held in the palm with the four barrels protruding between the index and middle fingers. Chamber for .32 rimfire.
Sold at Auction: $4,250
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A wheellock duckfoot volley pistol dating to 1580. Originally this firearm was a single shot pistol, with six barrels added on later.
I once had a dream that I was an FBI agent who specialized in hunting Nazi war criminals. Michael Landon (Little Joe) from Bonanza was my partner. And yes, we both wore cowboy outfits, carried six shooters, and rode horses. We nailed the evil Nazi in a Walmart parking lot. He drew a Luger pistol on me but Little Joe shot it out of his hand. I then tackled him and cuffed him.
An unusual double barrel wheel-lock pistol originating from Nuremburg, Germany, circa 1600.
Currently on display with the Wallace Collection in London.