Ceremonial Sword attributed to Vasco da Gama from Portugal dated to the Late 15th Century on display at the Museu Militar de Lisboa in Lisbon
Portions of a Field Armor, 1524.
German, probably Augsburg.
These pieces were once part of a complete armor designed for use in battle. Its missing parts include the helmet, collar, gauntlets, and leg defenses. Even though incomplete, this armor is notable for the quality of its construction, the elegance of its form, accented by prominent roped ridges, and for its lively etched decoration.
The etched decoration features distinctive female heads, birds, and trophies amid foliate scrolls, all derived from prints by Daniel Hopfer (1471–1536). It is believed that early in his career, Hopfer etched ornament and figures on armor. Emperor Maximilian especially favored armor decorated with Italianate motifs in the Northern Renaissance style.
Westley ‘Monkey Tail’ Portuguese Army Contract pistol
Designed by Westley Richards in 1857, rifles patented in 1858 and pistols in 1867, manufactured in Birmingham c.1873. Serial Number 585.
.451(bore)/.475(rifling) caliber, using the Whitworth patent hexagonal bullet and a 25 grain powder charge. Breech-loading, caplock, single-shot, with an automatic extractor and a concave brass breech plug.
The Lefaucheux Revolver
This iconic design is the product of French gunsmith Eugène Lefaucheux, son of Casimir Lefaucheux who in 1835 had patented the pinfire cartridge system, one of the very first self-contained cartridge designs. Following the work of 1846 by Houiller that made these cartridges gas-tight and efficient, Eugène, at age 22 and after taking over his father’s business, patented his Mle 1854 pistolet-revolver for the civilian market.
A classic Claymore, Scottish hilt, German blade, ca. 16th-17th century, housed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Pritchard air musket
Manufactured c.1830′s-50′s by William Pritchard in Birmingham, United Kingdom - no serial number.
.52 caliber smoothbore barrel, sheet steel spherical air tank, hinged breech block.
Air rifles have existed since at least the 17th century, with the progress of metallurgy only helping them get more reliable air tanks. This example works with a hammer-like cocking piece linked to a bar that taps into the valve of tank when the trigger is pulled, releasing a short burst of compressed air through the barrel. Each tank was good for a dozen shots with ballistic properties roughly on par with that of a firearm.
Japanese swords, Kofun Period, 6th-7th century.
Manufactured in Châtellerault or Klingenthal, France.
~50cm long steel blade with double fullers on each face, cast brass hilt/grip piece.
An evolution of the Mle1831 infantry sword, with fullers to make it lighter. This was issued to non-combatants, specifically sappers-firefighters and cantinières, who didn’t need the short heavy blade meant for utility in other branches of the military.
Bone mounted German crossbow, 17th century. From Czerny’s International Auction House
British Pattern 1796 Infantry Officer’s Sword
The blade of this spadroon features the remains of blue and gilt decoration, with some of the gilding remaining, as well as extensive acid etched motifs, which are still clear and go a long way up the blade beyond the blued area. The blade is in nice condition and solid in the hilt. The hilt overall is in good condition, in good shape and the folding drop fully functioning. The double-shell guard is rather loose, due to the loss of the leather washer (which could be reinstated fairly easily, using a split washer), but the rest of the hilt is tight and secure. This was the regulation sword carried by the majority of British infantry officers through the Napoleonic Wars from 1796 and up until 1822.
German wheellock axe-pistol hybrids c.early 17th century
Caplock Double Pistols
Pistolet Browning Mle 1900
Designed by John M. Browning c.1896 for the Fabrique Nationale Herstal, manufactured c.1900-1912 - serial number 456355.
7,65x17mmSR seven-round removable box magazine, blowback semi-automatic with a slide. You might think “well duh” but it was a new thing back then.