A duck’s foot pistol. The duck’s foot pistol was a type of hand-held volley gun which was in wide use throughout the 19th century and into the early 20th century. It acquired its name in reference to the splayed arrangement of its multiple barrels. Its design allowed the user to cover a sizeable area with only a single shot. It was ideal for use by an individual confronting a group and so was popular amongst bank guards, prison officers and sea captains.
Napoleon Bonaparte’s flintlock pistol (via pyrrhosrepublic). Since this was probably more a decorative item, it would be worth starting a comic/cartoon about Napoleon just so he could be depicted using it to own royalists and Austrians and the like. Talk about giving them a whiff of grapeshot.
France, Germany and Italy, ca. 1500-1700. Carved ivory
Image Courtesy of the Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
These manikins, between 6 to 7 inches in length, were made from solid pieces of ivory. The arms were carved separately and are moveable. The thoracic and abdominal walls can be removed, revealing the viscera. In some manikins the internal organs are carved in the original block and are not removable, while they are formed into separate pieces that can be removed.
Zippo Lighters From The Vietnam War by Bradford Edwards
These customised Zippo lighters all belonged to soldiers in the US Army during the Vietnam War. The collection consists of over 282 lighters, and were gathered from war zones by American artist Bradford Edwards. Each lighter reflects the emotions of their respective owner. With many soldiers being drafted in to service there is a clear feeling of betrayal and hopelessness, and a longing for the lives they were forced to leave behind. A regular sentiment engraved on the lighters which reflects this feeling is “We the unwilling led by the unqualified to kill the unfortunate die for the ungrateful”