Corsican vendetta knife with floral detail
che la mia ferita sia mortale
"may my wound be deadly"
Ceremonial Sword, Nigeria, Yoruba
brass, iron, handle decorated with a human head, blade with punched ornaments on both sides, min. dam., traces of corrosion; swords like the present were placed in shrines, so that the deity could defend his devotees. L: 64 cm L: 25.2 inch
Straight pull M1886 Mannlicher Rifle, via Bolt Action Rifles of the World.
An ornate gold decorated Spanish made Astra “Broomhandle” pistol carbine with ivory grips.
Currently on display with the R. W. Norton Art Foundation.
Extraordinary wheel-lock tschinke hunting rifle originating from Silesia, mid 17th century.
There were two standard infantry rifles used. The first was the Berthier mle. 1907/15. However, since it only had a magazine which held 3 rounds (whereas the German GEW 98 held 5). Thus many French soldiers stuck to the older Lebel Model 1886 which was supposed to be replaced with the Berthier. It had an eight round tube magazine.