Bone decorated wheellock pistol originating from Nuremburg, Germany, early 17th century.
Sold at Auction: £14,375 (US$ 23,334)
Very elegant, very expensive, very temperamental (the wheellock was as complex as an early pocket-watch) and probably not used for anything more strenuous than personal amusement against targets. A particular example of this was cited in Robert Held’s “The Age of Firearms" (Bonanza Books NY, 1978.)
“Wheellocks remained essentially private weapons, the supreme example having been set by Albrecht V, Duke of Bavaria (1528-1579), called “The Magnanimous” („Der Grossmütige“), who was so inordinately fond of shooting that all the ducal privies in the palace were at the ends of long corridors; paper targets hung at the opposite ends and racks of loaded wheellocks stood ready within arm’s length of every convenience.”
The powder-smoke from these guns would have made a very effective air freshener, shooting them must have been more entertaining than leafing through the period equivalent of old Reader’s Digests, and they guaranteed that nobody disturbed him on the throne without good reason…
Rare prototype Austo-Hungarian Krnka semi automatic pistol, serial number 7, late 19th century.
Estimated Value: $8,500 - $13,000
Early modern firearms tend to look more like toys than anything else; this resembles a cap-gun that could also shoot pellets of potato, like the one (the cap-gun, not the potato) I had as a wee nipper.
Also I was much mystified by the serrated grip-tabs up at the muzzle, which is not the usual end for the pull-here-to-make-it-work bit. A bit of Googling (forgottenweapons.com has an interesting video) revealed that it’s to allow movement of a sprung sleeve while disassembling the weapon.
Another of these pistols sold last year for $20,000…!
Never call him that! Ramsay Bolton, not Ramsay Snow, never Snow, never, you have to remember his name, or he will hurt you.
And never, ever call him Ramsay Notlob, even if you did watch far too much Monty Python in your callow youth.
Some things can be very amusing and yet more than a bit unsettling all at the same time…
Things school has taught me:
• Grades are more important than your morals,emotional & physical health
• How to hate people in general
• To want to quit life weekly
• How to text/eat in class without getting caught
• Why I will never amount to anything
this hit me on such a personal level i had to reblog
Working for certain branches of the British Civil Service had the same effect on me. I got over it. Mostly by resigning…