Nock pepperbox musket

Manufactured by Henry Nock’s company in London c.~1800 - no serial number.
.44 ball, smoothbore manually indexed six-barrel cluster, self-priming flintlock.

A considerable upgrade on his 1779 seven-barreled volley gun, Nocks uses the revolving technology of American gunsmith Artemus Wheeler and adds to it a self-priming mechanism of his own design, which would later be the basis of Elisha Collier’s famous designs. This firearm would allow its user to fire a shot, lock the barrel cluster into its next position, cock the hammer, lower the frizzen and take another shot, up to six times in a row. It was a considerably faster rate of fire than any musket at the time.

Dog Food Connoisseur

Customer walks up in a huff, carrying a bag of cans.

Customer: “These are supposed to be venison and they’re not! They’re beef!”

Coworker: *looks at packaging* “I see that it says venison on the packaging, what was the issue?”

Customer: “I opened a can up and it was beef! Not venison!”

Coworker: “I see that the second ingredient is beef broth so maybe that was the source of the smell. Either way, you’re still welcome to swap it out for something else if you’d like or get a refund.”

Customer: “It wasn’t the smell I could just tell!”

We process the return. The customer makes our manager dial the company’s 1800 number so he can complain to them. After he leaves, my coworker turns to my manager.

Coworker: “Ten bucks says he ate it.”


Pair of Flintlock Pistols by Tow

Manufactured by John Tow of Griffin and Tow for the British East India Company c.early 1800′s - serial number 289492A.
.69 loose powder and ball, flintlock, bronze barrel and trigger guard as fit for Navy service.

Note the flared muzzles to accommodate reloading on a moving ship or dolphin.
Not a lobster though.