For many years, Rita Woetamani I was sought after for her herbs and potions that could mend any ailment and problem. Her husband Klaas de Haven was a botanist and scholar from Europe eager on discovering the flora of the East Indies, and for the love of his life, he built her the Glass House to house her collection of plants.
It was nearly a century and a half ago that she planted the first tree at Taman Gagak. It was a majestic wonder of nature, and she said it was sacred. The day her granddaughter hung herself from the tree, the tree shed its leaves and never grew a single leaf since.
The barrel is an unusually large 7-¾ inches long and the caliber is an impressive 50 caliber percussion. The barrel address reads in one line Deane, Adams & Deane Makers To H-R-H Prince Albert 50, King William St London Bridge. Given the extensive and beautiful work on the revolver, the long barrel, and large caliber one could conclude that this is undoubtedly a presentation to a Maharajah from Prince Albert to be used as a howdah pistol. The entire pistol features gold damascened beautiful and incredibly intricate koftgari decoration in the form of flower blossoms and vines. The cylinder features a repeating geometric patterns and swastikas. The grips are an impressive one piece relief carved ivory in the form of 19 lotus flowers. In the center of each blooming flower is a ruby set by a gold ring. The pistol is complete with an impressive mahogany case with a folding brass handle. Within the case is the most impressive compliment of accessories this writer has ever seen. Included are two boxes one larger than the other and lined with gold, a powder flask, nipple wrench, two screw drivers, oiler and cleaning rod. All of the accessories are outstanding carved ivory in the same likeness and pattern as the lotus flowers on the grip of the revolver. Accompanying this pistol is a copy of the Man at Arms Volume 26, number 4, 2004 which features this very pistol on the cover and described on page 54. BBL: 7-¾ inch octagon Stock: Gauge: 50 Finish: damascened Grips: ivory Serial Number: 1506
Rare photos of Victorians proving they weren’t as serious as you thought! If you’ve ever looked at pictures from the Victorian era then you’ve probably noticed that nobody is smiling. Everybody looks so serious that it seems as if people in the 1800s simply didn’t know how to have fun. But as these rare pictures prove, that wasn’t always the case.
There are many theories as to why Victorians always look so dour in pictures. Long exposure times made smiling difficult (and by long we mean several hours. Seriously. Ever tried smiling for several hours? It hurts) and the high cost of portraits gave people very little to smile about. Poor dental hygiene made people reluctant to show their teeth (or whatever teeth they had left), and let’s not forget that many Victorians simply had it pretty rough back then. But as you can see from the pictures above, some still found something to smile about. (x)