brass inlay


Meiji Type 13 ‘Civilian’ Murata bolt action rifle

Inspired by the Mle 1874 Gras rifle and produced between 1880 and 1889 in Japan, before the design was converted to use a tubular magazine.
11x60mmR Murata, possibly converted as a shotgun, single shot, bolt action, custom stock and brass inlays.

This beautiful rifle was at some point in its life refitted to feature a Tanegashima style stock, giving it the most outstanding Japanese flair.

another similar Murata rifle

a Japanese matchlock musket

submitted by Morgan

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I look for products that hold up to my everyday life in the restaurant and bar, but also carry a little swagger–most definitely a blend of old, new, and highly functional.


The Weekly Squint—
Detail of a Greene & Greene chiffonier, on view in the newly installed permanent exhibition “Greene & Greene” in the Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art.

caption: Greene & Greene, Chiffonier for the David B. Gamble house, 1908, 1909, black walnut, ebony, brass pins, and inlay of fruitwood and semi-precious stones. Lent to The Huntington with permission of The Gamble House, University of Southern California.

Squint is an every-Thursday post that features snapshots of small, obscure Huntington details that catch our eye. It’s a little window into some of the delightful minutiae that bring a smile to our collective face.

Dalish Pariah

“It’s a keeper’s job to remember. Even the dangerous things.”

After I made my mini Merrill box, I’d been itching to make a big one with a focus on her Eluvian. I had this vision of a broken mirror in the inner lid of the box, but I had been putting it off because I thought it would be too difficult.

Cue fate, intervening on my behalf in the form of wine.

I was sitting by my lonesome, staining boxes and drinking wine through a straw when the idea hit me. I grabbed an old carved box with a brass tree inlay that I’d had for a long time and I set to work. The next morning, sober me was pretty impressed, and decided to keep going with the project. I’m only admitting this because it worked out, believe me haha :)

Now in this picture, the large stone is quartz, but I swapped it out for bloodstone in the end, which I’ll show later. But I love the way the mirror looks here. I smashed it and glued it back together myself, which took about 5 hrs in total and my fingers were totally raw the next day (but worth itttt)

I wanted to focus on Merrill’s ideals. On her beliefs and how different they were from most of her friends’ and her entire clan. I put together a few potions to represent her stubbornness and pride, but also her kindness, idealism, and her magic. I didn’t want to leave her flaws behind, but I didn’t want them to be my only focus. 

I spent a lot of time collecting thorns for the potions, because in my opnion Merrill has a lot of power and dangerous side to her, but I also added roses for love and friendship, a feather for her love of griffons (I couldn’t resist) a crystal terrarium, rosemary, yarrow and other herbs for her desire to build up what the Dalish had lost again and to reclaim their culture. 

I added a Bloodstone tower (I had phantom quartz as a stand-in until I could find the perfect one), unakite, a mini quartz tower, aventurine point, prehnite, serpentine and citrine. The stones were kept to mostly green to keep with the theme, but still including themes of courage, nature, keeping to old traditions, and guarding against corruption. I made a small potion bracelet out of twine (!!!) as well.

My final touch was flowers (a pink rose, and various flower petals and leaves for an organic woodsy look) and an herb packet containing some of my favorite Merrill quotes and sealed with wax.

I also sewed a little green cover for the mirror just to keep it safe when the box is open (or even when closed) and added 3 candles - 2 hand-poured tealights with lavender and one purple taper candle. 

Here she is all done!

I have to say, I had a lot of fun creating Merrill and I will be sad to see her go. She was, again, one of those characters who I never really thought about in an in-depth way until recently and I’m glad that I did. I saw her in a way I never had before and gained even more respect for her character. All in all, I enjoyed the experience very much.

Merrill has been sold. More boxes are available here in my store, and I also take custom orders for Dragon Age boxes as well. Thanks for reading and please reblog!