Early 17th Century Combination warhammer and warpick/six shot gun.
Has six barrels concealed on it for six shots. The head contains five barrels, their muzzles concealed by a hinged cover forming the edge of the hammer. The topmost barrel is ignited by a matchlock fitted on one side of the head, its mechanism concealed by a brass plate cut out and engraved in the form of a lion. The second barrel has a wheellock ignition system, the mechanism of which occupies most of the outer surface of the opposite side of the axe-head. There is a tubular extension to the pan of the wheellock intended to hold a length of match which would be ignited by the flash of the priming pan and then withdrawn to ignite the three remaining barrels. A sixth barrel, also hand-ignited, is concealed within the haft.
Part of the Royal Armouries Collection in the United Kingdom
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Glinsk Castle was built by Ulick Burke in the early 17th century on the site of an earlier castle in County Galway. It is an impressive remnant of the architectural style of the Norman era. The castle is an important example of the transformation from castles to houses. Its plan is unique in Ireland and it was one of the last castles to be built in in Ireland, if not the last.
The lands where the tower stands belonged to the Cheyne family until 1354 when it passed by marriage to the Keiths, the Earls of Marshall who probably built the castle in the late 14th or early 15th century. The tower appears to have been in the possession of the Sinclair Earls of Caithness in the early 17th century, and to have been garrisoned by Cromwellian troops in 1651. By 1726 it had come into the possession of the Dunbars of Hempriggs by whom it is still owned. The property is currently a hotel.
A legend from the 15th century relates the tale of a young woman by the name of Helen Gunn, who was abducted by John Keith for her beauty. She flung herself, or fell, from the highest tower of Ackergill to escape her abductor’s advances. Supposedly her ghost is still seen, wearing a long red gown and a tall head of black hair. This is said to have been the true beginning for all feuding between the Gunns and the Keiths. It led to the Battle of Champions in either 1478 or 1464, a judicial combat which led to a massacre of the Gunns by the Keiths at the chapel of St Tear (or Tayre) just east of the village.
Haidai or sake cup stand with a tall,
cylindrical stem supporting a curving saucer and bowl-form finial. Of red
lacquer over a carved wood base. Edo period, late 17th – early 18th century, Japan. Stands and trays such as this were used by individuals of
very high status, such as feudal lords.