Colt Anaconda

Chambered in .44 Magnum, this example has been heavily engraved by Beathard Engraving. Apparently their client wanted snake scales added to his revolver, which is fitting considering it is one of Colt’s “snake” guns. Engraving can be tricky because it can add or detract from the value of a gun. In this case the fact it is a collector status firearm with work done by a reputable engraver, value will increase over time. (GRH)


Maria Clara Eimmart - Antique Astronomical Illustrations, 1693.

1. Illustration of the Full Moon
2. Phase of the Moon observed
3. Second Phase of the Moon
4. Phase of Mercury observed by Johannes Hevelius
5. Phase of Venus
6. Aspect of Mars
7. Aspect of Jupiter
8. Aspect of Saturn
9. Comets
10. Paraselene and Parhelion


The precision art of creating hobo nickels is alive and well in the skilled hands of British artist Shaun Hughes (previously featured here). These particular pieces each show off Hughes’ fondness for carving beautiful floral scrollwork designs on the portraits or backgrounds of coins.

Twisting through the portraits or creeping into the backgrounds, the fine lines give the currency new depth. With incredible detail and precision Hughes transforms these small-denomination coins into pieces of fine art, many of which are for sale via eBay.

Check out Hughes’ YouTube channel or follow him on Instagram for more photos of his excquisitely carved coins and videos of his painstaking process:

A video posted by Shaun Hughes (@shaun_hughes_engraving_uk) on Oct 23, 2016 at 12:43pm PDT

[via My Modern Met and Colossal]


Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733): Physica Sacra

Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) was a physician by training, with a strong interest in natural history and paleontology. Born in Switzerland, the son of a physician, he studied at University in Germany & later returned to Zurich to take a professorship in Mathematics. Like many scientists of the day, he considered the Old Testament a factual account of the history of the earth. In his extensive travels he amassed one of the largest fossil collections of the 18th century. He hypothesized that all plants had perished in the flood described in the bible, & discovered what he believed to be the fossil of a human flood victim. In his masterpiece, Physica Sacra, he details his theory at length, using references to the 1611 King James Bible. The book was a sensation & was published simultaneously in Latin, German & French, each issue with exactly the same plates. His theories were not disproved until the work of Cuvier.

The superbly powerful illustrations were by well known artists of the day including Corvinus, Sperling & Linz. They represent the pinnacle of copper plate engraving, as well as depicting many subjects for the first time.


Snake Slayer

An engraved Bond Arms Snake Slayer derringer with two sets of barrels; one in .45 LC & .410, the other in .357 Magnum. According to the owner/seller, the engraving work was done by Tony Lee Frost, a well known engraver for knives and firearms. Although a derringer is generally in the $400 or less range, the spare barrel and the professional engraving helped to snag a final selling price of $1,525.00. (GRH)