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Centrefire Semi-Automatic Pistol with Stock from Germany dated about 1899 on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

The Mauser C96 “Broomhandle” had become very fashionable and the Mauser was most advanced and expensive. Such weapons were used by the Boers in South Africa, this one being seized by the Royal Scots Fusiliers.  The wooden holster-stock has been carved with ’R.S. Fusiliers, Boer War, 1899-1900-01-02’ set around a South African Republic coin.

The coin is the Krugerrand named after the man on it, Paul Kruger the third President of the South African Republic and famous for his opposition to the British Empire during the Second Boer War. He was a controversial figure not just for fighting the Empire but also for his treatment of Black Africans in the Republic


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pan of the wheellock intended to hold a length of match which would be ignited by the flash of the priming pan and then withdrawn to ignite the three remaining barrels.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


Jousting Armour by Bri_J
Via Flickr:German, Innsbruck about 1560. 13/04/14 Royal Armouries, Leeds, UK.

The famous staircase interior of the Royal Armouries (well just one small section of it).

The Royal Armouries in Leeds is one incredible museum of arms and armour. I think it does one excellent job of presenting the objects and stories associated with them in both an educational and entertaining way.

The Royal Armouries is an institution that makes me love museums and today was launched on twitter and Instagram the #ilovemuseums. This is a campaign to help inform local and national government why we love our museums. So if you have a story to tell on your favourite bit of a museum then don’t forget to #tag it #ilovemuseums. Let’s make it a trend on Tumblr too.

Sword Bayonet for the Jacob’s Rifle

Made to the design of Lt.Col John Jacob by Swinburn & Son of Birmingham. For arming two regiments of native infantry known as Jacob’s Rifles. In his diary, Jacob mentions an order for 2400 of these guns. This example is numbered 297. Presented by the officers of the Royal Regiment of Artillery, Woolwich 1927.


Tabar Axes from Lahore, India on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

Dated from the late 18th century, this axe has an L-shaped blade with a fore-spike. The haft is covered in crimson velvet and the head is decorated with gold koftgari, beaten gold.

Dating to about 1840 this saddle axe has a concealed stiletto in the haft which can be withdrawn by unscrewing the knob at the bottom. The asymmetrical blade shape was introduced in Persia in the 18th century. The haft is of wood covered in silver gilt copperworked in repousse with flowers and foliage. The blade is overlaid with solver flowers.

ロンドン塔 − ホワイト・タワーでロイヤル武器庫。




Tower of London - Royal armouries of the White Tower. 

This giants armour is a German field armour. 1540s.

Armour for a child. Probably English, 1610s.

The two swords are ceremonial “Zweihänders”. They can also be called bearing swords and must be held with two hands to wield. 15th century. 

[Re-edited to add “ceremonial”]


Percussion turret rifle by Wilkinson

The cylinder held in place by a spring loaded stud, the top engraved WILKINSON AND SON, PATENT 5124, with an engraved crest comprising a marquis’s coronet above a boars head erased. Nipples and blued hammer on the underside. Figured walnut stock with blued iron mounts. Browned twist barrel with 11 groove rifling. signed in full, with sighting and a hinged and blued top strap engraved with scrollwork, a crest and the inscription WILKINSON AND SON, PALL MALL, LONDON, 4 PATENT 5124.

Manufactured to M. Poole’s Patent No.7286 (1837) for manually rotated under-hammer radial percussion system. Wilkinson’s records show that it was made in 1839 for the Marquis of Breadalbane, that it was ribbed and breeched by Evans, stocked by Bagnall and screwed together by Whitehead, and that it was finished on December 3rd. Records indicate 17 examples were completed and the last 2 examples were unfinished. Last date being 3 October 1844 - making 19 in total. Moses Poole was a patent agent. The principal for this patent was probably W. Cochran of New York City, who held an equivalent U.S. Patent No.188 of April 28th 1837. The dealer D. Fraser, Bathgate, W. Lothian, has a cased pistol with this action and by same maker (with two cylinders) marked 5 PATENT 5125. See XII.3899 for pistol of this series. In Taylerson : ‘The Revolver 1818-1865'is illustrated another rifle of this type by Wilkinson’s numbered 15 Patent 5249. 

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Presentation Sword from England dated 1890 on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds

[Edited, with thanks to @victoriansword]

This cavalry sword was a prize presented by the commanding officer, the Earl of Haddington, to trooper Laird of the Lothian and Berwick Yeomanry Cavalry. The sword is probably from the 1790′s but was presented as a gift in 1890. It is not unknown for older swords to be given as gifts within a regiment.

ロンドン塔 − ホワイト・タワーでロイヤル武器庫。プレート・アーマー・ガルニチュールとハーフ・シャッフロン。ジョスト物。1570年。

Tower of London - Royal armouries of the White Tower. Plate armour guarniture and half shaffron. Jousting items. Around 1570s.