Antique and Replica Swords: Part 1

It is not difficult to understand the appeal of collecting swords and similar military antiques. For thousands of antique collectors nothing has the drama and romance of blades. Few symbols of the past have the same psychological impact of swords and similar collectibles. This is the first of a few articles on the . . . → Read More: Antique and Replica Swords: Part 1

Antique Katana: The Samurai Sword

Before the 8th century Japanese swords were indistinguishable from those made in China. The earliest swords recorded in Japanese history were a pair created in china and given as a gift to the queen of Japan, Himeko. The gift was presented to her in about 240 AD and the greater gift on the . . . → Read More: Antique Katana: The Samurai Sword

Antique Glossary: Firearms

As intrinsically pleasing and attractive on visceral level as antique weaponry is, if you want to collect them or evaluate grandma‚Äôs collection you have to know a fair amount of jargon. Understanding the basic description of a gun sold on Ebay or similar online auction will help the fledgling arms collector make a . . . → Read More: Antique Glossary: Firearms

The Snaphaunce, Queen Anne, and other Antique Pistols

Once a collector or someone interested in becoming a collector gains a basic understanding of the evolution of firearms from hand cannons, to matchlock, to flintlock they are ready to begin accumulating more specific knowledge. It is now time to learn about the in between steps in gun development as well as the . . . → Read More: The Snaphaunce, Queen Anne, and other Antique Pistols

More About Collectible Wheel-lock Pistols

It is not surprising that the invention of the wheel-lock pistol came not from gun makers but from the creative genius of clockmakers. Not only were clockmakers the most advanced mechanics of the 15th century they uniquely grasped the problem of storing mechanical energy in springs.

Leonardo da Vinci drew a wheel-lock mechanism . . . → Read More: More About Collectible Wheel-lock Pistols