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

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

Matchlock and Wheellock Antique Firearms

Out of the rough and tumble world of medieval warfare emerged the firearm. Rockets had been attempted in various parts of the world over the centuries but early guidance systems were disappointing and the weapon was declared impractical. Gunpowder began to seriously influence warfare late in the middle ages as the first cannons . . . → Read More: Matchlock and Wheellock Antique Firearms