Object of the Month for November: Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund Sword of James Edward Bowen

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this month’s blog, Edward Chapman, Archives and Records Assistant, uncovers a sword in the collection with an interesting history. Lloyd’s Patriotic Fund was established on 28 July 1803 by a group of merchants and insurance brokers and is one of the oldest surviving armed services charities in the world. Named after Lloyd’s Coffee House in London, the fund aimed to provide grantsRead more

Object of the Month for October: The Ultimate Zombie Apocalypse Weapon

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month. With Halloween imminent and the chance of a so-called Zombie Apocalypse increased, Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms, nominates a surprising candidate for ‘best zombie killing weapon’. For October’s Object of the Month, I was asked to choose my favourite object from our collection – but with a twist. It had to be my favourite zombie-slaying object. I will be following this post up with one onRead more

Object of the Month for September: ‘Welsh Knife’ of the 9th Battalion, Royal Welch Fusiliers

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this month’s blog Henry Yallop, Assistant Curator of European Edged Weapons tells the story of how a British peer partnered with a renowned forger of arms and armour to design a weapon for the 9th Battalion of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.   Despite its name, the ‘Welsh knife’ was neither truly Welsh nor a knife. Born out of an attempt to create aRead more

Object of the Month for August: Britain’s Greatest Soldier

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month Bridget Clifford, Keeper of the Tower Armouries, examines the very different histories of two Lord Kitchener documents in the Royal Armouries’ collection, which form part of a new display at the Tower of London.  One hundred years after the original Kitchener memorial display was mounted in the White Tower at Tower of London, a new one ‘Britain’s GreatestRead more

Object of the Month for July: Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword Manual

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. This month, Stuart Ivinson, librarian, tells us about one of our latest acquisitions, ‘Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword’, a gorgeously engraved fencing manual used by the great and the good of Georgian society. The Artist and the Fencing Master This year we have added a very rare book to our special collection of fencing manuals, Hungarian and Highland Broad Sword,Read more

Object of the Month for May: Vetterli-Vitali Model 1870/87 Rifle

In this monthly blog series, our collections team will write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this month’s blog Lisa Traynor, Curator of Firearms, gives us a short history of PR.6375, Vetterli-Vitali Model 1870/87 Rifle and its fascinating journey from Naples, to Terni, to Larne, and finally how it arrived in the collection at Royal Armouries. One afternoon three years ago I took great pleasure in cataloguing PR. 6375, a centrefire Vetterli-Vitali Model 1870/87, bolt-actionRead more