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 … Continue reading Object of the Month for May: Vetterli-Vitali Model 1870/87 Rifle
After the release of Skyfall, Jonathan Ferguson, Curator of Firearms at Royal Armouries talks guns and gadgets and poses the question - does Bond’s PPK still make sense? Gadgets, cars and firearms have always been part of the Bond package, from novelties like the famous 'Golden Gun' to Bond’s own personal issue pistol. Most famously, … Continue reading Skyfall: Making sense of Bond’s PPK…
The last battle on English soil was fought on 18 December 1745, when dragoons of the Duke of Cumberland’s Government army caught up with the rearguard of the retreating Jacobite forces of Charles Edward Stuart – ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’. The rebel Jacobites had advanced as far as Derby, but due to lack of support from … Continue reading Going by the book!
This English flintlock is a William III Land Service musket dating from approximately 1689-1702. The lock-plate is engraved with the cipher of William III and Mary II and the maker’s mark ‘WP’ is stamped on the right side of the lower breech and repeated near the muzzle. The barrel is also marked ‘EG’ crowned, referring … Continue reading Flintlock Repair Work