The Tula sporting garniture

In this monthly blog series, our collections team write about their Object of the Month, chosen from our collection. In this month’s blog, Lisa Traynor, Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, explores the history of the elaborately decorated Tula Garniture.  A show of wealth Prior to the 15th century, weapons of the hunt were largely the same as those used in warfare. However, as the techniques of hunting became more specialised and the grandest weaponry more elaborate, the useRead more

Victorian Howdah hunting pistols

Custom-ordered from Adams of London (more famous for their revolvers) in around 1880, this pair of big double-barrelled Victorian pistols were split up around 60 years ago. Thanks to the generosity of a member of the public, the Royal Armouries was able to reunite them. The owner’s initials are engraved on both pistols. Although we may never know who ‘H.C.’ was, we can assume that he was a big-game hunter in India or Africa. Weapons like these are known as ‘Howdah’Read more