Category: history

Silver inlaid flintlock pistol with snap foldi…

Silver inlaid flintlock pistol with snap folding bayonet, Ottoman Turkish, circa 1800.

from Hermann Historica

Gaucho, circa 1850′s

Gaucho, circa 1850′s

Diocletian was a dipshit

When you think about it Diocletian and his reforms really weren’t all that great or smart for the Roman Empire. The empire had just come out of the Crises of the Third Century, a choatic and destructive period where almost every Roman general or politician of some importance was declaring himself emperor and vying for power. The civil wars that resulted almost destroyed the empire.

So with this in mind, not to mention having knowledge of Roman history going back to the days of republic, Diocletian creates a system in which four emperors would co-rule over the empire. And like, they would get along while ruling their separate realms and live together in harmony and all would be cool and froody again and they wouldn’t do anything like fight or backstab each other and try to take all the power for themselves while he was busy growing his cabbages.

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Italian currasier’s close helmet, circa 1620.

Italian currasier’s close helmet, circa 1620.

from Hermann Historica

Bone and mother of pearl mounted dzederdar, th…

Bone and mother of pearl mounted dzederdar, the Balkans, 19th century.

from Auctions Imperial

Antique vinaigrettes and pomanders used for ca…

Antique vinaigrettes and pomanders used for carrying scents. 

Mandau with carved bone hilt, Borneo, 19th cen…

Mandau with carved bone hilt, Borneo, 19th century.

from Hermann Historica

On May 21, 1979—40 years ago this week—the Whi…

On May 21, 1979—40 years ago this week—the White Night Riots erupted in San Francisco after a jury returned a not-guilty verdict for Dan White, who killed Mayor George Moscone and openly gay Supervisor Harvey Milk. A peaceful rally descended into vandalism and violence at City Hall and the SFPD retaliated by targeting LGBTQ protestors and patrons in the Castro district.

Roman infantryman, late 3rd century AD.

Roman infantryman, late 3rd century AD.

Umbrella with revolver/dagger concealed in han…

Umbrella with revolver/dagger concealed in handle. Possibly made by French gunsmith P. Touchard, late 19th century.

from Rock Island Auctions