Red Army on the Eastern Front


Chicago Tribune, June 20th, 1915

Hopkins & Allen vest pistol with pearl grips, United States, produced between 1911 and 1914.

from Rock Island Auctions

Enameled silver cigarette lighter, Austrian, early 20th century.

18th Century Cooking — Lamb in a Blanket

from Townsends


A chaitya hall (shrine) in one of the Buddhist cave temples at Ajanta, built in the 5th century CE. The monasteries and temples here are carved into a massive rock wall inside a gorge in west-central India. These caves were overgrown by jungle and unknown to outsiders until a British tiger hunter was taken there by local residents in 1819. The British hunter, John Smith, promptly carved his name into the wall on top of a millennium-old painting.



Roman Glass Beaker with Greek Inscription, c. 1st Century AD

Made from greenish-transparent glass, this small beaker or cup features several decorative bands including a wreath pattern, and near the base, a row of chevrons. Below the wreath, an inscription in Greek suggests the beaker’s festive function: “rejoice and be merry.”

To create this beaker, the glassmaker used a three-piece mold. Because the seam of the mold was not completely tight, some of the molten glass seeped out of the mold. As was common practice, the glassmaker incorporated the mold mark into the design in order to better conceal it. The Romans introduced the technique of inflating glass into molds in the early first century AD and this technique has been used continuously in glassmaking centers around the Mediterranean.

British 1796 Light Cavalry Style Officer’s Sword

A 1796 style light cavalry officer’s sword, broad shallow fullered blade with hatchet point, 32½", marked “J.J. Runkel, Solingen” on backstrap, etched blued and gilt for half length with pre 1801 Royal Arms, supporters and motto on one side and crowned GR cypher on the other, with florets and other devices, gilt brass stirrup hilt, the crossguard with quillon and langets, the outer langet bearing a silver plated grenade, facetted knucklebow with ring at the top, lion’s head pommel and plain backstrap, chequered ivory grip (cracked), in its black leather scabbard, panelled on the outer side, and with gilt locket, middle band and chape, 2 rings, sword cutler’s name “Archer, Dublin” on locket.


Fragment of one of Sophocles’ plays, the Ichneutai. Only about half of the play has been found. We only have seven of Sophocles’ plays in their entirety – scholars know that he wrote at least 120. The Ichneutai appears to have been a satyr play, a type of play known for its raunchy humor, meant as comic relief amidst heavier tragedies.


Defenders of Moscow. A broken BT-5 tank and a militiamen armed with French Lebel rifle. October 1941.