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Exploring Antique Technologies: Shaped in Steel – Dissecting the Technology Behind your Edged Weapons

The Roman gladius was a short (two feet), sharply-pointed, double-edged sword and its design had evolved over the centuries to be the ideal weapon for the legions of the Roman Empire. It was forged from high-grade steel and was primarily suited for the Roman fighting style, where shield usage was heavy and swords were called upon to thrust and stab through the shield wall. In their book From Sumer to Rome: the Military Capabilities of Ancient Armies, historians Richard Gabriel and Karen Metz wrote that in the hands of a highly trained legionnaire, the gladius “was the most deadly of all weapons produced by ancient armies, and it killed more soldiers than any other weapon in history until the invention of the gun.” photo: Wikipedia

by Kary Pardy There are lots of reasons to be drawn to edged weapons, and their beauty and history are chief amongst them. Each piece carries with it a complicated past that is directly connected to our most violent and sometimes, most noble, heroic stories. Whether you’ve got a parade sword or your ancestor’s Bowie […]

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Little Big Horn Colt pistol, $460,000, James D. Julia, Inc.

Gavels 'n' Paddles: Little Big Horn Colt pistol, $460,000, James D. Julia, Inc.

Results of Recent Auctions From Near and Far by Ken Hall A Colt single-action Army pistol (SN 5773), used by one of Custer’s men at the Battle of Little Big Horn, sold for $460,000 at an Extraordinary Firearms Auction held April 11th by James D. Julia, Inc., in Fairfield, Me. Also, a cased 100 Guinea […]

Gavels n Paddles: Belgian Browning shotgun, $27,600, Morphy Auctions

Gavels n Paddles: Belgian Browning shotgun, $27,600, Morphy Auctions

Results of Recent Auctions From Around the World by Ken Hall A mint in the box Belgian Browning Superposed 20-gauge over/under shotgun sold for $27,600 at an Antique & Vintage Firearms Auction held July 24-25 by Morphy Auctions in Denver, Pa. Also, a Winchester Pope custom high-wall single-shot rifle, Serial No. 17, rang out at […]

The Civil War Collector – October 2013

The Civil War Collector - October 2013

The Civil War Collector – October 2013 by John Sexton Q: John, I have a Civil War dog tag that seems very unique. The dog tag is wonderfully engraved and not stamped like most of the Civil War dog tags I have seen whilst researching. I was wondering what a dog tag such as this […]