Holy smoke, that is one beautiful collection of weapons! As I have very little technical knowledge about guns, some might consider the trip wasted on an ignoramus like me, but I loved it anyway. The history was fascinating, and I was simply blown away by the artistry and workmanship. I've always seen my own guns as functional tools, and I've never had a hankering for one that is more attractive than function demands. But that's a fever I could catch.
There was quite a bit of high art in that place - carving, inlay, enameling meticulous choice of wood grain, and some designs that could only be described as whimsical. It was, however, the oldest-style pieces that really drew my attention. An ancient Hand Cannon, looking so crude and so deadly, especially piqued my imagination. Simple, sturdy, no doubt dangerous to use and difficult to control, it's hard to envision men using it in a chaotic battlefield environment.
Here are a few images, but the resolution is poor; if you want a better look, go to the website:
...or go to the museum if you're anywhere near D.C.
|Duke of York' Manton Flintlock Fowler|
|Early Ball Butt Dag Wheellock Pistol|
|Mint Thompson Submachine Gun|