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The restoration of Westminster Hall in the 1830s revealed a number of eleventh-century carved capitals, one depicting, as then described, ‘an armed man assailing a castle’. Aided by archaeological evidence from Abinger (Surrey), the ‘castle’ can be convincingly interpreted as a motte-top tower,...
Little attention has been paid by historians to the production of firearms in the Tower of London in the fifteenth century before the reign of Henry VII. This is due to the lack of surviving records for the office of the ordnance prior to the 1490s. The discovery of the earliest surviving set of...
Knowledge of early Dublin gunmakers is limited, mainly due to the destruction of records during the Civil War of the 1920s. This article focuses on an early pair of rifled turn-off pistols by Thomas Fitzpatrick and presents new research recently carried out by the author on this little-known...
This paper describes the efforts of Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond, Master General of the Ordnance from 1782 until 1795, and the very talented gunsmith Henry Nock to give the British army a much-improved flintlock musket during the 1780s and early 1790s. New evidence from surviving...
This paper describes the treatment of a distinctive late eighteenth/early nineteenth-century helmet from Gwalior in India known as a kolah khud or top. The fine mail aventail of the helmet, comprised of butted rings of iron or steel and brass, had fallen into a severe state of disrepair and was...
In March 2015, in order to comply with Health and Safety Regulations, the Royal Armouries contracted an external company to carry out an asbestos audit. This article looks at what that audit entailed and also how a gasmask suspected of containing asbestos, was made safe in order to conserve and...
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