8-year-old Helen Keller (1880-1968) with Anne Sullivan (1866-1936) vacationing at Cape Cod in July 1888. Both Keller and Sullivan indicated later in their journals that “doll” was the first word Helen learned in sign language in March 1887. This photograph is believed to be the only known photo of Helen holding one of her dolls.
A Manticore is a legendary creature similiar to a sphinx but described as a lion with the head of an old man, rows of incredibly sharp teeth and a tail that can fire deadly quills at its victim. A Manticore is often seen as dangerous and predatory, using its quills to poison or paralyse a victim before devouring them with its many rows of teeth - many people used to blame missing people on this beast.
Vintage 8-Piece Wood and Cork Coaster Set..Had one of these when I was little
Joalland Needle-fire pistol - This all-metal Louis Joalland pistol was made in Bourges, France and like the Dreyse rifle, this handgun is a single shot design, opening by twisting to the right and pulling back to insert a cartridge into the chamber. The engraving on this pistol includes stylized griffins amidst the raised scroll embellishments. The blackpowder propellant of that period was fairly corrosive. This .40 caliber handgun, on display in the National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.