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Historical Curiosities

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Lord Uxbridge's false leg! He lost the real one at Waterloo.

  • Alison L
    Alison L

    That's the leg our one is based on at the castle I work for.

  • Kay

    Careless of him. ;-)

Walking stick that once belonged to Charles Darwin.

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Femur of a soldier killed at Waterloo, with embedded musket ball. Copyright Surgeons' Hall Museum.

Waterloo 200 » Bone with Embedded Musket Ball

Extraordinary! 120 rare surviving 15/16th-century carved wooden angels at St Wendreda's Church in March

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A curl of hair from the Earl of Essex, made into an earring after his execution

Early wearable computer: Qing Dynasty abacus ring.

Awesome #Archaeology: silver and iron #Roman Swiss-Army knife, c. AD 200-300 Fitzwilliam Museum Embedded image permalink

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Sigmund Freud’s couch © Anne Leibovitz

This tiny #mammoth survived the #IceAge. It is 35,000 years old & just 3.7 cm long. From Vogelherd Cave, Germany

'The Ring Lady' -skeletal remains of woman killed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79

Billy Club used by "League of Massachusetts Freemen" when dealing with slave hunters, c 1845:

MHS Collections Online: Billy club

Sapphire ring of Mary, Queen of Scots Sapphire ring of Mary, Queen of ScotsThis historic ring has a fine table-cut sapphire set on a gold hoop with an inscription on the back of the bezel which reads ‘Sent by Queen Mary of Scotland at her death’. It is thought it was Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton who had the inscription engraved on the ring. When she died in 1716, a list of items from her bedchamber in Hamilton Palace included ‘a fine sapphire ring left by Queen Mary to the family’

Antiquities - Lennoxlove House
  • wanda starr
    wanda starr

    I would love to handle that ring!

This is the bullet which killed Admiral Horatio Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar, in 1805. Although Nelson died, the Royal Navy won the Battle, devastating the French and Spanish fleets. This ended Napoleon’s hopes of invading Britain and, 10 years later, a British Army completed the final defeat of France at the Battle of Waterloo.

Waterloo 200 » Bullet That Killed Nelson

Branding tool for marking deserters, London, England 1810-1850

Branding tool for marking deserters, London, England 1810-1850

Knuckle Duster A slightly unusual object from the museum collection this week; a knuckle-duster owned by Frederick Smith, a dentist from Chesterfield. This would have been carried by Smith as he travelled in the early 1900’s, & would have been at risk from robbery by highwaymen, so he would have kept this knuckle-duster with him for protection. Surgeon's Hall Museums

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The grave of a traveling salesman.

The skeleton called the "Ring Lady" unearthed from the ruins of Herculaneum in 1982.

Three Veiled Women - Raffaele Monti, 1848.

Falconry glove belonging to King James VI, leather embroidered in silk and silver, around 1600-20 Burrell Collection

Miniature brass locket with 12 albumen print portraits of Tom Thumb & Lavinia Warren (1863) (all images courtesy the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs, © New York Public Library)

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Men's Mittens, 19th c., Bison Hide & Fur, Farmers' Museum, Cooperstown, NY. - See more at: twonerdyhistorygi...

Two Nerdy History Girls: Big Furry Mittens from the 19th c.

A First World War soldier whose left leg was shattered during the Battle of the Somme, used part of his thigh bone to fashion a brooch for his girlfriend. Sergeant Thomas Kitching was badly wounded while serving with the 12 Battalion, Durham Light Infantry on July 7, 1916. As he recovered from his injury, Sgt Kitchen used part of his thigh bone to create the bizarre piece of jewellery for his girlfriend Lizzie Hunter.

These walrus ivory snow goggles date between 1250 and 1600.These goggles limited the amount of light reaching the eyes in order to avoid “snow blindness” Canadian Museum of History

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