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    Dancing doll, put on piano and the legs will "dance" from the resonance when played. Early 19th C.

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    Clasp bearing Napoleon's bee heraldry. Copyright Leven's Hall. This cloak clasp, captured from the French during the Battle of Waterloo, is decorated with a design of two bees, joined by a central link. This was the personal emblem of Napoleon and a symbol of French imperial power. Whether the clasp was worn by the Emperor himself, or was a present to one of his close aides, its striking design is most definitely linked in some way to the charismatic leader.

    Waterloo 200 » Clasp from Napoleon’s Cloak

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    Annie Parker was arrested over 400 times for alcohol-related offences, but was also good at embroidery. A bit weird though: She embroidered this with her own hair and then gifted it to the prison chaplain in 1879 who swiftly gifted it to the Crime Museum of Scotland Yard.

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    And these are the ropes that hanged London’s most notorious criminals. Museum of Scotland Yard

    21 Morbidly Fascinating Things From Scotland Yard's Hidden Museum Of Crime

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

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

    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

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    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

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    Early wearable computer: Qing Dynasty abacus ring.

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    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

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

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

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    Billy Club used by "League of Massachusetts Freemen" when dealing with slave hunters, c 1845: www.masshist.org/...

    MHS Collections Online: Billy club

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    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’

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      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

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

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

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    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.

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

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    Mozart's very bling ring

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    Three Veiled Women - Raffaele Monti, 1848.

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    Salter typewriter

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

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