SUNDIAL CANNON: This curious time piece is an excellent example of the now scarce sundial guns. The variant pictured is of marble, brass and glass construction dating from approximately 1850. The cannon is a brass miniature fixture with a .30 caliber bore.
Smith & Wesson Model 57 - Some calibers were born to play second fiddle and perhaps our GOTD doesn’t want to play that song. June of 1964 marked the introduction of both the .41 Magnum cartridge and the Smith & Wesson Model 57 revolver. It would be hard to find a nicer engraved example of the “N” frame M57 revolver than this example, fitted with elephant ivory grip panels. The tasteful gold accents don’t hurt, either. NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.
British Saw Handle Percussion Pistol - Solid metal framed pistols were preferred by some shooters of heavy caliber handguns. Traditional wood-stocked handguns which retained their barrels by wedges would over time and recoil split at the forend retainers. The Saw handle refers to the odd-shaped grip stemming from the back strap of the pistol. The GOTD can be found in the galleries of the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Virginia.
Dreyse Revolver - While his father’s zundnadelgewehr (needle-gun) was only a single-shot – Franz von Dreyse went for repeating capability with his revolver design. Made in .32, .35 and our example’s .39 caliber in the late 1860s; perhaps this wasn’t the best time to offer a handgun that required a long needle firing pin to detonate the primer deep inside the cartridge? The Dreyse revolver saw limited military and commercial acceptance. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA
Triple-Barreled Perry Percussion Rifle- From the donor’s supplied family history, covering five generations with this rifle, that every time today’s GUN OF THE DAY was used for hunting, game came home for the table. Maybe it was just having three ready shots on hand, perhaps the heart-shaped rear sight helped, or maybe this was one lucky gun…
A rapier, manufactured in the mid-19th century by the technology of the old masters as a gift to one high-ranking person. Such exceptionally flexible rapiers were made in Toledo in the beginning of 17th century. They were sold in gun shops and coiled in a circle to show its flexible properties.
Egyptian Shadow Clock. The Egyptians, by 2100 BC, had invented a means to divide the day into 24 hours using sundials or shadow clocks to measure the time of day. The Sundial indicates the time of day by the positioning of the shadow of some object on which the sun's rays fall. The shadow clock consists of a straight base with a raised crosspiece at one end. A scale with time divisions is inscribed on the base. The clock is set east-west and is reversed at midday. The Egyptians also…
Winchester 1873 - lever action rifle, a significant improvement over existing lever guns, but marketing was key. Chambered for the same cartridges that fit the popular 1873 Peacemaker revolver, frontier “logistics” were solved. It was a favorite with Texas Rangers, and became known as “The Gun That Won The West”.