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The Basiliscoe Mercury 259

The Basiliscoe Mercury 259

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

The most interesting news this week are the pictures of the arrow and quiver from Siberia, with the possible promise of a bow to come! In addition, an intriguing title from Vienna, Plymouth Citadel, WW1 cannons and Emma Hamilton. Plus the first of the Christmas gifts section if you are looking for that Lady Hamilton-Little Pirate-Napoleon in your life! - let me know if I have missed out any museums with online shops!

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Prehistoric axe found in Ireland
http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/a-9-000-year-old-axe-sheds-light-on-burial-practices-1.2852585

Discovery of Anglo-Saxon artefacts near Louth includes sword fragments
http://www.louthleader.co.uk/news/once-in-a-lifetime-discovery-of-anglo-saxon-artefacts-near-louth-1-7653998

Vikings used their shields as weapons rather than for defence
http://cphpost.dk/news/danish-archaeologist-discovers-new-viking-fighting-style.html

Important find of medieval quiver and arrows (and their owner) from Siberia - stunning pictures!
http://siberiantimes.com/science/others/news/n0782-burial-site-of-siberian-robin-hood-unearthed-in-altai-republic/

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Inuit have been eating whale-meat for a very long time
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/prehistoric-greenlanders-ate-bowhead-whales-survive-4000-years-ago-1590532

Investigating an 18th century hunting lodge in Ireland (and the naughty things they did there)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-37869985

Grave stories

Romans innocent in the Chester amphitheatre murder mystery
http://www.chesterchronicle.co.uk/news/history/brutal-chester-amphitheatre-execution-mystery-12104779

Middle-east updates

Heritage in Mosul under threat
http://artdaily.com/news/91245/Iraqi-heritage-sites-again-at-risk-in-Mosul-operation#.WBhY1TF759A

Louvre to offer sanctuary for endangered artefacts
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/louvre-may-safeguard-artefacts-from-war-torn-areas/

Through the arrow-slit . . .

Crusader on crusader action - ash layer & crossbow bolts!
http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.748810

Uncovering the medieval Kremlin
http://artdaily.com/news/91331/Kremlin-administration-building-makeover-exposes-mediaeval-mysteries-

Cavers Castle - Scottish castle attacked by British Army up for sale http://forces.tv/16100631

Lindisfarne Castle closed for repairs
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tyne-37815977

Robert the Bruce’s seal and its fate
http://www.thenational.scot/news/scots-salmon-firm-angling-for-robert-the-bruces-seals.24241

Through the gunloop…

History of Plymouth’s citadel - lots of pictures
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/history-of-royal-citadel-as-mod-announce-departure-of-29-commando/story-29874220-detail/story.html

And its future?
http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/herald-readers-say-the-royal-citadel-should-become-a-military-museum/story-29881473-detail/story.html

Dien Hai Citadel, Da Nang, Vietnam to undergo restoration programme
http://english.vietnamnet.vn/fms/art-entertainment/166338/da-nang-to-restore-old-citadel.html

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

An ancient gun in danger…
http://maharashtratimes.indiatimes.com/maharashtra/aurangabad-marathwada-news/aurangabad/ancient-cannon-are-in-danger/articleshow/55191696.cms

WWI Krupp gun falls apart at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa - [picture
http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/city-criticised-over-state-of-irreplaceable-cannons-20161101

Texans treat their Krupps gun with more consideration
http://www.gonzalesinquirer.com/news/remember-wwi-this-veterans-day/article_a7dbd712-a04b-11e6-af84-131e91bbf174.html

Concord’s 1907 German gun welcomed back on Veterans Day http://www.wbtv.com/story/33641197/historic-cannon-back-in-place-in-concord

But Frinton’s gun has gone long ago…
http://www.gazette-news.co.uk/news/14845315.Volunteers_restore_Frinton_s_historic_Gun_Garden/#

Earth pushed down the barrel in Newfoundland
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/mount-pearl-park-war-memorial-vandalized-1.3837073

Nautical news

Diving archaeologists find the Mentor, lost carrying the Parthenon marbles http://www.haaretz.com/jewish/archaeology/1.750272

Akko tower shipwreck probably postdates Napoleon’s invasion
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161103092949.htm

The search for Australia’s first submarine
http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-07/ae1-submarine-fritz-herscheid-find-australia-first-submarine/7880612

Museum news and exhibitions

News

The Met’s Arms and Armor join the Hallowe’en fun
http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/3126863

A visit to Castlerock
http://www.winonapost.com/Article/ArticleID/51909/An-afternoon-with-Castlerock-Museums-founder

Heligan founder Sir Tim Smit buys Charlestown Shipwreck Museum http://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/heligan-founder-sir-tim-smit-buys-charlestown-shipwreck-attraction/story-29874069-detail/story.html

New Museums

Review on the new Mary Rose displays
http://www.archaeology.co.uk/articles/features/the-mary-rose-revisited.htm

Plans for the Humboldt Forum unveiled in Berlin
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/museums/berlin-s-ambitious-humboldt-forum-to-explore-world-nature-and-cultures-/

Conservation corner

Excavating a Viking toolbox
http://sciencenordic.com/archaeologists-discover-viking-toolbox

Remembering the Florence floods 50 years ago
http://theartnewspaper.com/news/conservation/memories-from-a-drowned-world/

Interesting feature on digitizing ancient manuscripts http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-experts-are-digitizing-ancient-manuscripts-180960685/?no-ist

Objects

Short piece on gun collecting
http://www.vintageguns.co.uk/news/gun-auctions/latest-auction-report/

Chinese imperial firearm for the Qianlong Emperor sells for US$2.5 million http://artdaily.com/news/91472/First-Chinese-imperial-firearm-ever-to-appear-at-auction-sells-for-US-2-5-million#.WCQ7z9YYMsI.twitter

Portrait of the Duke of Wellington appeal
http://artdaily.com/news/91318/National-Portrait-Gallery-launches-public-appeal-for-Duke-of-Wellington-portrait#.WBxK8jF759A

Landseer’s Monarch of the Glen to be sold
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/02/scottish-painting-monarch-of-the-glen-edwin-landseer-abroad-auction
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/nov/05/scottish-heritage-edwin-landseer-whisky-business-diageo-monarch-of-the-glen

Exhibitions

Review of the Getty’s alchemy exhibition
http://www.medievalists.net/2016/11/02/the-getty-enchants-alchemy/

Breughels coming to Bath
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/06/brueghel-family-art-show-holburne-wedding-dancers-centre-stage

Lady Hamilton at Greenwich - getting very positive reviews!
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/nov/01/emma-hamilton-seduction-and-celebrity-review-national-maritime-museum
http://www.rmg.co.uk/see-do/emma-hamilton-seduction-and-celebrity

Maps and the 20th century: Drawing the line at the British Library in London
http://artdaily.com/news/91322/-Maps-and-the-20th-Century--Drawing-the-Line--opens-at-the-British-Library-in-London#.WBxLUzF759A
http://www.bl.uk/events/maps-and-the-20th-century-drawing-the-line

World War I and American Art
http://artdaily.com/news/91306/Pennsylvania-Academy-of-the-Fine-Arts-opens--World-War-I-and-American-Art-#.WBr8KJC4LBk

Japanese armour from the Stibbert in Nashville
http://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwart/article/SAMURAI-THE-WAY-OF-THE-WARRIOR-to-Open-This-Fall-at-The-Frist-Center-20161103
http://fristcenter.org/calendar/detail/samurai-the-way-of-the-warrior

British pastels in LA
http://artdaily.com/news/91242/J--Paul-Getty-Museum-opens--Fashionable-Likeness--Pastel-Portraits-in-18th-Century-Britain-#.WBhZHDF759A

Books

M.C. Bishop: The Gladius. The Roman Short Sword
https://ospreypublishing.com/the-gladius

Stefan Krause & Andreas Zajic: Mode in Stahl; Der Kostümharnisch des Wilhelm von Rogendorf
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000030726-1901-0&cHash=ce7a904dd48e30fb9200ec2ab2fc8349

James Taylor: Pack Up Your Troubles - How Humorous Postcards Helped to Win World War I
http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/pack-up-your-troubles-9781844863419/#sthash.iaaeRBCP.dpuf

Laurie Calhoun: We Kill Because We Can: From Soldiering to Assassination in the Drone Age
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kill-Because-Can-Soldiering-Assassination/dp/1783605480/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478103662&sr=8-1&keywords=Laurie+Calhoun

Ken Trotman’s latest catalogue - spoil yourself!
http://kentrotman.co.uk/

Online book

Antony Antony Roll now online!
http://blogs.bl.uk/digitisedmanuscripts/2016/11/showing-off-sailing-ships-the-anthony-roll.html

Roger JC Thomas: Civil Defence - From the First World War to the Cold War
https://www.historicengland.org.uk/images-books/publications/iha-civil-defence/

Popular culture

Armour for gamers
https://www.inverse.com/article/23240-skyrim-best-armor-guide

War and Gaming
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/nov/06/battlefield-1-game-first-world-war-twitter-controversy-ea-poppy-ban

Three interesting films with a French theme

Napoleon
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/10/napoleon-review-silent-era-epic-more-thrilling-than-ever

Francofonia
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/10/francofonia-review-alexander-sokurov-louvre

The Innocents
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/10/the-innocents-review-anne-fontaine-rape-nuns

Events

Diary Dates

19 November Dublin
The Battle of the Somme film screening with live score by Laura Rossi
https://www.nch.ie/Online/Press-Battle-of-the-Somme
(also available in other venues)

Christmas shopping
http://www.middelaldercentret.dk/da/alletiders-julemarked

12 December: London - ‘Business as Usual’: The Great War and the Ceramics Trade
http://www.spma.org.uk/events/2106-geoff-egan-memorial-lecture/

What’s at the Historial
http://en.historial.org/

Conferences

24 - 25 November Oxford
Hakluyt and the Renaissance discovery of the World
http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/library-and-archives/hakluyt-400-exhibitions-and-events?_ga=1.249074503.1731705185.1476800162

Calls for papers

16–17 November 2017 Canterbury
The Black Prince and Canterbury Cathedral (Canterbury)
http://events.history.ac.uk/event/show/15495

Sales, fairs and auctions

30 Nov 2016 London
Antique Arms and Armour
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23565/

1 Dec 2016 London
Modern Sporting Guns
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23567/

1 Dec 2016 London
The Daedalus Collection of Antique and Modern Firearms
http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23901/

7 Dec London
Arms, Armour & Militaria
http://www.thomasdelmar.com/Catalogues/as071216/index.html

Websites and downloads

Diary of Lieutenant Fethers - 1910/11
http://soda.naa.gov.au/record/4779186/1

Submarines from 1916
https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anecdotes-from-the-archive/wretched-anti-submarine-defense-1916/

Focus on Christmas gifts

British currency

Medieval hunting
http://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/collections/medieval-hunt-collection

Normans
http://www.english-heritageshop.org.uk/collections/1066-normans

Hand-knitted helmets
https://www.amazon.com/Original-Knight-Helmet-Authentic-Soul%C2%AE/dp/B00CPJD9PC

Lady Hamilton
http://shop.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum/exhibitions/emma-hamilton-seduction-and-celebrity.html

Pirates
http://shop.rmg.co.uk/national-maritime-museum/shop-by-theme/pirates.html

Lewis Island chessmen
http://shop.nms.ac.uk/collections/exhibitions-celts

Euro currency

France
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/
and a few items:
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/boutons-de-manchette/boutons-de- http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/peluches/poupee-tissu-marie-antoinette/9713.htmlmanchettes-aigle-de-napoleon/2914.html
http://www.boutiquesdemusees.fr/fr/colliers-et-pendentifs/collier-josephine/6966.html

Vienna
https://shop.khm.at/en/shop/detail/?shop%5BshowItem%5D=100000000030254-1858-0&cHash=2d961505c89cece115fc2e3c899082f6

Netherlands
https://www.rijksmuseumshop.nl/en/

Delftware
https://www.rijksmuseumshop.nl/en/delft-ware

Chester Beatty Library
http://www.cbl.ie/Shop/Shop.aspx

Danish kroner

http://butik.middelaldercentret.dk/
http://www.museumsbutikken.dk/?profile=standard&langid=1

Vikings
http://www.museumsbutikken.dk/en/family-and-children/costumes/vikingekjortel/

Dollars

The Met
http://store.metmuseum.org/

Tibetan armour umbrella
http://store.metmuseum.org/umbrellas/tibetan-armor-pattern-umbrella/invt/80020553

Smithsonian
http://www.smithsonianstore.com/home.jsp

Finally

In Armistice week, and the centenary of the death of Saki in the Somme, a reminder of what we lost
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saki
http://www.sff.net/people/doylemacdonald/l_tober.htm

This fortnight I tweeted more effigies!
https://twitter.com/Basiliscoe

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 12 November 2016

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