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The Basiliscoe Mercury 285

The Basiliscoe Mercury 285

The Internet newsletter for the arms and armour community

Happy New Year! Interesting wrecks off Mexico, Waterford’s medieval sword, lots of news from the museum world, and a number of fascinating exhibitions. To ease us into the New year there a variety of stories in the popular culture, some of which will probably make you Gnash Your Teeth…. Best wishes for 2018!

Arms and armour in the news

Ancient arms

Prehistoric spears from Arabia

And from North Africa

Tutankhamun’s dagger

Waterford’s civic sword

Battles, towers and forts

Investigating a Roman camp near Armageddon

Hunting round the world and through the ages

Greenland’s coastal erosion showing up ancient settlements

Caribou on the menu

Over the wall, through the gunloop

What to do with the medieval castles of Lithuania

Tuscan castle for sale

Update on the Hull Blockhouse excavations

Story of Dunree Fort

Cannons to the left, cannon to the right

George II cannon sold, but to whom?

Restoring Don Juan’s gunnades, New Zealand

French WWI gun erected at Walla Walla airport.

WW2 gun found off Andaman Islands

Unwanted find in Florida…

Asian round-up

India’s lost monuments – includes cannons and forts

Researching the terra cotta army

Vietnam: Dien Hai Citadel (and its cannons) named National Special Relic

Living in the past

Fort Frederick, Maryland, raising money for new cannon


How Henry VIII spent Christmas

Not the yeomanry’s finest hour - the Peterloo massacre

Princesses and Amazons

Five women warriors from Indian history

Nautical news

Piece about Welsh wrecks

Wrecks in the Bristol Channel

Exhibition on great Lake wrecks at Presque Isle Bay

You never know what you will find in a cannon…

Letters from an admiral…

Dutch and British ships discovered off Yucatan coast

Video of WWI Australian submarine

Museum news and exhibitions


Mughal jewels stolen from Doge’s Palace

Government interference in Poland’s museum?

Feature on La Porte County Historical Society Museum, including weapons

French museum considers returning African artefacts

Visitor numbers to Auschwitz rise

But visitors numbers to the Taj Mahal to be controlled

Changes to charging for admission to the Met

Museum developments

Portuguese collections have new initiative to work with scholars and curators

Conservation corner

Restoring a Flemish masterpiece

More on the new St Petersburg textile facility

Researching bronze alloys


Marine’s awards acquired by the Smithsonian

Chance to buy the sandals of Lawrence of Arabia

Or a piece of Nelson’s Trafalgar flag

Bonham’s armour sale results


Fouquet in Berlin

16th century German paintings in Stuttgart

Rueland Frueauf the Elder in Vienna

Arcimboldo in Bilbao

19th century firearms in Athens. Georgia

Art of WWI in Canberra


European Silver in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen

Steven J. Zaloga: The Anti-Tank Rifle

Online Book

Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte: Etudes sur le passe et I'avenir de I'artillerie

Popular culture

Short article on MR James and how medieval manuscripts inspired his ghost stories

Latest Robin Hood film takes a very modern look at the subject

Piece about recent historical dramas

The power of the Western

Websites and downloads

1066 etc: De re militari, Chinese walls, French crusaders, Templars

This fortnight I tweeted Christmas in Somerset

Compiled by Ruth Rhynas Brown – 8 January 2018

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