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Image: Machine Gun - Nordenfelt
Source: Museum Victoria
The Arms collection is one of the museum's oldest and most extensive collections. Comprising over 3600 items, it is the most important of its type in Australia, with sub-collections of international significance.
The collection can be interpreted from a number of perspectives: the technical development of firearms and munitions, military history, social and political history, and the aesthetics of decoration and craftsmanship.
It comprises a broad range of weapons and associated items, including pistols, muskets, rifles, machine guns, swords, knives, bayonets, artillery pieces and armour. The majority of the collection dates from the 18th to the 20th centuries, although there is a small number of earlier items.
- The Cole Collection of firearms represents the golden age of English gun manufacturing in the 18th and 19th centuries. Many items are of high aesthetic as well as technical value.
- 19th century military firearms, especially British Empire firearms, reflecting Victorian colonial life and colonial defences.
- Weapons seized in British Empire wars in the 19th century, including the Canning Indian Mutiny Collection and the Pretyman collection of items seized in the Boer War.
- A substantial and broad collection of Colt firearms, particularly handguns, from the 19th century.
- Representative examples of firearms with particular Melbourne and Victorian provenance, including firearms sold by local distributors and retailers.
- The 1907 model Savage automatic pistol serial no. 1, the private firearm of the director of Savage Arms, Colonel Benjamin Adriance.
- Japanese armour and swords.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 1071 - 1080) 1420 items
Percussion pepperbox revolver, cal. .360 in., six barrelled, 8.20 long, steel. Made by Joseph Bourne, Birmingham, circa 1850.From: Birmingham, United Kingdom Images: 1
Percussion pepperbox revolver, cal. .350 in., six barrelled, 7.10 cm long. No maker's name appears on the frame, barrels stamped with Birmingham proofmarks. Dated circa late 1840s.From: Birmingham, United Kingdom Images: 1
Transition revolver, cal. 7.5 mm., smooth bore, octagonal barrel 108 mm long. Made by J.J. Herman, Liege, Belgium, 1850s.From: Liege, Belgium Images: 1
British service rifle, Enfield P 1853 3 rd model, cal. .577 in., rifled (3 grooves) barrel 39 in. (991 mm) long. Made by Williams & Powell, Liverpool, 1859.From: Liverpool, United Kingdom Images: 1
Two nickel silver shot chargers each holding two 2 ounce charges of shot. Made by James Dixon & Sons, Sheffield, England.From: Sheffield, United Kingdom Images: 1