An ornate flintlock musket made in Europe for the Middle Eastern market, 18th century.
On this day in 1805 the Royal Navy under Admiral Nelson smashes the combined French and Spanish fleet off Cape Trafalgar.
Leading eventually to the Pax Britannica and one hundred years of unchallenged British dominance of the seas, the expansion of the British Empire to include nearly 400 million people, and the creation of an “informal empire” of business hegemony.
Type Ornament TV (1750).
Printer looks to draw attention to the noble family’s seal and Type Ornament TV is born. From Pablo Antonio González y Fabro’s Breve commentario de la syntaxis (Madrid: Juan de Zuniga, 1750).
The birds and the bees and the buzzards in the trees. 18th century erotica currently being offered for sale by Christies (estimate £1,000 to £1500).
Build your language skills or build a barn (1792).
Barn building supply list used for the pastedown of Caleb Alexander’s A grammatical system of the English language: comprehending a plain and familiar scheme of teaching young gentlemen and ladies the art of speaking and writing correctly their native tongue (Boston: Samuel Hall, 1792).