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Highlights from the Stiby Firearms Collection
Perhaps one of the real gems at the Community Heritage Access Centre is the Stiby Fire Arms Collection. This collection constitutes over 70 guns and a dozen edged weapons and was donated to the first museum in Yeovil by the man whom the collection is named after: well-remembered former mayor, Henry Stiby.
Within the collection are examples of gun craft from the 17
century ranging through to the later 19
century illustrating a variety of different aspects of the gun making craft. Whilst some of them are functional issues, others are of significant ornamental and artistic merit and of diverse origin with examples from England, France, and Germany. Overall this collection is a great example of European gunmanship.
The highlights of this collection can be seen below
An early Dutch Matchlock Musket
Japanese Matchlock Gun
Mortimer Sporting Gun
Indian Matchlock Musket
German Sporting Gun
The Turkish Flint Lock Gun
The Manton Shotgun
The Baker Military Rifle
Single Barrelled Pistols
The Martini-Henri Rifle
Turkish Styled Mortimer Pistols
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