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Combination complication 

Detail of wheellock combination axe and pistol, early 17th century, XIV.6. Royal Armouries, CC BY 4.0

Combination axe and pistol (XIV.6)

This combination axe and pistol combines numerous features and mechanisms in a marvellously overcomplicated manner. Combination weapons became popular in the 16th and early 17th century, and most of them were produced as curiosities for wealthy patrons, as well as a way for talented smiths to demonstrate their art. Even though there is no evidence as to who this weapon belonged to, it is safe to assume it belonged to a member of the nobility and martial elite, someone who wanted this object as curiosity piece or a work of art.

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