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The Armor and Arms Club

The Armor and Arms Club is the oldest Medieval and Renaissance arms collectors’ club in the United States. It was founded in 1921 by Dr. Bashford Dean, who was also the founder and first Curator of the Department of Arms and Armor at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which has one of the premier collections of arms and armor worldwide.

Originally made up of wealthy and prominent armor collectors and scholars, the Club has broadened its interests and membership over the years to include more modern arms in accordance with antique gun collector interests. Present Club activities include dinner meetings with speakers several times a year in New York and occasional field trips and attendance as invited to Metropolitan Museum exhibit openings.

Website: www.armorandarmsclub.org

Did you know?

First commercial steel melting

Benjamin Huntsman of Sheffield is widely credited with the first commercial melting of steel in around 1740, using his crucible process. However, the melting of steel had long been practiced in central Asia and India and was known as Damascus steel.

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