A Boston Terrier who officially earned the rank of Sergeant while serving with the 102nd Infantry 26th Yankee Division during World War I. Stubby was a stray who ended up following soldiers training in Connecticut. One of the soldiers, Cpl. Conroy, grew fond of Stubby and smuggled him aboard the ship when the unit was deployed. Legend has it when the Commanding Officer found Stubby, the little terrier saluted with his paw, supposedly having picked up the gesture from observing the soldiers he befriended. The CO was so impressed he let Stubby tag along.
Stubby participated in 17 battles, survived a gas attack, was wounded by a hand grenade but returned to combat after some time recovering, would alert his fellow soldiers in the trenches of incoming mortar shells, would search for the wounded on battlefield, and captured a German spy. Sgt. Stubby eventually outranked his handler, Cpl. Conroy, who was his handler. Passing away at the age of 10, Sgt. Stubby’s remains are preserved and on display at “The Price of Freedom: Americans at War” exhibit at the Smithsonian.
- Dated: 17th century
- Culture: probably Spanish
- Measurements: 122 cm in overall length
The sword has a deep cup of typical form, embossed, chased and pierced throughout. The guard, knucklebow and pommel comes with wrenched motifs, while the wooden grip features with wrenched fluting. It has a double-edged tapering blade with a narrow central fuller at the forte.
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- Dated: mid-16th century
- Culture: Florentine, Italy
- Part of the Pitt Rivers Museum Founding Collection. Given to the Museum in 1884
This weapon is a type of poignard (dagger) known as a stiletto, meaning, ‘Little Steel’ in Italian. Taking their cue from this elegant but deadly weapon, ladies’ shoes with long, thin heels have also become known as stilettos.
Italian princes and dukes issued stilettos to their gunners, as the principal weapon of self-defence, should the artillery line be overrun. Gunners often had their stilettos inscribed with mathematical and geometric scales to help them calculate the correct angle for their cannons.