Esoteric London

No. 755: Turnpike Lane, N8

Posted in Graffiti, Museums by esotericlondon on January 18, 2013

© Roger Dean RED_4206 copy

Turnpike Lane, London, N8. Photo © Roger Dean 2012

Dickens’s Dictionary of london, An Unconventional Handbook – Charles Dickens Jr., 1882:

The United Service Museum is situated in Whitehall-yard.— Upon entering, the visitor finds himself in a room devoted to African arms. There are spears and assegais of all shapes and sizes, belonging to the tribes of Abyssinia, Ashanti, Central and Southern Africa. Upon the floor stands a great variety of war-drums of various forms; these are looked upon by African tribes in much the same light in which European troops regard their standards. There are many shields of different kinds, among them one with silver ornaments, formerly the property of a great chief in Abyssinia. There are also some suits of curious armour made of plaited cane. In the African department are some Moorish guns and matchlocks, inlaid with silver. The next room is devoted to modem arms. There is a collection of the rifles employed by the different governments of Europe, and a great many other forms of breechloader and magazine rifles. In the same room are obsolete fire-arms, flint-locks, and other weapons. The next room is devoted to Asiatic arms. There are some curious Chinese and Indian cannon and gingals, some suits of Indian chain-armour, together with primitive weapons from Borneo and the Polynesian islands.

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