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The Maryland Center for History and Culture collection houses 250 historic weapons, including muskets, rifles, bayonets, swords, sabers, and handguns from the 18th to the 20th century. These weapons include those associated with important conflicts including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World Wars I and II, as well as some used for hunting and ceremonial purposes.


Visit our Digital Collections to view a sampling of materials from the Weapons Collection.

Images: Pike used in the raid led by abolitionist John Brown (1800-1859) on a Federal armory at Harpers Ferry, 1859, made by Charles Blair, 1923.8.4; Colt Model 1849 Pocket Revolver and Model 1855 Socket Bayonet used during the Pratt Street Riot (inset), 1861, Colt’s Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing, Co. and unknown bayonet maker, 1988.80.4 and 1961.42.1.

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Since 1844, we have collected, preserved, and interpreted Maryland's diverse history, art, and culture. Visit and see it at the Maryland Center for History and Culture.

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